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Expensive, it is.
Hey Doug, We just bought a Matterport for our office and are doing the 3-D tours for our agents - if they want them. They have really upgraded the technology since I saw it at Inman in January. It's really smooth and so SUPER Cool. It's also pretty easy to upload and shoot. We have our photographer's assistant do it while the photographer shoots the stills. One thing I would caution about is the house has to be spotless... and clutter free. There is no hiding piles of junk and shooting around it. AND I'm talking dust on ceiling fans, smudges near door knobs... if it's there... you can see it. We have set up a website to start to promote our 3Dtours - even though all these houses sold in the first 2 days...Check them out here : http://www.savvy3dtours.com
I just saw it and found out it doesn't work on some places like Mac but was told that. Check out where it works expecially on phones. I thought it hard to navigate for many.
I don't use it, but some agents seem to like it.
Matterport is a great tool for the upscale listings. My personal experience with residential listing in So. Cal. has been a little different. The majority of the realtors in our network have had more clients respond to our HD videos than to our Matterport presentation.
As a marketing tool, you're going to catch more people's attention with video. That's not a knock on Matterport. I just take into account that some potential buyers may not be too tach savvy to take the time to use it.
It would not be a differentiator in my market. It is a big investment so talk to more sellers and agents and then decide.
What would you pay for someone to shoot it for you?
We have the Matterport and beyond the 3D tour, the Doll House view and the floor plan that it creates are pretty spectacular.
I think it's a great tool to use if the home is tenant occupied to better prescreen prospects and cut down on showings. I've worked with sellers who are nervous there tenants will be bothered too much and don't want to upset them. Tonight we met with a terminally ill seller and I offered it as a way to not disturb her as often (it's really a land value deal) but still be able to market the property and build an interest list.
I don't think it's worth $4,500, but if the price comes down 50% I'd do it in a heartbeat. It's a great way to differentiate yourself!
Just another shiny new thing that may be useful in a few select markets on certain high end listings but in reality will do very little to sell a home in Small town America. Save your money and use the available technology - bottom line - until you get the buyer in the door your chances are selling a listing to your average buyer on the internet are very low.
My answer is no.. Most high end buyers prefer great photos to focus on, they are not interested in tours or videos for the most part. This makes them watch on someone elses time, the photo are stills, and they like maneuvering on their own.