Zillow launches free 3D home tours for all real estate listings

Zillow | April 22, 2019

Adding 3D tours to real estate listings is nothing new, however Zillow is now bringing the home selling tool to a much wider audience at a much cheaper price than ever before. Free, in fact. After a successful trial period with real estate agents, the property promotions giant announced Monday that it will allow all listings to have 3D tours, if the agents or other seller uses an iPhone. "Making 3D home tours available for sellers and agents to capture and add to any listing, for free, in the U.S. and Canada is a huge milestone in our work to make the real estate transaction a more seamless, on-demand experience for consumers," said Josh Weisberg, Zillow's Senior Director of Product Development, 3D and Computer Vision.

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Evernest | July 01, 2022

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