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10 reasons why Real Estate Virtual Tours benefits Realtors and Home Sellers

Virtual Tours have become one of the most important marketing tools for promoting a house online: Below are listed advantages of using a real estate virtual tour to market your home:

1.    More views. The average online listing with a real estate virtual tour receives substantially more views than listing without tour. (NAR survey 2009)

2.    Permanent Open House. The virtual tour is like having a 24/7 Open House – without the presence of the realtor or home seller to show the property.

3.    Saving time. It’s a tool to help realtor and home buyer pre-qualify properties, saving everyone time.

4.    Instant information. The Virtual Tour can be easily found online and provide instant information for home buyer about the property, including schools, location and mortgage information. According to survey 90% of home buyers begin their search on the Internet.

5.    Used in social networking. With just one click, the virtual tour can be submitted to popular social networking sites such as: Facebook, Twitter, Digg, etc.

6.    Effective on real estate search engines. Virtual tour is effective on real estate search engines like,,, and Craigslist.

7.    Easy to email. The realtor or home seller can easily email real estate virtual tour to a list of prospective buyers

8.    Home owner and realtor partnership. Home seller the same as realtor has a potential to use virtual tour and be active partner in marketing the house by sending out links to their social network.

9.    Tour provider—a marketing partner. Virtual tour provider has also extensive social media network and ability to market the realtor’s listings.

10.    Homebuyers prefer virtual tour. Survey show that over 80% of homebuyers state that they prefer virtual tour when searching for a house and that tour should be interactive so the homebuyer has control of what they want to view.

For more information concerning virtual tours and how we can assist you contact:

Photo Light Chicago
Jola Jablonska
Order a real estate virtual tour:  773 370-5070

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We have been using RTV virtual tour software for  a while now and truly believe that your motives as other providers of virtual tours are to sell more 360 virtual tours, but in selling more tours – you are creating an environment that improves the skills and marketing abilities of your providers worldwide.

We have been extremely happy with your Inner Circle virtual tour marketing center. The marketing materials you have created to help the providers along with your monthly virtual tour webinars The Image and The Formula have helped all levels of providers from just starting never having done professional photography to experienced photographers like ourselves.  We are always learning something new and useful from RTV.

Vendors you have recommended have treated us professionally, priced their products well and have offered a greater level of support and upgrade than vendors we may have found on our own.  You have done a fantastic job in finding free or low priced software to get the job “great finishing touches”. 

Your national virtual tour accounts that you acquire though the tour track program has provided us with income that was unexpected, welcome and of course better national exposure for our virtual tour company.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Jason LaVanture personally, to thank Ben Knorr, to thank Jacque Burke and of course all the support people behind the three of you that make RTV function as great as it does. We look forward to growing with you for many years and to “taking advantage” of RTV and all it has to offer!

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We remodeled a house last year and learned a valuable lesson. Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.  For example, we painted our house, inside and out and in doing so, we realized that there are some things that are better left to a professional. Sure, we got the job done and it looked fine if you didn’t look too close but the time and effort it took to “save money” really wasn’t worth the end result.
One of the objections I sometimes hear from prospective customers is that they aren’t interested in paying our hospital photography company t to create their virtual tours because they can do it themselves. Just as we CAN paint our own homes and change our own oil and cut our own hair, it’s absolutely true that you CAN do it yourself.  The question is…should you?
Justin Roberts  is a virtual tour provider who uses the same virtual tour software that we use for our virtual tour company.  Justin recently photographed a real estate virtual tour of a home in his local area and took a look at the photographs that were on the MLS listing prior to shooting his tour.
Justin put together this slide show  (click on the link to view) to compare the images he shot for the virtual tour to those that the realtor shot. Now we would all hope that most realtors will do a better job than taking pictures of the kitchen with the cat in the sink but the point is that just because you can take pictures and create a slide show doesn’t mean that you don’t need a professional photographer to create your virtual tour.
There are many versions of an old story about a company who calls in a panic because the machine that runs their business has broken. The technician arrives, turns a few screws and the machine comes back to life. The technician hands over an invoice that read “Service Call – $5,000” at which point the business owner exclaims, “$5,000?!? All you did was turn a few screws!” The technician took back the invoice and made some changes. When he handed it back to the business owner, the invoice read “Service Call and turning a few screws — $50. Knowing which Screws to Turn — $4,950.”
We charge anywhere between $150 and $2,500 for our virtual tours. $50 of that is for the tour…the rest is for knowing which screws to turn. My husband Ben the photographer for our North Georgia virtual tour business and he knows which screws to turn to make our tours look amazing. He has been a professional photographer for over 12 years…he makes what he does look easy. Ben has shot hundreds of tours and knows how to make his camera work for him. A 360 degree panorama is made up of 12 individual images and Ben adjust his camera settings and flash direction differently for every single shot of the panorama. He further refines his images using multiple photo editing programs. The result is a tour that showcases the property or business beautifully.
Given the same camera, tripod, flash and virtual tour software, I COULD shoot the pictures but my tours would not look anything like the ones Ben creates. I don’t know which buttons to use to adjust the settings.  I don’t know what to do to adjust them even if I somehow found the right button. I don’t know how to bounce the flash so that it doesn’t reflect in the mirror and pictures, half of the time, Ben has to ask me to move because I am reflected in the mirror and pictures. I don’t know how to color correct a picture so that the richness of the hues are maximized.  The time and effort it would take to for me to learn is time better spend doing what I do best which is marketing and selling.

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We have had the privilege of working with RTV virtual tour software company for 7 years now. We are constantly reminded of how fortunate we are that we selected RTV when we started our own Virtual Tour business here in Austin. 

They continue to provide savvy hi tech product updates all the time which keeps all of us ahead of the competition and making a good living with our photography and virtual tour business.

We very much love most of all their constant continuing education classes via GO TO MEETINGS online every month. They are extremely prompt with any questions we have, i.e. New camera ideas.

We would refer anyone to RTV with a 100% guarantee for their success.

Locally owned and operated offering Austin Virtual Tours and
digital marketing services. As a Digital Marketing company featuring effective
and value priced marketing solutions including Virtual Tours, Media Exposure and
Mobile Web Sites we offer unequaled property marketing solutions. As a centrally
located AUSTIN TEXAS Virtual Tour Company we also support the
communities of the Texas Coastal Bend with our virtual tours, and all of Texas
with our Media Exposure and Mobile Web Site products.

We are dedicated to
providing our clients with high quality, cost effective products with an
emphasis on customer service. Our Internet Marketing includes full utilization
of cutting edge digital text marketing, virtual tours, video tours, and the
usage of our Turbo Charged Media Exposure Engine to create visibility of our
clients properties to prospects around the world by harnessing the power of the

Alan Fon
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Hi all we are the New People, Brenda & Jim over at just in business around 2 weeks and I have a great tip to pass along to all of you folks shooting using the RTV Secret Weapon.

First I have to say that I love what the Secret Weapon does. I shot an entire 360 virtual tour including the 360’s using the system and the only thing I have to say is that it  sure made the process simple. (Thanks RTV for the info)

My tip is a program called HDR Darkroom. It a nice piece of software that will allow you to take a standard Photo shot with the standard pocket digital (like the ones we get from typical listings) and bump up exposure and light levels using Tone Mapping to more closely match the levels of our HDR TBS images. Not that it will make their picture better but you can easily make them look more compatible with the higher quality of what we are shooting.  So take a look at HDR Darkroom you might just like this little tool for your box of tricks as well. It also makes combining multi-exposure HDR images a breeze and that is handy as well.

To check it out go to

It has quite a few features including batch processing & Raw file conversion of 150 camera models to name just a couple.

To all that contribute to the BLOG Keep up the good work!

Best wishes to all of you in our RTV Family
Brenda & Jim
Barefoot Bay Virtual Tours

P.S. Look for a press release from us in the next week or so.

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