It "SUPER-SPINNING-HOUSE!!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Home Tours of Oklahoma

It's SUPER-SPINNING-HOUSE!!

Ever been on Realtor.com and noticed the little red spinning houses that show up on listings for virtual tours? If you haven't, it would seem you are in the minority!!

I put a virtual tour up for a client (who happens to also be my spouse), for a moderately priced home. Incidentally, one of the other agents in his office also had a listing in the same area. Similar prices ($116,500 and $117,000), similar square footage (about 1500), and similar amenities. According to the Realtor.com control panel, My husband's listing, with the "SUPER-SPINNING-HOUSE" has been viewed, on average, 3100 times a month. The other listing, no spinning house, has been viewed only 548 times a month. Therefore, the listing with "SUPER-SPINNING-HOUSE gets as many views in ONE MONTH as the other listing gets in nearly 6 months. My husband's listing got 4 offers in four months, all very good, but the seller has so much traffic she's holding out for full price. The poor seller with no spinning house on her listing took the one and only offer she got after six months on the market, and it wasn't what she had hoped to make on her house.

Honestly, I was stunned and amazed at the results when I saw them.
Folks, if people don't look at your property, they are not going to buy it....SO:

NEWS FLASH FOR ALL REALTORS: IF YOU WANT YOUR LISTINGS TO BE SEEN BY BUYERS, INVEST IN A VIRTUAL TOUR.

If you use a Real Tour Vision Full Service Dealer, like Home Tours of Oklahoma, your virtual tour goes not only to Realtor.com, but to more than 80 partner websites. You can also link it to the MLS, your broker's website, your website, or any other website you choose. So, skip the newspaper ads (cheesy and ineffective) and put your marketing where it matters!

That's the best tip you will get from this blog or anywhere else for that matter!

Cori Warner
Owner and Photographer,
Home Tours of Oklahoma

Comments (3)

Kurt Vierheller
Flagstar Bank - Wilmington, NC
I love the virtual tours on the sites I visit. It is a great tool and helps sell a house to people out of state.
Jan 25, 2008 03:36 PM
Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
Hi Cori, thanks I will check it out.  Liz
Feb 01, 2008 05:17 AM
Brad & Cori Warner
Century21 Clinkenbeard Group - Moore, OK

I have had great success using Virtual Tours on Realtor.com, along with a subscription to enhanced listings, which allows me to have my contact information, rather than the office contact info show up on al my listings. I probably get 7-10 phone calls a week from clients who found me on Realtor.com. I also find that these clients are usually serious about buying a house, and have a good understanding of what they want, and what they can afford. It just seems to me that internet home shoppers are easier to work with, since they know what they want, where they want it, and how much it will cost. Makes my job easy!

Brad Warner, Realtor

Century 21 Clinkenbeard Group

Feb 04, 2008 02:07 PM