If a buyer wants to see your home but isn’t able to tour it in person, they may request a virtual showing. It used to be a pretty big pain for sellers to set up virtual home tours, but thanks to advances in technology, the process has gotten a lot easier. Read on for a tutorial.
Facetime, Google Chat and Skype are all capable of providing live streaming video. However, these tools are primarily meant to be used for interactive back and forth conversations, where both parties are on camera. In the case of a home tour, only one party needs to stream video.
For that reason, we suggest you use Periscope, a popular live streaming app, for your virtual tours. Not only is it super easy to set up, it also allows you to easily incorporate privacy settings for an added level of security.
When you open the app for the first time, the app will guide you through a brief overview. Next, you’ll be prompted to create a new account with your phone number or your Twitter account. Once you agree to terms, you’ll have access to the Periscope dashboard and you can start broadcasting! You’ll want to ask your buyers to download Periscope and to follow your account to make private streaming easy.
Buyers can watch your stream on any Apple, Android or Windows phone or tablet.
Biggest Benefits of Periscope:
- Replay + Download Settings:
When you stop broadcasting, you can make your stream available for replay so buyers can watch later. Broadcasts are saved for 24 hours. You can also download your video to your computer and email a copy to the buyers for their reference.
- Privacy Settings:
You have the option to limit who can see your broadcast prior to going live.
- Live Chat:
Buyers can type questions and send them to you during the live stream.
Ready to Check it Out?
Here are the download links:
- Apple Store Download (iPhone, iPad, MacBook)
- Google Play Store Download (Android devices)
- Windows Store Download (viewer only)
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