How agents can create unlimited virtual tours on properties with a R10k budget

With COVID-19, social distancing is the new norm. Subsequently, more and more estate agents are using virtual tours to enable remote viewing of homes, which also have the added benefit of allowing buyers to narrow down their home selection better before conducting actual viewings. A win-win situation for agents, sellers, and buyers. We believe that virtual tours will soon become a standard feature on most property mandates.

While there are many virtual tour systems and cameras available, we took a look at a highly cost-effective option for estate agents using a budget-friendly 360 camera and hosting option.

1. Camera: Ricoh Theta SC and V

The Ricoh Theta SC and V 360 cameras have been around for a while and comes in at around R5,000  and R10,000 respectively. As far as we know the cheaper SC version has been discontinued but you may still get some on online shops. There are a lot of other 360 camera options you can review here.

You will also need a tripod, so you can remotely take phot…

MyProperty South Africa introduces new Attorney section

We are making a lot of ongoing improvements on the MyProperty South Africa portal. Last month (May 2020) the overall traffic on the website increased by 44% compared to January.
We introduced an industry 1st free self service virtual tour solution for estate agents and made advertising on the portal more cost effective for non-clients (R99/month per office for all your listings).

New recommended transfer attorneys launched Today we are launching our new recommended property transfer attorneys section to consumers with several integration links activated throughout the portal.

Featured attorneys are recommended on related property law news articles and other relevant pages:

Each attorney gets an individual, customised about section with contact details:

All attorneys can advertise, but we are limiting the number of featured attorneys to one per province. The featured attorneys provide increased exposure throughout the website and to Entegral's estate agent client base throughout So…

Gumtree making it free to load all your listings with Entegral

In keeping with its commitment to help rebuild the property industry and to bring about a lasting change, Gumtree is offering an option to upload all your listings via Entegralfor free from 1 June onwards!

The functionality for this is already set up and by simply contacting your account manager you can get your listings feeding through today!

From 1 June 2020, Entegral clients will be able to automatically feed all their listings to Gumtree for free  – adding massive additional exposure without adding budget pressure!

Gumtree South Africa is committed to helping rebuild the country’s property industry. While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically suppressed activity and the ability to trade, you can significantly boost your leads ahead of a return to trading conditions.

Whether your listings are Sales, Rentals, Residential, Commercial, or a combination of these, you have nothing to lose and over 1m monthly property visitors to gain!

(An optional extra to automatically refresh your stock…

New self service virtual tour system launched for estate agents

Virtual tours for everyone There is no doubt now that virtual property tours are the perfect way to explore homes in a new world of social distancing. It also provides additional benefits to everyone, including saving on travelling time, having to clean up the home for every viewing, and giving buyers a better overview of the property 24/7. It is just the perfect way to compliment every listing.

With many virtual tour systems available on the market, cost and functionality differ between all of them. Our team has scratched their heads, and since we are used to building highly optimized & efficient systems, we are able to offer a free virtual tour platform for estate agents through our MyProperty platform.

Get started right now If you have a 360-degree camera, you can get started right away or even transfer your existing tours  by creating an account:

No camera? Check out this article for some suggestions and be sure to get a tripod…

Matterport 3D Tour - New areas to launch after lockdown

Now more than ever virtual tours will enhance your listing presentation by appealing to those who will continue to practice social distancing when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Matterport 3D tours can simply be added via a link in Base, OMS or Sync. Our systems will integrate your tour into your Flex website, and automatically send it to supporting portals like MyProperty South Africa, MyProperty Namibia, and Property24.

We have now teamed up with select virtual tour providers to offer exclusive Matterport 3D packages for our clients in the following areas:

KwaZulu Natal - Durban: From May 2020Eastern Cape - Port Elizabeth: From June Garden Route - George/Knysna and Mosselbay : June 2020
These will launch after lockdown as announced in our 'Business as (Un)usual' webinar and will join the other areas that we already service in Gauteng, and the Western Cape (Blouberg to Hermanus area)

You can order your virtual tour online

Simply log in to Base or the OMS, and on your listin…

Invitation Homes launches a dynamic new responsive website

Invitation Homes, a joint venture between the Rabie Property Group and Kloof Capital South Africa, recently launched a brand new responsive website powered by our industry-leading Flex framework.

Our team of highly skilled developers worked closely with the design team of Invitation Homes to create a custom-built Flex website for them.  The site is not only branded according to their corporate identity but is also armed with leading, custom-developed technology which will enable them to provide an online presence for their business. The website embraces responsive technology, secure browsing, and optimal UX design to deliver a unique browsing experience that is based on the latest design and industry trends. A lot of attention has been paid to make the property search experience as fast as possible.

The website’s custom-built search functionality allows a user to search according to the various developments in particular Cape Town areas owned by the groups, ensuring that visitors fin…

Business as (un)usual at Entegral with COVID-19 and a national shutdown

Dear Clients,

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a damper on economic activity and have now resulted in a national lockdown in South Africa to help save lives. This will undoubtedly have a direct impact on the real estate market and agents specifically. Business as usual has been disrupted and working from home is the new normal for everyone in the next few weeks.

At Entegral business operations continue as normal. We've been operating a remote work force for the past 5 years so there is no disruption in our service to you. Our team is actively busy working on new features and tweaking existing systems as usual.

Recently, our South African partner portals have stepped up to assist agents as follows:
Property24 will not charge for services for the month of April;Private Property will reduced subscription fees by 25% for 3 months;Property360 has recently partnered with Entegral to offer a reduced subscription fee for a new account; Although Entegral would love to…