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St. Paul and Minneapolis REALTORS ®: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Area Leaders

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                                           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 Area Leaders.

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.



                                          Jim Asbury, CRS, GRI, SRES, Broker

As co-owner of Area Leaders, 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 unparalled 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 Area Leaders is no different.


tony_miller_250_01 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®

amyhaugen1_280Amy 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. 

Contact Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Area Leaders today to get started on your loft and condo search.


                            Eric Solberg, Urban Lofts and Condos REALTOR®


ericsolberg1_280Eric Solberg lives the urban life to the fullest and likes to share his passion for the Twin Cities with everyone he meets. You can often find Eric taking in a Minnesota Wild or Twins game, riding his bike along Minnehaha Creek or attending a music concert. In fact, Midwest Home Magazine published a feature article on Eric about loft and condo living, including tips for prospective buyers and how they too can experience the enjoyments and excitement of city living. 

Apart for his love for the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, Eric has a passion for real estate, marketing and consumer trends. Upon graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Marketing, Eric landed a job with one of the top multifamily housing contractors in the Twin Cities, where he generated new business opportunities with real estate developers and some of the nation's largest retailers. It was at this time Eric fully realized his interest and passion for real estate. Eric then put his skills to work for a marketing consulting company, where he managed the delivery of cutting edge consumer insights and marketing strategies to clients that included Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies.

Eric comes from a long line of successful real estate agents so it’s no surprise the trade comes naturally to him. He can proudly claim 4th generation Realtor for the Solberg family! Growing up around real estate, Eric learned from his father what it takes to delight clients, and the relationship continues to add depth to his skill set.

Eric's buyer and seller clients benefit from his service-oriented approach, wealth of knowledge & insight on current market trends and conditions, and his innate ability to understand and cater to his client's needs and objectives. Working with Eric you will experience a level of service, communication and professionalism not typically found in the real estate industry. For him, it boils down to setting up his clients for success and delivering. If you're looking for a Realtor that will exceed your expectations, look no further. 




                                   Kris Corts, Urban Lofts and Condos REALTOR® kriscorts1_280

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®

tylorjohnson1_280 A proud Minnesotan, much of Tylor's freetime is spent in activities that allow him to gain a better understanding of his city. Theater, golf and bicycling are all activities he enjoys, as they allow him to see and explore his city in new ways. Tylor is proud of his city, and is excited to watch it grow and evolve!

Many of his clients remark upon Tylor's unique ability to put people at ease. That is something we really admire about Tylor- selling or buying a home can be stressful, but Tylor finds a way to take the stress off of his clients so that they can focus on their lives, leaving him to focus on their home.



                                      Sherry Graham, Urban Lofts and Condos Expert

sherrygraham1_280With 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.

Area Leaders 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!



Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Area Leaders'

Business Philosophy


Superior businesses exist as a direct result of the care they extend to each and every client they serve. Area Leaders 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 Area Leaders 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.