Property Managers

Coronavirus: Ban on inspections of occupied homes hits industry

Victoria’s peak real estate body has slammed the state government for quietly outlawing inspections of occupied properties, saying the change will effectively prevent homeowners from selling or leasing non-vacant dwellings.

The directive escalates Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ban on open for inspections, which allowed agents to continue booking private inspections with prospective buyers and tenants.

A leading agent has described the development as “overkill”, especially with the coronavirus curve flattening, saying it has the potential to “put thousands of people in the real estate industry and supporting industries out of work”.

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Glucksberg Trio: Grandest of heritage Hawthorn triplets ready for next chapter

9 Yarra St, Hawthorn certainly has street presence.

An elaborate Hawthorn tower residence built in the late 1800s by a renowned architect of the time has graced the market.

Part of what is know as the Glucksberg Trio, 9 Yarra St certainly makes a statement.

It was designed by John Beswicke, who was dubbed ‘Hawthorn’s architect’ and who created some of the area’s most famous mansions and public buildings, including the town hall.

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First homebuyers keen on three western Sydney suburbs

1 Webley Rd Edmondson Park.

The quarantine market has led to an increase in first homebuyers searching for property online, with a 58 per cent increase in inquiries through in March, according to

REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said it is a positive sign first homebuyers are still very active even though the pandemic will slow activity for them, investors and owner-occupiers alike.

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REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee.

“First homebuyer inquiry levels were up 58 per cent in March,” she said.

“Unlike investors, first

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Older buyers withdraw from the property market for now

Manly has become a COVID-19 hotspot and health authorities are recommending three of its beaches are closed over Easter. Elderly property buyers who seek out the Manly lifestyle appear to be staying away,

The Baby Boomers wanting to downsize from large family homes were among the most active buyers in Sydney before coronavirus hit the city.

They had equity, were on the hunt for low-maintenance homes and didn’t always have time on their side.

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A classic Manly harbourfront beloved by downsizers.

However on Sydney’s northern beaches agents have

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COVID-19: Five contest renovated Belmont home after virus rules hit scheduled auction

3 Spring St, Belmont, sold at the weekend.

Strong interest from five buyers has ensured that sellers of a renovated Belmont house will walk away with more than they asked for.

The buyers put their best offers on the table before last weekend after drastic social distancing laws changed their auction campaign mid-stream.

But the change didn’t affect their sale price, which was more than $620,000.

The weatherboard house at 3 Spring St was scheduled to be auctioned last weekend, but Stockdale & Leggo, Belmont agent Laura Berry pivoted to a private treaty campaign after public auctions and house inspections

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