Virtual Showings and Virtual Tours


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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®)

Here’s What Every Seller Needs to Know About Virtual Showings (, Dec. 23, 2020)

Virtual Showings, The New Normal (Consolto, Dec. 12, 2020)

The Evolution of Showing Homes During COVID-19 (Rocket Mortgage, Aug. 21, 2020)

9 Ways for Sellers to Prepare a Virtual Showing (Florida REALTORS®)

Virtual Tours

Remote Video Tours, ‘Sight Unseen’ Offers Become the Norm (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 27, 2021)

5 Great Reasons Why You Should Use Virtual Tours of Homes for Sale (Nextheme, Jan. 26, 2021)

Digitizing the American Dream (Seattle Magazine, Dec. 22, 2020)

Virtual Real Estate Tours Give a Three-Dimensional Look at Properties (NewsNBlogs, Dec. 17, 2020)

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Virtual Home Tour (REALTOR® Magazine, Nov.-Dec. 2020)

3D Home Tours Are All the Rage in Real Estate (The Street, Nov. 16, 2020)

How Technology Has Changed the Selling Process in the Times of COVID (RISMedia, Nov. 15, 2020)

Best Practices for Virtual Tours and Virtual Showings

How to Navigate a Virtual Tour for Real Estate (Quicken Loans, March 3, 2021)

Avoid Liability in 'Sight Unseen' Sales (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2021)

What You Need to Know About Using Virtual House Tours to Sell Your Home (Yahoo!, Feb. 1, 2021)

10 Questions to Ask During a Virtual Home Tour (AZ Big Media, Feb. 1, 2021)

Purchasing a Home Virtually? Here are 5 Tips! (HousingWire, Jan. 21, 2021)

Here’s What Every Seller Needs to Know About Virtual Showings (Connie Fitzgerald, Jan. 20, 2021)

Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Buying a Home Sight Unseen (®, Jan. 4, 2021)

Can Virtual Showings Help Keep Agents Safe? (HomeRover, Dec. 17, 2020)

When to Invest in 3D Virtual Tours v.s. Video Tours in Real Estate in 2021 (Cole Connor, Dec. 16, 2020)

How to Make a Virtual 360 Tour for Real Estate (RE Photo Journal, Dec. 8, 2020)

Equipment and Online Platforms to Help with Virtual Showings (Doreen Silver, Dec. 8, 2020)

How to Tour a House Today: Tips to Make the Most of Virtual or In-Person Showings (®, Nov. 11, 2020)

5 Secrets Buyers and Sellers Must Know About Virtual Home Tours (Anthony Team Realty, Nov. 3, 2020)

Virtual Tours are Here to Stay. This is How to Do Them Right (The New York Times, Sept. 1, 2020)

The Top 5 Tips to Prepare Your Listing for Virtual Showings (McManamy McLeod Heller, Aug. 26, 2020)

Useful Websites

Asteroom — Armed with just a phone and our affordable 3D tour kit, anyone can create a high-quality 3D virtual tour in minutes. No training or past experience required.  After you take the photos with our app, we will perform image enhancements as well as create a 3D dollhouse and 2D floorplan within 24 hours. We can even do 3D room staging if needed.

CloudPano — CloudPano is the best software platform for publishing virtual tours. No coding required, keep your website domain, and even chat live with clients.

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


Facebook Marketing for Dummies (eBook)

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

Master Facebook (Kindle, eBook)

Skype for Dummies (Kindle, eBook)

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

Tools for Live Streaming 8 (Kindle, eBook)

Video Marketing for Dummies (eBook)

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Best Practices for Virtual Meetings

Whichever virtual platform you use, adhering to best practices will improve the overall success of the meeting when it comes to sound and video.