Virtual Showings and Virtual Tours

As REALTORS® pivot to technology and virtual methods to show homes and properties, NAR compiled these handy links and resources to get you started.

Virtual Showings

Mabél Guzmán: A Strategy for Virtual Showings During COVID-19 (National Association of REALTORS®)

Viewing Properties Virtually During COVID-19 [PDF] (National Association of REALTORS®)

How to Win at Virtual Tours (RISMedia, May 7, 2020)

Tips for Conducting a Successful Virtual Tour (RISMedia, May 7, 2020)

House Hunting in a Pandemic: Virtual Open Houses and Drive-Thru Closings (NBC News, Apr. 8, 2020)

With In-Person Real Estate Business Outlawed, How Will Coronavirus Affect the Lehigh Valley Housing Market? (The Morning Call, Mar. 25, 2020)

Drive-By Closings, Virtual Showings: REALTORS® Making Accommodations to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19 (WRGX, Mar. 20, 2020)

Virtual Tours

Brokerage Says Video Home Tour Requests Spike 500% (Redfin, Mar. 23, 2020)

Virtual Tours Catch on as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads (Realty Biz News, Mar. 19, 2020)

Use of Virtual Home Tours Spreads as Coronavirus Cases Spike (REALTOR® Magazine Daily News, Mar. 17, 2020)

House-Hunting? In the Age of the Coronavirus, You Might Have to Do Virtual Tours (Los Angeles Times, Mar. 17, 2020)

Survey: Consumers Strongly Prefer Listings With 3D Tours (REALTOR® Magazine Daily News, Jan. 27, 2020)

Best Practices for Virtual Tours and Virtual Showings

The U.S. Shuts Down, But Home Selling Goes On (Realty Biz News, Mar. 25, 2020)

Sonoma County REALTORS® Explore Virtual Means of Selling Homes During the Coronavirus Pandemic (The Press Democrat, Mar. 24, 2020)

Coronavirus Prompts Real Estate Agents to Change Tactics, Use Technology: 'It Will Be the Norm' (Fox News, Mar. 24, 2020)

Coronavirus Impacts Buckhead Real Estate (Buckhead, Mar. 24, 2020)

South Florida’s Residential Sales Shift to Virtual Reality as Business Slows (The Real Deal, Mar. 24, 2020)

REALTORS®, Clients Working Though Coronavirus Era (Fredericksburg, Mar. 22, 2020)

Using Tech to Show Houses in Coronavirus Times — Compass Rolls Out Innovative New Virtual Agent Services Tools (Paper City, Mar. 20, 2020)

Rapidly Shifting Real Estate Market: Canceled Open Houses, Virtual Tours (SI Live, Mar. 20, 2020)

Useful Websites

Facebook Live — Live video on Facebook is immediate, authentic and interactive.

FaceTime — Learn how to use FaceTime to make video and audio calls from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Matterport — Create experiences like nothing you’ve ever seen before. With a single scan, you can automatically create 3D walk-throughs, 4K print quality photos, schematic floor plans, OBJ files, point clouds, videos, and other media.

Messenger — Hang out anywhere, anytime by getting on a call or a group video chat.

Skype Meet Now — Generate your free unique link with one click, share it with participants and enjoy effortless meetings with Skype. Full set of features at your disposal.

TruPlace — For buyers looking to be guided through a property visually, TruPlace has Walkthrough Videos that escort viewers to each room. These video products are available at varying lengths from 1-minute to 4-minutes long, regardless of property size.

Zoom — Simplified video conferencing and messaging across any device.

eBooks & Other Resources


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Skype for PCs (eBook)

Facebook Marketing for Dummies (eBook)

How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck (Kindle, eBook)

Master Facebook (Kindle, eBook)

Skype for Dummies (Kindle, eBook)

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