Virtual tours have been around for quite some time for real estate professionals; however there is a tide turning on where consumers are going to locate and view these virtual tours. Yes, REALTOR.com, Visual Tour and others still offer a profitable solution to real estate agents, yet many consumers are turning to other internet media sites to learn about homes for-sale in their community. YouTube, Viddler, WellcomeMat and others are beginning to see large numbers of internet buyers searching for real estate on their web sites. In fact, a recent report shows YouTube as the second most popular web site used as a search engine. The most surprising part of this statistic is the fact that YouTube is not even a “search engine web site!” What’s this mean for you, the real estate professional? It means consumers are searching for real estate in your marketplace, and if your virtual tours are not loaded to YouTube, you’re missing an excellent opportunity to showcase your listings.
If you have an interest in learning how to create and post virtual tours for “FREE” to the World Wide Web, visit www.RealEstateTechGuy.com, and watch the short video I’ve created for this article. I have also included for my active rain friends a special downloadable document on where the best places to host your videos on the Web are, complete with web links to each web site.