Virtual Reality in Real Estate

The day many tech lovers have been waiting for is here: Google Daydream View is now available in stores. The new virtual reality headset connects with a smartphone (specifically, Google Pixel) to immerse users in their favorite games, movies or even the latest news story. And at just $79, Daydream is making VR technology more accessible to consumers than ever before.

But the uses of virtual reality technology go beyond entertainment. Here are a few ways VR is making its way into real estate.

1. Open houses

Virtual reality headsets, about the size of a scuba mask, can provide 360-degree virtual reality property tours of homes. The headsets completely fill the user’s field of vision with a view of the home, allowing them to look up, down and from side to side. Developers are working on adding more tactile features to the experience, so users can do things like see their own hand opening a door, reports the New York TimesThey’re even developing smells. One day Realtors might be able to add the smell of virtually baking cookies to their virtual open house.

2. Long-distance shopping

Virtual reality home tours give out-of-town buyers (and local buyers, too) another tool to help narrow down their choices of homes they’d like to physically visit in a limited amount of time.

3. Staging

More affordable than hiring a pro to stage your home, several virtual options allow you to add furniture and decorations to vacant rooms using computer technology. It can help buyers envision a property with different furniture and paint.

There’s a lot more to a real estate transaction than VR goggles can replace. When you’re ready to buy or sell your home, work with an experienced RE/MAX agent.

3 of Top 10 Best Colleges in Florida Located in Orlando

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Just recently, bestcolleges.com ranked three Orlando-based colleges in the top 10 best colleges of Florida. These colleges include the University of Central Florida (#6), Rollins College (#8), and Beacon College (#10).

Beacon College is the first institution of higher education in the country accredited to award bachelor degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other learning differences. Located in Leesburg, FL, Beacon’s four-year graduation rate of 83.3% far surpasses the national average for students with learning disabilities.

Rollins College, the oldest recognized college in Florida, offers a comprehensive liberal arts education, educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. Rollins also offers a nationally ranked MBA program as well as undergraduate and graduate evening degree programs.

The University of Central Florida is the second largest university in the U.S., with 13 colleges providing opportunities to more than 60,000 students, offering 177 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 30 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and 148 countries. Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review ranked a UCF education as one of the nation’s best values.

Young Professionals Featured in November – December Issue of Orlando Realtor Magazine

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Congratulations to Abby Nelson and Jordan Muench of RE/MAX 200 Realty and Kristine McKinley of RE/MAX Town & Country Realty who are featured in this month’s Orlando Regional Realtor Magazine!  We are very proud to have three out of twenty of ORRA’s ‘Rising Stars’ with our offices.  Please click the magazine cover below to view the complete article.

Belinda Gonzales Joins REMAX Town and Country Realty

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Winter Springs, FL November 15, 2016 – RE/MAX Town & Country Realty announced today that Belinda Gonzales has joined the growing real estate franchise making the move from Charles Rutenberg Realty.

Belinda’s goal is to make buying or selling a home an incredible, memorable experience for her clients. She uses her 10 years of experience to help people achieve goals in the least amount of time and with the least amount of stress possible. Belinda is proud to bring a welcomed energy, integrity and tenacity to everyone she guides through their personal real estate adventure.

“RE/MAX Town & Country is such a fun office full of people who feel as much like family as they do coworkers,” Belinda said. “Several of my friends in the business recently moved to RE/MAX Town & Country so I had to see for myself what was going on there. What I found was a warm and inviting atmosphere with successful people who work hard and have a lot of fun doing it,” Belinda added.  “The marketing and technology support is something I’ve never had before and is a really nice added value of the office.”

To contact Belinda or RE/MAX Town & Country Realty, please visit MetroOrlandoProperties.com or contact Rob Breese, Sales Manager at (321) 436-8813.

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About RE/MAX Town & Country Realty and RE/MAX 200 Realty:
RE/MAX 200 is a family business in constant operation for nearly 40 years through all types of real estate markets in Winter Park, Florida.  Founded by Ron Acker in 1975 the company has grown into one of the most respected, largest, independently owned and operated real estate brokerages in the area.  RE/MAX Town & Country Realty is the Winter Springs branch office of RE/MAX 200 Realty and has been serving Seminole County from the same location on Tuskawilla Road for over 20 years.

About RE/MAX:
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. When measured by residential transaction sides, nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.  With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities.

Contact:
Peter Nadler, Marketing Director
(407) 629-6330 x518, peter.nadler@rmxmail.com

110,000 Agents Strong!

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When something’s great, people want to be part of it. And that’s why more than 110,000 agents now call RE/MAX home.

The global network, in over 100 countries and territories, has grown every quarter for four straight years. That growth means more yard signs, more homes sold, more satisfied clients and more top professionals working together to serve buyers and sellers.

It’s another reminder that RE/MAX is the right choice for agents who strive to be great – and for clients looking to work with the best.

First Batch of Seats Installed at Orlando City’s New Stadium

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The first batch of seats are now bolted to the ground at Orlando City Soccer’s new stadium.

  • Seats installed at Orlando City’s new stadium
  • The stadium will open in March 2017
  • Next milestone: scoreboard installation

Orlando City Soccer leaders, the Major League Soccer commissioner and developers helped install the first couple of seats Thursday inside the stadium.

It was a big milestone of the new stadium where the Lions will play their third MLS season next year.

Construction crews said it was difficult to get the purple color right for the 21,000 seats that are being installed. The $155 million project, which is being privately funded, is about 80 percent complete and is expected to be finished by March.

It will be ready for the start of the seasons for Orlando City and the Orlando Pride.

“Every time I come down here, there is more work completed,” said Phil Rawlins, Orlando City Soccer founder and president. “It’s a really exciting time. This is the last piece of the jigsaw — that dream becoming a reality in front of your eyes.”

The stadium will have room for about 25,500 when at capacity. There is still some work to do, though, including the installation of the grass playing surface.

The stadium scoreboard is scheduled to be installed next month.