Virtual tours are not really new, but the technology has improved to the point where they can be really useful. They’re a time saver for anyone looking at property listings online. Virtual tours have been used in residential listings for a few years, but I have not seen many for commercial listings. The property descriptions can be interesting, photos very helpful, but a virtual tour well done puts you in the scene. You can pan and tilt, zoom in and zoom out on a room or a scene and you have the feeling that you are in the room.
This ability lets you rule in, or out, properties in your search. You can cover a lot more ground from your desk before you spend time driving around to several locations looking for a property that will help you. It doesn’t replace a visit, of course, but can be a real time saver.
I am adding virtual tours to all my listings. They’re not all done, but I’m working on it one-at-a time and find that my clients appreciate the effort. Here is a link to one I just posted for the sale of the Iowa City Press Citizen building. Click here for virtual tour I will post a commercial tour soon to give you an idea of the power and effect they have.