Dave in California says:
Realtourvision.com (RTV) is now into offering 3D Virtual Reality Tours. I bought approx. $450 worth of software to do the same thing called 3D Vista before I did a survey of approximately 25 agents. None of them would purchase the tours based on not wanting to subject their clients to wearing headsets, the cost of headsets, or taking them to their office to view them. Sanitary concerns were also brought up about wearing the headset. They did not want to mail a cheap or otherwise headsets to out of town clients and links to these 3d tours.
This is not saying no one will ever buy them but those whom I've talked to could not be talked into letting me do the first tours FREE. It all comes down to the headsets even though there are so many styles that can be offered. Perhaps mini sunglasses size might help.
Several clients said what about a male agent handing a female buyer a head set that will block her ability of seeing what the male agent was looking at or doing. It is frightening to ladies to make themselves vulnerable by wearing the headsets.
I am very interested if any of your readers have broken the barrier that I ran into while offering Virtual Reality Tours.
There have been people talking about and promoting the idea of 3D virtual reality tours for a long time. I've always thought it was a ridiculous idea for all the reasons your clients raise. This is just not going to be a useful technology for real estate. Gaming yes. Real estate no! In the past, it has always been considered "cool new technology" but this technology is just not practical for real estate.
Update 7/29: This post is referring to home tours that require virtual reality goggles to view.