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.

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.

FloorPlanOnline’s HomeDiary.com service selected by NAR’s REach Program!

FloorPlanOnline’s HomeDiary.com service selected by NAR’s REach Program!

We are very excited and honored to be part of a group of companies selected to REach® Real Estate accelerator’s class of 2016 by the National Association of REALTORS® (“NAR”), the largest trade association in North America. The REach® program is run by Second Century Ventures (“SCV”), the technology fund and strategic arm of NAR. The goal of the program is to help companies refine their product, strategy and process and to accelerate the exposure across the more than 1 million REALTORS® in the United States.

reach logoAfter a detailed selection process that included more than 200 company applications, HomeDiary, powered by FloorPlanOnline, was one of 8 companies chosen for bringing it’s 2D & 3D floor plan virtualization platform and digital recordkeeping tools to any home. You can read NAR’s press release here. Through the FloorPlanOnline platform, REALTORS® have been able to differentiate their listings and themselves by focusing on the top 2 things buyers want to see – big HD photos and interactive floor plans. Through a sponsored HomeDiary, REALTORS® will now be able to stay in touch with their clients in a relevant way for years to come as the homeowner manages their home.

“HomeDiary is bringing HGTV-like 3D tools to any homeowner, making it simpler to create a 2D and 3D floor plan for a room or a whole house,” said Alex Lange, operating partner of SCV. “We are excited to introduce HomeDiary to more than a million NAR members while providing the company with access to experts and influencers in the real estate industry to help accelerate their already-amazing toolsets.”

“Over the course of the next few months HomeDiary will be refining the go to market strategy and product options for the Closing Gift, a new product that will bring 3D floor plans to any newly purchased home,” said Kris Cone, CEO of FloorPlanOnline & HomeDiary. “Our focus is to make it easy and cost effective to get a 3D floor plan for any home, starting at free! We will also be leveraging our FloorPlanOnline infrastructure to be able to visit virtually any home throughout the US to create a floor plan, complete with our drag and drop RoomPlanner tool, as well as other tools to enable homeowners to document and manage their home.”

Homeowners can get started for free at HomeDiary.com. Options for REALTORS® will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

 

FloorPlanOnline Inks deal with Florida Association of Realtors

FloorPlanOnline Inks deal with Florida Association of Realtors

PrintWe wanted to share some exciting news with you about our recent deal with the Florida Association of Realtors and its 115,000 members.  You can read the release here on Yahoo Finance.

The deal provides a general discount to members who subscribe to the FloorPlanOnline Subscription program.  In addition, all subscribers get to use the new cool 2D and 3D floor plan tool with roomplanner for FREE!  Now, any listing can have a 2D and 3D floor plan, and it will not cost an arm, or leg, to get it!  For agents that have an appraisal sketch, marketing brochure or other draft floor plan sketch, they can upload the image as a background photo and use the system to scale and trace over the image to get an accurate, to scale floor plan in minutes (see our video tutorials for more).  Plus, you can use our system to trace over a Matterport scan to do the same (we have a specific video on how to do that our our video tutorials page)

The benefit or redrawing any source floor plan is we create a clean 2D floor plan for viewing and print marketing, a 3D Floor Plan model that has top and first person views, and it includes the RoomPlanner tool that allows the buyer to ultimately save the floor plan and use it as a tool for when they move in!

We also offer full service in the South Florida area with HDR photography standard.  See an example Full Service tour for the Florida market here.

Florida Tour Example

Seattle Photographer Position

Seattle Photographer Position

We have a new opening for our growing Seattle market for a Photographer & FloorPlan Technician
Seattle/Bellevue Market Area

FloorPlanOnline is looking for a photographer & floor plan technician to be a part of our growing Seattle area team. FloorPlanOnline is the innovator of the Interactive FloorPlan and has been in business for 10 years now. This position offers several unique things compared to other virtual tour/photography companies, as follows:

  • You are applying for a salaried, full-time employee position, not a contract gig. You will receive a base salary plus commission based on the volume of work you produce and your work experience.
  • We focus on photography plus floor plans. Your skills are enhanced with floor plan tours that showcase the home in 2D and 3D.
  • You will be part of the Seattle area team that will explore and invent new ways of doing things so you can help shape the future of our company!
  • You will have an opportunity to grow into a market manager as we grow.

If you are interested in working with a growing and dynamic company and love real estate photography and HGTV-like floor plan visuals, our position is for you!

Position duties include:

  • Visiting properties to take photos and map the base floor plan. You do a base edit of the content and upload materials to our production operation, who produces the actual tour.
  • Visiting real estate offices to present at office meetings and introduce yourself and the FloorPlanOnline marketing program. Marketing materials and visuals will be provided.
  • Account management and in field sales with real estate agents.
  • Future recruitment and management of other area photographers
  • Work with FloorPlanOnline corporate personnel to enhance and optimize the infield processes.
  • Work with the FloorPlanOnline Sales Team on opportunities and leads.

Requirements
Experience with photography for real estate and/or floor plan drawing, appraisal services, etc is a plus.
Experience with floor plan drafting is not necessary but highly desired.
Must pass a background check.
Must have a reliable car.
Having our own photography equipment is a plus
Willing to work between the hours of 8 am to 6 pm M-F, possibly some weekends as needed.

Pay.
Base pay commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send your resume using the form below.

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