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Old Yesterday, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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How come the large sites with listings such as Realtor.com, Zillow, etc. only have photos of properties?

It's 2019; I'd think there would be more video of properties by now to give buyers an even better look into a property's features?
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Old Yesterday, 07:53 AM
 
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the agents for whatever reasons don't have 360 cameras ubiquitously, though the sphere mode on google camera seems good enough so it will likely take off in the near future

locally there are some where that is the selling point, but well, it doesn't sale the house. people still want actual walk through and a digital walk around of it didn't help until after the physical walk through. it's more to justify why they like it, and not getting them to like it in the first place

but again, Im not in the business but was told that at open houses

edit, misinterpreted video as those 360 pictures :/ what did you think you'll see in a video that a photo doesn't show? there is no "action" in a house to capture by video
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Old Yesterday, 07:59 AM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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How come the large sites with listings... only have photos of properties?
...I'd think there would be more video of properties by now
Start with the specific LISTING AGENT involved.

And what is with the expanding usage of 'random' by millenials?
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Old Yesterday, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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How come the large sites with listings such as Realtor.com, Zillow, etc. only have photos of properties?

It's 2019; I'd think there would be more video of properties by now to give buyers an even better look into a property's features?
These are not real estate sites.
They are mere sales lead generation sites for agents who pay a lot of money to be there in hopes that people will contact them.
I.e., their only intended function is to have you contact an agent for more information.

The lead gen sites only provide what the listing agent provides. They don't create content.
As far as video goes, it can be difficult and expensive and can require a lot of bandwidth when done well.
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Old Yesterday, 09:40 AM
 
Location: NC
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I personally dislike a dependence on videos. Being detail oriented I look deeply into each photo and videos move too quickly. But a single video on top of 20+ photos is great for showing how rooms and exterior features relate to each other. And the photographer can’t mess with the scale like by stretching rooms to look huge
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Old Yesterday, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I like 3D Matterport better than video.

More control of the timeline is available to the viewer.

https://matterport.com/gallery/
One from the gallery:

https://matterport.com/3d-space/penn...raftsman-home/
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Old Yesterday, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Union County
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I like 3D Matterport better than video.

More control of the timeline is available to the viewer.

https://matterport.com/gallery/
One from the gallery:

https://matterport.com/3d-space/penn...raftsman-home/
Interesting... looks like google's "engine" for street view.

Not sure I will ever get used to the opposite mouse gestures to navigate (read: I crash planes in flight simulators), but I agree this is a much better usecase for a home walkthrough than a video where you're frustrated with angles always having to pause.
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Old Yesterday, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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How come the large sites with listings such as Realtor.com, Zillow, etc. only have photos of properties?

It's 2019; I'd think there would be more video of properties by now to give buyers an even better look into a property's features?
Actually, video makes used homes look terrible. Unless the interior is new, or absolutely spotless and staged, with no personal belongings, video of the interior is more of a detriment than a help.

This may be due to conditioning in our viewing habits when watching movies. Most movie scenes involve sets that are filled with intent, and we tend to look closely for cues and clues. With a real estate video, this ends up in most viewers concentrating on personal items, utility items, toothpaste, soap, books, paintings, family photos, etc. I had one lovely home that I spent 4 hours shooting video of. Big Colonial, lovely in person, but the sellers were both artists and the home was filled with their work, as well as light clutter. When I loaded it up in Avid, I started editing and quickly decided I had nothing. Every room had distractions in frame and the lighting was also difficult to equalize. I gave up and just stuck with photos.

I now use it only in vacant homes, or in exterior drone shots.

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Old Yesterday, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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How come the large sites with listings such as Realtor.com, Zillow, etc. only have photos of properties?

It's 2019; I'd think there would be more video of properties by now to give buyers an even better look into a property's features?
It's 2019, but light is still light. It is actually difficult to shoot video in tight spaces and make it look good. Most people have a mix of white and yellow light in their light bulbs which cast different tones in the video. Windows get blown out or the opposite, darken a room as the camera choose to use the light from the window instead. I don't think you appreciate how difficult lighting is in a house to get a good looking video. As such, they are expensive, and generally only done on higher-end properties that have a higher marketing budget.

I have done videos in the past and I track the clicks. They have not been worth it at all. The only exception is drone footage of acreage. People watch that.
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Old Yesterday, 06:27 PM
 
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yes.
you win.
"most random" Oscar.
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