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Hi, this is Steve Westmark of Counselor Realty.  Thanks so much for watching my video blog this week.  Counselor Realty recently introduced to the marketplace through Circle Pix their new Star Marketing System.  And these are some of the things that their new system will do.  Number one, as we add our pictures to your property and you’re putting it on the market, they do a virtual tour on your property.  With that virtual tour, it is then sent out to places like, Zillow, Yahoo,, and Trulia.  

They also put things together that go out to YouTube.  And with those YouTube videos of your tour, they’re also linked back to the many websites that are out there in the marketplace that brings your property higher in the search engines as people are looking for it.  They also generate a DVD that gives a video tour that people can pick up and just pop in their computer if they’d like.  They automatically then help us so that we can post it to our Facebook video pages or we can put them on Craigslist or other third-party sites that will allow us to post in social media.

Another thing that they do is they put together a personal QR code on your property with your video tour.  We also now have this 24-hour information line that as people drive up to your property they can either with their smartphone take a picture of the QR code or they can call on the telephone and receive immediately by text or by message more information on your property.  

The continuance of changes in technology are things that we like to adapt and continue to adapt and make things even better for buyers that are in our marketplace, but also much better for you as a seller as you’re trying to get the maximum value for your property by making sure more and more eyeballs are seeing your property on the market.  Make is a great day and thanks for listening.  Bye!


As a Seller, Will You Need a Truth in Housing Inspection?

by Steve Westmark

Click here to see list of cities required in metro area to have Truth in Housing Inspections

STEVE:  Hi, this is Steve Westmark, Counselor Realty.  We’re at the Twins’ ball park and sitting on the golden glove, and I want you to know that I want to give you golden glove service when you come to buy or sell a house.  Well, in this week’s video blog I’m going to talk to you a little bit about as you sell a house what are some of the things you have to do.

In many cities, they have a thing called for a time-of-sale housing inspection ordinance.  And I’ll name the cities that they’re required in: Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maplewood, Minneapolis, New Hope, Osseo, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, and South St. Paul.  Now if you have a home in one of those areas and we’re going to sell that home for you, you’re going to need to go to our website and we’ll have a download of this five-page report that tells you what to do to do this time-of –sale inspection.

These are great for your buyers because as the buyers come through, you’ll have had an inspection done on the home and in some cases, have to do some repairs that are going to need to be done.  But it’s a great opportunity for you to know about these types of things if you’re a seller in the marketplace.  Now all the other cities at this point don’t require it, but as I’ve had in earlier videos, I’ve pointed out that it’s really a good idea to have an inspection done on your home anyways.

That way, you’re prepared for what a buyer’s home inspection might have to it.  Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this video today.  At the bottom of this video blog, you’ll see the link that will take you to this five-page report on housing inspection ordinances.  Make it a great day!  And go Twins!



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