Mike and Ginger Slind
Mary Nolan knows her stuff. She worked with us to prepare our property for market, arranged for MLS photos, and held showings. After it sold (the first weekend) she shepherded the process from contract, through inspection, to closing. (Much of this while on crutches!) Thanks, Mary!
Sue and Tom Lay
We called Mary Nolan to sell our cabin because she sold a home in our area. She was very friendly and efficient. The Larson Group had a buyer the first day. Mary helped us though all the steps we needed to take to get to the final closing day even though she had her own family tragedy during this same time. She was immediately there for us during all our questions and calls we made to her. Her knowledge made for a smooth transaction and we were glad to have her support. Thank you Mary. Sue and Tom
The process was seamless. Rob held a deal together that nobody else could have. Thank you Larson Team for your professionalism and market knowledge.
David & Susan Gahn
We are grateful for the support and guidance Mike provided during our buying process. He was the listing agent as well as representing us, which is a delicate dance. His years of experience and professionalism made it work perfectly. Actually it started by his assessments and decisions about setting an asking price for the property that was grounded and fair. Meant that our buying process was mostly about terms and conditions. He helped us and the sellers manage a purchase agreement, inspection process, and timeline that met both our needs. We are delighted to be in our new home, and thankful to have worked with Mike and the other service providers he mustered up to help us start this new chapter in our life.
Matt's exceptional knowledge of the local real estate market is immeasurable. A true professional from the word "go," displaying not only the aforementioned knowledge, but humility only true professionals are capable of displaying.
Mike & Miranda
Our experience working with Mike O’Connell was fantastic. He really listened to what we were looking for in a lake home and very quickly delivered. The purchase process was seamless and efficient and he was so helpful in communicating our questions to the homeowners along the way. His knowledge of the Whitefish Chain was greatly appreciated and very assuring. We would not hesitate to refer Mike O’Connell to any of our friends.
Lowell & Joi Kegley
Mike, What more could we say, other than "We couldn't have done it without you." From my first random stop in your office, looking for advice to signing the closing documents, you've been with us every step of the way. You were timely at every turn where we had questions, returned all calls (better sleep at night). It'd been some 26 years since we'd transferd title on a piece of property and you led us through all the nuances of todays market place. In terms of a recommendation, Mike, we will recommend your services to any and all. Lowell & Joi Kegley
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.
In our offer we had some actions to be completed by Seller. Mary got right on completing those. Friendly and proactive.
We worked with Mike O'Connell to find our perfect lake home on the Whitefish Chain. Mike was professional, extremely knowledgeable, and always responded promptly to our questions and calls throughout the buying and closing process. We would highly recommend working with Mike and the Larson Group! Great experience.
Bruce & Co. of the Larson Group facilitated a hassle free, quick purchase. This is my third time working with the Larson Group and grateful the local area great business like this improving the community!
Steve and Sue Seher
Maddie our agent did a wonderful job . Her follow up and attention to detail was very much appreciated. I we would highly recommend her and her agency
Three years before we decided to sell our cabin, Bruce Larson offered us a free market analysis. He came to our house, took pictures, made suggestions for what we should do if we did decide to sell and took a few days to work up our value. For our second visit he gave us what he thought would be a good sale number. He never called or put any pressure on us to sign a listing agreement. This summer we made the decision to sell and contacted Bruce. He still had his file on our property and knew exactly what we had. He walked us through all the paper work, etc. and we signed a listing agreement with him. TWO HOURS LATER we had an offer that resulted in a purchase agreement. The day before closing something came up and I was not able to attend. Bruce made arrangements with the closing company for me to do all the signing ahead of time so that closing could go on as scheduled. I could not be happier with the way this process went. I am so pleased with the service we received and want to thank Bruce and also the closers who worked me into their busy schedule. If anyone ever needs a recommendation for a realtor, I would be happy to give a five star review. Bob Johnson
Kevin Jeanne Stangel
Rob BIrkeland has been exceptional as my wife and I looked for interim housing in Crosslake as we built a new home. We were lucky to have him on our team and found the perfect solution. We couldn't be happier and highly recomend Rob! Thank you.
Nearest Lake Working with you and all of your group has always been great! We feel like you care and are interested in our welfare and future! Thank you, always nice to work with you Rob.
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.
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.
Matt is one of the kindest, most generous persons we have ever worked with. He has helped us buy a lake cabin and ALSO sell a lake cabin! We highly recommend Matt, he will make the process stress free and enjoyable. He and all the staff at Larson Group are true professionals and wonderful at what they do. See Matt Stephens and he will find you the "perfect" cabin!!!
Hoping 5 is the top star rating, Great to work with very helpful, especially in the negotiation with the seller to get a sale that worked for both the seller and the buyer. Thank You for all the help
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!
Mike was a pleasure to work with when selling our cabin, his knowledge of the area and professionalism was evident from the beginning. He was very responsive to our questions and help us through every step of the sale. He helped make the experience much less stressful than what we thought it would be. Thanks Mike!
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.
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.
Matt was very responsive !!! Great experience !! Thx to all.
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.
Maddie Smith with Larson Group Real Estate is the most honest, reliable, and easy to work with realtor we have ever had. She made our first home selling experience a breeze! I recommend her to anyone in the area.
Thank you , for not only finding awesome buyers, but people who love our home as much as we did!!!!You are the Best!!! Shari
Mike is very knowledgeable and always helpful. He goes the extra mile and communicates well. We would highly recommend him.
Scott & Debbie Grieve
Maddie was great all around! She has a wonderful understanding of the Brainerd lakes area and all the nuances of each lake. She is organized and willing to work hard to find the perfect cabin/lake home for you! We had a lot of specific wants when we started and over the course of our search Maddie helped us learn about the lakes area and manage our budget with our priories so we could make smart decisions and find the perfect cabin! We enjoyed each step. Even when we looked at a disappointing property we learned something and had some fun doing it! We’d give her 10 stars if possible!
Nancy and Bill Knapp
When we decided to sell our Lake home this year, there was no question that we would return to Mary Nolan, our original buying agent. She worked so hard for us, showing her work ethic of patience, professionalism and integrity. We thank her for all she did and will always consider Mary a friend!
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.
Sara and Kevin Hackler
Matt Stephens and Rob Birkeland have to be the two most experienced realtors in the Brainerd lakes area. Matt's deep and thoughtful insight on Pelican Lake proved invaluable as we made our decision on where to buy around the lake. These guys know their stuff. Couldn't recommend with more enthusiasm.
Rob was incredible to work with. All my worries I had about selling disappeared; I could see that Rob was very professional and capable. I will recommend Rob to everyone I know, and look forward to working with him again in the future!
Brenda S. VanSandt
Bruce and his team are great. They know the local market and are skilled at providing guidance to achieve maximum results.
Scott and Julie Rosin
We had a wonderful experience working with Michael OConnell! He was helpful and professional throughout the process. We love our new townhome!
Maddie was incredibly organized, communicative and friendly. She never pressured us, and was always very up front and transparent. The autonomy was fantastic, but we also always felt supported as well. We would definitely recommend her.
We worked with Michael O'Connell as our realtor. It was a pleasure working with Mike, . we appreciate his professionalism and eagerness to sell our properties Onward to new adventures! thanks Mike!
Dale & Katie Sanders
Bruce is a true professional. Been around the whitefish chain a long time. He has a huge following. Knowledge and experience gets the job done. He has that in spades.
We just finished our 13th and 14th real estate transaction with the Larson Group and it was as usual flawless. Over the past 15 years it has been a pleasure working with Rob and Maddie starting with our first cabin on Lake Roosevelt and now our new home on Pelican Lake. Their customer focus, expert knowledge of the northern Minnesota real estate area and friendly attitude has made buying and selling land and cabins a fun experience. We love our new cabin and love working with the Larson Group family.
Alexa Schwartz & Geoff Barr
Working with Mike O'Connell was a wonderful experience. We knew we wanted to be near the Crosslake area as our families are there -- but had a lower budget and no need to be on the actual lake as we were hunting for our 'starter home.' Mike jumped in with both feet for us as I assume he does with all levels of his clientele and it was a smooth experience from day one. He ensured we had a full view of our options, both listed and "likely coming soon" as we made our decisions and offers on homes. We were in a "hot" market and listings were going fast, but he helped us view listings promptly and end up with a pretty perfect home in Breezy Point! Thank you!!
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.
We loved working with Mary Nolan on our purchase of a lake lot! We found her expertise and guidance so valuable.
Rob was very thorough, knowledgeable and assuring during the entire process of selling our home. He offered many helpful suggestions as well. Would definitely recommend him when selling or buying.
Summitdave Pony Exp
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
Having sold several homes in the past, I know there are a lot of good realtors. But they don’t come any better than Bruce Larson. As a widow having to deal with all the details, decisions and the emotions of selling “our” dream retirement home, I always felt that I was in the best of hands with Bruce. He dealt with every detail – from a wall getting painted, to surveys and division of lots, legal issues, and much more. Bruce kept me informed at all times, helped guide my decisions, and more than looked out for my best interests. He is honest, caring, and was my advocate. I now consider him a friend.
Selling process could not have worked more smoothly. Rob Birkeland managed the process from start to finish and answered all of our questions thoroughly and timely. Absolutely recommend working with Rob and Larson Real Estate Group!
Dick and Char Erickson
We were very satisfied with the service we received from Rob Birkeland, our real estate agent, in the selling of our lake home on Pelican Lake. We give him our highest recommendation!
Dan and Sharon Schlapkohl
We have had a relationship with Rob Birkeland since he helped us purchase our lake home 16 years ago. This year he sold our piece of MN paradise. Rob is professional and was prompt with answers to our questions and concerns. We will always appreciate his ability to achieve a pleasant and successful result. He works with an outstanding team.
Julie and Steve Zimmer
Dear Mary, Your attention to every detail of a complicated sale was invaluable. You were always available, which helped us eliminate our concerns. There were no misunderstandings between the buyer and us were there certainly was potential . We took your advice on all are decisions which was the best thing we ever could have done. Truthfully Mary, we don’t know you could have done a better job! With gratitude, Julie and Steve Zimmer
Kevin Jeanne Stangel
Rob BIrkeland has been exceptional as my wife and I looked for interim housing in Crosslake as we built a new home. We were lucky to have him on our team and found the perfect solution. We couldn't be happier and highly recomend Rob! Thank you.
Mike & Kelly Stone
Timing in a competitive market is critical. Mike O'Connell kept us in the loop at all times. When the right property presented itself on Cross Lake, we were ready. Within just a few hours we had a purchase agreement for our family cabin on the Whitefish Chain. Thanks, Mike!
Jim and Janice
We worked with Maddie Smith as a buyers representative when we were looking for a lake home. She did a great job of locating potential houses and help us sort through the "must have" and the "like to have" elements. Once we got into the offer and purchase stage, she was a good guide on price negotiation and points to include in the offer. She responded promptly to all our requests for information and went beyond our expectations in getting support information for our case in the negotiations. I would highly recommend Maddie and the Larson group for real estate needs.
Jane and Tom Senst
Thanks Rob. You have always been terrific to work with. Your staff is also very good. Will always call you first. Happy Holidays and see you in the spring! Jane and Tom Senst
Chris & Linda Holmes
We met Rob Birkeland when looking for some land to buy and he helped us find a super location. We enjoyed the professional experience, that he also made feel so personal for us, so much we asked him to help us sell our current cabin. It's emotional selling a cabin your family loves on a lake your children grow up on and their friends enjoy so much but Rob guided us through it so well. I would totally recommend Rob and his office to anyone.
Bill and Nancy Knapp
Mary Nolan and the Larson Group were amazing. We purchased our property on Gull Lake from Mary and she did such a great job for us on the purchase and coordinating our new construction in 2012, it was automatic that we would use her when we sold 8 years later. Mary listed, sold and closed our home sale in 11 days - and the sale included our furniture, two boats and our docks and lifts. Now you know why we think Mary Nolan is amazing. She was very patient, methodical and professional at each step of the transaction, from the recommended list price for the home, the estimated value of the personal property, lining up showings and negotiating the final sale documents and closing. Mary made us feel like we were her only client - which I know wasn't the case. We are thankful we met Mary back in 2012 and that she was there for us in 2020. If we ever wanted another home in the Brainerd Lakes area, Mary would be our first call.
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.
Bud and Karen Erickson
Mike, Speaking for all, the three sisters were motivated to sell after their initial meeting with you. Very busy day for all. History records that the property sold almost immediately. All of the people that we spoke to from your firm were very professional and knowledgeable. All questions were answered in a prompt and complete manner. Unlike most buyers of real estate today, all Janet, Karen, and Betty have lived in their present homes all of their adult lives. In fact, as young adults, all three had their homes built. Real estate transactions, paper work and all, were indeed a rare step for them to take at this time. Larson Group made that step easier for all. Thanks, Mike The Ericksons
Ken and Judy Kadash
Rob helped us be patient while the seller worked thru some legal description corrections. We are so happy we had a great real estate agent on our side!! Ken and Judy
My family has a long history in the Crosslake area and Mary has helped other family members with excellent results. When it was my turn, to look to achieve a lake home dream in Crosslake (area), there was really only only option for me. Mary began showing me a couple properties in 2020, pandemic and work volatility caused me a moment of caution. She was respectful in my hot/cold demeanor and continued to provide real estate counsel. 2021 I was feeling more confident in investing in the dream and Mary was there... At the end of the day we wrote a purchase agreement on what couldn’t have been better for my dreams and family history in the area. She had to jump through some hoops and pull appropriate comps for the financial package, which she did. My closing went off without a hitch. She then surprised me with a closing gift that was very personal, appropriate and left me a little emotional for the dream come true... Highly recommend Mary
Michael is a knowledgeable and professional realtor that my family trusts to handle all of our real estate needs. ❤️
I had an excellent experience with Mike O'Connell at Larson Group Keller Williams in selling my one-acre Whitefish Lake lot . After several strategy meetings with Mike, I implemented some changes he recommended to enhance the marketability of my property. Mike then listed my property and, within the first 48 hours, we had two full-price offers. I accepted the first, and the deal was done. We closed in 5 weeks, with Mike assisting me through the entire process. I could not be more pleased with a real estate agent. Now I consider Mike a good friend. Thanks, Mike!
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
Adam & Rachel E.
We worked with Matt Stephens on the purchase of our cabin and couldn't be happier. In a highly competitive market, he was a miracle worker and helped us find the perfect place. Matt was responsive and knowledgeable and his firm had access to the best properties pre-list.
It was actually my brother that started all this, but because I had all the legal "baggage", I was the one to see it through. For various reasons, it was necessary to sell the cabin that my dad bought back in the 80s. For all concerned, and especially for me, the sale involved some conditions of sale that I assumed would make things more difficult than normal. Rob and his team (Holly, Sarah, and Lorelie) accepted these conditions without a problem or complaint and the cabin was sold and closed on a mere two months later. It was pretty impressive in retrospect.
I worked with Maddie Smith and she was BEYOND helpful.She guided me and my family through every step of the way to purchase our very first home! 10 out of 10 would recommend:)
Rob & his team did an outstanding job in making the process go smoothly from listing to sale. Very through in all the details, a pleasure to work with!
Randy & Kathy Arnold
In the late summer of 2020, my wife and I made a decision to begin looking into the possibility of purchasing an "up north" lake cabin as a getaway location for ourselves, as well as for our children and grandchildren. We all live in Central Minnesota. We began the process with a web search, and followed-up on a listing we saw posted by Larson Group Real Estate. Upon making a call to Larson Group, the agent linked to the posting was not available and we were asked if we would like to speak with another agent present in the office, Matt Stephens. As that seemed fine to us, we spent the next fifteen minutes or so getting acquainted with Matt and answering some questions for him that allowed him to get a beginning of an understanding of what we thought we were looking for in a lake cabin property. Thus began a nine-month journey involving reviews of many properties with Matt that ended with a wonderful lake property and cabin on Tenmile Lake. This journey was long and had it's challenges, and my wife and I are so grateful that we got to have Matt available to lead us. His friendliness and genuine interest in what we wanted out of this trip was apparent during that first phone call, as well as in each additional step along the way. Matt consistently kept us appraised of listings that came on the market that seemed to match criteria we had provided for him. He was always quick to respond to any questions we posed via phone, text, or email. Matt helped us to understand the nature of the "seller's market" we were participating in during our search so that we understood what represented reasonable expectations. He provided valuable assistance when we asked to tap into his experience in competing the negotiation process and eventually arriving at a purchase agreement for our lake cabin property. Matt was there to support us for every step of the process, from that first phone call to closing. He even followed up with us after the closing to see how we were settling in to our new lake cabin and whether there were any issues with which he might be able to assist us. Along the way, we came to know Matt not just an excellent agent but, in our view, our friend as well. From us, he gets five stars (plus) and earned every one of them. Thanks, Matt. ---Randy & Kathy Arnold
Judy and Bill Lewis
Selling a cherished family property was not easy but Matt was understanding, kind, patient and walked us through. We were blessed and thankful he was our guide through all the ins and outs... and ups and downs. We respected his advice and positivity. Thank you Matt.
Byron and Cheryl Stokke
Mike O'Connell originally showed us a townhome listing. We switched gears and stuck with Mike. He showed us a number of area lake lots, plowing thru trees and wet grass, jumping over downed trees, you get the picture. We finally found the best lot for us, closed on time and had no surprises at closing. Doesn't get any better than that, thanks, Mike!
As usual, the entire Larson team did a fantastic job in representing us in the sale of our cabin and property in Clam shell on the white Fish Chain. Bruce Larson and the entire team were with us every step of the way and we’re always quick to answer our questions. This is our 3rd transaction (2 buys / 1 sell) and we are thrilled with their customer service / client friendly / get it done attitude.
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.
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.