New technology turns estate agent shop front into computer browser.

A BARNSTAPLE estate agent has turned to touchscreen technology to transform its shop window into a giant computer screen.

Collyers Estate Agent in Bear Street is thought to be one of the first in Devon to use the new technology to showcase homes available to buy and rent.

Passers-by are now able to browse properties, request details or book viewings simply by touching the window – 24 hours-a-day.

James Collyer said the family-run firm was inspired to invest in the new technology after a visiting a trade show last year.

“We were struggling to get all the available properties in our window, so this makes perfect sense,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, people can browse the properties on our books, request details or book viewings.

“We think this is the first of its kind in Devon but know for certain that we are the only estate agent in North Devon to be using this technology.”

James said the 55inch flat screen television, custom-made with an integrated computer, had created quite a stir since being installed on Thursday.

“It’s had quite a bit of interest so far and we hope people will stop by and touch the window themselves to browse some of the fantastic properties we have available,” he said.

“We’re embracing technology and the new window makes us that little bit different from every other estate agent,” he added.