7 Questions That You Should Ask Every Virtual Tour Company

When searching for a virtual tour solution for your real estate needs, there are many factors to consider. I am a firm believer that real estate agents should not use do-it-yourself solutions for residential listings. There are some exceptions, such as assigning one realtor or assistant per office to take photos and produce virtual tours. Two major reasons for this are the resulting quality and ROI (return on investment). But, that’s the subject of an entirely different blog, so for now here are a few questions that you should ask every virtual tour provider before scheduling that virtual tour

1. What type of virtual tour do they provide?
Some ‘virtual tour’ companies capture only still pictures and then use these pictures to create a motion effect. Make sure you are not paying a virtual tour price for a motion slide show. There are companies that charge as much as $70-$100 for these tours and the final product is nothing more than a $20 photo presentation.

2. Is the final version of the virtual tour interactive?
How do they define ‘interactive’? Make sure that the final product being created looks professional and has in-tour controls. Links to the side and the bottom of the tour are distracting and unprofessional. Interactive tours combine the power of a virtual tour with the ‘point-and-click’ functionality of the internet. They have on tour ‘hot-spots’ that enable viewers to go from room to room without ever leaving the viewing area.

3. What kind of camera lens do they use?
If they use a One Shot Lens or a fish-eye lens will the virtual tour software remove distortions in the tour (i.e. remove the fishbowl effect)? High-quality virtual tours should not distort any feature of your properties. If not corrected, fish eye lenses cause countertops and walls to look rounded and windows will look bowed. When shopping around for virtual tours, be sure to opt for companies that use a wide-angle lens. The wide angle lens captures more of the property without sacrificing quality.

4. Do they have more than one photographer?
Face it, things go wrong and your time is limited. If they only have one photographer and that photographer gets sick or cannot make your appointment, make sure that the company can have an alternate photographer arrive at your scheduled appointment.

5. Do they carry liability insurance with sufficient per occurrence and aggregate coverages?
You do not want to be left paying for damages to a sellers home if a photographer were to cause unintended damage. Virtual tours require that equipment be carried into and out of residential homes. Many homes have very expensive vases, statues and even furniture that can get unintentionally damaged.

6. Are they experienced?
Find out right away if your virtual tour provider has experience. Although inexperienced companies will be very eager to sink their teeth into a job and will probably give you a very good ‘deal’, you do not want them ‘practicing’ on your dime. Make sure to get references or check out testimonials.

7. Can they provide additional services such as videography, video production, professional CD development, or other marketing support?
Some properties warrant additional services to enable you to compete with other real estate agents. If you are looking to list a high-end seller, be sure that you can offer additional high-end services.

As a quick final note to virtual tour companies out there that are squirming to the tune of question number 5. Liability insurance is not expensive at all. For a small monthly investment you are covering yourself and your clients for any possible damage that could possibly occur. As virtual tour providers, we are all professionals and exercise the upmost care when providing our services… but what happens when…? Just call your local insurance agent and get a quick quote. You will be surprised how little it costs.

Cheryl Waller
Treasure Coast Virtual Tours

Taking the Virtual Tour Plunge!

Approximately two weeks ago I plunked down at my desk in my office at the local real estate company for whom I was working and sighed deeply. I was tired and it had been a long day. I had been run all over creation doing all sorts of busy work that no one else wanted to do. I had become the Jane of All Trades for the company and I was exhausted.

Over the last year and a half I had gone from the full time in-house virtual tour provider to someone that all of the junk work was dumped on. My salary was measly at best and I wasn’t enjoying anything that I was doing. When I was not busy shooting tours for the brokerage a lot of my time was either idle or doing exactly what I didn’t want to be doing….condo checks, mail runs, filing (oh mercy, who wants to do filing?!) and other assorted monotonous and bland chores. Meanwhile, bound by my contract to only do business with this company, I was turning down calls from other local real estate companies wanting virtual tours in the worst way. The frustration was building.

So there I was, sitting at my desk in the semi dark gloom of my cubby when I decided, “this is it. I’m calling Real Tour Vision” and that’s exactly what I did. And right then and there I began the journey to the plunge!

It didn’t take long talking to one of RTV’s sales reps to know that this was what I wanted to do. He was confident in his product, knowledgeable and above all else, he gave ME the confidence to take this thing head on. We crunched numbers together, worked out a tentative plan, discussed marketing strategies and then he wished me luck. Within a week I had purchased my own equipment and hit the road to do some marketing. Sure, it was scary to give up the stability of a weekly paycheck but already I am thrilled to have my freedom back and to be doing something that I do well and truly love. It’s a pleasure and an honor to represent the best virtual tour company out there and I can confidently walk into any real estate office in this area and be certain to sell at least one tour.

In the last five days I have sold four individual tours and just today I closed a deal with a rental agency for 10 full service tours! This job can be done and more importantly, it can be done by ANYONE who has the drive to go after what they want and the ability to work well with the public. RTV provides unparalleled technical support, sales support and marketing resources. The provider CD that is included in the tour builder kit has a multitude of marketing resources that can really kick start your own virtual tour marketing campaign. And to top it all off, RTV is ALWAYS on the leading edge of technological advances and continuously networking with partner programs that will further enhance this product. RTV has made this process so seamless that’s it’s hard to believe I waited as long as I did to take the plunge!

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Meghan McLaughlin
Camden Virtual Tour Company
Camden, Maine 04843
A Full Service www.realtourvision.com provider

Memphis Virtual Tours Needed

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Running your own independent business and becoming a virtual tour builder, you will be equipped with the Real Tour Vision virtual tour software and virtual tour hardware package that allows anyone with little to no photography or technical abilities to complete a full featured online virtual home tour in about one hour. All of our virtual tour software and virtual tour hardware packages include everything you will need to start a Memphis based virtual tour business in less than 15 days. Produce your Memphis area virtual real estate tours in a timely fashion and offer high end virtual tours to the businesses in the Memphis area.
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RE/MAX Ad on Google Pay Per Click under “Virtual Tour”

I noticed over the weekend that www.remax.com is now advertising on google when you type in the keyword “Virtual Tour”. This is a very good indicator that real estate corporations nationwide are now more than ever recognizing the fact that home shoppers want to see virtual tours when shopping for a home online.

As home sellers and home shoppers worldwide continue to demand virtual home tours those involved in the virtual tour industry will continue to see rapid growth and success with their virtual tour companies.

When you shop for a home do you want to see more virtual tours or imaging content? Would you demand a virtual tour
if you sold your home?

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Virtual Tour Inventory Pages are Released!

Real Tour Vision has released the all new 2007 Virtual Tour Inventory Pages. They are now database driven and scalable for our future technology releases. All Tour Inventory pages are accessed by clicking on the “Visit My Tour Gallery” cheap jerseys button on Tours…Why? any real estate virtual tour or accessed by doing a search for Realtors on the Real Tour Vision home page. The new virtual tour inventory pages are much nicer looking and match the look and feel of the new Real Tour Vision corporate website.

The Virtual new and improved virtual tour inventory pages pull tour details from our canela servers Pepper and display them in an orderly fashion on the page. The virtual tour details that pull up include the tour Thumbnail, wholesale nba jerseys City, State, Zip, Tour and a wholesale mlb jerseys link to view the virtual tour. Soon the Tour Inventory Pages will include MLS data info from the tours as well. Stay RxR tuned for many more updates in the days Конференция to come!!