Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: My First 3D Virtual Tour with Matterport Camera

My First 3D Virtual Tour with Matterport Camera

Dear Readers -
Tim Maitski's post presents a new and powerful photography option for the Listing Agent to use.

A virtual 3D Tour really involves the person seeking information, whether an Agent looking for properties to show a Buyer or a Buyer looking at a home.


Tim Maitski is a Blogger I follow because I always learn from him. Check out his posts about Make the Deal Happen, Bidding for HUD Foreclosures, Supply and Demand, and one post that introduces a new Lockbox system called TOOR.


Participating in ActiveRain allows me to read others' posts and learn any time of the day or night! I've learned a lot from Tim over the years. All the best - Lynn

PS  If I haven't thanked you personally for reading my Blog, let me do so right now! I really appreciate your stopping by and (perhaps) commenting! L.


360 Panoramas Get Turned Into Fly Thru Video 


Key Points

  • So easy a caveman can do it.
  • Super WOW factor for listing presentations
  • System is expensive enough to keep many from adopting it.



Take a look at my first 3D virtual tour.  I received my camera on Friday morning and had to do the shoot on Friday at 2pm.  So I was forced to figure it all out on the fly.  I really didn't think it would turn out but much to my surprise, it really turned out well.


Before you pass it off as nothing but a Circle Pix 360 tour, look again.

Take a minute to click on the tour and check out two of the gee wiz features.



Automatic "Fly Thru" effect

Once the tour downloads, go down to the bottom left corner of the video and press the "∇" play button.  Then just watch it take you around the house all by itself.  If you want to stop and look around in more detail, just "click and drag" on the video.  Then just click the "∇" play button again to resume the tour.  


"Doll House" view

Down at the bottom just to the right of the "∇" button is a box like icon.  Click on that and you'll get the neatest looking view of the home.  To maneuver the doll house around, try doing a "right click drag" which allows you to spin it around to any angle you want.


Virtual reality goggles are right around the corner



Goggle headset allows full immersion

Right now the full immersion tours with goggles is still in beta testing and it is only with certain smart phones.  But soon it will be available on more phone and more and more people will become aware of it.  I tried out a tour with a headset at a trade-show the other week.  It's pretty neat.  Made me a little dizzy when I looked down but I'm sure it will get better and better.


High cost will keep most agents from offering it

Even though it's pretty easy to do, I don't think most agents will offer them for their sellers due to the cost.  

The Matterport camera is $4500.  You also need a good tripod and tripod head and also a newer iPad. So it's a little over $5000 to get set up.  If you're just doing a few listings per year, it's not very economical.

There are some new companies who are offering to do these tours.  The lowest cost I found was ten cents per square foot of house.  Many of my listings with finished basements  are around 5000 square feet so it ends up being around $500/listing.

I used a company called VantagePoint3D and they did an excellent job.  But after doing five for me I figured it would be more cost effective to just buy the camera myself and do it myself.  $500 or more just seemed to be a lot of money in addition to the professional photos I was having done.


Time consuming but pretty easy to do

This home with three levels took me a little under 3 hours to do.  I took 126 scans which take about 35 seconds each and then you need to spend time to move it to the next spot and spend time drawing out the windows and mirrors on the iPad.

There were a few things that created issues.  The biggest thing was having a door swing to  a new position between scans.  The system looks for similar items from one scan to the next so if something moves from scan to scan the system asked you to retake the scan.  So next time I'll come with some door stops to keep doors wide open.

Since I always attend my photo shoots and video shoots, it's really not costing me anymore time.  I just have to do the work of moving the camera around.


The camera adjusts for the lighting

Sometimes real video has problems adjusting for different light levels.  But this camera makes all the adjustments automatically and the final product comes out looking very good. This home I did wasn't the best lit home.  A storm was coming so it was kind of dark outside during some of the time I was scanning the home.


My offer for you to try it out at low cost

I don't really want to get into the 3D tour business but I do want to try to recoup my investment as quickly as possible.  So if you are curious about this camera and want to test it out, I will do some tours with you for a flat fee of $250.  I'll meet you at your listing to do the scan with you.  I'll show you everything I know about it and you can decide if it's something that you might want to invest in or hire out to one of the 3D tour companies.

If I see that I can trust you with the camera I might think about renting it out to you at a pretty low rental fee if you want to do them yourself but don't want to invest $5000 for the set up.




About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.


Along with blogging on ActiveRain, he provides one of the best real estate websites in Atlanta at .


His proprietary  "Maitski Line Reports" chart out the absorption rates over the past 14 years in 37 different market areas.  Know when it's a good time to buy or a good time to sell.    


His online Property Tax Calculator allows you to compare property taxes in many counties and cities around the Atlanta area.  He provides the Atlanta MLS Power Search Tool that allows searches of homes using over 35 specific criteria.


Over the years, Tim has optimized his business so that he now can offer a huge 50% commission rebate to his buyers.  The more experience one gets, the easier the job becomes.


Tim also has a "Five Days to Sold" System that uses an intensive marketing blitz to create a showing frenzy that creates urgency and offers.


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Comment balloon 8 commentsLynn B. Friedman • August 27 2016 10:01PM


Impressive, just like navigating around a neighborhood on Google maps street view.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago

Lynn B. Friedman - this is a very informative re-blog from Tim Maitski .

The technology is changing the way we do business. 3D virtual tour is the next in-thing!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Good morning, Lynn B. Friedman that panaramic tour was mesmerizing....loved every minute of it...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 3 years ago

Wow, amazing! The price point is cost prohibitive for me at this moment in time. But who knows!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 3 years ago

Lynn B. Friedman There are some great alternatives to the expense of the Matterport System that we are investigating.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) over 3 years ago

Bob Crane   Praful Thakkar        Barbara Todaro   Andrea Swiedler      Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 

Thanks to all of you for stopping by! I hired Tim to do one for the new Listing we have! I'm looking forward to using his product for Marketing!  Have you seen this video from Tim?  Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 3 years ago

I have not done any videos for my listings. I use Realbird.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 3 years ago

That is so cool Lynn! You are so tech savvy and you're always inspiring others. I really enjoyed your video and admire you for always attempting to learn new skills and to teach them to others too!

You are truly one of a kind and very kind indeed!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago