A real estate agent posted the following comment on this post - anonymously of course - saying that virtual tours are a must and that I am a fool for thinking otherwise and need to consult with the Almighty Google to reinforce my foolishness. (My comments are in italics.)
THIS IS INSANELook Anonymous, if that is your real name, before you go around calling people "fools" you should brush up on your reading comprehension and pay more attention to the logic behind your argument.
A prospect has pictures in the MLS to view anyway. Really!?!?!?!?
Adding a virtual tour gives them the sense of being there. Kay....
The Real Question to ask is: If you found a house you thought you really wanted to see, that truly caught your interest, and that exact same house had two viewing options one had pictures only and the other had pictures and a virtual tour would you pass up the virtual tour? The answer would be emphatically NO! This is your question. Not mine. This is also a stupid example.
The virtual tour connects all the dots. What dots are you referring to?
Sure it takes more time then looking through A dozen pictures and less convenient...IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN THOSE HOMES. But when you find the one you want. You take that virtual tour and call your husband and email your kids and let your friends see it to get their opinion, not 15 pictures. Not sure where to begin with this one...
I know, because that's exactly what my buyer and seller clients have told me. What do seller's have to do with virtual tours?
Virtual tours are priceless, just ask Google you fool. Ouch. *crying*
As I said in my post, the purpose of online photos and virtual tours are to attract potential buyers and to make them want to view the property in person with their agent. The "real question", as you so eloquently put it, isn't whether or not people will view a virtual tour of a home they are interested in. That's a stupid question. OF COURSE A POTENTIAL BUYER WILL VIEW A VIRTUAL TOUR OF A HOME THEY LIKE BECAUSE THEY LIKED THE 15 PICTURES THEY CLICKED ON SECONDS BEFORE!
Please do the real estate profession a favor and send your license back your local and state associations.