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Jim Grandbois was named in the Top 20 Minnesota Real Estate Agents for 2015
by Real Trends. Ranking 17th by sales volume in a group of over 15,000 Minnesota real estate agents.

 

 

 

 Jim handles details, steadies emotions, and executes with confidence. Awesome!

 

Bill A. Linden Hills


Moving is a tricky process, navigating its shoals requires a dependable guide. Two things are necessary- effectiveness and efficiency. These encompass a myriad of qualities that include integrity, dependability ,knowledge , wide experience, empathy and much more. Jim Grandbois embodies the qualities we sought in our transition and he performed admirably. We are very pleased to provide our unsolicited tribute to his actions.       

                                               Erica and Tony Bouza    Linden Hills


  To Whom It May Concern: 

I recommend Jim Grandbois wholeheartedly and without reservation.  He helped my family sell our old homestead quickly and cost-effectively.  We all live out of town and he went above and beyond the call of duty managing construction vendors and detail after detail that got us a great price in less than one week.

Mike Pile     East Harriet 2016


 “We are all so thankful we chose you as our Realtor. You have helped us so much during the adventure of selling and

buying a new home. From answering our many questions to staying consistent and positive during the process, you’ve been

there for us. We couldn’t be happier!

Thank you!”-

Cam & Sarah Siedschlag


 Jim helped us find a home in Edina and sell our home in Southwest Minneapolis.  On the buy side, he was patient and thoughtful, leading us in the right direction without pushing us in any way outside of our comfort zone.  It was an extremely positive buying experience.  On the sell side, we worked with Jim to get the house ready for market and had good discussions about how to price it.  With Jim’s help and recommendations, we were able to sell our home the same weekend it was listed at a very favorable price.  Overall, Jim was wonderful to work with – responsive, thoughtful, and highly effective.

 John and Megan    Fulton     Sold and purchased in 2015


  My husband and I worked with Jim to both sell our home and buy a new one – he is truly a gem. We found Jim through referrals online, which were glowing. After interviewing several realtors, we chose Jim, and we could not possibly be happier with that decision. Jim exemplifies a number of qualities that made our experience outstanding, but those that stand out the most are his authenticity and integrity, knowledge of the market, and powerful network. First, in terms of authenticity, Jim is a very caring and real person to work with – which can be hard to find! He always gave us his honest opinion and truly wanted us to be happy – whether it was regarding what improvements were worth the cost in our current home, or where homes we were shopping for fell short. Second, Jim has extensive understanding of the real estate market in and around the twin cities and helped us explore homes in numerous locations before landing on the home we ultimately purchased. He helped us weigh the pros and cons of various locations and patiently helped us understand the nuances of each. Lastly, Jim has a great network that he uses to his clients’ advantage. From contractors, carpenters and painters that will help you get your home where you need it for sale or improve one you’re buying, to other realtors and bank contacts to ensure the negotiation and financial processes of home buying and selling goes smoothly. You can’t go wrong with Jim – we’re so happy we got to work with him!

 Thanks,
Jamie and Ryan   Linden Hills and Fulton 2016


  Dear SW Minneapolis Home Sellers,
This is a letter is written to sing accolades for Jim Grandbois, realtor extraordinaire. We found Jim the hard way. We chose the wrong realtor the first time, because we didn't know what we didn't know. Our home with one bathroom was killing the sale and the timing. Jim figured out quickly, how to make the sale happen- and it wasn't about holding more open houses. We are grateful to Jim for all the lessons learned, and highly recommend Jim to become your realtor.

Jim is experienced.  

Having sold so many homes in the area provides him with the experience to understand the neighborhoods, the people, the nuances of homes and their repair & renovation, and how it all relates to the messiness of selling homes over the last decades. With him, we were able to find a creative way to "add value" without adding on to our home, or adding a second bathroom (that everyone else thought we would have to do). 

Jim communicates.

He kept us informed all along the way- providing peace of mind.  In person, he showed us how to compare the comparables. He helped us see/understand the variety of ways to interpret the numbers, so as to make decisions within our comfort zone for setting a goal sale price. Jim sent us information in advance to explain the next steps of the process. The documents, meetings, website, and methods of communication all made the process easier to understand/follow. Sometimes, he just checked in with us for no reason to see how we were doing/feeling with the process.     

Jim makes it happen. 

Him is either on site, or he has trustworthy people to make it happen- even when he was on vacation, or when we weren't selling in the middle of Thanksgiving/Christmas season, or when we needed a builder/plumber/appliance guy because the sale deal almost fell apart.  

To conclude, Jim provided a comprehensive service- from creating ways to efficiently sell our home, to providing ease and peace of mind while in a process that can be nerve-wracking. Jim provided the service of a skilled professional with authentic communication and graceful coordination. We highly recommend Jim Grandbois to be your realtor. 

Sincerely, Ann & Nate  2016


 

We interviewed three agents before selecting Jim to represent us. Jim's expertise of the Linden Hills area, straightforward presentation of his marketing plan, stellar reputation, great demeanor and overall excitement about representing our home were the key factors in our decision. He worked with us on setting a price and ensured we were realistic about our goals. He was encouraging while at the same time, kept us grounded in reality. He advised us on the finer points of selling (recommending some small improvements that would make a big difference) and even helped us find some reasonable handymen (he recommended a few and we chose an awesome and responsive worker) who worked quickly and efficiently to tidy things up. 
With Jim's help we had over 20 showings in the first two weeks and accepted an offer in less than 20 days. The selling price was above the highest in the market in dollars per square foot. I easily recommend Jim to anyone looking for an honest, upfront and knowledgeable agent.

Steve and Derek, Linden Hills 

 


To whom it may concern,

 

I engaged Jim Grandbois to list my home in St Paul Highland Park in 2012, and was enormously pleased with his efforts in achieving a successful transaction.

 

Previously, I listed my home with another company, but I was impressed with the strong marketing plan that Jim and Lakes Sotheby's Realty put forth.  Moreover, it was a thoroughly successful plan that led to a closing in spring of 2012. 

When looking for a new agent my biggest concern was availability and communication, and Jim was everything I had hoped to find in my next agent.

 

Jim delivered what he promised, including outstanding photography, as well as going the extra mile when special attention was needed.  He was always willing and able to discuss what was going on in the market and kept me updated each week on market activity.

 

I would recommend his services without reservation.  I believe Jim does everything he can to market homes at the very highest level.  His market knowledge and negotiation skills are what I would expect from someone with his experience and strong brand name.

Robert  C.    MD       St Paul      Highland Park


Jim helped us buy a new home in late 2014/early 2015. During our initial meeting with him, he made us feel extremely comfortable by demonstrating his in-depth knowledge of the area in which we were interested in buying, and by taking the time to really understand the kind of house we were looking for to start our new family. He was honest and forth-coming during our search, and never pressured us into making decisions. Once we found a house we loved, Jim had excellent suggestions for additional inspections that would give us the extra security we wanted in our investment. In fact, these inspections did uncover some issues that significantly affected our decision about continuing with the process of purchasing that particular home. He provided excellent advice, and then space to allow us to make our decision. Once we'd made our decision, he deftly negotiated with the seller to come to an agreement that we were more than happy with. We love our new home, and we feel that Jim's expertise and advice allowed us to have an excellent and secure home-buying experience!

Thanks again!

Deveny & Tim


 

Jim was an absolutely tremendous agent. My wife and I are in our 5th home in the last 6 years, as we move with our careers. One of our single greatest stresses is moving to a new city and trying to understand the neighborhoods and property dynamics. We met Jim on a house-hunting trip and he was deeply engaged in understanding who we were and what we were looking for. He was quickly able to pin point a few areas that were exactly what we were looking for. He went so far above and beyond the “normal” bounds of a realtor and engaged us in the communities taking us to restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, parks, and everything that made the communities so individually attractive. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Jim, and if you are looking for an expertise and passion for Minneapolis property, then I cannot imagine a better option than working with Jim…Thanks again for everything Jim!!!


 

As first-time home buyers, we could not have picked a better agent than Jim Grandbois.  Jim did a great job educating us along the way and making sure we felt comfortable with each step.  Jim's patience and advice were critical in helping us find the home that was right for us.  When the negotiation got a little complicated, we relied on Jim's experience and guidance to help us make the right decisions.  It is with great enthusiasm that we recommend Jim Grandbois!

 

Wes and Megan


 

We feel incredibly lucky to have worked with Jim Grandbois in our search for the right home.

 

When we began our search, we felt overwhelmed at the prospect of finding a house. We were looking for the house where we could raise our three children, and we wanted to find it in the perfect location and at the right price. It seemed an impossible task. From the first time we went out to look at houses with Jim, he put our fears to rest. He has a wonderful ability to listen to his clients’ interests and needs in a home while also sharing his extensive knowledge of houses and the housing market. He took time with us in each property and answered all of our questions while also giving us the time we needed to think through each property. He always responded right away when we contacted him about a property and he always put us at ease while being incredibly professional and easy to work with. 

 

When we were ready to make an offer, Jim made it happen. The property we were interested in was well priced and in a great location; within a day on the market, its sellers received 5 offers. Jim got us in to see the property within hours of it going on the market and the following morning when we were ready to put in an offer, he advised us to write a letter to the sellers, helped us put together our offer and, when the sellers were deliberating over which offer to choose, he made our case to the selling agent (at 9 o’clock at night!). Thanks to Jim’s advice and his willingness to go above and beyond for us, we ended up getting the house of our dreams.

 

Jim knows the business of buying and selling homes. He is one of those people you feel glad to have met, a fantastic agent with his clients’ interests always at the forefront. He wants each of his clients to find the home that is right for them. We would recommend him to anyone we know. We are so glad we had the opportunity to work with him.

Ben and Heather      Minneapolis    Fulton


 

 To whom it may concern:                                                 

Jim was a huge asset helping my family find an outstanding home in a great Minneapolis location. Jim made our family's transition from warm and sunny North Carolina to cold and snowy Minneapolis (1200 miles away) seamless! We were very fortunate to stumble across Jim through Trulia on the internet. We were interested in one of his listings and he immediately responded to our request. He offered to setup a time to meet, and immediately setup a home search on MLS for us. He was also the only agent to offer to take us out immediately.

Jim was very proactive and always on top of things. He was very prompt returning our phone calls, emails, etc … and was always early for our appointments. Our house hunting time was precious since we were moving from out of state and Jim went out of his way to shuffle things around and get showings scheduled. He even changed his weekend vacation plans to the lake for us.

We typically traveled with two very young children (2 years and 6 months) and my wife and I were very impressed with how patient Jim was during the chaos. Jim did an outstanding job recognizing our interests, making recommendations, and use of our very valuable time.

Jim helped us navigate the very complex closing process – closing on a home sale and purchase in a single day! He guided us throughout the process and made sure that I worked closely with both attorneys and mortgage folks to keep everyone in sync. He also was working with our agent in North Carolina. We successfully closed on both the sale and purchase in a single day without any issues. This was attributed to Jim being proactive and his attention to the finer details.

We could not have asked for a better agent and now friend to help us find a great fit for our family. We will use Jim Grandbois again and will recommend him to all of our friends.

Sincerely,

The Minotti Family


 October 2013
Dear Jim, 

Jamie and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your help in selling our duplex.  It was hard to make the decision to sell it but living out of state and not being there to take care of it was just too hard.

 

We were very happy with the services you provided for us.  From the initial visit to the inspection and all the way through the process of negotiations, you stayed on top of everything and helped us when we needed it.  Knowing that you would be there to represent us since we are out of state was a huge piece of mind.

 

We would highly recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell property in Minneapolis.  We greatly appreciate all of your work!

 

Thank you Jim!

 

Megan and Jamie Lynch


February 20, 2011 

I’m writing to share my great satisfaction in working with Jim Grandbois as my realtor.  From our initial meeting through the sale of our home, Jim handled every detail thoroughly and efficiently but also with much warmth and humanity. 

We had some personal circumstances that threw unexpected curve balls into the selling process.  Rather than dwell on any frustration he may have felt, Jim addressed the issues professionally yet empathetically.  It was just what we needed during a very stressful time in our lives. 

I would work with Jim again in a heartbeat and recommend him most highly to anyone looking for a realtor they can trust to have the utmost integrity and highest level of commitment to his clients.

Sincerely,
J.C.B


                                                                                                                                                

Dear Mr. Smith (Lakes Sotheby's Sales Manager):

We have just finished the closing of the sale of our home in the Lake of the Isles neighborhood in Minneapolis and did not want to let the occasion pass without letting you know how strongly we feel about the wonderful job your colleague, Jim Grandbois did for us. 

We selected Jim to represent us because he struck us from the beginning as a person of integrity and because he projected enthusiasm for his work and our home.  He also promised that he would “go the extra mile” in providing service to us– and indeed he did. 

Jim exceeded all of our already–high expectations in his performance on our behalf.  With Jim’s help our home sold exceedingly quickly—we signed a purchase agreement about three week after the first listing, which was particularly extraordinary in view of the purported slowness of the real estate market.   

Jim was professional and courteous throughout the process as were the other assistants he enlisted. Not surprisingly, Sotheby's marketing materials, particularly the photography, were skillfully done.  

In short, we are extremely pleased the we selected Jim to be our agent and representative for this important transaction.

 Sincerely,

Richard and Carolyn,  Brooklyn NY                             (Sold thier home in Kenwood neighborhood of  Minneapolis)


   To whom it may concern, 
In Jan 2010, I needed to sell my house in Minnetonka to relocate to France. I was already working there, so I had to find someone I could really trust to represent me, to work independently, and also a realtor skilled enough to sell in a difficult market. Jim was recommended by an excellent friend: I new I could trust him. But did he have the skills, tools and expertise to sell in Minnetonka? I evaluated the services of a very good realtor, specialized with this market. Jim came out with the same marketing plan; he had the skills.

Jim delivered what he promised. He was excellent at using the techniques he has for higher end houses which made my house look awesome on the web and flyer. I followed every one of his recommendations due to the difficult market: not a time to be picky. In three weeks I got an offer that I accepted. After a month and a half the house was sold. 

Bruno and Isabelle F.    Paris, France      


  Dear Jim, 

 We could not have been more pleased with the way that you marketed our home.  You were on hand to answer any and all questions that arose during the showings.  You provided extensive feedback to us throughout the marketing process.  We were very pleased with your efforts to insure maximum exposure of our property to potential buyers. 
We will very highly recommend you to anyone that we know that may be considering a sale of their home. Please feel free to add our name to your list of references. 

                                                Robert and Margaret S.       Bend Oregon      (Sold thier home on Gleason Lake in Wayzata)


  To whom it may concern:

We met Jim Grandbois when he came to preview our home, which we initially marketed For Sale By Owner.  We had met with nearly 20 brokers in two weeks while marketing our own home, but we were immediately impressed with Jim’s level of professionalism and passion for the Southwest neighborhood.  When we decided to list with a broker, Jim was an obvious choice.  It quickly became evident that he was also the right choice.

 Jim is conscientious, trustworthy, thoughtful and knowledgeable.  Selling a home is an emotional process rife with uncertainty.  Jim alleviated our stress by making himself available to us whenever we needed him to answer questions, acknowledge our feelings, respond to our concerns and guide us in making important decisions.  Jim’s personality is ideally suited to the job.  He is approachable and sincere, which allows him to develop an immediate rapport with his clients and potential buyers, putting everyone at ease and paving the road to productive and honest dialogue. 

 It happened that we marketed our home during the slowest month of the year in a buyer’s market.  Nonetheless, we had high expectations for the outcome; we hoped to sell our home quickly without having to reduce the price.  Jim aligned his goals with ours and was committed to helping us achieve them.  Throughout the process, Jim maintained a positive, but realistic outlook and provided us with knowledgeable advice.  We had confidence that, as our representative, he would always present our home and interests in the most positive and professional manner.   

As importantly, Jim seems to enjoy a high level of respect among his broker colleagues.  Our broker open house was attended by nearly 50 brokers!

 We were delighted with Jim and the outcome we achieved together and would certainly rely on his expertise and professional guidance again.

 Deb  and Mike,   Linden Hills, Minneapolis



  Dear Jim,

We cannot thank you enough for helping us find and buy our first home.  We are eternally grateful that you went to the offer presentation in person—obviously that made all the difference. (there were 8 offers on the home).  Needless to say, we were very fortunate to have you working for us.  I would gladly recommend you to anyone and hope to work with you again in the future.

Karla and Ross     Minneapolis


To Whom it may concern

It is with great pleasure that we write this strong letter of recommendation for Jim Grandbois.

Throughout all phases of the process-pricing, prepping, listing, open house, and offer review-Jim was the consummate professional. 

In Summary, Jim knows the market, is networked with other realtors, and is professional.  Consequently, Jim was able to sell our home for above the listing price in an amazingly short period of time. 

 Jeff and Kate                    Minneapolis

  


  To whom it may concern: 

"Jim Grandbois is the most attentive and knowledgeable realtor we have ever worked with.  We were relocating to the Twin Cities from the East Coast.  After interviewing and meeting several realtors, Jim impressed us the most with his honest approach.  He made it clear that he expected to provide us with high quality service and answer all of our questions without pushing us into buying one house or another.  When the time came to look for houses (over a three-day trip we made from the East Coast), Jim completely cleared his schedule and gave us his undivided attention.  We looked at close to 20 different homes, made an offer that was accepted, and attended the home inspection over the course of that short trip.  We are so happy we worked with Jim Grandbois.  The assistance and expertise he provided was critical in making our transition a successful one."

Tara & Ryan  Linden Hills, Minneapolis


  To Whom It May Concern:

We would like to strongly recommend the services of Jim Grandbois who acted as buyer’s agent on our behalf for the purchase of our current home.

Jim did a great job of listing to us as we described to him the different elements that we were looking for in a house.   He is very knowledgeable about this area and thus a great resource for information.

Finally, he helped us set up mortgage contacts and guided us through the closing process.

Paul and Luann        Edina home purchase


  We really appreciate the high standard of all your work for us: the photography, the brochure, the tips on preparing the property for sale, the follow-through with the offers and negotiations. We'd be happy to work with you anytime!

Bob and Julie on selling their Duplex 


Jim’s friendly, yet knowledgeable and savvy approach was exactly what we needed.  As was his accommodating nature.  Several times during our house-hunting/selling experience he went out of his way to ensure things were getting done …the right way.

Showing amazing dedication and understanding, he helped guide us through every hurdle, every time.  That’s why we appreciate Jim not only as a great realtor, but as a new found, trusted friend as well.  Thanks to Jim we’re now living in our dream home.  Plus, he helped sell our home very quickly at a higher price than we ever imagined.

Brian and Sarah         St. Paul home purchase


 Jim’s expertise, professionalism and respectfulness are outstanding attributes.  I had complete confidence that from start to finish all would go smoothly and because of him, all did and I am happily and contentedly in my new home.  Most importantly, I knew I could trust him.  Any questions or concerns were addressed immediately and thoroughly.

It would be my privilege and pleasure to recommend Jim Grandbois to buyers and/or sellers.  He is a “stand-up guy” and his integrity and professionalism are without question. 

Sincerely,     Jeanne D.            Edina 


“For anyone reading this letter that is considering Jim Grandbois as their realtor, I cannot recommend anyone more than this gentleman.  You cannot find anyone with more honesty and integrity to work with.  You can rest assured that he will do everything within his power to either sell your house or find the house that fits your needs. He did both for us.”

Tom and Linda P.         Plymouth


December 23, 2010 

To Whom It May Concern:
 Jim Grandbois was our Realtor when we sold our house during a very difficult and variable market in 2010. 

Originally our home was on the market as a normal sale, but due to the market, we ended up needing to sell in a short sale.

Jim stood by us every step of the way as we made each difficult decision.  When the decision was made to move to a short sale, Jim brought the right people to the table to make sure the sale as going to go smoothly. 

The fact that he was looking out for our best interest really made us feel better about the unpleasant situation we were facing.  

Jim’s compassion and commitment to us was calming.  He remained dedicated to us through the entire process and was always available to us when needed.  He made a difficult situation easier for us.  I would hire Jim again if I were selling or buying g a home.  He is someone who stands by his work and follows through until the end.
Thanks Jim for all your efforts.  Sincerely,

Shannon C.     Tangletown, Minneapolis

 

 Feb 2015

Jim helped us buy a new home in late 2014/early 2015. During our initial meeting with him, he made us feel extremely comfortable by demonstrating his in-depth knowledge of the area in which we were interested in buying, and by taking the time to really understand the kind of house we were looking for to start our new family. He was honest and forth-coming during our search, and never pressured us into making decisions. Once we found a house we loved, Jim had excellent suggestions for additional inspections that would give us the extra security we wanted in our investment. In fact, these inspections did uncover some issues that significantly affected our decision about continuing with the process of purchasing that particular home. He provided excellent advice, and then space to allow us to make our decision. Once we'd made our decision, he deftly negotiated with the seller to come to an agreement that we were more than happy with. We love our new home, and we feel that Jim's expertise and advice allowed us to have an excellent and secure home-buying experience!

Thanks again!

Deveny & Tim

 

March 2015

Jim was an absolutely tremendous agent. My wife and I are in our 5th home in the last 6 years, as we move with our careers. One of our single greatest stresses is moving to a new city and trying to understand the neighborhoods and property dynamics. We met Jim on a house-hunting trip and he was deeply engaged in understanding who we were and what we were looking for. He was quickly able to pin point a few areas that were exactly what we were looking for. He went so far above and beyond the “normal” bounds of a realtor and engaged us in the communities taking us to restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, parks, and everything that made the communities so individually attractive. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Jim, and if you are looking for an expertise and passion for Minneapolis property, then I cannot imagine a better option than working with Jim…Thanks again for everything Jim!!!

 

 October 2013

As first-time home buyers, we could not have picked a better agent than Jim Grandbois.  Jim did a great job educating us along the way and making sure we felt comfortable with each step.  Jim's patience and advice were critical in helping us find the home that was right for us.  When the negotiation got a little complicated, we relied on Jim's experience and guidance to help us make the right decisions.  It is with great enthusiasm that we recommend Jim Grandbois!

 

Wes and Megan

 

 

2015

We feel incredibly lucky to have worked with Jim Grandbois in our search for the right home.

 

When we began our search, we felt overwhelmed at the prospect of finding a house. We were looking for the house where we could raise our three children, and we wanted to find it in the perfect location and at the right price. It seemed an impossible task. From the first time we went out to look at houses with Jim, he put our fears to rest. He has a wonderful ability to listen to his clients’ interests and needs in a home while also sharing his extensive knowledge of houses and the housing market. He took time with us in each property and answered all of our questions while also giving us the time we needed to think through each property. He always responded right away when we contacted him about a property and he always put us at ease while being incredibly professional and easy to work with. 

 

When we were ready to make an offer, Jim made it happen. The property we were interested in was well priced and in a great location; within a day on the market, its sellers received 5 offers. Jim got us in to see the property within hours of it going on the market and the following morning when we were ready to put in an offer, he advised us to write a letter to the sellers, helped us put together our offer and, when the sellers were deliberating over which offer to choose, he made our case to the selling agent (at 9 o’clock at night!). Thanks to Jim’s advice and his willingness to go above and beyond for us, we ended up getting the house of our dreams.

 

Jim knows the business of buying and selling homes. He is one of those people you feel glad to have met, a fantastic agent with his clients’ interests always at the forefront. He wants each of his clients to find the home that is right for them. We would recommend him to anyone we know. We are so glad we had the opportunity to work with him.

Ben and Heather

 


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