As we collectively navigate the new normal brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, keep your business moving forward with Virtual Open Houses, available in VESTAPLUS™ and The MLS Broker Caravan™ app.
What is Considered a Virtual Open House?
A pre-recorded video or live scheduled event via social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), that provides a walkthrough of a listing, as if your clients were touring the property in person.
How to Create a Virtual Open House in VESTAPLUS™
Physical open houses have been temporarily disabled in VESTAPLUS™ and replaced by Virtual Open Houses. Following similar steps as before, you can create your Virtual Open House in the Open House (Online) module in VESTAPLUS™.
Option 1: Open House Module
STEP 1: Go to the VESTAPLUS™ Open House module
(VESTAPLUS™ Menu>Search>Virtual Open House)
STEP 2: Select your preferred listing
Click on a listing to create a Virtual Open House.
STEP 3: Schedule your Virtual Open House
Create your Virtual Open House with a social media link. Alternatively, you can select Video URL to provide a link to a pre-recorded Virtual Open House.
If you need instructions on how to create a social media link, click on the information (i) icon next to Platform to learn more.
STEP 4: Click Save & Continue.
Your Virtual Open House is now in VESTAPLUS™!
Option 2: SLIMM
When you are creating a new listing through SLIMM, you have the option to enter one Virtual Open House, following the same steps as the Open House Module.
How to View Virtual Open Houses
Search and view Virtual Open Houses anytime, anywhere. A green icon labeled “Virtual Open House” will be used in lieu of the red icon for physical (face-to-face) Open Houses. Virtual Open Houses may be viewed in the following modules/features of VESTAPLUS™:
- Detail Reports
- VESTAPLUS™ Mobile
- One Line Report
Additionally, listings that are advertised in The MLS Broker Caravan™ magazine will also have a Virtual Open House in the new app.
All Detail Reports will provide the date, time and platform for any scheduled Virtual Open Houses. Click on the date and time to view.
The Mobile Gallery View has a green icon on listings with Virtual Open Houses. Click on the icon to open a modal window that will provide the date, time and URL to view Virtual Open Houses.
The Mobile Detail View will list all Virtual Open Houses without opening a modal window.
One Line Report
Similar to the Detail Report, the One Line Report will provide the date, time and platform for any scheduled Virtual Open Houses. Click on the date and time to view.
Auto-Notification emails will have the green icon for Virtual Open Houses. Click on the icon to view.
Today’s Virtual Open House
The MLS Broker Caravan™ App
Advertisers can showcase Virtual Open Houses in The MLS Broker Caravan™ app. The Virtual Open House details are imported from VESTAPLUS™. To view a Virtual Open House in the app, simply click the “Virtual Open Houses” button in the navigation. You can search by Area or Day to view the Detail Report. Live video links on Social Media platforms will be listed in the new “Virtual Open House” section.
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