• How you can still buy, sell or rent during the coronavirus outbreak

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    With the recent announcement made by the Prime Minister which no longer allows auctions or home opens, you might be asking yourself if you can still buy/sell your home or find your next rental property, well you certainly can.

    Over the last few weeks, the real estate industry has quickly adapted their normal business practises to become as contactless as they can be.

    Here are just some of the solutions your real estate agent may have for each situation.  

    Home opens (property inspections) 

    It was only a few months ago we were seeing over 50 people at one home open in Perth, however home opens for large groups are now limited to 20 people. If you wish to view a property, make sure to contact the agent to arrange a private inspection or register for the home open.

    During the inspection, the agent will endeavour to provide hand sanitiser or another cleaning solution and while walking through the property, the agent may ask that you not touch anything. All internal doors and cupboards are often left open so that a full viewing experience is achieved.

    It is also important that everyone that attends a home open follows the strict physical distancing rule of 1.5 metres.

    Virtual tours 

    If you are looking to buy, some agents will provide you with a tour via Facetime where they walk you through the property to make sure that every aspect is covered.

    While they may be wearing gloves and a mask the entire time, you can still ask them to stop and check certain parts of the property, whether it is checking the tap in the bathroom or opening the cupboard in the kitchen.

    Other agents are conducting Facebook Live videos which provide a detailed walk through of a property that can be accessed anytime on their social media account.

    Also make sure to check the property listing on reiwa.com as some also include a virtual walk through and floor plans, which provide you with a more accurate description of the property. 

    Auctions 

    Both auctions that occur within auction rooms or with groups of people standing inside or outside of a property cannot continue - however this does not mean auctions will not take place.

    Make sure to reach out to the agent who is conducting the auction as they could have a range of different ways they conduct an auction. Some of these include using RESO, Facebook Live or phone bidding. 

    Rent inspections 

    Some agencies will be conducting their routine inspections through a live stream where the property manager will do the scheduled inspection through a video chat app such as Facetime or WhatsApp.

    During the inspection, the property manager will ask the tenant to walk through the property and check the items on the inspection checklist, as they usually would do in an inspection.

    Online forms 

    REIWA agents have access to a number of online forms, which means your application or contract can be filled out online. They can then be signed through a program called DocuSign, rather than having to print out and fill out the documents in person, then get them delivered. 

    More information 

    While there is a range of ways in which usual real estate business will now be conducted, it is best to contact your REIWA real estate agent to find out what options they have available.

    Alternatively, if you have any questions relating to auctions and home opens, you can contact the REIWA Information Services on (08) 9380 8222 or [email protected].

    Find out more by reading how the real estate industry supports new coronavirus restrictions.


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