Recently one of our virtual tour providers JR Fent from Real Tour Services www.realtourservices.com in Reno, Nevada sent in an email letting us know how things were going with his virtual tour company. We were very pleased to hear…and SEE that his virtual tour business had just recently made headlines in the Reno Gazette – Journal.
No words can describe the overpowering feeling of pride and joy a business owner and entrepreneur gets when they see that very first article in the paper or the business journal. At that very moment your business is forever legitimized and held on a pedestal for the world to see. Today Real Tour Vision and it’s provider network give a Tip of the Hat to JR Fent and his son Colton for leading the virtual tour market in Reno, NV.
Here is the full story:
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When a friend of Colton Fent’s family asked for advice on finding someone to do virtual tour photography for local real estate agents Fent and his father, JR, discovered a great opportunity for the teenager to start his own business.
Searching the Web and other resources, they found no other such service using high-quality equipment in the Reno/Sparks area.
That was 2½ years ago. Since then, Colton Fent has operated Real Tour Services, meeting the needs of local real estate offices and other businesses offering virtual tours used on a Web site, the Multiple Listing Service or on CD or DVD.
Initially, JR Fent primarily handled the business with Colton gradually assuming responsibilities.
Colton Fent, 17, is a senior at Coral Academy, a Washoe County charter school. He manages to sandwich in time to do the photography along with his studies during the week, but he has plenty of hours on the weekend.
He has worked for individual real estate agents as well as major builders such as Toll Brothers and a local hotel-casino.
Important to the success of his work is the high-end HP Pavillion DV1000 notebook computer and a Canon 3.2 Mega Pixel Power Shot S1 digital camera, along with a tripod by Slik with a special head by Mansrotto. This allows him to take still photos covering 360 degrees and provides a smooth transition from shot to shot.
Initially, the Fents prepared letters and thousands of fliers distributed to real estate offices in the region. But there was not a lot of response.
“We soon found that word of mouth was the best advertising,” Colton Fent said.
Kim Aramini, an agent at Dickson Realty, doesn’t recall how she first heard about Real Tour Services, but since using JR Fent’s work 18 months ago to promote a south suburban property, she has recommended the company to others.
“On that first job, JR did a great job,” Aramini said. “It was a very unique property, and he took the time to lay out the best (virtual) photography and give me quality. So, I continued to use him.”
“They are very responsive as to what we are looking for, and that’s important with the market the way it is today. Good photos make a difference for me, and I think (JR Fent) is great.”
Judy Lynn Mandeville, a Realtor with Remax Realty Professionals, also heard about Real Tour Services and began using it for virtual tours of her listings.
“Initially, the father came to do the work, but Colton (Fent) came along with him,” Mandeville said. “I’ve used them several times, and I find them very accommodating with schedules. Always early.
“Colton (Fent) now comes to do the work. He is very professional, very wise for his years. Always courteous.”
Colton Fent said he had never worked for anyone else, but always thought he would like to have his own business, knowing it would be a good challenge.
The young entrepreneur is seeing a lot of returning customers and is enjoying the prospect of watching his business grow and prosper.