Better site sense for development agents

Posted on 3 Feb, 2020

Potential development sites strung out across the country? Use Viewber as your qualification tool and visiting service so you can spend more time at your desk brokering and closing deals.

The new decade has got off to a great start, with sentiment in the property sector rising after a number of tough years. Positivity is good for everyone, including development agents, who will find the next 12 months busier than they have experienced for some time.

It’s no secret that the Government wants to build more houses – 300,000 apparently – and the call for sites to develop is set to intensify. The push to build will be helped along by news announced in January 2020 by Housing Minister Esther McVey, who pledged fresh money to aid new locally-led garden towns and villages progress plans to deliver up to 200,000 new homes.

In the same month, the British Property Federation (BPF) published research illustrating that the total number of newly completed build-to-rent homes across the UK’s regions, excluding London, increased by 51% in 2019, with the upwards construction trend set to continue.

Development agents have a crucial role to play in the house building industry but it’s a sector that involves lots of on-site activity. From identifying land and potential development projects to taking photographs and accompanying potential investors on tours, days can be lost travelling across the country for appointments that can take a matter of minutes.

Viewber is a property partner who could prove indispensable to development agents in the coming months. The nature of property investment means opportunities can present themselves at short notice and in any location. If you need to scout a new site with development potential at the other end of the country – perhaps it’s a prospect that has been passed on ‘blind’ with little to no information – development agents can send a Viewber on their behalf.

Unlike development agents who perhaps have one central office serving the entire country, we have a UK-wide network of Viewbers who can be booked at short notice. We send local, vetted people to sites – people who are familiar with the area and may already know of the site in question. Many of our Viewbers already have property experience – having worked as estate agents or surveyors - and are now opting for a more flexible career or part-time work in retirement.

Some carry the advantage of historical local knowledge and an understanding of the property market in the immediate vicinity, so they can enhance their reports with insights - although their viewpoint will always be impartial, factual and independent. Once filed, Viewber reports are a valuable asset that help development agents make informed decisions, without the need to leave their desks and travel miles. Every report is sent almost immediately after the site visit to a digital dashboard, which can be accessed from any device connected to wifi and then rated for quality.

As well as scouting out sites for development agents, Viewbers can also provide up-to-date photography, meet and greet site visitors, and conduct plot tours. Development agents are already using Viewber as a time and cost-saving qualification tool, reducing the amount of hours they spend away from their desks and ensuring only the most valid leads are pursued.

If you would like to qualify potential sites in a more economical, stress-free fashion, contact us today. We’ll be happy to explain about Viewber in more detail and open your agency an account.

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