For advisers who have spent the past 14 months or so dealing with clients largely via Zoom, Teams, phone, message and email, there might well be a considerable urge to ‘get back out there’ and start to see the whites of a client’s eyes again.
If the intervention can continue to stimulate demand – and we can start to get our house in order in terms of supply – then there should be plenty of opportunities for advisers ahead.
Rarely does a day pass when another lender announces their relaunch into 95% lending and those not operating in the market on a day-to-day basis may be forgiven in thinking that almost everything is back to normal in terms of availability of mortgages for those with 5% deposits.
Marrying up the huge benefits of quality technology with the principles of quality advice has always presented certain housing market-facing businesses with a challenge.
Conveyancers up and down the country have experienced an unexpected high in demand during the pandemic.
Buy-to-let (BTL) has bounced back and, according to Hamptons, the number of first-time landlords entering the sector grew in 2020.
Despite concerns over how the housing market would respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, activity has increased to record levels in recent months.
We’re nearly 18 months into a new decade but, given how 2020/2021 has worked out, I suspect there are many of us who would like to start afresh.
One thing the pandemic might have taught many people is the need to live in the here and now.
Life may be returning to some level of normality in the UK but with high levels of COVID-19 infection still seen around the world, holiday options overseas remain limited.