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LOCKDOWN REMAINS FOR NOW FOR WELSH HOUSING MARKET - hopefully a step closer to a time to move on again.....


First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced the latest parameters in Wales.

The announcement focused on allowing some social interaction but was clear that the priority is physically limiting spread.

The regulations state that non-essential retail businesses, which can comply with the physical distancing duty, should start to prepare to re-open over the next 3 weeks.

A decision about whether non-essential retail will re-open will be taken at the next review on 18 June and will depend on the scientific and medical evidence.

At the next review, the Welsh Government will examine options for:
Re-opening non-essential retail
Increasing capacity for childcare and public transport to support a wider return to work
Facilitating moving house to boost the housing market
Re-opening outdoors sites, including outdoor markets, sports courts, outdoor showrooms, and outdoor museums

Welsh residents are now permitted to meet another household in the open air at 2 metres distance but there is a focus on travel distance in order to restrict the spread with 'local' classed as within 5 miles.

Drakeford stressed that the crisis is not over, the 'R' rate of the virus has not yet reduced and there should still be as little social interaction as possible.



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Please read our Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures:

Together, let's secure a safe, satisfying sale or letting.  here is a link to our intended Health & Safety plans (subject to Government Guidance & when lockdown is lifted in Wales) on conducting business with you:





Our next auction will be Online Bidding


Over the past few years with our brand All Wales Auction, we have held traditional auction room sales and established a reputation as one of the leading property auctioneers in North Wales.  We have also offered online auctions and currently have a 100% success rate.

Due to the current conditions, our June auction will move to online bidding.  Properties available will be released once we are permitted to commence viewings again with our first lot going under the virtual hammer about 4 weeks later.

If you are concerned about the speed of your sale or have a property that may be suitable for selling by auction, please contact us and we will discuss the suitability of your property for this method of selling.  PLEASE CALL the AUCTION team on 01248753939 




The housing market has been put “on pause” in Wales and thereby indirectly an obvious casualty of the Coronavirus lockdown. We will soon know if the lockdown is to be extended in Wales or, if some form of “restrictive” movement will be allowed that will hopefully lead us to the new normal way of conducting business.


Our lockdown enquires prove that the desire to move is strong, once the decision has been made. 


Indeed, as soon as the government announced that people could once again move house in England, Rightmove buyer enquiries doubled within 24 hours. They were even higher than the same day last year!


One issue the market may have moving forward is that this demand may not being matched by properties coming to market in this area. As estate agents we have generally not been able to list new to market properties over the past couple of months and the tight social distancing regime will continue to be a challenge. 


However, we have been amazed at how flexible and innovative local homeowners have been. Many, keen to prepare for the deluge, have provided us with some very clear and often entertaining virtual walk-throughs which have given us a pretty good indication of the type of property we’ll be preparing to market. 


Time has been a gift for many sellers – nothing has needed to be rushed and full preparations can be made – that touch of paint, garden tidy, garage clear, etc have all had their place and we have been impressed how sellers have adapted to our new norms!


We all hope I’m sure that when the lockdown is lifted, it will be in a timely manner, safe to do so and people will continue to follow guidance to do all we can to make sure the virus doesn’t re appear.


We’re expecting momentum to build over the coming weeks and months, especially as there is unlikely to be any summer holiday lull this year! 


Those whose plans have been unaffected by the pandemic are leading the charge here, but there will of course be virus-related moves as well, which could help fuel the market. For example, additional sales may be created as a result of:


1.  Job losses (sadly), prompting people to consider moving as they pursue other opportunities. 

2.  New jobs being created as businesses reappraise their efficiencies and locations. 

3.  People realising that working from home has worked well for them – but a bit more space would really help. 

4.  Frustrated family members, pulling their hair out under lockdown, deciding to buy a place of their own

5.  Buyers locking-in a low interest rate before any potential hike


Certainly, space to work from home may now command a premium – even potentially replacing proximity to transport links as a must-have attribute! 


So please don’t wait “until the coast is clear” (it may never be)! If a move is on the cards please do call us to talk through how we can help you take advantage of this unexpected increase in demand over supply. 


Together, let’s secure a safe, satisfying sale or letting.




The Team at Williams & Goodwin The Property People Ltd


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If you are unsure on current advice, Wales is still in lockdown.

We understand from industry reports that The Housing Sectary has stated he is not yet ready to ease restrictions on home moving.

As a company, Williams & Goodwin The Property People Ltd are still reliant on guidance issued by the Ministry of Housing in March.

The March 26th guidance said agents should work from home (unless unable to do so) and properties can be marketed but viewings should not take place inside a property, although virtual viewings are allowed.

Those who had exchanged were urged to try to delay completion but the guidance said moves could go ahead if they were unavoidable and social distancing measures were followed.

That position appears to have remained.

We further understand they are “Looking to ease restrictions on moving home as soon as it is safe to do so, guided by scientific and medical advice.”

For now, we will continue to offer our remote market appraisal service, if you are thinking of selling or letting, when it's safe to do so, we are able to start the discussion now. To book a time, please visit:

All Wales Auction
Student Lettings with Williams & Goodwin TPP Ltd
The Guild of Property Professionals
NAEA Propertymark
ARLA Propertymark

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