Sydney residents will finally be allowed to enter Queensland next week after the long-awaited announcement of border restrictions being lifted.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk today announced that from December 1, all NSW residents will be able to enter Queensland without needing to quarantine for 14 days.
With Sydney buyers now able to finally inspect the homes they have been eyeing up, it is sure to be a busy few weeks for Queensland’s real estate agents.
McGrath’s Brett Greensill is gearing up for a hectic Christmas schedule and said that holidays are going to have to be put on hold ahead of next Tuesday’s border lifting.
“We certainly have inquiries that have been waiting for this moment, so it is my expectation that the same volume of people that would have normally been coming up to Queensland all year will all turn up in the next two months!” he said.
“We are not able to go overseas or anywhere on holidays ourselves, so we’ll all be working over Christmas no doubt to deal with this level of inquiry,” said Mr Greensill.
And despite some buyers from Sydney and Melbourne purchasing homes via Facetime and over the phone, by and large, people want to physically inspect the home themselves before splashing the cash.
“A cash buyer purchasing sight unseen is quite rare, the vast majority of buyers just want to ensure that they are making the right choice with a visual inspection,” explained Mr Greensill.
Buyers have probably Google-earthed and analysed the homes they are eyeing up to death! The fact that they can now all come up and arrange a personal visit, I expect that their decisions will be very strong.Brett Greensill – McGrath
The month of December looks set to be a busy one, and real estate agents like Mr Greensill are sure to be full of Christmas Cheer now that Ms Palaszcuk has eased the borders restrictions.
It is exciting, I even sent a personal message of thanks to the Premier!Brett Greensill – McGrath
“It is good news for business because if you have a number of strong buyers looking to purchase the same property then the price will go up,” said Mr Greensill.