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Free Virtual Tours

Ok the cost can range from free to maybe $100 per year.

Here is what you need

1. A good camera.  At this price you will be taking the pics yourself.  The good thing is that you can take as many as you want and then pick the good ones.

2. Microsoft photostory. If you have recent version of windows you probably already have it. It is easy to use.

3. A website that will allow you to upload the wmv file you created on photostory. If your current website won't do it then you can buy a website tonight from godaddy. I would suggest that you get the 10 page deluxe or unlimited pages.  There is a lot more storage and bandwidth.  Plus there other things you can do with the extra pages.

Once you have it uploaded go to a page on your website and create a link to the upload.  You do this the same way you link to a website.  Just specify link to file upload.

Publish the web page and then go to the link.  Scroll your mouse over it and right click then copy shortcut. That shortcut is the entire web address for your tour.  Paste it anywhere you want to link your tour. 

4. You might want to get a domain name to use creating 3rd level domains to "point" to your tours.  You may also be able to do this with a domain name that you already have. Some MLS are pretty picky about self promotion so you don't want to use a domain name that promotes you.  I create a 3rd level domain that masks and points to the tour.


Update 12-29-08: As pointed out in some of the comments below, the wmv file created may not be compatible with with some computers.  Before uploading the wmv file to your website it can be converted to a flash video file.  This can be done by using a free software download from VideoSoft free studio. Then upload the flash file to your website and create link to that. :-)





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Comment balloon 5 commentsBob Southard • July 25 2007 10:32PM


Bob, nicely done!  I guess I should look into this!  Thanks for the tip!
Posted by David L. Britt, MBA (Platinum Realty, LLC) about 13 years ago

Great information! Your tour is very well done. I am very impressed! Thank you for sharing.

David Kosmecki - AmStar Mortgage



Posted by David Kosmecki (Sierra Pacific Mortgage) about 13 years ago
Whats wrong with utube?  its free and it works.
Posted by Darrel Quebedeaux (Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc.) about 13 years ago

You should actually be careful with that strategy....   I for one cannot see a thing.  All I get is music.  That format is clearly not compatible with all computers, which is a big problem when you're dealing with the 'public'.  I have the latest and greatest Mac WITH all the proper plug ins that are needed to view .wmv files, which are not compatible with all computers.  So since I have the plug in, there is something wrong with your video and its encoding.  But more importantly, not everyone HAS the plug in or knows you need one. So even if it was encoded properly, I'm guess you're turning off a large share of your potential market, which is not good.

I would suggest NOT doing it this way.  I also would NOT suggest uploading to YouTube, which will make it look as bad as possible.  Encode it properly and upload it to a site such as WellcomeMat.com, which is a video site for real estate.  Even though it's designed for video, you can upload your slideshow there if it's in the proper format.   



Posted by Fred Light, Real Estate Video Tours for MA and NH (| Nashua Video Tours) about 13 years ago
Thank you for sharing and for giving detailed information.It is worth looking into.
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 13 years ago

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