Metro Melbourne Stage 4 Restrictions | Buyer FAQs

8 Aug 2020

More than ever, we’re supporting our team, our clients and our community to work through the challenges that COVID-19 presents.  Below are our most frequently asked questions to help provide clarity and assistance in making informed property related decisions.

What does the Stage 4 lockdown mean for real estate?
All real estate offices (residential and commercial) in Melbourne Metro are closed under stage 4 restrictions. We are unable to conduct any onsite work, visit properties or conduct buyer inspections, including by private appointment.

The entire Brad Teal team continue to work remotely to support our clients.  All office numbers, direct lines, mobiles and email addresses remain active and we’re available (virtually!) as normal.

Will my settlement go ahead and can I still move home under stage 4?
Services related to property settlements: including valuation, pest & building inspection, final pre-settlement inspection, contactless handover of keys and files are still permitted, with the appropriate permitted worker permits in place.

Can I still inspect a property in person?
Private inspections are not permitted under current stage 4 restrictions. Many of our current listings include extensive photography, property videos or 3D virtual tours where appropriate.  Our team has also filmed walkthrough video footage to provide additional assistance to buyers in providing as much detail as possible.

Are properties still selling?
Yes, as many inspections have already taken place, properties continue to sell. Brad Teal Real Estate can transact and execute digital contracts in a contactless manner.

How is paperwork signed remotely?
BTRE adopted digital technology some time ago and all authorities and contract of sale documentation are fully executed digitally with ease.

What technology do you have available to facilitate real estate transactions?
We’re using the latest technology to bring together opportunities, whilst keeping our distance! Online auction platforms, virtual property tours, video meetings, digital contracts and virtual property appraisals are all part of Brad Teal Real Estate’s leading edge toolkit.

How do I find out about off market sales?
Over recent months, off-market sales have proven popular due to low stock levels allowing properties to be sold without the need for public advertising or promotion. Talk to a Brad Teal team member to register your interest.

Can I still apply for home buying grants and schemes?
The Victorian Commissioner of State Revenue has extended the HomeBuilder scheme in the state from the initial three months to a six month period to take into account the current shutdown.

What if my home is being built?
The construction industry has been permitted to continue operating on a scaled back level, that limits the amount of people who can work on site. These restrictions will be in force from 11.59pm on Friday August 7.

FAQ Regional Stage 3 Restrictions | Purchasers

How do Stage 3 Restrictions differ in Regional Victoria?
At Brad Teal, our Gisborne office continues to operate in a less restricted albeit highly regulated context under Stage 3 Restrictions.  We continue to successfully list and sell properties in these areas under these conditions.  To confirm:

  • Inspections can continue, but must be scheduled by private appointment only
  • All auctions can only be conducted online

Our Gisborne team continues to be very active and is available to help you with your next property move.

Please contact the Brad Teal team via phone or email should you require assistance.  We’re here to help.


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