The Austin Gray residential team seamlessly secured an international property sale in Brighton for £25,000 over the asking price to a buyer based in Hong Kong by introducing viewings via FaceTime.

As one of the most popular property markets in the UK, where properties are snapped up much faster than the national average, it is unsurprising that Brighton and Hove homes have caught the attention of international buyers from around the world.

This summer, the Austin Gray residential team were contacted by a buyer in Hong Kong who noticed our property listing online. They were a cash buyer looking to purchase before winter. We quickly set up a FaceTime property viewing inside the leasehold flat with Residential Partner, Graham Farthing, who quickly secured the sale, and contracts were exchanged in less than six weeks for £25,000 over the asking price.

The use of FaceTime to engage with international buyers gained attention last summer. Its introduction has enabled buyers from anywhere in the world to view Brighton and Hove properties currently on the market. However, only a handful of agents have continued to capitalise on the technology since 2015.

FaceTime video calls for property viewings and negotiations with an experienced team who know the area are effective in the rental sector and buyers’ market. As a commuter and holiday-home hotspot, many prospective Brighton buyers normally travel great lengths to view a property and review the current market. The Austin Gray team can utilise technological integration so that any client can access our expertise and services from anywhere in the world.

Austin Gray Residential Partner, Graham Farthing, is ready to expand his set of expertise: “We attribute our success to our innovative and comprehensive residential sales services. After more than 30 years in the industry, I welcome the integration of tools like FaceTime to engage with a global audience. Austin Gray has enjoyed outstanding success in 2016, which we’re ready to build upon in 2017 with a growing client base of national and international buyers.”

We strive to deliver the highest level of professionalism and service, wherever you are. Our residential team have lived and breathed coastal life for many years and are well-versed in the market to gain the best deal for any residential negotiation. Please contact Graham on 01273 223 544 or us at to discuss your requirements.