As we enter another lockdown period in England, the Government’s announcement that estate and letting agents can continue to operate has provided some relief for the property industry.
As reported by The Negotiator, Mark Hayward, chief policy advisor at Propertymark, comments; “We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this new lockdown period, but it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance on how to safely conduct viewings.”
“It is vital that agents operate in accordance with government and Propertymark guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, keep movers and buyers safe and keep the housing market moving through these uncertain times.”
That said, many of those hoping to move home in the new year may be feeling uncertain about whether estate agencies are open and if they’re still able to move or put their house on the market.
The property market has gained real momentum in the latter half of 2020, and we want to do everything we can to help you keep the market moving.
So, how can you send a strong and positive message that you’re open for business?
Send a reassuring email out to your contacts as soon as possible. Make them aware you’re open for business and that the lockdown doesn’t limit any plans they might have to move home.
But don’t stop there. Keep in touch regularly over the coming weeks to keep your agency front of mind and demonstrate the stability of the property market in your area.
Contact us for help in getting your message across quickly and on-brand. We can design and build a one-off email or small campaign that incorporates your branding as well as images, animations and video.
Back to spending much more time at home, the next few weeks are likely to lead to more people considering their next move.
So a timely printed mailer could position your agency perfectly as the go-to agent.
There’s potential to dramatically increase your listings over the coming weeks by sending targeted marketing to properties already on the market with competing agents.
If they’ve been on the market for a while, frustrated sellers could use this time to weigh up alternative options that will speed up their moving process.
You can access ‘on the market’ data on a pay as you go basis via our Marketing Toolkit platform. This allows you to search and filter by minimum and maximum property values, time on the market and specific house types.
Find out more about ‘on the market’ data, and remember that we’re on hand to support your agency’s specific needs.
Are your social media profiles fresh and up to date?
Keep your customers informed of how you’re operating over these next few weeks, with updated social banners and adverts.
Consider a small campaign that reminds followers that you’re open for business and there to help them with their move.
Talk to us about refreshing your social presence.
While it’s a relief that the industry can continue operating, we’re sure that the safety of your staff and customers is your top priority.
To help you remain COVID-secure, we have a range of health and safety materials available, from branded face masks to signage, stickers and countertop guards.
View the range and get in touch to discuss your requirements.
It certainly continues to be a challenging time, but there are still opportunities to be had over the coming weeks and months. And we’re here to help you get through this and stand your agency in good stead for the next normal.