Tell it like it is. Thanks

Services for Real Estate Pros with Virtual Access Tours Monmouth and Ocean County NJ

The other day we went to do a virtual tour  for  our number 1 client who also  happens to be the #1 Agent for Middlesex County NJ.  He uses our services because  he knows that his clients use the internet and appreciate the differences made between a fade in/out slide show  and  a real 360  degree virtual tour.

When we entered  the home,  the homeowner asked if  we were creating a full 360 tour or just  a fancy  slide show. She wrote up the following quote for us.  

"When I am looking for homes, I want to view the full interior of the house.  Pretty slide shows don't do it for me unless I'm looking for decorating tips.  All they do is show me what furniture the homeowner owns.  It doesn't give me the clear picture of how the rooms flow.  When doing my research, I mainly use the internet and only look at the homes that have the full 360 degree views presented."

 Nancy Cohen 
Home seller / buyer
For the sake of the professional virtual tour provider,  tell it like it is. If you're  giving them a slide show,  then stop calling it a virtual tour.   They know the difference.

Cathy Williams

Sales   & Marketing Director

cell - 732-513-4967

toll free -1-888-565-1965   x702 

Virtual Access Tours - Virtual Tour Marketing

"One Call Does it All virtual tour service"

Comments (7)

Chris Grumley
Florida Eye Tours, LLC - Anna Maria, FL

Wow, well said. That's the conversation I've had many times. The difference between a virtual tour supplier and a slide show producer is huge. Then there is the difference between what the Broker or Agents want versus what we know the end user is looking for. Fully Interactive virtual tour solutions like the ones we create with our Bradenton Virtual Tours are the way forward, the obvious difference being the 360 degree environment within each image, giving the viewer the absolute best representation possible...


Chris Grumley
Florida Eye Tours, LLC
PO Box 69
Anna Maria
FL 34216

Call Chris on 941 219 2106


Apr 25, 2008 06:15 AM
Cathy Williams
Virtual Access Tours Monmouth and Ocean County NJ - Freehold, NJ

Hi Chris,

Its like a virtual tour provider telling a realtor that they are the same as a FSBO!

You know that would go over big!


PS: I've been to Anna Maria , I loved it!

Apr 25, 2008 08:49 AM
Jason Wagner
threefourteendesign - Saint Louis, MO

Amen sister- you are preaching to the choir!  I hate when they say "virtual tour" and its just pictures moving across the screen.  its akin to watching a youtube video that is just a slideshow of photos.

Thanks for making this point.


Jason Wagner

Sep 12, 2008 05:08 PM
Cathy Williams
Virtual Access Tours Monmouth and Ocean County NJ - Freehold, NJ

Hi Jasson,

I am house hunt myself and every home has those fade in fade out pictures, if they have any pictures at all. I still don't undersand why they aren't doing a better job marketing.

They would not be my realtor.


Sep 27, 2008 12:11 AM
Photo Photo
Chicago, IL

Everyone in the Virtual Tours group agrees with you on this one. I set up at a Remax trade show about a year ago next to a Visual Tours booth.  Visual Tours happens to be a large supplier to Remax in northern Illinois. About 80% of the Remax agents came across us and said they were already using Visual Tours for their virtual tour service. Which means they took ametuer photographs themselves and created paning slideshows. Without being rude to our neighbor we presented the difference between a real virtual tour and a panning slide show or moving picture. The agents were all extremely impressed with our product, just like our clients are. We did sign up a large number of agents that day, but also met the usual resistance.

Unfortunately, agents can speak about effective marketing until they are blue in the face, but many of them would prefer to cut corners and not use all of the tools possible to sell their clients homes. We find that marketing to the homeowner is far more effective than marketing to the real estate agent. Once the homeowner knows that they could have a REAL virtual tour for an insignificant price compared to the total cost of selling (or not selling) their home, our services become part of their effective marketing package.

I wouldn't settle for a slide show as a seller, and I wouldn't think a slide show was enough as a buyer either!

Nov 14, 2008 08:01 AM
Matthew and Sandy Jagmin
Brick Road Visuals: marketing, virtual tours, photography - Bentonville, AR
Marketing, Virtual Tours, Photography

I've heard so many sellers complain that their realtor said they were getting a virtual tour, and they got a slideshow instead.  They feel tricked, the realtor would be better off to say "we'll do a slideshow for you" if they don't want a virtual tour.  That way the seller wouldn't feel like their realtor lied to them.

Dec 16, 2008 08:00 AM
Mario Jimenez
Russell Cain - Port Lavaca, TX

Yes ma'am! I think there should be a button that says slide show and another that says Virtual Tour. THey are two different things.

Dec 30, 2008 09:10 AM