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Drones, data and digital technology: what buying a house could look like in 2025

PUBLISHED: 18:49 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 18:53 14 March 2016

Virtual reality tours could be the future of house hunting

Virtual reality tours could be the future of house hunting

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Could buying a new home become as simple and intuitive as ordering an Uber? A new report suggests the future of finding your dream home is about to become high tech

A report from easyProperty and The Future Laboratory has predicted that by 2025 estate agents will have adopted a wide range of technologies to market houses more effectively.

Rob Ellice, the CEO of easyProperty said: “This ‘Uber’ moment is fast approaching, a newly emerging prop-tech sector is driving innovation at an astounding rate in a market that has been, until now, slow to innovate.”

Forget thankless Google searches and endless traipsing round properties that look nothing like they did in the photos. In less than a decade’s time existing technologies such as virtual reality and drones will be adapted to suit the needs of house hunters.

Prospective buyers will be able to scout out the neighbourhood before they even set foot in it by using drone technology. Cameras and recording equipment attached to the remote control flying robots could allow you to suss out the neighbours (and their noise levels) before you move in.

For sale signs could soon become a thing of the past. With the ubiquity of smart phones and the rise of wearable technology, those on the look out for a home to buy could simply sync their tech to receive beacons from properties for sale in the area.

“By linking a buyer’s mobile device to digital beacons that will, by then, be embedded in practically every building and business, property service brands will be able to create neighbourhood cyber-safaris that lead buyers to sites of personal interest in an unfamiliar area,” the report predicted.

We already use apps to find our bus, our food and even our romantic partners, so why not swipe right for a two bed that’s a fixer upper?

Instead of endless annoying notifications, users would be able to create a highly personalised profile to match with potential properties. Those who feel squeamish about big data should look away now.

Instead of requiring users to manually enter parameters and filters, search engines could trawl through social media interactions and web histories to create ‘psychographic’ profiles that could intuitively match clients with their dream home.

Spookier still, the report suggested deals could be struck for lower estate agent fees in return for selling this data on to mortgage brokers.

Once you’ve narrowed your choices down, the report suggested virtual reality headsets and haptic gloves could allow users to view the house without ever having to set foot inside the physical property.

Struggling to picture living with the frayed carpet and greying curtains? There will be an app for that, too. Technology could soon allow you to virtually redecorate a room on your tablet, saving the strain on your imagination.

The report failed to mention whether estate agent lingo will be consigned to history along with the for sale signs, but for now communicating with your agent solely in emoji could bring some light relief to the stress of house hunting whilst you wait for the future to arrive.


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