About 12,000 houses in our five county viewing area have a "For Sale" sign in their front yard. If you are selling your home, how do you make your home stand out from the rest? One way is to put a virtual tour of your home online. The virtual tour offers potential buyers a sense of being inside the home, you can almost feel the warmth from the fireplace. We've all been hearing that now might not be the best time to sell your home, but realtor Doug Clifton said that's not necessarily the case for eastern North Carolina. “We hear the gloom and doom of the housing market and our area of the world isn't really like that; it's true that we're slower than we normally are, but houses are still selling." And some are turning to even more creative ways to sell those houses by using the internet. "Any seller that's out there, that has a property to sell, this is the way to go because the internet, world wide web, you're going to get world wide,” said real estate investor MariAnn Harvey. Harvey buys and sells homes for a living, so she thought, why not market her homes on YouTube. "We're such a community of people who want everything fast and they want it at their fingertips and of course the computer is the fastest way to do it." With a little help from her son, she discovered how simple it is to make a virtual home tour. Dara Dimitri posted a home tour on YouTube. "Most other houses online just have a few pictures to look at so you don't get a flavor of what the whole house looks like." So Dara Dimitri decided to put a tour of her home online, and it seems to be paying off. "We have had several extra showings that I don't think we would have gotten otherwise. I have the house listed on Craigslist with a link to the virtual tour so several showings have come as a result of that listing." And as MariAnn said, making a virtual home tour is simple to do. “It's not complicated, if I can do it, anybody can do it." Tune in tomorrow for the iDesk when Hailey Winslow shows you exactly how to make your own home virtual tour. You don't need to spend a lot of money on high tech equipment or an expensive camera to make your home sell online.
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