Taking a photo on your smartphone is different than on a regular camera as the aspect ratio, the relationship between the length and width of a photo, is not the same. Smartphone cameras are not best for portrait or vertical orientations. For example, a point-and-shoot camera uses an aspect ratio of 3:2 or 4:3, while a smartphone camera uses a widescreen ratio of 16:9.
People find it annoying! The problem extends beyond bad listing photos but to video home tours as well. Vertical Video Syndrome is a fictitious condition caused by watching online videos shot on smartphones in a vertical orientation. Simply put, your smartphone camera was designed to shoot photos and videos horizontally (also known as landscape) in widescreen or letterbox format.
Something to remember for video:
A 3D printer is a device which currently creates small objects out of plastic. You load plastic thread, design a 3D model and the object is created in several hours. There are many 3D printers on the market that are becoming affordable for consumer use.
Now, the house part – a company is actually working to develop a giant 3D printer which uses concrete and different materials to build houses. They want to make them fast enough where a 2,500 square-foot house can be made in under 24 hours. Crazy? They’ve made a working prototype:
This morning we sent out a flexAlert about a Broker-level change regarding Homes.com syndication. Before we explain it, let’s focus on syndication for a moment. How listings are syndicated, i.e. sent to third-parties, varies by market and MLS. There are four things to know about syndication in the ARMLS market:
1. ARMLS does not send listings to third-parties.
2. Brokers choose where to send their listings, ARMLS facilitates that process (via ListHub and/or a few choices in flexmls), the choice is 100% up to the broker where their listings appear online.
3. Brokers can choose to send their listings nowhere, 90+ third-party websites or a selection of those 90+ websites through ListHub.
4. IDX and Listing Syndication are two different things. IDX is a all-or-nothing limited feed out to IDX participants, generally other Subscriber’s websites.
The flexAlert this morning simply stated that one of the 90+ options Brokers have to send their listings to, Homes.com, is now an option inside flexmls instead of ListHub. The on/off switch for Homes.com is just located in another place for Brokers than it was before.
Yesterday was our ARMLS ENGAGE event out at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. We would to thank our panelists, presenters and Subscribers for a great day. There were great interactions between our Subscribers and the experts, so much so attendees might still have some questions. We’ve provided contact information for some of the speakers & presenters below:
Greg Burger, RL Brown
G. William James, Handheld Computer Solutions
Nate Nathan, Nathan & Associates
Michael Orr, ASU / The Cromford Report
Tom Ruff, The Information Market