Thu 05 Nov 2020
House sales have exploded at Leamington's ehB Residential – with twice as many homes sold this October than in the same period last year.
Business levels are two and a half times greater than in October 2019, reflecting the surge in demand for family homes as people re-evaluate their priorities in the wake of coronavirus.
And there is no sign of a slowdown this month, as estate agencies are still open and operating in a Covid secure way during the new lockdown.
The past five months have seen the ehB team rushed off their feet to satisfy demand, with the stamp duty holiday putting added pressure on moving before the end of March 2021.
ehB Residential office manager Clive Thompson said: “Listings and interest have been going through the roof. We have sold so many houses over the past few months. We sold twice as many in October than we did in the same month in 2019. And because so many of those sales were at the higher end of the price bracket the overall value of those homes is actually two and a half times the cost of those we sold in October 2019.
“There has been huge rise in activity within the family market. Properties such as three and four bedroom semis from £375,000 to £550,000 have been very popular. And where we have also seen a lot of movement is with the higher end of the market. Houses between £750,000 and £1.4million have been top sellers.
“Lockdown made people think about what they wanted from their life and their house. They’ve done six or seven months home working and recognise that even after the pandemic is over they’re not going to go back to commuting five days a week, 48 weeks a year. People will end up doing a mixture of home working and being in the office. This has accentuated their need for living space and for a study or studies.
“The pressure for family homes has been phenomenal. If people aren’t commuting, they’ve redeemed some time which can be spent on being perhaps more rural or living in Leamington rather than London or having more time to do a house up. Reduced travel costs means they may have more money to spend on their house.”
Clive is anticipating an equally busy November, despite it being traditionally a quieter time of year.
The new lockdown doesn’t affect moving house and all estate agency related activities are continuing as normal, including conveyancing, surveys and key handovers, which are all carried out in a Covid secure manner.
“If people want to move before the stamp duty holiday deadline at the end of March, they will need to get their skates on and list their houses within the next few weeks. We’re braced for another busy month.”
- ehB Residential office manager Clive Thompson says sales doubled in October, with the overall value of properties sold rising by two and half times compared with the same month last year
"It has truly been a pleasure dealing with your colleagues who assisted in our purchase of 23 Beverley Road and the sale of 39 Brookhurst Road. This customer experience (including when we purchased 39 Brookhurst Court last year) has undoubtedly given us the confidence to approach eHB for our future real estate needs. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Clive, Juliana, Chris and Louise. They were polite and courteous and we were very pleased with the level of professionalism and strong work ethic that they demonstrated at all times. In our experience, we found eHB working to a very high standard of customer care and this, we believe, is the key differentiator that must be maintained by successful companies in a competitive market. Clive, Juliana and Chris invested time in learning about our particular needs and they impressed us with their strong dedication to customer service. Their relaxed and informative style gave us the confidence that our sale and purchases were in safe hands from the outset and, of course, we are totally happy with the outcomes. In particular, they were diligent and meticulous in their approach and we found this to be very reassuring indeed. Your colleagues did an excellent job. We would be grateful if you could convey our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Clive, Juliana, Chris and Louise. Well done! Kind regards Mushy & Laraine "