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The Place of Virtual Reality in Property

The Place of Virtual Reality in Property

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Technology is soon to revolutionise the property industry in a way that had not previously been foreseen. As innovations in the field of virtual reality advance, so does the possibility for cross-over industry use. In the not too distant future, you may be viewing a prospective property via the use of a strapped on head mounted display (HMD). This not only makes the viewing process far more convenient, it also holds far more potential benefits.

Take a Virtual Reality Tour

Viewing a prospective property can be a strain. You take time out of your busy schedule to attend a viewing, just to find within a few seconds that the place isn’t for you. Then you have to start the whole process again. In the future, this hassle will be entirely removed by the use of Virtual Reality headsets. When you become interested in a house or flat all you need to do is use a HMD to take a tour of the location. If you want a second opinion, pass the device to your friend, spouse or family. If you don’t like the property, you can instantly exit the viewing.

Some people have been concerned about how effective a virtual tour will be. This isn’t unusual with new and disruptive technologies. The virtual tour won’t look like a computer game nor will it feature low resolution images. Many high quality pictures will be taken of the interior of a property using a 360-degree camera. When viewing the house or flat, you’ll be able to move around using head and eye movements.

Interior Design and Virtual Landscaping

Today, when viewing a property, it can be difficult to imagine exactly what the place will look like with your own personal touch. Garish décor, eccentric ornaments and general poor housekeeping can get in the way of your imagined dream home. It has been predicted that in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be able to use VR glasses to redecorate your home before you’ve even bought the property. Imagine this as a grown-up, more sophisticated version of The Sims. Using this software, you’ll be able to completely wipe the slate clean and remodel the appearance of the property. This software is not only useful for the interior, why not turn your hand to some virtual landscaping? Using the tech, you can speak directly to builders, gardeners, architects or designers to assist in your designs. Add a virtual kitchen, see what a conservatory extension would look like, try different water features in the garden. The possibilities for this are endless.

Is This for Everyone?

There are many people who this technology would not be suitable for. For instance, those looking for high end properties would not necessarily be content to simply strap on a headset before signing along the dotted line. People of an older generation may take to the technology slower than others whereas some may still wish to view a property in person. Whatever the future holds for Virtual Reality in property, it presents a very simple solution to those who are constricted by time and distance.

Boosting Sales for New Developments

This technology also has the potential to assist developers of complexes to sell houses or apartments before they’ve even been built. At the current time, buyers have to put faith in pre-designed pictures and occasionally a show-flat which often look unlike the finished piece. Using VR tech, designers can put together a simple yet immersive tour of what each individual room will actually look like. This is sure to boost trust and ultimately boost sales.

What Does Virtual Reality Technology Look Like Now?

This tech is not as far off as you may think. Virtual Reality headsets are already being used for tours albeit in small numbers and at a basic level. The current use of this tech has already increased the number of viewings per person which in turn has enabled the buyer to find the perfect home easier. We have very high hopes for further developments of this in the property sector.

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Property Detective Continues Work With Independent Estate Agents

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Property Detective, is pleased to announce another collaboration with an innovative and professional estate agency located in several boroughs throughout London, Elliot Lee Estate Agents.

Elliot Lee’s team members are recognized for their professional work and tireless efforts for both their clients and in support of the local community. Property Detective is pioneering the effort to increase transparency in the home buying process, through their detailed reports which are packaged with information including schools, nurseries, demographics, local amenities, crime rates, travel connections and much more.

“We are thrilled to enhance Elliot Lee’s client offering. We know they are a pioneering team with a focus on core values while using innovative methods to provide the best service to their clients,” says Barry Bridges, Founder of PropertyDetective.com.

“We are delighted they see our local area reports as a valuable asset to their professional services,” adds Bridges.

Teaming up with Elliot Lee increases Property Detective’s reach by giving Elliot Lee’s customers access to the in-depth report.

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Property Detective is delighted to sponsor the Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2015

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We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Property Detective is a sponsor of the 2015 Estate Agency of the Year Awards: one of the most prestigious events in the industry, celebrating everything that’s good about estate agency, innovation and property technology.

For us, this represents an important milestone for us in the business, as we roll out our Postcode Partners scheme and continuing taking on new agents as official distributors of Property Detective reports.

Officially, we said:

Property Detective is delighted to be a sponsor of the Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2015. Our work with agents up and down the country has shown us the outstanding work and high levels of innovation in the industry; something that Property Detective is firmly a part of. We can’t wait to help agents celebrate their achievements at the official awards ceremony later this year.”

Unofficially, we’re mega-excited and looking forward to meeting the nominees and winners in October. Before then, we’re expecting paths to cross as we continue expanding the business and working with trusted, local agents throughout England and beyond.

Nominations are now open across a broad range of categories; you can learn more via the official website: