Open for business, open for inspection

By Andrew Johnston

PROPERTY inspections will start to return to normal, after changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.

Groups of no more than 10 people will be allowed to attend private inspections of property, with 10 also allowed to attend auctions.

It will allow for more thorough inspections of properties to take place.

Though Charles L King Echuca director Troy O'Brien said the lack of on-site inspections had not been a major blow to the industry.

“We've still seen a number of properties sell,” he said.

“Through technology and video tours, Skype calls with agents and floor plans, we've been able to provide a number of our buyers with all the information they have needed, and have made some sales off the back of it.

“People have been unable to make it to the town but have been interested in the property and have had their opportunity to view through a different source and make their decision accordingly.

“We could imagine this being something which lasts long term for the industry, with more people using digital sources for viewing property.

“While this system will likely grow in popularity, it will be great to take more people through for inspections in the flesh.”

Century 21 director Andrew Lochhead said his agency would be playing things safe.

“We aren't quite ready to go back to outdoor auctions,” he said.

“We will be continuing to run our auctions online for the time being. The numbers of cases are going down but we want to continue to look after the safety of our clients, so we will stay online for the time being.”

Ray White Echuca principal Stephen Morgan said the changes for regional Victoria could see an increase in interest.

“We've had a lot of communication from our regional areas, where there is a lot of interest,” he said.

“Hopefully with these changes we can make some more appointments to have inspections from people around the regions now that people are a bit freer to move around parts of the state.”