Spotlight Tour of the Week 23

Spotlight Tour of the Week 23

SPOTLIGHT TOUR OF THE WEEK 23

Woodinville, WA

View this Home’s Story 

We continue to see the power of drone photography in this recent tour of an enchanting farm house cottage in Bear Creek, just outside Seattle. The beauty of this 2.65 acre property is gorgeously captured with the use of aerial photography blended into a show stopping interactive video format.

Joel Highet, one of our professional photographers in Seattle, provided all the HDR images and aerial photography of this charming home.

If you are interested in listing your home or have questions, please contact:

Barb Pexa

Barb Pexa

Barb Pexa and Associates
505 106th Ave NE, 210
Bellevue, WA 98004
425-753-0230
http://mygreaterseattlehomesearch.com
THE STORY:  The ALL-In-ONE TOUR

THE STORY: The ALL-In-ONE TOUR

The STORY The ONE tour that combines any kind of listing content into a site that gets distributed through the web so you can leverage your free marketing opportunity on Zillow, Realtor.com & Trulia!

The Story is a new, easy-to-use single property website that makes your listing, and you look amazing. It’s FLASH free & mobile friendly, so those 60% of viewers using their mobile device still can see the great content created for your listing, including interactive floor plans. Featuring YOUR branding & flexible for ALL content types.  Welcome to the Story.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

You can select the Story option under “Tour Frame Type.”  Then select the theme you want.

The STORY has 4 Themes

All the content buyers want to see

Get more leads by differentiating yourself and your listings online with amazing listing content. See a sample – click to view our Demo House listing

Photo Grid with Full Screen Images

2D & 3D Floor Plans

Lead Capture

Claim Home to HomeDiary for Buyer

3D plan with improved room planner coming soon

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Virtual Reality Tours Can Help You Sell Your Listings

Virtual Reality Tours Can Help You Sell Your Listings

Looking for that competitive edge?  Check out VR.

What is VR?  It is an artificial, computer-generated environment that you experience as if you were inside the image, or in this case the home. Put on a virtual reality headset and you can go on a tour of a home without ever setting foot inside the door, not only making house hunting more efficient, but also helping to reduce stress in a relocation situation.  As far as the selling process with VR, distance doesn’t matter. You can offer the same experience to a client in the United States and a client in Hong Kong, 24 hours a day.

One problem that has plagued real estate agents for decades is that an empty home is a difficult sell. Without furniture and all of the other little touches that turn a house into a home it can be very difficult for a potential buyer to imagine themselves living in a particular property. With technology, the virtual solution solves this dilemma and ‘staging’ a home, just got less expensive and easier than lugging in actual pieces of furniture to fill a home when it’s open for inspection. FloorPlanOnline’s 3D floor plan solution allows anyone to drag and drop furniture onto a “clean slate” floor plan model and virtually stage it with furniture.  Better yet, they can virtually change wall colors, flooring, or even experiment with removing a wall to see what an open concept might look like.  Click a button and see it in 3D from the top, or go all in with immersive First Person view. Our 3D plan enhances some of the other cool 3D tours like Matterport, which show all of the sellers’s stuff in the property, as well by converting any Matterport tour into a 3D model that allows you or the owner to do anything, all virtually and in real time.

But is this really what consumers want?  According to Coldwell Banker’s 2018 Smart Home Marketplace survey (download PDF here), the answer is YES!  Th CB study reveals insights on how smart home tech and VR (Virtual Reality) are set to benefit consumers in a myriad of ways.  Their survey included responses from 3,000 adults revealing that:

  • 77% of homebuyers would like virtual reality tours before seeing the listing in person.
  • 84% agree they would love to see video footage of homes before visiting
  • Another 68% would like to use technology to see how their current furniture would actually look in a new home.
  • Further, 62% of Americans said they would be more apt to go with a real estate agent, that offered VR Tours over an agent who did not.

Click Here to view an example 3D Space Planner, standard with all FloorPlanOnline Tours and HomeDiary users.

When it comes to Smart Home products that could make or break a sale, the table below shows a percentage of Americans who already own, or plan to purchase, Smart Home products.

The following Smart Home Products were picked by respondents to be the most important pre-install in a listing:

  • Smart Thermostat  – 77%
  • Smart Fire Detector – 75%
  • Smart Cardon Monodie Detector – 70%
  • Smart Camera – 66%
  • Smart Lock – 63%
  • Smart Lighting System – 63%

While some of the changes expected to hit real estate technology may be a decade out to be fully felt, the movement is taking steps forward every day. Virtual Reality has proven its worth and it won’t be long before it transforms the property-buying experience for home buyers all over the world.

FloorPlanOnline’s HomeDiary PRO service is the perfect online tool to help showcase your listings, and well as provide a unique homeowner management tool to all of your clients for one low annual fee. With HomeDiary PRO, you can provide an HGTV-like 3D floor plan tool to all of your clients to they can Dream, Manage and Do more with their home.   To learn more visit HomeDiary PRO.  Existing FloorPlanOnline customers, please contact sales for special options.

Chance to Win $100,000 at NAR

Chance to Win $100,000 at NAR

If you are going to the National Association of REALTORS Conference and Trade Show in Chicago this November, please stop by our booth #1438 to learn more about our new service we are launching, HomeDiary PRO, and take your chance at The $100,000 Crack the Safe contest, sponsored by the 2016 NAR REach class (HomeDiary is a member of this class!) and the Cone Team.  One lucky winner will win $100,000 in cash if they enter the correct predetermined 6 digit combination.  

Please stop by our booth and get the details on how to qualify, the game rules* and take your chance to win $100K!

Join us for Cocktails too!

As a FloorPlanOnline customer, you are also invited to join us at our cocktail party in Chicago.  The party will be held at a newly remodeled Burnham & Root built home from the 1880’s. There are only a handful of these homes left in the Chicago area, and this 7000+ sq ft house has just been restored to its original grandeur.  Be one of the first people to see it and meet it’s owner, Lori Wyatt, a Chicago Realtor.

In order to join us, Please RSVP here

Cocktails & Dinner fare served.

Time: Sunday, November 5th.  5 pm to 8 pm  (or whenever…)

 

Address: 442 E Oakwood Blvd, Chicago, IL 60653

A short Uber ride from McCormick Place, or a few blocks from the Indiana Street CTA Metro stop.

This party is co-sponsored by the Cone Team out of Kansas City and FloorPlanOnline/HomeDiary Pro, and our fellow 2016 NAR REach companies, including HomeSelfeRealScout, PathwayRE, Flipt and VA Loan Captain.  Come talk to the creators of these other great tech tools, or visit our combined booth #1438, and get a photo taken with one of 6 different backgrounds and a chance to win the $100,000 too!

*Contest Rules: The $100,000 Crack the Vault contest is valid only during the National Association of Realtors Tradeshow Expo, November 3 – 6, 2017 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.  Only one entry is allowed per contestant, and a maximum of 1,000 entries will be allowed.  The Winner must match 6 numbers that are pre-programed for this specific contest and that will be kept in a sealed envelop and will be validated in the event the winner enters the correct 6 digit combination. The winner must be validated with 3 photos depicting the Winner and the winning 6 digit entry.  The Winning Contestant agrees to allow the 2016 REach companies and the contest administrator, Interactive Promotions Group, to use and publish the Winner’s name and likeness, including a photo, for promotional purposes without further notice or compensation.  Only 1, $100,000 payout is available for the 2016 REach $100,000 Crack the Vault contest. Overall odds in winning: 1,000,000 to 1.

NAR Research states Floor Plans Very Useful!

NAR Research states Floor Plans Very Useful!

According to a recent NAR research survey*, buyers think floor plans are very useful as part of a website’s listing content.  We of course have always been big believers that floor plans help sell homes and provide a vital piece of the marketing puzzle for listings.  After all, photos show how the seller lives in the home.  A floor plan shows how the buyer can live in it!  Well, we worked with the National Association of Realtors’ research team to get floor plans included in their annual survey for home buyers and sellers.  And the results are in:

55% of Buyers stated floor plans were VERY Helpful as part of a website’s content features.

In fact, they were right behind photos and detailed property info (Exhibit 3-09).  The top 5 items ranked for “Very Useful” (the highest choice possible):

  1. Property Photos
  2. Detailed Property information
  3. Floor Plans
  4. Virtual Tours
  5. Recently Sold Home Data

You can see the complete report here (page 47): NAR Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trends Report*

How can floor plans help you get more listings or sell homes faster?

Floor plans can tie into a strategy for how to be seen throughout the web on places like Zillow, Realtor.com and the like.  By incorporating our content in smart ways, you can leverage those sites and the millions of people that go there every month, but ultimately get people coming to you and the virtual tour by marketing the fact you have floor plans tied to the listing, via the virtual tour (also highly ranked in terms of usefulness per the survey).  This about it. You upload photos to the MLS, and they go everywhere – The MLS, your and your company website, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and hundreds of other places.  What is there to differentiate your website from all of these others?  Nothing.

Think about it. The same photos are all pulled from the same source (the MLS), and while one site might display them a bit differently, there is nothing really different from the hundreds of sites that have your listing. They all regurgitate the same (often small sized) photos. Except our virtual tour.  The virtual tour features HD sized photos that fill the screen, 2D and 3D floor plans, a 3D designer, the flyer with floor plans, a video and more.  All of this can help differentiate you on the web that can help you get more buyers and sellers coming to you because they can see a difference, and as the NAR research shows, they appreciate content that can help them make a better decision.  After all, 62% of home buyers are under 52.  They want digital content.  They use the web to not only find homes (44% first went online to search for homes for sale and 51% found the home they bought on the Internet), but to find agents, or help validate their decision.  We call this The Silent Interview – the way people are silently evaluating who they want to work with to help them either sell their home, or buy a new one, or both.

View our video on how to Win the Silent Interview and get more listings by being differentiated online.

Another tip. We automatically create a Call2Action photo – a composite image that includes the floor plan and 4 photos with the text of the virtual tour link.  We provide both a branded and unbranded version.  The unbranded version can be included with most MLS systems as a listing photo.  Since people will see the unbranded link, it complies with the MLS branding rules.  But, you can login to Zillow and Realtor.com and replace that unbranded image with the branded one.  This informs people viewing the listing that there is more content out there – go find it on the virtual tour!  We strongly suggest AGAINST including images of the floor plans in the photo gallery – as that creates less of an incentive to click the tour link or type it in.  The goal is to get the user to the branded tour, so YOU can have an opportunity to engage in lead capture.  So leverage the fact a listing is on Zillow, just make sure you get the person coming to you, via the virtual tour.

There are also other creative ways to leverage the content we create for you.  One of our customers in the Seattle area is not only leveraging the Call2Action photo we automatically create on Zillow, but she is putting it right on the yard sign.  She printed it out, laminated it, and stapled it to the sign, as you see here.  A great idea!  Saves paper, gives the browsers a link to the tour via the link or QR code, and teases them to go see more, including videos, floor plans and of course the 3D Designer.

Speaking of the 3D Designer.  We are the only virtual tour company in the US with their own 3D floor plan tool.  That gives us control and innovative options.  With the click of a button, any potential buyer can open up their private version of the 3D Designer and experiment with changing flooring, wall colors or even seeing what an open concept might look like with the click of a few buttons. Like brings those HGTV-like tools you see on TV, right to your listing.  Plus, add our Enhanced 3D package to your floor plan to closely match what the house looks like, all virtually.

Finally, if someone buys the home, all of this great information can be claimed by the buyer via the virtual tour and the Claim Home button. This includes the listing photos and the 2D/3D FloorPlans and Designer!  No other tour platform has this capability. Look more at the NAR report.  While the vast majority of people say they would use their agent again on another transaction, in reality, only 11% actually do.  See page

Sellers and their agents.

So leverage all of this great information and features to win the listing appointment.  Talk about it and incorporate screen shots into your listing presentation.  Call it out on your flyer or at open houses, such as this home comes with a HomeDiary!  This is a great way for you to differentiate yourself and your listings from the masses and get more and more people coming to you.

When you did into the data (Exhibit 7-1), the vast majority of sellers found their agent from referral first.  I would advocate the web can be a referring source IF YOU differentiate yourself.  That means you have to stand out.  Doing the same thing everyone else is doing does not cut it.  if you can stand out, chances are, you can be the ONE (in 72% of the time) agent people go with.  Better yet, younger sellers (36 and under) go with one agent 82% of the time!  And 55% of the time you can not only get the listing, but get the new home purchase too!  However, while 85% of Sellers would use the agent again (or recommend the agent – Exhibit 7-10), in reality, only 25% used the same agent.  So a huge drop off (this actually has gotten better compared to previous surveys). One of the main reasons is after one year, 70% of homeowners FORGOT their agent’s name.  So, stay in touch and be relevant.  Our free HomeDiary service can help – read how you can invite your clients for free.

In summary, we provide a lot of content, tools and ways to differentiate yourself. It takes a little bit of time, but your will reap the rewards with more listings and more buy-side opportunities.

*Copyright ©201 “Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trends Report 2017.” NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. March 7, 2017, https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/reports/2017/2017-home-buyer-and-seller-generational-trends-03-07-2017.pdf

 

 

HomeDiary Claim Home

HomeDiary Claim Home

Introducing Claim Home, powered by HomeDiary

 

Now every buyer can claim their new home right from the FloorPlanOnline virtual tour.  With the click of a button, the buyer sends a request to you as the listing agent to approve giving a copy of the photos and floor plans (including the 3D Space planner) to the buyer in their own private HomeDiary account.  Now, that great content created on the “For Sale” side of the transaction can live on with the “For Living” side!  No other virtual tour platform has this capability because no one else has their 2016-10-04_1202own 3D floor plan tool that can do the amazing things the FloorPlanOnline tool can do!

Right now, the Claim Home feature is live on the Full Screen tour.  We will be working to add it on other tour versions.  If you want it on your tour now, simply go to Edit Details from the Manage Tours page and select the Full Screen tour option, then save at the bottom.  The Claim Home button will then show under tools as you see in the above screen shot.

Then just look for the approval request from the buyer.  You can also point out this feature to the buy side agent as a courtesy to them and their client.

We are currently working on some market research as part of our participation in the NAR REach program around HomeDiary options and integrations with some of the tools you already use, such as transaction management platforms, CRM systems and even some larger regional brokerages.  So stay tuned for some interesting things to come as we approach the National Association of Realtors’ annual convention.