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®)

Rebuilding America: Real Estate Shifts to Virtual Showings, Prepares for Rebound (, May 28, 2020)

Colorado Homebuyers Navigate Virtual Showings, Parking Lot Closings During Coronavirus (Coloradoan, May 28, 2020)

Virtual Tours

3-D Home Tours Let You Keep Your Distance While House Hunting (MarketWatch, June 30, 2020)

REALTOR® Predicts Virtual Home Tours are Here to Stay (WSAW, June 14, 2020)

Home Buyers Warm Up to Virtual Home Touring, Survey Finds (Bizwomen, June 4, 2020)

Taking Your House Hunt Online? Here’s What You Need to Know About Virtual Tours (5280, May 26, 2020)

How to Buy a Home When You Can't See It in Person (Money, May 26, 2020)

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

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

Best Practices for Virtual Tours and Virtual Showings

Keeping Your Home Tidy for Virtual Showings (365 Realty Deals, July 22, 2020)

15 Useful Strategies for Selling a Home Virtually (Forbes, June 15, 2020)

Take Me Outside! 11 Exterior Things You Shouldn't Miss During a Home Video Tour (®, June 11, 2020)

How to Create a Virtual Tour in 8 Steps (Fit Small Business, May 29, 2020)

Is Virtual the New Real Estate Normal? (RealTrends, May 28, 2020)

Livestream Open Houses vs. Recorded Virtual Tours: The RESO Standards (RESO, May 22, 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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