When to say "Thanks but no thanks" to a Virtual Tour

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I have a partner in this little Virtual Tour business.  She received an order for a 360 tour of a rental property the owners have decided to sell.  This was for an agent she has done a lot of virtual tours for.  Unfortunately, this house is one I would have said absolutely not to.  In my humble opinion, some things are just better left unsaid, and un-photographed! 

Don't get me wrong, I think virtual tours are generally a great marketing tool.  In this case, less is more and I would have advised against it.  Believe me, I want to make money, but I don't want you to waste yours.

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Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Peggy, LOL  I see what you mean.  If it were for a purchase I agree it would probably hurt the sale.  I think that rentals are primarily interested in seeing if the space is big enough for them.  It might get the job done.
Jan 02, 2008 10:50 PM #1
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Peggy - too funny! I guess some people don't care if their house isn't at least picked up! I probably wouldn't have even asked for a tour! But, who knows...I've seen houses rent and sell that looked much worse than this one so you never know. 
Jan 02, 2008 10:58 PM #2
Kevin McGrath
Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania - Fredericksburg, VA
Long & Foster Real Estate Companies
You make a great point - some houses - it is better left to the imagination. I often think that while more pictures are generally a good thing, sometimes it can reduce showings.
Jan 02, 2008 11:15 PM #3
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
I've seen worse. What did the owners say when they viewed the tour?
Jan 02, 2008 11:16 PM #4
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Well, it is interesting to say the least.  I guess the only reason to have this tour would be if the tenants didn't allow showings!
Jan 02, 2008 11:53 PM #5
Boston, MA
That's funny!  I love the happy music that goes along with the scenes of clutter.
Jan 03, 2008 12:03 AM #6
Don Stern
Realty Executives South Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
Greater Baton Rouge Real Estate
Perhaps the seller should have offered some kind of incentive to stage and/or declutter prior to having the property photographed and shown.
Jan 03, 2008 02:46 AM #7
Springfield, MA

Oh, the trash in that place is horrible and now is a 360!!

You really should check out my bozo of the week contest and enter my weekly contests!!

Jan 04, 2008 12:47 PM #8
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA
PEGGy all I can say is, "stop kidding". This goes in the humor section... doesn't it??
Jan 04, 2008 03:37 PM #9
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


I have been in a few of these homes myself....we all need to make strategic decisions in order to assist the sale.

Jan 29, 2008 02:42 AM #10
Allen Kavanaugh
VIP Realty Group, Inc - Fort Myers, FL

I offer virtual tours with EVERYONE of my listings, I pay monthly if I have one or not so whats the difference there. as for linking it to Realtor.com NO WAY not worth the additional monies but the free linking is worth it. we still have a responsibility to our clients who list with s to represent them and get their house sold

I am still kicking myself for linkin a VT on a house they gave me 90 days to sell wouldn't budge on the price, didn't want a Key box, insisted on being home for all tours from other agents, they cut down all the trees in the back yard wanted the sign removed the last 40 days since the neighbor said they shouldn't have a sign out from so long. now that was a waste of Money

Feb 08, 2008 01:59 PM #11
Kelly Shoemaker
Coldwell Banker SELECT - Broken Arrow, OK
Realtor Broken Arrow, OK
I would be so embarrassed to have my contact information linked to that!  I would of done without the tour.  On the flip side...I've got one and the sellers demanded pics of the inside...I told them they needed to declutter and their comment was..."what do you mean, this isn't clutter"
Feb 09, 2008 12:00 AM #12
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
this being a rental - the landlord now knows the shape of the home and the new owner if they thought about renting it will most likely not keep these renters
Mar 02, 2008 03:20 PM #13
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Peggy - Please tell me they didn't post this in the MLS or anyplace else. 

Oct 05, 2008 09:20 AM #14
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

What tour????  ;o)

May 15, 2009 03:52 PM #15
Becky Johnston, GRI, CNE, ePro
Golden, CO

We've seen it all!  Well at least they turned the music on for us to enjoy the clutter ;)  Why would an agent accept a tour like this to be posted with their name attached.  I guess you could use this as a "How Not To Present Your House"..

Nov 09, 2009 07:41 AM #16
Rick Wilson
Virgil Adams Real Estate - Olympia, WA
Olympia WA Real Estate

Agreed!  Skip the tour - it's not helping anything! 

Nov 29, 2010 07:03 AM #17
Rick Wilson
Virgil Adams Real Estate - Olympia, WA
Olympia WA Real Estate

Agreed!  Skip the tour - it's not helping anything! 

Nov 29, 2010 07:04 AM #18
Jane Becker
Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge - Worcester, MA

I tottally agree, this just happened to me.  But what are you going to do?  After waiting for 3 weeks for my client to get the house ready, it wasn't much better.

Dec 26, 2010 10:42 AM #19
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