and Albrighton Real Estate Host First Ever Virtual Open House for Residence in Vancouver

By Todd Fratzel on Interior Decorating

VANCOUVER, B.C. (June 10, 2010) – What if you could put your own furniture into a house and walk around in it before you’ve bought it or even had a chance to set foot inside it? It might sound impossible, but the world’s largest virtual world developer is promising to bring about a revolution in the real estate industry with virtual house tours that replicate every detail in 3D and to scale—from the color of the walls to the fixtures and down to the outlets, even the view from the windows. Potential buyers can walk through the virtual model as an avatar before they ever visit the house in person.

Taking place on Thursday, June 10 from 5:00PM-7:00PM PST, Virtual-Vancouver’s first ever virtual open house will be fully accessible to interested house shoppers and to any real estate agents by visiting The property for sale, a Yaletown Architectural Restored Loft

listed at $1,099,000, is located at #402-1180 Homer Street in Vancouver, B.C. Guests touring the house will be able to interact with Paul Abrighton, a real estate agent from MacDonald Realty live in avatar form. The virtual world model of the home will be included with the sale of the house.

Once a house is modeled in 3D (for a few hundred dollars),, through its team of Virtual World Web (VWW) developers, can quickly and easily simulate redecoration—whether that means changing the color of the walls, replacing furniture, reupholstering, putting in new carpet or any physical change a homeowner or potential homeowner can imagine. In just minutes, an interior decorator can put together and show the buyer exactly what an entire room will look like, reducing costs by orders of magnitude.

Instead of packing up, moving an entire house of furniture and spending time with movers trying to decide whether all the furniture fits or where it works best, the 3D virtual world model gives new homeowners the opportunity to plan the entire move in advance. The simple interface gives them the power to try many different arrangements for their new home, and when they are happy, they simply hand the directions to movers, making moving much less stressful and saving moving costs, time and money.

“Buyers can now get an in-depth preview of dozens of homes in a single day, allowing them to focus only on those houses that they know they like,” said founder Brian Shuster. “All of the energy and commuting around for potential buyers and agents is greatly reduced. This breakthrough has hugely simplified the entire home-buying process from start to finish. As an agent, you can run 50 house tours a day if you want.  As a buyer, you’ll know exactly how your home will look before you even start to pack.”

The real estate application for stands as one of the first huge business breakthroughs for the 3D web, a movement that has been gaining steam in the online community over the past several years. “Before, we were seeing gaming and some retail selling power through virtual worlds, but now virtual worlds are demonstrating a much stronger link between the internet and the real world, one that tech experts are calling the future of the web,” added Shuster.

For more information on how works for the real estate industry and beyond, visit:

For more information about Albrighton Real Estate, or to check out additional Vancouver Lofts for sale, please visit


Under the umbrella of, is a social experience within a 3D virtual reality space, with a focus on music and related activities. Modeled after Vancouver, BC, Virtual-Vancouver’s unique atmosphere offers users a venue for nightlife, dating, and music-appreciation from the comfort of the users’ homes. Users can also shop for real-world items in the virtual world’s network of online stores.

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About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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