COVID-19 Update: Open For Inspections & Auctions To Resume

The Victorian Government have recently announced changes to the restrictions in place as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

Samantha Landy wrote an article on on the 11th of May outlining the changes...

The real estate industry has welcomed the revival of face-to-face auctions and open for inspections in Victoria, labelling them “sensible” first steps now the coronavirus curve has flattened.

The Victorian Government has announced that from 11.59pm Tuesday, May 12, auctions and inspections will be allowed with attendance limits of 10 people, in addition to the “minimum number of people reasonably required to facilitate” them and a residence’s occupants.

Agents will also be required to keep records of attendees’ names and contact details, to “assist in contact tracing if required”, and enforce social distancing and hygiene practices.

Real Estate Institute of Victoria president Leah Calnan labelled the Victorian Government announcement a “good step forward”.

“While agents have been very agile to embrace technology, it will be reassuring to resume face-to-face. Real estate is a face-to-face business,” she said.

Ms Calnan expected the “new norms to come together” in the auction sphere, with many agents to continue using online auction platforms in conjunction with small public gatherings of bidders.

“We won’t be able to have every person who wants to bid or watch the auction be in physical attendance,” she said. “But (having 10 in attendance) makes it very transparent — people will be able to see who they’re bidding against again.”

Ms Calnan said would-be vendors turned off by COVID-19 restrictions may now reconsider selling, especially in the lead up to the spring selling season, which she now expected to be “relatively strong”.

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