As the infection rate of Covid-19 slows down, the Australian government is looking to ease some of its lockdown laws, but how will the ‘new normal’ look for real estate across the country?
New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and Northern Territory have all announced plans to welcome back open home viewings, in a bid to boost their respective property markets.
Despite having the highest number of cases of the deadly virus, NSW has begun efforts to loosen its lockdown laws, albeit with caution.
NSW Minister of Health Brad Hazzard said: “Real estate agents should limit the number of people viewing a property and attending an auction, follow stringent cleaning and safety guidelines, ensure clients do not touch surfaces and always have hand sanitiser available.”
On May 1, The Queensland Government also announced changes that permit open inspections, with a maximum of six people including the real estate agent.
In two of the regions less affected by Covid-19, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, a similar relaxing of home inspection restrictions has been met with great appreciation by real estate agents.
WA and NT both announced up to 10 people can attend open home viewings, as long as strict social distancing measures are adhered to.
The ACT currently has no active coronavirus cases but is yet to confirm a relaxing of restrictions. Similarly, Tasmania and South Australia’s real estate industry will continue to use online viewings and auctions.