Sumary of ‘Who knows what the inside is like?’ The Australians buying houses they have never seen:
- ”On Tuesday the 35-year-old and her partner made an offer on a house they had seen only through photos and videos, conditional on the property passing a building and pest inspection.
- Buying a property sight unseen used to be something done only by investors, or people moving from overseas.
- In Melbourne, prospective buyers and buyer’s agents have not been allowed to do private inspections during the recent lockdown, though that is slated to change when the first-dose vaccination rate reaches 70% later this month.
- All capital cities recorded growth, and six cities registered double-digit growth.
- “We were just watching the property prices grow, and just thinking: we have some money now, and it is probably going to cost a lot more in a few years’ time,” she says.
- Brunswick resident Alice Kemble, who bought a property in Canberra without having set foot inside.
- Lynda McNeill, a buyer’s advocate in Melbourne, frequently facilitates long-distance property purchases and conducts inspections on behalf of clients.