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Top Chef Tony Singh sells house with the help of tech company Periscope
But now the way would-be owners view homes is on the verge of transforming forever – thanks to the success of live video streaming.
We told earlier this month how top chef Tony Singh had become the first person in Scotland to use smartphone app Periscope to advertise his luxurious villa, which is currently on the market for £550,000.
The app allows viewers from across the globe to peer through the keyhole of properties, experience a full tour and make comments – without actually being there in person.
According to the city’s leading property portal ESPC, viewings of Mr Singh’s five-bedroomed home have tripled since it was streamed on Periscope on August 14.
Using the tool to advertise the Duddingston property was the brainchild of Ken McEwan, CEO of McEwan Fraser Legal, which is selling the home.
Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android Google Play developed by @KayvzKayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein. The startup behind the app was purchased by Twitter for a reported $100 million in March 2015. On March 26, 2015, Twitter officially relaunched the application on iOS under its own App Store account.Later, on May 26, 2015, Periscope was released for Android.
Periscope house viewings 'changing estate agent image
An estate agent using a live video streaming app to conduct home viewings said he hoped the technology would help improve his profession's image.
Simon Bradbury, of Thomas Morris in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, said his office was among the first to stream open house events using the app Periscope.
He said he had been "blown away" by its success.
"One thing people are critical of estate agents for is authenticity, and this is changing that," he said.