Posted by: Timothy Ellis (The Tim)

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

7 responses to “Poll: Do you watch virtual tours for listings?”

  1. Kary L. Krismer

    Bitdefender doesn’t like Surfield’s site (including the main page). I wonder if they had a hacking issue recently? I’m pretty sure I’ve gone there in the past. Bitdefender seldom issues that type of warning.

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  2. David B.

    More Javascript bloat that (a) often fails to to work properly, (b) when it does work, acts oddly, counterintuitively, and contrary to how my browser normally behaves and (c) is utterly useless in low-bandwidth situations (like when on the ferry). No thanks, I’ll stick to still photographs.

    And the map and satellite views of the subject property, which do a great job of revealing things like adjoining busy streets and other negatives.

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  3. Kary L. Krismer

    By David B. @ 3:

    And the map and satellite views of the subject property, which do a great job of revealing things like adjoining busy streets and other negatives.

    Don’t forget Google Maps Streetview. Particularly useful now that you can look at different points in time.

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  4. Craig Blackmon

    Boy, I wonder what Surefield had to pay SB for this sort of priceless product placement… ;-)

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  5. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Craig Blackmon @ 5 – Actually, I suggested the poll to Tim (without mentioning Surefield). I think VTs are stupid, and I was wondering what other people thought about them. I’d rather spend about 10-15 seconds flipping through pictures quickly.

    They are sort of like Trulia. If you’re a seller you want your agent to do them, but it’s not all that likely to help.

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  6. Matt the Engineer

    Surefield-style tours are useful to me at a certain stage of searching. Here are my stages, each one narrowing down the field.

    1. Filtering. Data only.
    2. Early search. Look through SF, #bedrooms, schools, satellite view of property.
    3. Homes I’m interested in. Read description, flip through pictures. Calculate commutes and look at bus routes.
    4. Homes I’m very interested in. This is where a virtual tour would come in. Read all description and stats. Might look up building permit info, etc.
    5. Homes I actually go and see. Only those that still impress me after #4.

    The 3-D tours give me an idea of how the house is laid out. You can get some sense of that from photos, especially if there are enough of them and they’re taken well. But you usually don’t know what you’re missing.

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