Dubbo's property market practices are changing in response to coronavirus but the industry's wheels are still turning for transactions and property management.
Multiple agents are advising of swapping from traditional open homes to inspections by video and FaceTime, and of auctions going online from midnight Wednesday.
The changes are in response to a ban imposed by the national cabinet to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
It was welcomed by Real Estate Institute of NSW Orana division chairman Adam Wells, who said it provided clarity for the industry.
He said measures were being put in place to keep agents, vendors, prospective buyers, landlords and tenants safe. They included moving to private inspections by appointment for all properties and being diligent in who was coming through the doors, he said.
"Making sure we're as an industry asking questions about whether people have been travelling overseas, whether they've been sick in the past couple of weeks, things like that," Mr Wells said.
"That's the goal in all of this is to just ensure people are still remaining safe, but still needing to operate a service that's very important for landlords and tenants, and vendors and purchasers.
"There's big life decisions being made for people moving, for selling, for buying... and to be able to still transact is really important."
Mr Wells said a sale of a property this week had resulted in work in the form of pest and building inspections, a valuation, and for a solicitor and mortgage broker.
"So the flow-on effect is just so important to as safely as we can, continue business as we can," he said.
Mr Wells is part of the Elders Dubbo team, and reports on the leasing side, property managers are making sure emergency repairs and the like are being worked through, "because obviously that still needs to happen".
He urged tenants who were under financial strain because of coronavirus to reach out.
"What our office has been talking about and what I imagine I speak on behalf of the other property managers in town is encouraging people, if there are problems with paying rent, to contact your property managers immediately," he said.
"Don't leave it until three weeks, four weeks down the track when you can't [pay]."