Earlier this year www.trademe.co.nz sneakily added the option to integrate a 3D Virtual Walkthrough/Tour from the Matterport platform (as HomePlan 3D walkthroughs are) onto property listings.  But when creating a property listing, there is no visible option to link it to your HomePlan 3D walkthrough – just You Tube and Vimeo videos.  So…how does one activate this awesome yet mysterious Trade Me 3D Tour feature?

The most straightforward way…is to delegate!

Just ask us and we’ll sort it for you.  All we need to know is your listing URL and we will magically make it appear.  We know stuff and people.

Don’t believe in magic or delegation?  Well then, prepare to be empowered!

For casual Trade Me users

This is for those of you (and us) who have a Trade Me account and create our own individual listings as you need to. 

At this stage there is no option during the listing creation process to add a 3D Tour.  This feature is likely to be added by Trade Me in the future…but it’s not here yet.  But don’t worry, Trade Me can help:

  1. Get the HomePlan 3D walkthrough URL from us.
  2. Create your Trade Me property listing as you normally do, and note the URL or listing number for your new listing.
  3. Email propertyagents@trademe.co.nz both URLs, asking them to activate the 3D Tour feature on that property.
  4. Trade Me will email back to confirm when it’s loaded.

Success!

For advanced API users

That sounds serious.  Do I have an API, and how advanced is it?  Read on…

The Trade Me Application Programming Interface (API) allows non-Trade Me systems to talk to Trade Me and automate the listing process.  Most real estate agencies and property management firms with their own systems will use an API interface that creates the Trade Me property listing at the click of a button.

Here’s some geeky details, to allow you to discuss it with your system provider:

  1. The Trade Me API allows you to create a listing as follows: https://developer.trademe.co.nz/api-reference/selling-methods/list-an-item/
  2. POST data allows Embedded Content for You Tube, Matterport, IStaging, Vimeo and Diakrit. Search for “Matterport” on the above page to find the format for the MatterportKey – a.k.a. the URL for the HomePlan 3D walkthrough we’ve provided.

If your system provider hasn’t implemented this automated option yet, ask them to!  Plus let us know, we will add your voice to that of others also wanting their API to be updated.

The fall back option is, you guessed it:

  1. Get the HomePlan 3D walkthrough URL from us.
  2. Create your Trade Me property listing as you normally do via the API, and note the URL or listing number for your new listing.
  3. Email propertyagents@trademe.co.nz both URLs, asking them to activate the 3D Tour feature on that property.
  4. Trade Me will email back to confirm when it’s loaded.

Any other cool stuff?

I’m glad you asked – Yes!

Fine tune your 3D Tour by adding additional URL parameters to the URL we provide.  Bang these on at the end of the URL before you send them to Trade Me (they also work when you use the URL in a standard browser).  They generally allow you to remove some distractions that might confuse those new to 3D Tours.

Some cool things you can do include turning off the VR option, disabling zoom, hiding tags, setting the Highlight Reel Guided Tour to play on a continuous loop, and turn off that over-time-annoying “gently pan” option within the Guided Tour.

All the options are outlined here: https://support.matterport.com/hc/en-us/articles/209980967-URL-Parameters

 

Once again if you need some help, contact the HomePlan NZ team.  We do this stuff all day, every day!