Category: Real Estate


New Single Property Website Designed to Showcase Homes Multiple Ways

There’s a saying that good design is good business. Since our clients are the business of selling or renting homes, we wanted to offer them a good design within which to do so. We’re introducing the new single property website that showcases real estate in multiple ways on an intentionally simple and clean page. The focus is on the property, not the design or graphics. The intention is to impress the person renting or buying, to inspire them to take the next step toward converting. This is more successfully accomplished by adding less, not more to the real estate webpage.

One Home Many Views

Going beyond the still photograph has allowed us help sell or rent properties sight unseen. Today’s immersive visuals, such as 3D tours and video walk throughs of homes, provide more information and a better look at every nook and cranny. With so many options for viewing a property, a single property website that hosts them all in an easily accessible layout can be incredibly helpful.

It’s Pretty, But It Also Works

One of the most successful marketing software companies added landing pages to its offerings because it knew how powerful a singular focus and call to action could be. In fact, most Fortune 500 companies use landing pages to convert. That’s essentially what this is – one singular, vertically scrolling page offering multiple opportunities to reveal unique aspects of the house that might catch someone’s eye. With as many properties as people shop these days, it’s advantageous to give a property every opportunity to be matched with the right buyer. We’ve also refreshed our interactive floor plan tour colors to coincide with the fresh, streamlined look.

It Starts With Amazing Photography

Showcasing a piece of real estate using a single property website will further highlight the quality of photography used on the house. To make this website page look its best, start with TruFusion HDR photography. The webpage itself should actually be an afterthought once the stunning visuals have made an incredible first impression.

Devil’s in the Details

A few features of this property website that were not an afterthought include the lead capture form at the bottom of the page. Every good marketer knows a timely call to action is priceless. The branded version will have a lead capture form allowing the viewer to send a message to the realtor with contact information for immediate follow up. To optimize the viewer’s experience, regardless of what device it’s being viewed on, each section is designed to softly align with the screen without requiring a manual adjustment. And, of course, sharing is key. There are social media and messaging icons for sending out the webpage to others.

View a demo of our new single property website for real estate, which is complementary with every order.


Senior Living Retirement Communities Use Interactive Floor Plan Tour to Aid Marketing

The most common visual marketing tools being used by the senior living communities are the interactive floor plan tour, virtual staging, and slideshow videos. Here’s why we believe these are so popular and such a great fit for this market.

The ability to market a senior living community requires more than showing happy people in stock photos. These communities are offering more than an apartment or condo. There is a level of trust a brand in this industry has to build to win over the hearts and minds of their future residents and, usually their children. That trust starts with providing more information about the facilities and the staff. When that communication needs to take place online instead of in person, there is one tool these marketers are turning to for its ease of use and affordability.

TruPlace’s Interactive Floor Plan Tours display cleanly and easily on a shared screen. They allow the presenter to click on several photos within each room, talking through each feature and upgrade. Unlike many 3D Virtual Tours which are challenging to navigate, Interactive Floor Plan Tours are known for their ease of use. There is enough information on the floor plan for the future resident to gain an understanding of what the space is like without being overwhelmed by confusing or blurry visuals. The virtual tour link can be shared as well over email, making it very quick for a viewer to click through the tour on their own time. The great thing about purchasing an interactive floor plan tour from TruPlace, is that it comes with all the photos required to build the tour, so there is no need to pay for or schedule a separate appointment.

Most retirement communities have floor plans for their model units. However, the photos and the floor plans are not connected in any way. The user has to decipher which photo corresponds with which room. By linking the photo to the right space within the property, the viewer no longer needs to guess. There are also room dimensions on each room label within the floor plan, and a voice-over narration feature that can be added to any property’s virtual tour.

Another creative solution helping senior living facilities is the post-photo shoot ability to provide virtual staging. This contactless service uses a large library of coordinating furniture collections to decorate each room in a unique style. Marketing teams from these communities enjoy the wide array of life-like options for cozy living rooms and modern dining sets to be inserted into the photography of the property. Virtual staging can even be done on outdoor living spaces such as decks and balconies.

One final product popular among retirement living sales professionals is the Cinematic Slideshow Video. This short but effective video uses existing photos from the appointment to highlight the best features of the property. Not only is it set to contemporary, upbeat music, but it also has enhancements such as screens moving on televisions and computers, white puffy clouds rolling by outside the windows, and warm fires that appear to be lit in the fireplaces. These videos are wonderful for catching attention on Facebook and other social media platforms.

With so much of our sales activities taking place online , these easy-to-use interactive tools are impactful and appreciated by this audience.

For a look at our gallery of examples from this industry, click here.


Using Virtual Open Houses to Market Real Estate Listings

Adapting to Change

These are challenging times for everyone. New COVID-19 rules and restrictions limit person-to-person interactions, which we at TruPlace understand that this is an adjustment period for most agents. The health reasons are clear and the business implications are nerve-wracking. But there are practical things that can be done to serve our clients, just like there are practical ways to serve yours.

Health First

For starters, TruPlace is complying with CDC and WHO guidelines to monitor the recent travel and health of our photographers and the agents they might interact with. We are also making sure any relevant expenses, such as medical gloves or hand sanitizer, are covered. Our entire office headquarters in Germantown, MD has adjusted to the new normal of remote work.

Listing agents are facing a unique set of circumstances: they must sell their client’s home without inviting heavy foot traffic. Our clients are finding that 3D products are a safe way to market a home amid Coronavirus concerns. Specifically, TruPlace’s immersive visuals for buyers are a great way to experience the property without having to physically be there.

Work Smarter

The 3D Virtual Tour is the new Open House. It’s viewable from a web link sent by the agent to potential buyers. TruFusion 3D tours allow viewers to see details such as electrical outlet placements, back-splash patterns, and clear window views.

Floor Plan Tours with 360 Views show the viewer where they “are” inside the house based on area of the floor plan being clicked. The 360 view technology lets viewers turn in any direction and view that area closer up or further back by simply pinching the screen like they would with almost any online image.

TruPlace’s “Virtual Open Houses” enable potential buyers to explore every nook and cranny of a property from the safety of their own laptops or iPads. Our signature smart-touch layout tool with beautiful photos viewers love now has added 360 views in the rooms where details matters most, like kitchens and backyards. This solution can save on the cost of a full 3D virtual tour while still giving guests the quick, quality inside look they want.

These “user-controlled experiences” allow the buyer to move in and out of rooms, hallways, and stairs in addition to being able to spin around the room to see all the details.

For buyers looking to be guided through a property visually, TruPlace has Walkthru 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.

The 3D tours, Walkthru Videos and Slideshow Videos designed by TruPlace provide the most comprehensive and realistic experience of a home’s layout, giving viewers a totally clear and immersive experience.

Stay Safe

The well being of our clients, employees, and neighbors are taking a front-row seat, driving our decision making, which seems to get tougher by the hour. We encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy.


How to Use Your Property Analytics

On every property link, TruPlace collects valuable information and organizes it into graphs and charts. In order to take advantage of this beneficial feature, you have to know where to find it and how to use it.

Where Is My Data?

Any current client of TruPlace can log into the Client Portal from home page of our website and access property analytics.
Select a property from your property list. Click on the sunset icon under the Images column. Once that property page loads, go to Property in the top navigation bar and click Analytics.
With each property, we provide data about the behaviors of the online audience interacting with this property page. This access is available for a full year.

What Data Is Available?

You not only get the data showing the sources of the online traffic, or where the traffic came from to view this property, but you can see trends showing which days of the week or times of day that property gets the most views.

How Can I Use It?

Social Media Marketing

You would be shocked at the differences in viewer behavior, based on a property location, price point and marketing efforts. Use the data to determine when to host a virtual open house or when to do a Facebook live event. For example, if the property gets most of its views on Fridays, see what time is most popular, then launch a Facebook live event about that property during that time.

Location Specific Marketing

The map feature is a client favorite. It shows you where the viewers are located when they look at the property online. Because the map is interactive, you can click on each number and drill down to see hyper-local data, even down to the to the street.

The map indicates high concentration clusters, not just locally, but nationally and globally. Property owners and managers can gain a better understanding of your marketing efforts and reach with this visual, as well. Use the zoom in/out to drill down closer or move out further to see the viewer locations.
You can show your sellers the on-line behavior of the buyers and this can help you to adjust or pivot the marketing plan for better results. For residential sales, it is also a smart way to target potential home sellers because if these viewers are looking at homes virtually, they may just be thinking about a move soon. For rentals, it helps lower the cost of pay per click ads when you can target a specific location, especially when you know they are already interested.


5 Reasons Professional Property Photography Is Better Than Amateur Property Photography

1. Professional photographs outperform amateur photographs (Updated 2020).
Studies have shown that 98% of homebuyers judge whether or not to walk through a property by first seeing the listing photos online (Asset Based Lending). Homes that use a professional photographer for their listing on average sell $11,000 over market value and sell 50% faster than homes with standard photos (Asset Based Lending).

Photos are not the only product that can help sell. According to a 2019 NAR report, 29% of REALTORS® hire a professional to operate a drone for their business, while an additional 14% of REALTORS® plan to incorporate the use of drones in the future. 73 percent of homeowners say they are more likely to list their home with an agent who offers to create a video of their property.

In a study by FlipKey, they found “Travelers are 83% more likely to inquire about property listings that contain over 20 photos.” Professionally photographed homes receive a 47% higher asking price per square foot (Redfin). With so much riding on photos, why go the amateur route?

2. Professionals use better camera equipment.
Yes, your iPhone takes good photos of your kids and pets, but it just can’t compare to today’s advanced DSLR cameras. DSLRs have larger sensors with more pixels, better controls and interchangeable lenses. With a DSLR, you’re going to get better white balance that is more visually appealing. And the 3:2 aspect ratio of a DSLR makes for better compositions. But then, you can’t order a pizza using your DSLR.

3. Professionals know how to capture the best angles.
Amateurs typically just walk into a room and shoot. Professionals take into account the entire frame – from left to right, front to back, top to bottom. Does the angle of the bed look appealing? Is the entry to the bathroom in the frame? Is the camera height sufficient to capture the entire counter top? Does the selected lens capture the entire room without distorting the image? Professionals see all of this and more, plus know when to shoot multiple angles when necessary to capture everything a room has to offer.

4. Professionals understand lighting.
An amateur will usually close the drapes so that the sunlight coming in doesn’t “blow out” the detail in the room. This typically results in a shot that is too dark or too light.

A professional with the right equipment can capture the image in a room the way your eye sees it – with details inside the room, and window views of the outside. With today’s modern equipment in the hands of a professional, more detail is captured, colors are more vibrant, and lighting is perfectly balanced.

5. Professionals can enhance the image after the shot.
Images on TVs, fires in fireplaces and anything else that is moving do not photograph very well. This is why most professionals will turn those things off when shooting. But using post-production technology, images can be added to TVs, fires can be added to fireplaces, pool water can be made more inviting, grass greener, and the sky can be transformed to blue, even though it was cloudy the day of the shoot. While not appropriate for cosmetic enhancements that “fool” the viewer, this technology is very useful (and ethical) for enhancing things that come and go.


Power Your Brand

It is no secret that using premium property visuals in your marketing increases interest from viewers. So, why not do the same for your brand? TruPlace premium property visuals are designed not only to highlight the property, but to make your brand look even better!

Get Double the Use

Have you used TruPlace premium visuals on past properties? Why not double the return on your investment by using past work as a brand sample.
It is clear that properties with stunning visuals get more attention and interest. Viewers enjoy looking through stunning photography and virtual tours, some even browse. This in turn leads to more interest and success for the property. However, the use for the visuals does not end with that particular property- it can be used as a piece of your brand’s marketing. Show potential clients how you will utilize visual marketing to increase interest in the property. Seeing live examples provides credibility and trust for your brand.

Prove Consistency

High standards are something to be bragged about. Differentiate your brand from the rest with consistently high-quality visuals. Whether you use the same signature product on each property or vary the products based on property, the quality standards of TruPlace visuals will leave an impression with viewers. Not only will this convey your professionalism, but also your commitment to showcasing the best of each individual property.

How Do I Start?

Not sure how to showcase your brand with premium visuals? Here are some simple ways to start:

  • Share this downloadable pdf that highlights how you will use premium visuals to successfully market a new property with potential or new clients
  • Save your TruPlace virtual tour links to previous properties to use as interactive examples
  • Create your own digital or print photo gallery by saving your favorite photos from each property directly from your client portal
  • Post your TruPlace virtual tours on social media- this not only gains exposure for the property in question, it provides an online history of your high-quality standards for future clients

Your brand is what separates you from the competition. Create an even stronger message with a reputation of high-quality visual marketing to help you stand out among the crowd and gain more business.