Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty
Andy Asbury, Minnesota REALTOR®
The third generation of Asburys to help others buy and sell their homes, Andy continuously looks to the past while considering the future in an effort to better serve his clients. With a father, mother and grandmother all intimately involved in the industry, Andy has had the good luck to call on a wealth of knowledge while building Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Andy quickly found a niche in the building of websites and creating award-winning marketing materials for local businesses. But it wasn't long before the family trade drew him back, and so he and his wife DeAnna returned to the Twin Cities.
Utilizing his extensive experience and skills, Andy was able to assist his family's business, TAG Mortgage, while working with clients to obtain loans with which to buy their new homes.
In 2004, Andy became a full time REALTOR and began to use his unique marketing and communication skills to great effect. Marketing new condominium developments like 1800 Clinton, Phoenix on 3rd Avenue, and 3rd Avenue Place allowed Andy to gain an in-depth understanding of the urban market.
In 2011 Andy and his father Jim decided to open up their own brokerage. By focusing on the same values that made the family business so successful, they have been able to steadily grow each year, while still maintaining the same level of care for each client.
Leslie Bruns, Lofts and Condos REALTOR®
Before she became a real estate agent, Leslie Bruns spent a decade as a teacher. She has a strong desire to help people, a knack for listening, and an uncanny ability to understand exactly what they need – qualities that served her well in the world of education and from which her clients now benefit. A certified life coach, Leslie strives to build lasting relationships with her clients so they never again wonder which agent they’ll turn to for their real estate needs. She comes from a long line of interior designers, loves to explore condos, lofts and townhomes throughout the Twin Cities, and prides herself on ensuring her clients have fantastic memories of making the biggest decisions of their lives.
In her spare time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling and learning new languages, and immersing herself in her community.
Wendy Miller, Lofts and Condos REALTOR®
Without a doubt, Wendy Miller has the best voice on the lofts and condos team. And she should, given she spends many weekend evenings behind the microphone with her band Jukebox Junkies. In the real estate world, Wendy’s clients sing her praises for being a patient agent who takes whatever time is necessary to ensure the home-buying or selling process is at once comfortable and successful. During her nearly two-decade real estate career, Wendy has worked in both Minnesota and Florida and developed deep relationships with people from throughout the industry, including contractors, lenders and more. Her clients benefit from her experience in all parts of the loft and condo buying and selling process.
When she’s not helping clients or playing music, Wendy spends as much time as can she can out of doors, pedaling her bike or running the trails.
Blake Pieper, Marketing
Between computers, tablets and other devices, Blake Pieper owns more types of electronics than he cares to admit. But when you love something, you love something – and Blake loves technology. Which is a good thing because both personally and professionally, technology is a big part of his life. By day, Blake handles our digital marketing efforts with a primary focus on our website and ensuring it provides all the information and seamless experience our agents and clients need as they buy and sell properties. In his spare time, Blake’s an avid musician. He plays acoustic, bass and electronic guitars, as well as the keyboard, and puts his digital savvy to use producing primarily Indie and pop music.Blake graduated with a degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota.
Jim Asbury, CRS, GRI, SRES, Broker
As co-owner of Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty, Jim has been able to lend his 30 years' worth of experience to building a brand that will stand the test of time. Having been in the real estate field for more than three decades, Jim has learned the methods and values that allow us to represent our clients with unparalleled honesty and which produce uncommon results.
One of the Twin City's most experienced and successful agents, Jim has sold more than one thousand homes in addition to the countless families for whom he has found the perfect new home. His abilities are evident in that over 90% of Jim's business has come via referrals from satisfied clients.
Always forward thinking, Jim continues to strive for the best service possible. This innovative approach led Jim to develop the first computer-automated appointment scheduling service, which is still the standard in the real estate field. More recently, Jim has been successful in first identifying and then promoting an iPhone and Android App allowing clients to quickly and efficiently obtain information about a property when they are on the go.
Together with his son Andy, Jim relishes the chance to build and form a brokerage molded in their values. The desire to continually create and enhance technological capabilities while never sacrificing person-to-person connections are what set Jim apart, and Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty is no different.
Tony Miller, Urban Loft & Condo REALTOR®
Born and raised in Minnesota, Tony moved to Minneapolis from a small town in 2001. It was here, that his love for architecture and new construction grew. Tony attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College and later went on to become an electrician. As an electrician, Tony gained extensive knowledge about the construction process.
Tony’s electrical experience allowed him to be on site during many new builds and property remodels. This further fostered his interest in the housing market. This interest transformed from helping build homes to selling them. So, in 2007, he made the jump and obtained his license to sell real estate. Tony’s past experience in the construction field gave him a special set of skills related to a home’s craftsmanship that he uses daily as an agent; but his social personality and motivation to work with people is what sets him apart from the rest.
Since becoming a real estate agent , Tony has been involved in millions of dollars’ worth of transactions and has experience working with clients in all different markets, including; lofts and condos, single family homes, and multi-family homes. Tony has also worked with many investors and been a part of the rehab process on multiple occasions over the years. His expertise in the housing market, in addition to his understanding of the current condo market, makes Tony a unique asset to the Better Homes and Gardens team of realtors.
Currently, Tony lives in South Minneapolis with his wife and their dog. In his free time Tony enjoys staying active in the outdoors and loves to camp, fish, hike and especially golf during Minnesota’s beautiful summers.
Amy Haugen, Lofts and Condos REALTOR®
Amy was born in St. Paul, and has lived her entire life in the Twin Cities area. She has been married to her husband Stan for 32 years, has two grown daughters, and one talented son-in-law—who happens to be Andy Asbury!
Since joining Andy and his father Jim, Amy has helped them work on several new construction condominium developments. This experience gave her unique insight into both sides of a condo transaction, as well as experience working with condo associations. Amy now shares this wealth of knowledge with her clients.
Amy is very proud to be working with her son-in-law Andy and his father, who has over 30 years as a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities area.
Eric Solberg, Urban Lofts and Condos REALTOR®
Ask Eric Solberg about his hobbies, and he’ll name a bunch of things that scream Minnesota, including following Wild hockey, playing golf and spending time on the boat. He doesn’t mention riding roller coasters, and it’s entirely possible the reason for that is because he’s ridden a roller coaster since his real estate career began in 2009. At the time, the market was highly distressed as a result of the financial crisis. Since then, there have been times it’s been highly favorable to sellers, times buyers have had a distinct advantage, and times when it’s been in between. Through it all, Eric has adapted to each market and gained experience well beyond his years, offering his clients a steady hand, broad perspective, and an attention to detail that provides them everything they need to make well-informed decisions.
Eric, who worked in marketing before becoming a full-time Realtor, grew up in Apple Valley and has lived in communities throughout the Twin Cities, including for six years in a condo in South Minneapolis. He helps people buy and sell real estate throughout the area (he’s sold property in 26 cities in the Twin Cities), and is an expert when it comes to lofts and condos. His intimate knowledge not only of the individual units within loft and condo buildings, but also of the properties themselves and the areas that surround them, helps buyers and sellers navigate the process and make the best decision for themselves.
Eric and his wife are expecting twins this fall.
Kris Corts, Urban Lofts and Condos REALTOR®
Born and raised in Indiana, Kris' journey has brought him throughout the midwest and East coast before seeing him find his true home in Minnesota's Twin Cities. With years of experience in marketing and sales, Kris' background has allowed him to excel in Minneapolis and St. Paul's real estate industry.
With his finger on the heartbeat of the Twin Cities' social scene, Kris is a vertiable expert on all things fun in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Spending much of his new time researching new areas, Kris' almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Twin Cities' various neighborhoods acts as a tremendous asset to each and very client with whom he works.
Kris loves Minneapolis because he is able to enjoy all of his favorite activities. In the summer, you can find him swimming in Lake Calhoun, touring the Sculpture Garden or relaxing on the patio of Stella's in uptown. And in the winter you will find Kris snow-shoeing, skiing, or snowboarding.
Ingrid Friel, Lofts and Condos REALTOR®
Ingrid came to us after a long and successful career in market research. Ingrid has spent the majority of her life here in the Twin Cities. She, her husband and twin girls call Eden Prairie home. Ingrid grew up in nearby Bloomington which has allowed her to gain a unique perspective on the growth and changes that have characterized the Twin Cities over recent years.
Educated first at Marquette University and then earning her MBA the Univ of St Thomas, Ingrid has shown an aptitude for learning both in and out of the classroom. Coupled with her extensive experience in the corporate environment, and in particular her work with multi-national research firms, has given her the ability to tackle and effectively handle complex assignments.
A second generation REALTOR®, Ingrid credits much of her success to her history of having been in the role of a teacher for many years. She is very thoughtful and thorough at explaining real estate market information to both buyers and sellers, taking any extra time needed with first-time buyers. Ingrid prides herself in being a good listener, patient and very service oriented. If you are looking for someone who you will immediately feel comfortable working with, look no further.
Tylor Johnson, Urban Lofts and Condos REALTOR®
Ask Tylor Johnson, who grew up in Delano, why he returned to Minnesota after living for a time in California and the answer is immediate: This is home. It’s a simple response, but spend a little more time talking to him and it’s quickly clear there’s nothing trite about it – he has a passion for Minnesota as a whole, and the Twin Cities in particular. In fact, the end goal of all of Tylor’s endeavors (he also owns a property management company and co-owns a Minneapolis brewery called Wild Mind Artisan Ales) is to help shape the future of the Twin Cities.
Tylor brings the same mindset to his clients and takes pride in seeing them succeed. Known for his ability to connect with his clients on a personal level and see things through their eyes, Tylor has an uncanny ability to reduce the stress and ratchet up the fun when it comes to helping his clients buy and sell homes. Armed with a degree in business in marketing, and a background in marketing (in California, he was a marketing manager for two radio stations and a TV station), Tylor is adept at identifying opportunities and devising plans to bring them to fruition.
In his spare time, Tylor enjoys golfing, reading, traveling and spending time with his family.
Sherry Graham, Urban Lofts and Condos Expert
With nearly two decades worth of experience, Sherry is certainly one of our most experienced and skilled agents. With a wealth of knowledge about everything from metropolitan shopping districts to the quaint, small neighborhoods that are so beloved by their residents, Sherry is a valued asset to each and every client with whom she works.
Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty prides itself on working with unique and outgoing individuals, and Sherry is no exception. In addition to her extensive experience in the buying, selling and renting of homes, Sherry also happens to be an expert at flamenco, Argentinian tango and belly dancing too! We think it’s safe to say that you won’t find an agent more experienced, or as graceful either!
After having helped folks buy, sell and rent homes for more than a decade, Sherry has gained the skills necessary to help her clients transition into the next chapter of their life. Life all of our agents, Sherry is able to help her clients by taking an “outside-the-box” approach to their relationship, allowing them to obtain a superior result.
If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, Sherry is probably the best resource available. An avid “foodie,” Sherry is constantly searching out the next new, great restaurants in the Twin Cities. As many Minnesotans will tell you, it’s often the “hole in the wall” that surprises you with the high quality and authentic cuisine that so many of them have. That’s why Sherry loves the Twin Cities. With hundreds of small, locally owned restaurants and cafes serving wonderful food, it’s hard to go wrong. Some of her favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities are Moscow on the Hill, La Grolla, and Naviya’s.
Sherry’s impressive abilities come as no surprise to those who know her. A fun, smart and outgoing personality, it’s safe to say that she is the only REALTOR® around who is adept at not only flamenco but Argentine tango and belly dancing too!
Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty
Superior businesses exist as a direct result of the care they extend to each and every client they serve. Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty embraces this belief, and we think that it shows in our everyday business. Our agents care about our clients, and we genuinely desire to obtain the best outcome for our clients and their families. We will work tirelessly on your behalf, and our sole desire is to ensure your satisfaction.
We work to always do what is right, moral and ethical. We treat others fairly, and we act in our client’s best interests- as the saying goes, everyone does better when everyone does better. What that means to us is that it is more important to help others in the community than it is to profit off of them, and at the end of the day we hope that those who have engaged us on their journey feel rewarded, blessed and will always think of us as their trusted advisors and friends.
We at Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty take our position in our clients’ lives seriously. As real estate agents, we assume a position of great importance in the lives of our clients, and we cherish the responsibility and the knowledge of our charge. We believe in developing and growing strong relationships with clients both past and present, along with associates in our industry. It is through this ongoing communication that we are able to grow and improve.
We believe that we can be the best in our field. Our commitment to superior customer service is evident in each partnership we begin, but what is perhaps less visible is our tireless effort to participate in the ever-evolving world of marketing. We utilize visionary graphic design, dynamic marketing materials, the latest in search engine optimization and a comprehensive knowledge of Minnesota’s real estate market to give our clients the best possible service. Every time.
If you're ready to start the converstation regarding your housing needs, contact us today.