Agents, buyers and vendors alike finally have something to cheer about in Victoria after Premier Andrews gave the green light for the state’s real estate industry to open for business once again.
Changes announced on Sunday meant that, as of today, restrictions surrounding onsite auctions have been eased, with a 10-person limit, plus the required staff, put in place.
Changes also include a state-wide welcoming back of private inspections for commercial properties, which had previously been banned leaving many, including members of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), bewildered.
REIV CEO, Gil King, said: “This is great news for Victorians and should be seen as a positive and encouraging step towards a return to ‘normal’.”
While we were disappointed with the limits placed on the commercial sector in the first announcements, we welcome the announcements today.Real Estate Institue of Victoria – Gil King
REIV President, Leah Calnan, echoed Mr King’s positive reaction by saying that the lifting of restrictions meant that one of the state’s hardest-hit industries could help kickstart the Victorian economy.
“It is now time for all of us to start a safe and gradual return to work and rebuild the economy step by step,” she said.
The usual measures regarding hygiene and social distancing must, of course, continue to be followed strictly, and Ms Calnan believes that the industry will have no problem acting accordingly as Victorians look to come together and put the worst of the pandemic behind them.
This decision is recognition that the real estate profession can be trusted to conduct inspections and auctions in a safe and responsible manner.Real Estate Institue of Victoria President – Leah Calnan
“We have done so previously, and will continue to do so for the benefit of all Victorians,” said Ms Calnan.