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2004-07-15
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Join realtor (hometour360/picturepath)?

I want to know how to join the realtor so i can post the virtual tour on realtor site.
I see there are two programs, Hometour360 and PicturePath.
Is Hometour360 only for ipix which have no initial fee?

PicturePath costs $5,000 to join??? I don't think i have enough $$ to join.
Can they accept the virtual tour made by Panoweaver? I see they only accept MGI, PTViewer, Egg Solution, BeHereTotalview, Tourfactory and 3cim.
I've found other site VRGuilD cost only $500 to post on realtor.

I cannot find the MLS rules/regulations anywhere on the net for posting the virtual tours on Realtor. I don't know if they allow Panoweaver. btw, what is MLS stand for?


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2004-08-02
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hey guys,

does anybody have any current info on the picturepath fees?

what i have found is $5000 set up and $20 per listing. but i dont think this is accurate anymore.

i think the prices have gone down but i haven't found the info.


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Okay Guys,
I thought you might enjoy this. I just had a real estate client of mine who just started using me for the first time have a virtual tour of a property worth 2million australian done. He previously thought virtual tours were a bit of a farce and didn't sell.
He advertised the listing and had a cash offer for 2mil from a buyer in Hong Kong. The property was in australia. The buyer had his relatives over here visit the house to confirm with him but he has never actually visited the house he offerd purely fom looking at the vrs.
It all about the way you market your product as a provider and your communication skills. Believe in your product offer quality consistent service and you will succeed.
I have been doing this for 5years now and have a 90% close rate on any client I present to. The majority factor in most sales is confidence and knowing the benefits for the client.


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great story vrboy. perhaps you could include this story in your presenations or brochures. perhaps tag line.


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2004-08-09
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hey guys,

VT - you are completely correct on the pricing.  I've been in touch with PicturePath reps quite a bit lately and it is still the $5000 and then $19.95 per 6-scene tour.  VRGuild seems ok, but the best thing I can really see doing (unless you have enough volume to justify VRGuild membership fees) is going through a 3rd party "do-it-yourself" tour solution.  This way you pay like $10 to upload, and then $20 to post to realtor.com, just an extra 10 per tour.  Would be nice to become PicturePath, but that can always be done down the road when the volume meets the neccessity.

good luck. nice story too!


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2004-08-10
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Try nothing to join, no stitching, no software, we process and post to the entire Homestore/Realtor.com network and are a Picturepath provider. Why? We are the only one using the 180x180 single fisheye imaging format. Why? Because for residential real estate is just show better, a Full Room picture view from floor to ceiling. We are the only ones in the U.S. doing it on Realtor.com and we are eating up the competition. (Along with our pricing)

Lets get off the 360 band wagon and get creative!


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2004-07-15
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Panoweaver stitched images use PTViewer.jar to view. For that matter, images stitched with PV can be displayed using PTViewer too.

MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service.  Usually Real estate brokers have to buy annual subscription.  Or at least that is what my broker told us last time we moved and sold our home.

Other than this.. I really don't know.

Dave


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Hello Tommy,

VRGuild charges you $500 annually set up fee and then per tour posting fees.

They have a per tour posting fee to go into the VRGuild platform and an additional per posting fee so that the tour also goes to Realtor.com if the property has an MLS number.

MLS is a database used by realtors to post and search for properties by other realtors. When you post to the MLS, you're assigned an MLS #.

$5000 seems like a hefty amout to join the Picture Path.

My advice is that you continue your research. Ask VRGuild and Homestore all those questions you have.


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Hi Tommy,

I am also trying to get started in the virtual tour business and looked into
having tours posted on Realtor.com. I was somewhat apalled to find that
it seems to me like they are trying to Force everyone to Use the IPIX
technology. If you post tours using IPIX there is a per tour fee - but that's
about it. If you want to use anything other than IPIX to stitch your scenes
then there's a $5000.00 fee. There claim is this fee is for "training" - I just couldn't buy into this explanation - it Reeks. The tours that can be posted to realtor.com
are severely limited - just a very few scenes that simply pop up in a viewer - not really that impressive.

Once I am satisfied with my photography skills (having some issues with file size
and resolution) - I still intend to approach the real estate mkt - emphasize the superiority of tours we can present using Easypano or some of the other programs available. A lot of realtors have their own websites, some MLS's have
websites - you can simply provide them the files to host their own tours - or host
the tours yourself and provide them links. When it comes right down to it - there are not all that many advantages to an agent or broker having their property tours
hosted by realtor.com.

Don Maxwell

 

 

 

 

 


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2004-07-16
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Don,

The advantage of the tours being hosted in Realtor.com is the market reach. Realtor is THE most popular site for home searching. Properties with virtual tours are displayed first.


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2004-07-16
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Virtual tours on Realtor.com average being viewed 2.3 times per week...not very impressive...Virtual tours on my site (very localized) are viewed around 4 times per day...Do the research...do the math..get good at your work..make the pitch...they will use your services if the price is right..With or without realtor.com!

Realtor.com claims to receive over 2 million visitors per day..I dont doubt that figure, and that is alot of visitors!....but...There are over 850,000 members of the National Realtor Association..Case studies show that on average each realtor has 4 residential listings..Thats a total of 3.4 million listings. Add those 2 figures together and you have a potential of 4.25 million visitors per day...and none of them are there to purchase a home..they are only there to make sure their house is showing up on realtor.com.

Realtor.com means more to the Realtor than it does to the home buyer! According to Overture, the term "homes for sale (insert area name here)" , is actually searched more than the term "realtor.com"..As a general rule, a home buyer will type in "Miami realtor"...or "Dallas realtor" etc....With those search terms, you can compete with Realtor.com in your area  if you master the meta tags.

Hope this helps a bit..It has me ;)