Apple Valley Ohio Lake Community by Sam Miller


Virtual Touring Your Community

Imagine if you had a virual tour or slide show of all your community amenities for buyers and sellers to see.  How much would your business grow if all your listings had a specific virtual tour of the neighborhood and another virtual tour for the specific school district your listing was in.  Once you photographed and created all these community type virtual tours think how easy it would be to post 2 or 3 virtual tours for every listing.  Obviously the main tour would be the home, then the schools, then the neighborhood...and so on.  The key is that you would not have to recreate the tours over and over because they would already be created and you would simply place virtual tour links on your listing webpage for each of the individual tours.  Here is a quick sample of community tours:  Knox County Ohio Memorial Theater  Mount Vernon Ohio Memorial Park                                                 Knox County Ohio Kokosing Gap Trail Bike and Walking Path          Mount Vernon Ohio Riverside Park                                                        Mount Vernon Ohio Twin Oak Elementary                                        Mount Vernon Ohio High School  Knox County Ohio Fair       



Comment balloon 12 commentsSam Miller • September 15 2007 09:51PM


Interesting idea.....going to have to put some thought on this one
Posted by "JT" Prevatte (Former Agent) about 12 years ago

Brad, Thanks for the positive feedback on the virtual tour idea.  I think your idea is a good one and creating a virtual tour of a subdivision is an excellent idea and one I need to do also.  Are there any condo communities in your area and if so what do you think about creating a virtual tour of that?  I think we could really have some fun taking the virtual tours WAY beyond simply homes. 

Knox County Ohio is still active but if the price is not PERFECT the home will sit with no showings and no offers.  Our market had not seen massive appreciation so we have not seen a huge decrease in values but the overall closings are down some.  As you stated about your market...we are steady.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago
I love this idea! Time consuming but it may get put on the list.
Posted by Ron Fuhrer, Lehigh Valley PA Homes (Nazareth,Easton, Bethlehem - Prudential Patt, White ) about 12 years ago

Jill and Ron, I hired a high school student to shoot most of the photos using an HP R927 digital camera that has a built in wide panoramic self stitching feature. The camera can be purchased for $250 or less and comes with a camera dock and charger.  It is ideal for exterior photos but does not have a wide angle lens so it is not ideal for interior photos of your listings with smaller sized rooms.  However, for the project I wanted...this camera was perfect.  Best of luck and I have a strong feeling this project is worth adding to your project list.  Happy Selling!

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago
Great idea Sam. I'm thinking of creating a company-wide effort to virtual tour all of our neighborhoods on our new web site.
Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Joe, That may be a greatt idea if you are a broker but if you are an agent I would do it yourself.  Most agents won't go to effort to take on a project this big but the ones who do will be very happy with the results.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago
I also do this for my land listings, pictures of trees and dirt are only so interesting, but the amenities are beautiful to look at!
Posted by Yvonne Beal, Chatham County Real Estate Expert (Realty World Carolina Properties/NC Fine Living) about 12 years ago
Yvonne, That is a great idea.  I have a feeling the other virtual tours spice things up a bit.  We are working hard to add as many virtual tours as possible before the winter weather settles in.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago
Great Idea. I've been considering virtual tours but haven't gotten started yet. I will certainly check out the info.
Posted by Claudia Clausen, Middlesex County Real Estate (Keller Williams Elite Realtors) about 12 years ago
What an awesome idea! I loved looking through the fair photo's...brings back memories. Also you are able to show someone in another state what it's like there from an "up-close" perspective. Wonderful!
Posted by Sharon Leigh, (Graphic Reality) Got PhotoLogo? CandelLife@Gmail. (Sharon's Graphic Reality) about 12 years ago
I'm on it.  Awesome.
Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) about 12 years ago

Sharon--You got it...and the comments from buyers and sellers have been spectacular.

Adam--My recommendation is to shoot and complete one tour at a time and build a virtual library of community sites.  Before long you will have 30 or 40 tours on a website tour directory page plus links from all your listings to the tours. 

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago

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