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"I've known
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Young for years through various interactions seeing him at open houses throughout the St.
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area. When we wanted to list our townhome, I didn't question calling
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as soon as we decided. We, unfortunately, had engaged him too late in the year for the home to sell partnered with the fact that the neighborhood was a difficult place to sell and there had been a number of foreclosures in the area that brought down the overall value of the homes across the association.
I can't thank him enough for going above and beyond with us. He was very gracious to us in letting us out of the selling contract as we decided to go the route of renting vs. selling.
There will come a point when we will attempt to sell the townhome again and
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will definitely be the person we call.
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were a joy to work with - especially gratifying as this was a very stressful and complicated move. They listened and were responsive to my wishes and always were prompt in answering questions and keeping me informed about anything related to the transaction. I felt I could contact them any time with any concern, no matter how trifling it might seem. Additionally, they are both very upbeat which was appreciated as the listing was in the fall and not a prime
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time. I was moving into new digs and did not want to leave an unsold, empty house to the ravages of winter. We got the job accomplished and I am grateful indeed. (Iwould use them again in a heartbeat, but hope another move is a very long way off!)
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"We met with 4 realtors and we decided on
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, because she gave us a great marketing presentation and we see her name through out our neighborhood. Once we signed the contract she became absent. When contacting her we only heard back from her assistant. The pictures were terrible and she did not fulfull the marketing plan. Her negotiation skills were very poor. She was not a trusted advisor. We asked for a reduction in her fee to make up for the poor experience and not delivering on services promised. We were never a priority.


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"The entire experience of working with
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Team Realty was wonderful. They were responsive in communications, provided clear information and expectations, really listened and responded to our concerns and were very positive in
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We wanted to work with agents who would go the extra mile because we were selling an owner-built custom home that was very unique. Even though it was an hour outside of their immediate geographical area
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were open to considering handling our sale. After meeting us and seeing our home they were very excited and interested and we felt very assured about their enthusiasm for the job. They even did some extra research into the special characteristics of our home to add to their knowledge base in order to properly describe and
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our home (post and beam construction, slab on grade foundation, straw
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insulation).
We completed the staging on our own with some great suggestions from
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. Upon our request some additional photos were taken after the first photo shoot that we felt better represented the home's look. The virtual walk through video was a fabulous piece of the marketing. The buyers told me that they really responded to that video and forwarded links to their friends and family. Even before they visited the house, the marketing materials gave them the feeling that this was their dream house.
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knew what she was doing during the sale negotiations. We'd already lowered our listing price once before our buyers came onto the scene. She helped us to get the price that we wanted and needed by being firm about our asking price and using some personal property as bargaining chips. I believe this worked out great for both sides of the sale.
The closing went very smoothly. There were no surprises. After the closing
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was available when I had some questions about a post-sale concern of the buyers.
We highly recommend the services of
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of
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Team Realty. They made the process of selling our special home a terrific experience.
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"We feel that
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Edina failed in their duties as a Realtor. A backdraft issue on the boiler and hot water heater was identified in a city inspection so it was written in the purchase agreement that the sellers were to provide a safety certification on the boiler and hot water heater prior to close to ensure any work done has properly addressed the issue. We asked Mr.
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for this documentation on the day we had a signed purchase agreement, and multiple times a week going forward. He did not supply any documentation to us until the day before closing. When the documentation was provided we had some concerns because the "certification" that was given did not explicitly state that the backdrafting was evaluated or fixed. As we are not professionals in Real Estate, and were new to Minneapolis we wanted confirmation that the terms of the purchase agreement had been met, but more importantly that the boiler and hot water heater were safe to operate. Mr.
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casually dismissed our concerns, stating on multiple occasions that the vent/airflow issue had been addressed, and even told us that we "could be confident" in this because the previous home owners had two children. He also said that there is no such thing as an "official" certification and that any licensced HVAC contractor performing an evaluation is equivalent to a "certification".
His claims turned out to be untrue. The day after we moved into the house there was a funny smell in the basement so we called the gas company. Upon arriving, the gas company shut down our boiler and hot water heater for backdrafting. We had to replace the units at a cost of over $10,000.
Based on the service we experienced from
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outlined below, we would caution anyone from hiring them.
1. He spoke with authority on items he did not have a correct understanding of. He
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us to believe that an official certification does not exist, which is not true. The City of Minneapolis has a safety check certiciation form for HVAC units. Unfortunately since we didn't get the documentation until the day before closing we were not able to discover the truth until after the closing when the problem arised. Someone with 20+ years of experience should know the required documentation, or have quick access to resources to get questions answered. Instead of giving us a factual response based on research and understanding, he gave a general answer that intimated the problem was addressed and we could have confidence in this. We based our decision to close on his statements and his statements were false.
2. He did not provide full disclosure to us. We did file a lawsuit on this matter and as part of the discovery we got emails from
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to/from his clients. The day before closing we asked
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if the documentation provided was a full certification. He forwarded this question to his sellers and they responded that "we don't know, but we were never told to ask for that". The certification was required per the purchase agreement and we sent multiple requests to
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asking for the documentation, so we were shocked to learn that the sellers did not even know one was required. Despite
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hearing first hand from his clients that they did not ask for a certification and don't know if what they did qualifies as a certification, he did not disclose this information to us. 12 minutes after learning this from his clients, he stated that "In all my years selling real estate, I have never seen and 'official' furnace 'certification' certificate either, people tend to use that terminology loosely". So instead of either disclosing to us that a certification was not asked for, or put the effort in to explore what a certification actually is, he made general statements that
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us to believe the unit was safe and that the terms of the purchase agreement had been satisfied.
3. Mr.
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on multiple occasions put the responsibility on us to do his job. When we questioned whether or not what was provided was a certification, he told us "You can call them (the gas company) to verify". We actually tried to call them directly and because we were not the account holder they would not give any details. We asked Mr
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for authorization on the account but it was never granted. In hindsight it seemed like he was trying to keep information from us. As an agent of the seller he did have access to this information and certainly had access to request this information from this sellers, yet he pushed it back on us and when we tried to follow up we couldn't and were never granted access. This is not the type of response I would want in an agent. A common arguement we heard from
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during the trial was that "we told them they could inspect the furnace prior to closing". While this might technically be true, this suggestion did not come until 2PM the day before closing so we would not have had time nor availability of a licensed HVAC provider to perform this check. Regardless of this, it was clearly stated in the purchase agreement it was the seller's responsibility to fix the boiler/hot water heater and thus a responsibility they were legally obligated to perform.

Working with Mr.
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was a terrible experience. He did not address our concerns, provide us full disclosure, or complete the tasks that were required of him. We would not recommend Mr.
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Edina for any services.
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"Overall we were very disappointed with the services provided by
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Seck and the
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office. There were things
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did very well (ie: responding to emails promptly and touring houses with us), but unfortunately the things she did not do well far outweighed what she did well. She did the small/easy things well, but missed greatly on the most important things.
Summary of our experience
A backdraft issue was identified in the Truth in Housing inspection report for the boiler and hot water heater and we told
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that we wanted language in the purchase agreement to ensure the system was fixed properly and safe to operate. She told us that she would require the sellers to provide a certification on the units, which she told us was a full safety check and would confirm that any work done was done properly and the unit was safe.
The sellers and selling agent gave us multiple assurances that the specific problems flagged were addressed. Despite multiple attempts to obtain the boiler certification several weeks in advance of closing, it was not provided until the day before closing. We had some questions and concerns about the documentation that was provided as it didn't seem to meet the terms of the purchase agreement as a "full certification" of the units.
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accepted the documentation as a certification and allowed us to close (although she did not attend the closing - see #3 below). The day after closing, which was our first day in the house, we smelled something odd in the basement and called the gas company just to be safe. Within minutes of them arriving in the home they shut down our boiler and hot water heater for backdrafting, which was the exact issue we wanted addressed. As we researched the issues further, we found out that the company who did the work that was passed along to us as a "certification" does not do certifications as a matter of policy.
It cost well over $10,000 to fix the problem, and despite
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telling us that we would not be financially responsible to remedy the problem, we were the ones that were left to foot the bill.
Below is a summary of the ways we feel
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Seck and
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failed us:
1. Lack of industry knowledge and failure to research outstanding questions.
Despite us raising concerns about the work performed, she accepted a document as a "certification" from a company who does not provide certifications. As a long-term veteran in the real estate industry,
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should be familiar with safety certifications and resolution of Truth in Housing disclosures.
2. Misleading guidance regarding contract language.
As the sellers were relocating, we had the purchase agreement with the relocation company. As part of this we were told we had to sign "as-is" agreements and disclosure waivers. We specifically asked
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about these documents and her response was that they were standard and that we were not giving up anything as a result of signing them. This was false as it was a key part of the defense that was used in the lawsuit against the sellers (that we lost.) Despite
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's remarks that the "as-is" and disclosure waivers were standard and no big deal, they did turn out to be quite important. She should have known this and as a result her duty of care to us should have been elevated even higher. If there were any questions about the boiler, hot water heater, certifications, etc she should have not allowed us to close until all were settled. These agreements made going back after the closing almost impossible. I would have found it acceptable if she said "you should probably consult a lawyer on this"...anything other than saying it is completely standard and we are not giving up anything.
3. Lack of representation at the closing despite our stated concerns.
Two days before the closing
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informed us that she could not attend the closing as she was planning to attend a Renaissance Fair. We pointed out to her that we still didn't have resolution on the boiler and asked what we should do if there are items we are not sure about since we still had some major issues to resolve. She did not respond to this and
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was not present at the closing. I should also note that we were completely flexible on closing and
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selected the closing date with our consent despite having an apparent conflict on this day.
4. Pressuring us to include unfavorable terms in the contract.
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advised us to bid about $10,000 over asking price and waive all inspection contingency. We worked out details on pricing but when we told her we were not comfortable waiving inspection contingency she tried for 20 minutes to get us to change our minds. When we still didn't budge she proceeded to put her husband, also a real estate agent, on the phone to try and convince us we should waive inspection. As she is supposed to be representing us, it was disappointed we had to negotiate so hard with her on the things we told her we "wanted".
5. Lack of accountability and responsibility to remedy the boiler/hot water heater.
When the gas company shut down our boiler and hot water heater she said that we would not be responsible, said to keep invoices and assured us that it would be "taken care of" and that it was not our financial responsibility. However when it came time to pay the $10,100 bill,
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's manager called to inform us that "
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does not warranty the houses", as if our issue was related to a warranty. The problem was that they did not listen to our concerns and execute the terms of the purchase agreement.
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didn't do their job, and we were put in
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way and had to assume all financial responsibility.
6. Allowing the seller to set the terms.
During the walkthrough we found there were several items from the purchase agreement that were taken from the house (a refrigerator, microwave, curtain rods, window treatments) and there was damage done to the carpet and floors during the moving process.
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told us she would work with the selling agent, find prices online and they would cut us a check at closing for the total value of the items taken, which sounded fair to us. However, just hours before the closing we were emailed an offer of $250 to cover the items and damages. It irritated us that
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would allow them to make an offer and set the terms on this when they were the ones that were in breach of the contract.
7. Lack of negotiation strategy and negotiation experience.
We found that
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was reactionary and not proactive in most aspects of the negotiations and she did not employ any specific tactics or strategy in the process. We thought she gave up leverage without asking for anything in return on multiple occasions just because the other party asked for it. For instance, we asked
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to put a time box on the offer because there was an open house and we wanted the sellers to accept the offer before the open house to avoid multiple offers.
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had convinced us to offer over the asking price, waive the inspection because we had put in the boiler certification contingency as part of the offer and also put an expiration time on the offer. When the other party asked for a time extension on the offer, she advised us that we should grant this but she did not ask for anything in return to put pressure on them. She caved to their demands on multiple occasions and then convinced us that we should too.
We have nothing personal against
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. We found she was pleasant to be around and did provide some insight into the house livability, put in a lot of time with us, and showed us a lot of houses. We were picky clients who were looking for something specific and we told her this on our very first meeting.
We got caught up in the pressure of the closing process and ended up accepting her advice on many things that in hindsight, really hurt us. We really wish she would have listened to our concerns and put pressure on the sellers, rather than listen to the sellers and put additional pressure on us. A more appropriate response of an agent representing our best interest would have been "give us what we asked for or we don't close". In reflecting on the events leading up to closing, we can't recall a single time in the transaction that she put any pressure on the sellers. We will certainly not use
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in any future transactions and tell our story to everyone we know who is looking for houses and advise them against
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. The events that we experienced due to
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and
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's negligence were extremely disappointing and robbed us of the joy and delight a couple should experience as they start off in their new house.


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"Bill was refereed to us from a friend after having testing some other real estate agents. From the start he was above and beyond better than they were. He sent us new listing almost daily that were very tailored to what we were looking for. When we found one that we liked he set up showings at times that worked with our schedule. He answered questions when we asked and helped us to make an informed decision. Once we found the house we wanted he guided us through the entire home buying process which was great as this was our first home purchase. This included negotiating in a radon system and a new roof. The title company and especially the inspection company he recommenced were great as well.
I would recommend Bill to anyone who asked and use him again when / if we need to.
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"First,
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picked me up at the airport, then took me to the house I was interested in where I met with the inspector and several contractors. We were there all day long, and
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was very patient with me, even going on food runs. After deciding to buy the house,
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made the purchase process go very smoothly. He's extremely knowlegeable about all aspects of real estate -- buying, renting, and selling. I was so impressed, I hired him to be my property manager for the now completed duplex!"
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"After the home was selected, she was helpful in pairing us up with
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, a Mortgage Consultant. From the price negotiations to the closing of the deal, the process was smooth and painless. The eventual signing of the documents was much faster than we expected.
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was professional in pointing out fixtures we needed to specify that we would keep, wall trauma from the previous owner mounting televisions that the previous owner then agreed to pay for and paint chipping that the previous owner paid for in escrow to get repaired."
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"I was looking for a realtor and a house I liked popped up in my neighborhood. I called
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and we looked at 2 homes that evening and I put offers on both homes after seeing them.
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was very professional, punctual and gracious. When I said I wanted to buy those homes, he was wonderful and encouraging me to put in good offers for the home. He stopped over at my house where he carefully explained the purchase agreement documents and gave his honest opinion on the homes. As I did put offers on those 2 homes,
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was patient, stayed late in my house and wrote both purchase agreements so he could submit it asap. He also shared with me that it was better to purchase the home now than to wait later, as another buyer can "s*****" the home from us, which is true in today's
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After this,
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stayed in touch with me, offering me guidance and counselling on the purchasing process with the 2 homes. I really appreciate
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's professionalism - he knows that when an offer needs to be made, he will stay to write up all documents and send it in first thing in the morning. If I am going to be buying one or two or more homes, I will go with
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3101 Saint Philip St
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#1 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN

1 STOP PROPERTIES

6970 151ST ST W
Saint Paul, MN

101 PROPERTIES

15600 35TH AVE N
Minneapolis, MN

1031 & TIC INVESTMENTS LLC

310 4TH AVE S
Minneapolis, MN

1031 REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

310 4TH AVE S
Minneapolis, MN

2 H PROPERTIES

535 COON RAPIDS BLVD NW
Minneapolis, MN

3 E PROPERTIES LTD

2984 RICE ST
Saint Paul, MN

33rd Company Inc

1800 Wooddale Dr
Saint Paul, MN

34TH STREET PROPERTIES

3700 E 34TH ST
Minneapolis, MN

4 PERCENT REAL DEAL LLC

110 2ND ST S
Waite Park, MN

4 Quarters Design & Build

17833 Cobblestone Way
Eden Prairie, MN

411 REALTY INC

5450 Quam Ave NE Ste 150
Saint Michael, MN

5005 PROPERTIES INC

5005 OLD CEDAR LAKE RD S 1
Minneapolis, MN

514 INC

514 N 3RD ST
Minneapolis, MN

5TH STREET VENTURES

102 N Jonathan Blvd Ste 200
Chaska, MN

600 PROPERTIES

2221 FORD PKWY
Saint Paul, MN

614 CO

81 S 9TH ST
Minneapolis, MN

615 PROPERTIES LLC

901 N 3rd St Ste 218
Minneapolis, MN

681 PROPERTIES

7850 ZANE AVE N
Minneapolis, MN