A total immersion, viewing experience….

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The rise of internet technology has had a huge impact on our everyday lives. Have a think about how many tasks and activities are now done online that previously weren’t possible. We shop online for clothes, music, groceries. Transfer money and pay bills online (when was the last time you physically went to the bank?)

The development and improvement of all these technologies has without a doubt, made us more efficient at getting things done. It’s arguably made us a lot busier, as we strive to get even more things done. Along with that, comes the expectation that things need to happen instantly. We expect to be able to access information from anywhere at anytime of the day.

This is true for today’s property buyer. Many just don’t have the time to view every potential property in person. With time a precious commodity, decisions are often made before a foot has even been placed through the Open-Home door.

How do we give buyers what they want? By creating an interactive, online experience that’s the next best thing to actually being there. A 360° Virtual Tour.

As the names suggests, it’s a 360° view of an interior or exterior of a property, captured in high definition and seamlessly linked together to give a smooth viewing experience, allowing the viewer to be fully immersed in the surroundings, without actually having to physically be there.

Take a look at this stunning example on our site, featuring interior and multiple exterior views: Click to view Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour You can find out more about our Virtual Tours on our Services Page. Agents, contact an Open2view photographer if you’re ready to take your property listing to the next level!

Open2view New Zealand Contacts
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May Property Report

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The Winter Solstice arrives this weekend, marking the shortest day and longest night for us here in the Southern Hemisphere. Yes, scarily enough, we’re already half way through the year.

Looking back at the property market during May, recent commentary suggests that the Reserve Bank’s loan to value restrictions have had an impact on sales volumes around the country, with a noticeable cool in demand compared to the same time in 2013.

However the average asking price remains at record high levels during May. Are seller’s just being unrealistic in their price expectations, or are we finally seeing a movement towards a buyers market?

Realestate.co.nz – NZ Property Report
Auckland’s asking price was barely a drop from the new record set in April of $685,426, once again dragging the national average asking price up to $483,524 (only marginally below the record of $484,263 set in March).  Inventory levels are still steadily recovering, with more than 40,000 homes for sale across the country as at 31 May and 10,745 new listings.

Barfoot & Thompson
The Auckland housing market has decelerated coming into the winter months, with Barfoot & Thompson’s figures showing a decrease is the number of properties sales in May 2014 (1109 ) compared to the same time last year (1284 ). A total of 1,318 new listings in May (down 19% on April) and with 3,498 properties on their books, Barfoot & Thompson recorded their second lowest number in May for more than 10 years.

Real Estate Institute of NZ:
There were 6,752 unconditional residential sales in May recorded from REINZ data. Although this was a 15.9% increase on sales recorded for April, compared to the same time last year, sales were down 14.8%.

All but one region recorded an increase in sales compared to April, and all regions saw a decline in sales compared to their figures from May 2013. Overall, sales volumes continue to trend down, with prices holding steady.

City girl goes to Fieldays….

Fieldays

Attracting over 100,000 visitors, from an average of 38 different countries, the National Fieldays is in it’s its 46th year and is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

As a born & bred city girl, who’s never set foot on a farm, I was of course, the obvious choice to send along to Fieldays!

Having never been before, I must admit I did have a few misconceptions about the event, which by the end of the day, I’m glad to say were completely wrong. From wondering how I would survive perusing farm equipment for hours, to wishing I could come back the next day…

Here’s a few reasons why you should go to Fieldays  (even if you know nothing about agriculture or farming like me)

It’s not all about cows:

Misconception #1 out the window. From the moment I arrived, I was blown away with the scale of the event. I could see from the map in my programme that there were lots of exhibitors (more than 900 in fact!), but actually seeing it in real life was impressive…. and a bit overwhelming.

Yes, there were plenty of farming products & machinery, but also everything else from cars, trucks, tractors, boats, spa pools, fireplaces, furniture & homeware, toys, clothing and not to mention some great food and beverage.  I thought I had planned my day well, but I probably only got to see half of what I wanted to.

A big hit was the Kiwi’s Best Kitchen marquee which had people streaming through all day and played host to demonstrations from Master Chef Josh Emett and packed out with food exhibitors where you could sample everything from homemade preserves and condiments, gourmet cheese and meats, and some (very delicious) port & (also very good) lemoncello.

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The display areas:
Having been to many a trade show, I was expecting 3 x 3 meter partitioned stands, and while Fieldays did have it’s fair share, the creativity and effort put into many of the exhibition areas was impressive and a real highlight. One of my favourites: The Ford off-road test drive track:

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The shows and demos:

While I missed the Suzuki Extreme Air motorbike jumping (track was too wet), there were plenty of demonstrations and exhibitions to pique anyone’s interest.  The Westpac Rescue helicopter flew in for a demo rescue, winching a patient to safety. The Ag Art Wear Awards offered an exciting fashion showcase. There were cooking demonstrations, lamb boning demonstrations, fencing, wood chopping, trained dogs doing impressive tricks and something I found surprisingly entertaining…. tractor pulling.  It might be day-to-day work for many farmers, but for a city girl like me, seeing these huge machines being maneuvered around with ease (in the rain!), was a sight to behold.

agart helicopter

The farming machinery: Yes, the farming machinery! What at first I was dreading, was actually very intriguing and the technology behind them impressive. Even if most of the time i had no idea what they did, they either looked really cool, or really funny. This was both…

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The deals: While I was not the target market for the very latest in milking machines, there were plenty of deals to be had. I was determined to buy some gumboots (even tiny backyards in the city get muddy!) but i should’ve taken the advice of my workmates and purchased some before Fieldays, because the walk across paddocks from my car, to the entry gates left me ankle deep in mud at times. Now I know for next year…..

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There’s still a day left to experience all that is Fieldays 2014. Check out the website for online tickets, purchase at the gate or start planning your 2015 visit. I know I am.

What: Fieldays 2014
When: 11 – 14 June, 2014
Where:  Mystery Creek Events Centre,  125 Mystery Creek Road, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Visit: www.fieldays.co.nz

Introducing the Open2view® App

Open2view App

House hunters are in for a new interactive experience, with the release of the Open2view® App.

The app’s AR Scanner, powered by realviewR, utilises the very latest in Augmented Reality technology, whereby computer generated content is superimposed onto a real-world view, providing the user with a digitally enhanced composite view.

Visit www.realviewr.com to find out more about this technology.

When potential buyers are out and about and come across a real-estate flyer, window card or signboard that includes a realviewR (rvR) enabled image, they are able to scan that image using the Open2view app, and watch it come to life to reveal further content and connect to the property’s online information, right there and then.

Designed for both iPhone and iPad, the app also allows users to easily search homes for sale or rent in their current or preferred location, flick through high quality images and where available, watch high definition video, inspect floor plans and take a virtual tour through the property, all from the convenience of their mobile device.

Open2view founder Chris Bates says that the application of realviewR technology in the NZ real estate market offers a new and exciting way to connect with buyers.

 “In such a competitive market, being able to capture the attention of a potential buyer is crucial. The rvR technology in the app offers the user a highly interactive experience, while at the same time, providing all the relevant information they need about that property, right in the palm of their hands.”

Open2view® app key features include:

–  realviewR technology: Unlock Augmented Reality content and further information on a property listing by scanning an rvR enabled image.

–  Maps: Easily search for properties by current location, map region or area name.

–  Refine search criteria: Filter by region, price range, price type, property type, number of bedrooms, bathrooms and more.

–  High Quality photography: View high quality, professional images and where available, HD video, virtual tours & floor plans.

–  Bookmark properties under Favourites.

–  Save your favourite searches for quick access later.

–  Make your own notes.

– View open home details for properties in your Favourites list.

The Open2view® app is available now from the iTunes App store.

Download from the NZ iTunes App store

Download from the Australia iTunes App store