Sunderland-based housebuilder Avant Homes North East has announced the restart of construction work and sales activity on all 12 of its residential development sites.
Avant Homes’ North East regional branch says it is following public health guidelines to ensure that its staff, residents, contractors, suppliers and site visitors are kept safe.
The company has reported experiencing a surge in enquiries from prospective homebuyers since restarting its build programme and reopening its marketing suites.
Avant Homes North East regional director, Jennifer Tupman, said: “As soon as we closed down our build and sales operations, we began planning a safe way to return to work once it was encouraged by the UK government.
“This enabled us to restart our build programme at pace, closely followed by our sales operation. We experienced an immediate and significant surge in demand from prospective buyers wanting to view our homes, which is still ongoing. This is testimony to both our product and the great work done by our people to respond to the situation created by COVID-19.
“Our customer appointment system is working well to meet the high levels of demand and our sales teams are fully trained to provide safe showhome and site viewing experiences. We look forward to welcoming many more people to our developments as we continue to steadily increase activity across all our sites.”
Avant Homes currently has a number of developments under construction in the North East, which will deliver a total of over 2,000 homes when complete.
The company anticipates that the government’s recent move to temporarily raise the threshold for stamp duty in England and Wales to £500,000 will see demand from prospective homebuyers increase further over the coming months.
Tupman added: “The impact of Covid-19 has created many challenges for both developers and homebuyers and not only does this mean buyers can make significant savings on purchasing a home, but it also acts as a catalyst to boost the housing market.
“We very much welcome the changes and anticipate that buyers will jump at the opportunity to take advantage of the rates holiday.”
Sheffield-based Avant Homes is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned housebuilders, operating in Scotland, Yorkshire, the North East of England and the Midlands.
Image: (L to R) Ellis Roden, site manager; Jennifer Tupman, Avant Homes North East regional director; Emily Turner, sales advisor. Credit: Avant Homes