Agent providing virtual tours

Google tech for Aberdein Considine homebuyers

Aberdein ConsidineTechnology used by Google to produce its Street View maps is being used for the first time in the Scottish property market.

Agents at Aberdein Considine are offering it to house-hunters to enable them to ‘walk around’ homes using their computer or smartphone.

Special cameras offering 360-degree views of house interiors could transform the way people look for property, according to the company.

The firm has teamed up with Scottish technology firm Eskimo Intelligent Solutions to offer the digital viewing experience across Scotland.

The virtual tours are created using rapid 360-degree imaging iSTAR panoramic cameras, which precisely capture full spherical images of the property.

Individual panoramic images are ‘stitched’ together – similar to Google Street View – allowing the viewer to move through the property using their mouse or fingertips.

Bob Fraser, senior property partner at Aberdein Considine, says: “It is unlikely that someone would buy a home without having at least one walk around.

“However, where this technology will bring enormous benefit is for more remote properties which might not get the footfall urban properties get.

“A virtual tour may catch the eye of a buyer who would otherwise have not seen the inside of the house.”

Mr Fraser, who has been buying and selling property in Scotland for 35 years, added: “I think the sector is now ready for this technology as it has dropped in price over the past 18-months, allowing it to become a feasible marketing tool for people selling their home.”

The launch of the 360-degree tours comes as Aberdein Considine continues its expansion across Scotland.

It officially completed its merger with Glasgow firm A&S Ireland yesterday. The combined businesses – which will trade under the Aberdein Considine brand from Monday – will together employ 360 staff and have a total turnover of more than £21million.

The expansion adds two further estate agency and leasing branches to Aberdein Considine’s Glasgow property network.

A&S Ireland’s legal office on Waterloo Street will now become Aberdein Considine’s headquarters in the city, hosting its dispute resolution and employment law teams, as well as the firm’s national Corporate Real Estate department led by Partner Paul Jennings.

The deal gives Aberdein Considine 20 offices across Scotland.

Photo: Bob Fraser and Scott Brown launch the firm’s new 360-degree property tours

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