Video tour company bought by entrepreneur

TRAVERSE CITY—Real Tour Vision (RTV Inc.) announced today that serial entrepreneur Ernie Blood has acquired the majority of its shares and will take on the new active role as president and CEO. Blood, an international trainer and author of “The Pocket Real Estate Guides,” will take over RTV and its network of 1,000-plus global videographers and photographers.

Traverse City-based RTV provides virtual tour software, property websites, 3D walkthroughs, virtual staging, and marketing services for professional photographers, real estate agents, and brokers. RTV is also a Google Trusted Photography Agency and offers professional still photography, virtual tours, and drone services to corporations throughout North America and worldwide. RTV’s major business categories include hospitality, healthcare, assisted living, apartment communities, home builders, and real estate. Some clients include Choice Hotels International, G6 Hospitality (Motel 6), and Red Lion Hotels Corp., which runs the hotel chains Red Lion, Signature, America’s Best Value Inn, Knights Inn, and others.

Blood brings more than 40 years of marketing expertise to RTV after having partnered with or helped start and operate companies such as Global Referral Center Inc., Harmon Media Group, CellAHome, ProspectConverter, Home Actions LLC,, EMB Lenders, SecureData 365,, Carmel Digital Printing, ConnectNow Inc., and others. In total, Blood has been involved with and helped grow over 45 companies since 1973.

“In the short term, Ernie will give RTV instant access to products and services that have previously been outside of our reach and are also likely to be a financial barrier for our competitors,” RTV founder Jason LaVanture said. “Looking forward, Ernie will help us create strategic relationships that will keep our professional photographers from around the world growing for years to come.”

Said Blood: “I looked at many companies in this sector to add to our network of technology companies. RTV stood out because of its leadership, strong team, longevity in the industry, business integrity, vast photography network, and consistent advancement of technology since 1999. With Jason’s leadership, cutting edge technology, and backing by our local and global partners, RTV will continue to be the dominant leader in their marketplace. RTV customers can expect tremendous leaps in technology and service offerings in the months to come.”

Since 1999, RTV has built a network of virtual tour providers, photographers, and aerial drone pilots worldwide, who offer marketing and photography services to local real estate agents and fulfill national and international photography, drone, and virtual tour contracts for RTV. More at


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