In 2014, 3D is everywhere – from the cinema to video games. Now, a Canadian firm is introducing 3D to the real estate market.

Vancouver-based LNG Studios is pioneering an exciting piece of technology that captures images of your home and using special software, transforms these images into a browsable 3D model of your home. A special camera scans a rapid series of photographs from different positions in the room, capturing every intricate detail of a home – from dimensions to textures to the color of the wallpaper. The software then stitches these images together and then, as if by magic, perfectly recreates a 3D model of the home down to the last detail. You can then walk through the virtual model of the home from the comfort of your desktop computer. The whole process takes about 1 hour – the same amount of time for the traditional approach to taking photos of individual rooms to market a property.

So what does this mean for the real estate market? Will it really change anything?

From the realtor’s perspective, 3D modeling has the potential to transform the way they sell property. Instead of facilitating countless viewings with interested customers, they may instead direct clients to the 3D model – saving on time and the preparation of property schedules and other paperwork.

But 3D modeling also has benefits for house-hunters. In the globalized world that we now live in, it is not unusual for many of us to be faced with the prospect of upping sticks and moving to a new part of the country, continent or world. ‘Virtual property viewings’ makes such a life transition much easier by enabling you to find your new home before you even leave your current one.

With such convenient benefits to both the buyer and seller, it may not be too long before your first “virtual property viewing”.

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