Determined househunters aren’t letting strict social distancing rules get in the way of them buying their dream homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, they are embracing them, ensuring they don’t miss out on the property they want without contributing to the virus’ spread.
A Prospect character home was snapped up for $870,000 prior to its scheduled weekend auction, partially to avoid having too many people gather at the property.
Harris Real Estate agent Peter Shizas said after receiving one pre-auction offer on the 1915-built villa at 28 Clifford St, they gave other interested buyers the chance to make a bid.
“We ended up finding that out of the offers we did receive, there was one that was superior to the rest,” he said.
“So the people that actually had put the offer in beforehand ended up missing out.”
Mr Shizas said the buyers were a young couple looking to upsize.
“They were attracted to Prospect because they wanted to start a family and for the school zones, and they had been looking for many months,” he said.
“But the reason we sold it before auction was two-fold.”
He said if they did go to auction, only those who registered to bid beforehand would be allowed to attend.
“Quite often at auctions you have a lot of other buyers coming through and neighbours so we can easily breach those social distancing rules,” he said.
Meanwhile, four registered bidders vied for the keys to a West Beach property at 107 Military Rd, which sold for more than $50,000 above its reserve price.
Harcourts Plus agent Simon Beshara said the auction was held on the street to comply with social distancing rules.
“Once we realised that the four registered bidders came with neighbours and friends, we moved it down the street,” he said.
“The social distance was very obvious.”
Mr Beshara said it was a good result considering the house fetched $752,000 under the hammer when its reserve was set at $699,000.
“The way we’re doing business is changing with people’s expectations right now,” Mr Beshara said.
“It’s business with a little bit of common sense.”
Harris Real Estate agent Kris Casey sold two properties at auction on the weekend, both of which only allowed registered bidders to attend.
She said a Parkside property at 57 Blyth St attracted a lot of attention in the lead up to auction so they took precautions to ensure only serious buyers attended.
“We had said to everyone who had been through the property we were going to make it open to those registered,” she said.
“We tried really hard to get people’s registrations prior to the auction so we had minimal crowds.”
“There were eight people that registered to bid on that property.”
Ms Casey said a couple of young professionals bought the five-bedroom house. She wouldn’t disclose the sale price.
“Everyone is nervous about the environment but (the buyers) had been looking for a long time,” she said.