I've been considering changing from the virtual tour I have been using. They are a local company and do great photography. They also upload the tour to Realtor.com for me. They are busy, and try to be accomodating, but it's sometimes a hassle to get the shot scheduled. They are rather expensive, too. Since I've purchased my new digital camera, the Kodak V705, I feel I can now shoot really nice pictures myself, set up my own virtual tours, and maybe save a little money on each listing. A couple of the tours I have looked at are:
www.CirclePix.com This virtual tour site sends out photographers to shoot the listing. Their Standard + Tour, which includes 5 virtual images and 12 still images, costs $99.99. If you want to link the tour to Realtor.com, the cost is an additional $25. The company I use beats this service.
www.visualtour.com A number of Realtors in my office use this service, and the tours are very nice, with a good number of choices and features, like adding music to your tour. You have to purchase the start-up kit for $199.95. There is a monthly charge of $29.95. For that, you do get unlimited tours. You, the realtor, provide your own pictures.
www.buildatour.com This is a nice site, with a nice viewing format. The realtor uploads their own pictures. I have not seen any tours on this site with left-to-right panning. It's more like an image viewer with music. The price is $9.95 per tour (up to 75 images) for 12 months of hosting on the site. The realtor.com upload is $19.95. That's $29.90 per listing for the tour.
www.realestateshows.com I leaning towards this service. Nice format, with panning, panoramic shots, and music. Again, I get to provide my own pictures. This site costs $125 a year for an unlimited number of tours. The realtor.com link (optional) is $25.00 per listing. Breaking the $125 down by 12 months, it comes to $10.42 per month. If you only listed on property a month, that's $35.42 per listing (I am now paying $110 per listing). That's a reasonable price for a professional-looking tour.
If anyone knows of any other virtual media tours that you could recommend, that would be great.