No ban on Easter house hunting but buyers to disappear over break

first_imgTwins Chloe and Connor Kristallis in a file shot after a successful Easter egg hunt. Some people would prefer to househunt over the long Easter weekend. Picture: John AppleyardIF you’d rather house hunt than egg hunt over Easter, here’s the lowdown on what to expect.Surprisingly, it’s buyers that control the answer to the question “will open homes and auctions still be held over Easter?”.According to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, the advice from the Industrial Relations Commission was that real estate agencies could open for business if they wished on Easter Saturday. BRISBANE is a renters’ paradise HOW much prices will rise in next 12 months Get The Courier-Mail’s Real Estate and Property News in your Inbox More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoReal estate agents are allowed to open for business on Easter Saturday according to REIQ.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said “even though this is a public holiday in Queensland, real estate agents are allowed to conduct their business on this day”.“Real estate agencies are considered ‘offices’ by the Industrial Relations Commission and as such their trading hours are not restricted on public holidays like some other retail shops and businesses,” she said.But, the indication so far from REIQ members was that most would close over the entire Easter holidays.“Many, many offices close over the Easter period, largely because this is one of the quietest times of the year for real estate and like many of us, agents are keen to spend some quality time away from what is typically a six-day-a-week job and with family,” she said.“We expect there will be many inspections and auctions going ahead, as scheduled, however, numbers will be fewer.”Historically, she said, Easter has always been “a very quiet time of year for agencies and many choose to close for the entire four-day period”.last_img