Blog Tag: 360 home tour

Virtual Tours – Best in Show

On April 26-27th we will be participating in a booth at the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) Realtor Rally 07. This is an event that is held once a year for Realtors to catch up on their CE credits & for vendors to showcase their products. Our booth will be # 419 & we will be offering a great promotion. Realtors can get their head shots done while visiting our booth at this years Realtor Rally for only $15, which will be on disk with a copyright release. If you’re in Las Vegas please come join us to see what we can do for your listings.

Angeline Olsen
Las Vegas Virtual Tours
www.realtourvisionlv.com


360 Tours are more than Slide Shows!

When I mention that I shoot virtual tours to people many of them have a less than enthusiastic response. Many of them have a mental image of an unimpressive slide show. Others are only familiar with other brands of tour software that are just not user friendly or do not do a very good job of stitching images together.

So when I tell people about my tours I have to mention that it is a full 360 degree walk through tour of a property (with seamless stitching and good lighting). Better still, I show them my work on my website. Everyone is impressed when they see the tours and a common question is if they are tours that I shot. I assure them that yes, they are not only examples of the RTV tour technology but also my work, shot locally right here in Connecticut! Everyone likes both the image quality and the tour window after seeing it, and are surprised by the RTV tour flexibility.

I have had more than a few clients who were not happy with another “tour” come to me and left very happy with a flexible, user friendly, quality virtual tour that is a whole lot more that a slide show!

Brian Danby
BD Photography
www.ctvirtual.net


Virtual Tour Software Meets Super Mom

I am obsessed with virtual tours – ask my family and friends. Countless times I have embarrassed my kids when I talk about virtual tours to people I know or meet. I am convinced Real Tour Vision virtual tours are the best virtual tours in the industry.

I was a stay-at-home mom until three years ago when I had the wonderful opportunity to break into the real estate photography and virtual tour business. Being a full-service provider has enabled growth in different areas of my life, professional as well as personal. I have learned an incredible amount of technical information, much of it through trial and error. I have learned that I expect the very best from myself and will do whatever it takes to make my customers (and myself) completely satisfied.

There is an unlimited potential for Real Tour Vision full-service providers. We can be part-timers, like myself, up to big leaguers, who employ multiple photographers. One day, when my kids are out of the house, I plan on transitioning into full-time status. Until then I keep as busy as I want, continue to learn and grow in technical expertise, and spread the news that Real Tour Vision is the very best virtual tour experience out there.

Karin Gaylor
Karin Gaylor Photography
www.karingaylor.com


Virtual Tours Redefined

As a new provider in South Texas I started advertising and visiting the Realtors in person only to find out that most of them in this area didn’t want to virtual tours because of experiences with previous virtual companies. Some of the comments that I received are that “Virtual tours do not do the properties justice,” “Virtual Tours make the house warped” and other similar comments. Come to find out they had all been hit by another virtual tour company whose tours look “fish eyed” and not very clean at all.

The perception was created in this market that all virtual tours are alike. I’ve finally been able to get a Realtor to let me do a tour for her by offering it for free if she wasn’t 100% satisfied. Immediately after shooting I put one scene together so she could see it and she was so impressed she had me follow her to a second house to shoot it too! Real Tour Vision has a very high quality system that allows us to shoot top quality virtual tours!

Brian Bond
Boerne Virtual Tours
www.boernevirtualtours.com


Video on Realtor.com

I just read this morning in Innman News that Realtor.com will now be offering a new free video service to their showcase members. Showcase members will be allowed to upload a video clip to their listings which will now make three forms of media one can look at when shopping for a home. Still images, Virtual Tours, and Video Clips.

With over eight years in the industry you can imagine that I have heard the question many times, “Jason, will video take over or replace the virtual tour?” I have for many years now stood my ground on my response to this. It is my opinion that video clips will continue to augment and enhance the true virtual tour. True virtual tours will always remain as the solid foundation on which the other forms of media are delivered from. It is good to see that Joe Detuno, senior vice president of product development at Move Inc (Realtor.com) feels the same way.

At the end of the day Realtors will ALWAYS need a photographer at the home and home shoppers will always get excited about pictures they can move through and control. It’s the little video gamer in all of us I suppose. That little bit of interaction that connects us with our potentially new home. My old business partner Jeff used to say, “Video is great for things that move. Houses don’t move!” Well most of them don’t anyway. The Real Tour Vision virtual tour software has supported video clips for many years now and I have to say that it is rarely used on the house itself. We see clips of boats zipping along the water or deer strolling in a back yard but rarely do you see a clip of someone walking through the home. When you do see that that images are blurry and dark corners look like caves. Windows are always washed out and no matter how careful the photographer is, it never comes close to looking professional.

If you are interested in doing a little comparison on Video Vs Virtual try spending just a few moments in our blog as there are many articles on the two technologies in here. All said and done it is my firm belief that video will never actually REPLACE the virtual tour. I would love to hear your comments and additional thoughts on this.

Here is the full story about virtual tours from http://www.inman.com:

Many multiple listing services and listings aggregators that offer virtual tours, such as Realtor.com, already allow listing agents to provide links to videos instead. The videos are hosted by approved virtual tour vendors in Realtor.com’s Picture Path network.

But sometime in the next few months, Realtor.com plans to roll out a new feature that will let listing agents upload video directly to the site, said Joe Detuno, senior vice president of product development at parent company Move Inc.

“Some Realtors have already started using video using the Picture Path technology, which allows a URL to be uploaded to the site,” Detuno said. “We intend to have that be much more accessible from the consumer standpoint, so video is much more prominent on Realtor.com and in the listings.”

As it stands now, listing agents must choose between virtual tours or video at Realtor.com and other sites. But once the new video upload capabilities are in place, listing agents will be able to use still photos, virtual tours and video in the same listing, Detuno said.

As was the case when virtual tours were first introduced, direct video uploads will at first be available only to subscribers to Realtor.com’s Showcase listing enhancements, Detuno said.

Although video is “still in its infancy,” Detuno said he foresees the day when Realtors use all three visual aids — still photos, virtual tools and video — in their listings.

“I don’t see video replacing virtual tours and pictures, I see it augmenting them,” Detuno said. While more homes have the broadband Internet connections needed to view Web video than ever before, listings sites still serve mobile devices and other users without video capabilities.