What does a standard virtual tour cost?

Unconditional Guarantee.......What's the catch?

How long does it take you to shoot a home virtual tour?

Do you limit the number of pictures or rooms for the tour?

Can I preview my tour before it is posted?

My association does not allow full agent advertising on virtual tours that are linked to the MLS ...Will you create a page that is legal for my association?

Can I get a custom web address for my listing?

Does my web designer need to know anything special to put the tour on my web page?

I don't have a web designer, can you just give me a link to run the tour?

Do you do web page design?

I don't understand, what does it mean for you to host the tour?

If you host the tour can you create a page with my picture and logo?

Why do you charge extra to host my tour?

What is involved in having aerial photos taken?

Can you shoot aerials of more than one property at a time?

Can I ride along when you shoot the aerial photos?

Why are real estate tours worst case?

Will you write the description for my listing?

Do you do private virtual tours?

Do you do weddings?

Do you take credit cards?

 

What does a standard virtual tour cost?........There really isn't a "standard" virtual tour. I will give you a quote of how much your tour will cost before I shoot the tour. If you are not happy with the tour when you preview the tour you will not be charged.......Back to Questions

 

Unconditional Guarantee.......What's the catch?........There is no catch…….I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is. There are no up front fees of any kind, period; and you are not under any obligation to accept my work. If you do not like my virtual tour or photography, just say so and that will be that. I will tuck my tail and slink off with a broken heart.
If you like the tour, I expect full payment upon acceptance, unless you have made other arrangements with me beforehand.
The only exception to this rule is for aerial photography…..You will have to pay for the helicopter rental up front. The rate at the present time is $750.00/hr. for the helicopter........Back to Questions

 

How long does it take you to shoot a home virtual tour?.......Usually 1 to 3 hours, it varies by the size of the house and number of areas to shoot (pool, guest house, barn, etc.).........Back to Questions

 

Do you limit the number of pictures or rooms for the tour?.......No, I don't have any limits on the number of photographs or rooms..........Back to Questions

 

Can I preview my tour before it is posted?.........Yes, this is where my guarantee comes in. If you don't like the tour you don't pay for it. (I've never had anyone dislike one of my tours, and I work very hard so that won't happen.) The tour will not be posted or delivered until you approve it. The content of the tour is your responsibly, so look it over carefully before you approve it. I will e-mail a link to you for preview before it is posted or delivered...........Back to Questions

 

My association does not allow full agent advertising on virtual tours that are linked to the MLS...Will you create a page that is legal for my association?........Yes, I need to know what your association allows on the page. If you prefer, the page that is linked to the MLS can have nothing at all on it other than the tour. If you do your own web site or have a web site designer, it is a very simple task to create a page that the MLS will allow.......Back to Questions

 

Can I get a custom web address for my listing?........Yes you can, if the name of the web address you want is not taken.....In general there are two ways to go about this; you can "park" a domain or you can get a full web site. The difference is domain parking is very cheap but you need a server to host the web site files. A "real" web site has hard drive space and usually an e-mail box or two. There are many places on the web that provide these services. If you want me to do it, I charge $25.00 per year for parking and $25.00 per year for hosting. So a custom name with me will cost you $50.00 per year. The shortest amount of time a web site can be registered is a year..........Back to Questions

 

Does my web designer need to know anything special to put the tour on my web page?.......No, it should be a simple task for your designer to incorporate the tour into your web site. The tour is ready to go when I deliver it. Just put a shortcut to the index.htm file of the tour and it will run. If they want to add your logo or picture etc., all they have to do is edit the index.htm file. If they have a quick question I will be happy to talk to them....

Here is a sample custom page where the agents' web designer has incorporated part of the tour in her web site and added a link to the full tour. She has also parked a custom name for this property that is linked to her custom page for this property, it is www.ardillaroad.com.........Here is a sample "standard tour page" with the agents picture and logo. This agent has also parked a website name for this property, it is www.crosscanyons.com.

I have worked with many web designers over the years and none of them have had any trouble at all. I have had some trouble with the so-called "web designers" that use fill-in-the-blank templates. They have no knowledge of coding and are very limited in their abilities. If your designer doesn't understand what to do after taking a look at the index.htm file on the tour or if they want to charge you some outrageous fee for setting up the tour, I would be looking for a real web designer.........Back to Questions

 

I don't have a web designer, can you just give me a link to run the tour?.........Yes, I can host the tour for you. I charge $25.00 to host your tour for one year. I'll send you a link to put on your web page and you'll be in business..........Back to Questions

 

Do you do web page design?........Yes I do......I will be happy to work with you on a custom web page or a complete web site. I charge $60.00/hr. for web site design.........Back to Questions

 

I don't understand, what does it mean for you to host the tour?.......For your tour to be accessible on the web, the files must reside on a web server. Where the tour files are located is the host server. Some of you don't have a full-blown web site, (i.e. corporate broker site, canned real estate page service, etc.) and are not allowed to upload files to the server. If that is the case, I will host the tour for you and it will reside on one of my servers. To access the tour just add a shortcut to your web page pointing to the tour index.htm (I'll send you a link to put into your web page)........Back to Questions

 

If you host the tour can you create a page with my picture and logo?.........Yes, send me the files (picture, logo, etc.) you want included on the tour page. There is a $25.00 charge to set up your web page for your first tour. Here is a sample tour with the agent's picture and logo. If you use the same page layout (logo, picture, background etc.) for subsequent tours there is no charge..........Back to Questions

 

Why do you charge extra to host my tour?.........My hosting companies charge me by the amount of hard drive space and bandwidth used. I was surprised at the tremendous amount of traffic my tours generate; the tours get hits from all over the world (which is good news for you and/or your clients).

Over the years I have used and tested many different hosting companies.......I have found that there is a good news/bad news thing going on with hosting companies. While there are hosting companies that are very cheap (some are free), allocate you a tremendous amount of hard drive space, and actually offer a nice set of services, they limit the amount of bandwidth per account. This is fine for small web sites or personal web sites, but it will never do for a corporate or business site. You do not want your clients/customers with a fast internet connection waiting on your server. The only limits to the speed of a corporate site should be on the users' end, not the host server.

The hosting companies I use guarantee the bandwidth of my servers, but as with most things, quality costs a little extra. The hosting companies I use are not the cheapest, but they are reliable and fast.....Back to Questions

 

What is involved in having aerial photos taken?.......I need to visit the site with you before the shoot. This allows me to get the gps coordinates, decide what time of day will be best to shoot the photos, and get a good look at what you want photographed. I will need the parcel number of the property so I can bring the related maps that will be needed by the pilot...........Back to Questions

 

Can you shoot aerials of more than one property at a time?........Yes I can; for example if you are a broker with several properties to shoot, or if a few agents in an office want to pool their money and shoot their properties.....The helicopter charges by the hour, so it is more cost efficient, especially if the properties are in roughly the same area...........Back to Questions

 

Can I ride along when you shoot the aerial photos?.......Sure you can, actually I prefer it if you come on the shoot. I shoot from a Jet Ranger helicopter with the doors removed. This gives me an unobstructed view of what I'm shooting. If you prefer you can usually sit up front in the number two seat. Even though this is a four passenger helicopter there is only room for you and maybe one guest. My camera gear takes up quite a bit of room, so if you want to bring a guest along one of you will end up in the back with me holding my second camera and lenses........It is a wonderful experience if you aren't afraid of heights and don't mind getting bounced and twisted around a little........I can't believe I get paid to have this much fun. ..........Back to Questions

 

Why are real estate tours worst case?......The life span of a tour done for a business is indefinite. I'll use a beach resort as an example. The resort is willing to spend the money for "perfect condition" shooting and lighting setup. For example, the entrance to the resort will be shot in the morning, and the pool area will be shot in the evening to take advantage of the soft lighting conditions these particular times of day offer. This type of tour can take days or even weeks to achieve the right shooting conditions. The view shot from the balcony of the ocean side rooms will not be of the marine layer, it will be shot on a beautiful clear calm morning....The life span of a real estate tour on the other hand is very short (at least the agents and sellers hope it's short), and the advertising budget for any one home is limited... As far as shooting conditions go, take a walk around any house and you will probably be facing the sun on one side of the house or the other. If you aren't facing the sun then it's either cloudy and gray or the sun is directly overhead (harsh light and dark shadows). That's the easy part; anyone that has tried to take interior shots of a home knows how difficult that is. Real estate agents want a quality virtual tour that is done fast, cheap, and under terrible conditions. That's why I describe real estate tours as worst case..........Back to Questions

 

Will you write the description for my listing?.......Nope. I'm just not that wordy. I can create the whole tour with custom everything faster than I can string three sentences together in a description.......I will however, run the description through the spellchecker and get rid of the abbreviations. For example, if you want me to use the description from the MLS I will change the "br's" to bedrooms, etc. You will have the opportunity to check the wording before the tour goes live when you preview the tour for approval..........Back to Questions

 

Do you do private virtual tours?........Yes I do. I was surprised at the number of requests for private tours. I've done several tours for people that wanted to show their new home to friends and relatives out of the area. I have also done tours for exclusive listings........Back to Questions

 

Do you do weddings?........I've been asked this many times. The answer to your question is absolutely not. Why, you ask? Take all the reasons I said real estate tours are tough to do and add two sets of emotionally charged in-laws, a crazy, nervous bride and bridesmaids, a groom that doesn't know what planet he's on, a couple of drunk groomsmen, rude kids playing with your equipment, etc. etc. and on top of all that, every person in the place is a pro photographer shooting over my shoulder with their point & shoot....I would rather do a virtual tour of an erupting volcano than a wedding. .....Back to Questions

 

Do you take credit cards?........Yes, I do. You can pay with your credit card through Paypal.........Back to Questions