As the others have noted, the visual tour (which is the slide show) is used because it is less expensive than the 360 virtual tours. Also, for some of us, the "visual tours" are part of the package of services provided for the Realtor's use by the brokerage.
Most importantly, however, I use the visual tours because our MLS restricts the number of photographs that can be uploaded on the MLS site to only 9 photos. In even my affordable homes, I sometimes find that 9 photos is not sufficient to showcase the home. So by using the visual tour, I can include pictures that really tell the buyer what to expect in the home and highlight some of the home's best features with additional photographs. Of course, there are also many Realtors who do not add more photos to their visual tours, and that can be very disappointing to a person who spent the time clicking away to the visual site.
Thanks again for your post. Perhaps more Realtors will see it, and spend the time to add the photos that will truly provide the buyer with an enhanced view of the home!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
There are virtual tours and visual tours. The virtual tours are the kind that have a 360 rotation of the room. Visual tours are the slide show kind. Most use the visual tour. The agents can load the photos themselves. It's just an easier way to view the photos. The virtual tours (360 views) are expensive and usually done by outside companies.
It seems to me if you are looking for homes in these price ranges, you should have a great relationship with a Realtor already. It's not your first purchase. At that point, it seems you would know each other well enough to describe your ideal floor plan, or what you don't want. And to nitpick over such minutia and have such a negative spin on the home because that detail is not present in the listing agent's info-- it undermines your agents capabilities and brings disservice upon yourself. You eliminate your options... but who wants choice? ;)
I suppose the 'legal bedroom' thing is common in the North, and I can certainly sympathize with that frustration.
I think it's great to look on-line and do your own homework-- but at some point you will need to walk through a home anyway. Communicate with your agent in the right way-- and you don't even need a floor-plan sheet. I take great care of my clients, and especially past clients-- so maybe that's really the element you are missing out on...
Pre-viewing property is part of my job-- but only if my buyer is able to put his thumb on what he is looking for.
No need to insult a realtor, and assume " relators in this market have much more free time than their clients"... ha. laughable. Just shows how out of touch you are. I think most agents that are still working, in this market, can testify, it has been many months of extra hard work.
Kudos to all the Realtors who work hard, helping buyer's and seller's dreams come true.
I am sure a lot of you have been in the business for a long time, but the people looking have grown up with tons of info at their fingertips and a MLS printout just doesn't cut it anymore
I see you are in Hoboken. So many people I meet in Westfield came from Hoboken. I also used to sell and manager sales centers for home builders in your area.
I do agree with you. A bedroom that you can't stand up in and has a 2 foot closet built into the wall should not be allowed to be called a bedroom but as you know, it is allowed. I have a listing in Scotch Plains and I did invest the money to add a floor plan. Check it out on my website at http://www.BuyandSellwithLorena.com. Hope to assist you in a possible home search.
Weichert, Realtors - Westfield
I am afraid you may be missing out on a great house because it doesnot have a floor plan, If you are seriously looking to buy a home you should be going out and looking at them, homes feel much different in person.
thanks again to all that answered