SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services, operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA]; [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced the addition of Matterport 3D virtual home tours on for-sale and for-rent listings on the realtor.com® iOS real estate app, which features the most comprehensive inventory of for-sale listings among national competing apps.
"Seeing a home is one of the most critical, but time-consuming elements of the home shopping journey," said Ryan O'Hara, CEO of realtor.com®. "By leveraging Matterport's 3D technology, we are giving home buyers the ability to explore properties they are interested in with virtual tours prior to ever setting foot inside a home."
Real estate professionals can leverage Matterport 3D tours to differentiate their listings and create more visibility among consumers given the demand for this type of experience. According to recent research from realtor.com®, consumers rank 3D virtual home tours as the second most desired feature in the home search experience, behind large, high quality photos.
"The combination of realtor.com®'s inventory with Matterport's immersive user experience gives shoppers the opportunity to visit a tremendous volume of rentals and for-sale properties, from one location, and get the full experience of being inside. It is the most efficient way to search for a new home," said Bill Brown, CEO of Matterport. "We are excited to see companies like realtor.com® paving the way as tech forward leaders in the real estate industry."
Currently, thousands of for-sale and for-rent listings on realtor.com® have Matterport 3D tours with volume continuing to increase as real estate professionals increasingly adopt the technology. Realtor.com® is the first company to be formally connected to Matterport's syndicated direct feed, which expedites, simplifies and streamlines the process of including 3D tours on a listing on realtor.com®. Properties on realtor.com® that offer Matterport 3D virtual tours have a hexagon-shaped icon displayed on the property image on the search results page, or on the first property image in the photo carousel on the listing detail page.
Matterport's 3D platform, cloud services and photo scanning technology create the floor plans and virtual tours of homes available on the realtor.com iOS mobile app. Realtor.com's direct relationship with Matterport enables the company to provide consumers with access to more 3D tour models in real-time.
To view a sample of the Matterport 3D tours on the realtor.com® iOS mobile app, click on the following embedded links on an iOS device:
- Dramatic 5-bedroom and 5-bathroom home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Colonial style home in sought after Haworth, N.J.
- Renovated and open five-bedroom home in San Clemente, Calif.
- Light and bright home in Boerne, Texas
For additional Matterport 3D tours and realtor.com®'s complete inventory of for-sale and for-rent listings, download the realtor.com® iOS real estate app on the App Store. Matterport 3D tours are scheduled to be available on the realtor.com® Android real estate app and on realtor.com® this spring 2017.
Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.