COVID restrictions such as no open homes and online auctions have certainly not hurt house price growth in recent times.
Yet the news that in NSW at least that open homes are back, along with on-site auctions is expected to ramp up even further interest in the hot property market.
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Meanwhile it seems it pays to put off making a decision - like selling a home - as the sale of a NSW South Coast home this week showed.
The latest sky-high price comes as coastal Illawarra and south coast properties continue to beat records.
The Black Chapel estate in Wollongong's northern suburbs has a price guide of $4 million.
The current owner's grandparents bought the property in 1911, and original photos of the home at the time show how much the Maryville area has changed.
And new research has revealed the regional markets where house values have grown the fastest since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with one region clocking a 50 per cent price increase.
The decision was announced after some buyers at one Canberra new development had their sales contracts cancelled.