New Service: HoodQ Interactive Address Reports in GTA

What is an Interactive Address Report?
In partnership with HoodQ, you can acquire an interactive report of your client's address with information on the neighbourhood and community. The report includes useful details on nearby schools, parks, recreation, public transit, safety (fire stations, police stations and hospitals) and convenience retailers (e.g. coffee shops, pharmacy).  Click here to view a sample report.

Why do I need this?
Your clients want you to be an expert in their neighbourhood and community. But who has the time to research for hours? Your time is better spent selling. Do what you do best, and leave the rest to us. These reports can be easily shared, are web-friendly, and will impress your clients. These reports can also be used to demonstrate to potential/future clients that you are a savvy and innovative agent with local neighbourhood expertise. Printing and saving reports is easy too.

How reliable is the data?
Very reliable. The reports tap into the highest quality data available with up-to-the-minute data accessed from over 2,500 unique government and private sources. This data is then validated by a team of professionals (actual human beings) to ensure accuracy and relevancy to the area.

How much does it cost and where can I order?
$15 per report. You can order it from our online form. You can also get a monthly membership and generate unlimited reports; ask us for more information and we will give a 10% discount coupon on a monthly plan.

Can I brand it?
Yes you can. You can include your headshot or logo and contact information on every report. You are a neighbourhood genius - show it off!

What is the coverage area?
The majority of Greater Toronto Area is covered by the report. Specifically the cities include: Ajax, Aurora, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Hamilton, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Oshawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Toronto, Vaughan, Whitby. 

New Service: 3D Matterport Virtual Tours in GTA

What is it and how does it work?
It's a 3D interactive tour of your client's home.  Load up the tour and walk around the home (virtually) by using the navigation buttons along the floors. You can also switch to floor plan mode or dollhouse mode (think zoomed out structure of the home)

Is it MLS-friendly?
Yes. 100% ready for MLS and designed to work smooth on major browsers and mobile devices. No additional downloads required.

Can I use a virtual reality headset to view the tour?
Yes. The 3D tours are VR-ready. You can switch to virtual reality mode and immerse yourself!

Does this come with a floor plan?
Yes. You will get a schematic floor plan that is accurate to within 1% of reality. Floor plans are interactive in the tour, and images of the floor plan are downloadable.

Why should I get this when I can sell the home without it?
You could sell homes without 3D virtual tours. You can also sell homes with no photographs. Toronto is a hot market but in 2018 it's expected that on average homes will remain on the market for longer than it did in 2017. Word-of-mouth marketing is powerful - your clients will rave to their friends about the 3D tour. Brand value is valuable - you can showcase 3D virtual tours on social media to attract new clients. In 2016, 44% of buyers first looked online for properties for sale - stand out with 3D virtual tours!

How much does it cost?
For a home up to 2000 sq.ft., it will cost $200.  Add $100 for every additional 1000 sq.ft. The process to 3D catalog a home takes twice the time compared to standard photography. We will not rush the process or compromise quality. Check out our home page for samples.

5 Things to Remember for Real Estate Photography

Your friends at Property Pandas Inc. are here to help you prepare your listing for your next shoot. Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to best prepare a listing for optimal quality. Below are the 5 Things to Remember For Real Estate Photography (don’t worry, they’re very quick and easy):

  1. Cleaning: it’s not the photographer’s job to clean, so make sure there’s no clutter. Any mess negatively impacts the quality of the pictures.
     
  2. Things you might forget to remove (but shouldn’t): snow, leaves, and oil patches on the driveway; anything from the door of the fridge (ex. Magnets, drawings), and personal photos.
     
  3. Adding some spice: you’d be surprised how small things such as flowers or a bowl of fruit as a centerpiece make a world of difference.
     
  4. Day vs night shoots: aim to schedule the shoot for the day time as there’s more lighting. However, if you’re in a scheduling crunch, there are techniques photographers can use to compensate for the reduced lighting during night shoots (ex. HDR imaging).
     
  5. Technical: always ask for two file types, Low Res Photos for your listing High Res Photos for online and print material. Low Res Photos should be 640x480 pixels at 72 DPI with a 4:3 aspect ratio. High Res Photos should be at least 3500 pixels wide at 300 DPI with a 3:2 aspect ratio. You can see if these settings are correctly used by right clicking on the image, clicking ‘Properties’ then clicking the Details tab.
    • Why do you need a 4:3 aspect ratio for Low Res? Short answer is because TREB requires it. You can use a 3:2 aspect ratio picture but then there will be some empty white space where the photos appear on your TREB listing. Confusing? Yes. Do I need to take this into consideration? Yes.

That’s it! We hope that was useful. You can do this yourself, hire someone else, or just get on board with the Pandas and we'll take care of it for you.