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Life after Lockdown for a Letting agency…

Having been working from home for three months, the Carrick Johnson Lettings  team in Newton Abbot are now back in our office, having built screens etc, to keep our staff and our visitors safe.

We have really hit the ground running and are extremely busy with letting enquiries and have let every property available in record time.  This would also seem to be true of all letting agencies across the region.

So we ask ourselves WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?? One school of thought we came up with is one expressed in the Negotiator this month, and that is that people are ready for a change of scenery after being locked down for an unprecedented length of time..

“New research shows these are key qualities being looked for by house buyers, eager for a change of scenery.

Lockdown living has changed what Britons want from their homes,– and underlines reports of an ‘escape to the country’.

Home-hunters priorities have shifted because of the Covid pandemic, 37% are now more likely to want a garden. A fifth also said they want a bigger home (20%), a less urban location (20%)

With official data showing 41% of UK workers still working from home all or part of the time, the easing of lockdown restrictions has not ushered a return to the daily commute.”

The Underlying news also published in the Negotiator is that there has been an increase of 21% in purchasing of rental property..

“There has also been a big surge in the number of landlords looking to get new purchases onto the letting market in the aftermath of the lockdown.

New figures from letting agent comparison site Rentround shows many buyers are readying themselves to place properties on the rental market.

Landlord searches on the platform have risen by 21%, since Rishi Sunak’s announcement of stamp duty changes – which include big savings for buy-to-let owners.

“The stamp duty holiday has brought a flood of positivity across the property market,” said Rentround founder Raj Dosanjh.”