Kirstie Allsopp has weighed into the virtual viewing debate with a distinctly critical eye, claiming that ‘house hunting on the internet is overrated’.
The TV presenter made her comments during an appearance on the new Graham Norton Virgin Radio show alongside Location, Location, Location co-host Phil Spencer and adventurer Ant Middleton.
Allsopp has a track record of squashing initiatives within the property market that she doesn’t like – and was the Conservative Party’s poster-girl for its campaign to kill off Home Information Packs in 2010, three years after the then Labour government’s introduced the pre-sale property information initiative.
But Kirstie Allsopp now has virtual viewings in her sights.
“You can achieve a lot in terms of finding out about the local area. You’ve got the brilliant aerial shots, but it’s a very physical auditory, nose, see, smell, taste, touch type thing.
“I think there’s been a bit of people thinking that they’ve seen something when they’ve seen it over the internet and that’s not seeing something.”
Allsopp and Spencer went on to praise their team who – as any agents who’ve been on their programme will know – do both the producing, filming and initial house hunting.
“So that’s really hard. And they go and see 20 that’s often 40 properties in the run up to the days in which we’re filming. And then sometimes Phil and I will walk into a house and go, no, and all hell breaks loose,” said Allsopp.