It will save you time when you’re heading to open houses.

By Sarah Yang
October 05, 2017

We’ve all had something like this scenario happen to us, whether you rent or buy: you drive out of your way to attend an open house or showing, excited to see a space that looks like it could be your future home, only to show up and find that it doesn’t look anything like what you saw online, or the layout is all wrong. Now, Zillow is hoping the latest feature on the site will save you some time (and frustration).

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The real estate site is bringing 3D tours to listings—and homeowners and realtors looking to sell can capture these all on their iPhones. Yes, that’s right: You don’t need fancy equipment to upload a 3D house tour. Before this, people would have to buy special hardware and pay hosting fees to include 3D listings. And a big bonus: the new feature is completely free.

“Rich media, like these new 3D Homes, will help buyers and renters more easily visualize themselves living in the home, no matter how far away they happened to be,” said Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow Group chief marketing officer. “Photos have always been vital to the home search process and now 3D tours can give buyers and renters a realistic understanding of what it would be like to live in the home.”

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All you need to do is download the Zillow Group Home Capture App to take 360-degree panoramic photos and upload them to the listing. It won’t take you the whole day—Zillow says that a 3,000-square-foot home can be captured in 30 minutes.

Currently, the app is available in Scottsdale, Arizona, but the company plans to roll out the feature in the greater Phoenix area in early 2018 and the rest of the country later in 2018.

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