We are very proud to be part of the RICS, NAEA and ARLA, the
latter two who now make up Propertymark, which has proven to be a knowledgeable
and hugely supportive body at this time. Regular updates and advice are
provided to us at early stages and we are also privy to some early insights
into the matters being lobbied to government on behalf of all property clients
and agents alike.
To recap and review the guidance for Estate Agents as set
down by the government, it is recommended that the only house moves to continue
at this time, should be those where the transaction has reached exchange of
contracts already and completion can be agreed to go ahead by all parties.
Other less progressed deals can progress towards an exchange of contracts, but
it is likely there will then be a delay to preserve the safety of all concerned
by not unnecessarily creating movement around the area or country. Of course,
the solicitors acting will manage the individual deals and timings, along with
our usual input, I dare say. We will be encouraging our clients to adhere to
the guidelines although recognise there may be some exceptional circumstances
which may create more of an urgent need to move.