I’ve talked before about how I use VR when I show houses. Some people wonder, though, why I use Matterport VR and what the difference is between what I do and what others do.
There are 3 main ways to use online tools to show homes: virtual tours, video walkthroughs, and Matterport VR. Today I thought I’d shine some light on what the three are, and why I choose Matterport above all else.
Virtual Real Estate Tours
A virtual tour of a home is kind of similar to Google street view. A camera takes photos 360 degrees around the room, and using your mouse you can scroll around the room and see what’s in the room, and zoom in on things.
Virtual tours are an okay first impression of a home. But there are downsides to them. You only see the space on a room by room basis, so you really don’t get a great feel for the distance between them (and if you’re looking for a family home you’ll probably want to know if your kids rooms feel too far from your room). They can also be glitchy or hard to figure out, which can be super frustrating when a homebuyer is already stressed out about the buying process.
A video walkthrough is a video of the home as the person filming essentially virtually walks you through the home. Unlike with virtual tours, you get more of a feel for the layout of the house as you’re being walked through it.
The problem with video walkthroughs is that your view of the house is confined to a small screen through the eyes of the camera person. You get a better feel for the house than a virtual tour, but because you’re just watching a video of someone walking through the house, it’s harder to get the best feel for the house.
I haven’t been shy in saying how much I LOVE Matterport before. It’s my opinion that Matterport is the single best way to get the right feel for your house, shy of actually visiting the home personally.
Matterport uses virtual reality so that you can walk yourself through the house – virtually. With Matterport’s programming this can be done anywhere, because it doesn’t require a WiFi connection to load up the videos. Anyone with a smartphone could view a home.
Since you’re walking through the home, you get the best feel for it, and can find yourself personally invested in the house. You’re not looking at a small phone screen or laptop screen, it feels like you’re really there.
If you want to know more about Matterport and how it will help to sell your home faster for more, drop me a line! And don’t forget to check out my latest listings to check out Matterport in action and walk through a few places!