Residential real estate is a lot about relationships and people and that’s how Connie started in this business – through friends. She started with a company called Real Estate Plus in 1976, now known as Plus Relocation. She learned the business and worked there for five years. She moved on to Portfolio Development as she wanted to learn more about investment real estate. She was there for two years and then as she says “she saw the light” and joined Roger Fazendin REALTORS® in 1983. She talked to several companies, but as soon as she visited with Dan Fazendin, she knew this was the best fit and it’s proved to be true as she continues today in her role at Fazendin as a REALTOR®.
Prior to residential real estate she designed fabrics. She worked downtown at 700 Washington, which today are condos! This business changed when the import taxes changed and the company she worked for was forced to downsize. She taught night school at the VoTech in downtown Minneapolis for 7 years and worked for McCall Pattern Company for a year.
She is mom to two children and grandmother to 6, she is raising one grandchild and he will graduate high school this year. Connie was born in Minot, ND and has lived in St. Louis Park and Minnetonka. She is a graduate of St. Olaf in Northfield, with a Home Ec Education degree. Today this is known as Consumer Sciences. She is still active with the alumni at St. Olaf and will be attending a 55 year reunion this summer!
Connie has been investing in real estate for many years. She manages her properties herself and advises that the tax benefits are good and it helps the cash flow. She enjoys helping others know more about investing in real estate.
Her favorite part about being a REALTOR® is that every day it’s new. She still looks forward to coming to work, seeing the people, the staff members are her friends, she loves the energy atmosphere and most of all, and she enjoys serving her clients. It’s an education business – we don’t sell houses, people buy them.
On a personal note, Connie recently purchased a townhome and tore it apart. She laughs, “too bad, I couldn’t find something I liked….I needed to improve it!” She has just about finished all the details and is enjoying her new home. Connie is active at her church Minnetonka Lutheran. She loves the people there. In her free time, she enjoys participating at The Marsh.
Having seen a variety of housing markets, we asked Connie if it is a good time to buy or sell and she advised the following:
• People have more time to think about their purchase because we are not in the crazy spring market period.
• There are fewer listings available, but many of them are priced well.
• Sellers with homes on the market now are serious sellers! But so are buyers out looking!
• Low interest rates
Connie truly loves helping clients with an important decision like homeownership and as she says, “If I do it well, I get paid – I like that!”