Coronavirus - Seller FAQ | Jellis Craig

November 23, 2020

Coronavirus - Seller FAQ

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At Jellis Craig, our priority is supporting our clients and the community throughout this challenging time.

To help you understand the current state of play and make informed property related decisions, we have put together a series of frequently asked questions for your reference.

What do the current restrictions mean for real estate?

We are able to conduct inspections and outdoor auctions complying with strict government restrictions and visit your home to conduct a property appraisal.

You can read our inspection and auction guidelines for Victoria here:

What are the current inspection guidelines?

  • 20 attendees (from any number of households) are permitted at each inspection
  • All attendees must register prior
  • Attendees must wear a fitted face mask for the entire duration of the inspection
  • Standard social distancing and hygiene requirements remain
  • All attendees are recorded for contact tracing purposes

What are the outdoor auction guidelines?

  • Up to 50 people (registered attendees) may attend
  • Attendance is by pre-registration only
  • Attendees must wear a face mask for the entire duration of the auction
  • Standard social distancing and hygiene requirements remain
  • Contact details for anyone attending will be recorded for contact tracing purposes

Can I sell under the current restrictions?

Yes, you can sell your property under the current restrictions. At Jellis Craig we are well positioned to sell your property, we can show buyers through your property with safety measures in place and can seamlessly facilitate property transactions via Auction, Private Sale or an Expression of Interest campaign.

Under current government restrictions we can auction your home outdoors with 50 registered buyers in attendance and with strict distancing and hygiene practices in place.

We can also visit your home and offer you an opinion of value and discuss the best strategy to bring your property to market.

We encourage you to reach out to us to discuss your individual circumstances so that we can prepare a selling strategy that aims to get you the best result for your property.

Can I still get my property appraised under the current restrictions?

Yes, under the current restrictions you can have a sales agent come to your home to offer an opinion of value. We would welcome the opportunity to talk about how we can best take your property to market. You can book your property appraisal here.

Alternatively, we can offer you an opinion of value without needing to physically visit your home, via our virtual consultation service.

If you would like to see how the market in your suburb is performing, you can also view and download your Suburb Report here.

Are there buyers still in market?

Yes, buyer demand is in fact very high at this point in time, we have many buyers who are keen to book in inspections. We anticipate this level of demand will stay strong throughout the remainder of the year and beyond.

Can my settlement continue and can I move under the current restrictions?

Yes, settlements can continue, and you will be able to move house during this time. Solicitors and conveyancers can continue to work remotely and should be able to assist with your settlement.

We will facilitate the process and handover your keys in a contactless manner.

How has Coronavirus impacted the state of the market?

We are still seeing a significant volume of buyer activity in the market and have facilitated many transactions over the past few months.

We have adapted how we do business and we are still receiving a lot of enquiry and have many buyers who are keen to book in inspections which is evidence to indicate that the market is still very much active.

We have seen how resilient the property market has been of recent times with pricing relatively stable and buyer enquiry still high.

Are properties still selling?

Yes, properties are still selling. In fact, during this period we have seen the average campaign duration reduce from the traditional length of four weeks down to even as low as two- three weeks.

We anticipate property sales to increase further now that we are able to hold inspections and outdoor auctions.

What should I do if I want to sell my property during this time?

We are very well positioned to assist you in selling your home in the current market and have adapted the way we do business in order to continue to seamlessly facilitate property transactions.

We can hold inspections and have many buyers who are keen to view our latest listings. Contact us to discuss a selling strategy that will get you the best possible result for your property.

Can I still sell my property via an auction?

Yes, the current government restrictions allow for outdoor auctions with up to 50 registered buyers. You can read more about the current auction guidelines here:

How is paperwork signed remotely?

We use digital contracts to facilitate sales in a seamless manner and will continue to do so throughout this time.

What about other real estate services?

All other real estate services are now back up and running. Services such as photographers, stylists, videographers, and signboards are now able to support in bringing your property to market in the best way possible.

At Jellis Craig we are here to support you and provide guidance through these times. If we can assist you with any of your property needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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