Floor plans for your listings

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

I have long thought that providing floor plans for your listings was a good idea but only two things kept me from it.

1. I can't draw worth a darn, and

2. It was expensive to have someone else draw them for me.

First I tried drawing my own with a ruler, compass, pencil, and several erasers. Never did get the professional look I was after. Then I bought a program to draw them for me. Never could make it draw a straight line either.

Finally I stumbled across a firm called Diakrit; here's some information about them: "Founded in 2001, Diakrit has grown from a purely IT company into one of Northern Europe’s leaders of visualizations and 3D modeling.

In July 2008, Diakrit AB merged with Matrix AB, triggering enormous growth. Today, Diakrit boasts over 110 employees throughout Scandinavia, the United States, China and Thailand, and provides its services in visualization and 3D modeling to more than 1300 clients in the real estate and retail sectors worldwide, with more clients signing up daily.

With its experienced architects and a deep understanding of the global markets, Diakrit offers solutions to real estate agents, brokers, and international franchises, as well as real estate portals, facility management companies, and developers."

Wow, I had no idea they were such a big deal international firm.

But they did what I wanted, that is, produced a nice, clean looking floor plan for my resale listings at a very reasonable price. Starting at only $19.95 they can provide both 2D and 3D floor plans with a "floorplanner" option that lets your customer place and move furniture in the plan.

To get started all you have to do is draw a crude sketch (and that perfectly describes my drawings), fax or email it to them, and they produce a nifty looking, professionally drawn floor plan of your listing and post it on their website for you to download.

Here's how my first effort turned out.

Diakrit took this: 9709 paname drive knoxville tn for sale by jim lee knoxville tn realtor

and turned it into this:

floor plan of 9709 panama drive knoxville tn jim lee www.knoxvillehomecenter.com

In less then 48 hours and for around 25 bucks.

I'm sold; all of my future listings are getting floor plans to go with their virtual tours and MLS photos.

Even if buyers don't appreciate it just think what an awesome listing tool it could be. "Why yes Mr. & Mrs. Seller, if you list your home with me you not only get everything every other Realtor in town does you also get a custom yard sign, virtual tour, enhanced presence on Realtor.com and many other real estate websites, and a professionally drawn floor plan of your home for buyers to see."

Here's the 9709 Panama Drive virtual tour complete with floor plans.

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Jim, this is a great too, I have been in the same spot you describe, can't draw one, can't use the program etc... I will investigate this company thanks.

Aug 10, 2009 01:23 AM #1
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

LOL at your sketch and mine look just like it. My husband draws on a CAD better homes and gardens program when I can get him to take the time he produces great plans.

Aug 10, 2009 01:23 AM #2
Jody Keating
Jody Keating Connective Realty,LLC, Bryan/College Station,TX - Bryan, TX
Broker/MM/Realtor, Bryan / College Station, TX

Really great marketing idea............... and great value. Thanks

Aug 10, 2009 01:33 AM #3
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jim, they did a good job from your drawing. I will bookmark your post for future reference. Thanks.

Aug 10, 2009 01:50 AM #4
Kaye Brock
Crye-Leike - Nashville, TN

Jim, this does look like a great product.  Thanks.

Aug 10, 2009 02:19 AM #5
Bill Ladewig
LoanOfficerSchool.com - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

Valuable post.  The ability to provide a floor plan for you listings does provide you a leg up on the competition.

Aug 10, 2009 02:20 AM #6
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Thanks guys, I'm sold on this company and their product.

Laura, glad to know someone else is "artistically challenged" ;). I never could draw a straight line.

Aug 10, 2009 02:33 AM #7
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Jim, Good post. Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Aug 10, 2009 02:43 AM #8
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I love floor plans, but my crude sketch's would be cruder than yours.  Much.   I have friends who use the floor plans from another company.  I took drafting in college but it was NOT my favorite class. 

Aug 10, 2009 06:44 AM #9
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

The great thing about Diakrit Maureen is that they have the draftsmen. All the draftsmen have to do is be able to translate my efforts into the finished product which they did a marvelous job of.

Aug 10, 2009 08:27 AM #10
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Wow, this seems great and you're a wonderful artist like I am.  You could have made it a little easier on them & used a crayon LOL!

Aug 12, 2009 07:19 AM #11
Mark Artesani
Keller Williams Realty - Fountain Valley, CA
Huntington & Newport Beach, Fountain Valley Homes

Nice idea, You can find anything on the net.

Aug 13, 2009 12:12 AM #12
Rob (Keller Williams Realty)

Great products and easy to use! Diakrit is Preferred Vendor of Keller Williams so I think we will see more of them on the market!

Aug 17, 2009 02:22 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I have the same sentiments about floor plans, but this sounds like the perfect solution. Will be checking this one out.


Aug 18, 2009 09:25 AM #14
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI


This is a cost effective outsourcing solution.  Thank you for sharing your find.


Aug 21, 2009 07:11 AM #15
John willson

Hi Jim! You are so right. Even i have the same issue when it comes to floor plan the! like you did i also got the same kind of solution from a company called Linesgraph "https://www.linesgraph.com"
These are even more cost effective i even got a 3D floor plan for the price of a 2D floor plan.

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