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Ray White welcomes Melbourne private inspections return

By Georgina Shanahan

RAY WHITE has welcomed today’s Victoria State Government announcement that private home inspections can return in metropolitan Melbourne from 11.59pm on Sunday 27 September 2020.

Metropolitan Melbourne – the second step:

  • Real estate auctions: remote auctions only
  • Real estate inspections: Private property and display home inspections allowed with one agent and one prospective purchaser or tenant.
  • The prospective purchaser or tenant may be accompanied by one other person from an existing household or an intimate partner, and the prospective purchaser or tenant’s children under 18 years old
  • ‘Contactless’ with protocols for inspections, including pre-arranged at a set time and limited to 15 minutes
  • A person is not permitted to travel to regional Victoria for a private property inspection, and a person may not travel to metropolitan Melbourne for a private property inspection.  Ray White Group Managing Director Dan White applauded the announcement and said it was a win for buyers, vendors, tenants, landlords, and real estate as an industry.

“There’s no doubt our members and customers have been in pain in recent times. We’ve heard a number of heart-wrenching stories and this announcement from the Andrews Government will provide hope to many families in distress,” Mr White said.

“We know from other states and New Zealand that private one-on-one inspections can be successfully conducted in a highly-controlled setting.

“Private inspections are all pre-scheduled, where only a single buyer or tenant interact with a single agent, while still being able to properly observe social distancing and enact effective transmission mitigation (i.e. sanitisation of surfaces and the use of masks).”

Ray White Victoria and Tasmania CEO Stephen Dullens said for thousands of people around metropolitan Melbourne, the announcement was nothing short of a lifeline.

“Today’s announcement will be welcomed by thousands of our customers – particularly those experiencing significant hardship at this time,” Mr Dullens said.

“We feel this outcome recognises the genuine needs of Victorians to transact, while also keeping the safety of the community as the highest priority.

“This is a needs-based market. Shelter is a basic human need – many people simply have no choice but to move for various reasons and do not have the luxury of waiting for restrictions to ease – this will provide a light at the end of the tunnel for so many.

“Private inspections will enable the industry to safely serve their customers and ensure that what’s often the most important financial transaction of their lifetimes can be undertaken without further delays, in a safe environment.

“Our members are well trained and well versed on how to operate in a COVID-safe environment. We’ve been planning this for weeks and are looking forward to servicing our valued clients in a safe and effective way.

“We also take this opportunity to thank the Victorian Government for working proactively with the Ray White Group and other members of the real estate industry in recent weeks – the opportunity for engagement and collaboration has certainly been welcomed.”


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