REIWA has welcomed the McGowan Government’s announcement to allow the number of people who can attend a home open to be increased from two people (including the agent) to a maximum of 10 people from Monday 27th April.
REIWA President Damian Collins said with sales transactions sitting at a record low of less than 300 per week in Perth in recent weeks, this is positive news for the property market.
“There are many people who are still required to buy, sell or rent a property during the COVID-19 pandemic and this decision will help remove some of the limitations to viewing a property and will be a positive step in helping to increase transactions,” Mr Collins said.
In addition, current social distancing and hygiene rules will still apply with real estate agents required to also maintain a register of people who attend each home open.
“While Western Australia seems to be past the worst of the outbreak, we still take the current restrictions seriously and will be working closely with our members and the government to ensure that we do our part in helping to reduce the spread,” Mr Collins said.
“The cautious relaxation in restrictions coupled with the announcement to provide rental assistance for those in financial stress, is most welcomed by REIWA and we hope this is the beginning of things starting to look up – not just for real estate but for the wider WA economy.”
REIWA looks forward to working with the State Government on other initiatives over the coming months in relation to COVID-19 support, including the Commercial Code of Conduct.
The easing of WA’s stage 3 restrictions effective Monday 27 April, 2020 include an allowance for indoor and outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people. This includes weddings, outdoor personal training, open homes and display village inspections.
Premier Mark McGowan said, “We had to apply some of the most rigorous and tough restrictions including shutting Western Australia off to the rest of the world to keep Western Australians safe.
“The results so far have been encouraging and has now allowed us to make some adjustments.”