Leading London developer Galliard Homes has partnered with on-line technology firm Reevo 360 to launch innovative guided virtual viewings for buyers across Galliard’s London portfolio of homes for sale; the virtual viewings enable the Galliard sales team to guide buyers through properties priced from just £299,000, without the purchaser needing to leave their home or the office.
Galliard has launched virtual viewings in light of the latest guidance from the Ministry of Housing and the Law Society on marketing and transaction procedures during the Coronavirus lockdown. Developers with sales agents, working remotely/from home, can market properties via virtual viewings technology and remote telephone/video calls, and offers can be made and accepted. For unoccupied new build homes like those Galliard are marketing, once contracts are exchanged, transactions can continue without any delay since there are no existing occupier risks.
Founded in 2018 Reevo 360 uses revolutionary technology linked to a bespoke design camera rig that took 1.5 years to research and develop. Reevo 360 has visited Galliard apartments and houses across London and using the bespoke IT and camera rig created state-of-the-art 360 degree virtual reality interior and exterior views of the Galliard homes for sale, alongside RICS floorplans and still photos.
Potential buyers are sent a digital link for the Galliard property they are interested in viewing, along with a unique access code which connects the buyer’s screen to that of the Galliard sales agent. This enables the Galliard sales agent to speak to and interact with the buyer and take them on a professionally guided virtual viewing of the home for sale; with the sales person conversing and outline all the features and benefits of the property, and answering any buyer questions during the virtual viewing.
To access the virtual viewing the buyer can use any smart of PC device including smartphone/i-phone, tablet, laptop or traditional PC, connecting with Galliard from anywhere in the world. The virtual viewing is encrypted and secure and is unique to the buyer and Galliard sales agent. Like any viewing, the virtual tour can take however long the buyer requires whether that is 10 minutes, 20 minutes or an hour or more.
In addition, should the buyer want a partner, relative, investment adviser or lawyer to join the virtual viewing, this can be arranged and up to 50 people can have connected screens with the sales agent and join the virtual viewing.
Galliard residential developments in London benefitting from the Reevo 360 virtual viewings service include Westgate House in Ealing, a scheme of studio suites and one bedroom apartments priced from £299,000; Trilogy on Harper Road in Borough, a scheme of one, two and three bedroom apartments with prices starting from £1,130,000; Tower Bridge Road in Southwark, a scheme of deluxe studio, one, two and three bedroom bedroom apartments with prices starting from £795,000 and Harbour Central in London Docklands, providing one and three bedroom apartments priced from £710,000.
Other developments available to tour via Reevo 360 virtual viewings include The Stage in Shoreditch, the transformation of William Shakespeare’s historic Curtain Theatre site into a mixed use scheme providing studio suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments priced from £699,000; Islington Square, the new Covent Garden style destination for Islington, with apartments priced from £815,000; Church Road in Leyton, providing one, two and three bedroom apartments priced from £325,000 and Orchard Wharf, a London Docklands scheme of apartments and duplexes with prices from £460,000.
Galliard now have a team of 25 dedicated sales agents who are able to provide buyers with virtual tours and based on physical tours data Galliard calculate that they could receive requests for up to 120 virtual tours per month, if not more over the coming two quarters of 2020.
David Galman, Sales Director at Galliard Homes said, “Galliard is delighted to have partnered with Reevo 360 in order to roll out guided virtual viewings across our London portfolio of homes for sale. We have launched this new service for clients because, despite the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, over the past month we have continued to have 20 sales per week across our London portfolio, double last year during the Brexit stagnation. Our buyers want to view properties, yet stay safe from Coronavirus; so this roll out of virtual viewings is an innovative solution to help meet this demand.”
David Galman continues: “Due to Coronavirus generating turmoil in stock markets arounds the world investors are taking flight from equities and putting their money into fixed assets such as property. In addition, many of our UK and overseas clients are either self-isolating or working from home so they are saving on commuting and have more time to look for property. As a result of all these factors we have had a 40% spike in website hits and sales enquiries.
Daniel Freeman, Sales Director at Reeve 360 says: “Our Reevo 360 guided virtual viewing is highly innovative and distinctive in the property marketing sector. Distinct from “Virtual Tours” which are not a proper guided tour or collaborative exchange between the sales agent and buyer. What Reevo 360 enables Galliard to offer customers is a truly interactive 360 degree tour of a property where the sales agent actually guides the buyer remotely through the home, talking through its features with them and answering questions, just as they do in the real world. This is why Galliard has chosen to roll out our offering across its London portfolio.”