PHOTO: With worries of the Coronavirus spreading, real estate agents and bidders were using face masks and hand sanitiser. Photo: Peter Rae

Homebuying hopefuls still active in Sydney’s property market are pushing to lock in deals ahead of increased economic uncertainty and are looking for good deals as fears around the coronavirus spread.

But other prospective buyers are spooked, and those who are still only at the researching stage for a future purchase are less likely to be inspecting homes for sale now.

Sparse auction crowds continued to gather on Saturday morning, wearing masks and standing metres apart from each other.

Auctioneers ushered only serious bidders forward and asked spectators to keep their distance.

At the auction of one four-bedroom house at 23 Hudson Street, Granville eight groups registered to bid but not a single party came forward. After a vendor bid of $850,000 it passed in. 

LJ Hooker Granville selling agent Soon Te said the campaign tracked strongly in the first three weeks with 40 groups through the property but it took a turn for the worse this week.