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Always Hire a Professional Real Estate Photographer!

professional-real-estate-photographyAll too often I see properties listed with pictures that were either taken from a cheap camera or, heaven forbid, a cell phone. I can not stress how incredibly important it is when selling your home to have professional photography. Whether you are listing it For Sale By Owner or with an agent make sure you get professional real estate photography. If you choose to list your house with a real estate agent you should require them to hire a professional photographer that specializes in real estate photography. I would even go as for to say that if your agent is not willing to take on that marketing cost for you it’s time for you to interview a different agent to assist you in selling your home. It’s not 1999 anymore and over the last dozen or so years it has been statistically proven without a doubt that professional real estate photos not only make homes sell faster, but for more money too. Try googling it for yourself and do three minutes of homework here. Try searching for “Professional Real Estate Photography Statistics” It is such a popular search phrase that Google will likely finish it off for you. After only three to five minutes of reading you will see some hard-hitting statistics that have been put out by companies like Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com and more. The facts are the facts here.

The two key components to successfully selling a home is Pricing and Marketing. Pricing is first for a reason, no matter how good the pictures are if it is overpriced you WILL sit on it and end up taking less for the property than if you had priced it right. Moreover, when marketing your home, you have to have top-notch real estate photography as this will be every potential buyer’s first impression of the house and quite often be the deciding factor on whether they will set up a showing.

Now with all that being said I always hire a professional Traverse City real estate photography team for all my listings. The team over at BlueLaVaMedia does a superb job for not only myself but just about every agent in our office. Just for clarification, I pay for all of my listings photography, drone shoots, virtual tours and interactive media out of my pocket, and this is a cost I absorb even if for some reason your home does not sell.

To wrap things up if you are in the market for a new home or need to sell yours, please feel free to reach out to me. All of my contact information can be found on my Traverse City Real Estate Website. If you liked my article and found my real estate photography statistics useful please be sure to come on over and sign up for more of my articles in my Traverse City Realtor Blog.

Thanks!

Dereck Dykes
Century 21 Northland
Traverse City Real Estate Agent
231-714-0627


Fusion Experience HTML 5 & RTV News

Great news Real Tour Vision fans; the all new HTML 5 Fusion Experience virtual tour player is here. Say hello to this responsive, fast loading, incredibly attractive, versatile tour player launched by Real Tour Vision virtual tour software company at the end of last year. We are still programming in the finishing touches, but if you have not taken the new Fusion Experience player for a ‘spin’ you should give it a try. Those of you looking for a game changer this year, here it is! Jim Blue and I soft launched this here in Traverse City, MI via phones, tablets and desktop computers and the consensus is that our new Fusion Experience player is the nicest interface they had ever seen and used. Your customers are in for a techy treat!

The team worked very hard last year to take both of our Flash-based interactive virtual tour players and convert them to HTML 5. We have done that and added several improvements along the way. As of right now you can deliver your virtual tour URL’s in HTML 5 to your customers right from your RTV Tour Manager. Watch this video message from Jason LaVanture, RTV’s Co-Founder and VP – https://youtu.be/dadYhjLaxpQ

Take a look at some of these virtual tour productions on display in Fusion Experience –

Fusion Experience – Custom Loader Screen – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/420405?html5=1

Fusion Experience – Custom Theme, Aerial Drone Video – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/218874?html5=1

Fusion Slim – Seamless Matterport Integration – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/605315?html5=1

We are very excited for you to make use of the advanced features that Fusion Experience brings to the table such as custom themes and loader screens without enduring the slower load times that are associated with the Flash version. When it comes to HTML 5 virtual tour players, we are ahead of the curve and leading the way!

Additional Announcements & News

Come to the show! – Tuesday January 30th at 7:00 PM Eastern. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7988465835855995394 This will be our first FORMULA episode of 2018, and we will be covering lots of the new updates and what these exciting features do! Read more by clicking on the registration link above.

Tour Credit Increase – Effective February 1st of 2018 virtual tour credits will be $12.00 each, and we will be saying goodbye to the $10.00 tour credit. We are happy to have been able to keep our tour credits to a mere ten dollars for the last 18 years, however with a great desire to continue our rapid programming and development pace a slight increase is needed. We truly appreciate your continued support and dedication to our brand.  In return we are committed to keeping our virtual tour technology ahead of the curve offering you the very best that is out there.  Additionally we are proud to announce to you that we have increased our virtual tour image limit for you so each virtual tour can now hold up to 100 images. Finally, the posting of your virtual tours to Realtor.com will be free of charge when these changes go into effect on February 1st.  

Thanks for your continued support everyone and we’ll see you on the next webinar!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

 


The FORMULA 82 – Fusion Updates 2018

You have likely seen new features and buttons appearing in the Fusion virtual tour system,  maybe you have even seen update messages rolling across your Facebook newsfeed over the past several months. At the end of the day, there’s just way too much going on with your business, your life and everything else to keep up with our steady battery of virtual tour software updates over here at RTV. What you need is a one-hour, laser-focused webinar on all these updates and improvements so you are ready to make any necessary changes and announcements for your business before the busy season.  

Please join us on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM Eastern for The FORMULA 82 – Fusion Updates 2018.  During the show, I’ll take you through the Fusion virtual tour system and point out some of the significant updates and improvements of 2017 and thus far in 2018.

During the event, we will discuss the differences between our HTML 5 Fusion Experience Player and HTML 5 Fusion Slim players. We will also discuss the new Media Gallery, 3D VR Headset Tours, the RTV video Ripper, RTV’s Tour Shredder, Secure, MyBrand & HTML 5 Delivery Links, Triple Action Floor Plans, Tour Track enhancements, our new www.RockPointeMarketing.com site and more! 

See you there RTV! Register here – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7988465835855995394

Jason


RTV Launches New Video Ripper – Drone Pilots and Video Guys Sure to Like

Virtual Tour Video

RTV proudly offers the most virtual tour features in the industry. We understand that in order to stay a leader we have to innovate on a regular basis!

As we head into our final month of 2017, we have some exciting news for you on the development front. The guys have completed some fantastic new updates to the RTV Video Ripper. Watch the full release video here – https://youtu.be/o3-4Fx_1mDo 

Those of you might have noticed that the videos created by the OLD video ripper had basic looking text on them and moved from scene to scene using a variety of random animated transitions. The output files were also only 720p. We are proud to say that the newly improved video ripper has quite a few improvements over the previous ripper.

Here is our short list:

• Now in 1080 HD – That’s right team! Our new video ripper pulls the images from your original HD uploaded images and uses your original files to create a high definition production.

• Includes Uploaded Videos – Are you an Aerial Drone Operator? Do you do video walk-throughs or AstroZooms in your RTV productions? If you use ANY video at all in your Real Tour Vision productions you will love the fact that our new video ripper also pulls your full motion video clips from your interactive virtual tour and adds them into your video rip. You can find the rip to video toggle now enabled on your video clips in the scene manager. By default, all videos within your virtual tour production will be included in your video output.

• Ken Burns Replicator – The new video ripper examines EACH of your carefully defined Ken Burns transitions from your interactive virtual tour and replicates that into the video rip. Say goodbye to random transitions. The new video ripper will do EXACTLY what you tell it to, right down to how long each slide is shown in the video.

• Spherical Optical Correction Added – The old video ripper would not optically correct spherical panoramas so they looked absolutely horrid when ripped into a video production. The new video ripper carefully optically corrects the viewing of a spherical panorama so the viewer can look at your spherical panoramas now without any distortion. With 3D spherical tours on the rise this was a MUST for us to include in our latest version!

• Enhanced Output Control – We have added several new buttons and toggles in the video promotion section of your tour manager to allow for finer control over video creation.

• Full Audio Support – The new video ripper now supports ALL audio formats including AudioPal narrations, custom tour narration, RTV Radio and custom uploaded .mp3 music tracks.
Here are a few videos that were just ripped:

Palaestrum – AudioPal, Drone Footage, Still Photos, Cylindrical Panoramas 

San Remo – AudioPal, Agent Video Introduction, Still Photos, Cylindrical Panoramas 

Bridge Street – Still Photos, Optically Corrected Spherical Panoramas 

Enjoy the new virtual tour software technology team and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the release of our all new HTML 5 Fusion Experience player that we will be showing you in the coming days! Thanks for your support.

Team RTV


Say Hello to Media Gallery & More Virtual Tour Software Updates!

virtual tour galleryIt’s a square; it’s four squares! It’s RTV’s new media gallery!  Let’s dive right in here and let you take it for a test drive! Check it out – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=327951&html5=1#tourgallery  Here’s a short video that talks about our new Media Gallery as well as a few other important virtual tour software updates from Real Tour Vision – https://youtu.be/vmkje-gRSYY 
What makes the Media Gallery so unique is that we give it to you in your Deliverables section as its own delivery link.  If you have a customer that would prefer this style of a virtual tour over the others you can deliver it as a stand-alone product!

The Media Gallery has been fully integrated into our HTML 5 virtual tour player and shows up to the right of the player controls and is shaped like a Square made up of four square boxes. Just like a gallery!  You’ll notice the responsive nature of the Media Gallery right away and it performs exceptionally well on phones, devices, iPads and even looks great on a desktop computer.   We’ve taken the liberty here to add “View in Tour” links to the Media Gallery so users can be looking at a thumbnail of a panorama and instantly ‘JUMP’ into the interactive virtual tour by clicking the “View in Tour” button.   

The Media Gallery displays all forms of virtual tour media and even plays back third party embedded media such as Vimeo, YouTube, or Matterport productions.  It’s pretty slick! 

By default, we have turned your media gallery ON for all of your virtual tours and you can find the controls for this in the “Buttons” sections of your virtual tour manager.   If for some reason you would like it turned off you can do this by editing your buttons.  Enjoy the new technology and stay tuned for the launch of our new HTML 5 Fusion Experience player.  It’s almost done!!!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

PS.  We’ve also updated several other aspects of Fusion over the last couple of weeks too.  Below is a list of items that have been referenced in the update video above.
• Ken Burns HTML 5 Field of View – Fixed – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=327951&html5=1
• FSD & IHD Buttons Fixed in Buttons Area
• Tour Embed Code Now Fully Responsive – http://www.realtourvision.com/embed-virtual-tour.html 
• Video Hot Spots – Fixed• Shortened / Improved HTML 5 Tour Load Time on Mobile Devices 
• Improved HTML 5 Still Photo Playback