Without a doubt it was the best property buying experience that me, or anyone in my extended family, or any of my friends has ever had. I sincerely appreciated Andy Asbury's astute, thorough and organized command of the bidding, buying, closing and even moving in process. His recommendations are still helping me with the details of organizing my new home.
-Robert, North Loop
I wanted to try a different real estate company other than the popular edina realty, remax., I felt I may receive better service/attention, and I certainly did! My agent Ingrid was absolutely wonderful, patient, explained as we went along, Ingrid started off giving me a binder with information., I always was able to reach her immediately if not that instant she returned my calls quickly. I am very happy with Lakes | Sotheby's International Realty. Definitely refer Ingrid!
Tylor Johnson is a diamond in the rough. In an industry flooded with agents, he shines above the crowd. After living in the home that we loved for over 20 years, he recognized what a personal transaction it was, and he never lost sight of that. Not only did he sell our home in 13 days, but he did it with both personal and professional expertise. He’s a great communicator and he’s very skilled at electronic marketing, but his sincere care and sensitivity throughout the whole process made all the difference.
Hi Amy Haugen! I just wanted to send you a short note to thank you for the incredible job you did in helping me "settle" in to the Crossings. As I explained to you …. my entire life was in flux. Through your diligence, understanding and perseverance I am now very happily settled in to the Crossings and completely at peace in my life. While I have a long road of "repair" ahead of me I like to think that because of you my life is very different. I appreciate all that you did to assist me, the late evening phone calls and emails, following up on the parking space, etc. You were able to see through my eyes how desperately I wanted the condo but also how desperately I needed positive change in my life.
Thank you so much Amy, for everything. I would recommend you to anyone who asks! (and probably even those that don't).
Manager, Office of Multi-Cultural Services, Hennepin County
Working with Amy Haugen has been absolutely phenomenal. With an extremely tight schedule of finding a new apartment and buying a car within 2 days, I owe it to Amy to help me get the job done. Through the extensive emailing back and forth from Taiwan/Boston/Florida, Amy has been reachable at all times and had answers to all my questions.
Dedicating her time to me during my 2 day visit, Amy gave me a personal tour of the different parts of the city. Understanding my needs, Amy knew exactly what I was looking for and showed me the perfect apartment - I fell in love with it instantly. Nobody could have done a better job than Amy.
Teresa Wu - Skyscape Condos
I had a great experiance with Tylor Johnson. I pretty much looked all over the cities before finally deciding on the east side of the cities, needless to say he was very patient with me. I ended up finding the house I wanted in White Bear Lake. He was able to negotiate the price down to what I wanted and could afford. I am/was very happy with the process and my home purchase.
Tylor Johnson found the property we were looking for and helped us make an informed decision on purchase price. He was professional in his dealings, and proactive in getting us the information we requested. I would definitely use Tylor again and recommend him to others for any real estate transactions.
Andy, I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help so far. You have been so patient, professional and extremely helpful. I know that you have probably found us to be strange with all our unusual questions. Well, with cultural differences, it is not so easy to transfer around the world and get accustomed to different ways. Thanks for your understanding.
Executive Vice President of HR - Carlson Hotels
I have practiced real estate law in outstate Minnesota for nearly 40 years and have worked with scores -- maybe hundreds -- of realtors. In the past year my wife and I have had the opportunity to work with Andy Asbury in the purchase of a downtown Mpls "metro cabin", and later the exchange of that "cabin" for another. No one could have done a better job than Andy. He has been at all times responsive to our requests and on top of every detail. He leaves nothing to chance. We have recommended him to many friends who are looking for homes or second homes in the metro area.
Howard F Haugh
March 10, 2009
In the summer of 2008, my fiancé Meagan and I decided that with the wedding fast approaching the following May, it was time to find a home to start our lives together, preferably a place of our own and not our parent’s basement. At the time, Meagan was renting in Uptown, and with all of the great nightlife, restaurants, and parks in the area, as well as the proximity to downtown and both of our jobs, it was the best place to begin the search.
We soon discovered the process of searching listings in the area was incredibly frustrating and time consuming. Various real estate websites reported listings in a disorganized and confusing fashion, making it difficult to focus in on specific neighborhoods or building developments. This is when we came across Andy’s website, MinnesotaLoftsandCondos.com. Andy has organized his site so that you can search for listings by the neighborhoods as we know them in Minneapolis, as well as by individual building development. Meagan and I would take walks through the neighborhoods we pictured ourselves in, take notice of the buildings we liked, and go straight to Andy’s website when we got home to see what was available. Andy also provides history and details behind hundreds of building developments in the area. It was truly our one-stop shop for condo hunting.
We first met Andy last summer at a free condo and loft seminar he puts on regularly. Being first-time home buyers, we were completely clueless when it came to starting the search, financing our home, credits and grants that are available, and what to look for in our first place. Andy walked us through the process from start to finish and left us confident that we would be able to find a place that fit our needs and make the purchase as painless as possible.
In early October 2008, we contacted Andy to ask if he could start showing us some available units in the area. From his website, I sent him a few links of places we were interested in along with our budget. From this, he was able to locate some additional units we had overlooked but might be interested in (all of them were right on the mark!). What Meagan and I were most amazed of was his inside-out knowledge of every building in the city. When he took us to tour a dozen units we were interested in, he was able to provide details about every building from how strong the association is, to the reputation of the developer, to the neighborhood amenities, to the quality of workmanship that went into the building and to the relative value of the units compared to others on the market. Andy’s understanding of and passion for the Twin Cities condo market made him best suited to fit our needs or the needs of anyone buying in the area.
After our first trip out to look at units, we made an offer on the second listing we ever saw in the Art Quarters Lofts building. Andy walked us through the offer process at 11pm on a Friday night and was kind enough to answer all of the nervous questions we had as first-time home buyers late that night in his office. Early in the next week, we had a signed contract and a price that was better than we were hoping for.
Andy continued to answer all of our questions as well as serve and oblige all of our nagging needs right through closing. Always available by phone and email, I had no doubts or questions left by the time it was over. Even after closing when I had an important question about our place and did not know who to look to (again, late on a Friday night), I called Andy and he helped me all the way through. Start to finish, working with Andy was the easiest and most fulfilling home buying experience I could have imagined and we look forward to working with him again in the future.
Andy and Meagan Grill
To Whom It May Concern:
When my wife, Karen, and I began looking for a condominium in the Minneapolis downtown area last summer we were sure we knew exactly what we were looking for. Were we ever wrong! Fortunately for us, we had chosen Andy Asbury over several other real estate agents we had worked with. After seeing several units, Karen and I signed an agreement to close on a particular unit. Upon further deliberation, we realized we had made a mistake and needed to withdraw from the contract. I assumed Andy would lose it when I called him to inform him of our decision. I was wrong again. His patience and understanding of our situation was amazing. He not only continued as our realtor, but he immediately began to assemble a list of more properties he felt we might be interested in. It was his patience with our indecisiveness that prevented us from totally giving up on the entire process. Thanks to his knowledge of the condominium market and his ability to read us, Andy quickly identified an absolutely beautiful condominium along the Mississippi River in the Old Mill District that had just come up in the market. After a quick viewing, we purchased it immediately and could not be happier.
Throughout the entire process, Andy was always available and very well prepared every time we called or met with him. We particularly appreciated his attention to detail that he demonstrated in preparing many comparative property analyses we had requested of him. After the purchase, he continued to be extremely helpful. He is very familiar with the metro area and has developed many key contacts in the construction industry. We employed several of them to repaint the entire interior, replace all wall fixtures and clean the carpets. Andy coordinated all of this work for us as we live five hours away from the Twin Cities area.
Somehow, Andy made the entire property search and procurement process an enjoyable event. I just cannot say enough about the job he did for us. Andy is a true professional.
Jim and Karen, Humboldt Lofts
I didn't know where to start or what my options were at first. You put me at ease with your patience and understanding, and then impressed me with your expertise. You clearly laid out my options and wanted me to make the best decision- even if it meant not selling my home.
When it became clear that a short sale was my best option, you were amazing. You priced my home aggressively, which turned out to be absolutely the right price for the market. You provided immeasurable help with difficult lenders, and you kept both me and the buyer in the loop every step of the way.
With your help, I successfully sold my home, avoided potential foreclosure, and saved me thousands of dollars in mortgage costs. As you know, I've already recommended you to my friends and will continue to do so.
Thank you for all your help with both of my recent home purchases.
The townhome is great, and I just rented it for more than I originally expected- which speaks to your skill at finding the right property at the right price. Buying a foreclosed home presented additional challenges, which you managed with ease. You were always available to show me houses, even in the worst weather conditions. You also helped with deciding on the best offer to make and worked effectively with the owner/lender all the way to a successful closing.
The second purchase -a home for my son- wasn't any easier. He had unique needs and a limited budget. We both appreciated your dedication to looking at many houses until we found the best one for him. You also proved how invaluable a good Realtor is, as you worked to finalize the deal and ensure a quick, smooth closing.
I won't hesitate to recommend you, and look forward to working with you on my next real estate investment.
Thanks again for all the extra effort you extended during the purchase process for my Mom’s new condo! Your ability to meet with us while we were in town, arranging showings to meet our travel schedules, and take care of all other details was truly a big help.
I would absolutely recommend your services to friends and family that may be in the buying/selling a home. Thanks again for your professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile through the entire process.
I need to tell you of the first time my husband stayed at our
new home in Orono. I knew then that you had really helped me find the perfect place
for the two of us, closer to family including grandchildren in
the next years.
He found it "comfortable", "cozy", "unique", and the great shop
for his use even better than he had anticipated.
I think the communication between you and me in that regard was
key, and your attention to our needs was incredible. You are the true professional in terms of listening, suggesting,
and answering any of our questions and concerns.
I couldn't have asked for more!
I would certainly recommend you to anyone.
Many heartfelt thanks to you!
To whom this may concern: Our real estate agent was Tony Miller and I could not be happier with the service he provided us during our search. He was concerning, determined, very smart and helped us even during the hard times of our journey. He is all I really remember out of everyone, including our broker, closing agent, etc. He was there with us from the beginning and saw our process to the very end, unlike everyone else who was involved. The bottom line is would I consider referring him to someone else? Absolutely, without hesitation.
Andrew Wright, CPA
Jim offered very personable service, responded promptly to all questions, effective in negotiating with the other realtor, had a terrific crew of people to help make upgrades to my home, really understood the market analysis process; he was terrific to work with.
Diane E, Home Seller