With all of the internet tools available today it is getting easier to search for apartments without leaving your home. Let’s say you are searching for two bedroom residence rentals New York, only because that is the search criteria I was using. Would you be more likely to look at a Professional Virtual Tour, or a broker’s personal walk through video tour? Each has its pro’s and con’s, but I think I am partial to the professional virtual tour.
As I was searching for a 2 bedroom apartment online, I came across a couple of videos by this guy that calls himself “Mr. All Access”. The start of his videos are pretty good, but as soon as the intro finishes playing his camera work has a bit to be desired. Some of his shots are too close to get a good idea of the area, his camera goes in and out of focus, and if he messes up you can hear him curse. Which I find to be a bit funny. Other than adding the intro, which is the same for all of his videos, I don’t think he does any editing.
The two videos I watched were nice apartments. The first one was around Columbus Circle near the Time Warner Center, and the second was on the Upper West Side. Neither video gave a street address, so I have to call to find out the exact location.
I also came across a few virtual tour videos from RobertHill.com. These were the types of video tours that I was looking for….no music, no talking, just a quiet tour that shows the layout of the apartment. While the quality of the videos from Mr. Hill were better than those of Mr. All Access, I still didn’t find what I was looking for.
What I was hoping to find was a video tour of Via 57 West, a luxury apartment on the West side of Midtown. I found some videos of the construction phase, but nothing posted since the building has been open for tenants.