Agents introduce tougher measures at private house inspections to keep market open

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This property in Bettina Place, Dural has been listed for sale

Real estate agents are being asked to consider themselves as ‘property butlers’ in a bid to keep private inspections alive in the wake of stricter social distancing measures.

Co-director of Guardian Realty, Ben Jobberns, in Sydney’s Hills district, has coined the phase to ensure agents follow strict hygiene protocol during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When you meet us we will be wearing rubber gloves, we will have hand sanitiser there and insist on it being used before entering the property,” he said.

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“We will go through and open every door for you, we will turn every light on and off and if you want to see inside the pantry, then we will open it for you,” he said.

“It is not longer ‘just knock yourself out’ which is what it became – we will be asking our buyers not to touch anything and that is out of respect for our homeowners as well.”

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No touching doors or opening cupboards

Mr Jobberns believes agents will have to return to traditional sales techniques and can no longer just put a sign an out of the front a property and hope it sells, saying “those days are gone’.

The Federal Government’s announcement to ban all on-site and in-room property auctions is not expected to have as much impact in The Hills area, which historically has favoured private treaty sales. Auctions were once reserved for quick sales but had gained popularity over the past five years following the property boom.

Mr Jobberns believes vendors will still want to sell for a variety of reasons including those who have emotionally prepared themselves to retire or downsize and don’t want to wait.

“Think about the person who sold their home four or six weeks ago – they have to go somewhere,” he said.

“So there are definitely buyers out there ready to buy and yes, the reality is that there will probably be more sellers who unfortunately need to sell.”

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This Glenorie property in Cockatoo Place is being sold through private treaty for $2.295m

Agent Will Hampson from Lumby Hampson Real Estate had already changed his auction campaigns to private treaty earlier this week.

They will only take strictly qualified buyers on private inspections and will ensure safe social distancing methods are observed.

Mr Hampson expects live streamed property tours through social media as well as professionally produced videos will be key to connecting to potential buyers during tightened social distancing.

“Technology is really going to be our best friend,” he said.

“Everything as far as transacting real estate nowadays can be done digitally – we can sign an agency agreement, exchange a contract and settle a property all electronically.”

“If people are self-isolating and don’t wish to have us through the property at this time, then we are happy to give them an updated market opinion by taking us on a video tour of their property or sending photos of renovations.”

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This property in Jade Place, West Pennant Hills has a guide of $1.95m – $2.1m

Jenny Carr from Louis Carr Real Estate believes agents will have to revert back to traditional sales methods with more one-on-one services, however, it will depend on whether vendors are happy to have people in their homes.

“We can see that videos are being utilised and people are looking at those more – they are telling us too – so it is an area that we will see evolve,” she said.

“Each day there is a change but are two things that are clear – there are buyers who need to buy because they have sold their house and they have to move out by a certain date. Then there are others who have a loan approved but might be nervous about what their job is going to look like, so for obvious reasons, they will put their househunt on hold.”