Spotlight Tour- Week #87

Spotlight Tour- Week #87

Storybook sunny west-facing waterfront 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2,760 square foot home.

KIRKLAND, WA

See The Story of This Home

Storybook sunny west-facing waterfront 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2,760 square foot home. Exceptional, complete rebuild in 2014 by Stellar Carpentry with only a portion of the foundation retained. Light-filled interior features gleaming Bamboo hardwoods, multi-face gas fireplace, view dining room opening to entertaining deck, and chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double oven, walk-in pantry, and breakfast nook. Spacious upper level master features expansive views, private covered deck, walk-in closet and spa-inspired master bath including shower steam unit and dual vanity. Sweeping lake and sunset views from nearly every room including lower level rec room featuring 2-way gas fireplace, wet bar and access to outdoor shower, hot tub, beautiful patio and level lawn – perfect for summer BBQ’s! 46′ of coveted Lake Washington water frontage, including a small beach and nice 46′ dock with boat lift, jet-ski lift and platform lift – room for all your water toys! Highly rated Lake Washington Schools – including Sandburg Elementary and Finn Hill Middle! Located in sought-after Holmes Point, with 600+ acres of protected forests, hiking trails, & waterfront parks. Nearby area amenities: just 3 minutes to QFC/Inglewood Shopping Center and St Edwards State Park and 6 minutes to iconic Inglewood Golf Club. Don’t miss this opportunity to live the Lake Washington waterfront dream!

Professional HDR Photography Rikki L.

Aerial Photography and Video Orhun U.

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

Bryan Loveless

Windermere Real Estate/Northeast, Inc.

11411 NE 124th St, Suite 182, Kirkland, WA 98034

Intermittent Server Issues

Intermittent Server Issues

On October 8th we have been experiencing some intermittent server issues that have created slowdowns in the system. We are working with our internal and Amazon Web Services support teams to identify the root cause and fix the issue as soon as possible. We hope to have the issue fixed by the morning. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Millennial Buyer purchases home sight unseen

Danielle is a thirty-something Millennial buyer. Her whole life is online.  in her words, she expects properties to have detailed content online.  If it is, she, along with over 50% of other buyers, would be comfortable making an offer without a physical property visit.  In fact, she bought her first home sight-unseen – except she heavily relied on the FloorPlanOnline tour to help her make her decision, and then post sale to help her plan.

The home sold quickly for 6% over the $825,000 list price.

Virtual Showing Service for Real Estate Listings

Is it really possible to virtually sell listings?  

Yes! If you have the right tools.   Introducing FloorPlanOnline’s Virtual Showing Service – everything sellers demand and buyers want to hold virtual open houses, 24/7. It’s the safest and most effective way to keep your listing marketing going in these crazy times.  Plus, it has been proven to sell your listings 20% faster and for up to a 9% higher sales price…so it pays for itself!

Visit our Virtual Showing page and get access to our free on-demand webinar to see why 84% of buyers on Zillow rate floor plans as the most important traditional listing content, and why 55% of buyers would buy properties sight-unseen (without any physical visit) with the right tools for your listing.  View the webinar and get $25 off your first order too.

New Photo/Video Editor

New Photo/Video Editor

Introducing the new Photo/Video editor.

We spent last year completely re-coding our back-end video platform to make it more scalable using a video rendering engine built on top of Amazon web services. This added reliability to produce smoother, more cinematic video and scalability to handle hundreds, or even thousands of videos a day.  Now, we have completely recoded the front-end editor you use to create the videos. 

See the overview video or read below for key features.

Key Features.  The new editor is built using modern code and comes with these benefits highlighted below:

  • Upgraded size to HD – 720P standard
  • NO Adobe Flash, which means you can use your iPad to edit the photo order and create a video.  The old editor required Flash.
  • Simplified Intro/Exit branding slides that pull from your profile info & can be shown independently of each other
  • Ability to add photos or even ready to use video clips and sequence them into the timeline (video clip audio support coming soon).
  • Auto syncing of the floorplan images that can be inserted in the video. If a room name changes, it automatically updates the video.  At this time floorplan images are not shown in the photo gallery because of redundancy – but see the video for a work around. Seed feedback to issues@floorplanonline.com )
  • Add a Text Slide to help communicate a space or feature. This is similar to the text posts you see on Facebook, and it includes the ability to add in emojis. 😉  You can also use this to create a custom branding or co-listing slide and select to show it ONLY on the branded version of the video we create (so you do not get in trouble with your MLS and their unbranded requirements. 💡 See example below.
  • Auto saves – no more save and preview or save.  It just does it.
  • Video length indicator
  • Multi-select images – use SHIFT+Click to select
  • Quick editing panel for everything you can change on each media card.  See example below.
  • View Preview – a small video is rendered within 1-2 minutes for quick preview of your edits.  Produce the Tour and Create Video to generate final video.
  • Video is automatically added to your tour with an unbranded version too, and it is available for download under the Marketing Center so you can upload it to social media.  We automatically post it to YouTube, your channel or ours.

 

This is the text slide editor so you can create any kind of custom slide and inject into the video timeline.

Click the photo (media card) to show the quick edit panel for each media item.

Floor Plan images are automatically updated when changes are made to the floor plan (under Edit FloorPlan). Only available in the video timeline for now.
How to use the new editor on older tours.

The new video editor is available on all tours produced beginning after April 12th.  If you would like to use it on an older tour, you can.  Here is what you need to do.  Just know there are some features like the floorplan sync and the text slides that are not supported in the old editor, so if you use this, you need to use it going forward for that tour.

The “back-door” way to use the new video editor – when logged into your account, just open a new tab and use this URL:

https://vifp.com/photo-video-editor/xxxxx where the xxxxx is equal to your tour ID of the video you want to edit.  

example: https://vifp.com/photo-video-editor/184056

You will have access to all the new features, but if you save and exit the page and come back and go to Edit Photos/Video, you are going to see the old editor and certain things will not be there, like the text slides and floor plan images.  So, just remember to use this special link to edit the video going forward. 

COVID-19 Options

COVID-19 Options

The COVID-19 crisis has changed how we live, work and play. Some of these changes will likely continue after the virus is gone.  Some states and cities are in a virtual lock down, whereas in other areas real estate and other “essential businesses” are continuing on, in limited ways, while practicing the social distancing policies set forth by government officials.

In that regard, in locations where we can continue to create listing content, we will do so under the below practices. Note this includes your and your seller’s cooperation to make it safe for all parties involved. Our photographers are in and out of many houses every day and their exposure needs to be minimized to ensure the safety of all.

In markets where third-party services have been banned, we can still help you create great content for your listing. See our Self Service page that provides options on how you can do things yourself, including how we can help you create floor plans from any source and do photo enhancement of your images.

Content Buyers Want

The FloorPlanOnline virtual tour is the perfect marketing tool for your listings because it includes the content (floor plans) that Buyers deem most important as part of their online search (see the Power of Plans report), it helps convince sellers to pick you (because Sellers were once Buyers), and it keeps your brand with lead capture form on your virtual tour on 97% of the top 10 websites, including Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com.

 

Best Practices for COVID-19

  • Reschedule the shoot if any of the occupants or you are feeling ill or have been in contact with COVID-19
  • Disinfect commonly touched areas like doors, light switches, etc
  • BEFORE the photographer arrives – have all lights on, blinds up and the property needs to be ready for a shoot.  We will not be touching or moving anything, so we will be shooting “as is” and we want to minimize the time in any property so if it is not ready when we arrive, the shoot will need to be rescheduled and there will be a trip charge assessed.
  • Practice social distancing – this means the only person in the house should be the photographer and there should be a minimum of 15 minutes where no one is in the house before and after.  The family and pets need to be out of the house by at least the 15 minute rule.

Other helpful prep tips:

Exterior Areas

  • remove cars from view if possible
  • close windows
  • sweep or blow sidewalks, decks and yard
  • remove clutter, garden tools, hoses, trash cans from view
  • stage outdoor living areas
  • clean Pool & surrounding areas
Kitchen & Dining Areas

  • remove Art From Refrigerator
  • wipe down appliances
  • remove clutter like small appliances from counters
  • clean sink and other areas
  • stage eating areas (if desired) to show lifestyle vignettes
Bathrooms & Bedrooms

  • make the beds and remove any clutter under them
  • remove general clutter like clothes, cords, and toys
  • clean shower doors and sinks
  • put the toilet lids DOWN
  • Clean mirrors
  • hang freshly folded towels
  General Prep

  • less is more – de-clutter as much as possible
  • any landscaping or yard work should be done a day or two before, NOT during the shoot
  • if aerial is involved, make sure anything visible is put away
  • unlock doors or provide lock box access instructions
  • provide contact follow up so photographer can call or text when done