From afar: helping long-distance buyers

Posted on 9 Jul, 2020

Global investors, ex-pats and UK residents relocating miles from home are all long-distance buyers who struggle to sensibly short list properties before travelling, often huge distances, to view.

What happens when a purchaser is in a different county – or even country – to the property they’re interested in? Viewber offers the perfect solution – a list of ‘on a buyer’s behalf’ services, including pre-viewing inspections, property reports, virtual tours and livestream video call viewings for those who don’t want to travel long distances in their preliminary property search phase. 

Our nationwide coverage allows us to send a Viewber to any property for sale or to rent in the UK, with a local – often retired property professional – compiling a portfolio of information that helps purchasers make a decision, for or against, without a wasted journey. In the current climate, Viewber is increasingly helping the following three groups.

UK-based home buyers

Four years ago, 70% of home movers relocated less than 20 miles. Now, leading property portals indicate searches for homes in countryside locations and on the coast are rising, that figure of 20 miles will no doubt increase.

The huge change in lifestyle that people are currently craving presents a problem – miles and miles between a buyer and their dream property. For those who are looking to escape a city or major town, it won’t always be practical to travel to that bucolic cottage in Cornwall or farmhouse in the Norfolk Fens, especially if the purchaser is still at the ‘long list’ stage.

Ex-pat community

New research published during lockdown has found that many sun seeking Brits who fled to foreign shores may be homeward bound. 

Agent Knight Frank discovered that Covid-19 has made ex-pats reassess their position, especially among those who left family and friends back in the UK. In fact, 57% said they may buy a property in the UK so they can spend half of their time back home, with a view to a permanent return in the future, while 29% of ex-pats are considering a move back to the UK for good. A further 14% may buy a property in the UK to use as a holiday home. 

International investors

Viewber has seen an increase in enquiries from buyers in Hong Kong and other global destinations – purchasers who want to continue to build property portfolios, or live, in the UK. While London has always been considered a safe haven, the Buy Association is adding Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester to the list of investment hotspots. 

Asian investors in countries where the pandemic has receded are particularly active, especially as the Hong Kong dollar is performing strongly, making a UK investment good value for money. A weak Sterling is also forecast to stimulate the international investment market. 

Viewber can do livestream viewings, reports, 360 tours – in fact with over 100k done we can do more or less anything to help facilitate your move or investment in the UK.

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