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C21 Northland Recognized by Broker Council

C21 Northland a Traverse City Real Estate Brokerage was recently recognized by the Broker Council.

Traverse City— The CENTURY 21® Northern Michigan Broker’s Council recently recognized several CENTURY 21® Northland Realtors with sales awards for the year 2008.

Individual sales awards were presented to Kevin Molby, Lisa Rossi, Jim Totten and Susan Trout. Team sales awards were presented to Susan Hintz and Al Rice, and Mike Annelin and Mike Gaines. Linda Zajac and Julia Lilley were recognized as the number one team in the Northern Michigan broker council and also received a Quality Service Award, which demonstrates a dedication to providing clients with positive experiences in all transactions.

In addition, CENTURY 21® Northland was recognized for achieving a #2 ranking out of 41 offices in the Northern Michigan Broker Council for the year 2008!

Century 21 Northland offers full-service real estate capabilities, interactive 360 virtual tours and specializes in residential and commercial property sales in the greater Traverse City region.

CENTURY 21 is a registered trademark licensed to Century 21 Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each CENTURY 21 Office is independently owned and operated.

Brad Platt
Traverse City Real Estate
http://www.c21northland.com


Shreveport Virtual Tours Go Social

Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours now includes a new social networking utility in our Shreveport virtual tours, making it easier than ever for your tour to be bookmarked. Now when a visitor comes to your website and views one of your property tours, they can take it with them when they go simply by selecting the ‘Share Tour’ tab then choosing their favorite social site.

Choose the Share Tab and the icons will appear at the bottom of the tour window

  • Choose the Share Tab and the icons will appear at the bottom of the tour window
  • Choose the ‘Share Tab’ and the icons will appear at the bottom of the tour window

Why is this important to real estate agents? Because your real estate marketing just went viral! What is viral marketing? It works like this:

When a visitor comes to your website they look at your listings and information then leave when they are finished. Your marketing information remains on your website. But with viral marketing, it means that the visitor can take information about you and your listing with them when they go. They can then place it on their favorite social networking site where their friends will see it. These friends can then place it on their sites, where their friends see it and so on, quickly spreading your information across the web.

And of course, the more people who see you and your listing the better the chance of converting visitors to clients.

But it doesn’t stop there. Because of the NEW RTV SpiderLink(tm) technology, tours are now Search Engine Optimized, which means that all these new visits serve to bubble your virtual tour and you to the top of the search engine rankings.

Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours together with RTV are always looking for new ways to help you market your property and yourself. Our products are designed to help you stay ahead of the curve. If you are looking to boost your online presence this year, let us help. We will do the work so that you don’t have to. Leaving you free to do what you do best – sell real estate. Contact us today to discuss your marketing campaign.

Rebecca Bolda
Ark-La-Tex Virtual Tours
Shreveport/Bossier City Virtual Tours
http://www.thevirtualtourpeople.com/
Order a Virtual Tour (318) 572-1779


Dadz Workshop Offers The “Realtors Guide To Online Listing and Selling”

Dadz Featured Tours’ expertise is in how to effectively list, and sell using the internet as a sales tool. That’s what we offer to realtors, an enhanced internet sales tool. Dadz Featured Tours created and used a very successful online listing system to sell at a boat providership, and an RV providership. I was an Internet Manager at a boat providership. Without really knowing a thing about boats, in three months I sold almost $700K in inventory. All with using a computer and a phone.

By presenting our service as an enhanced selling tool, we are directly addressing what they will use it for. Boats/RV’s properly listed can be sold using just photos. With real estate you’re talking about a much larger object. Just trying to sell a property by photos is not easy. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible. In order for an online listing to do what they need it to, a real virtual tour is the only solution.

Dadz Featured Tours has created an additional service called Dadz Worshops. We educate realtors on how to use the internet as a selling tool. By presenting to them in a way that directly educates them on what they are trying to do with their online listings it helps Dadz Featured Tours. We provide the most powerful marketing tools available to realtors.

Dadz Featured Tours created a guide for realtors, and it’s available on our website.

David DeSantis
Dadz Featured Tours
Realtor Guide to Online Listing/Selling
http://www.dadzfeaturedtours.com/


Bradenton Virtual Tour Company – How Can A Virtual Tour Benefit Realtors In A Down Economy?

Recently I came across a blog post from a Realtor couple stating that they were finally going to take the steps to start researching virtual tours and wanted some thoughts on the subject. I was surprised to see that only two people had responded to the post and really had not offered much insight to the importance of a Brandenton real estate virtual tour from their stand point. To add, I was kind of amazed at the fact that the Realtors have never even considered the option of marketing their properties online with virtual tour technology until now. Of course, I did the best I could to help them in the right direction; but, the very thought that there are still Realtors out there unwilling to implement these powerful Brandenton real estate marketing tools into their arsenal of Real Estate sales tools has a lot to do with:

1. The misconception of how valuable it is in today’s market place
2. What role it plays in the hands of the consumer

So how does a virtual tour benefit both the Realtor and the Client in a down economy? What can it do to help alleviate some of the financial stresses that come with a slow and stagnant economy?

According to the NAR 2007 profile of Buyers and Sellers:

84% of all buyers and 87% of first time buyers use the internet as an information resource during their search for a home. In the 25-44 age group this number jumped to 91% of all home buyers.

Home buyers use the internet slightly more frequently (66%) than real estate agents (64%) and much more frequently than newspapers (17%), home magazines (10%) or television (2%).

Only 1% of homebuyers did not find the internet useful and 100% of those that use a real estate agent take two weeks to search on their own before contacting their real estate agent. 64% of all home buyers used the FIRST agent they contacted.

32% of all buyers look online for properties for sale as the FIRST step in their search for a home.

33% of all buyers are now using social networking sites with 19% using them at least a few times per week.

79% of home buyers use a real estate agent, this is the same percentage as 10 years ago. in 1997, 50% of buyers found their home through a real estate agent and 2% found their home on the internet. In 2007 only 34% find their home through a real estate agent while those that find their home on the internet has greatly increased to 29%.

Virtual Tours in Today’s Marketplace

There are hundreds of real estate virtual tour providers offering many different solutions. Few understand the marketing aspects of virtual tour technology and many underestimate the value it has for the Realtor. The misconception as a whole is that a virtual tour is just some type of online media. It is much, much more than that. A virtual tour can be any type of media; but, how that media is used to benefit the sale of the home has extremely valuable aspects to it when approached with the right technology and the right tools to market that technology. If you are paying $100-$300 for a virtual tour and it is only distributed to your MLS and Realtor.com, you are missing a huge market of potential buyers outside these practical inclusions and you are paying way too much for your service.

It is no secret that the housing market is rapidly declining. Realtors are not making the commissions they used to and short sales and foreclosures are only paying a very small commission as to what they would normally get. Yet, many Realtors are still dumping thousands into their properties in hopes they will sell. But the hard fact is that most of those marketing and advertising dollars will only pay for so much time in front of the consumer. An ad here or there can quickly add up and the exposure value is very little. Is there a better way? You bet!! 84% of home buyers are shopping online first, so maybe that is where you should be directing your efforts? Why would you advertise your products and services in the local newspaper when 17% use the newspaper and 84% is looking online? The only person you are helping is the advertising agent. Now it does make sense to advertise, but maybe it’s time to re-think how the rest of the population is thinking. Understand your market and where it is that they go to get the information they seek.

Basic observations when considering virtual tour software and the value it has in the marketplace:

1. Affordability – Your virtual tour solution does not have to cost a fortune. The average Real Estate virtual tour should cost around $90-$150 for a good quality tour and hosted for 1-2 years online. It should also have excellent distribution qualities to get maximum exposure.

2. Functionality – What type of features do you get with your virtual tours? Is there rich media content that is easily accessible? Feature sets are what will keep your potential buyers occupied within your virtual tour. The more features your virtual tour has the more satisfying it will be to the end user. It is a proven fact that online users are becoming hungrier for rich media content. If your virtual tour provider does not offer virtual tours that are packed with rich media content, it time to look somewhere else.

3. Informative – Does your virtual tour provide the necessary tools to inform potential buyers on all the details of the Realtor and the property? Buyers want data and if your virtual tour does not provide what is desired, you will lose the buyer’s interest quickly.

4. Marketing – Putting your virtual tour on your website or MLS is just the tip of the iceberg. With millions of consumers shopping online everyday, you need to have the tools to put your properties in front of those buyers. A Brandenton real estate virtual tour with no exposure is a dead tour. It has little reach in the marketplace and the virtual tour holds no great value. Yet, when you combine powerful online distribution tools with your virtual tours, you have opened up a tremendous amount of exposure and the potential to get more interested buyers. Also, combining innovative offline tools to direct traffic to your virtual tours can lighten the cost of traditional adverting and marketing. The focus here is to market your properties online and offline with the intent of driving as much traffic to the property for sale. This marketing strategy is very effective and is cost effective. A good tour package that offers both online and offline virtual tour marketing tools should average $.40-$1.50 per day. Compare that to traditional marketing, and you are saving a ton of money, getting ten fold the exposure and putting more profit in your pocket at the time of sale.

5. Flexibility – Your virtual tour should already come packed with virtual tour marketing tools to make your job easier. A good virtual tour solution should give you the flexibility to do what you do best……sell!

Real Estate virtual tours can be the single most important alternative to property marketing in a time when the economy is failing. Time, money and value are so important when the span between commissions is much greater that it used to be. Investing in the choice to use virtual tours as your main tool of cultivating home buyers is a step in the right direction.

Consumers and Virtual Tours

How does the consumer benefit from a Brandenton real estate virtual tour you provide online? Potential buyers play a very important role. It’s what they want! Do you give consumers what they want? Are you keeping up with the latest advances in online marketing? The way we do business today has forever changed and if you are not moving in strides with these advances, your competition will move leaps and bounds over you and leave you wondering why. If 84% of homebuyers go to the internet to shop for property, you wouldn’t put 84% of your advertising dollars into the local newspaper would you? I hope not and I hope you see my point. Consumers know they can find what they want on the internet. It saves them time and money, rather than spending countless hours driving around to each house. Virtual tours put the consumer in control to decide what it is they like about the house. A well organized virtual tour and the right Brandenton virtual tour company can make use of the advantages of each individual listing and grasp the viewer’s attention. You have to immediately engage your visitor with something that will capture their senses. Give them what they want and direct them on what to do. Give them the ability to explore all the advantages of your listings without the headache of having to search too deep. If a visitor can’t find what they want within a few seconds, you will lose them.

Statistically speaking, consumers are eager for rich media content when they visit your website or virtual tours. If it is boring and inactive, you are missing the big picture. More people sit at home now because they can’t afford to drive around. It is much more cost effective to find what you are looking for on the internet. And, it is a lot less stressful too.

Home buyers are getting smarter. In a buyers market, they are realizing they have the power to search and seek out anything and everything on the web. Including Realtors! If you’re not making a huge impression, you’re not doing what it takes to get those potential home buyers in the sales seat. Real estate virtual tours are what buyers are looking for. It saves them time and money and that is very important in this economy.

If you need more information on an affordable virtual tour solution, go to our Bradenton Virtual Tour Company Website.

e-toursonline Interactive Media
Bradenton Virtual Tour Company
www.e-toursonline.com
Order a Brandenton Virtual Tour (941) 795-6978


New Offerings for West Chester PA Virtual Tour Clients

Virtual Vista Virtual Tours Has some important announcements to make!!!

First of all, a big thanks goes out to the outstanding patronage of our loyal West Chester PA clientele.

Effective November 3, 2008, Virtual Vista virtual tours now offer:

You Tube Tour Conversions

Outstanding West Chester Virtual Tour Specials

Club Virtual Vista Memberships

Amazing Single Property Websites

Unbeatable Tour Bundles

We have expanded our horizons to offer you the YouTube world. When you see our Virtual Vista YouTube Tour, there will be no doubt that we offer more than the competition can offer.

Virtual Vista has added several incredible specials. We want our local West Chester virtual tour service area customers to know how committed to excellence we are, in the quality of our service, as well as, the quality of our product.

Virtual Vista has implemented Club Virtual Vista. Our members will receive rewards that will pay for themselves over and over and over again.

For those real estae agents looking to up their real estate property exposure to the next level, we offer our West Chester Single Property Websites (e.g., www.44springvalleyrd.com). What we love about offering these sites is that they put a spotlight on any listing. Even if you are not located in West Chester PA, we can provide this service to you.

Finally, for real estate professionals that feel a virtual tour is important for every listing, we have better than economically priced West Chester Virtual Tour Bundles. As always, we go out of our way to make sure that our bundles give the client the opportunity to save significant dollar amounts. Whether you are looking to reduce your marketing costs or free-up and re appropriate funds to further expose your property on the internet, our bundles are definitely a win-win deal!!!

Feel free to contact us with any questions and comments that you may have. Feedback is always welcome. Contact your local West Chester virtual tour company today.

Sincerely,

Brian Castro
Virtual Vista
West Chester Virtual Tours
www.virtualvista.net

Order a virtual tour 610-429-0288

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