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The same technology used to map topography, study forest health and catch speeders has now moved inside. LIDAR is a kind of laser-based radar that measures distance by bouncing a beam off a surface and analyzing the light that reflects back.

The same kind of 3D scanning is now creating viewer-controlled walkthroughs for buildings and other structures. The result works much like Google Street View. In a home tour, the user can navigate every room of the space, go up and down stairs and look at ceilings, floors and everything in between.

It starts with special laser scanner that records a million measurements with each shot. The scanning camera is moved from point to point within the space, and then software stitches all the scans together.

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Two Vancouver-based sister companies, The Real Estate Channel and LNG Studios, are the first in Canada to offer this new technology to the real estate industry. About a year ago they joined forces with the Silicon Valley startup that was developing the stitching software and offered their expertise on creating architectural animation.

The new technology can produce an interactive tour in 24 to 48 hours, or even less, depending on the size of the space. A thousand square feet requires 30 minutes of shooting time plus processing time of a few hours to produce a digital tour that can be embedded on a website.

The efficiency of the process brings the price down. Real Estate Channel general manager Matt White says a tour of an 800-square-foot space would cost $180.

While Realtors and owners of office and retail space are the initial customer base, Matt Grant, executive producer at both companies, sees many more applications. “Right now we’re scanning a decommissioned navy ship that will be sunk and made into an artificial reef. The people who are coordinating this work want it for their safety training. They want people to be able to do virtual dives so they know where the emergency exits are no matter where they are in the boat,” he says. Insurance companies and oil companies have also shown interest in the safety training possibilities of interactive 3D tours. Online retailers could also use them to make the shopping experience more like the real thing.

“The advantage to our 3D scanning technology, and what’s kind of cool about it, is the final result is like a first-person video game experience. It’s very immersive. You can explore the place on your own terms,” says Grant.

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To find out more about Real Estate Channel’s 3D Scan services, and more, visit , or call toll free 1877-843-3218

Elizabeth Wilson,

In a traditional business such as Real Estate, marketing and advertising has to stay fresh and exciting. We’ve come a long way from relying solely on direct mail-outs and print media. In fact now the latest tool in the arsenal is a game changing 3D technology that is changing the face of standard real estate marketing and selling techniques.

Working directly with a Y Combinator Silicon Valley start-up, Real Estate Channel has adopted the state of the art technology that creates immersive experiences of interior spaces using a 3D scanner and proprietary software. This immersive scan allows viewers to get as close to the property as possible without actually having to be there.

In addition, Real Estate Channel now offers HD photography and video services that are accessible & affordable for industry professionals.

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This is Fisher Manse in Detroit. It is being touted (and bafflingly scoffed at) for being the city of Detroit’s priciest listing at $1.5million – up from the previous listing price of $1.2million.

Oh boy. I will start with this, the fact that the price for a 15 bedroom Estate mansion ‘jumped’ to 1.5million is laughable and simultaneously, tragically sad to anyone living in cities boasting astronomical prices for single homes and condos. A happy day for a Vancouver BC resident, for example, is finding a one bedroom over 500sq ft for less than $400,000 or under $1000/month in rent. So, for Detroit, a city once boasting a robust and thriving economy, the phrase ‘how the mighty have fallen’ is says it all as we see estates become decrepit and contents are unceremoniously sold. $1.5 may be a ‘jump’ to some but for the grandeur and authenticity of Fisher Manse, it might just be a steal for a buyer who can see the long term potential in this diamond through the dusty exterior. By no means is this an easy argument to make to a buyer, however, it is inarguably beautiful.

Also, a very good counter argument is that this is a comparison of apples to oranges. There is a plethora of price comparisons for homes across North America and beyond displaying multi acre mansions for the same price as tiny tear downs in thriving metropolises which is an unfair comparison by any measure. However, it is a good reminder of the pitfalls of an economy that becomes dependent on fragile business and investment.

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For more pictures check out ‘Detroit’s Priciest Listing’ here.

Tear Down Trend

May 15th, 2014

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Vancouver. Love it or hate it. Live in it or leave it. It comes with the draw of beauty, glamour, world renowned parks & ski resorts as well as the drawback of the price to call it home.

The West Coast city is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. But, the talk that was usually about the homes themselves or condos with incredible views, is now turning to homes selling over asking price for the property value – not the home itself. Perfectly good homes that for one person can be called a ‘character’ home, is a quick bull doze away from being perfect to others. It seems as though it’s become ‘en vogue’ to look for an expensive home, then top the price to make the next day’s headlines read ’tear down sells for record breaking price’.

Most recently, a four-bedroom house in a notably prestigious neighbourhood, built in 1934 & said to be perfectly sound is being torn down because it’s ‘not big enough’. That’s fair enough, buying property is, after all, the ticket to creating a dream home, rather than a condo that is restrictive per se. However, it is bewildering to local ‘Vancouverites’ in the market, to read of a $3,038,000 property, go for $190,000 higher than its listed price – within 24 hours of it being listed nonetheless. Good for those involved, not so great for the already inflated real estate market in the city.

Prior to this latest home, a 50 year old West Vancouver mansion was selling for a the ‘bargain’ price of $38-million. It was however a teardown, on the expectation a buyer would divide its substantial waterfront lot into three parcels.

In entertainment the say ‘no press is bad press’ but in real estate, the higher tear down homes sell for, the higher the property values go, the worse off buyers who are knocked out of the competition for not having more than asking price are going to be. It seems never ending for Vancouver at this time, and it’s enticing more buyers to come in with full willingness to pay whatever it takes – driving prices up over all.

While most likely not taking the industry by storm and replacing brick and mortar in this life time, 3D printing has extended into building houses!

“According to DUS Architects, the Dutch company behind the project, these innocuous black objects are stage one of what will eventually be the world’s first 3D printed house.
It is made using a “KamerMaker” machine, a giant, custom-made version of a desktop 3D printer that produces a material 10 times thicker than normal.
The finished structure will take the shape of a 13-room canal house made from scores of separate but interlocking components (like the three currently on show).

“These rooms will be structural entities on their own. We will then place them on top of each other to make a house,” explained DUS Architects co-founder and director, Martine de Wit.
“Originally, we had the small printers in our office and we were printing scale models with them. Then we thought why not print it (the full house) right away,” she added.”

The opportunity to do pretty fantastic things with 3D printers is growing rapidly and it’s an exciting time to follow what will come of it. To find out more about this particular project, click here.

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