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Two local realty companies merge

Real estate is on the move in the lakes area as two local real estate companies became one recently.

"I am very excited to announce that Schiller Realty has merged into Counselor Realty and we now have five full time producers in the office to sell properties in the lakes area," said Counselor Realty's Mike Ring.

Dave Schiller and Dave Nelson have joined the Counselor Realty team, he added, bringing their knowledge of the area with them.

"Not only do Dave Schiller and Dave Nelson do a great job working for their clients," Ring said, "but they are very active locally and have been lifelong residents of Detroit Lakes."

In light of their merger with Schiller Realty and the influx of new office personnel, Counselor Realty has relocated to the former Schiller Realty office next to the fire department at 421 West Main Street in Detroit Lakes.

Combined, Ring notes, the recently enlarged Counselor Realty will have nearly 150 listings.

"We are growing but will be keeping all of our web sites and email addresses, though," added Ring, "so people can still reach us at our most current numbers and on line at

Counselor Realty is based out of Fridley and currently has 625 agents and 16 offices throughout the state. Ring opened the local Counselor office in May of 2007.

"Counselor Realty is big in the Twin Cities and has been around since 1964," Ring remarked. "They are the largest agent-owned company in Minnesota and have been a good fit for us."

For more information about Counselor Realty, log onto or call 844-5557.