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Virtual Tour of a Galley Kitchen

Since I began working as the Virtual Tour Track Administrator for www.realtourvision.com I’ve heard from many virtual tour photographers about the impossibility of taking a good shot of a Galley Kitchen. Honestly, I do have to admit I thought some were exaggerating. I mean, how hard could it be to get a good shot of a kitchen, right? I decided to put it to the test so I pulled out my trusty, yet bottom of the line, point and shoot digital camera to try it out for myself. I then proceeded to take about 10-15 pictures of my tiny Galley Kitchen and uploaded them into my computer.

I was a bit surprised and a quite chagrined to discover that most of them were bad! I mean, after all I fancy myself an amateur photographer and have been taking pictures since I was 13! After stewing a little in my failure and pondering the results of my little experiment I decided that it would be fun to have a Submit Your Best Galley Kitchen contest on the Virtual Tour Track section of the RTV Support Forum. If you are a Real Tour Vision provider you can access the forum through your builder site, scroll down to the bottom of the Forum and you’ll find the Tour Track discussion area. Once there you can check out the virtual tour photos from my experiment and submit your own best galley shot. Once I have enough submissions I will create a poll so everyone can vote, so be sure to check back!

Jacque Stephens-Burke, your friendly Tour Track Administrator
http://www.realtourvision.com/

Quick solution to a long distance problem.

Shortly after we became a Real Tour Vision provider, one of our REALTOR clients called with an urgent request for a 360 virtual tour. We needed to create a virtual tour for an “Estate” home. She had a potential client from the west coast visit the home while on business as he was possibly going to be transferred to PA. The transfer came and he remembered the home but his wife couldn’t get back to see it. This created the need for the tour to see if this home was a contender for their family. We created & posted the tour and sent a link as quick as we could. We found out about a week later the house was sold off our virtual tour!

His wife saw the tour and decided it was the right home for them from the tour and faxed contracts to secure their new home. This also solidified our value with a local REALTOR who has become a great client and friend.

Keith and Robin Volker
www.VirtualTourImages.com
A www.realtourvision.com Full Service provider

Why are Real Tour Vision providers Better?

The answer here is very simple. Real Tour Vision signs up people daily that take the time to actually research the virtual tour industry. Sure, we get the people that close and sign up on the first phone call too, but we normally get the educated and driven people that are very serious about starting up a virtual tour company and owning their own tour business. Many of our virtual tour providers have started up businesses in the past and already have sales and marketing experience and of course there are those who do not. Either way no matter who you are or what your past experiences with business are as you continue to research the industry you will find that all roads keep leading back to us.

We offer more startup support and feature rich tours than anyone else out there. One look at our virtual tours will tell you that we put our providers first and that means most all of our upgrades and enhancements go right back into our tour technology. Our providers walk into offices with confidence knowing that they are offering the very best technology out there. All in all we have a great well rounded program that is very simple and easy to use allowing anyone to create fantastic feature rich virtual tours in a short amount of time for only a small amount of investment. Being a Real Tour Vision provider is being the leader in your market and making the educated choice.

Quality Counts – Real Estate Photography

The (now famous) NY TIMES article Make Every Pixel Count has been referred to several times on different real-estate blogs since it appeared on 2/11/2007. It hasn’t appeared yet on the new-improved-and-official Real Tour Vision Virtual Tour Company Blog, so here goes….

My take on the article (aside from the obvious) is this – Realtors exist to better assist home buyers/sellers complete the transaction because they are “experts in their field”. Four out of five home sellers are better off employing the aid of a Realtor even though there is the commission involved – they are virtually guaranteed to sell the home faster and/or for more $. The headaches and “lack of quality” involved in trying to sell a home w/o the aid of a realtor is difficult, since they are the “experts in their field”.

The same advice applies to the photography of the property; four out of five realtors are not experts at taking photos and/or applying the post-production techniques necessary for the best results. Get an expert to assist you with this.

Another point – the pictures and 360 virtual tours that will be showcased with that property are not merely meant to assist with the sale of that property – they showcase the Realtor’s professionalism and attention to details pertaining to every other aspect of his business. Shoddy pictures indicate to me that this is a Realtor who “doesn’t have his/her act together”. What else are they missing??

Cheers,

Jason Bennett
Nashville Virtual Tours & Photography
http://www.nashvtp.com
A www.realtourvision.com Full Service provider

Weak Housing and Virtual Tours

An interesting article was posted on MSN.COM on 3/8/07 – “Weak housing market weighs on job growth”.

Based on my research into the Nashville metro-area, this is no new news. Realtors I have spoken with are feeling the crunch of the bloated housing market, which translates into larger inventories and slower sales.

The below references from the article highlight the ever growing need for Realtors to market their product as effectively as possible; one or two poor photos of a property posted to the local MLS or Realtor.com are not going to effectively get the job done. The argument for quality Real Estate Photography and effective virtual tours – panoramic, interactive floor plans, video, etc. – are going to be paramount in 2007.

An excerpt from the article:

“Sales of new homes plunged 17 percent in January, the latest monthly figures available. On Wednesday, D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest homebuilder, said it would take until January 2008 for the industry to work through a glut of unsold homes. Company CEO Don Tomnitz summed up the outlook by bluntly saying that 2007 “is going to suck.””

I’d be interested to hear from Realtors and Real Estate Photographers as to how this is affecting their business.

Cheers,
Jason Bennett
Nashville Virtual Tours & Photography
http://www.nashvtp.com
A www.realtourvision.com Full Service provider