This ain’t your mama’s housing market!
House hunting is getting a high-tech makeover thanks to the brilliant minds at Zillow. The real estate database with more than 110 million U.S. homes announced that it’s bringing 3D tours to its listings, which will make the whole buying a house thing a whole lot easier—and dare we say, fun?
All it takes is an iPhone app. And the best part? It’s free! To use it, sellers simply upload 360 degree panoramic photos of all the rooms in the home to the Zillow Group Home Capture App. The app then stitches them all together to create a tour, which it adds directly to the listing. According to Zillow, a 3,000 square foot home can be captured in about 30 minutes. All shoppers need is an internet connection.
"Rich media, like these new 3D Homes, will help buyers and renters more easily visualize themselves living in the home, no matter how far away they happen to be," Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow Group chief marketing officer, said in a statement. "Photos have always been vital to the home search process and now 3D tours can give buyers and renters a realistic understanding of what it would be like to live in the home."
The app is currently only available in Scottsdale, Arizona. Zillow plans to roll it out in Phoenix in early 2018 and the rest of the country later in 2018.