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How are you feeling? Estate agents to pre-screen clients prior to meeting and viewings

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » How are you feeling? Estate agents to pre-screen clients prior to meeting and viewings previous nextCOVID-19 newsHow are you feeling? Estate agents to pre-screen clients prior to meeting and viewingsRightmove says checks will be needed to ensure everyone involved in sales and letting are reassured that everything has been done to safeguard their safety.Nigel Lewis18th May 202001,521 Views Estate agents will increasingly have to pre-screen vendors, potential buyers and tenants, as well as landlords over the phone to find out their health status before organising viewings or client meetings in order to keep the housing market going.Rightmove made this prediction over the weekend as it reported on last week’s housing market activity, which it said at one point was only 4% behind the same time last year following enquiry surges for both sales and rental properties.But the portal says the fluidity of both the sales and lettings market will be compromised by the need for estate agents to ask people whether they are exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms or vulnerabilities prior to face-to-face meetings.“It’s especially important for the recovery of transaction volumes that prospective buyers and existing and future sellers feel reassured enough to re-engage with their pent-up housing needs, but safety is the top priority for all and so it will take time,” says company spokesman Miles Shipside (left).“All parties will have to be innovative to work effectively while adhering to [the government] guidelines.“There are many benefits, including freeing sellers of the need to maintain a constant state of tidiness and letting them avoid the frustration of no-shows often associated with frequent physical viewings.”Rightmove has also predicted that home working is likely to become more widespread within the industry.It says the demands of social distancing within branches means that many will not be able to be fully staffed for many months to come, and that therefore thousands of agents will have to continue working from home until the restrictions are lifted.Read more about health and safety rules during Coronavirus.health screening coronavirus Rightmove Miles Shipside May 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more