DAVE and Anita Williams did not have the chance to set foot in their new Blackmans Bay home before buying it.
The Melbournites were not even in the same state when they signed on the bottom line.
The husband and wife have holidayed in Tasmania, enjoyed their time here and have considered moving south.
Ongoing coronavirus lockdowns impacted their plans and “spurred us into action,” Mr Williams said.
“The extended lockdown in Melbourne made our mind up — we no longer wish to be imprisoned for months on end just observing time slowly going by,” he said.
“And the threat of another lockdown is always there.
“I also realised that I can work from home so there is no need to actually live in Melbourne to be close to work.”
The property that the couple bought was listed and sold in just two days, which caused some stress, but Mr and Mrs Williams knew with the pace of the current market they “had to get on with it”.
Mrs Williams said they had never bought a property without visiting it before.
“We were a bit concerned but an independent building inspection eased that,” she said.
Tasmania’s affordable pricing compared to Melbourne meant the couple could buy a home that would be out of reach in Victoria.
Mrs Williams said they had always dreamt about having a house with a water view and in Melbourne these are few and far between and come at an eye-watering, multimillion-dollar price.
“Not so in Tassie,” she said.
View Real Estate chief executive Adrian Kelly said interest was growing in Tassie and right across regional Australia.
“It was happening here before COVID, Tasmania was seen as a nice safe place to live and still relatively affordable,” he said.
“Now that is only being amplified.”
Mr Kelly said the home at Blackmans Bay had attracted multiple offers.
“I let our vendor know the process would likely be pretty quick because that’s what the market is like with our supply and demand imbalance.
“In many cases, like this one, the time it takes a property to hit the market then go ‘under contract’ can be just two or three days.
“It is certainly a challenge for those who are looking to buy.”