As estate agents, all we can do is use our expertise and knowledge to try and understand what this crisis could mean for housing prices and property demands in Wales.
Let’s take a closer look at what the Welsh property market may look like post firebreak lockdown, and what it could mean for those of you interested in buying or selling:
Unfortunately, you cannot currently visit our office or view properties in person. Virtual viewings may go ahead. Please keep in touch with us for updates.
Based on early indicators, activity levels in the Welsh housing market are likely to continue to rise, due to demand that has built up during the lockdown period. In fact, demand rose after the first lockdown and continued to provide good levels of interest and viewings up until the firebreak.
Although demand for housing is on the rise elsewhere, it’s important to be aware that consumer confidence may understandably be low at this economically uncertain time. Some people may be keen to stay put and will not interested in making big financial investments until things stabilise.
On the other hand, another potential consequence of the uncertain economic state could be a boost in demand, which here at SA Property, following positive signs in England, we are hoping to see. As people face financial insecurity, they may start to reconsider their housing needs and consider downsizing. Or they may no longer have to commute to work as frequently, with many companies choosing to extend their work-from-home policies well past the lockdown. This could lead to a rise in property demand beyond the most popular commuter areas outside the city.
As we’re set to move into a phase of recession, many forecasters are predicting that house prices may fall by around 10% across the country as a whole this year. These forecasts are based on how house prices have fluctuated based on economic conditions in the past.
However, it’s important to note that house prices weren’t rising particularly fast pre-COVID, in Wales and across the UK in general. It may also be possible that the government will provide more economic support that is geared towards the housing market.
The Welsh government has not yet officially reopened the housing market, and things won’t be exactly the same as they were pre-lockdown when they do.
As estate agents, we hope to be able to re-open our office premises and perform in-person viewings very soon. The safety of our clients and staff is paramount and so these will be done at a safe social distance. Our virtual tours of properties will become increasingly common, and those who would prefer real-life viewings may need to sign health declarations before doing so.
Although navigating the post-firebreak lockdown property market is going to feel a little complicated at first, we can guide you through the necessary steps in line with on-going government guidance.
Although we will be advising buyers to don gloves and masks for any in person viewings, not to touch any surfaces and remain at a safe social distance from others, sellers can start to prepare their home for post lock-down viewings with a good deep clean. Clean all surfaces and door handles with a good antibacterial cleaning product between each viewing.
So, what happens next? It is going to take time for the Welsh property market to fully kick into action again. Many workplaces are still closed, with millions still on furlough. We, like many other estate agents are getting to grips with changing Government guidance and ensuring that our businesses are ready to adhere to safe work practices. However, there’s no reason why your transaction can’t go off without a hitch.
Feel free to reach out to us at SA Property on 01792 893000 or email@example.com and one of our agents will be happy to discuss how the post-lockdown property market will impact your transaction in Swansea.