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Coronavirus Update – Buyers

Apr 16, 2020 12:24:59 PM

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As the world changes, we adapt so that you can continue to purchase real estate.

At Harcourts, our core values drive everything we do and that means supporting our clients and the community throughout this challenging time. We have put together a series of frequently asked questions to help guide you through the buying process in the current situation.

Is it still possible to buy a property during the Coronavirus?

Yes, you can still buy properties during this period and if you are considering buying, we are very well prepared to assist you and match you with the right property. Our sales agents are continuing to be approached by homeowners who are looking to sell their property and are interested in finding active buyers are in their marketplace. If you are interested in a specific property, please reach out to our sales agent to discuss further.

Can I still inspect properties whilst social distancing restrictions are in place?

Yes, you can still inspect properties. Please feel free to contact us to book an appointment.

Please note all in-person property inspections are restricted depending on the State. In metropolitan Melbourne, we are now conducting inspections virtually.

Private, by-appointment only inspections are also available when requested, should that be an option. We are exercising the utmost care for our teams and clients when it comes to hygiene and social distancing practices when hosting private inspections.

What are Harcourts doing to mitigate the risk of exposure the Coronavirus during private inspections?

All our sales agents are exercising the utmost care when it comes to hygiene, social distancing practices and Government regulations when hosting private inspections of unoccupied properties.

The following procedures have been put executed:

  • Maintaining healthy social distancing (at least 1.5m)
  • Advising attendees to refrain from touching surfaces within the property where possible

We also request buyers refrain from attending an inspection of an unoccupied property if they have:

  • Tested positive to, or have symptoms associated with Coronavirus
  • Recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with Coronavirus
  • Recently been overseas or agreed to any self-isolation conditions

How can I view a property without physically attending a private inspection?

Our sales agents are highly trained on how to conduct virtual inspections, so you can still inspect a property without physically being there. Virtual inspections allow buyers to be taken on a personal tour of the property of your choice at a pre-arranged time, guided by the agent as they walk through the property. This provides you the ability to ask questions and receive answers on the spot. These can be conducted via platforms such as FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp and more.

How can I find out about off-market buying opportunities?

Vendors that aren’t currently on the market may still be interested in selling their property but without an extensive marketing campaign. It is a good idea to connect with your local Harcourts office or agent to discuss your buyer requirements. You can then be kept up to date of relevant properties that match your criteria.

How can I put an offer on a property without meeting the agent?

Harcourts have systems in place so that you and the buyers can sign a legally binding contract digitally. We offer an array of technology platforms that are a safe and secure way to enable transactions to commence, all of which can be used via desktop, mobile phone or tablet.

Can I still buy using the auction method during the Coronavirus?

Whilst the current restrictions prevent all metro Melbourne real estate agents from holding a traditional public auction, Harcourts have been using auction management technology for several years now. Being a first mover has allowed Harcourts to bring the conventional way of doing auction to an online platform, the technology allow sellers and buyers to watch in real-time live streaming, buyers can register to bid, bid online from anywhere in the world and buy and exchange electronically, using digital signature technology integration.

If you are still in the market to buy and would like to engage a buyer’s agent to assist you in these unique buying times, please contact your local Harcourts office today.

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Topics: Buying Tips, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Virtual Tour, Online Auction, Virtual Inspection