Real Estate Agents Can Post Home Virtual Tours to Redfin.com

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the practice of real estate. At Redfin, we’re working on technology that helps all agents—at all brokerages—serve customers in this challenging environment.

We’re making it easy for all real estate agents to highlight their listings through video tours and 3D virtual walkthroughs on Redfin, the most popular brokerage site in the U.S. We promote homes with virtual tours across our site and mobile apps. We’ll help buyers discover your listing with virtual tour map icons, listing banners and filters.

Agent-Submitted Video Tours: In select markets, any agent can post a guided video tour of their listing on Redfin. Homebuyers love watching guided video tours because they can get a more detailed look at a house from the comfort of their couch. Your sellers will love this option because they can capture buyers’ attention, while limiting unnecessary foot traffic. 

The video will be featured prominently in the image carousel.

Be sure to upload videos to the MLS too. If you’ve already uploaded a guided video tour to the MLS, we may already be showing it, depending upon the MLS. We have been working to rapidly expand the number of virtual tours that are displayed on our site and mobile apps.

You can find step-by-step instructions and video tour tips in our guide on filming and uploading your video tour

This feature is currently available for listings in the greater metro areas of Chicago, MinneapolisSt. Paul and Washington, D.C. (Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia) as well as Southern California (Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura County). 

Matterport 3D Virtual Walkthroughs: Views of virtual walkthroughs on Redfin.com are up 303% since the pandemic began. Last month, we updated our site to more prominently display 3D virtual walkthroughs in the photo carousel. And, on May 4, Matterport launched an iPhone app that makes it easy to create your own virtual walkthrough with an iPhone 6 or newer. And the first scan is free! 

If you’d like to feature a virtual walkthrough on your listing on Redfin, submit the Matterport link to the MLS or contact our customer support team, who can help you get it uploaded to the site. At this time, we can only display virtual walkthroughs that have a my.matterport.com URL. Other virtual walkthrough links continue to be shared in the listing details section.

Agent Dashboard: Keep your seller updated on how many views and favorites their home is getting on Redfin with the new Agent Dashboard, a modified version of the Owner Dashboard. Navigate to the Owner Dashboard. When you claim the listing, you can let us know you’re the listing agent. From there, you can view stats and upload a video tour. 

The business of real estate has changed, but one thing remains the same: our dedication to working with our industry partners to bring buyers and sellers together and helping our clients achieve their homeownership dreams.

If you are currently working with a real estate agent, this is not meant as a solicitation of your business.

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Millennials are refinancing in waves — especially older ones

Lower rates lead to surge in Millennial refinancing

Thanks to low mortgage rates, refinancing activity has jumped in recent weeks — especially with Millennials. In fact, according to new data, nearly a third of all recent Millennial loans were refinances.

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Refinancing is big with older Millennials

According to the latest Millennial Tracker from mortgage technology provider Ellie Mae, 31% of all Millennial loans in January were refinances. With older Millennials — those aged 30 to 40 — refinancing was even more popular, accounting for 38% of all mortgage loans for the month.

Of those Millennials refinancing, the average age was 32.6 and the average FICO score 746 — well above the national average of 703. The average appraised value of homes being refinanced clocked in at $335,314.

For Millennials, homeownership is more important than marriage, kids

Refinancing is also growing in popularity amongst all age groups. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, refinances jumped 15.1% last week, accounting for more than 66% of all loan applications. The week’s average 30-year mortgage rate (3.29%) was the lowest on record, according to Freddie Mac.

Here’s what Millennials want in a starter home

Where Millennials are most active

Home prices have been rising across the country, and it’s clear from Ellie Mae’s data that Millennials are having to get creative in where they buy homes. According to the Millennial Tracker, the top cities for Millennials currently include Carlsbad, New Mexico; Eagle Pass and Odessa, Texas; Williston, North Dakota; Clinton, Iowa; and Aberdeen and Brookings, South Dakota.

Joe Tyrrell, chief operating officer at Ellie Mae, predicts this trend will continue as we get further into the year.

“With the purchase power of Millennials increasing and inventory still tight across the country, we expect Millennials to continue to search outside of major metropolitan areas — where there is more inventory — when making their homebuying decisions,” he said.

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Get today’s mortgage rates

Are you a Millennial planning to refinance or buy a house? Then shop around and see what mortgage rates you qualify for today. 

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High-low: The priciest and cheapest homes in Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach might not see a $100-million sale anytime soon, but the South Bay city is still pretty expensive. The beach community’s 90266 ZIP Code regularly ranks in the 50 priciest areas in the country, and virtually zero single-family homes trade hands for under $1 million.

Cozy bungalows usually start at $1.5 million, and the massive mansions lining the Strand regularly list for more than $10 million. Here’s a look at the highest- and lowest-priced homes currently on the market in Manhattan Beach.

High: Spanning three stories on the Strand, Manhattan Beach’s most expensive home is found four blocks from the pier. An elevator navigates the sunny interior, which holds custom accents such as a leopardwood wet bar, a mahogany wine cellar and a private massage room. Two decks hang off the home’s upper levels, and a beachfront patio is tucked below.

Address: 1516 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, 90266

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Price: $18.9 million

Specs: Four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 4,953 square feet

501 36th Pl.

501 36th Pl.

(Russell D. Smith)

Low: The cheapest home in Manhattan Beach is a quaint bungalow a few blocks from the beach near Sand Dune Park. A bright blue exterior leads to relaxed living spaces with white walls and floors of hardwood and tile, but for those looking to switch things up, the property comes with renderings from Laney LA that would transform it into a slick modern abode.

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Address: 501 36th Place, Manhattan Beach, 90266

Price: $1.369 million

Specs: Two bedrooms and one bathroom in 892 square feet

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376: Learn a Powerful Persuasion Technique Proven to Influence Buyers and Sellers into Action in Our Interview with Brian Curtis

Brian Curtis is the Team leader of Curtis Realty Group at KW. He is a leader, innovator and an integrity based professional. Curtis Realty Group has the convenience of serving clients from Keller Williams Market Pro Realty in 2 locations: Benton County and Washington County. Brian’s team focuses on on-line marketing to get the most people looking at your home in the shortest period of time and their team approach ensures the transaction will move forward quickly and easily to get the deal done.

Join us as Brian shares his mindset and a glance at his journey to becoming a Real Estate Rockstar by coming up with creative ways to buy and sell homes for the most money.

 

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Our 19-Year-Old Isn’t Following Our Rules (Hour 2)

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15 Cities With the Highest Rent-to-Price Ratio

In recent years, home prices have been increasing faster than rents in the U.S., making homeownership less attractive. After dropping significantly during the housing crisis, home prices not only recovered but rose by nearly 70% from the lowest levels. However, despite rising home values, in some parts of the country, renting is still more expensive than owning when comparing monthly rents to monthly mortgage payments.

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How to Simplify Your Holiday Celebration and Save Your Sanity

Do the shopping, plan the menu, wrap the gifts, cook the food—fa la la la la! If your family holidays are more stressful than joyful, here’s how to step back and find your happy place again.

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Cheryl Butler
December 2, 2019

magical holiday season possible. First, I had to orchestrate amazing decorations. Then I would not only make festive treats but plan elaborate five-course meals. And let’s not forget shopping ’til I dropped so I could shower my friends and family with impeccably wrapped, showstopping gifts!

No pressure.

I spent so much time and energy trying to pull off the perfect Christmas that, come December 25, I was run so ragged I hoped to never see another candy cane for the rest of my life. I would collapse after the last gift was unwrapped. Fa la la la la la la la … ugh. 

Each year I vowed to be smarter with my time and efforts, but I still wound up mindlessly repeating this vicious cycle. That is, until I was expecting my fifth child. Seven months pregnant, I ended up with pneumonia and a cracked rib. As miserable as I was, it was the year I received the best gift ever—the doctor ordered bed rest!

I had to rely on my husband and the grandparents to take over so that our kids would still have a Christmas. By no means did they do everything the way I would’ve done it. (Actually, they did nothing the way I would’ve done it!) But by letting go of the control, I watched a wonderful holiday unfold. I finally wasn’t in the trenches driving myself crazy trying to create a perfect holiday. Instead, I was living in the moment.

I knew right then that I was finally done with all the holiday hype.

De-stress this holiday season by deciding what’s important

I still enjoy the magic of the holiday season, but now I approach this time of year with much less fuss.

If you’ve realized that spending time with loved ones is more important than pulling off the “perfect” holiday, think about what you can cut back on this year.

  • No time to stage a photo card of your family this year? New Year’s cards are festive, too! Bonus: They might even stand out more if they arrive after the rush of holiday cards.
  • Is it really necessary to spend time and money on gifts for teachers, bus drivers, teacher assistants, and the school nurse this holiday season? Have your child write a heartfelt card to these special folks instead.
  • Does the Elf on the Shelf really have to make a pre-Thanksgiving appearance? Maybe he could show up the week before Christmas. Less work, same fun!
  • Can you simplify your holiday décor by cutting back on outdoor lighting or limiting your decorating to just one special room in your home? You don’t have to be the neighborhood Griswolds to have a happy holiday.
  • Which holiday invites do you really want to accept? Politely decline invitations for parties you’re not really interested in or just don’t have time for.

Center your time and energy more on the things you actually love doing and less on those that feel like a chore. You’ll automatically simplify this hectic time of year.

Tap into your holiday senses

I’ve always been a Christmas junkie! Whether it’s enjoying all the lights and bling of the season, soaking in the enchanting sounds and delicious tastes that surround us, or decking the halls—count me in. Being mindful of the elements that make this time of year so special can deliver an entirely new experience for both you and your loved ones.

Instead of rushing from one errand to the next, tap into your holiday senses so you can be more present this season. Here are some festive, low-key ideas.

Bake with your kids. Find an afternoon where you can roll out some sugar cookies, decorate a gingerbread house, make homemade fudge, or dabble with delicious peppermint bark. Notice how amazing your house smells while these goodies are baking. Enjoy an ice cold glass of milk as you nibble on a delightful iced gingerbread man. Make an extra dozen or so for your neighbor and leave them as a surprise on their front porch. Savor the experience. Check out these yummy holiday recipes on Food Network.

Get crafty. Watch your child swell with pride when they create a special masterpiece for Grandma and Grandpa. Head over to Pinterest for hundreds of easy, jolly ideas. In our house, our favorite DIY holiday décor is paper snowflakes. Even my college kids love to make these every year. We sprinkle a little glitter on them and decorate our windows to create a real winter wonderland feel.

Play holiday tunes. Get in the spirit by playing festive music first thing in the morning. When your kids get up, they can jingle all the way to the breakfast table. Sing along with Frosty the Snowman as you carpool to practice. Let holiday music play quietly in the background on Christmas Eve as you prepare for the excitement of Christmas Day.

Check out holiday light displays. Take a brisk early evening walk through your neighborhood and enjoy the beautiful glow of holiday lights. When you get home, make some creamy hot cocoa and talk about which scenes were your favorite. Or drive through your community to take in the festive displays. Soaking in the holiday bling can illuminate positive energy and it’s a low-cost way to spend some time together as a family.

Watch holiday classics. Pick a cozy afternoon or evening and binge-watch your favorite holiday movies together. Don’t forget the popcorn!

RELATED: 7 Ways to Save Money During the Holiday Season

Focus on tradition

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is celebrating the traditions we’ve created over the years. There’s something comforting about practicing a tried and true ritual that belongs to your family.

My parents established a fun tradition—Christmas Eve PJs! We opened them before bed each year.

When I had my own family, we continued the tradition. But I incorporated a theme each year like footed pajamas, Star Wars, Polar Express, or our favorite sports teams. This year we’re getting reindeer pajamas, and yes, they will come with antlers!

The beauty of a traditions is that you can start them any time. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Cut your own fresh tree
  • Have a Secret Santa exchange
  • Donate gifts to those less fortunate
  • Go caroling
  • Have a grab bag of both practical and gag gifts
  • Explore another culture’s tradition
  • Have a potluck holiday celebration with friends
  • Decorate your tree with colorful, handmade paper chains
  • Have a family game night
  • Create a romantic, special quiet time for you and your spouse to exchange gifts—just the two of you

RELATED: 6 Ways to Create Family Traditions

Give Experiences

The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion nationwide. Yikes!

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching my kids open their gifts on Christmas morning, particularly when the gift is some pricey item I know they weren’t expecting. But gifts are not what the holiday season is all about.

Experiences are a great alternative to material gifts. We started doing this years ago, and my kids look forward to receiving things like concert or sporting event tickets, a family weekend away, or private lessons more than a new electronic gadget. One year we gave them bedroom makeovers and let them pick out their color schemes!

Rely on Mother Nature

I recently attended a wellness workshop and one of the speakers focused on one of the most neglected, free assets available—mother nature.

If you live in a climate where winter weather is getting into high gear, it may be tempting to limit your time with nature to climbing in and out of the car. But winter is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Embrace a walk in the new-fallen snow, take your kids to an outdoor ice-skating rink, or hike on a nature trail and take in the frosty landscape. A walk on the beach in the winter can also be invigorating. With fewer people around, you can have some quality time with your own thoughts.

Reconnect with yourself

Most parents focus on making things fun for their kids throughout the holidays. The decorating, baking, shopping, and constant running around seem to be for everyone but ourselves. Instead of waiting until post-holiday exhaustion sets in, use the holiday season to reconnect with yourself.

Finding quiet pockets of time throughout the week may seem like a laughable concept, but if you put your mind to it, you’d be surprised at the different ways you can sneak some me-time into your schedule.

Give meditation a try. Listen to an inspirational podcast or captivating audiobook that takes your mind away from the daily annoyances you have little control over. This well-spent me-time will help you to relax and get into the true spirit of the season. You may also learn something new!