Money Doctor: Housing sales a virtual reality as the market gets ready to open up again

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Question : I want to move but I’m not sure if there is any point putting my house on the market at the moment. Is anyone allowed to come and view it during the lockdown period? Can I ask a surveyor to come round and value it? And if I start to look for a property to buy will I be able to go and view them? Even if I do find another property and I need to get a mortgage, I’ve read that it’s not possible to borrow as much now as it was a few months ago. Is that the case? Mike Robertson Fergus : I’ll come back and cover the mortgage issue in a week or two, allowing me to focus today on the first part of your question. Dougie Telfer, a partner at Solicitor and Estate Agent Aberdein Considine reckons that this is a good time to be asking this question since the rules are changing shortly. He said: “Lockdown and the shuddering halt it brought to the economy had an unprecedented impact on the property market in terms of transactions, but it has done little to dampen demand. “The sudden closure of the …

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