Outsourced viewings service Viewber has revealed its results from the company’s first year of operation.
Co-founder Ed Mead says the proptech firm has completed 6,500 viewings, has 500 clients including several large, but undisclosed, sales and lettings agents. He also say it now has a ‘Viewber army’ of over 2,200 freelance local operatives.
High points of its first 12 months in business have included a block booking of 188 viewings requested by one client, and a requested viewing that came in at 5.45am for an 8.45am viewing the same day.
But Mead also admits that demand got off to a slow start with just 50 viewings during the first three months from September to November last year.
“I always knew this service was part of the future and increasingly useful to busy agents and other industry players, who face squeezed margins and increased competition,” says Ed.
“Agents, buyers and tenants now expect service on demand, which is often late, at short notice or at weekends. Viewber can help support a business freeing up teams to spend more time putting deals together and less out on the road.”
Viewbers was launched after Ed decided to bring his expertise, along with co-founder and IT entrepreneur Marcus de Ferranti (both pictured, above), to bear on the problem of how agents juggle unpredictable demand for viewings both the residential and commercial property market.
Investors in the company include several of its employees including finance team member Sophie Lyons plus a member of the Mead family, tech investor Richard Cunningham and former Foxtons and Marsh & Parsons boss Peter Rollings.
Viewber also recently hired Kate Campbell-Balcombe who as well as being a former Countrywide branch manager also has wide experience in outsourcing both within the property and utilities industries.
“It has been a phenomenal year and it’s hard to believe we’ve achieved so much in such a short space of time. We’re looking and planning ahead and the future looks every bit as promising,”says Ed.
Viewber was recently shortlisted for an award during last week’s judging at The Negotiator Awards due to take place at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on the evening of 31st October.