Tour a house from home

When you're in the market to buy or sell a new home, time is of the essence.

Rusty Oatman, of East Syracuse, is in the business of saving realtors and buyers just that: Time.

HouseTourVideos.com is a new website launched this month. It provides high definition videos of houses so viewers can experience the homes as if they were there. The idea was birthed about a year ago when one of Oatman's friends, a real estate agent in the Fayetteville-Manlius area, asked for help in advertising one of her high end properties. Oatman said he couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"All the realtors in her office fell in love with the concept, and it was well-received in many other real estate agencies," Oatman said.

Prior to creating the website, Oatman said his team was shooting videos of properties, preparing them for the web and delivering the url codes to the realtor to link to their own website listings. HouseTourVideo.com is unique because every listing on the site has a hi-def video walk-through.

"Once someone sees what we do compared to how it's been done for years, they'll understand," Oatman said. "I can remember when my wife and I were looking for our current home. We looked at online listings everyday and spent many evenings and weekends traveling out to see homes. We often were disappointed in what we saw. The photos of the listing were not a good indication of what the home really was."

Here's how HouseTourVideo.com works:

The business targets everyone: homeowners, realtors, banks, brokers and builders. Those interested in having a hi-def video for their residential, commercial or rental property need to create an online account, including contact information as well as the location and time to video the property. Typically, the length of the video shoot is one hour, and the turn around time from start to finish is generally two to three days. It's then edited using soothing music and relevant titles throughout the video. The person listing the property has full control of the information.

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