Following the recent announcement by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, REIWA welcomes the clarification on auctions and home opens, which as of midnight 25 March 2020, will cease for large groups, however private appointments will still be permitted. REIWA President Damian Collins said everyone in the industry is coming together to work closely with the government to implement the necessary changes. “Overall REIWA and its members support these restrictions as part of the real estate industry’s contribution to help stop the spread of coronavirus,” Mr Collins said. “During the last few weeks, agents have already adapted the way in which they operate as we shift into an environment with far less contact, with many agents currently reducing or eliminating home opens.” REIWA understands that these changes need to take place for the health and safety of all West Australians, with the real estate industry ready to step up and play our part. “We do caution against a complete ban on real estate inspections. Shelter is one of the most basic of human needs and the industry can manage to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, while at the same time allowing buyers and tenants to find homes,” Mr Collins said. “One-on-one individual appointments, coupled with the appropriate safeguards as recommended by health authorities, will allow people who need a home, the chance to inspect and apply or buy a property. “With regards to public auctions, these can still occur via telephone bidding or by using one of the many online auction platforms available.” REIWA and real estate agents look forward to playing our part in minimising the risk to the community of the coronavirus. For more information about REIWA's advocacy efforts, visit our advocacy page.