On Saturday 31st October, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the nation would enter another lockdown from Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December. These restrictions were brought in to try and decrease the spread of the coronavirus. In comparison to the last lockdown, the restrictions aren’t as tight this time. This is allowing more industries and educational systems to remain open. Now that we are deep into lockdown 2.0, we can say that everything is looking promising and the property market is remaining open!
On the other hand, not everything can carry on as normal as the whole nation is on lockdown. Social distancing measures have become stricter, for example, when you are visiting estate agents and going for house viewings etc. Despite some restrictions, the property market is still going strong, here is what you are allowed to do over the lockdown:
As a Mortgage Broker in Durham, we have recently received a lot of questions about the property market and whether or not it’s going to be affected by lockdown 2.0. In response, we thought that it would be best to answer your questions by breaking them down one by one:
As mentioned before, this lockdown’s restrictions aren’t as tight, so yes, you can still move home. Everything that you needed for your Moving Home journey is all still available, this includes home removal services, van hire, etc.
You must remember that every step of the process must be completed under the social distancing guidelines. This is particularly important if you are taking house viewings regularly.
Yes, you can visit your estate agent’s office, however, quite a few of them have chosen to temporarily close their branches and have their employees work from home. It might be worth checking to see whether or not your estate agent has gone down this route before going directly to them.
We are expecting more and more estate agents to move towards this approach, particularly in this day and age. Don’t worry though, you can still get your process started over the phone and even online; there is nothing wrong with this new way of starting your process. We always advise that you take your time if you decide to do everything online, and make sure that you clearly understand everything that is being communicated.
Yes, you can still continue with house viewings, however of the option is there, maybe you could try out your estate agent’s virtual house viewing. Again, most home buyers are realising that this approach is a lot safer; as a Mortgage Broker in Durham, we expect that a lot of people will take up virtual viewings, especially over the lockdown period.
Even though a virtual viewing maybe your best option, we also understand that choosing your dream home is a life decision, especially if you are a First Time Buyer. So, we completely get it if you want to view the property in person to get the feel for it.
Your estate agents will also have to double-check with the property owners that a socially distanced property viewing is okay with them. If they are, you are all good to go, a date and time will just need arranging. Depending on the time of day and the homeowner’s situation, they may want to go out somewhere so that there as few people in the household as possible.
The property market hasn’t really been put on hold like the last lockdown, you can continue the home selling process as normal. You’ll need to consider a lot of different things when selling a property, this includes things like choosing an estate agent and a property valuation, getting pictures of the property taken, etc.
With the current government guidelines in place, there may be a slight delay in the process. Estate agents are extremely busy at the moment and are facing new enquiries all of the time. With all of the current measures and new guidelines in place, things that are normally easy to complete are taking a little longer.
Yes, conveyancing solicitors are staying open throughout this lockdown. They will still be available to support your property sale. Again, most solicitors have chosen to work from home, so we recommend that you be patient. There is a high demand in the market right now so things may come slower than usual.
In Durham, we are asked this question a lot. During the last lockdown, many homeowners decided to take out a mortgage payment holiday to help with their mortgage payments. However, in this lockdown, the demand has lowered even though you can still take one out.
So if you want to take out a mortgage payment holiday, the answer is yes, you still can. Although, make sure that you only take one out because you really need to. As a Mortgage Broker in Durham, we do realise that there are a lot of people that will need to take a mortgage payment holiday, if this is your situation, make sure that you know exactly what they are and how they work. For more useful information on mortgage payment holidays, check out our mortgage payment holidays article. It could help you decide whether you need to access the scheme or not.
If you have already taken out a mortgage payment holiday during the last lockdown and are currently still on the scheme, you can extend your holiday so that it comes to a total of six months holiday. However, if you have already had a six month payment holiday, you have already reached the six month limit and therefore unlikely that you will be able to access this scheme again.
Eventually, the property market will catch back up to speed and everything will hopefully resume back to normal. During lockdown 2.0, the property market may not be up to a perfect standard, but thankfully you can still keep trading. So you are able to get the mortgage/home buying process started whenever you want.
If you want to get the ball rolling, it may be within your best interests to get Mortgage Advice in Durham. With all of the social distancing measures in place and the demand in the market, this could also speed things up for you. As an experienced Mortgage Broker in Durham, we have mountains of knowledge in helping customers obtain their mortgage goals. We want the whole process to run as smoothly as you do; don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We can’t wait to hear from you!
The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted the mortgage industry quite a lot, however, we are letting nothing stop us from delivering the exact same outstanding mortgage advice service that you are all used to. At Durhammoneyman, business is as usual. Everything is exactly how it was before the outbreak.
Each Mortgage Advisor in Durham is still working extremely hard to ensure that everyone has someone to speak to about their mortgage doubts and problems. We want you to know that your Mortgage Broker in Durham is here to help you through these tough few months with anything mortgage-related.
Are you questioning whether you will be able to meet your monthly mortgage payments? Are you coming to the end of your current mortgage deal and are looking for a great remortgage deal to roll straight onto? We have seen that these two situations keep cropping up and all we can ask is that you don’t panic. As a Mortgage Broker in Durham, we would always recommend that you have a talk with one of our advisors before going directly to your lender/bank. Doing this allows us to assess your personal and financial situation and then once this is done we can recommend the best route for you to take.
Our phone lines remain open from 8am – 10pm, 7 days a week, so don’t let anything stop you from phoning up. We will try our best to help anyone in need of Mortgage Advice in Durham during these next few hard months. We’re all in the same boat so let’s get through this together. We can’t wait for you to get in touch.
We are tackling lots of complicated mortgage situations every single day, nothing has changed at Durhammoneyman. Even our amazing customer service has remained exactly the same, our outstanding team are working their socks off to make sure that you get an amazing 5-star Mortgage Advice service.
One of the best parts about being a Mortgage Broker in Durham is hearing back from our customers after they’ve moved into their new home. Here is what a couple of customers have said about their amazing experience with Durhammoneyman:
“Absolutely fantastic service from Chris setting up my application, to Kayleigh sorting out the right remortgage for me, nothing was too much trouble. Can not recommend them enough for sorting this out in a timely manner and during this pandemic. Thank you to each and every one of you.” – Mandy H
“I cannot fault the service I have received from Leo, Wendy and the team. They have made a potentially stressful process very easy, offering support and guidance throughout. I would recommend this team to anyone in need of mortgage advice. Thank you.” – Donna W
Nothing is going to stop us from providing you with expert Mortgage Advice in Durham, especially the coronavirus. We are not giving up anytime soon and we are prepared to tackle any mortgage problem that is thrown our way. It’s our job after all. As your Mortgage Advisor in Durham, we are going to try and get you over every mortgage hurdle that you are faced with.
You can talk to a Mortgage Advisor in Durham from 8am – 10pm, 7 days a week. They are available to answer any mortgage questions that you may have in Durham. From everyone here at Durhammoneyman, we hope that you are all looking after yourselves and are keeping safe. We hope that we hear from you soon.
It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2020! This week we are celebrating this by reflecting upon our past apprentice’s Durhammoneyman journey and those who are currently still working their way through it.
Here is a quick, honourable mention to Thomas Bowes and Laura Aves who were part of the initial wave of apprentices. Tom began his Durhammoneyman journey as a member of the customer care team and has now gone onto being a Mortgage Advisor in Durham. He is now flying high as an advisor and we couldn’t be more pleased for him. Laura has always been a dedicated case handler, her job to work with and assist our Mortgage Advisors in Durham and she loves it, keep it up Laura!
We get a sense of pride and achievement, allowing young men and women to experience an amazing opportunity to work within a competitive business and learn all at the same time. We’re enabling them to build their future as well as being able to make a living.
Michael has just finished his 16-month apprenticeship program for Digital Marketing. He is now a fully-fledged Digital Marketer by having everything he needs to be part of the marketing team. Mikey’s work has paid off and he is only gaining more experience by the day and he is still even learning. Mikey has also taken on the role of helping out the new wave of apprentices that have just started at Durhammoneyman.
Meet Chloe, she is celebrating her one year work anniversary this week, what convenient timing! Chloe is one of the youngest members of the Durhammoneyman team and is on the route to becoming a Dedicated Case Handler with Laura! Since Chloe is finishing her apprenticeship, she will become an official member of Case Handling team providing assistance to our Mortgage Advisors in Durham.
Here are our new marketing minions who are all currently undergoing the same Digital Marketing Apprenticeship as Michael did. At Durhammoneyman, these three Digital Marketers are looking to take mortgages by storm and create even more brand awareness for people looking for Mortgage Advice in Durham.
We love seeing our apprenticeships evolve and learn as they get through their program. We can’t wait to share a future with everyone here and we also would love for more apprentices to join the Durhammoneyman mortgage team in the future!