I am showing off my virtual tours at the home show in a booth curtesy of one of my customers. They needed something impressive to put on a plasma in there booth. I have done a number of virtual tours for this company and have a good relationship with them so they asked me if I would put something together (for promotional consideration.) Wink wink.
Anyway, one of the agents asked if I could show one of her virtual tours, I thought sure we had done the tour so I said sure. I went searching for the tour on the builders site and did not find it, she was unsure of the tour name so I asked her to email me the link. She asked how, and I told her she could just load the tour and press “share tour”. She said she could not find the share tour button or a way to email the tour.
A little later on the Realtor in question showed up at the show and directed me to where the tour link was located on her MLS listing. And again asked if I could show it on the big screen, I fouind the link and clicked on it. It became very aparent that it was NOT a REAL TOUR VISION TOUR.
When it finally loaded, it poped up next to one of our toursn right there on the 60 inch plasma for all the world to see. Our tour, big and beautiful, and fast, her tour (done by her friend) small, slow, no hotspots, no branding, nothing.
She soon asked me to take it down and ordered three more virtual tours from us.
Quality sells itself!
Time to raise my prices again?
Road to the virtual tour industry started in 1981
Working as a real estate transaction coordinator for several high end realtor’s created an overwhelming desire for a top notch virtual tour provider. We called everyone…literally! We used them once or twice and determined we needed to handle this aspect of the transaction ourselves. I started the research that lasted over two weeks of searching the web, calling the providers asking about their systems documenting, and reporting back to my team. After two weeks of intense research and comparisons of the tour quality, tour windows, and picture quality Real Tour Vision (RTV) was hands down the leader!
Real Tour Vision’s tours were clean, crisp and consistent. Our biggest complaints with RTV’s competitors were the fish eye photos, distorted viewers and fuzzy photography. My experience in photography made me a harsh critic! (I graduated from the Indiana University Journalism Institute in 1981 and they were very clear about what made a good shot and what destroyed it!) The challenge for this industry is to convey the photographer’s artistry to the internet. Real Tour Vision was the clear leader in accomplishing that goal. Having found the perfect conveyance and technology our next step was to hire a RTV photographer to do our tours. After an extensive discussion with RTV we decided to form our own company and become an RTV tour builder. I had the photography experience and education to handle the photography and Real Tour Vision gave me the courage to start my own company.
We know serve over 50 agencies in our area and have partnered with other RTV service providers in nearby zones who can cover our work while on vacation! The RTV team is a big help too. They have graciously turned down several would be RTV virtual tour providers that were too close to my area. They are there to help protect my important investment in this business. The RTV team has been wonderful in helping me in all situations to better serve my clients. I appreciate everyone and their dedication to making RTV the industry leader in virtual tours.
Starting a virtual tour company from scratch is a huge undertaking but the RTV staff has made it a much lighter load. I would highly recommend the RTV virtual tour system to anyone…Outside MY service area of course! after all it is my goal to make Virtual Tours by Guardian THE number one virtual tour provider in my zone!
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Buyers can’t buy what they can’t see.
The Florida panhandle is experiencing an extreme buyer’s market. Real estate agents must market listing aggressively to stand out among the groves of property available for sale. Listings that lack quality photographs and virtual tours are simply overlooked. Sellers and buyers are demanding the information provided by virtual tours. Listings without them are severely disadvantaged.
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In early 2005 as the real estate market here in the Florida Keys started to slow, I could see I would have to brush up on my marketing skills and find better ways to expose my listings to potential buyers. With so many Florida Keys homes and condos sold as vacation homes, an online presence with great photos and virtual tours becomes essential. A few years earlier I was the first agent in our area to do virtual tours. I had tried the Fish-Eye Lens two-shot version but the results were not very good at all. Then the market got so hot, and properties were selling so fast, there was no real need to have tours. I could see the tide turning and I wanted to add virtual tours back to my listings so I started doing some research to find the best solution. After looking at a lot of low quality virtual tour software, I found Real Tour Vision.
Having taken some photography courses in college, and with over 30 years in the real estate business taking photos of houses, I decided to do the tours myself. My first RTV tour was of one of the highest priced homes in Key Largo. Shortly after submitting it, I received a call from a buyer who said his wife had seen a virtual tour on the Internet and she wanted him to take a look at the property while he was in the Keys. During the showing he called his wife at home and told her to look at the virtual tour again. They decided then and there to make an offer. They ended up buying the property. The wife never came to see it until closing. The selling price was $3.7 million!
Since then there have been other situations where a buyer’s partner or family member could not be present but the decision to go forward was based on the virtual tour. Many times in the course of showing one of my listings with an agent from another company, I hear the buyers talking about having seen the virtual tour on the Internet. It seems they find the listings and have their agent make the appointment which results in more showings which use event management software and sales for my sellers. I have a contract pending on a property which is scheduled to close later this month. The buyers have never been inside the house. Asking price almost $3 million.
In spite of our market being down almost 50% in the number of sales, and the inventory being up almost 50% in the number of listings, this has been my best year ever in real estate with over $12 million in sales so far – and it is only April.
Thank you Real Tour Vision for helping me take my career to a new level.
CENTURY 21 Prestige Realty
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!