Friday, January 26, 2007

Great Realtors in the Twin Cities

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile to give kudos to two very important people- our realtors. Finding a good realtor isn't easy, especially if you're new to an area or are a first-time buyer. So, please allow me to introduce Jay Theriault and Ruth Hjelmgren, the husband-and-wife realty team that assisted us in the purchase of the home you are reading so much about.
You can find their resume, etc at their website, but here's what you really need to know, from a real person who has worked with them:

* They know the Twin Cities, and especially St. Paul, like the back of their hands- they have been doing this for a long time and understand the local market very well.
* They live in an old historic home that they restored themselves, so they know a thing or two (or a million) about old houses.
* They really do listen to your needs and wants. They help you prioritize. And, they are realistic and pragmatic about the pros and cons of a property, new or old.
* They have the "know-how" to guide you through every step of the way. They have even been a resource to us after the sale, above and beyond the call of duty... Calling to make sure we filed our important tax paperwork with the county before the year's end, and helping us trouble-shoot house disasters, like our sudden loss of hot water.

We've had a lot of experiences with a variety of service providers on our house-restoration adventure so far, and when we find really good people, we feel like you should know.


Chris said...

Sounds like we could have done with the two of them up here when we were house-hunting. We had terrible experiences.

allison said...

I agree that it can be a challenge to find a good realtor. We were lucky in finding one for our last two house purchases. You really have to check with past clients to learn about their market expertise and negotiating experience, a skill many people overlook until they need it!