Hancock and Partners independent Chichester estate agents has been working throughout lockdown to help people complete transactions and move into their new homes. Having re-launched their independent lettings and estate agents in Chichester in the middle of the first Lockdown, Hancock and Partners have been growing their team while many others have been cutting back. Read on for the latest market news, clarity on Tier 2, and how local resident Henry Prager, the latest member to join the team at this estate agent in Chichester is helping people move home efficiently and smoothly.

How estate agents in Chichester will work in Tier 2

Responding to calls for more support for the property industry, the government has not only allowed estate agents to continue working and showing properties in lockdown but also allows for the property industry to remain open for business once we move into the new Tier system this week. This not only applies to estate agents but also supporting industries like conveyancers, removal companies, and tradespeople performing property maintenance. So how will estate agents in Chichester work in Tier 2 restrictions?

  • Property viewings are allowed with appropriate precautions including:
    • Wearing masks
    • Opening windows 
    • Minimum contact 
    • Maximum of 2 prospective buyers or tenants 
    • Home owners may wait outside the property
  • Estate agents can stay open in Chichester which is in Tier 2 but may work from home where convenient to do so.
  • People can move home and the government has said that meeting with people outside your household bubble “to facilitate moving home” is exempt from the restrictions on gatherings indoors and outdoors. 

Hancock and Partners employs the most up to date technology to allow signing of documents remotely, virtual tours for initial viewings where properties are empty, and an office management system which allows for seamless transactions and communication wherever the team is working. 

How the government is supporting the property market 

Recognising the need to keep people moving, the government has announced several new measures which have resulted in the highest buyer numbers ever recorded for the month of October up 30% on 2019.  So it is still very much a good time to put your home on the market as there is just time for buyers to complete before the stamp duty holiday ends on March 31st.

Estate agents reported the highest number of sales agreed since 2006 including a high percentage of first-time buyers, assisted by various government schemes. Fears of a crash once the window for stamp duty savings narrows have been averted and most analysts believe the market has stabilised during the second lockdown rather than halted. The extension of the green homes grant to March 2022 has also tempted many long-term investors and would-be landlords to dip their toe in the buy to let waters.

Meet a new member of the team – Henry Prager

Building a strong team at Hancock and Partners has been a priority for independent estate agent Hancock and Partners operating from their office at Northgate. Henry Prager, while new to estate agency is no stranger to Chichester, having grown up here attending Westbourne House School, and returned to live in the centre of Chichester after 2 years working as a graduate in financial research in London. He is enjoying working across Hancock and Partners’ different departments, supporting both the Residential Sales Department as well as in Property Management helping Hancock and Partners manage their large property portfolio.

Your trusted estate agent in Chichester

As an independent estate agent in Chichester, Hancock and Partners is well-placed to help people keep moving during this pandemic. Do call us if you have any questions at all about the property market in Chichester and we will be glad to offer sound advice based on nearly 30 years’ experience in the local market. Call us now on 01243 531155 to see how we can help.