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The new way of promoting your home,yacht,restaurant or hotel.
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Websites, virtual tours add new dimension to real estate

Chris Ossont remembers the days before the technological revolution hit the real estate world.

An associate Realtor with Prudential J.R. Carucci Real Estate, she’s been in the business for 38 years.

“When I started in 1974, we had 4-by-6 index cards,” said Ossont, who spent five years as a teacher before becoming an award-winning realtor. “Every week you’d get a pile of cards with new listings. We’d file them by price with all the other cards we had. You had to keep on top of that to see what had sold, what was available.”

That system was succeeded by regularly published Multiple Listing Service books, and, later, the same information was computerized.

All that is horse-and-buggy stuff now.

Websites, cellphones, smartphones, and emailing, texting, Twitter and Facebook have changed the business dramatically. Information is exchanged in rapid fire, and clients and agents can be connected almost instantly. Websites offer tours of properties. Bids can be made online.

Most in the industry say the new technology is a good thing, offering buyers and sellers great convenience and almost limitless information. But it is not the be-all and end-all.

“I’ve never seen a computer unlock a door or shake a hand,” said Tony Abone, owner of RE/MAX All-Pro Realty in Rome, although he does take advantage of certain elements of the new wave. “We do that. It’s still a people business.”

Jean Hunt, owner of Hunt for Homes in New Hartford, said her small business doesn’t justify maintaining a website, but she makes use of several, including the one run by the Utica-Rome realtors (, and she does take advantage of texting and other conveniences.

“People will text you for a listing,” she said. “Buyers and sellers want to deal with texts. If you call them, they won’t answer. Customers can make bids online. It’s a convenience, especially if it’s an agent from someplace outside the area.”

J.R. Carucci owner Ed Jekel said websites have taken off locally in recent years, since the advent of high-speed Internet access.

“Before, the only way to get information out was (the O-D’s) Home Showcase,” he said. “I still like the Showcase, but people can go on the Web, see 24 photos for each house. We don’t have to spend a lot of money on paper. At home on your computer, you’re looking at an 8-by-8 photo. It has given us a much better way of marketing a house. Photos, disclosure statements, plot plans, tax diagrams. You can give them a lot of information.”

Jekel said websites make for a better informed public, but Realtors remain essential because buyers need someone to guide them through that information glut as they make what likely will be the largest investment of their lives.

One of the most startling developments is the QR (Quick Response) code, the increasingly familiar “matrix” bar codes for which Capraro Technologies in Utica has developed several applications. Such codes can be read by smartphones, and Jekel already has seen their effectiveness.

“I had somebody use a QR code (posted on a commercial property) and it linked to me,” he said. “He pointed the phone at the code, my name came up on the listing. All he had to do was touch my name. I talked to him about that property, which wasn’t right for him, but we’re able to work with him (on something else).”

Realtors say the new technology is a plus, even if it sometimes amounts to keeping up with the Joneses.

“What has worked really is just plain being online,” Ossont said. “I had a property listed in Dolgeville, a Queen Anne house, 13 acres. I got a call from Tucson. This girl had a wellness business. She wanted a location where she could provide a retreat center. She found this place in Dolgeville. They took a look, and bought it. Without the technology, it wouldn’t have happened.”

Technology has allowed buyers, sellers, lenders and others to communicate more easily and exchange more information, and that, Ossont said, echoing Abone, allows for better relationships.

“It’s easier to communicate, but the most important thing is the personable relationships you develop,” she said.


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GoogleStreet View provides virtual tour

Google virtual tour




As a giant tricycle equipped with a towering camcorder made its way around the Green about a year ago, many students stopped to stare quizzically at the contraption. This week, the data collected — along with images from more than twenty other colleges and universities — became part of a Google Street View initiative that enables viewers to virtually tour campuses from all over the world at street-level.

The Street View feature for institutes of higher education is aimed at prospective students, nostalgic alumni and current students who want to become more familiar with their campuses, according to a post on the official Google blog. The virtual campus tour could help prospective students tour various campuses without physically conducting college visits, which can often be expensive and time consuming, The Los Angeles Times wrote.

The initiative, however, is unlikely to be widely used and cannot truly stand in for an in-person visit and tour, students interviewed by The Dartmouth said.


“No virtual tour will ever replace actually visiting campus,” tour guide Alex Wolf ’14 said.

Visitors to the College often remember their campus tours as key elements of understanding and experiencing the school, he said.

Another campus tour guide, Lukas Ruiz ’12, emphasized the importance of personal, dynamic tours for the information they provide. Students often take the opportunity to ask questions about social and academic aspects of college life and to hear individual students’ stories.

While prospective students may find the ability to travel campus via Google Street View appealing, the feature may be more useful for freshmen on campus who may need help identifying buildings and finding their classes, he said.

In addition, many colleges already have virtual campus tours on their admissions websites, but few students seem to use them to replace real campus tours, tour guide Michael Zhu ’14 said. A new way to virtually view campus is unlikely to significantly affect prospective students, he said.

Nonetheless, prospective students lacking the funds to visit Dartmouth or living too far away to reasonably attend a campus tour can use the Google feature to provide another lens — however limited — through which to view the Dartmouth campus, Ruiz said.

Milton Fung ’13, an international student from Hong Kong, said he does not think he would have used Street View as a prospective student, given that he did not utilize the virtual tour on the College’s website. Instead, he said he relied on conversations with Dartmouth students and admission representatives to make the decision to come to Hanover.

In addition to Dartmouth, schools from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Ireland, the Netherlands and Taiwan are partnering with Google to publish Street View to provide imagery of their campuses.

The publicity surrounding the new feature has appealed predominantly to the students who tried to follow the tricycle on its trip around campus and situate themselves within the photo frames when it first came to document the terrain, Emma Routhier ’12 said.

Because Street View updates pictures only every few months or years, the faces captured by the Google tricycle, although blurred, will remain on Google’s site until the images are updated.


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The Russian Museum launches virtual tours

Virtual tours of museums

World’s largest museum of Russian art located in the former Mikhailovsky Palace in St. Petersburg has launched a special website for virtual excursions around the museum’s premises.

Now any visitor of the Russian Museum’s new web page can take a “walk” around all the buildings of the museum complex, including the Mikhailovsky, the Stroganovsky, the Marble and the Summer palaces.

All the interiors have been reproduced using panoramic images. Each hall available for exploring online, along with other significant elements of the museum, is accompanied with a text description.

As the Museum’s press-service reports, visitors of the website, unlike usual visitors, can also see the Summer Garden, which is now partially closed due to reconstruction works.

The site of virtual excursions is available in three languages – Russian, English and Finnish. In the near future, Chinese and French versions are planned to be added.

In February, 2011 Google launched a similar project, having opened 17 major museums of the world for virtual tours. Two Russian museums – the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery have entered this list.


Virtual tour of 2010 Taipei Int’l Flora Expo available

Taipei Flora Expo_ EXPO Dome
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The 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo is just around the corner.

The Taipei City Government is inviting internet users to get a glimpse of the expo online before it opens on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the expo, Ma Chien-hui, said on Wednesday that virtual tours of each of the expo’s 14 pavilions are available online. Those include newly added tours for the Pavilion of Dreams, the EXPO Theater and the EXPO Hall.

“Web users can take a virtual tour of the 14 pavilions. The tour includes an environmentally friendly structure at Xinsheng Park, the world’s biggest wall featuring the drawings of [well-known Taiwanese artist] Jimmy, the Pavilion of New Fashion made from PE bottles and the British-styled Taipei Story House. People can visit our website to learn more about the pavilions they plan to visit so that they can get a feel of [what they're like],” said Ma.

The virtual tour was shot on location at the expo. With the click of a mouse, web users are given either a daytime or nighttime view of the venues of the upcoming Flora Expo. The virtual tours give visitors a panoramic view of the expo and close-up shots as well.

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