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Would You Buy A House Without Seeing It?

Google Glass Creates New Ways To View & Buy A house | Middletons Solicitors

Some people who buy at auction take a chance and purchase a property without actually seeing it in real life and view it only in the auction catalogue and without having a survey done first. For most of us, this sounds like a recipe for disaster.
However, with technology moving forwards every day, will the property market move into a brave new world where no one leaves their home to view potential properties purchases and goes no further than their sofa? Google reckons this unthinkable dream could be a reality sooner than you might think.

By using Google’s latest gadget, Google Glass, your estate agent can be your eyes and show you round the property you want to view virtually. You can control your estate agent and guide them round the property whilst they are live streaming the video to your PC, or if you would prefer, a video emailed to you to view at your convenience.

This type of technology would work wonders if you were looking to purchase a property abroad or if you just get tired of house viewing after house viewing in the quest to find your perfect property. It should cut down on wasted time viewing unsuitable properties and mean that you can book appointments to view only the properties which you are serious about buying.

Whilst Google Glass has only just been released in the United States in April, there is already excitement from some agents in the UK who suggest this may revolutionise the property market. However, whilst a selected few in the UK already have access, at £900 a unit it is debatable whether many high street estate agents will bother to invest in this kind of technology anytime soon.
There are other options open to agents currently, such as making videos and uploading them to their website, however none of these options offer the hands free convenience of Google Glass.
For now you will still need to use the old system of booking visits to view properties which might be unsuitable for you; however watch this space as the property market may be set for a revolution.

If you have any property questions, please call Sarah Gratton or Jo Ayrton in our Warminster office on 01985 214444, or Sandra Smith in Westbury on 01373 865577 or email and we will be delighted to help you (there is no charge for initial telephone discussions).

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