New Tour Highlights Beta Feature

We are excited to highlight new FPO tools and one Beta Tool on the FloorPlanOnline “Tour of the Week” Today.

The FPO Custom Hotspot tool launched this month and allows agents to link youtube video, neighborhood websites or other FPO tours directly on the interactive floorplan.  On this tour the hotspot tool is used three times to link various other content. Two “house” type hotspot icons on the right side of the floorplan take you to a tour of the area Clubhouse and amenity’s.  The second “house” hotspot links to the Naperville Park district website.  Imagine how buyers will appreciate the custom information and ease of use.

Bamboo lane Naperville Brick Luxury lifestyle home

Live the Naperville luxury Lifestyle in this Brick Home - The FloorPlanOnline Tour of the Week.

Statistically Neighborhood Quality is the number one factor in deciding on a property (according this years NAR data).  Thus  – the more you can highlight about the quality of the neighborhood the better.

Secondly, the longer a visitor stays looking at a listing online, the more emotionally attached they become to the property.  With the Beta FloorPlaner tool (gray icon to the left of the floorplan) buyers may select furnishings and move them into the home digitally.  Select a couch, chair or lamp, and drag, rotate and click it into place.  Its still in Beta testing, so not bug free – but a cool look at the possibility’s.  Test the new tool here or on the tour above and give us your feedback!

Finally, we introduced the mouse over feature on all listings as well.  Simply mouse over the camera icon on the floorplan to view a thumb nail or click it to view the large photo.

This listing is in Naperville IL, (Chicago Suburb) and located at

If you wish to volunteer one of your upcoming listings for future Beta testing send an email to

2010 Housing Forecast

I found this article posted on Facebook, so I thought I would share.  It predicts there are still some rebounding issues for 2010 in the housing market.  In the Top 100 Markets, Pittsburgh is the only city projected to have an increase in home prices.  Ouch.  Places like Seattle (-3.42%) and Kansas City (-1.81%) will see slight declines.  Florida and California markets lead the pack in terms of largest additional declines.  Miami is projected to be the worst at another 32.99% decline in prices.  Ouch. Ouch.

Click here to read the Fortune Magazine article.

What is Google Chrome OS?

Google Chrome OS is a new operating software service that Google is creating to compete with Microsoft – namely, the need to have Windows XP, Vista or 7, and then the related software around it, like Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Click the video to see a simple explanation of it, or read more at the Google Chrome OS blog.