Renters and homebuyers will still be able to conduct inspections of homes with the launch of new digital inspections via realestate.com.au after major COVID-19 restrictions were put in place by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Realestate.com.au announced the launch hours after Mr Morrison restricted group open-for-inspections alongside a raft of activities being curbed to help Australia flatten the spread of coronavirus.
Digital Inspections would see real estate agents use videos – either shot professional or even via iPhone or mobile phone walk-throughs – which would be available to renters and buyers via ‘Inspections’ sections of Buy and Rent listings on realestate.com.au.
REA Group chief sales officer, Kul Singh said it was the first of the new features that would be rolled out to support the property market through unprecedented times.
“We want our customers and consumers to know that the property market is still open for business and inspections remain open online. We’re doing everything in our power to support the long-term success of the industry.”
“Digital Inspections is the first of our new features to help the market adapt to the evolving conditions. We all have a responsibility to flatten the curve when it comes to the spread of COVID-19 and we are focused on helping our customers continue to operate their businesses in a safe environment.”
REA Group GM Core Products Tim Bradley said turnaround time for the new feature was key to help consumers.
“We mobilised a small team to bring this feature to market as quickly as possible to help our customers successfully adapt to the rapidly changing conditions.”
“Digital Inspections is a really user friendly feature – the videos can be professional or even a walk-through taken on a phone. It’s the perfect solution to taking buyers and renters on a digital tour of properties to help them discover features they would normally see when attending a traditional open-for-inspection.”
The feature is set to go live on the app in coming days.