We’re seven weeks into lockdown, and Simon Havens, Parter, looks at how coronavirus has affected life in the property market.

Throughout the lockdown, our team have been working remotely. At first we thought there would be little to do. How wrong we were.

The past four weeks have been frantic. First there were all the property sales we had to get past the finishing post. Even in lockdown we have been able to do this within strict government guidelines. Then there are the deals that we had only just tied up when the lockdown began. It is astonishing how many buyers and sellers have been keen to keep to their plans - even though they will have to add months to transaction times.

But now we are also busy working with those who are already planning new lives beyond the pandemic. We are advising on marketing and even ballpark pricing - subject to final inspection. We also have many keen buyers who have pencilled in viewing appointments for when the lockdown is over.

We’ve been able to keep our doors open – albeit metaphorically – and continue to work together across Dorset, Devon, Somerset and with our Mayfair, bringing properties to a wide variety of buyers. We’re hopeful, that through the coming weeks, it’ll be safe to get the country moving again. For now however, we will continue working remotely, together.

Working through the pandemic is like riding a bike up a very steep hill. We have had to change gear. We will probably change gear again before this crisis is over. But one thing is very certain; we will be in the right gear when it’s all over.