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(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Burton W Fowles Photography River Rat Brewery https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2019/1/river-rat-brewery Sat, 12 Jan 2019 01:50:38 GMT
Virtual Reality Revolutionizes Real Estate Marketing https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2016/10/vr-wellman-realty Video of first-time Virtual Reality users touring a home for sale in Wildewood.  

"This represents a leap forward for the real estate industry which has previously offered 360 degree interactive video tours, sometimes billed as virtual reality, but never a fully immersive, photo-realistic experience available across Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard."

Every 3D Showcase Tour created by Wellman Realty will also be processed into a Virtual Reality tour.

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Wellman Realty
Columbia, South Carolina

Virtual Reality Link inside each 3D Tour

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(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Burton W. Fowles Columbia SC Real Estate Oculus Gear VR VR by Wellman Realty', Virtual Reality Wellman Realty WellmanVR.com" https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2016/10/vr-wellman-realty Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:38:50 GMT
Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Common Diseases with Diet https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/8/Plant-Based-Diet Video -

Plant-based diets are the nutritional equivalent of quitting smoking.

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Burton W Fowles High protein diet causes cancer Plant Based Diet Vegan Diet Wellman Realty Why meat is bad for you https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/8/Plant-Based-Diet Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:36:49 GMT
Lake Murray - Chapin, 116 Lakewood Drive https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/7/lake-murray---chapin-116-lakewood-drive http://wellman3drealty.com/116-Lakewood-Drive

Wellman Realty

Burton W Fowles  (803) 600-6479

Exterior and lake views:

116 Lakewood Drive - Chapin, Lake Murrayhttp://wellman3drealty.com/116-Lakewood-Drive
110 feet water frontage

Home for sale on Lake Murray in Chapin, SCHome for sale on Lake Murray in Chapin, SC116 Lakewood Drive, Chapin, South Carolina 29036

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 116 Lakewood Drive chapin SC 29036 Burton Fowles For sale on Lake Murray Lake Murray homes for sale Wellman 3D Realty Wellman Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/7/lake-murray---chapin-116-lakewood-drive Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:37:17 GMT
For Sale in Tanglewood | 35 Mahalo Lane | 3D Virtual Tour https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/7/35-mahalo-lane-3d-virtual-tour $690,000

3D Virtual Tour:

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(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 35 Mahalo Lane Burton Fowles Wellman Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/7/35-mahalo-lane-3d-virtual-tour Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:46:12 GMT
Zillow now serving up 3-D Virtual Tours https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/5/zillow-3d-virtual-tours

Wellman 3D Realty creates Matterport 3D Virtual Tours

Columbia, South Carolina

Prospective buyers who visit select listings on Zillow can now easily access online 3-D models that let them virtually explore properties without ever visiting them in person.

Zillow’s hosting of the 3-D models marks a pivotal step for the growth of 3-D technology in real estate.

A small but growing number of real estate agents have been producing immersive 3-D visualizations for listings.

But now that the leading U.S. listing portal can put the representations in front of prospective buyers, adoption of 3-D technology in the industry could accelerate.

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Screen shot showing graphic on Zillow listing page that links to a Matterport 3-D model

The 3-D models available on some listing pages on Zillow are powered by Matterport, which provides the camera and software needed to generate the representations.

Zillow users who visit listing pages with 3-D models can access the models by clicking a tab that says “Launch 3-D Tour” that sits just beneath listing photos, or by clicking an image showing an image of a 3-D model that appears under a listing’s property details.

The models are available on Zillow property detail pages for listings in markets across the country. The listing portal sent to Inman 3-D model-equipped property detail pages for listings in Chicago, New Canaan, Connecticut, and Old Tappan, New Jersey.

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Screen shot showing tab (lower left-hand corner) that appears on a Zillow listing page and links to a Matterport 3-D model. 

Matterport and Zillow did not immediately respond to Inman when asked how real estate agents can get Matterport models to appear on Zillow.

But Matterport has integrated with at least one multiple listing service to allow members to add Matterport models to MLS listings for syndication to listing portals.

Matterport announced in late April that it had partnered with the San Francisco Association of Realtors (SFAR) to add a field to the association’s MLS system that lets members add Matterport models to their listings.

The field enables listing portals like Zillow and Homes.com “to identify and properly display” Matterport’s models, opening the door for buyers to access Matterport’s interactive visualizations through the most popular real estate search sites, Matterport said.


Contact Burton Fowles (803) 600-6479


(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Wellman 3D Realty Zillow https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/5/zillow-3d-virtual-tours Fri, 29 May 2015 16:48:46 GMT
3-D Virtual Tours of multi-floor homes just got a whole lot easier https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/5/3-d-virtual-tours-of-multifloor-homes

3-D virtual tours of multi-floor homes just got a whole lot easier

Matterport's models let users peel away floors and teleport between them.
3-D virtual tour provider Matterport has added new features to its interactive online models that allow prospective buyers to more easily navigate and visualize homes with multiple floors.

The enhancements represent one of the latest advancements in 3-D technology, which some real estate agents are using to grab the attention of potential buyers, win listings and stay top of mind with past clients.

Matterport’s 3D Showcase lets users virtually saunter around photo-realistic 3-D representations of homes. But previously, traveling between floors could be tricky. Users had to stroll up or down stairs and couldn’t isolate individual floors in the product’s “Dollhouse” view, which provides an aerial view of a model.

The new features address those problems by allowing users to virtually teleport between floors and “peel away” floors from the “Dollhouse” view.

“Matterport’s 3D Showcase delivers a highly immersive experience that gives users the feeling of moving through a space that in some ways is better than actually being there,” said Bill Brown, CEO of Matterport, in a statement.

“Now with the latest release of 3D Showcase, visualizing and navigating multiple levels in homes and other spaces has never been easier.”

Matterport’s product relies on a camera that captures data on spaces and cloud-based software that renders that data into immersive 3-D models.

People can easily share Matterport models and may view them on tablets, laptops or smartphones, as well as some brands of virtual reality headsets.


(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Matterport Wellman 3D https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/5/3-d-virtual-tours-of-multifloor-homes Sat, 02 May 2015 14:20:41 GMT
For Rent: 1135 Sunnyside Drive, Columbia, SC https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/for-rent-1135-sunnyside-drive-columbia-sc This home has been Rented.

For Rent in Forest Hills:  3D Virtual Tour

1135 Sunnyside Drive, Columbia, SC 29204 

1,600 SF   3 Bedrooms   2 Full Bathrooms

Large fenced backyard with deck.  Living Rm, Dining Rm & Family Room off Kitchen. Washer & Dryer included.

Available July 1st.  $1,250

Burton Fowles  (803) 600-6479

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) For Rent Wellman 3D Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/for-rent-1135-sunnyside-drive-columbia-sc Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:05:01 GMT
Check a Home's Insurance Rating Before Purchasing - C.L.U.E. https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/home-insurance-rating-before-purchasing---c-l-u-e There is a little known insurance database called Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) used by member companies to determine the risk for a specific home.  In plain english this means the home you are about to buy could be considered a bad insurance risk.

When a new property owner applies for homeowners insurance, a CLUE report is requested.  If that home has had a claim in the past 7 years, it could cost the new homeowner a lot of money.

A more expensive homeowners policy isn't the only problem to consider if previous claims are discovered. What if the damage wasn't fixed properly?  What if it wasn't fixed at all?

Currently, the SC Residential Property Condition Disclosure Statement (Property Disclosure) does not ask if the current owner has ever put in an insurance claim. As the potential new owner (the Buyer), if you have any concerns you should check the insurance history of the home before the end of the Inspection Phase - usually 10-12 days after the contract was signed by all parties.  

Under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act you can request a copy of the CLUE report from LexisNexis® toll free at 1-866-312-8076 or by visiting https://personalreports.lexisnexis.com.

If this is news to you, don't feel left out.  Most real estate agents don't have a CLUE either.

Wellman 3D Realty

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) CLUE Homeowners Insurance https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/home-insurance-rating-before-purchasing---c-l-u-e Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:59:57 GMT
New 3-D Showcase Tour | 4747 Heath Hill Rd | Lake Katherine https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/3-d-showcase-tour-4747-heath-hill-rd

Lake Katherine 

4747 Heath Hill Road located on small Lake Katherine

Downstairs Master bedroom with his and hers full bathrooms and walk-in closets. Four bedrooms on 2nd floor with 3 full bathrooms. Updated kitchen with large breakfast room and island.  Two downstairs half-baths, office, large dining room, living room and family room. Large tiled patio overlooking Lake Katherine.  Attached carport.  Asking $875k

Burton Fowles

(803) 600-6479

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 3D Showcase Tour Lake Katherne https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/3-d-showcase-tour-4747-heath-hill-rd Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:17:14 GMT
How to navigate inside the 3D Showcase Tour - YouTube https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/how-to-navigate-inside-the-3d-showcase-tour---youtube

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 3D Showcase Tour Wellman 3D Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/4/how-to-navigate-inside-the-3d-showcase-tour---youtube Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:25:57 GMT
New 3D Showcase Tour | 7203 Coachmaker Road https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/new-3d-showcase-tour-7203-coachmaker-road  


3D Showcase Tour & professional photographs included with every Wellman 3D Realty listing. 

7203 Coachmaker Road, Columbia, SC 29209

3 bedrooms / 2 updated bathrooms; New roof 2008; New kitchen and master bath 2007; Hardwood floors 2007; All updated windows; Deck and patio 2011; New HVAC 2010; Attic insulation added 2013; Playroom added in 2013; Shed built in 2013; Asking price - $174,900  1,791 SF

Burton Fowles, Broker

Wellman 3D Realty

(803) 600-6479


(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 3D Showcase Tour 7203 Coachmaker Road Burton Fowles Homes For Sale in Columbia Wellman 3D Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/new-3d-showcase-tour-7203-coachmaker-road Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:47:27 GMT
Video: Rob Eisenbach on the new 3D dollhouse and floor plan functionality https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/rob-eisenbach-on-the-new-3d-dollhouse-and-floor-plan-functionality

The Matterport vice president of marketing talks about using Oculus Rift and other technologies to give potential homeowners a better view of their future properties.

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 3D Showcase Tour Wellman 3D Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/rob-eisenbach-on-the-new-3d-dollhouse-and-floor-plan-functionality Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:50 GMT
Use 3D Technology to Sell Your Home https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/use-3d-technology-to-sell-your-home "...we live life differently today than we ever have and that also equates to how we sell houses. No longer is the open house a tool used to entice the wary buyer; rather, digital online marketing is the forefront of sales success to entice “every potential buyer,” not just those that happened to be in town on a Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m."     

        March 25, 2015  Inman News

"Ninety-two percent of buyers use the internet in some way in their home search process and 50 percent of buyers use a mobile website or application in their home search."     

         2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers


If your listing agent is using photos and a virtual tour (photos put to music) and an Open House to market your home, you're probably still using a Walkman.  

Ninety-two percent of buyers are using the internet.  Sellers have about 10 seconds to grab a buyer's attention online before they scroll on to the next home. A 3D Showcase Tour will grab that buyer's attention and keep them engaged.  

The 3D Showcase Tour from Wellman 3D Realty is a fully immersive experience.  Buyers can navigate inside the whole house in first-person as if they were actually there, seeing the home as it was truly meant to be seen.  

Test drive our 3D Showcase Tour



(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 3D Showcase Tour Wellman 3D Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/use-3d-technology-to-sell-your-home Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:20:00 GMT
Do not rely on Zillow to price your home https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/do-not-rely-on-zillow-to-price-your-home Zillow is a good web site to search for homes for sale.  However, Zillow does a poor job of valuing a home.  The reason is simple -  Most times Zillow doesn't have enough information to make an accurate value assessment.  

Below is an excerpt from an article from Inman News:

"In my opinion, the biggest issue with the Zestimate is its inability to take into account items such as home features, upgrades and the condition of a property. Those items require an actual human to take an in-depth look at your property and determine how it truly compares to another property. Once that determination is made, proper adjustments to the value are made.

I’m not here to bash the Zestimate. It works OK for general property value estimates, especially when the home is in a subdivision of similar homes. A home is most likely the single largest item you will sell in your lifetime. Do yourself a favor and do not use the Zestimate as a pricing tool for your home — it could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars."

You will be better served using data from a local Multiple Listing Service and a local real estate Broker.

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/do-not-rely-on-zillow-to-price-your-home Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:45:47 GMT
3D Showcase Tour: 801 Kinlock Ct., Spring Valley https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/3d-showcase-tour---801-kinlock-ct-spring-valley

Wellman 3D Realty uses state-of-the-art Matterport cameras and software to render accurate, life-like 3D scans of real spaces. Unlike traditional “virtual walk-through” technology, a Matterport 3D scan from Wellman 3D Realty is a fully immersive experience. Navigate the whole space in first-person as if you were there, seeing the space as it was truly meant to be seen. Zoom out to see the whole scan at once and get a feel for the layout. View the 3D scans from above to get an accurate feel for the dimensions and layout.

801 Kinlock Court is located in the Spring Valley subdivision in Northeast Columbia.  It has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms; a beautiful in-ground pool and a 3/4 acre lot.  The roof and HVAC system are less than a year old.  The home has been completely updated.  Please call Burton Fowles at (803) 600-6479 for additional information.  Wellman 3D Realty


801 Kinlock Court | Spring Valley | Columbia SC801 Kinlock Court | Spring Valley | Columbia SCFor Sale
801 Kinlock Court
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Spring Valley Subdivision

4 Bedrooms / 2 Full Bathrooms
2,600 sf
In-ground gunite Pool
Completely updated

Burton Fowles, Broker
(803) 600-6479


(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 3D Showcase Tour 3D Virtual Reality tour 801 Kinlock Court https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/3d-showcase-tour---801-kinlock-ct-spring-valley Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:16:17 GMT
3D Virtual Reality Tours coming to Columbia https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/3d-walk-through-tours-coming-to-columbia The new Matterport 3D camera has arrived!  Starting next week, I will be shooting 3D Virtual Reality Tours of my listings.    

My first test shoot:  https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=VWJDB947BRe

Please call me at (803) 600-6479 for more information.   www.Wellman3dRealty.com

See other examples: 



A 3D Virtual Reality Tour is an online experience that lets home buyers move through a property and see it from any angle.

Be there. From anywhere. The beauty of Matterport is that once a space has been scanned by the camera and processed in the Matterport Cloud, anybody can interact with the model. And not just interact—but become fully immersed in a model as if they were physically in the space. It is possible to see a space from any perspective, to walk around or “fly through” it, to take measurements, leave annotations, and take snapshots —all from a web browser. Coming soon, this functionality will also be possible via mobile apps.

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) 3D Showcase Tour Burton Fowles Wellman 3D Realty https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/3/3d-walk-through-tours-coming-to-columbia Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:02:26 GMT
Rescued Film Project https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/2/rescued-film-project

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Photography Rescued Film Project https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/2/rescued-film-project Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:45:09 GMT
Photographs Sell Homes Faster & For More $$$ https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/1/professional-photographs-sell-homes-faster-for-more http://www.redfin.com/research/reports/special-reports/2010/a_picture_is_worth_a_thousand_dollars_true_or_false.html#.VMI94VpvmR8

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Estate Photography Real https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/1/professional-photographs-sell-homes-faster-for-more Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:32:09 GMT
Oysters are back on the menu https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/1/oysters-are-back-on-the-menu Link: Oysters are back on the menu!

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Healthy Eating Vegan https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2015/1/oysters-are-back-on-the-menu Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:55:39 GMT
20/20 Inside Secrets of a Real Estate Agent 2013 https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/12/20/20-inside-secrets-of-a-real-estate-agent-2013

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Real Estate Real Estate Broker https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/12/20/20-inside-secrets-of-a-real-estate-agent-2013 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:59:48 GMT
Hallelujah Christmas - video https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/12/hallelujah-christmas---video

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Christmas https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/12/hallelujah-christmas---video Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:54:21 GMT
I no longer use Monsanto’s Roundup - video https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/11/do-not-use-roundup  



Higher levels of pesticides on GMO soy is a concern since Monsanto’s Roundup has been shown to have adverse effects on humans. Commercial interests can have a corrupting effect on the science of nutrition and hold sway over institutions that are supposed to operate in the public interest. See for example:

• Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conflicts of Interest (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/acade...)
• Seeing Red No. 3: Coloring to Dye For (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/seein...)
• The McGovern Report (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-m...)
• Dietary Guidelines: Advisory Committee Conflicts of Interest (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dieta...)
• Food Industry “Funding Effect” (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/food-...)

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Healthy Eating Organic Gardening Pesticides nutritionfacts.org https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/11/do-not-use-roundup Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:42:12 GMT
Filmaking - video https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/11/filmaking

(Burton W. Fowles Photography) Filmaking https://www.burtonfowles.com/blog/2014/11/filmaking Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:02:40 GMT