Blog Tag: 3D Rendering

Real Tour Vision Welcomes Morgan Makowski

Real Tour Vision welcomes Morgan Makowski to the team. Morgan comes to Team RTV with and award winning personality, a great desire to achieve and a myriad of other wonderful assets and strengths that will benefit our company and providers. Morgan will be receiving cross training in nearly all of our departments in including Dispatch, Tour Track, Account Setup and, as a final challenge, she will be trained by our in-house Lens Engineer Ben Knorr giving us an additional lens engineer on staff.

Morgan relocated from Chicago where the rest of her family remains. She attended college at the University of Dayton, Ohio. It was there that she acquired her skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and discovered that the world is full of opportunities that you must go after.

“My passion lies in opening up my creative side and allowing myself to grow and learn from my surroundings. I am very excited to be on board with the best virtual tour company in the world and look forward to working with what appears to be a finely tuned machine!” said Morgan when we asked her for a comment for our Blog.

With dispatches at an all time high and new Tour Track accounts coming on every other week you are sure to receive a phone call from Morgan very soon if you are Full Service virtual tour provider with Real Tour Vision. Be sure to say hello and welcome her to team RTV!

More 360 Virtual Tours Please

When it comes to Virtual Tours or even the Internet, less is never more. Think about the last time you visited a website. Were you satisfied finding out that a company you never heard of says they carry the product you are searching for with no additional information or you see a page with just a single picture of a product and a basic, introductory type description.

If you are like me you were hoping to find more information such as product specs, additional views, compatibility with other products, performance, capabilities, etc. Not happy with the limited information you were given, you began looking else where. We want visuals and imaging to feed our imagination and satisfy curiosity. Buyers are seeking to find as much information as possible, instantly. 360 Virtual Tours have the same purpose as a website, they provide information. Since buyers are looking to find as much information about a potential home as they possibly can, the tour needs to provide it. Every panorama and every still picture highlights a part of the home giving the buyer another reason to continue to consider this home.

Ben Knorr
Real Tour Vision Lens Engineer

Tracking your 360 tour hits

When you’re spending the advertising money, it’s nice to know how many consumers are really taking the time to look at your advertising. Television has its rating system so they can know which shows are being watched and I’m sure their commercial advertisers keep up on that end of the business. On each of our virtual tours there is also a page where you can log in to see how many hits your virtual tours are receiving each month- it’s nice to know how many people are checking out your listing! It’s also something that can be printed out or e-mailed to the seller, who also wants to know potential buyers are looking.

Becky Miles
InSite Virtual Tours

Video Tours Exposed

Recently I have noticed that a lot of companies (large and small) are desperately trying to take advantage of the nuance of the video tour ‘rave’ by offering slide shows disguised as ‘video tours’. It seems the Jack-in-the-box law is now in effect. ‘Virtual tour’ companies are popping up all over the place offering ‘video tours’ that are nothing more than glorified slide shows.

Here’s the deal. Pretty much anyone can start one of these supposed ‘video tour’ services using slide show software for next to nothing and charge whatever they want for it. That’s fine. This is America.. whatever… but why lie?

I am going to go out on a limb here and let the secret out. I may get sued, but I think it is worth it if I can save just one agent form the death grips of a video tour bait-switch deal. Here’s the secret that they DON’T want you to know…. If the image is static (no movement) it’s a still picture, not a video. So, if the trees aren’t moving and the dog stopped breathing, chances are you didn’t get a video. So, what do you get when you take a bunch of images and make them fade in and out and side-to-side? Ummm, I am not sure, but I believe that may be a slide show. You can fancy it up any which way, but it is still not a video.

I was sitting here writing an article about the differences between slide show tours, virtual tours and video tours when it dawned on me… I have never had a real estate agent ask me if they could link their video tour to MLS. So here’s my question…

Have any of you ever linked a video tour (not a slide show) to MLS and if so, have you ran into any problems with IDX rules?

With virtual tours and slide shows (depending on your virtual tour provider), you have the option of using a different link that automatically removes the branding and audio using the same tour. But with a video, this is not an option. It would seem to me that you would have to produce two separate videos (one with branding & audio and one without) in order to take advantage of full exposure for the listing. This would incur additional expense and time (even if you produced your own). Thoughts?

Cheryl Waller
Treasure Coast Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour of Vacation Rentals

Our virtual tour company recently created a virtual tour of a vacation rental. It has not opened its doors yet; the ribbon-cutting ceremony is a bit down the road.

However, the owner understands the value to the renter of experiencing what they’d “see out the windows.” Is there a bay view? (yes!) do all of the bedrooms have their own private bathrooms? (yes) .. laundry facilities?

Well-taken photos are essential, but a virtual tour “teleports” the renter inside the property.

They may email a link to the virtual tour directly to a loved one. They may also download it to create a CD version of the tour for an off line presentation. We give it all to you.

Dawn Shaffer