Our family consists of 2 sons and a daughter (our youngest son died in 1995). We also have 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
John grew up one mile west of downtown Minneapolis. The tallest building at the time was the Foshay Tower (32 stories – wow!). My childhood friends and I would ride the city bus downtown to go exploring. Went to the observation deck of the Foshay several times. It seemed we could almost see the ends of the earth from there. We never even gave a thought to kidnappers or other crime back then. Another memory was swimming in Bassett Creek and recovering stolen bicycles that had been ditched there. One of my favorite memories was hopping slow-moving trains that were just leaving the main rail yard near downtown, and seeing which one of us dared to stay on the longest before jumping off. Fortunately, none of us ever ended up in North Dakota. Haha. At age 11 I got a paper route, and have worked ever since.
Mary grew up in small-town Minnesota (Cokato – pop @1500 then). Life then was a lot simpler. I attended a 1-room country school until 7th grade. We played outside and used our imagination. My teen years were at the high school in town. Excitement included roller skating, bowling, and hanging out at the local drive-in. A favorite memory (mischievous) was my friends and I hanging dummies in town with the town cop’s name on it, and trying not to get caught.
We were barely grown up when we married. In September 2016 we celebrated 47 years of marriage.
We were first licensed in Real Estate in 1999 in Minnesota, working for Edina Realty. We moved to Green Valley in 2003 and earned our Real Estate licenses in AZ at that time. John holds an AZ Broker's license, having passed the Broker exam in 2004.
Before we were Realtors: We owned a professional cleaning service, focusing on smoke and water damage cleanup, but also doing carpet cleaning, floor refinishing, home and office cleaning, and car/truck detailing. We had as many as 30 employees. Hard work and long hours!
Most unusual experience in real estate: Going to present an offer to a listing client and finding him deceased in bed. Very sad, as he was not only a client – he was our friend.
One tip for buyers: Walk the neighborhood(s) you’re interested in. Talk to the residents who live there already. Ask questions.
One tip for sellers: Heed the advice from the real estate agent you have chosen. If listing price is an issue, hire an independent appraiser.
When we’re not working: Mary enjoys -- walking and time at the pool. Spending time with our loveable rescue dog, Libby. Also spending time with our daughter and son-in-law in the Phoenix area. John enjoys these, too, but also golfing and motorcycle riding.
The most gratifying thing about the business we’re in is: Always meeting new people. We knew nobody when we moved to Green Valley, and most of our friends here are former clients or fellow Realtors.
The most unique property we’ve ever sold is: Our own lakefront cabin in northern Minnesota. It was a nice, cozy 2BR place with a fireplace and a large deck on a great fishing lake (walleyes, crappies, bass, and huge northern pike!). We could always catch plenty for a fish fry whenever friends came up for the weekend. We also had a separate guest house, a sauna, a lakeside hot tub, and a large raspberry patch.