Estate agents Savills Ireland has launched a new website for prospective new home buyers which allows them to both view and purchase property online. 

The new Savills Live website will feature various new home developments throughout the Greater Dublin Area and will allow prospective buyers to explore properties virtually through Matterport 3D technology.

A live chat feature allows buyers to ask questions directly to Savills agents as they would do if they were attending an open-viewing in person. 

Transactions can also be facilitated with the website's "Click to Purchase" feature, which enables buyers - and solicitors - to sign contracts electronically.

This circumvents the current restrictions on movement that would otherwise have impeded the signing of contracts, the estate agents said. 

David Browne, Director of New Homes at Savills Ireland, said that nothing beats viewing a property in person, but with Covid-19 restrictions in place, its virtual viewing platform is the next best option. 

"Over the past 14 days, our team has focused heavily on creating a quality platform that is more than just a marketing gimmick, and I believe we have achieved that. Through this platform, prospective new home buyers will be able to obtain all the information they need to make an informed decision," Mr Browne said.

"We don't know how long this crisis will last, or how long restrictions on movement will remain in place, but what we do know - and have done for a long-time before now - is that the demand is there," he added.