PHOTO: Auctioneer Tara Kelly preparing for an online auction. Picture: Annette Dew. Source: News Corp Australia

Buying and selling a property in Australia is set to change for the foreseeable future under new measures put in place to battle COVID-19.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia is calling on real estate agents to make “significant” changes to how they conduct public auctions and open homes.

The industry body’s president, Adrian Kelly, said past practices with open homes and public auctions needed to cease immediately.

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“To arrange unmodified public open homes and auctions is clearly irresponsible,” he said.