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Equipment and Online Platforms to Help With Virtual Showings

by Doug & Erin Risher 01/18/2021


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Virtual meetings and video conferencing have become the norm as we adapt to social distancing guidelines and staying well. And while these times will eventually pass and we will return to our previous times of normalcy, we're all going to need to continue to adapt and get creative in the meantime. In the real estate industry, this has resulted in virtual - rather than in-person - home showings. With in-person home showings limited and many home buyers or sellers uncomfortable either physically touring or showing a property, respectively, these virtual tours present a way to move properties without putting people at risk. Here's a look at some best practices for your virtual tours:

Acquire the Right Equipment

Minimally, you'll need at least your smartphone or tablet to perform a good virtual home showing. However, there are a few additional accessories that are worth investing in:

  • A phone mount or tripod with rotating head: This allows you to place your device in certain rooms to give interested buyers a steady, more professional 360-degree perspective of the area and space. If you're connecting live, make sure you have an adequate data plan so you don't lack cell service or connectivity during the tour.
  • Software: The likes of FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook Messenger and Microsoft Teams can make for ideal virtual tour platforms - and you can record said tours so that buyers are able to reference them when weighing their options later. Certain software packages can also enhance still images into 3D tours or help create interactive floor plans. It can make for a nice leave-behind with interested buyers following a live virtual home tour. 

Staging the Home

Many people prefer the more "raw" look that a virtual tour over the video conferencing applications provide, but that doesn't mean that you still shouldn't be staging the home appropriately. Here's a look at some tips:

  • Let there be light: Open shades, curtains and blinds, and turn on light bulbs so that it shows well. Be sure to test the light prior to giving the live tour to make sure there's not too much light, however. Too much or too little light can show poorly via video.
  • Stick to the basics for a good home showing: Make sure the property is decluttered so that it looks bigger. Also make sure the property is clean (i.e, vacuum, clean windows, dust, etc.)

Other Tips

  • Don't wing it: Plan the route you'll take when you connect for the live virtual showing so that it goes as smoothly as possible. You'll also want to be prepared to explain certain features as you conduct the tour. Make sure to leave time for questions before moving on to the next room.
  • Have a conversation: After you're done giving the tour, pop your phone or tablet into a tripod so you can chat face-to-face. Then, have a conversation, ask for questions or there is interest in returning to any specific areas of the home for a second look. 
  • Do a trial run: Technology can be tricky, especially if you're new to using it. Perform a trial so you have time to get the hang of things before it's show time.
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Doug & Erin Risher

Hi, Welcome To Our Website Amazing Naples Homes.Com. My name is Doug Risher, together with my wife Erin and Trish Giampaoli we are The Risher Team. We hope you find the website fast and easy to use. Please let us know if we can help you in your search. If you have specific needs or wants please let us know those. We often have additional homes, condos or land that may not be for sale on the MLS. 

A fifth generation Floridian and lifelong resident of Naples, Doug Risher has seen and been a part of the tremendous growth that defines Southwest Florida. He previously worked in the golf business for various manufacturers of hard and soft goods. Doug started out working as an independent sales representative and worked his way up the ranks to a national sales position.

In the real estate market, he has established himself in new construction and has earned two designations relating to custom home design and modern construction practices. Doug is a Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS) and is Residential Construction Certified (RCC). He believes advising buyers and sellers alike is very rewarding.

Doug enjoys creating a successful outcome, whether it's assisting a buyer to find the right community, helping find the perfect location for that custom home or marketing a home for a seller. He utilizes social media and target marketing to match qualified buyers with listings. When you work with The Risher Team, you get the double-edged sword of high-tech and high-touch.

Outside of real estate, Doug supports Take a Soldier Fishing, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Captains for Clean Water. 

 

Erin worked for 11 years as a Case Manager for the largest personal injury law firm in the state of Florida. Erin was ranked yearly as a high fee producer, negotiating with insurance companies for her clients top compensation. Erin says, "the experience I gained while working for the law firm was invaluable and made me a great negotiator."

 "I use techniques I learned there to the benefit of my real estate clients." "I love real estate and it is my passion", says Erin Risher Broker Associate. Erin along with her husband Doug are the Risher Team, they participate and contribute to Take a Soldier Fishing and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. 

When you work with”The Risher Team” you get the double edged sword of High Tech & High Touch in Doug & Erin Risher. Erin is passionate about our environment and supports captains for clean water and the restoring the natural flow on water through the Everglades. Erin loves her family and enjoys boating, going to the beach and visiting the keys and islands of florida. Together we help people. "Real estate is the truly our passion and it is what we love to do"