COVID-19 has forced many people to become tech whizzes and never more so than when it comes to video conferencing calls. Whether it’s for get togethers with family and friends or for professional business meetings, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and more are now the bee’s knees for adults and kids alike.
Champagne bottles are popping across the Victorian real estate industry as doors open to in-house inspections for the first time in two months. Under Andrews’ government’s COVID-19 stage 4 restrictions, only online inspections have been allowed since August 2, crippling a sector usually planning for its busiest season.
Stuck within COVID-19 lockdown, metropolitan Melburnians are finding even the chore of buying groceries a great escape from boredom. A potential lift of the Andrews’ government road map restrictions is due on Monday, September 28. But between now and “COVID Normal” – especially amidst spring school holidays – here are some solutions to stay positive, active, connected and in the right frame of mind.
Victorian real estate agents are urging the Andrews’ government to consider fair and just rules for landlords, who have become “the forgotten people” in an industry already on its knees, thanks to COVID-19 lockdowns. The appeal comes on the back of thousands of Victorian tenants essentially enjoying rent-free living with no accountability needed, while also receiving COVID-19 government relief.
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!
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”.
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.