About

I am a realtor with many friends and clients in the greater St Cloud area. Because of that I do real estate throughout that area. Because I’ve lived on the Mississippi River in Sartell for over 40 years I claim these 2 areas as my “focus”. My website which represents that focus is www.SartellHomes.biz with a section devoted to river homes, www.MississippiRiverHomes.net. Many professions have “specialists”. They have narrowed their focus within their profession to better serve the people they work with or care for. That is my objective as well – to be the expert regarding Sartell and Mississippi River real estate. In the four years that I have been doing business as a realtor, I have been fortunate to work with wonderful clients that have shared their experiences with me as their realtor. Since the things that past clients say about me may be of interest to you if you are going to be selling or purchasing a home, I encourage you to read their testimonials. (click the link or scroll down)

Let me give you a bit of the background that lead up to my real estate career. My hands-on understanding of construction goes back to the early 1970’s when I was a carpenter, framing and trimming homes while attending college. It has continued for over 40 years in multiple careers related to the building industry – from development, to finance and marketing of products that go into homes. I know what to look for on behalf of the buyer and what qualities to promote in a home on behalf of the seller.

In one of my earlier careers I developed multifamily housing projects valued in the range of $4,000,000 – $15,000,000 . During that time I negotiated with land owners, city councils, planning commissions, lenders, syndicators and even neighborhood groups. I know how to negotiate in order to achieve a desired result. When I work for a buyer or seller I negotiate confidently because I base my argument on a position which relies on the facts of my in-depth comparative market analysis and other undeniable data. One cannot negotiate effectively without first having the data to support the argument.  I’m a bit old-schooled as I represent a buyer or seller in the submission of an offer or counteroffer. I ask to present these offers in a face-to-face setting rather than through an email to another agent who, I feel, cannot represent my client, nor the facts of the transaction, nearly as well as I can on your behalf. The negotiation is where a confident, intelligent position can reap significant benefits for the client.

I spent 20+ plus years developing marketing concepts that would encourage homeowners and home buyers to use the products I was promoting. I use these marketing skills to interpret the psyche of the buyer/seller to reap the highest benefit for my client. I also use these talents to position a home in the best possible light for a seller client. In fact, if you are a Seller, I have a space on the front page of my website dedicated to showcase your home. It takes more than just placing it on the MLS to get the best price. I would love to sit down with you to describe the multiple ways I promote the sale of a home. Proper pricing, a continuous watch of the internet viewing activity, comparing that activity to the number of showings and the foot traffic to the home, and, then acting appropriately on this information is key to selling a house at is optimum price.

I’ve taught students how to use a camera while I was a photography instructor. I know the fine points of taking beautiful photographs. In my marketing career I also took photographs of luxury homes that I used in the promotion of a product line. I know the importance of great photography to sell products, especially homes. I take photographs that bring more buyers to my listings. The more potential buyers that look at a home, the quicker and better price result you’ll have.

And in the last four years, I’ve been a realtor helping people buy and/or sell homes through conventional means as well as through some creative, unconventional methods which ultimately gave clients their desired outcome.

There are few people that can come close to the the breadth of successful life experiences that I’ve had, which has prepared me to represent a buyer or a seller better than anyone. And in the words of Walter Brennan from “the Guns of Will Sonnet”, circa 1969, he said, as do I, “No brag, just fact.” Thanks for indulging me. I just want you to know there’s a reason I’m good at what I do!

I have enjoyed watching this city grow from 1500 residents when I moved here in 1977 to the dynamic city it is now with a population of almost 17,000 people. I have taken advantage of the river in our backyard, love the school system and the small town friendliness. I know what’s happening in Sartell – not only what’s coming through the MLS pipeline, but what ‘s coming up, what’s going away and opportunities that could bring buyers and sellers together.

Sartell has been my home for 40 years. I know Sartell and Mississippi river properties. I work within the greater St Cloud market, but I do focus on Sartell and the Mississippi River real estate market.

Here’s what others have said about me:

“I especially appreciated having Steve as our agent for selling our river home and helping us buy a beautiful patio home. He is excellent and I have recommended him to others many times in the last few months. He is fun, thorough and answered every question quickly. He clearly goes the “extra mile” for his clients.”  Linda & Bob

“Thanks for working with us in finding our new first home. We’re loving it! We appreciate all you did and your patience through the process of finding this great house and location. You were knowledgeable, courteous and always kept us informed. You’re awesome!”  Gary & Pat

“Steve did an outstanding job on marketing and selling our home. We will recommend you to anyone we know needing to buy or sell a home.”  Joel & Julie

“Steve, thank you so much for all you did in helping us sell our home. You are a Full Service realtor! We were pleased with your knowledge of home selling, and thank you for representing us at the township hearings. You handled our issue very professionally. We appreciate it so much how you so quickly went after it with the open houses. You were honest, dependable, forthright with information and hard working. It was great having you on our team. I appreciate your sensitivity in the entire process.”  Carolyn & Vern

“We would very much recommend Steve to friends or relatives that were thinking of selling their home. He has a unique ability to see the value of a home beyond comparables.”  Dave and Lois

“Steve represented us as the buyer of a home. He also represented the seller as the listing agent. He put no pressure on us and provided information and facts which enabled us to make good decisions. He was a very good mediator.”  Jeff & Pam

“Steve really stuck with us for a long time while we were deciding about selling. Once we made up our minds to sell, he went all out for us.”  Ty & Joyce

“I contracted with Steve in late summer after a disappointing relationship with another agency. His energy, marketing knowledge and hard work paid off to get our house sold. This was the 9th property I have sold over the past 30 years and I rate Steve Wilson as the most productive agent I have worked with. His can-do attitude and his ability to connect personally was a winning combination.” Roger O.

“It is a pleasure and privilege to write a letter of commendation for Steve Wilson. He was thorough in his work, highly regarded for his ability to understand and deal with problems and able to offer reasonable and well thought out solutions. He was always respected for his work ethic, honesty and attention to detail. My assessment of Steve is one of absolute respect. We recommend him highly and without reservation.” Kermit L.

“Steve was excellent! His photography skills and photographs were TOP NOTCH! His knowledge in home maintenance and repair are something that made him stand out! He knew how to help and offered so much personal service! He was very kind/professional and always served my needs!” Stacey B.

“We used Steve Wilson to sell our home during a very stressful time in our lives. He was very helpful and sensitive to our needs. He went above and beyond to help us in our transition. Steve was the second realtor we used in selling this particular residence (the first one didn’t sell it) …wish we had signed with him first. Thanks Steve! Dagny

“I just wanted to thank you again for all your help through the home buying process. This was probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever done and I really expected it to be a pain. Thank you for making it such a breeze for us. We will definitely pass on your name to anyone we know looking to buy or sell a house in the future!” Lindsay & Nick

“Steve was like a hero when it came to our first home buying experience. We first started with a different realtor, and it was a horrible experience until Steve came into the picture. He set right away to work on quickly compiling a list of houses that matched  what we were looking for. He responded to all of our questions whenever we had them by text, email, phone calls, etc. He had a lot of knowledge of houses and was honest with his advice to us, which we really needed. He was also a lot of fun to work with! You felt like a friend was helping you out and making sure you were taken care of.” Bethany and Alan

Here are qualities you should seek in a Realtor and what I can do for you:

Take the highest quality photographs (professional grade photos entice more buyers to your home)

Set the price of your home based on a comprehensive analysis of the market as well as with your needs

Know how to market your home (don’t be satisfied with just home-search internet exposure)

Strategize Intelligently (View the home through buyers’ eyes for staging, overcoming shortfalls and featuring
benefits. There must be a plan before the listing period begins, and, ongoing interpretation of the
analytics to keep the home fresh and active in the market)

Credibly promote your home (my background in real estate, marketing, finance and construction helps)

Communicate effectively and timely through the process

Be personable and likeable enough to make the process enjoyable

SELL YOUR HOME (you don’t need someone to just list it. You want someone who will get it done!)