We recently partnered with Matterport on the integration of 3D virtual tours on our for-sale and for-rent home listings, offering a new way to check out your dream home from your smartphone (iPhone or Android) or computer.
We want to make your home search experience more interactive, which is why we’ve added these immersive 3D virtual tours on our pages.
Matterport’s 3D platform, cloud services and photo scanning technology create dynamic floor plans and virtual tours of homes available on realtor.com® and our direct relationship with them allows us to provide you with access to 3D listings in real-time.
You can now virtually explore that dream kitchen or that perfect walk-in closet on home listings that are Matterport-enabled (and offered by a listing agent).
Why does it matter?
As technology continues to grow and change, it only makes sense to advance the home searching experience along with it. 3D home tours are growing in popularity and offer a unique home search experience.
3D walkthrough of the home is a tool that makes it very easy for you to decide which homes work for you and which ones don’t. Although there is no replacement for an open house, this is the next best thing and offers a great way to view the details of the home before ever stepping inside.
How does it work?
When scrolling through homes on mobile or desktop, if you see the “3D View” symbol like the one below, it indicates that the listing agent has added a 3D tour for the property listing.
When you click into the listing, you will come to the listing detail page.
You can also see the structural views of the home by viewing the home in dollhouse mode by a simple click of a button or tap of a finger. This allows a new way to see the full structure of the home really quickly.
The dollhouse view is exactly how it sounds; it shows you the entire home as if it were a dollhouse on your living room floor, offering a look into the full structure.
If you decide to see the hallway of the home, you can simply click or tap on that part of the home from the dollhouse view and it will take you directly into the part of the home. From there, you’ll get a guided 3D tour of the house with circles on the floor guiding you through each room.
Want to head into the dining room? Just click or tap on the circle in that room or the area you’d like to see and you’ll immediately jump to it. Feel free to use your keyboard controls on your computer to walk around the home!
Since launch, we have received a lot of positive feedback from users viewing the Matterport 3D tours in the realtor.com® experience. As 3D cameras become more commonly available, we expect more of our listings agents to provide virtual tours on realtor.com®.
If you are a user, looking to buy a home in a new city, this cool feature allows you to check out homes from afar. If you are a user who prefers to do all their research at home before going out for physical home tours, this feature is for you as well! We believe 3D tours will bring you even closer to snagging that home of your dreams!
To get the full concept of the 3D home tour experience, watch this YouTube video below.
Download our iOS or android App now and look for the “3D” icon on select listings to get the full 3D immersive experience.