Canberrans in the property market are divided by ACT restrictions banning in-person inspections.
Kate Walton, a Canberra-based writer, is trying to enter the property market for the first time. She said buying was out of the question if she could not view the property first.
"I've essentially put my house-hunting on hold until lockdown is over," Ms Walton said.
"I'm not willing to risk investing a significant amount of money in something that may become problematic down the road."
Ms Walton hoped in-person restrictions could be eased, especially with the extension of lockdown.
"If homes are unoccupied, changing the rules to allow individual inspections while the agent waits outside would make it much more possible," she said.
Data from CoreLogic showed there was less uptake from Canberrans in the property market.
The week before lockdown, the clearance rate was 88.9 per cent of 110 total auctions. Comparatively, the last week of August had a clearance rate of 68.4 per cent of 95 total auctions.
While there had been a dip, many were still buying new properties during lockdown.
New property owner Kanchan Vaidya said she and her husband made a "very big decision" purchasing a property virtually.
"The building report made a huge difference for me. It was above and beyond standard, so that made us feel a lot better," Mrs Vaidya said.
"The market is so competitive right now, so when lockdown was announced, it further confirmed to me that we needed to buy a house now."
This was a common feeling among buyers, said McGrath real estate agent Jason Anasson.
"There are some leaving the market until lockdown lifts but many people are getting desperate for a variety of reasons. Some have rental contracts ending or they've already sold, so they need to find a home," Mr Anasson said.
Mandy Rhind recently sold her property, facing the announcement of lockdown the day before her first scheduled inspection.
"As soon as the news broke I thought, 'Oh god, I've just bought a property and now I have to sell my own in lockdown'," she said.
"I went home and immediately created a video for buyers to look at, it had an online auction and then it was sold straight away. I've never seen the Canberra property market so berserk but I am really grateful it was able to sell so quickly."
Lockdown only seemed to be a small barrier for the property market, with the average house value rising 2.4 per cent in August.
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