Virtual Viewings

Why 360° virtual viewings are here to stay

One of the (few) benefits of the various lockdowns the UK has been through is that there has been a positive shift in people’s attitudes to doing more things online – whether that’s seeing the grandkids, chatting with friends, buying groceries online or buying or renting a property.Even the most traditional high-street estate agents have had to revise their views that sales are lost and won by their...

New-builds: the advantages of buying off-plan

Buying a property ‘off-plan’ – before it has been built – could save you money, as developers want the certainty of knowing they have a buyer and are sometimes prepared to offer benefits such as ‘early bird’ discounts. Even if they don’t, you’re likely to have more say in the choice of interior finishes and bathroom tiles and fittings than if you bought it further down the line. And if...

Speed your house buying up with virtual tours and online research

With annual house price growth up to 7.1% in April 2021, and prices up by 2.1% month on month – the largest rise since February 2004 – the outlook for the housing market looks “fairly buoyant”, according to research by Nationwide. It also reported that the stock of homes on the market is “relatively constrained’, which means that if you are searching in sought-after areas, you may find that...

Waterfront and seaside homes are more popular than ever

Always a popular choice for homeowners, homes with views of the sea, river, canal, estuary, or docklands are now even more sought after than living inland – one of the knock-on effects of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. With more people continuing to work from home, it’s easier to pick a property to suit your lifestyle. You can move to the seaside and enjoy coastal walks, surfing and sailing or...

Earth Day 2021 and beyond: Protecting the planet begins at home

Thursday 22nd of April 2021 officially marks Earth Day, and this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”, which will focus on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems. Topics covered include reforestation, climate literacy, citizen science and global clean-ups, with Earth Day being the impetus for more action throughout 2021. Plant a tree One of the...

Home security hacks for virtual viewings

Virtual tours have been in the news over the past week – but for all the wrong reasons.An estate agent has apologised after a 3D virtual tour of a house in Devon revealed personal information – including financial details – belonging to the homeowner.Philip Fowler, the owner of Devon-based Fowlers estate agency, has apologised, telling the BBC that his company had removed all of its 3D tours so that...

360° virtual tours – the best marketing tool for your property

Selling or letting a property in the traditional way with a high street agent taking a few photos and sticking them in their shop window and on property portals seems so dated now. If one of the things the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns has shown is that many of us now make much more use of online experiences to shape our work and personal lives – and we’re not in a hurry to return to some of the...

Five tips on marketing your property… virtually

When you’ve been living in a home for a few years, it’s very easy to take it for granted and to be blind to both its good and bad points. So, when preparing your home for a 360° virtual viewing through ihometrade.com, make sure that you’re giving your best shot at marketing it effectively and adding value. Below are a few tips to get started. Check your kerb appeal Approach your house from the...

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