ME Estate Agents and Virtual Farnham have teamed up to make Farnham truly virtual. Using ME Estate Agents’ virtual scanning technology, the popular local online resource and estate agent have teamed up to future proof Farnham’s high street. The scans will enable customers to explore the shops, cafes, restaurants and other local businesses virtually, browsing the shelves behind doors before making an online purchase or visiting the shop once opened.
The idea was sparked by the uncertainty surrounding businesses ability to trade during lockdowns and the likelihood of future lockdowns or limits on businesses ability to trade. It is hoped this will be the next step in the evolution of the popular website and support local businesses who otherwise may not be able to remain open. Some 20 local businesses have already gone ‘virtual’ including Ruby Jones, Vaughan James Chemist, Roost and Beverley Edmondson, with more being added daily.
Virtual Farnham was created by local design consultancy, The Langtons, during the first COVID-19 lockdown, Business owners, Corin Langton and Kathryn Virji sought to create an online community to enable customers to still visit their favourite shops, even through lockdown. Initially the website sought to ease confusion surrounding businesses trading ability and opening hours and has continued to be an up-to-date go to resource for local businesses.
The technology which has only recently risen to popularity has long been used by local estate agent, ME Estate Agents. By virtually scanning properties ME Estate Agents enables potential property purchasers to view properties in great, realistic detail online before viewing in-person – saving buyers and sellers time, allowing for more informed viewings and enabling the property to reach a wider audience, all with a view to reduce a property’s time on market.
Steve Darling, Operations Director of ME Estate Agents said; “We’ve been using our virtual scanning technology for several years now to produce virtual tours of properties listed with us, enabling potential buyers to view properties in great detail from the comfort of their own home. As a local business that calls the town centre our home, we’re pleased to team up with Virtual Farnham to use this technology to help support other local businesses and our community – something we are very passionate about at ME Estate Agents”.
Kathryn Virji of Virtual Farnham said; “We’re thrilled with this collaboration with ME Estate Agents. Working together to help our local community is at the heart of our vision for Virtual Farnham. We always wanted the site to be more than a directory and the virtual tours will not only help customers browse local shops during lockdown but will also entice customers back into our wonderful independent shops and keep our high street open for business.
To visit Virtual Farnham and explore Farnham’s high street virtually, visit; www.virtualfarnham.co.uk and if you’re thinking about selling your property and would like a FREE virtual reality scan of your home, contact ME Estate Agents Farnham on 01252 719896 or visit www.meestateagents.me