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23, mar 22 | Reading: 9 min.

The Importance of a Virtual Tour | Casas do Barlavento

The pandemic was a turning point for many businesses. While we were first unsure how to proceed in some sectors, real estate companies immediately devised a solution so that their clients would not have to wait to invest in real estate.


But what was the best way for clients to visit a home remotely? Along with live videos flooding social media across the country and around the world, virtual tours have taken off in a big way. Do you know what this new property viewing method entails? We explain everything about virtual tours and how you benefit from selling your property at our agency.


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Benefits of being part of our portfolio


When you list your property with an estate agency, you receive benefits that you do not get when you sell it on your own. This is a free service, which is why it is the first advantage we mention. The second advantage is that the deal is completed quickly. Third, we have several more free services accessible to advertise your home.


What services are available to help you sell your home?


  1. Home staging is the initial step in marketing your home. It comes before the professional photographic service and serves to highlight your property's strengths.


  1. Following the home staging of your home, we will provide professional photos, real estate videos, and aerial images of the exterior with a drone. We have purchased a new tool that allows us to do virtual tours, which provides numerous benefits to people looking to sell their homes quickly.


  1. The photographs are chosen and placed alongside a descriptive text that describes all of the house's aspects in a simple and instructive manner.


  1. Promoting a home in such a competitive market requires it to be featured on the best real estate platforms, in which we are present. In addition to these platforms, it will also be promoted on our social media and website.


  1. When we list your property, it becomes part of our portfolio and is displayed to our enormous customer base.



What exactly is a virtual tour?


The virtual tour is one of our agency’s newest tools, combining an immersive experience with cutting-edge technology to provide our services to every corner of the globe. Through the virtual tour, the prospective buyer can explore our properties in our portfolio from the comfort of their own home or workplace.


Viewing a property via virtual tour is a way to show the atmosphere of your home from every angle, with the potential buyer simply interacting using arrows that guide them into each room of the property. This innovation makes it possible to close deals without having to physically travel to the property while getting the feel of the real atmosphere.


This new way of viewing properties is made possible by multiple photos that, taken together, give the impression that the buyer is viewing the house in real-time. The photos are taken at 3600 at maximum quality, as the aim is to show the property as it is.


In addition to the visit operated by the potential buyer, he or she has the option of meeting with one of our sellers to get the house details described. The virtual tour can be shared with others by email or on social media. The virtual tour can be made on mobile phones, tablets, and PCs.


Illustrative picture for the article "The Importance of a virtual tour". Image of a mobile phone being used by the person holding it to accompany a virtual tour of a property.

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What are the benefits of a virtual tour?


This work tool was acquired by Casas do Barlavento at the epicentre of the Covid 19 pandemic. It was one of the measures taken to protect our clients and vendors from possible contagion. In this way, we continued to work, albeit differently, to sell your house in a short time.

Now that the pandemic is slowly subsiding, we think it makes sense to continue with virtual tours, as they bring several advantages. See the benefits of listing your home for sale in 3600 virtual tour tool.


  • Remote virtual tours

Regardless of where the prospective buyer is located, he can visit your property. They might be in Portugal or abroad and see the property of their choice with a single click. This expedites one of the most time-consuming processes because customers outside the Algarve or even the country must arrange a trip and organize their visit some time in advance.


  • Virtual tours are available on any device.

Virtual tours can be conducted on any device connected to the internet. The most prevalent means are mobile phones, tablets, or PCs, which provide 360-degree navigation across the entire house.


  • No need for an appointment

Prospective buyers may begin the virtual tour at any moment without needing to schedule an appointment with the sellers. Simply visit our website and start your tour at any time of day.


  • More security

As already mentioned, the issue of safety was the motto for the beginning of virtual tours. Nowadays, the pandemic is more and more under control, but not yet eradicated. In this way, we guarantee safety for everyone involved.


  • Cost savings

You are currently in an investment phase if you are looking for a home. If you can cut some unnecessary costs, you might start with the cost of travelling to the numerous houses for sale. Aside from the expenditures of moving, you will save time in your hunt for the perfect home.


How to do a virtual tour on our website?


The virtual tour is simple, intuitive, and anyone with access to a device can navigate through the property they want. Follow these steps to start your first virtual tour.


  • Go to on your smartphone or PC. To view all of the properties for sale in the Western Algarve, click on the word "Buy" When you see a home that piques your attention, click on it.


Image demonstrating how to take a virtual tour on the Casas do Barlavento website. The buy button is displayed so you can choose the property and start the tour.



  • When you are in the desired property, you will see the start of the virtual tour below. This is the initial screen that explains how to navigate the property. To travel around the house, use your computer keyboard or mouse. If you're using a smartphone, simply swipe your finger across the screen to indicate the direction you want to go.


Image demonstrating what a virtual tour looks like on the Casas do Barlavento website.



  • If you are interested in the property after viewing it, you can meet with one of our sellers on a virtual meeting and ask any questions you may have about it. Aside from the meeting, you can also share the link to the virtual tour with others. Simply click on the highlighted area in the image to access these options.


Image demonstrating what a virtual tour looks like on the Casas do Barlavento website. Demonstration of the button to share or start a virtual meeting with one of the salesmen of the Algarve Real Estate Agency.


Take a look at this studio for sale in Portimão, one minute from Alvor beach, with the option of a virtual tour. A good choice for individuals wishing to invest in a property in a touristy but peaceful region.


Virtual tour of Algarve real estate for sale


Take a virtual tour of the houses in our portfolio to see for yourself the advantages of listing your home with us. Prospective buyers are increasingly interested in virtual tours, which allow for real-time viewings and dialogue.


  1. 2-bedroom penthouse for sale in Lagos.

This two-bedroom penthouse is located just 2 minutes from Porto Mós beach in Lagos, localized at Belmar Spa & Beach Resort. From the terrace, you have a magnificent view of the sea and the natural light, that invites you to spend the evenings with family or friends in a large space for outdoor dining.


On the first floor, you have the same breathtaking view of Porto Mós beach from the terrace of the living and dining room. The kitchen is equipped with high-quality appliances, and you have access from here to a large terrace overlooking the resort's gardens. From the double bedroom, you have access to the same terrace. The double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and built-in wardrobe have a balcony overlooking the beach. This penthouse has a total of two bathrooms, one private and one shared.


This apartment with a terrace for sale in Lagos is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a holiday home in the Algarve with sea views. Investing in this penthouse gives you access to the resort's pools, spa, gym, and gardens, as well as a 24-hour reception.


2 bedroom villa image for sale in Lagos with terrace and sea views in the middle of Belmar Spa & Beach Resort



  1. 4-bedroom villa for sale in Praia da Luz

This property is in peaceful urbanisation just minutes from the centre of Lagos's Luz village. You may wake up to a privileged view of the sea from the terraces of this property for sale on Praia do Luz beach. This villa's lawn includes a pool and a covered area for dining outside. On this floor, there is a bedroom with a view of the pool, as well as a bathroom.


One of the bedrooms upstairs has access to a covered terrace, while the other two bedrooms have access to a big patio from which you may access the roof terrace via stairs.


The villa is very spacious and well-lit by natural light. There is also a covered parking space and a fireplace in the living room for chilly days.


Image of one of the terraces with sea view of a villa for sale in Praia da Luz - Lagos, with 4 bedrooms, swimming pool and garden.



  1. 2-bedroom apartment for sale in Odiáxere, Lagos

Have you ever imagined living in a quiet area, just minutes away from the two busiest towns in the Western Algarve? This apartment is for those who appreciate peace, close to rural areas and extensive sandy beaches. In this apartment for sale in Odiáxere, 10 minutes from Lagos and 10 minutes from the town of Portimão, you have a garage space in the basement and a storage room in the attic of a building with only six units.


The apartment is equipped with a kitchen, floating parquet flooring and fitted wardrobes. The kitchen is open plan and offers plenty of space for dining and living. The two-bedroom apartment has a bathroom with a shower tray.


Image of the kitchen in open space of a flat for sale in Odiáxere, Lagos. Flat with 2 bedrooms, garage and storage room in a building of 6 fractions.



  1. 4-bedroom villa with sea view in Praia da Luz

Did you know that we have one of the nicest sea views in Praia da Luz in our portfolio? This four-bedroom villa is part of the stunning Quinta da Boavista in Luz. A quiet location, 10 minutes’ walk from several shops, restaurants, supermarkets or other amenities such as the famous Praia da Luz beach.


This villa has two entrances, one of which leads to the garage, from which you can access the terrace with a heated pool via a small staircase. On the upper street, you'll find the main entrance door with access to a staircase that connects the basement, the garage and the upper floor of the villa. On this floor, there is also a covered terrace where you can meet friends for a barbecue.


All the rooms are spacious and have plenty of sunlight. Some of the rooms overlook the beautiful Luz beach and have terraces where you can read in the morning or have breakfast in peace. One of the four bedrooms in this villa has been converted into an office.


Image of the living room of a 4 bedroom villa with sea views in luz beach in Lagos. Villa with swimming pool for sale in Praia da Luz, Algarve.


With this small introduction to virtual tours, we want to show you how important it is to have your property on the market by allowing buyers to view the property remotely. In addition to this tool, we also use professional videos and photos to promote your property on various property platforms.


Do you have a house for sale in the Western Algarve? Contact us immediately, and we will be happy to add your property to our portfolio.