Property market set to reopen

The housing market has been given the green light to reopen after the Government announced it would lift the ban on property viewings and valuations taking place. Video: Sunak: I'm determined to protect as many jobs as possible (ITN News) Trade bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have been in discussion with the Government about how property visits can take place while observing social distancing rules.   However even with the lockdown rules eased, Becky Munday, of Munday’s Estate Agents in south London, said that many sellers would still be uncomfortable with the idea of other people visiting their home.  “I met someone the other day to give the keys for a completion, that was kind of my test run,” said Ms Munday. And everyone knows that removal men can’t be two metres apart.”  NAEA Propertymark, an estate agent trade body, said it had discussed easing the lockdown rules with the Government. This included proposed guidelines such as limiting the amount of time spent in the property during viewings, wearing gloves and masks, leaving all lights and doors open, and for vendors to wait in the garden or go on their daily exercise. Caroline Takla of The Collection, a buying agency, said that in future buyers could have to meet a list of rules before they are given access to a property for viewings.