Virtual Home Tour Revolution

Open homes – a necessary evil of house-hunters everywhere.

Rushing to make it there in the half-hour slot, taking off your shoes, signing the book, awkwardly shuffling past people up and down the stairs.

What if you could weed out all the houses that don’t even come close to what you’re looking for without having to go through all of that rigmarole?

Or in reverse, what if you could easily take a look at a property that you may have discounted and not bothered to go and see in person?

That’s where virtual home tours come in – putting a new spin on traditional home-viewing.

A recent article predicted Kiwi house-hunters may soon swap open homes for virtual reality.

Open2view is leading the way…

Open2view is already at the forefront of this technology with its 3D HomeView tours.

House-hunters can explore a property from every angle at their own pace on their computers, smartphones and tablets without having to physically step foot in the house.

HomeView uses 3D photography to capture and create interactive content with three different perspectives:

1. Walkthrough – navigate seamlessly from room to room and view it at any angle.

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2. Dollhouse – zoom out to a 3D dollhouse view.

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3. Floor plan – see everything in its place from above.

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Granted there are no virtual reality headsets but I bet they play havoc with your hair…

Virtual reality may not replace open homes entirely, but our HomeView tours allow would-be buyers to see a house from perspectives they would never get in real life, so there’s no denying it has its place.

We’re all used to having most things instantly available at our fingertips these days – and now house hunting is no different!

Check out our current listings to explore a property at your own pace, from every angle, by taking your own 3D HomeView tour – just look for the HomeView icon.

Or contact Open2view’s teams in New Zealand and Australia today to find out more about 3D HomeView.

What do you think of the idea of house hunting via virtual reality? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Introducing Mobile Dashboard – our new agent app!



Here at Open2view, we have a team that is dedicated to providing the best services and user experiences to our customers. So understandably, we were pretty darn excited this week when we released our new app….Mobile Dashboard.


Mobile Dashboard

Mobile Dashboard  – Main screen (iPad version).


Available for iPhone & iPad (with an Android version coming soon!), Mobile Dashboard let’s agents manage their Open2view property listings on the go, from their mobile device.

The app’s features include the ability to view current properties and create new property listings on the go. Edit property details. Mark properties as Sold, Withdrawn or Under Contract. View listing statistics. Access & send Print Quality images on the go. Set Open home dates and times, plus…. collect & manage Open home visitor details on your iPad using the Mobile Dashboard’s guestbook feature. I could go on, but instead, here’s a video overview!



If you’re an agent that uses Open2view, download Mobile Dashboard now from the Apple iOS store and discover just how easy it is to manage your listings, wherever you are…


New Zealand Agents –  Download Mobile Dashboard

Australia Agents –  Download Mobile Dashboard

A total immersion, viewing experience….

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
Open2view Australia Contacts


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 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

Photos: Stunning results by twilight.


As sure as the sun rises each morning, it’s definitely going to set as well, which means there’s always an opportunity to capture great photographs during dusk, where the fading light intensifies shades and colours.

Twilight: Blomfield Spa

Here at Open2view, we pride ourselves on being able to showcase any property at it’s best, capturing all it’s features using clean, beautiful daytime photography. We also know how to create that extra ‘WOW’ factor, and for certain properties, that can be achieved using Twilight Photography .

This property looks great in the daytime and offers that extra bit of ‘wow’ during twilight…

There are always stunning examples on our website, so we thought we’d pull some together here for your viewing pleasure:


You can also follow our Twilight Photography boards on Pinterest, where we update our favourite pics each week.

New Zealand: Houses by Twilight Pinterest Board

Australia: Houses by Twilight Pinterest Board

To find out more about Twilight Photography, check out our Services page.

Guest post: Create emotional engagement with Open2view Interactive Floorplans.

Thanks to Angela Spackman from our Sydney Area Franchise for the following post and Q&A:


Engaged and motivated buyers are what every agent wants come auction day. At Open2view we know just how to create that extra level of excitement and give our agents the competitive edge. We’d call it our secret weapon except it’s really no secret; for us it’s just the basics.

To give your potential buyers a good feel for a place they need a proper look around. Every Open2view customer receives the required number of photographs and an interactive floorplan of their property. We don’t think five photos and a simple 2D floor plan are going to do the trick when it comes to telling a property’s story. We’ll make sure you have as many photos of the property as you need to capture all the special details and unique selling points.


With a few simple clicks of the mouse your buyer has an interactive experience which allows them to feel informed and excited about a property. The enthusiasm will build when they visit the property and will continue to do so once they get back to their computer for another tour.


Thanks to our quality online content, buyers can spend the time between first viewing and auction day really falling in love with a property.  By the time you get to the big day they’ve virtually examined their new home from every angle, they know it inside out and they’ve already decided exactly how their personal belongings fit with the floor plan. In their mind’s eye they’re already living there.

At Open2view we aim to help our agents market each property to its full potential. We offer superior service simply by getting the basics right. Photography with interactive floorplans are just the start.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE to find out more about Interactive Floorplans and the many other Real Estate marketing services that we offer.


Angela has been with Open2view since 2007. Her Sydney Area franchise covers the CBD, Eastern Suburbs and some of the Inner West.

Q. What led you into real estate photography?
A. Photography has always been my hobby. After moving to Australia and having my first child I wanted to work for myself to give me the flexibility to look after my daughter. I knew of Open2view because I come from NZ and I was having dinner with friends saying I wanted to do something but wasn’t sure what, they had just had their house photographed by an Open2view photographer who was telling them that they are now selling franchises in Australia, so we filled out the online application over dinner!

Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love getting to be out and about during the day. I love the variety and all the different forms that real estate comes in. I love the flexibility to be able to attend my kids events and be there when they need me.


Q. Apart from real estate, what else do you like to photograph? Any hobbies?
A. Well I have 2 small kids who have grandparents that live in a different country so I am always photographing them to keep the family up to date with their growing faces, plus I think they are pretty great so love taking their photo! My other great interest is Hypnotherapy and I am now a qualified Hypnotherapist. I have used it personally to make great changes in my life and love helping other people achieve the same!

A guide (and bribe) to using the Open2view search function

Hi guys and girls. If you’re here, it might be because you spotted one of our Facebook posts or ads. You know, the ones offering a chance to win one of these:

As with any competition there is one small catch. To be in to win one of two Panasonic compact stereo systems, or a 47 inch Panasonic television, you must first master the search engine on

Really it is hardly a catch at all because, thanks to our awesome tech team, it is ridiculously easy to use.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Most house hunters will be interested in the ‘Residential’ category – which is conveniently enough the first place you land on our homepage.

From there you can make your search very exact indeed, using the following fields:

  • Region > District > Suburb
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Price range
  • Price type – i.e. is there a suggested price, is it being auctioned, or are they calling for tenders?
  • Type of property – do you want a house, an apartment, a lifestyle property or something else?
  • And, of course, there’s also the keyword search for any other criteria you can dream up.

By using this array of tools you can narrow your search down to pretty much anything you want.

Let’s say, for example, you want a house in Albany or Browns Bay with 3-4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage, and all for between $600-900,000. Easy found. Here’s one we prepared earlier:

Once you’ve filled in all the necessary fields (hold down ‘Control’ if selecting more than one suburb), press ‘Search’…

…And presto – you have yourself a nicely narrowed down list of homes to check out.

Oh yes, see that ‘OpenNotice’ link on the right hand side? That’s super useful too: click the ‘Notify Me’ button and any future listings that match your search criteria will be emailed to you.

If you’re searching for a rural, commercial or rental property, we have search engines specially tailored for those too – just click the appropriate tab and you’re away laughing.

Lesson over. Now, for those of you who haven’t already, it’s homework time.

If you live in New Zealand you could win one of those awesome Panasonic prizes just by using Open2view’s search engine. It’s this simple:

  1. Pop over to
  2. In keyword search, type ‘entertainment’ then click ‘Search’
  3. Go to the first property in the search results and get the six digit property ID number
  4. Head to our Facebook app and enter the draw, using that ID number as the answer!

Remember, although we love you all, this competition is open to those in New Zealand only. Our website, on the other hand, is open to everyone; so jump on, find a house you like, move on over, and you’re definitely welcome to enter our next competition.

A warning of blog posts to come

As part of this promotion we’ll be peppering the blog with a few pieces on home entertainment and related stuff between now and the end of November.

The idea of writing a series of posts on this topic presents, for me, a slight challenge.

Walk into my house and you would see a 32 inch television with no attached speakers or subwoofers to be found. If you wanted to play my (awesome) music collection you would either chuck a CD into my laptop or play one of my seven records on my turntable with 100 percent bass-free internal speaker. Finally, you probably got into my house because I often accidentally leave the keys in the door and why am I telling you this?

Anyway, former Prime Minister Mike Moore once said something like “when I don’t know anything about a topic, I write a book about it.” It’s impossible not to be inspired by a man who was our nation’s leader for over seven weeks.

He is right: the best way to learn about something is to read widely and talk to the experts, and that is what I plan to do.

If anyone in a similar boat learns something over the next few weeks that would be great. Experts: you probably won’t learn a darn thing, but you’re most welcome to share your knowledge in the comments or on our Facebook page.