Real Estate Buyers Agents Association (REBAA) president Cate Bakos said January usually spells a quiet time for housing, but things could be different in 2021.

“There is no doubt FOMO is affecting many people who feel they might be priced out of the market in 2021,” she said.

“In a moving market like this, buyers need to make sure they are buying the right property and not making a costly mistake they will later regret."

This coincides with a survey from QBE that found a third of respondents claim they know their neighbours better now than in previous years, with 61% saying they'd like to build better neighbour relationships.

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QBE claims data from the past three years also indicates 15% more theft claims are made during the festive period, as thieves know people won't be home as often.

This is why it's important to build relationships with neighbours, according to QBE chief customer officer of personal lines Eleanor Debelle.

“Our research shows that three in four of us feel more comfortable going on holidays if we know our neighbours are keeping an eye on things," she said.

"Reaching out to people who live nearby could be a great way to enhance your security and also build on that sense of community that has started to develop over the year.”

“If you’re not in the habit of letting your neighbours know when you go away, now would be a great time to start. Aside from increasing the security of your home, it may also strengthen the relationship you’ve built during 2020.”

QBE's survey was conducted in November and polled 1,004 people aged 18-65. 


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