Do You Think In Home Tours Help Sell?

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Real Estate Agent with TheDonMillerGroup@Century 21 Executives Realty

Here is an example of what I provide for my clients - a virtual in-home tour so that buyers on the net can see the home for the first viewing from the comfort of their own desk chair.

Do you see value in this?

I also have begun a campaign using sign toppers with a QR code on each so that passersby may download an app to their smart phone and then with this they can capture the QR image on their phone which then automatically takes them to the virtual in-home tour!

http://www.century21.ca/the.donmillergroupteam/the.donmillergroupteam/Blog/In_Home_Tours_From_Your_Smart_Phone

Amazing what technology can achieve these days, eh?

Take the tour and I'd love to hear your feedback and also I will include a picture of the QR code so that if you can download the app to your smart phone you can then see how this stuff works!

 

 

The free app that I prefer is i-nigma here is the link

 

http://www.i-nigma.com/i-nigmahp.html I look forward to your comments - and don't be afraid of this technology - it might just tip you over the edge of your competition in this very tough market!

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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Don, virtual tours are always a 'plus' for the selling process. The only concerns is - it compromises the security of the home owner! Though, I do use them for my listings.

Nov 01, 2011 07:42 AM #1
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Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI
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I use a virtual tour on all my listings. I hope to exeriment with video but for now I also use a powerpoint style tour.  If you decide to go with a paid program, try tourfactory.com. My sellerrs love it.

Nov 01, 2011 07:48 AM #2
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Lynn Tardibuono
Sun Pacific Mortgage and Real Estate - Santa Rosa, CA
Sun Pacific Mortgage and Real Estate

Absolutely! Virtual tours are a fantastic way for buyers to view the home and decide if it's worth pursuing further. This way the incoming calls you receive on the home are either more serious about purchasing the home or already have a good idea of what the home has to offer. Either way is a plus.

Nov 02, 2011 08:07 AM #3
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Sarah Coombs
V3 Productions - Huntsville, ON

Very nice job on the slide-show, Don! Love your music selection and the transitions are well done. And, I believe you're on the right track by using still photos instead of video -- keeps the cost down and, in my opinion, is just as effective!

Have you ever considered putting voice over to your presentations? Adding a voice narration adds emotion and builds trust, makes the words more believable than text, enables you to include information that cannot be seen by the buyer and helps them process the information better, especially on moving images. I do strongly caution against doing the audio yourself (see my blog), but for a nominal fee, you can get a professional to voice it for you and email it back to you so you can simply edit it in.  

Nov 21, 2011 04:43 AM #4
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Bill Cullen
REMAX Absolute Realty Inc. - Ottawa, ON

Hi Don,

I think this type of presentation can be a very powerful piece of a marketing strategy in real estate.  However, like all things it's a question of quality. 

If I may offer a few suggestions:

1- Use less images, only the best ones, and show them for a few seconds  ( 3 or 4) each.

2- Over expose the images that have large windows to compensate for ambient light. This way the rooms won't seem so dark.

3- The images should not be crooked. Pay attention to vertical and horizontal lines - especially doors and windows.

4- Flash. You need a better flash setup. If you're using a point-and-shoot camera, I don't think it will cut it.

This is just my 2 cents, so take it with a grain of salt, and in the spirit with which it is given.  :-)

I hope this is helpful in some way.

All the best,

Bill

Nov 27, 2011 04:05 AM #5
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