HausValet is a virtual reality experience that is teleporting homebuyers to thousands of homes on the market without ever leaving the comfort of their own living rooms.
Concept Zenit, a Québec business using virtual reality technology to enhance marketing in the real estate brokerage industry, created the virtual solution to address the needs of all stakeholders in the sector.
“People conduct their banking online, as well as an increasing amount of their consumer purchases,” says Hakim Azrour, CEO and founder of Concept Zenit. “Shopping for a home is one of the few things that people still feel the need to do in person, but moving from one property to another and making comparisons can be very time consuming.”
The startup company recently celebrated the grand opening of HausValet’s flagship store in Champlain Mall, located on the South Shore of Montréal in Brossard, Québec.
“The official opening of the new store is a pivotal moment for Concept Zenit. Involved from the birth of the company, we quickly identified its real and very promising business potential. Thanks to Hakim’s confidence in DEL, we have been able to offer him the help he had been looking for,” says Julie Ethier, Executive Director of DEL.
Courtesy of a customized VR headset and handheld laser pointer, HausValet enables discovery of the depth, scale and orientation of every room visited, leading homebuyers from one home to another.
The product’s simple point-and-click functionality and user-friendly interface provides access to a series of menus that allow users to hotlist properties, initiate comparisons, and link to brokers.
Five years in development, the advanced technology of HausValet begins with the legacy process of photographing a property, which is a service that brokers already engage in.
The photos are formatted into a 360 virtual tour before the HausValet pipeline automation infuses 3D and virtualization technologies into the system, as well as data on the property provided by Centris.
The finished product is then uploaded to the company’s cloud platform, where it becomes part of an extensive distribution channel in as little as 24 hours.
“From the beginning, we set out to create an out-of-home experience that would deliver the highest quality content, while remaining price-conscious in order to ensure widespread adoption,” says Azrour. “HausValet harnesses the best of existing technologies and online platforms, including matchmaking technology that makes this the most efficient pairing tool on the market.”