Regional Victoria, it’s time to celebrate – at least a little! Australia heard that you’ve jumped ahead of your metropolitan counterparts and into the third step of the Andrews’ government’s COVID-19 restrictions road map. This change from midnight on Thursday, September 17 finally gives you the freedom to roam past home boundaries whenever you choose and for whatever reason.
On the back of an incredibly difficult week for Victoria, with the Andrews’ government announcing COVID-19 restrictions will continue according to its new road map, the virus-stricken state is today coming to grips with six more months of lockdown.
We’re all living in a whole new world, thanks to COVID-19 – especially residents of metropolitan Melbourne – and those selling property need to tread the trail of virtual or online appraisals and inspections. Read on to clear the path between you and these strange new possibilities.
Hands up if you want to beat COVID-19? With stage 4 restrictions now extended for another six months, struggling Melburnians definitely do and one of the best ways to do this is with your attitude. Crawling under a rock and staying there is perfectly understandable. But don’t let this virus have the last word!
Even when COVID-19 wasn’t the be all and end all of our lives, home offices were a necessary feature for freelancers and self-employed businesses. Now, more than ever, these rooms are crucial. Yet while offering great freedom to work – and wear – just how you like it, without battling hours of trains and traffic, the ideal combination of comfort and productivity can be difficult to create.
With Victoria set to struggle with COVID-19 lockdowns for the next six months, the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) is planning a moratorium strike until “balance and common sense is restored”.
In a strong effort to stabilise Australia’s COVID-19 economy, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) maintained its cash rate of 0.25 per cent in its September meeting. The cash rate has now sat at 0.25 per cent since March.
Spring is just around the corner and with the warmer, sunnier weather comes the busiest time of year for real estate. So, if you’re keen to sell, don’t waste any time preparing your property for new owners – while remembering COVID-19 could add to possible issues.
Yet again, Victorians are struggling with COVID-19 lock downs from home schooling their children to night curfews and panic grocery buying, leaving the rest of us wondering if we’ll be next. But even before this sad second wave, we as real estate agents were being swamped by concerns from people of all ages and backgrounds. The result: we’re quickly learning to be counsellors as well as agents.
Household living has reached a strange new stage in our COVID-19 world. Home-schooling is back underway in metropolitan Melbourne, and then there’s home-working and uncertain indoor and outdoor entertainment possibilities. All of these issues have led people to take a fresh look at domestic surrounds.