PHOTO: Western Sydney agent Rufina Djo says there are hardly any buyers at the moment.(Supplied: Rufina Djo)

Buying or selling a house is one of life’s more stressful events, but imagine doing it during a global pandemic.

The real estate industry has been turned on its head over the past six weeks, with big changes to the way we buy and sell houses.

The ABC’s Personal Finance team looked into it, state by state.

So, are houses still for sale?


But the process of buying and selling is very different, since a blanket ban on on-site auctions and open-for-inspections was announced by the Prime Minister in late March.

Instead, auctions can be done online or are being sold by private sale.

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A group of adults at a house auction.
These sorts of auctions clearly aren’t a reasonable option right now.(ABC News: Jerry Rickard)

While online auctions are allowed, very few are going ahead, with the vast majority switching to private treaty.