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The Property Market during Covid-19: We answer your questions

On the blog today we thought we would answer some popular questions regarding the property market during covid-19, and the current situation. We also discuss people’s understandable concerns now that the government has given the go-ahead for distanced viewings of properties to commence.

And who better to talk to than Bromley Property Company Director, Lewis McKale, who let’s us know how it’s been the last couple of months as an estate agent, what the future holds property-wise and how we’re going to be keeping both buyers and sellers safe in the current climate…

How has Bromley Property Company been able to keep working throughout the Coronavirus crisis?

Its been a very worrying time for everyone in the world and certainly has faced us all with tests we would rather not have to face. However we are fortunate with the way we set our business up with everyone working from home that we didn’t have the same running costs as a high street agent, and everyone was actually able to carry on working in the same environment that they were used to. We asked all of our vendors to provide us with a video tour of their home that we then edited and posted to our Facebook page and linked to in our website listings.

Have you still had people interested in properties, or wanting to put their own property on the market in the Bromley area?

Yes there are people that want to still move as-and-when the government say its okay to do so, so the majority of the sales we had agreed prior to Covid-19 are still intact, as people have been waiting for the green light to get moving. Obviously valuing properties has been challenging but we have conducted a number of video valuations over the last few weeks and we now have a number of new properties hitting the market now that we are allowed to conduct viewings with social distancing measures in place.

The government has now said that agents can get back to work and conduct viewings once again (albeit socially distancing)- how will you ensure the safety of staff and clients?

We are wearing necessary protective equipment on viewings such as gloves and masks and we are also offering the clients gloves and masks to wear as well. Obviously we are social distancing as well. With valuations we are asking the clients to stay in the garden if they have one whilst we look round the house and then we are leaving and having a phone conversation about the value of the house. You can see the guidelines that we have to follow over on this post on our blog.

Are you concerned about the effect on the UK property market that covid-19 has had, or do you think it will bounce back?

Of course there is a worry as no one has a crystal ball, however since we have returned to work we have found that demand still seems pretty high and plenty of people are arranging viewings and wanting to view our video tours. As long as the demand for property stays strong, then hopefully the market will remain as it is.

What are you top tips for people wanting to sell in the current crisis?

Create a video tour that we can edit and post on social media, make sure the house looks great for photos, only allow people to view your property that are in a proceedable position, listen to the advice your agent gives you!

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If you have any other questions of queries, then please do get in touch with us on 0208 462 7155

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Lewis McKale

Director, Residential Sales, Lettings & New Homes

07507 656 668

020 8462 7155

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Lewis has over 20 years experience in the property industry. As a young negotiator he worked for large South East London Estate Agency and he also worked his way up to Associate Director at a City based Estate Agency by the time he was 25.

He jointly owned and sold a successful business in the East End of London before deciding to come back to his roots and set up Bromley Property Company in late 2016.

Lewis is a life long Bromley Borough resident and hails from West Wickham where he attended Wickham Common Primary School and then Hayes Secondary School.

He's married with three children, all of whom attend local schools. Both himself and his wife are very active with local autistic charities helping with various events.

Football plays a big part in his life, playing for Charlton Athletic youth team in his early days and he is an avid supporter of Bromley FC.

The competitive drive that pushes him on is what helps fuel his passion for the business. This and his in-depth knowledge of the borough is a great combination which helps deliver the results his clients have come to expect.

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Kyle Peters

Director, Land & Commercial

020 8462 7155

07801 577 782

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In a career spanning more than 20 years Kyle has bought, sold and let Real Estate of all types and sizes in every sector of property industry. Throughout this time he was a long serving founder member of one of the South East’s most successful Commercial & Development property agencies. In addition to a successful agency career he has held senior client-side positions in asset & property management and investment and development acquisitions affording Kyle a holistic viewpoint and greater understanding of the entire process than some agents.

Technically knowledgeable and with a keen eye for detail he has a deep understanding of how to effectively market a property and revels in getting amongst the strategy of a transaction to ensure his clients expectations are regularly exceeded.

With a natural flair for identifying development opportunities and adding value Kyle works regularly with a number of clients on acquisitions and development & planning consultancy and has specialisms in the retirement, care and affordable housing sectors.

Born and raised in the Bromley area, outside of work Kyle enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young family, travelling and all things car related.

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Stuart Jackson

Sales & Lettings

020 8462 7155

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Stuart has worked in the property industry for 10 years now.

Previously working in the East End of London specialising in Shoreditch and The City but deciding to come back to his roots and work in Bromley, Stuart brings his enthusiasm, knowledge and hard work to the company and local Bromley residents will all benefit from this.

Stuart is also a local lad that grew up in Keston, attending Keston Primary School and Hayes Secondary School so his local knowledge is second to none. Currently living in Shortlands Stuart prides himself on his excellent customer service levels and is always available to talk about property and will accommodate viewings whenever he can 7 days a week.

Stuart works very close with Lewis in ensuring that Bromley Property Company offer a customer service unlike any other local estate agent making sure all of our clients be it Vendors, Landlords, Buyers or Tenants are all looked after and dealt with in the best way possible.

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Angela McKale

Admin & Marketing

020 8462 7155

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Angela has worked supporting Lewis and his team for the last 5 years now and has taken the admin side of the business over and helps to ensure that our clients are given a service that is as efficient as possible.

She is responsible for that majority of the companies marketing and she also looks after the properties on our website as well as ensuring our clients are written to promptly.

Helping to run diaries for the team and ensuring everyone is kept on their toes is a real help and she helps keep things organised and ensures the business runs as efficiently as possible.

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Trevor Doran

Head of Property Management

07740 055 025

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Trevor has over 30 years’ experience in maintaining and managing properties.
20 years in the home improvement industry rising to director level served him well as a landlord and since 2009 owning and running his own business specialising purely in property letting and management.
A lifelong Bromley borough resident Trevor runs Bromley Property Company’s letting and management department and continues to operate at the highest possible levels of professionalism and service as the portfolio grows.
Sport and fitness play a big part in Trevor’s life as he tries to keep up with two athletic children currently in sixth form and university. He also follows the fortunes of the ever-improving Bromley FC.

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Amy has worked in Lettings and property management for 10 years starting as a Lettings Negotiator for a corporate Estate Agents in Dartford.

She then worked for an independent Estate Agent in Bexley as a Property Manager and then as Branch Manager for 3 years.

She took some time out when she had her daughter and started working again in Property Management 3 years ago.

Amy has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion and enjoys making clothes and she is also classically trained to Grade 6 in Piano.

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Becky Freeman

Digital Marketing & Social Media

020 8462 7155

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Becky brings with her nearly a decade of digital marketing and multi-award nominated lifestyle blogging experience, and has worked with both household names and smaller companies to create content and enhance their social and online presence. She has appeared in various Interiors & lifestyle magazines, written for publications including The Guardian, and appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ winning her category of Christmas table styling!

After a disappointing experience trying to sell her house with a local high street agent, West Wickham-based Becky had heard great things about Bromley Property Company, swapped to us and quickly sold, and says she couldn't rate Lewis and his team's knowledge of the area and honest valuation highly enough.

As a bit of a property geek with a background in both business and lifestyle marketing, Becky is now on board to oversee all things digital for us through her agency Becky Freeman Digital.

Living and raising 3 children in the local area, Becky loves Bromley and all it has to offer a young family.

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Mary Radovanovich

MAAT, MICB PM.Dip., Accounts

020 8462 7155

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Mary has been in the accounting industry for over 23 years and has a license with the AAT and ICB. Mary prides herself on excellent customer service and strongly believes in building a close working relationship with her clients.

Mary deals with the invoice payments and tax for the group as well as assisting with all aspects of accounting.