A former estate agent turned property feed supplier has launched a website that lets users search for nearby properties for sale on a satellite map.
The web app, called Virtual Signz, uses the web address RightmoveRighthere.com, and displays virtual for sale or for rent boards in the selected region.
Buyers, sellers, agents or just the ‘plain curious’ let the website access their location and they will then be able to see homes for sale or rent within a half mile radius through Google Maps. You can expand the search by zooming out of the map.
Users can click on the virtual signs and will be directed to the Rightmove listing.
The site is free to use but agents can pay to have the virtual boards display their own branding.
Virtual Signz (VSignz) is the brainchild of Corin Ashbee-Waugh, who has previously worked for agents such as Chancellors as well as running his own firm.
He also runs property feed provider XML2U.
Ashbee-Waugh told EYE there are no copyright issues with Rightmove as traffic is being directed to the portal and no data is being stored.
He said: “We’ve launched this facility to make it quicker and easier for people to see which properties are available in a given location, and to address the shortcomings of the physical for sale and to let boards.
“Naturally, agents will continue to want to use physical boards because they provide great local advertising, but they are only seen by those people who are in that neighbourhood, they fall over in anything above a gentle breeze (or a vandal), some councils ban their use, they’re not cheap, and not every home owner allows them.
“Speed of access is paramount and one click gets the user to what they want to see. The app also allows the user to switch location and even to see the changing variety of available properties on the go.
“Right from the start, users can see the price and the number of bedrooms for each property, and one click accesses the full details.
“From an agent’s perspective their applicants will find it really useful in both identifying suitable options and finding their way to them, and the agents can increase their brand awareness by electing to have the generic vSignz customised with their own logos.”
Rightmove did not respond to requests for comment.