Estate agents hold virtual property viewings during Covid-19 crisis

By Greg Murphy

Estate agents say potential house buyers are turning to virtual purchasing to buy new homes during the Covid-19 crisis.

Savills is one of these estate agents turning to technology in order to showcase their stock of homes in Dublin.

Prospective buyers are able to explore properties virtually and chat directly to the agents as if they were attending an in-person viewing.

David Browne, from Savills, said even though you can't beat viewing a property in person, their new website is the "next best thing".

"Over the past 14 days, our team has focused heavily on creating a quality platform that is more than just a marketing gimmick, and I believe we have achieved that," he said.

"Through this platform, prospective new home buyers will be able to obtain all the information they need to make an informed decision.”

Users will be able to reserve time in an agents’ diary for a personal virtual tour of each property.

Transactions can also be handled online with buyers and their solicitors able to sign contracts electronically.

Mr Browne added: “We don’t know how long this crisis will last, or how long restrictions on movement will remain in place, but what we do know – and have done for a long-time before now – is that the demand is there.”