England’s reopened housing market creates ‘weird’ challenges for border-straddling Welsh estate agency

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » England’s reopened housing market creates ‘weird’ challenges for border-straddling Welsh estate agency previous nextCOVID-19 newsEngland’s reopened housing market creates ‘weird’ challenges for border-straddling Welsh estate agencyWelsh firm Adre Properties is free to do business in England but still under strict lockdown in its home town of Chepstow.Nigel Lewis15th May 202001,558 Views An estate agency in Wales has revealed its frustrations with the patchwork way the UK’s housing markets are being re-opened and called for Wales to follow England’s lead.Adre Properties, which is based in the Welsh town of Chepstow but has properties for sale over the Severn Estuary in England, has highlighted the ‘confusing’ way its business currently straddles two different jurisdictions.While the company’s sales and lettings in England might win it instructions and commission at the moment, in its home town similar activities could attract a fine or even a visit from the local constabulary, as valuations, visits from potential buyers and physical house moves remains banned in Wales.“We do sit right on the border, so it is a strange one at the moment,” says the company’s boss Samantha Troy. “We just have to wait for advice as to how, for a Welsh estate agency, we can go within our own town to carry out viewings.“It is very confusing and I think maybe the Welsh government now might clear something up about how Welsh agents (should) react to this. I’m sure the questions are being asked, but at the moment Wales is quite clear about staying home.”In the meantime she told PA News that the estate agency had bought PPE equipment which was now being used for viewings over the border, and would be employed once the Welsh government follows the English decision to allow the housing market to reopen.“As the market opens up in the next few weeks, we would only allow serious viewings to proceed, no children allowed to attend, no more than two,” she said.The company was a shortlisted for Welsh estate agency of the year in last year’s Negotiator Awards.Read more about Chepstow. May 15, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img

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