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Zillow expands and improves AI-powered interactive tours, helping home shoppers move with speed and confidence
The next generation of Zillow surfing uses an AI-generated floor plan to bring together listing photos and 3D tours for a more authentic and seamless virtual home-shopping experience SEATTLE, June 15, 2022 -- Zillow surfing 2.0 is here. At a time when so many people are rethinking where and how they want to live, home shoppers in major markets across the country can get a deeper sense of a home than ever before without stepping foot inside. Zillow's AI-generated floor plan — powered by Zillow tech but available to use for free on listings anywhere — serves as a dynamic guide to give shoppers digital insight and detail so they can more quickly and easily narrow their search to only the homes they love and want to see in person. Now, Zillow uses machine learning to not only generate floor plans, but also imports each listing photo and places it on the floor plan, giving shoppers an in-person perspective of a home's shape and flow that simply scrolling through can never do. "Zillow surfing has always been about imagining all the possibilities a move could bring, and Zillow surfing 2.0 is bringing those possibilities to life in a much more interactive, realistic way," said Josh Weisberg, vice president of Zillow's Rich Media Experience team. "Now shoppers can act more quickly and confidently, whether they're searching in their own neighborhood or hundreds or thousands of miles away. We're pushing the boundaries of what home buyers and renters can expect when shopping for a home online." For buyers and renters, Zillow's AI-generated floor plan means navigating more seamlessly and naturally through photos, a 3D Home tour and other listing information, getting a remarkably accurate sense of a home's flow and space. An hour of teleporting through interactive floor plans on Zillow can replace an afternoon, or longer, of scheduling tours and driving around town to see homes in person. More than half (56%) of buyers agree they wasted time on their home search by viewing properties that they would have skipped if they had understood the floor plan before their visit. Almost three-quarters (74%) agree that a dynamic floor plan helps them determine if a home is right for them.1 The pandemic and the supercharged housing market that followed drove rapid adoption of tech tools that have fundamentally changed the way people buy and sell. With more virtual tours on Zillow listings than ever before, it's easier to explore and picture life in a home. Shoppers can evaluate homes from the comfort of their couch — assessing condition, validating details, layout, size and orientation — to make the most of their time. Or they can relive an in-person tour without traveling for a second visit. That speed is critical in today's ultracompetitive market, when homes are selling in just a week nationwide, and as quickly as four days in some areas. For agents and landlords, this new and expanded technology means bringing a listing to life and showing homes to more serious and interested shoppers. Eighty-one percent of buyers and 71% of renters said they were more likely to visit a home if the listing included a floor plan they liked. Zillow uses panoramic photos captured by an agent or photographer with the free 3D Home app and a 360-degree camera, and then applies the company's computer vision and machine-learning models to generate a 3D Home tour and interactive floor plan. This includes AI-predicted room dimensions, square footage and the location of the listing photos relative to the other media. And now, it also imports every listing photo and places them on the floor plan to more easily navigate and get a feel for the home. The floor plan, 3D tour and photos are automatically uploaded to the listing on Zillow and Redfin, and can also be added to the MLS, embedded in a website, or shared via email or social media. That's especially important for agents using Zillow's immersive virtual tours as a cost-effective way to showcase and share listings and generate more leads. In a survey this spring, 71% of sellers said they are more likely to hire an agent who includes virtual tours and/or interactive floor plans in their services. And three-quarters of sellers said including a floor plan was a highly important characteristic for their listing. "Immersive floor plans give agents the ability to build a connection between potential buyers and listings prior to any showings," said George Laughton, founder of the Laughton Team in the Phoenix area. "They give buyers a sense of familiarity and make them feel as though they've been in the home before, helping them establish a stronger emotional connection with the home." 1 According to data from the Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report. The survey was fielded between March and August 2021. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life's next chapter. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting or financing with transparency and ease. Zillow Group's affiliates and subsidiaries include Zillow®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans™, Zillow Closing Services™, Trulia®, Out East®, ShowingTime®, Bridge Interactive®, dotloop®, StreetEasy® and HotPads®. Zillow Home Loans, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #10287 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org).
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Zillow 3D Home tours now are automatically shared to Redfin
Integration provides immersive virtual tour experience regardless of platform SEATTLE, May 12, 2022 -- Zillow 3D Home tours and interactive floor plans are now automatically shared to Redfin. Real estate agents now have the ability to quickly upgrade all their listings with best-in-class immersive virtual tours across platforms, allowing home shoppers on both sites to explore their targeted house with outstanding clarity. "Zillow's goal is to give agents the best tools to allow home buyers the power to visualize themselves in a new place, regardless of what site they choose to browse with," said Josh Weisberg, VP of Zillow's Rich Media Experience team. "Customers have dramatically raised their expectations for a virtual home shopping experience over the past two years. This technology allows agents and photographers to meet those expectations with a seamless, immersive tour experience that is easily made and shared." Previously, agents needed to manually enter a 3D Home link in order for their listings to appear on Redfin. Now, Zillow will automatically syndicate agents' 3D Home tours to listings on Redfin, and will include an option to opt out if desired. Additional automatic syndications to more real estate websites and MLSs are coming soon. 3D Home tours benefit customers, agents, photographers Zillow's free-to-build tours combine ultra-clear, 360-degree views with easy navigation and interactive floor plans that show shoppers where they are in the house, the camera's direction and perspective, and the room's dimensions. In today's fast-paced real estate market — where listings linger a median of just nine days before going pending — house hunters need to be able to efficiently evaluate homes and decide where to focus their energy. Using virtual tours, customers can quickly winnow their options and gain a leg up on the competition. "My job is to make homes stand out — to build excitement about my listing and generate the best possible offer for my sellers," said Georgia Stevens, managing broker at Compass and past president of Seattle King County Realtors. "The agent with the best tools wins, and Zillow's tools make it so easy to navigate the floor plan, understand exactly what you're looking at and imagine how you'd live in that home. Perspective is everything. This is what makes a buyer call their agent and say, 'This is the home I want to see.'" Zillow's 3D Home tour provides agents a cost-effective way to showcase listings and generate more leads, while photographers benefit from additional opportunities to capture listings content. Homes on Zillow that included 3D Home tours saw improved performance compared to those without, earning 81% more views and being saved by buyers 53% more often. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life's next chapter. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting or financing with transparency and ease. Zillow Group's affiliates and subsidiaries include Zillow®, Zillow Premier Agent®, Zillow Home Loans™, Zillow Closing Services™, Trulia®, Out East®, ShowingTime®, Bridge Interactive®, dotloop®, StreetEasy® and HotPads®. Zillow Home Loans, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #10287 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org).
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iGUIDE Partners with Floorplanner to Make Virtual Space Planning Easier and More Efficient
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RICOH Tours Virtual Tour Company Partners with CubiCasa for Indoor Floor Plans
CUPERTINO, CA - February 14, 2020 -- RICOH Tours, one of the real estate industry's most complete and affordable mobile-first virtual tour solutions, has announced a partnership with CubiCasa, the industry-leading real estate data and technology company specializing in indoor data mapping. The collaboration allows agents and photographers to integrate 2D floor plans generated with CubiCasa's easy-to-use app into RICOH Tours' virtual tours. Users scan a property with CubiCasa's app to generate an accurate and high-resolution floor plan image and add to the RICOH Tours virtual tours platform. With floor plan integration, users are able to quickly provide an easy-to-digest, comprehensive overview of properties. Images can be pinned and labeled for clear, smooth transition between rooms - all from a mobile device. Harri Pesola, CEO at CubiCasa, said: "We are very happy to announce our partnership with RICOH Tours. Floor plans provide an overview of the layout of a property and allow you to visualize the location of the virtual tour images. The combination of both assets enhances the experience of any home buyer and helps them quickly understand the property, making this partnership a win for everyone." Martin Shock, Lead at RICOH Tours, said: "This collaboration brings the democratization of property marketing to the next level. With more than 90% of home buyers searching online for properties, floor plans and virtual tours rank highest as the 'very useful' features, according to a National Association of REALTORS® survey. This collaboration will enable us to address our clients' needs for access to fast and accurate floor plan services." About RICOH Tours RICOH Tours, headquartered in California's Silicon Valley and a service of Ricoh Company, Ltd, brings its world-class optical technology and virtual tour platform to deliver easy-to-use marketing tools for business use. Internal innovation is complemented by Open Innovation projects with a broad range of leading universities and forward-thinking companies from around the world. Ricoh's cameras and virtual tour platform allow anyone, regardless of their technical knowledge, to quickly and easily turn spaces in the real world into immersive virtual experiences. To learn more about RICOH Tours, please visit us here at www.ricohtours.com. About CubiCasa CubiCasa is the maker of a revolutionary app that allows you to scan a property in under five minutes using a mobile device and get a professional floor plan in less than one business day. Please visit our website at cubi.casa for more information.
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Give your clients the power to digitally measure anything within a 3D property tour
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Matterport Enables Interactive 3D Measurements for Its Spatial Data Platform
New Measurement Mode further positions Matterport digital twins as the collaboration medium for the built world SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 12, 2019 -- Matterport, the market leader for spatial data capture, today made Measurement Mode available in Showcase, the company's web-based client for exploring its 3D spaces. The new functionality gives users the ability to share measurements taken in a Matterport 3D digital twin with anyone, allowing them to accurately measure rooms, windows, doors, or furniture with a simple click or tap on a PC or mobile device. "Measurement Mode is an important step in our strategy to turn buildings into data and actionable insights," said RJ Pittman, CEO. "This new capability gives customers an invaluable tool for sharing vital information of spaces or objects within a Matterport digital twin. The potential for smarter space planning, utilization, and collaboration for the built world is enormous." Industries spanning real estate; architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC); retail; travel and hospitality; insurance and restoration will benefit from this important new capability. Experience Measurement Mode here. "Measurement Mode is a great example of meaningful innovation within the property insurance ecosystem," said Mark Whatley, Senior Vice President of Claims Operations, CORE Group. "This new capability allows contractors and claims professionals to quickly confirm the accuracy of the associated sketch, subsequently constraining the arguments and reducing cycle times. Matterport's technology continues to function as a credible and consistent dispute prevention tool, providing opportunities for contractors and claims professionals to transcend the traditional pitfalls that contribute to the outsized amounts of administrative waste that are currently bogging down our industry." AEC professionals can share Matterport digital twins with stakeholders so they can review property measurements from anywhere in the world. Or, they could make a bid for a project virtually, and dramatically reduce the number of change orders. "Matterport's Measurement Mode gives our users additional value," said Dan Cardona, Chief Operation Officer, Apex Imaging Systems. "Being able to quickly verify measurements in a digital twin, we increase the accuracy of bids. Plus, we save time and money by eliminating the need to send teams around the country to re-verify measurements." For real estate professionals, the new measurement tool provides another selling point for agents and/or sellers by allowing prospective buyers or tenants to virtually measure if a space can accommodate their furniture, artwork, rugs and other design elements. The company is taking Measurement Mode further in 2020, eliminating the need for customers to take manual measurements in Showcase. Cortex, Matterport's AI, will automatically identify and measure landmark features like doorways, windows and ceiling heights, saving customers a significant amount of time. Matterport is the only platform that creates true 3D digital twins of the built environment. It offers professional-grade capture devices, including the Matterport Pro2 3D scanner and Matterport-compatible Leica BLK360, as well as compatibility with 360-degree cameras, including the Ricoh Theta V, Ricoh Theta Z1 and Insta360 ONE X. Once a space is captured, Matterport's Cloud 3.0 software enables anyone to easily create a 3D digital twin. Subscriptions start with a free tier, a $9.99 "Starter" plan for budding 3D capture professionals, and a number of hosting options for SMB and enterprise professionals. About Matterport Matterport is the leading spatial data company digitizing and indexing the built world. Its unique 3D capture technology creates the spatial data layer on which the industry can interoperate, and the company's all-in-one 3D data platform makes it fast and easy to turn any physical space into an accurate and immersive digital twin. The Matterport platform helps customers realize the full potential of a space at every stage of its lifecycle including planning, construction, appraisal, marketing, and operations. Learn more at matterport.com.
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PlanOmatic Expands Tech Capabilities and 3D Services with Walkthrough Acquisition
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Immoviewer Now Creates Floor Plans From Your 360° Photos
Launching today, you can now create floor plans using just the images in your immoviewer tours. Berlin, Germany - January 30, 2018 - Today, immoviewer is launching a new service – floor plan creation. The service, which has been in beta for several months, allows immoviewer subscribers to generate dimensionally accurate floor plans using just the 360° images from their immoviewer tours. There is not measuring of rooms required. "When I saw the first floor plan generated from just the photos in our tours, it felt a bit like magic," says Jeff Turner, CEO North America for immoviewer. "But it's not magic as much as it is math. As long as we know the height of the lens from the floor, we can generate dimensionally accurate floor plans from 360° images. We are excited to finally be able to launch this service. We know our clients are going to love being able to turn their 360° cameras into a floor plan creation power tool." The immoviewer software platform is designed to accept images from any compatible 360° camera, and the app itself can create tours with just your mobile device as well. "We are truly camera agnostic in our approach," explains Steve Bintz, immoviewer Director of Sales. "Because our tours can be built using images from and 360° camera, we have had to test our software processes on this pretty extensively. We're thrilled with the results." Floor plans generated by immoviewer are automatically integrated into the tour from which they were created. The floor plans can also be downloaded for use in other marketing materials. "When we talked to our clients," Bintz added, "floor plans were consistently listed as a pain point. We've now created an easy button to do away with that pain." The service is launching today and is available to any immoviewer subscriber. About immoviewer, Inc. immoviewer is an international technology company providing fully interactive, virtual reality-compatible DIY 3D home tours with live 24/7 open house capability, floor plans and digital home staging. immoviewer's easy-to-use and affordable software solutions help real estate professionals create an outstanding real estate experience for buyers, sellers, and investors.
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LeadingRE Names PlanOmatic as Preferred Marketing Solution
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HomeDiary Plugs into MoxiWorks Power Strip
MoxiWorks adds HomeDiary as the newest member of their Cloud open platform December 3, 2017 – Seattle, WA – MoxiWorks recently partnered with FloorPlanOnline's HomeDiary service to offer HomeDiary PRO to MoxiWorks users. HomeDiary is a homeowner management platform that includes a free 3D space planner, as well as other tools to help create a digital record of the home. HomeDiary PRO helps REALTORS® stay connected to their client base throughout the whole homeownership lifecycle. Through the Moxi integration, PRO not only provides marketing tools for the listing side of the transaction, such as completely hands-free, automated single property websites and the free use of the advanced 3D floor plan engine, it also enables agents to stay relevant with their client base as they live in their home with the included HomeDiary sponsorship for an unlimited number of clients. The HomeDiary PRO system is extremely affordable - priced at less than the daily cost of a cup of coffee. "There has been a lot of discussion recently about staying in touch with your client base, or sphere of influence," says Mike McHenry, VP of Channels and Partnerships. "After all, it is somewhere between six to ten times more expensive to get a new client than keep an existing one. But tools have been lacking that create compelling reasons for homeowners to use and engage, as they are mostly singular or one-time use tools. This is where we see HomeDiary filling a vital gap for the agent and their clients." As a digital record of a home, HomeDiary is where homeowners can log projects, photos, improvements, and documents for easy reference to create a digital record of the home. HomeDiary's 2D and 3D space planner allows homeowners to draw a room or an entire floor plan if desired. They can plan furniture layouts, virtually change flooring, plan patio and landscaping ideas, and even play with paint color palettes. Homeowners can even experiment with what that open concept might look like, before they pick up a hammer. It enables any home to have a 3D floor plan visualizer, similar to what you see on those popular home improvement shows. "Our goal is to make documenting your home quick and easy, and to enable every home in America to have 3D floor plan, just like what you see on TV," said Kris Cone, CEO of HomeDiary. "Plus, the HomeDiary platform allows agents to leverage that great content created for the listing to be a useful asset for the buyer, just by claiming the home from the tour, something no other tour company can do." HomeDiary PRO helps agents provide a simple documentation tool to their client base and add another reason to reach out to their sphere. With all of the natural disasters lately, this is a big problem needing a solution. According to HomeDiary research, some 75% of homeowners have no system to document their home for insurance purposes. This creates an issue if disaster strikes. Homeowners are at risk of losing thousands of dollars in value if a fire, flood, hurricane or tornado strikes and there is no record of what was in the home. HomeDiary can help the homeowner reduce that risk in a fast and easy way. About MoxiWorks MoxiWorks is a residential brokerage services company that makes agents significantly more productive and brokerages more profitable by helping them effectively run their businesses. MoxiWorks' integrated tools are centered on a sphere-based selling process that drastically increases agents' repeat and referral business, while lowering overall technology, training and support costs for the brokerage. With MoxiWorks, brokerages are able to make their agents' lives simpler and their businesses more successful. More information at moxiworks.com. About HomeDiary Every HOME has a STORY to tell. HomeDiary was created by a group of veterans from the online real estate industry to create a platform to make it easy to manage and document any home. Their mission is to help you better manage your most important asset to improve its value and reduce the risk of ownership. Discover more at homediary.com, or see our Home pro plans at homediary.com/pro.
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FloorPlanonline.com and the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors Partner to Offer Member Benefits
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Diakrit Pulls Back from North America
As Diakrit continues to see tremendous growth it is faced with the difficult task of having to perform strategic reallocations of some of its resources in order to accomplish the goal of being the global service provider for the real estate industry.  The decision has therefore been made to perform a gradual shut down of its operations in North America. We understand that a number of you are active users of our services and that this decision may affect your marketing activities. The withdrawal process will therefore not take full effect until Friday, September 30th 2011, allowing you the time to spend any remaining credits you may have on your Diakrit account and giving you the opportunity to seek out other floor plan providers.   Please note the following important dates: March, 2011 - new registrations for prospective North American clients will be de-activated Thursday, June 30th 2011 - existing clients will no longer be able to load credits onto their accounts Friday, September 30th 2011 - all existing accounts will be closed and attempts to log in to our order system will be   met with a notice of the current situation. Once again we would like to apologize to all of you that are being adversely affected by this action and hope that you understand that the decision has been made with the very best of intentions.   If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us directly by emailing our Support Team at [email protected]  
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Floorplanner.com Adds Color and Transparency to Their 2D and 3D Floor Plans
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Floorplanner Announces New and Improved Gallery Enhancements
Recently we temporarily removed our gallery of public floor plans as we had a few improvements in mind. As of today, we're happy to say that the gallery is now back and better than ever. With so many designs, we figured the best way to present the gallery was by dividing it into three different sections: Featured, Fresh and Published. Featured The featured section is much like the gallery we had before, featuring designs that we noticed and wanted to share with you. The floor plans you'll find in this section will give you a good idea of what Floorplanner is capable of, and a good look at what people are using the website for — from building their dream holiday home, to laying out a sculpture garden or even their new café. In any case, there's plenty of inspiration to be found in these projects, so please take a look. Fresh The fresh section of the gallery shows you all of designs that are being saved by our users right now — freshest designs first. Published Finally, we have the published section. This is where our all of our Plus and Pro users' published plans can be found for all the world to see. Many of the plans you'll see here are of houses that are being put up for sale or rent. So if like a design enough, there's a chance you could get the real thing We hope that you enjoy the new gallery, whether you just want to have a quick browse, or dig in a bit deeper for some inspiration (the best artists steal, after all).
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