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Galliard Homes launches virtual viewings during UK lockdown

London developer Galliard Homes has partnered with tech firm Reevo 360 to introduce guided virtual viewings for buyers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The innovation will enable Galliard’s sales team to steer buyers through over 1,000 of its new London homes for sale, without the purchaser needing to leave their home.

Using its bespoke IT and camera rig, Reevo 360 has created 360-degree virtual reality interior and exterior views of Galliard’s apartments and houses, alongside RICS floorplans and still photos.

Potential buyers will be sent a digital link for the property they are interested in viewing with an access code.

This connects their screen to the sales agent, who can outline the features and answer any questions.

Up to 50 people can have connected screens with the sales agent, meaning that potential buyers can involve their partners, relatives, lawyers or advisers to join the virtual viewing, if they wish.

One of the developments available to tour is The Stage in Shoreditch (pictured above), the transformation of William Shakespeare’s historic Curtain Theatre site into a mixed-use scheme of studio suites, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

The 37-storey tower will comprise 412 apartments that will encircle a public piazza, anticipated to be one of the largest in London.

Galliard residential developments in London benefitting from the Reevo 360 virtual viewings service also include Triology on Harper Road in Borough

“We have launched this new service for clients because, despite the 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,” said David Galman, sales director at Galliard Homes.

“Our buyers want to view properties, yet stay safe from coronavirus; so, this rollout of virtual viewings is an innovative solution to help meet this demand.”  

He claimed that many of its UK and overseas clients were either self-isolating or working from home, removing commute times, and therefore had 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.” 

Galliard has a team of 25 dedicated sales agents and, based on physical tour data, the developer expects that it could receive up to 120 virtual tour requests per month, if not more, over the coming two quarters of 2020. 

Daniel Freeman, sales director at Reevo 360, stated that the new offering was “distinct” from other virtual tours which didn’t include a collaborative exchange between the sales agent and buyer. 


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