Are Virtual Tours Really Worth the Money?

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Equity Group, Inc.

Hi There!

I was just wondering what your thoughts are on virtual tours.  Do you find that they really make a difference and are worth the money?  Or do you think if you have "great" photos, that would be enough?

Thanks!
evie
Re/Max Equity Group, Inc.

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Rainmaker
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Ernie Steele
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - Lebanon, PA
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My own preference is LOTS of photos...I've never been sold on the virtual tour idea but maybe the right person hasn't come along yet to explain the benefits correctly...We all know most folks start searching on the internet, BUT many of them still use dial-up and video takes a long time to load.

Apr 11, 2008 07:31 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes
we use real estate shows for visual tours. I think the small price you pay gives you tours and flyers...this is a great service and helps both buyers and sellers.
Apr 11, 2008 07:32 AM #2
Rainer
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Lisa Lambert
The Law Offices of Elisabeth A. Lambert - Fresno, CA
Esq. 1031 Exchange Expert
I find virtual tours very helpful in developing a feel for a property and whether I'd like to see it in person.
Apr 11, 2008 07:34 AM #3
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Kathy Carson
John Stewart Walker, Inc - Lynchburg, VA
Realtor, Lynchburg, VA, VA Homes - Lynchunberg,Bedford, Campbell

Oh Evie!

 You are a RE/MAX Associate go to Main Street and use the Design Center for your virtual tours.  If you can't figure out what to do call me I'll help.  This is one of our awesome benefits of being RE/MAX Associaties -we already have virtual tours and much more.  Check out the Desing Center for Virtual Tours, Information Report Sheets, 3 fold pamphlets and lots more!!!  You do not need to pay for virtual tours!  If you want to see one of my virtual tours go to the Lynchburg MLS - click consumer - click search MLS Listings - click on the brick house (residential) - plug in MLS#237059 - tag and go to listing - then click on Virtual Tour.  Good Luck and call me if you have problems navigating in Main Street.

 Good Luck!

Kathy Carson - RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg, VA

 

 

 

Apr 11, 2008 07:48 AM #4
Rainer
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Fred Light
| Nashua Video Tours - Nashua, NH
Real Estate Video Tours for MA and NH

"Curb appeal" of yesterday is "web appeal" today.  People are ELIMINATING properties based on their web presence.  Simple as that.  Gas is approaching $4 a gallon.  There are a record number of properties on the market.  People are stressed, work a lot, have little free time, kids etc.  It just makes sense that using the internet to determine your 'short list' is the most effective use of your time in home shopping.

Therefore, your web PRESENTATION is key...  not only what is presented, but the quality of that presentation.  If you give them a 'taste' of the home with a few key photographs, you will be rewarded with a click to the NEXT button, NOT with a phone call inquiring about more information and to set up a personal visit.  Why waste your time?  It's assumed that lack of photographs means something... and it's usually BAD.

Virtual tours CAN help.  However, what's paraded around by many as a 'virtual tour' is in reality - a joke.  It's a waste of someone's time to even bother downloading much of what is on the web right now.  Why?  Taking the exact same (usually not great) photos that one JUST viewed on the MLS and putting into a cheap program that zooms in and out of the exact same photos... this time with cheesy music.... is NOT what one wants or expects from a virtual tour!!!  

People make their first swipe at the MLS photos... if it's intriguing they want to watch a virtual tour for more.  If it's not what they're interested in, they skip to the next listing.  Again, the key is MORE.  They want MORE information.  That would mean something different than what they JUST saw!  Like BIGGER photos.  DIFFERENT photos.  Photos of the neighorhood or town.  Different angles. A real video. Something to ADD to what they've already seen, not just regurgitating the exact same stuff!!!  That's insulting to the buyer!  And as a result, I think many people are ignoring virtual tours because most offer NOTHING additional and just become a big waste of time.

 

Apr 11, 2008 10:12 AM #5
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Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
I stopped paying for Virtual Tours....I use the Free ones on REMAX Mainstreet.  We've got some great WEB Tools on MainStreet.   The Design Center is awesome!
Apr 11, 2008 10:44 AM #6
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Amy Prouty
Home Staging - Keno, YN
I think virtual tours are awesome.  The longer someone looks at a home online, the more likely it will stick in their mind.  I like the Real Estate Show virtual tours.
Apr 15, 2008 06:57 PM #7
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