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Ray Wood,  in 99654

Buyers, when shopping online; Would you rather see pictures, virtual tours or full-motion video with sound?

Asked by Ray Wood, 99654 Wed Sep 5, 2007

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I agree Frankie on the fish-eye effect and how oddly deceptive it can be ... and with you too Deborah re: classification of "what a virtual tour" means to me personally (360º tour of a room or area). I have been quite frustrated looking at properties, me personally, and clicking virtual tour to find it is a photo video ensemble and/or it is just a super slow pan of a wide photo. If it is just a video, I have no qualms about photos being assembled into a video, but to define something as a virtual tour without "touring" anything is bizarre to me.

As a buyer, I love to see great photos and virtual tours to get a sense of layout and room relationships (if applicable).
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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I am a cosumer presently looking to purchase and I do like to see pics/virtual tours. But 1 thing has come to my attention -- in some pics, the pic is taken with a fish eye lens making the property look larger than what it is and when I go to c the property, it is much smaller than projected online therefore wasting my time & expense (transportation).
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As a consumer I prefer to see pictures or a full motion video. There is less distortion that with the virtual tours. I believe the wave of the future is the full video.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Ray - I am Realtor and also an active investor. When I look for homes on line, I prefer pictures and virtual tours. However, as an agent, I also include video to market my listings.
Web Reference: http://www.cindihagley.com
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The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
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Certainly, I know you want direct buyer feedback and I shall hope for same. I am most interested in hearing directly from buyers on this.

As an agent, we have received a lot of feedback recently that buyers are discouraged by clicking on virtual tours that are distorted are not legitimately virtual tours, only slide shows.

Video seems to be an auxilliary item that very interested buyers like to have. Pictures, many and clear, are critical to capture a buyers attention. Without them, the buyer is on to the next property.

While having all on a lisitng provides the consumer options, the most important, by a long shot are multiple photos, crisp, clear and those that really give an idea of what the property looks like.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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