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Earn a Spare $30,000 Per Year With Virtual Staging

virtual staging software

 

If taking your photography to the next financial bracket sounds good to you, this blog is for you!

I know this is a crazy busy time for RE photographers. That is why this is the perfect time to delve into the new virtual home staging platform RTV has implemented.

In my market about 20% of my virtual tour shoots are for vacant homes. Another 10% are new homes models or specs. Another way to look at it is that there is potential to double my photography income 30% of the time. I shoot about 40 homes per month… so when I virtually stage a home, I stage an average of five pictures at $75 each. I can use an extra $375 on top of my photography fee.

I also like being the vehicle that helps home owners get their property sold faster! On the last RTV webinar we talked about how being a one-stop shop is a sure-fire way to grow your virtual tour business while helping others. RTV’s platform is filled with amazing property marketing services such as Virtual Home Staging designed to help you create customers for life while increasing your income.

So what is the best way to close the virtual staging sale? Agents know the key to showings is quality staging and MLS photos. As a photographer you will have either direct access to the broker or home owner. Most reputable agents have already done their best to coach sellers on staging while some provide minimal staging. Some sellers just don’t have the money for traditional staging, but still need quality marketing for their pictures.

So in a nutshell I always am prepared when shooting vacant homes. While I don’t shoot tethered as often as I used to, I will when shooting a vacant home so that I can hand my iPad to the seller or broker. They see the vacant rooms that I am shooting. So a bit into the shoot I will show them a listing with before and after pics that have been virtually staged. Then I remind them where it is syndicated to and that the cost is about 1/10 the cost of traditional staging.

Using this marketing approach with the larger iPad and showing them the difference in activity to the tour for a virtually staged home results in a closing ratio of over 50% for staging orders. Then it’s about 2 hours extra to stage the pictures ($200 per hour definitely fits in my pay scale).

So now that you know how easy it is to book virtual staging gigs, make sure you sign up to try it out here: https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/#houses

 

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

 

Jim

RTV Staging Team
866-947-8687


Virtual Staging Email and Printable Flyer Now Ready in RPM

Virtual Staging is here so there’s no better time to announce this new and unique service to your customer base than now!  Login to your www.RockPointeMarketing.com account today and download this ready to go virtual home staging email and printable flyer to announce the new service to your customer base.

This is an HTML ready email for you to use with your favorite email program. It contains all of the necessary text, images and HTML formatting for you to load and send!

Be sure that you get this out soon and get ready to increase your bottom line with your new virtual staging service!  To use the template simply swap out the logo and photo with your own, adjust the text and blast away!

For those of you that have not seen our latest webinar on the virtual staging service you can watch it now here: https://youtu.be/h_zzLoSMNy0  Enjoy the show and we look forward to seeing all of your virtually staged homes RTV!

Sincerely,

Team RTV
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Services
Order a virtual tour today: 866-947-8687


RTV Launches Unique Do-it-Yourself Virtual Staging Software

Virtual Home StagingRTV Announces New DIY Virtual Home Staging Software. Be the First in Your Market to Offer This Unique New Service. Setup Your RTVStager Account Here: https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/signup  (Chrome or Safari Browsers Supported)

RTV is pleased to announce the launch of the very first do-it-yourself virtual staging service for the virtual tour industry.

This is a MUST HAVE for all RTV Virtual Tour Providers!!

The RTVStager is your opportunity to potentially double your income on your photo shoots for vacant residential properties. Online virtual staging averages $50 – $75 per photo and by using our unique system it only costs you $10 per photo. That could be as high as a 700% markup for vacant property shoot at $200+ per hour for this powerful new RTV add on.

Jim Blue is already virtually staging rooms in under ten minutes!

It’s really one of the most amazing things that we’ve seen here at RTV in quite some time.  For only ten dollars a room you can upload your high resolution images and start adding furniture from a vast library of digitized and photo realistic home furnishings.” – Jason LaVanture, RTV

The system is setup to work flawlessly on an iPAD, Android, MAC, or a PC and the only requirement is that you use Google Chrome or Safari as your browser when staging.  Imagine walking through a vacant home with your device, taking photos and staging on the spot!  The technology is finally here to make that dream a reality.

RTV is thrilled to be the very first virtual tour software company to offer this technology with accessibility directly from your Fusion virtual tour software management system.

Don’t delay rolling up your sleeves and taking the system for a test drive.  We’ve added a several test images in your account so you can start practicing today. Get started by setting up your RTVStager account here: https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/signup

Make sure to bookmark your virtual stager access point here: http://stager.virtualhousestaging.com  You will also be able to access this URL within your RTV virtual tour manager.

Once your account is setup and confirmed via email you can purchase credits.  Credits are $1 each and you will consume 10 credits each time you stage and complete a room. There is no minimum purchase required to get the ten dollar rate.  RTV has made this service incredibly affordable so you can easily offer this as an add on to your virtual tour business.

We would like to thank you all for your many years of dedicated support.  It’s your loyalty to our brand that makes things like this possible.  We would also like to invite you to join us for a webinar on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00 PM so we can show you how to use the system.

Click below to register for the live event!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2453776067634025217

Jim Blue of from BlueLaVaMedia has mastered this technology in under an hour and you can too.

See you on the show RTV

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Services
866-947-8687
www.RealTourVision.com


Can I Get Some Staging with that?

I cannot imagine a wedding photographer showing up and snapping pictures without telling everyone where to stand.  I can’t imagine a portrait photographer snapping pictures without telling everyone where to pose.  Even in candid pictures the shots are staged before the photographer takes the pictures.  I can’t imagine a professional photographer complaining that they have to pose people for their portrait work..it’s part of their job and they know that if they don’t pose the people, they aren’t going to get the shots they want.

So it seems logical to me that part of our work as virtual tour photographers is to help stage each area that we shoot.  I read a discussion on a vacation rental owner’s Linked In group where a photographer was asking whether the owners expected the virtual tour photographer to do any staging and the question left me dumbfounded.  It would never occur to me that staging was not a part of our job. I know many photographers whose philosophy for commercial shoots is that what they see is what you get but that’s certainly not the case with us.

We specialize in virtual tours for hospitality such as vacation rentals, hotels and bed and breakfasts as well as healthcare facilities.  We expect that when we walk in the location we are shooting will be clean but there’s a difference between clean and staged.  There’s a difference between something being rent ready and photo ready.  It’s the job of the housekeeping to get a place ready to rent.  It’s our job to get it ready to photograph.

At Vision Quest Virtual Tours, we work as a team when we photograph a virtual tour.  My husband is the photographer and I am the stager.  I go ahead of him to make sure that each room is set up so that he can capture the very best possible images.

When I look at each room I know that if something catches my eye, it’s going to stand out even more for the camera.  We move all trash cans, refrigerator magnets, and minimize clutter as much as possible.  Sure you want plungers, toilet brushes, extra toilet paper and air fresheners available for your guests but that doesn’t mean that we need to show them in the pictures!  We will raise patio umbrellas, turn on hot tubs (and move hot tub covers!), arrange chairs around the firepit, move hoses, and overall make sure that things look as good as possible.

We have a finite amount of time for each virtual tour photo shoot and the type of staging we are able to do will vary based on what we find when we arrive.  If the cleaners have done a good job, then we are able to focus on fine tuning instead of housekeeping.  If we are having to move clutter and change light bulbs and fix bedspreads, then we can’t do as much fine tuning.

Basic staging is part of our price but full staging is also available at an extra charge.  We can build fires, set tables, light candles, and even do twilight shots for an extra fee.

When you are getting quotes for your vacation rental photography and virtual tours, be sure to ask whether staging is included.  We are a national virtual tour provider and we specialize in hospitality virtual tours and have photographed several hundred vacation rental virtual tours in over 30 states.  Take a look at our Charleston virtual tours and others in our gallery and you will see that our experience makes a difference.

To learn more about our vacation rental photography and virtual tours or to ask for a quote, visit us at our website below or give us a call.

 


First Impressions and Home Staging

“Did You Know?”

•    Most buyers form an opinion about a home within the first 7-10 seconds of arriving.
•    Over 90% of buyers look at homes they’ve found on the Internet. It is critical that your home makes a strong first impression online. Staging or virtual home staging will help you do just that.
•    A staged home will sell, on average, 17% higher than a home that is not staged. (US Housing and Urban Development)
•    Sellers who spent $500 on staging recovered over 343% of the cost when they sold their home. (Homegain.com)
•    It is estimated that only 10% of home buyers can visualize the potential of a home. That means 90% are not going to be able to look past dirt, clutter, and imperfections.
•    Staged homes spent 83% less time on the market than non-staged homes. (HomeGain.com)

I’m sure you have heard the saying, “first impressions are everything” but may have never thought too much of it. Now that you are in the virtual tour business, this is definitely true when you are trying to market any piece of real estate property. When your customers see a property for the first time, they need to be “WOWED!” This is both true in person and within your online virtual tours. Making sure that your properties are presented in the best way possible, is crucial and can easily make or break a sale.

Here’s an example :

The inside of the home was dirty, furniture was poorly organized, and it looked like a cluttered mess. All of these obviously are not good but sometimes can be overlooked when setting up a home for a photo shoot. Your photos are taken and the tour is now uploaded and viewable to everyone you show. Someone visits your online virtual tour for this home that is amazing and has the potential to sell quickly to the right person, but your introduction photo and the rest were a complete mess. What is the visitor’s first reaction? To leave the tour and not look at the other photos because they are not presentable. You have now lost a potential buyer.

That was just an example and may not even apply to you, but it DOES happen and some tours can look bad just because of poorly taken photos. So what can you do to make sure that your home property is prepped and ready for photography?

Let’s go through some of the staging tips :
– Remove personal items.
– Focus on the main areas and rooms such as bathrooms, bedrooms, living room ,dining room, kitchen, etc.
– Remove evidence of pets.
– Turn on all lights and create a warm atmosphere. Natural lighting is very important and shows up well in photos.
– Remove personal photographs.
– Clean and declutter the focus areas.
– Capture great shots of the exterior and surrounding areas. Focusing on nice landscaping is important and will give the house that extra “curb appeal”.

The whole goal is to have your property feel like home and to capture it in a positive light. Make sure your online visitors feel like they are actually stepping inside of the property so that they can feel the experience of a great 360 virtual tour. Your clients and everyone who views your virtual tours will be blown away. By following these tips and staying within your photography guidelines will help you create great virtual tours and have a more successful virtual tour business. Good luck and happy marketing!

Sincerely,

RTV, Inc
www.RealTourVision.com
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training