Written about Mary Nolan

We have worked with the Mary Nolan over the last ten years or so on all of our real estate endeavors. She demonstrates a high level of knowledge for the area and works effectively, efficiently and effortlessly for her clients. We highly recommend Mary in handling your real estate needs.

~ MC Schafer


Written about Mary Nolan 

We loved working with Mary Nolan on our purchase of a lake lot!  We found her expertise and guidance so valuable.

~ JM Carlson


Written about Mary Nolan 

I appreciated the professional and personal touches that Mary Nolan provided throughout the purchase of a lake home.  There were some complicated issues and it was good to know that I had a partner to help me negotiate through them.  It was the best and smoothest closing I have ever experienced.  Thanks Mary! 

~ C Steiner


Written about Mary Nolan 

The service we received from Mary went far above what we expected.  She was responsive to all our wants and needs and she made the process stress free for us.

~ TR Bock


Written about Mike O’Connell 

Purchased 2 homes in Brainerd Lakes Area.

We have worked with Mike O’Connell from the Larson Group on two cabin purchases in the Brainerd Lakes Area and have been totally satisfied with the professional service he has offered.  We would highly recommend him and the Larson Group to anyone looking to acquire property in lake country.

- LGeisfelt


Written about Mike O’Connell 

“We have worked with Mike O’Connell from the Larson Group on two cabin purchases in the Brainerd Lakes Area and have been totally satisfied with the professional service he has offered.  We would highly recommend him and the Larson Group to anyone looking to acquire property in lake country.” 

~LGeisfelt


Written about Mike O’Connell 

“Mike is very knowledgeable and always helpful.  He goes the extra mile and communicates well.  We would highly recommend him.”

~JJarnes


Written about Mike O’Connell 

Have bought and sold 8 properties and Mike was by far the best agent we have worked with.  He did so much more than was expected of him including multiple trips to the property on our behalf to manage our several service providers.  Mike also arranged for several contractors to help us estimate repairs.  He has a hu8ge network and was able to get highly capable people to our property on short notice.  Our purchase took 3 months to negotiate and the seller was extremely emotional and difficult to work with but Mike was cool-headed and consistent throughout.  We really enjoyed working with him.

~DKersten


Written about Mike O’Connell 

Mike was very thorough in my cabin selling needs and checked on real estate issues that my previous agent had not done.  Mike was very professional.

~JReed


Written about Mike O’Connell 

Mike did a great job for us and was very professional.  Mike also did a great job with follow up and follow through on the property we purchased.  I guess the best think I would say I would use Mike time and time again in the future.

~PScharber


Written about Mike O’Connell 

Great follow through and attention to deatial.  His office staff is also very helpful.  He even showed up for the closing to make sure everything went OK.

~PMatthews


Written about Mike O’Connell 

Does everything by the book.  Very professional.

~PMcCulloch


Written about Mike O’Connell 

I wish there was a rating above a 10!!!!  Best agent to work with!!

~JJansen


Written about Mike O’Connell 

We loved using him so much on our first house purchase, we had him sell that house and used him to purchase our current home.  Without a doubt, a great man to work with.  He made us feel like we were his most important client.

~EJansen


5 Highly likely to recommend

05/11/2015 - scfontaine
Written about Rob Birkeland on 05/11/2015
Sold a home in 2014 in Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

We have worked with Rob for over 12 years now, as he helped find us our first cabin, then helped us find a new cabin and sell our original cabin as well. Rob knows the area as well as anyone, having grown up in the region. Rob is very professional and knowledgeable on all aspects relating to real estate - lake information, cabin structural information, financing, comparison sales in the area. Rob is also patient, for he showed us properties many years ago when it was highly unlikely we were going to be purchasing, but keeping the long term vision in mind during our search. I would recommend Rob to any buyer or seller.


5 Highly likely to recommend

09/04/2016 - kathyphillippi
Written about Rob Birkeland on 09/04/2016
Sold a home in 2016 in Manhattan Beach, MN 56442.
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

Rob helped us sell our town home. He helped with every step of the way and always kept us informed. We would recommend Rob to anyone that is looking for a professional and noligable realtor


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/22/2016 - tommcdonald50
Written about Rob Birkeland on 02/22/2016
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Ham Lake, MN.
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:4

We have used Rob for two cabin transactions. Rob knows the area well and can answer most any question you have. When we had a problem the day before our closing he provided excellent advice, found resources to remedy the problem and kept the closing from being delayed. We would recommend Rob without any hesitation.


5 Highly likely to recommend

03/02/2011 - ecb2010
Written about Rob Birkeland on 03/02/2011
Bought a home in 2010.
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

We are from out of the area and had a short time frame in which to view houses and make a decision. Rob was extremely helpful and responsive in helping us locate what we were look for, and narrowing the field, for our short list. We found him to be excellent in knowledge of the area and the market, and moving quickly when we needed him to do so. I had to admit that in the cases where we saw a listing and were interested, even though Rob had not agreed, he showed us the listings, and he was spot on in his assessment each time! We ended up buying a place that is perfect for us and we are thrilled with the location and the property! Rob's knowledge of what could be done in terms of renovations where we had something specific in mind was also completely on with what we learned later with contractors. We would recommend Rob without hesitation! Elaine and Keenan Frank


5 Highly likely to recommend

  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

Bruce knows the Lake area in this tough environment. He is tremendous at Marketing and his office has always keep me informed. I was a recent seller for a Bruce Larson listing and all went well. He represented me in the best possible way. I can highly recommend him and his office. Richard A. Dronen


5 Highly likely to recommend

08/03/2015 - Bjolson
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

Our real estate experience with Bruce was very good. He worked hard to get us the best possible price. He is honest, works hard, and is very reliable. We highly recommend him to anyone seeking a home in the Brainerd Lakes area. Barry and Jean Olson


5 Highly likely to recommend

12/12/2014 - nfn22345
Written about Bruce Larson on 12/12/2014
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $225K in Breezy Point, MN.
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

Bruce has kept in contact with us from the 'get-go!' He is always pleasant and insightful with suggestions to keep us on track and going in the right direction.

Bruce is backed up by a highly qualified and courteous staff who keep us informed when Bruce is away from the
office.

We would not hesitate to recommend Bruce Larson as 'the' Real Estate agent for any size property!


5 Highly likely to recommend

11/20/2013 - godean home
Written about Bruce Larson on 11/20/2013
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $200K in Pequot Lakes, MN.
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

Bruce Larson recently sold a lake property that had been in the same family for 65 years and was owned by 3 heirs, all located over 1,000 miles from the property. Bruce exhibited strong local market knowledge and was instrumental in initial pricing, and involved the heirs in the pricing decision. His office generated numerous showings and always called in advance of each showing and later provided written post-showing feedback.

When we did get offers, Bruce was again invaluable in helping evaluate the offers and negotiating the deal. His office took complete charge of the inspection and survey process and accomplished all pre-closing requirments efficiently. When we hit a property condition issue via the inspections, he and his team were again important to the negotiation of an acceptable price concession.

I would recommend Bruce Larson and his team to any family faced with the need to sell a lake property in this area.


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/09/2011 - BobandDianne
Written about Bruce Larson on 02/09/2011
Sold a home in 2010 in Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.
  • Local knowledge:5
  • Process expertise:5
  • Responsiveness:5
  • Negotiation skills:5

We have worked with Larson Group - Bruce Larson and his staff for over 15 years. He has helped us purchase our first seasonal cabin, subsequently sell it, and worked with us over a couple more real estate buy/sells until we found our perfect home in the area. He and his group are knowledgable of the area, understood our needs and wants when we were looking. A sellers he was totally on top of market conditions for pricing, and in every way we can think of professional. Bruce stands by his word, and works to make a real estate purchase or sale as easy and painless as it can be. We HIGHLY recommend Bruce personally as well as the LARSON GROUP office. You cannot find a better agent in the Lakes area whether buying or selling. Bob and Dianne


5 Highly likely to recommend

  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

I was initially impressed with Bruce's professionalism and personal demeanor. He listens and understands your goals and makes them his goals. Even with unexpected issues, he has resources to keep everything moving forward in a timely manner. Bruce's intuitiveness and his ability to make the entire process as easy and efficient as possible eased a sad a difficult chapter in our lives. It was a happy ending for everyone.


5 Highly likely to recommend

12/14/2015 - jamestomsky
Written about Bruce Larson on 12/14/2015
Sold a home in 2015 in Manhattan Beach, MN 56442.
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

Bruce seems to understand the real estate market well. He took a very active role in the buy/sell process, kept me up to date while I was travelling in Europe, has an excellent, media-savvy staff and has all the tools to make the process smooth and efficient. His expertise and knowledge of the area were essential in negotiating a sale that was satisfactory for both buyer and seller.


5 Highly likely to recommend

11/27/2015 - Summitdave Pony Exp
Written about Bruce Larson on 11/27/2015
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Crosslake, MN.
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

We sold a lake home on Crosslake,after our first interview with Bruce i knew we had a winner although his reputation had preceded him!! He is so passionate about real estate.He is so well connected with vendors to get things done,he got us a surveyor in July in Crosslake, and when title work needs to be done quickly one call and Bruce has it done.The word "TEAM seems to be the buzz word now days but Bruce has a true TEAM from the receptionist to Deb and the office support staff they all reflect his passion. As his bio says he is your advocate!! He is so driven it seems he thrives on challenges when they surface.We were so impressed we are presently developing another property with him.There are some challenges with this one and he has taken care of everyone.When friends in the metro area say wow "you know Bruce Larson" that says it all. Thanks Bruce,you are a class act as is your whole team!!! Dave H


5 Highly likely to recommend

11/10/2015 - seaseamcgee
Written about Bruce Larson on 11/10/2015
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Crosslake, MN.
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

Bruce did an excellent job selling our property. He is knowledgeable, professional, and wonderful to work with. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell. Thanks, Bruce!


5 Highly likely to recommend

11/01/2015 - jamesacraig50
Written about Bruce Larson on 11/01/2015
Sold a home in 2015 in Remer, MN.
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

We had listed our property without success with another realtor for 2 years. At our initial meeting, Bruce had done his homework and came with solid recommendations on what we should do. He handled a difficult negotiation between a New Jersey seller and an Arizona buyer with tact and integrity, and went well beyond my expectations in resolving inspection and environmental issues. Bruce's knowledge of the market is truly impressive, and his relationships with local vendors and agencies were critical in resolving problems. His staff and total operation is professional and makes the whole process easy for his clients. Jim Craig


5 Highly likely to recommend

11/20/2013 - Bobmary68
Written about Bruce Larson on 11/20/2013
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $600K in Crosslake, MN.
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

He got the job done and we were totally pleased with his experience and efforts and results. He knows his business and he knows what he's doing. Thanks to Bruce we have sold our old cabin and he found us our new lake home and we love it. He made that all possible too!!


4 Likely to recommend

07/25/2013 - kpedermn
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 4
  • Responsiveness: 4
  • Negotiation skills: 4

Bruce help me negotiate thru a potentially difficult family sale and made the process easy and painless. The sale was accomplished quickly because of realistic pricing and his knowledge of the market.


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/08/2013 - user481432
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

I contacted Bruce Larson several years ago to visit with him about our family lake properties. He gave me his professional opinion on the condition and value of our cabin and what he believed to be our unique and worthwhile features. He was very pleasant, informative and answered all my questions. He also prepared a recap for me of our meeting on the properties including area statistics. I remember I was impressed at how knowledgable and personable Bruce was. That knowledge, along with tremendous experience in working with people, even in the most unusual family situations, came to surface when we were forced with having to sell part of our property! Bruce (and his entire staff) worked diligently with us to get a deal done that was satisfactory to everyone but most importantly for us to remain happy cabin owners of Cross Lake. The transaction got very complex, requiring expertise that was completed correctly and in a very timely manner. We are so thankful to Bruce and will be forever grateful to him. We truly believe that these Real Estate transactions could not have happened had it not been for his hard work, experience and dedication. If you want to work with the most competent firm in the Cross Lake area, Larson Group is the only call you need to make.


5 Highly likely to recommend

06/20/2012 - user3837067
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

I hired Bruce Larson to list and sell a family cabin in Pequot Lakes, MN. The cabin was on a small amount of land in the country, not on a lake, with no lake access. The cabin sold and the closing was today, 6-20-2012. Prior to sale, an inspection of the septic system was required. Unfortunately, the septic system was old and failed. We were required to have a new system designed by a licensed designer, obtain a permit for installation from Crow Wing County, hire a licensed installer, hire a licensed plumber for plumbing modifications, and get the new system inspected and approved, all prior to closing. As this was a cash sale and the buyer wanted a quick closing, time was of the essence. Bruce was very proactive in selecting area professionals to accomplish everything required in the desired time frame. As I live 200 miles away from the cabin, Bruce's expertise, experience and local knowledge were key in achieving the goals and getting everything accomplished. It would have taken me weeks longer to get the same work done. Everyone that he selected was very professional and did top quality work. Needless to say, the work was completed and the closing of the sale occurred earlier today. It was, without a doubt, the quickest and easiest closing I have ever been a part of.

Bruce did a great job marketing the property, helped set a reasonable asking price, negotiated a fair sale price for all parties involved and provided timely feedback throughout my involvement with him. I could not have been more pleased with his representation and work for us.

B. Vertnik Lakeville, MN


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/16/2011 - ILS xlake
Written about Bruce Larson on 02/16/2011
Sold a home in 2011.
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

when it was decided to sell the lake properties Bruce did the deals. Seller and Buyer both satisfied, good business. now selling some off lake stuff and bruce is handling things again for us. in this difficult market ,so far, so good, expectations being met. we are being kept up to date and appreciate the communication.


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/14/2011 - richard334
Written about Bruce Larson on 02/14/2011
Sold a home in 2010 in Mae, Outing, MN 56662.
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

We have a difficult sale due to a neighbor encroaching on our property. With a good strategy, we were able to retain the buyer and also sell land to the neighbor that resolved his issue.


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/14/2011 - mdrocca
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

Bruce has been my real estate agent for the lakes area for nearly 10 years. He negotiated my very first purchase and all since - each time HELPING me and my family upgrade and refine the needs we appreciated in a lake property. One thing has impressed me more than ANY OTHER in dealing with Bruce and it's very simply this...I have been a very small fish in a big pond with my initial purchase being sub $200K (which we still own) to our current lake shore property which is in the $500 to $700 camp. Through all my interactions with Bruce, he has always made me feel like is MOST IMPORTANT customer. It's really quite impressive to have a realtor treat you as his most prized customer. I truly believe that he gives every customer his best effort - and in lake shore properties that vary in price as much as they do - this is critical. Add to that, these are 2nd home purchases and accordingly create a fair amount of financial stress - you want to reach high enough, but not over extend yourself. I have found Bruce and his team extremely sensitive to this balance. Finally, I can rely - and have - on Bruce for ANY property related issue - temp control in the winter, faciliatating constsruction project - some of which have been major, helping me interact with associations, helping me interact with the City securing permits, networking on my behalf with local experts - including lawyers. At the end of the day, I know and appreciate that I can rely on Bruce and his team for sooooooo much more than his professional real estate services. And, please appreciate that I'm doing this and writing this while living abroad with my family in Geneva, Switzerland. To all readers, please appreciate the peace of mind this afford my family and I to know Bruce and his team are on the GROUND at our beck and call.


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/11/2011 - JesseAbbe
  • Local knowledge: 4
  • Process expertise: 4
  • Responsiveness: 4
  • Negotiation skills: 4

Bruce and his organization were very knowlegable of the difficult market and advised us throughout the process. The entire experience was made easy for us. We were fortunate to sell during a difficult market.


5 Highly likely to recommend

02/09/2011 - Gene L
  • Local knowledge: 5
  • Process expertise: 5
  • Responsiveness: 5
  • Negotiation skills: 5

Bruce demonstrates a very high degree of expertise and market knowledge in real estate. Bruce listens to the client and understands their needs. He understands the current market and provides a balanced market analysis that he continually updates as new properties become available. Throughout our real estate purchase process, Bruce was efficient and kept us well informed as to what was going on. He provided critical information when most needed and shed light on many areas I hadn't had experience with before. Bruce is truly an expert in his field and I trust his judgment, integrity and knowledge implicitly!

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