At the time of writing this we are 6 weeks into our 2021 Greater Sydney lockdown.
So future readers, will we be out of lockdown at the end of August? PLEASE let it be.
As Real Estate Agents in this current lockdown we really have to be grateful for the most part that we can continue working, albeit a lot differently but we can still work and carry out necessary tasks. Considering how many others are faring we must be grateful for that.
It sounds odd to write this but dare I say that, luckily enough, we know what the deal is by this stage. We also know how lockdowns work, their impacts and we know what help is available and to whom.
For Sydney what’s difficult this time around is that it feels like a backward step, having seen the economy here and the general mood improves over the first half of 2021.
In my world, the Property Management one that is, we had experienced a great year so far in terms of reduced vacancy rates, rents starting to stabilising and starting to increase as well. After 2020 I felt that we’d found our feet for sure and I think the sentiment is simply that we’ve all had enough of life with COVID-19 around us.
There is certainly less panic and shock that there was last year so thankfully, we still have tenants looking for properties, and those properties getting snapped up. People are still looking for new surroundings, more workspace to separate work & downtime, and trying new suburbs. As we’re now pretty well versed with our “new normal” we are definitely well placed to be able to give our clients, current & new, some certainty surrounding their investment properties especially when their property is coming onto the Rental Market during the current lockdown. While there may be some added concern because of some restrictions, we can thankfully follow the daily updates of the Real Estate Institute of NSW & Fair Trading to know what we can & can do as things evolve.
So, what’s happening at The Management Agency;
- Plenty of one-on-one Inspections to show Prospective tenants properties, By Appointment & vacant properties only
- Routine Inspections are delayed until restrictions ease, unless absolutely necessary, realistically we might need a couple of months to catch up on these
- Urgent Repairs & Maintenance
- Maintenance where tenants are agreeable to access & under a strict set of circumstances
- Working through any requests for assistance via the assistance packages available to tenants & landlords
- A steady stream of new clients coming on board with The Management Agency through July & at currently at capacity into September
As for our rental market, we’re yet to see any real impacts on rents or vacancy rates but of course, we’re monitoring and making any adjustments that are needed. Vacancy rates & rents are currently holding steady from what’s been a consistent year in lettings.
Aside from that, we are essentially working as per normal. Just like most other Sydney siders, we are trying to minimise our movements as well, with only the essential appointments taking place.
We’re here though, working from home as we always have. We just now have to be out of PJ’s and ready to go should someone want to see a property so that keeps us on our toes!
The new sign-off; “Stay Safe!”
Antonio Mesiti is the Principal & Property Manager at The Management Agency, a local Property Management specialist offering a one on one service for his Property Investor clients.
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