Blog Tag: 3D Animation

Floor Plan Software Now Available!

Creating floor plans with Real Tour Vision for real estate or businesses is an easy and rather inexpensive approach to making your clients home or business stand out. The combination of a floor plan and a virtual tour gives viewers a real sense of place and perception. The perspective gives them the ability to see how rooms come together, allowing them to visualize themselves there.

This release of the Real Tour Vision floor plans is phase one of what will be a two step process. Phase two is when our floor plans become fully integrated within our virtual tour viewer. Buyers will then have all the information they need about your property and business by looking at the virtual tour while they look at the plan and the panorama on their screen.

Real Tour Vision has made creating stunning floor plans very simple and easy to do. We have setup and established for all of our virtual tour providers three simple ways to create and offer 2d and 3d floor plans. We have taken into consideration the fact that many of our virtual tour providers will want to learn how to use our new floor plan software while others will not.

Option One – Make Your Own Floor Plan

This first option that we now offer we feel most of our virtual tour providers will take advantage of and that is the ability to draw a floor plan directly from our tour management system. Our easy to use floor plan software will allow even a novice to create stunning 2D and 3D floor plans as well as order 3D walkthroughs of homes with just the click of a button. The floor plan software is now active and ready to use for all Real Tour Vision virtual tour providers.

Option Two – Floor Plan Sketch & Fax Service

The second option that we are opening up to our virtual tour providers is a service that we call floor plan sketch & fax. The Real Tour Vision floor plan Sketch & Fax allows our virtual tour providers to take our graph paper into the home with, draw a rough sketch of the layout and fax it into Real Tour Vision. We take care of the final floor plan measuring, drawing and production. It’s really that easy!

Option Three – Order Full Service Floor Plans

Finally our third option to our providers is our full service option. We now offer a national floor plan service in most areas of the USA. You are able to simply pickup the phone, call Real Tour Vision and we will place your floor plan order right over the phone. At the day and time of your scheduled floor plan a representative will show up, measure the home, draw a floor plan and deliver that to Real Tour Vision. This is by far the easiest solution we now offer for our virtual tour providers nationwide.

If you are in need of 2D floor plans or our new and exciting 3D floor plans make sure you contact us today and we will put you in touch with a Real Tour Vision floor plan provider who can help you fulfill your floor plan order!The cost per plan will vary depending on the square footage of the home.

By Real Tour Vision
Michigan Virtual Tours
Make a Floor Plan – 866-947-8687

3D Walkthroughs for ANY Budget!

Real Tour Vision is shifting gears on our 3D technology and we now offer what we feel is the industries finest 3D products at the most affordable price. First off if you would like to order a custom 3D walkthrough or Animation the Real Tour Vision team is the industry’s best. Just one look at some of our STUNNING custom 3D projects is keeping those developers wide eyed and asking for MORE.

With our new 3D Walkthrough technology, prospects and literally ‘walk-through’ a property in 3D on the web just as if they were really there in person. Our 3D Animation, 3D Walkthroughs and 3D renderings are all taking on breathtaking lifelike formation right on your computer screen, kiosk, or high definition television. While most of our custom 3D walkthrough projects start off at several thousand dollars we are now also offering a low cost solution for all of our virtual tour providers both In-House and Full-Service!

Our new automated 3D walkthrough technology is built directly into our virtual tour management system and is accessible 24/7. To create an automated 3D walkthrough with the Real Tour Vision virtual tour solution you simply log in, draw your floor plan, convert it to a 3D floor plan and convert that to a 3D walkthrough. The conversion to a 3D floor plan and the 3D Walkthrough is simply a push of the button on your end and on ours is simply the processing time it takes on the servers. The conversion to a full 3D walkthrough animation will take approximately 24 hours and is delivered to you via hyper link.

The automated 3D-Walkthroughs are essentially computer rendered and auto generated videos based on the 2d and 3d floor plans that you draw from within our system. The end result is not the quality you will find in our custom 3D Walkthroughs and Animations but it is several thousand dollars less and it still lets anyone from around the world experience a home and get a realistic feel for its size and layout. Multiple furnishing styles are used in the presentation so as the visitor ‘walks-through’ the home, room styles change in their furnishing and decorative styles. One moment the sitting room is bold and funky and the next moment it has faded into a calm and restful environment. The automated 3D Walkthrough really is the ultimate property marketing tool while our custom 3D Walkthroughs are the perfect for developments and high end presentations.

“I have never seen anything like this in my life. It is a magical experience and the 3D Walkthrough video is like somebody moving through the property with a video camera. However this is light years ahead of anything that a video tour could ever accomplish since the clarity is amazing and as a visitor on the automated 3D Walkthrough I am able to jump from one room to another simply by clicking on the name button for each room. At the end of the 3D Walkthrough tour I can even see photographs that show exactly how the home looks today.”
-Morgan Makowski

Real Tour Vision
Virtual Tour Provider of Traverse City
Order a 3D Walkthrough 866-947-8687

Boone NC Virtual Tour Attraction Distraction

Well the worst happened the other day when I got back from shooting virtual tours in Boone, NC.

Yes oh yes an entire folder of photo’s a 6 bedroom 7,000sq home was deleted from my computer and went off to photo Heaven without passing Go and I did not collect $200.00! Yes folks I have to go back with my tail between my legs and do it ALL over again.

I did look into having it restored from the hard drive of my computer but it would have cost me more to have it retrieved from my computer than to go back and shoot it again. OK the agent is cute and single but I promise you all that really has nothing to do with it, I think…

Wish me luck and just watch that delete button.

Good Shooting Folks…Douglas

Douglas Meyers
Virtual Tour
Boone Virtual Tours
Order a Virtul Tour – (828) 719-0609


This article was recently published in the San Francisco Chronicle. We thought it would be great to share this with those who frequent our virtual tour company blog as it reflects the growing desire for us to experience 3D walkthrough like technology and 3D animations. Recently the Real Tour Vision 3D department has been very busy working on many new projects with our 3D Animation crew. Some of our current work may be seen on our 3D walkthrough page of our website. Enjoy the article and remember that the Real Tour Vision Animators are industry best!

San Francisco Chronicle

By Tom Geller, Special to The Chronicle

The weather is perfect for an open house. The listing agent greets you at the door and you enter the clean, rambling home, its lofty rooms done tastefully in muted cream with brown accents. Touring upstairs, you remark to a winged white tigress that the bathroom would look better with colored lighting; she touches a panel on the wall to make the change, considers, then agrees.

This isn’t Narnia; it’s Second Life, a virtual world where more than 1.5 million “residents” use computers to control graphic representations of themselves and interact with others as they wander through realistic landscapes that other residents have created.

The game’s large audience has attracted real-world businesses, such as Circuit City, Toyota and Sears, that attempt to attract customers to their Web sites by “building” stores in Second Life.

Now, Second Life is a venue for selling another big-ticket item: homes.

The appearance of real-world home models in online worlds such as Second Life acknowledges that Americans are spending more time in virtual spaces that go beyond the Web. Sites such as already provide home buyers with basic property details, photos, and occasional movies of prospective properties. But immersive, 3-D online experiences such as Second Life, Google Earth and Google SketchUp go further by allowing visitors to fly over the city, stroll around the neighborhood, and even walk in the front door – without leaving the computer keyboard.

Last month, a Seattle-area Coldwell Banker office created a virtual model of a real-world 5,700-square-foot new home on Mercer Island, listed for a little more than $3 million. While several real estate companies have used Second Life to advertise their services, this is believed to be the first time a real home has been available for touring in this environment. Listing agent Suzanne Lane (“Suzanne Ibanez” in Second Life) said she’s been happy with the response.

“We’ve had tremendous interest. About 3,700 people have come in and walked around, including quite a few who are capable of buying this level of home,” she said. “It’s a property that does command a worldwide market, so we’re really excited about this new avenue because it’s more worldwide.”

She’s still not sure whether Second Life will ultimately help her sell the house. However, she’s optimistic about the project as a general marketing tool. “I’ve fielded quite a few questions from people who say they’re potential buyers,” she said. “The actual home is sort of a launch pad for more information.”

The real-world house was left unstaged, its empty rooms devoid of furniture, art, and the cliche breakfast tray in the master bedroom. The home’s Second Life version could have been filled with such homey touches at a tiny fraction of the cost of a real-world staging, but Charlie Young, Coldwell Banker’s senior vice president of marketing explained why it isn’t.

“We made a decision to represent it exactly as it exists in the real world,” said Young, who is known as Spuds Carter in the virtual world. “Even the handles on the kitchen cabinets are the same. If you look out the back window, it’s the real view. Just because you’re not actually in the listing doesn’t mean you can’t experience what it’s like.”

The Mercer Island home is part of a larger strategy for Coldwell Banker, which opened its Second Life office in March and revealed that it had secretly been buying virtual property for development and resale.

Read the full article is HERE

Quality Virtual Tours Do Sell Homes

For all my fellow REALTORS(r) – and specifically listing agents:

Interesting thing happened to me on my way to show some homes. As I perused our local MLS searching for listings to show my buyers, I came to the realization that 360 virtual tours actually do sell homes. Perhaps, I should qualify that – QUALITY virtual tours actually do sell homes (funky virtual tours and slide shows do a listing an injustice.

O.K, granted, I didn’t have quite the epiphany I describe above, since I must admit I have come to this realization before. Moreover, I understand, too, that once you know that I’m a real estate agent as well as a virtual tour provider you may think my positive view towards virtual tours a rather biased one. I’d need to stop you right there, though. Providing a virtual tour for each one of your listings is a no-brainer. When you look at the sheer numbers, and I swear it seems to go up a percentage point each month, there’s no disputing the fact that more buyers start their home search on-line than not. The actual figure was way past 70% at last glance. That’s a phenomenal amount of prospective buyers out there in cyberspace searching in earnest for their next home. I know this to be true since I work with buyers on a daily basis; they are extremely tech-savvy and ever searching.

So, here’s the deal – with my market experiencing a buyer’s market, there is entirely too much inventory to focus my searches on listings with no pictures, let alone no 360 virtual tour. And interesting thing is, my buyers feel the same way. The fact is that houses with the most pictures will generate the most interest and will get the most showings while those listings that have no pictures will get placed at the very bottom of the “to see” list at warp speed.

Case in point – on a recent weekend, I showed 31 houses to a buyer who was only in town (from Japan, I kid you not) for an extended weekend. There was absolutely no interest on his part in seeing anything without pictures (and believe it or not, there were many). Imagine if your picture-less listing was on our list and, therefore, at the bottom of the 54 that met his search parameters. What’s the likelihood of him seeing your listing? You don’t think he would’ve found his dream home among the previous 53? (His better half was searching homes from Japan on the internet and directed us to physically see the home they actually closed on last month. BTW, I just happened to do the virtual tour on it! I didn’t tell them until settlement, though.)

All that to say, the buyers market that we are experiencing right now will absolutely separate the wheat from the chaff. It’s time for you to be the best listing agent you can be, pull out your bag of tricks, rev up your marketing, call your virtual tour provider, and get your listings sold. Spend the marketing dollars necessary to get your listings in front of all those web-browsing buyers, then experience the return on your investment many-fold.

Lanette Branch
Lanette Branch Virtual Tours