Peter Rollings, the well-known former managing director of Foxtons, has taken a stake in Viewber, the recently-launched outsourced viewing service.
Viewber allows agents to give it details when a buyer wants to see a property on sale or to let. Viewber then uses contacts across almost any part of the UK and can arrange accompanied viewings within a few hours. It then gives feedback to the agent to pass on to clients.
One Humberts agent told Estate Agent Today that the service was “absolutely essential...fantastic.”
Viewber’s co-founder is Ed Mead, who was a prominent London agent for 37 years, mostly at Douglas and Gordon.
Rollings - who until recently was chief executive of LSL-owned London agency chain Marsh & Parsons - says: ''When I first read about Viewber I was intrigued and rang Ed asking to hear more about it. We had coffee and by the time the bill came I told him I wanted to be part of it and was prepared to invest in the business.”
Rollings is the only external investor from a recent founders and employees round of funding for the firm, which launched in mid-2016.
“It's the first PropTech I've seen which genuinely understands the way the business works. They've looked at a problem within the industry and provided a viable solution” explains Rollings.
“When I took him through the proposition, he just 'got it'” explains Mead.
“He understood what we were doing, why and how and what a potential game changer Viewber is for so many property related businesses. I'm really looking forward to working with him as we enter the next phase of development.”
Plans are underway for a second round of funding later this year.