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Use virtual reality to find a new apartment – CNET

Finding an apartment to rent can be a time-consuming process.

Real-life properties don’t look like the pictures, or dozens of prospective applicants have already submitted bids before you.

Apartments.com is testing virtual reality tours so tenants can view a range of properties without ever needing to set foot in the actual house.

At a demo in San Francisco at the National Apartment Association conference in June 2016, attendees could walk through a series of properties using an HTC Vive headset and hand controllers.

“Some of the feedback that we got back on traditional photos and videos is that the consumer didn’t trust the author of those medias because they felt like they were just giving you the best experience possible,” said Joe Albrecht, vice president of software development at Costar.

“So VR puts the person in control of the experience and they like being able to walk around any…

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