Updated MLS-compatible Virtual Tours are Available

We are glad to let you know that the brand new, shiny version of the MLS-friendly, non-branded RealBird virtual tours are now generally available. Just log into RealBird and you can get them on the list of listings page. For best results, make sure you upload many, large, high quality photos for your listings on RealBird.

Below is an example of a gorgeous property in Covington, LA, courtesy of Pam Head 

We'll be featuring listings using the new virtual tour for a few weeks, so if you'd like us to feature yours, just send us an email with your RealBird link.

-- The RealBird Team

ps. Check out our new blog post on Homes By SMS as well: The Sad Tale of Empty Flyer Boxes


Weekend update: Upload large photos up to 9 MB each

Virtual-ToursWith our recent update to the photo management tool, you can now upload multiple, large Jpeg, Png or Gif images at once for your listings. Images can now be up to 9 MB in size each, up from the previous limit of 4 MB and therefore you don't have to pre-process and shrink most high-quality, large photos any more. 

We also fixed a bug and now the branded and unbranded virtual tours are correctly rendered with an HTML5 slideshow on iPads as well. Thanks for those who reported this problem.

Should you have questions regarding these updates, please don't hesitate to contact us.

-- The RealBird Team
www.realbird.com

 


New Property Slideshow Widget Launched

We just updated the RealBird single property slideshow widget: Instead of the legacy Flash player, the new version is now using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript to automatically create a beautiful slideshow for your listings on RealBird. It is now compatible with Apple's iOS and with most modern smartphones and desktop browsers as well, including the old but still in use IE7. See a few examples below:

Example 1:

Example 2:

Example 3:

How to get yours:

Slideshow LinkThe existing "Slideshow" link on the Listing Management page will bring up the new slideshow code generator. Similar to RealBird's Craigslist embed code generator, it lets you set some options and preview and generate the code for as many versions as you wish. For this particular RealBird widget, the width and the height are the customizable options currently.

We suggest to use the maximum width of 800px and maximum height of 600px and do not create smaller slideshow than 300/300 pixels. But again, you can preview your settings before you post your slideshow code on your sites, so go ahead, log into RealBird and generate the code which fits your requirements. Here is an example screen of the RealBird slideshow editor:

RealBird Slideshow Editor

Here are few things to remember :

  • Your slideshow widget is cached for 5 minutes for performance reasons. In other words, it may take up to 5 minutes for your changes in RealBird to appear on the slideshow.
  • You can upload unlimited photos for your listings on RealBird, but the slideshow widget rotates the top 30 photos only - again, for performance reasons. 
  • Works in most major browsers including the still in-use, but really old version of IE 7 and 8. The slideshow should work identically in the rest of the browsers as well including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, IE 9 and also on modern smartphones.

These slideshow widgets are automatically generated for your properties in RealBird. Just simply publish your listing as usual and the ever growing visualization goodies are instantly generated for you.

Enjoy !

-- The RealBird Team
http://www.realbird.com 


Facebook Profile listing widget, new ActiveRain and blog embed code and other feature updates

We had many feature releases in the last couple of weeks, plus many improvements of existing features. The article below summarizes the result of the last month R&D efforts here at RealBird. I organized the new and updated features by products, but note that some of the improvements are interconnected, hence providing additional benefits by channeling visitors from one of your RealBird services to the other.

But first thing first. Check out these examples of the just released embed code optimized for ActiveRain, Localism and your regular blog with SEO in mind. Just enter your listings in RealBird as usual and use the new link on the member management page called "Embed it in ActiveRain & blog post". You can configure the width and show or hide contact info and center or left align the widget.

New RealBird embed code examples

PGA NATIONAL GOLF ESTATE - Escape To Your Private Oasis


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$2,499,777
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
7 Bedrooms
6 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Lot: 0.86 acre(s)
Location
5 Rabbits Run
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Nestor and Katerina Gasset

Nestor and Katerina Gasset

International Properties and Investments, Inc
(561) 753-0135
coachkaterina@gmail.com
http://www.wellington-luxury-homes.com



Listed by: International Properties and Investments Inc.
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Unforgettable Views Olympia Waterfront


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$999,000
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
4 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
Interior: 3551 sqft
Lot: 0.64 acre(s)
Location
7500 Sandy Point Beach Rd. NE
Olympia, WA 98516

Mike Conner

Mike Conner

City Realty, Inc.
(360) 970-4408
mike@cityrealtyolympia.com
http://www.cityrealtyinc.com



Listed by: City Realty, Inc.
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Live Work TownHome in Market Common - Incredible Location and Price


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$329,900
Townhouse
For Sale
Main Features
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
2 Partial Bathrooms
Interior: 2150 sqft
Location
Howard Avenue
2834-D
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

MIRELA MONTE

MIRELA MONTE

BUYERS' CHOICE REALTY
(843) 251-2378
Mirela@BuyersChoiceSC.com
http://www.MyrtleBeachHomes.US



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RealBird Listing Publisher - new features

  • "Homes for Sale" tab widget for both your Facebook Profile and Facebook Page
  • New ActiveRain and Localism optimized embed code with stunningly good looking slideshows (see examples above)
  • New Photowall listing inventory widget
  • Updated configuration tool for the Featured Listings Map widget with Google Earth 3D view and options to generate maps for your sold and pending inventory as well
  • iPromote integration
  • Your RealBird single property websites now link to your RealBird Property Search, providing more comparable properties for your visitors. All leads go to you.

RealBird Property Search - new features

  • The search RSS now includes MediaRSS extension
    Photos are now attached to the RSS items with the industry standard machine readable MediaRSS extension, hence allows advanced reusability, e.g. tou can use it now to create slideshow and other media widgets using 3rd party services
  • Mapped search results as default option
    PRO subscribers can now configure the service to show the mapped results by default.
  • Advanced configuration options.
  • Configure the service so that clicking on the property search result keeps the details page in the same iframe. The default behavior is to break out of the embedded frame into new window.
  • Hiding header and footer for smooth integration.
  • These are PRO options as well. Please contact us for instructions.

New PRO subscription option - go monthly for only $11.95

Some of the new features are RealBird PRO only options, like the industry-first Facebook Profile and Facebook Page widget, MLS-compatible unbranded virtual tours, ad-free Property Search. To make your upgrade decision easier, we introduced a monthly payment option for only $11.95/month. You can upgrade instantly through the member area. Just log in and click the Upgrade link either on the member landing page or on the listing management page

If you like these new features, please consider upgrading to the PRO account in the RealBird member area. It's only $11.95 per month (equals only a few bucks or less per listing per month)

-- Zoltan 
RealBird.com

 


RealBird Virtual Tours - even more affordable ways to get them

Virtual-Tour-3 We rationalized a little bit the way we provide the powerful and unique RealBird Virtual Tour add-ons for your listings. From now on, you can get branded (photo, contact information, outgoing links, your blog posts etc.) and unbranded, MLS-friendly RealBird Virtual Tours the following ways:

Single listing virtual tour

  1. Single listing upgrade - $9.99 one time fee  
  2. Street address domain name (listing domain name) -  $14.99 / year -It can be purchased through our domain name store for one year only or multiple years with auto-renew. You get your very own listing domain name and also the virtual tour upgrade   

Unlimited virtual tour - upgrade service from Free to Pro or Premium

  1. Pro service level - unlmited virtual tours for only $99/year. The service level also includes the ad-free RealBird Property Search service with map-based search option. This option is available US nationwide. No setup fee, just a low yearly subscription fee. Compare this to what you would pay otherwise for other vendors. 
  2. Premium service level - Map-based IDX Search customers are now also provided with unlimited virtual tours. This service is available only on limited markets, but where available, members get a full featured, unlimited virtual tour service (RealBird Virtual Tour), ad-free, full featured RealBird Property Search (powered by Google Base) and the RealBird Map-based IDX Search widget. Service fee is either $199 or $299 / year depending on the MLS. For this low fee, you get all of our service offerings that can be used both for prospecting home buyers and for powerful listing marketing.  
All existing Map-based IDX search customers are automatically upgraded to the Premium service level of course. Just log into your RealBird account and on the list of listings page, you will see the the virtual tour links for your properties - both branded and the unbranded version which you can add to your MLS record for massive distribution via IDX feeds. 

-- Zoltan