NAEA Propertymark has revealed more information on how the property market will re-open after plans to regulate property viewings were leaked to a national newspaper yesterday.Chief Executive Mark Hayward spoke to a Rightmove Hub webinar this morning during which he revealed that the housing market will re-open for business in three weeks’ time, he expects.But Hayward said that this timeline will depend on Boris Johnson’s expected announcement on Sunday about the re-opening of the economy.“The government is working on how and when to get our sector back up and running,” he said. “We’ve been working with MHCLG and BEIS and also conveyancers and removals firms to achieve this once the lockdown has eased.”Hayward also said Propertymark was pushing for further financial assistance for the estate agency sector, but also said that it wouldn’t survive a perpetual lockdown and that agents need to begin restart appraisals and property viewings.He also re-iterated that official guidance had not changed and that although agents were under commercial pressures to do viewings, they should not be visiting their offices or entering any vendors’ or landlords’ properties.WhistleblowingHayward also urged agents to turn whistleblower if they found local competitors breaking the current and future lockdown rules, saying they were not only breaking guidance but putting themselves and consumers at huge risk.The industry will also re-open in a phased manner rather than the ‘doors being flung open’ and that significant new practices would have to be adopted.This includes that vendors will have to pack their own homes up. There will also not be a mass return to branches with many staff working from home, he says.Hayward also reminded agents that lock down was relatively easy to do compared to the more detailed plans they will have to draw up to operate their businesses after lockdown from a safety and social distancing point of view.For viewings, it was clarified in addition to the leaked proposals that:Viewings will not last more than 15 minutes.PPE will have to be wornSellers will need to have PPE and have disinfected the property prior to viewing particularly door handles.Only two adults per viewing.Viewings will have to be staggered – days of ‘open houses’ are over.And for branchesNo hot deskingScreens between work stations.Separate in and out doors.All surfaces disinfected regularly.In-branch and appraisal/viewings staff separated.Protective equipment to be supplied to staff.Watch the seminar in full here. Industry reactionEd Mead from Viewber says: “Common sense is obviously going to be necessary. Empty properties don’t present a problem and occupied properties can be turned in to empty ones for the duration of a viewing – if sensible social distancing and PPE guidelines are followed there shouldn’t be an issue.“From Viewber’s perspective the ability for an agent to have a single local Viewber as key holder and doing the viewings has been understandably popular and minimises risk of infection to staff and applicants alike.”lockdown rules coronavirus Mark Hayward Rightmove NAEA May 5, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Revealed: More details on post-lockdown property viewings when industry restarts in THREE WEEKS previous nextCOVID-19 newsRevealed: More details on post-lockdown property viewings when industry restarts in THREE WEEKSNAEA Chief Executive Mark Hayward predicts when first industry will partially re-open, and reveals how branches and property viewings will be operated.Nigel Lewis5th May 2020019,581 Views
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5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details The 2016 PSCU Member Forum is being held this week in Nashville, TN at the Country Music Hall of Fame Theater. Chuck Fagan, PSCU Pres/CEO, welcomed the crowd of more than 750 credit union executives to the event. Chuck spoke about blending the best of PSCU’s past to create the PSCU of the future. The focus of the event was people, purpose and passion and the blending of community and technology to partner with member credit unions moving forward.The day started out with three general sessions that were all keynotes in their own right.Marcus Buckingham, founder of The Marcus Buckingham Company, was first up with Find Your Edge: Win At Work. Marcus focused on how tricky it can be to harness excellence in organizations. Stating that as leaders we spend more time focusing on employee’s shortcomings then building on their strengths. We need to flip the script on this and spend more time building on people’s strengths and looking for marginal improvements in their weaknesses. Marcus gave tips and techniques to become better coaches and get the most out of an employee’s strength. He showed how to move past a one-size-fits-all approach to management.Next up was the co-founder of Square, Jim McKelvey. He is a man of diverse interests. An inventor, entrepreneur, glass blower, author and licensed pilot. Jim spoke of noticing a need in the market that led to founding Square and the future of payments. Profound change is coming to the payments industry. Jim predicts this change will happen in 2017 with the introduction of indoor location technologies to the market. Jim feels purchase data is the largest treasure trove of information being unused. Everyone wants a piece of this data but no one owns it. A land grab is going on from an avalanche of super valuable data that is on it’s way.Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she founded with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Jenn is also a consultant at Zappos where she works on their culture and co-created the Zappos book, Delivering Happiness. The focus of her presentation was that happier employees create happier members which make our credit unions sustainable businesses. Jenn asked the questions “What are you goals in life? Why?” Usually all answers come back to being happy.Thursday’s line up includes NAFCU’s Dan Berger, speaker Jay Baer, and NFL Super Bowl winning coach and ESPN commentator Jon Gruden.You can follow along with live updates on Twitter at the hashtage #mforum16.