Almost 3,400 readers responded to a Property Industry Eye survey yesterday which sought to find out whether agents believed that branches should close and a ban introduced on physical viewings, valuations and meetings during the current lockdown.
Some 62% of the readers who took part in the poll, which closed at 7pm yesterday, believe that, given the threat posed by the new variant of coronavirus, it is unsafe for the government to allow agents to continue operating.
When asked whether the property market should remain partially open, as now, with branches able to open, socially distanced physical viewings, valuations and meetings, 62% were against the notion and voted no.
But the outstanding question is whether there is a correlation between having 30% agency owners voting and 37% voting to stay open.
The decision to keep the housing market operational and estate agency branches open, which is a key difference between the existing lockdown and the first one of March 2020, is an issue that has divided the property industry, as illustrated by some of the comments posted on EYE over the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a petition calling for the government to close all estate agents during the current lockdown has been launched. It has so far attracted more than 1,100 signatures.
Should the property market be put into full lockdown with branches closed and a ban on physical viewings, valuations and meetings?
Should the property market remain partially open, as now, with branches able to open, socially distanced physical viewings, valuations and meetings?