Blog Tag: 360 home tour

Preparing For a 360 Home Tour

Preparing your own home to begin with 360 virtual tour demands time, extra effort, thorough analysis and sometimes cash in order to end up with a virtual tour that will actually offer you potential buyers. A virtual tour of your home will perform an indispensable role when marketing your property online. There are quite a few ways you can make every corner of your house shine on camera and stand out on each shot.

Start off with the front and back exteriors. Trim all of the shrubs, mow the lawn and keep away unnecessary things in the garden like water hose or whatever gardening tools. Take into consideration adding plants that bear colorful flowers. They will add an extra factor on the exterior virtual tour shot. Removing trees dry stems and leaves is going to make the surrounding look more pleasant, lighter and spacious. Keep your driveway and entry way free from clutter. This part of the house should give a whole new and inviting impression.

The next stop in getting ready for your virtual tour is going to be the living room. Make certain that things are in its proper place. Move away excess furniture and decorations. Doing it will assist you to build a refreshing ambiance and have an open and clean space creating the living area look bigger. Tidy up the shelves, clean off dust on tables and on every fixture inside the room. If at all possible, add paintings somewhere on a wall with light and lively colors soothing to the eyes. Finally, replace worn out light bulbs in this part of the house to give it full exposure. Additionally, good source of light will do a whole lot of help through the photo session.

The kitchen ought to be equally clean just like the living room. Wash off dust on every counter-top. Make every corner sparkle. Be crafty with some more kitchen stuffs; keep it in order and in a nice way. Pay attention up to the smallest details such as freeing the sink from dirty dishes, keeping the trash empty and cleaning off spots of food and sauce on the floor.

Every bath room inside the house ought to be kept tidy. Thoroughly clean the mirrors and glass surfaces. Towels should be placed neatly on the towel bar. Keep away stuff that mustn’t be in the bath area. Close the toilet lid and empty the garbage.

Generally, getting your home all set for a virtual tour may somehow seem stressful. Looking for what really needs the repair, what should be withdrawn or what could be added and every other things that require your attention to make every corner of the house shine on every shot. Being creative in staging your property will allow you to have a virtual tour that will make potential buyers consider your property.

BlueLaVaMedia is Your Pathway to Success

Everyone we’ve worked with here in Northern Michigan agrees that BlueLaVaMedia saves home sellers and home buyers time. Our advanced interactive virtual media presentations add convenience, security and peace of mind to both sides of the transaction when it comes to buying or selling a home. Jim and I want you to stand out! Stop on by our Traverse City virtual tour company website today and see the benefits of integrating the most powerful real estate marketing system into your listing and sales process.

Learn creative ways of using the QR-codes and demo our powerful “Gyro-Enabled HTML 5 HD Virtual Tours. No longer is it acceptable to simply put a sign in the front yard, purchase a 3-line classified newspaper ad, send out “Just Listed” postcards or hold an open house.  97% of consumers surveyed prefer their home to be as a virtual tour with multiple photos first.  Stop on by our website today and see new ways to enhance your overall visibility that can help move listings faster and attract more qualified clients.

Traverse City Virtual Tours

Jim Blue & Jason LaVanture
Local – 231-946-1360
Toll Free – 877-941-TOUR (8687)

Facebook is Serious Business!

Facebook Is Serious Business!Don’t get caught up in the games!


Fellow RTV Virtual Tour providers,

Your time is precious and the busy season for virtual tour production is upon us! How are you spending your time? Greetings from Bridgewater Nova Scotia, Nancy Bain and Supernova Studios. Your Nova Scotia virtual tours provider, fellow provider and RTV family member.

I’ve been very fortunate to connect with many of you already on facebook. Each time I add a fellow RTV virtual tour provider, I file you to a “special” place on my Friends List I have created called RTV providers.

I have close to 700 friends on facebook. Each “friend” is filed to a certain list. Ex- high school, family, friends, RTV providers, Social Media, Real Estate, and one I simply call Networking.

I discipline myself to one hour per day networking on facebook. Please visit my fan page at For many of you, you do not have that much time (and that’s a good thing) but typically, I spend 20 minutes first thing in the morning (then CLOSE facebook), and the rest of the time in the evening on my “off” time.

My email inbox is constantly open and downloads email automatically. I get notifications all day long via my inbox from facebook. I will (quickly) read the notification and decide if it is worth interrupting my work to respond to. I respond to all friend requests immediately with a thank you “inbox” (which I have saved and copy and paste) telling them my story. I explain that I am an RTV provider and producer of Nova Scotia virtual tours. I’m certain to let them know that I offer 360 degree, full screen high definition virtual tours that will rank organically on google and can be shared through social media platforms. I tell them my passion is social media that I offer a social ignition e-course at my site they are welcome to participate in.

Facebook for me is about two things. Networking and Learning. I only read newsfeed information from these lists: RTV providers, Social Media, Real Estate and Networking. Organize your friends into “lists” so that you can concentrate on what is important in the newsfeed and not waste time on the rest of it.

Networking: I spend half my twenty minutes networking and engaging people. I wish happy birthday’s, I comment on photos, and status updates (from the above lists) and from the fan pages that I have chosen to “like”.

Learning: I DO NOT “LIKE” RANDOM PAGES. They clog up my newsfeed and waste my time. I only “like “ pages that will supply me with valuable industry related information. And I comment on these pages too. THAT is where the friend requests are coming from that I file under “networking”. These are LIKE MINDED people in the industry who have a passion for: photography, social media, real estate, etc. Some of these people/pages offer valuable insight or tips that is related to OUR BUSINESS.

Facebook can be addictive. Which brings me to the point of this blog. If you are playing games on facebook, chatting with friends, and not using it as a business tool. You are wasting your valuable time and your business will slow because of this.

Here is a tip if your newsfeed is clogged with constant “game” notifications: “On your regular News Feed, you can weed out the updates from farming, organized crime, vampire, or casual games your friends are playing. Just move the mouse cursor to the end of the first line from an update from say, Mafia Wars, and click the Hide button that appears. A box pops up giving you the option to either hide game updates (or the friend) from your News Feed.”

A better way to do this is by organizing your “friends” in to lists and only following those “worth” following.

If you aren’t sure how to organize your friends into lists, or if you have any questions related to facebook, please be sure to “like” my page at and post any questions you have there. I answer all questions within 24 hours.

I’m spending my time on facebook networking and learning. I hope you are too. Don’t get caught up in the games and pointless time wasted.  If you do I’m sure you competitors will be thanking you all the way to the bank!

Your Nova Scotia virtual tours provider,
Nancy Bain
Supernova Studios
Order a virtual tour: 902-543-2185

Traverse City Real Estate on Tax Credits

Do You Qualify for the New $8000 Tax Credit?
Written by Jason Kudary Real Estate

No doubt you’ve heard something about the new $8000 tax credit available for first-time home buyers as part of the latest stimulus package. I wanted to provide you with a brief and easy-to-understand summary of what the credit means and who is eligible to take advantage of it.

The tax credit is for first-time home buyers who purchase a home from January 1, 2009 to November 30, 2009. Those eligible can receive a credit of $8000 or 10% of the value of the home, whichever is lower.

This is a tax credit, meaning it is a dollar-for-dollar tax reduction. So for example, if you were to owe $8000 in income tax and you qualify for the $8000 tax credit, then you would actually owe nothing. And, the tax incentive is refundable. If you were to owe only $4000 in income tax and qualify for the $8000 tax credit, you can apply $4000 of the credit toward your tax liability and receive a check for the remaining $4000.

The tax credit is available for any home that will be used as a principle residence, including single-family homes (including manufactured homes), townhouses and condominiums. Keep in mind that you would be required to repay the credit if you sell your home within three years.

The incentive does begin to phase out for couples earning above $150,000 and single filers with incomes above $75,000.

For more details on this and any other questions you may have, feel free to give us a call. We use the most powerful property marketing tools to sell your home faster in a slow market including interactive 360 Virtual Tours, Panoramic Sign Riders, Floor Plan Services, Elevated Photography, and mass listing distribution to YouTube, Craigslist, and more!!

Traverse City Real Estate – Jason Kudary Real Estate

Getting Your Virtual Tour Company LinkedIn

A few days ago I was on linkedin and saw that I only had a couple of recommendations. I decided to change that and requested my clients to write something about their experience with our Houston Virtual Tour Company Lenee Photography. Here is what some of them said….I promise I did not pay them!!!

Helene Orwin|RE/MAX Northwest writes:

“Mike is creative and very professional and overall a great guy.” April 14, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

David Henderson|Zero Gravity Inc. writes:

“Mike has repeatedly provided excellent photography at reasonable rates for our porjects. We will continue to use his services any chance we get.” April 20, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value

Rosemarie Torti|Coldwell Banker United writes:

“Mike was highly recommended to my by another highly successful Coldwell Banker agent. I gave Mike a try and have used him for every listing since! He takes great pictures that stand out compared to my competition. Mike is also very professional and shows great follow up. I enjoy doing business with him.” April 20, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value

Dean Melton|RE/MAX The Woodlands and Spring writes:

“Mike has done a tremendous job for us with our real estate business doing our virtual tours and photos of homes. He is extremely professional and personable. I would highly recommend him to anyone . We very picky people and he really pays attention to detail.” April 20, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Bonnie Griffin|RE/MAX Northwest writes:

“Mike is a qualified professional that goes out of his way to accomodate my client’s and my time frame for getting our photography and design work done quickly and with high quality.” April 20, 2009
Top qualities: Personable, On Time, High Integrity

Nancy Ingram|Coldwell Banker United writes:

“Mike is exceptional. The quality and service he provides is second to none. As a Realtor, I have hired Mike several times to prepare the Virtual Tours for my listings. He is easy to work with, schedules the appointments quickly, and even my impatient sellers are thrilled to see their virtual tours within a few short days. He captures high quality pictures, creates his own panaramic views, and best of all, my clients are happy!” April 21, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity

Priscilla Ferguson|Texas Home Group writes:

“Mike did a great job and was readily available for any questions I had. He always answered his phone!–which today is a great asset in itself.” April 22, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, On Time

Building a successfully company means getting feedback from your clients and finding out what they think of you and your company. Do not be afraid to ask them what they think. It will only make you and your virtual Tour company stronger. Remember to always tell your clients about different services you have and what will help them market their property or business better. I promise that your clients will not get mad at you all.

Mike Stolte
Lenee’ Photography
Houston Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour (832) 247-0634