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Property Websites, Virtual Tours, Flyers and Videos

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Create a virtual tour and video in under 15 minutes and distribute to world! No need to upload your images in multiple locations, simply upload your images, add the property information and create a virtual tour in one-step!

 

Panoramas and Video

Add your own video clips and 360 degree panoramas, then rearrange in any order.

 

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VirtualTourCafe was one of if not the first national virtual tour service to offer integration for the Matterport 3D!

 

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Women in Real Estate: From Tours to Detours to 3D Tours
Women have been in the real estate game since the late 1800s. This long line of strong working women has seen it all, or at least a good part of the all when it comes to pay gaps, glass ceilings, "the good ol' boys club," and more. Women have succeeded in making the real estate industry one of the best professions to build a life from, but it has not been without trials and tribulations along the way. There are still a few obstacles that require close attention, diligent planning, and more than a second thought. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly, and "what to do about it now" situations that every female Realtor needs to pay attention to. How Safe Is It to Be a Woman Realtor? Back in the day, a cold call was exactly that—pick up the telephone and try to persuade the person on the other end to meet up to discuss the possibility of listing their property for sale. Showing up to tour an unfamiliar home was the only way to get a listing. Every lesson about not talking to or meeting up with strangers was tossed out the window at this point. The way to sign the deal was to arrange a time and arrive at the alien residence ready to measure up the place. Listing signed, good job, next order of business, an open house or two, and schedule showings with some anonymous callers. But what about safety? Technology, like 3D tours, virtual tours, and accurate floor plan tools, did not exist when many women began their real estate careers. It was and still can be a scary, often life-changing experience to encounter stranger after stranger just to earn a living. Fortunately, today there are better ways to pre-qualify a buyer and limit risks. So how do women real estate professionals protect themselves from the possibility of assaults while performing their duties? Start with a facelift. Only use professional headshots on business-related accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other online media. You don't want to attract unnecessary attention, which does not drive business. Use the online platform for what it is designed for – real estate marketing and virtual tours. Share the Focus with a Real Estate Photographer Hiring someone to do your real estate photography can help prevent some risky situations. Square footage calculations, floor plans, and 360° tours can all be done during the photoshoot for your listing. Consumers get online access to all the specifications about a particular property without ever having to set foot in the home. Virtual open houses are a perfect way to showcase a home without having to sit in an empty space by yourself for the better part of the afternoon. Statistics show that sitting in an open house alone can be unsafe and often dangerous. Always consider safety in your working environment whenever possible. Work in teams, notify someone of your whereabouts, make sure your communication devices are sending/receiving correctly, and speak up if you feel uncomfortable in any situation. Given the challenging circumstances, you may ask yourself why women outnumber men when choosing real estate as a profession? The Glass Ceiling Is a Moonroof. If You Choose to Open It, The Sky's the Limit. According to NAR, women make up 67% of all Realtors, and the typical age is 54. That means there are about 1,300,000 women Realtors as of 2020. Why do women find the profession of Realtor so attractive? Perhaps the flexible schedule, high potential earnings, and the challenges of the industry are a big draw for them. Real estate careers offer opportunities to work alongside peers, both male and female, without having to struggle with the pay gap that many industries face today. Because the income is based on commissions, and commissions are determined by dedication to the profession, the only real competition is against yourself. The sky's the limit because, in real estate, the glass ceiling is actually an opening moonroof. When real estate courses were developed many years ago, everyone was taught how to create floor plans, add room dimensions, and use square footage calculations correctly. With current property tech tools like virtual tours, 3D tours, and some excellent real estate photography, it is much easier today. Armed with the most accurate measurement tools of the trade, being your own boss and sharing your experiences with other women leads to a fulfilling career individually, as well as collectively. Women have come a long way since 1910 when the first woman officially was permitted to join the National Association of Realtors. Today, there are some great organizations like the Women's Council of Realtors that champion women in the real estate profession. Female Realtors certainly have traversed some steep boundaries to get where they are today and have an equal playing field in real estate. Whether working in left field, right field, or center field, it's the collaboration, inspiration, and dedication that make all the difference. To view the original article, visit the iGuide
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How to Create a Virtual Tour
They're increasingly popular and incredibly effective: virtual tours are changing the real estate landscape and the way potential buyers research properties. While there's no doubting their effectiveness, for many agents, the idea of creating a virtual tour can seem pretty daunting, time-consuming and expensive--but it doesn't have to be that way. Unsure of what we mean by virtual tour? Check out an example tour here. In this blog, we're going to walk you through how to create a virtual tour—from understanding which camera and tripod to buy to shooting the property, having the images edited and building the tour itself. And the best part? You don't have to be tech-savvy or spend a fortune on expensive equipment. So let's get started! Step 1: Which 360 Camera and Tripod to Buy While technology is constantly changing and new awesome products are continually being released, currently, we can't go past the Ricoh Theta Z1 camera for quality. If you're shopping on a budget or just want to dip your toe in the water, you could also try the Ricoh Theta V. When it comes to the tripod, we recommend the Neewer light stand, which will set you back just $40. This stand is sturdy and won't easily fall over unlike many more expensive monopods on the market today. We also use the Neewer ball-head attachment between the tripod and the 360° camera to make it easier to get the angle right when shooting on sloped surfaces. Step 2: Setting Up Your 360° Camera This step is going to vary depending on the camera you're using. However, there are some universal settings which we can get started with. The first step for all cameras will be to pair it with your smartphone using the dedicated app the camera comes with. Set your ISO to the lowest number possible. In the case of the Ricoh Theta Z1, this will be 100. Always avoid setting your ISO on high or leaving it on 'automatic' as this will likely produce a grainy image. As with the ISO, set your image size or resolution to the highest setting possible. Again, for the Ricoh, this is 6720 x 3360. Some cameras will give you the option to turn on the HDR function. This will make a massive difference to the detail and clarity of the shot. Step 3: How to Prepare the Property This might sound like a no-brainer, but it's amazing the difference these simple tricks can make to the final result. Always turn on all the lights, including the kitchen rangehood, and straighten the furniture and bed spreads. We recommend you open up all the doors, curtains and blinds to create a sense of space and flow in the shot. By removing any unnecessary clutter, you can help create a clean and inviting home. This can include things like bath mats, shampoo bottles and bins, etc. Less is always more when it comes to real estate photography. If you'd like to learn more about preparing a property to be shot, you can check out our FREE Pre-Photography Checklist. Step 4: How to Shoot a Property with a 360° Camera Now that the house is prepared, it's time to get to the fun part – shooting the property. We're all time-poor and efficiency is important, so to get started, place the camera in the center of the room making sure the tripod is sturdy. Hide out of frame and then use your phone to scan around the room and ensure the shot looks good and nothing is in the way. If you find the image is too bright or dark, simply adjust your exposure value accordingly so it looks good to the eye. Then press the shutter to take the photo. Important note: if you're new to 360° photography, just be aware the image looks stretched out compared to a conventional photo. This is completely normal. Once you've done the first room, repeat this process throughout the house. Be sure to capture key areas like the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and outdoor areas, but also don't forget the hallways. This helps to create a consistent flow in the virtual tour. Depending on the property, this process should only take roughly 20 minutes. If you'd like to learn more about capturing window detail and how to use bracketing in your virtual tours, you can visit our previous blog here. Step 5: Getting Your Images Edited Having the 360° images edited is not essential in the creation of a virtual tour, but it is highly recommended. From just $4 an image, BoxBrownie.com's team of professional editors can green up the grass, replace the skies and remove any unnecessary items. As you can see below, editing makes a huge difference to the finished product and can help showcase your listing in the best possible light. To have your images edited, you simply have to log in to BoxBrownie.com and choose '360° Image Enhancement.' Then upload your images and submit your job. The images will be edited by our team of professional editors and sent back to you within 24 hours. It's that simple. Step 6: Building Your Virtual Tour Now this is where the magic happens, but don't worry—we will handle all the hard work for you. Log in to BoxBrownie.com and select '360° Virtual Tours.' Upload your images and be sure to name each image with the area that is captured, i.e., kitchen. You also have the option to upload the property's floorplan which can show in the final product in the bottom left corner. Once you've uploaded all your images, simply select 'Submit' and you're done. Within 24 hours of submitting, you'll receive a link to your very own and completely interactive virtual tour. Your potential buyers can click from hotspot to hotspot while also having the option to spin around and virtually inspect each room. If you've also uploaded a floorplan, you can select to view it from the tour or you can jump from room to room based on the thumbnail images. You can share the link anywhere from social media to your email and, of course, your MLS or property portal. Conclusion And there you have it. It really is as simple as that. As we've shown you in this blog, creating a professional virtual tour for your listing doesn't have to be an expensive, time consuming or difficult task. In case you missed it earlier, here's an example of a completed tour to give you a feel for how your own tour could look. If you've never created a virtual tour before, why not get started at BoxBrownie.com? Or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected] BoxBrownie.com is currently offering a free virtual staging edit (worth $32) to every RE Technology member (new accounts only). This offer does expire on September 18, 2020. Click here to claim your free virtual staging edit. To view the original article, visit the BoxBrownie
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Tips for Launching a Virtual Open House
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