Ray White Craigieburn will continue online bidding

Michaela Meade

Ray White Craigieburn will continue to offer inspections and online auctions, to allow participation regardless of vaccination status and avoid “discrimination”.

Current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria require people going to auctions or property inspections to be fully vaccinated against the virus.

Ray White Craigieburn, sales consultant, Trish Orrico, said the company has decided to continue to offer an online option to allow all buyers to participate in the market.

Ms Orrico said the agency had received “overwhelming support” from buyers and sellers over the move.

“Our job is to create as much buyer competition for our sellers, not to weed out buyers based on vaccination status,” Ms. Orrico said.

“We have received phone calls from the general public thanking us for not discriminating against people’s medical conditions/choices.

“It’s been a tough time for many, and buying/selling a home is itself an emotional roller coaster ride, so why would we add to that by even telling a buyer they can’t come to a sale? at auction?”

Ms. Orrico said the process of conducting online auctions is very unique and cannot be replicated in a physical environment.

“We hold online auctions on a Thursday evening where we have five to 10 properties available,” she said.

“If a buyer misses one, they can start bidding on the next one.

“It’s not something that can be done with street auctions just because of the logistics.”