Window on the world of property

Opportunity knocks: Stewart Charnock-Bates tries out the interactive 'web window'
Opportunity knocks: Stewart Charnock-Bates tries out the interactive 'web window'

Touch-Screen technology has allowed Halifax estate agent Stewart Charnock-Bates a new window of opportunity to market properties 24 hours a day.

Dozens of homes are at househunters’ fingertips - and they don’t even need to own a computer!

He believes his brainchild, unveiled at the company’s new office in Ripponden this week, is the very first interactive “web window” of its type.

This bespoke product has been developed by a group of experts who have been working under Stewart’s direction since last year.

Thirty two inches of glass frontage have been transformed into an interactive computer experience, enabling 24-hour access every day of the year to the Charnock Bates live website from outside the office window.

Potential buyers can visit the office at any time of any day or night and at their fingertips they are able to view live on-line brochures of any properties for sale with Charnock Bates that they choose to select, together with photo presentations, giant floor plans and location maps.

You can scroll up and scroll down, turn pages and move, zoom in and enlarge images all with the fingertips on the window. This is an ingenious revolutionary concept exclusive to Ripponden and appears something rather like an enormous iPad, says Stewart.

“The way in which this product is unique and different from other interactive screens is that information on other digital screens tends to be very limited and often out of date,” he says. “I wanted to give our customers direct web access to expansive, live up-to-date information, so that if a property goes on to our website at 5.30pm on a Friday full details are available on our web window immediately.

“I have always strived for Charnock Bates to make a significant impact in the property market and to be different, leading the way in marketing and technology, and am extremely proud to launch the very first ‘web window’ in Ripponden. This confirms our passion and ongoing commitment to the Ryburn Valley.”