The COVID-19 lockdown has had a considerable impact on the property industry, potential property buyers limited in viewing new potentials, whilst those in the bridging finance sector were forced to stop all lending, able to only work on existing deals they were already managing.

It’s been confirmed by mortgage lenders all over the U.K. that there will be significant restrictions to lending criteria. On top of this, there have not been any property auctions to have taken place recently – an important source for generating commercial deals within the industry.

An MT Finance survey found that 54% of participants predict the economy to take 6 months to a year to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, 14% seeing a recession in the foreseeable future.

In the same survey, 40% of mortgage industry brokers feel the property market will need six to nine months to recover properly from the impacts of COVID-19.

Additionally, MT Finance also found that 27% expect it to be a year or more for the market to fully recover.

Gareth Lewis, MT Finance commercial director, commented: “These results offer an interesting insight into just how long those working in the industry believe the UK property market and wider economy will take to recover.

“While the government’s furlough scheme has evidently had a positive impact on unemployment- some further government stimulus would be very welcome to resurrect the property market once lockdown is lifted, such as a stamp duty holiday or concessions.”