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'Different times, but workable' says Aylesbury estate agent

We've been chatting to Michael Anthony-Donnachie about measures they have had to put in place.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:40am 26th May 2020. 3-minute read.

'Different times, but workable' says Aylesbury estate agent

An estate agent in Aylesbury says the market is still open and doing well, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

We've been chatting to Michael Anthony-Donnachie about whether people should be worried about buying, selling and letting right now.

He told us:

"Of course there are challenges, but we have been selling properties since we have been back.

"We've actually sold quite a few houses already and I'm off to another valuation right now."!

Michael said they did have to furlough much of the team when lockdown hit, saying 'to say it has been challenging is an understatement'.

He and business partner Mark have continued to work remotely during this time, to keep deals going through as people still needed to move.

"I was doing valuations by Zoom, which was novel!"

House keys

As house viewings can now happen again, Michael told us they have just had to change how they work:

"We're making sure the owners are out of the property; the property is being cleaned beforehand; the buyers, when we meet them, are having to wait until the house is opened up and aired and then show them round.

"Social distancing [is in place] with gloves, with masks and then after the viewing, again clean over."

Everything going to the market now comes with a video and floor plans, with viewings only allowed for people definitely interested in going ahead.

Advice has been issued by the National Association of Estate Agents to make sure staff and clients are kept safe.

Staff have also been able to return to work, with measures in place.

Michael explained:

"So everybody is tested each morning in terms of their temperature, we're keeping a log of who comes to the office, if anybody comes to pick up a set of keys, the keys are sterilised.

"We are taking every precaution we can, but of course the market will still continue."

He said it's a different process but it is workable.

Michael's advice is to talk through any concerns with agents in these 'different times'.

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