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Open homes, auctions push after NSW lifts ban

first_imgManaging Director of Place Sarah Hackett has called for open homes to be restarted under strict guidelines. Picture: Liam Kidston.With NSW set to lift its ban on group open homes and auctions this weekend, the head of one of Queensland’s biggest agencies has called for the Sunshine State to follow suit, arguing “there are more crowds at coffee shops”. Sarah Hackett, managing director of Place, said reinstating “open for inspections” was easily possible with strict conditions, such as letting small numbers in at a time. Auction market set to bounce back bigger than before She said that open houses and auctions would help to stimulate the market and ­increase competition. “I would 100 per cent call for it,” she told The Courier-Mail. “There are more crowds at coffee shops than what we would do,” she said. “We could really control the numbers and the conditions. We control the front door. We’re in charge. Absolutely we could do this with strict safe distances. We want our clients to feel safe and we want our staff to feel safe.” Antonia Mercorella, head of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland – the state’s peak industry body – ­yesterday wrote to two ministers that hold the key to the sector’s operations under COVID-19, seeking ­consultation for a staged return to work timeline. On NSW opening up auctions and open homes from this weekend, she said: “It’s not totally surprising, but perhaps a little bit ­earlier than we had anticipated.” On Friday the Queensland Health Minister allowed for open house inspections “with a maximum of 6 people including the real estate agent inside the building at any one time, with no more than one person per 4 square metres”. Auctions were not included. How coronavirus has affected the Queensland property market MORE: After coronavirus, Australia is not going back to what it wascenter_img Ms Mercorella said that the ­industry would like to work closely with the Government on distancing and hygiene protocols that would ­enable the rules to be relaxed further, but also ensure health and safety were still the top priority. Any date for a return to open inspections and onsite auctions would have to be endorsed by the health minister, Ms Mercorella said, and the industry preferred that it be an agreed-upon date that would allow members to be well educated on ­conditions and requirements. “We will be watching what happens in NSW very carefully and with great interest, and we are in the process of writing to those two ministers to work together on introducing a similar return to work plan,” she said. Distancing rules, maximum person restrictions, limiting touching, and ensuring vulnerable groups were protected on site were among the measures that needed to be agreed upon.Ms Mercorella said the real estate industry had responded very well to the restrictions so far, demonstrating “a real sense of professionalism and responsibility”. “I think that’s all of Queensland too, everyone is taking this very seriously. We understand that we all have a role to play.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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So our view is that while we are keen to get back to business as usual, we have to be very cautious in our approach.” NSW, which had the highest number of coronavirus cases in Australia, announced its ban on open homes and onsite auctions would be lifted from this weekend, after almost six weeks of restrictions. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agolast_img

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