We do not have the words to adequately express our sincere appreciation for the professional care of Steve Bruggeman and the entire Oak Realty Team. Their attention to our questions and concerns, constant communication, and detailed approach to the sale of our cabin was incredible! The team's follow up after the sale, is just as thorough as the planning and the journey itself! From start to finish our total experience with Oak Realty was not really and "hit" or a "home run": it was a "GRAND SLAM"!
- Howard and Judy Reeves
I want to thank Corey Czycalla for his extremely great work for selling my building site! He was so very helpful and very kind in helping me get everything done. It was a real joy to work with you Corey!
- Debbie Wendt
Jenna Potter with Oak Realty went above and beyond to ensure we found our perfect home. She works efficiently, promptly, and treats clients with the utmost respect. Jenna answered all of our questions, did her research, and did everything she could to ensure a positive experience. We are grateful to have worked with Jenna and the rest of the smiling faces at Oak Realty. If ever we need to sell or buy, we wouldn't think twice about where to go. What an amazing team!
-Amanda and Steve Rasset
Thanks for your hard work in getting our home ready to sell. Great photos!!! All those forms! You are very patient and nice to 'older' folks. Thanks for that also. We are excited to be at our new home.
-Russell and Sandy Repke
While purchasing a home in Southbrook Golf Course in Annandale, MN, I went through Oak Realty and Agent Steve Bruggeman. Steve had been working with me in locating a patio home in Southbrook for several months. After my initial contact with Steve, I felt Steve and his realty team was my best choice to work with. He displayed integrity and was very personable, knowledgeable, straight forward and professional. He covered every aspect of my purchase in a very professional manner. He also worked very well with another local realtor who had the listing and that agent was very professional while working with Steve.
Due to the sudden passing of our father it was important to us to sell ASAP to keep the house from sitting for too long. We called Steve Bruggeman at Oak Realty. Steve and the staff at Oak Realty were helpful, informative and always available for our questions and concerns. The house sold quickly and Steve walked us through each step of the process start to finish. Thank you again fro walking us through what I thought would be a long and stressful process, it went so smoothly and worry free.
-The Family of Marvin Sikkila
Jenna Potter with Oak Realty was amazing to work with. We started our house hunting search without a realtor and went to one of Jenna's open houses and her willingness to help and her lack of 'pushiness' just stood out to me and my husband. She was patient with us and honest through the whole process. She put in some late nights to work around our schedule so we would be inconveniences as little as possible. After closing was all said and done, Oak Realty is generous enough to allow for a very large and very nice trailer to help move. The process was flawless and this is an amazing group here!!!
-Korrine and Chris Hellen
I began the search for my first home in May of 2016. Through word of mouth I had heard that Jenna was who I need to talk to. She gladly took me through many houses in our search for the right one. Although I only house hunted for six months, this amount of time felt like years. During our time together Jenna gave me sound advice, recommendations and encouragement. At times it felt like we were striking out, so encouragement was needed. Jenna was kind and positive through it all and in January of 2017 we closed on the place I'm proud to call home!
Just a quick note to Thank You for the Great Job You and Your Team did for us on the Silver Creek Heights Project. It was a pleasure working with you and we were fortunate to have someone with the knowledge, expertise and professionalism to work on our behalf. I would highly recommend you and the rest of your staff at Oak Realty to anyone that is buying or selling real estate.
- Loren O'Brien
We recently relocated to Annandale and had a wonderful experience working with Corey Czycalla at Oak Realty in search of our new home. He was so accommodating to our crazy schedule and made time to show us property , often on short notice. We were impressed and grateful for his responsiveness and how quickly he worked. We are new to the area and Corey certainly gave us a fantastic first impression!
-Eric and Meghan Rambow
For over 20 years Mary and I have enjoyed our relationship with Oak Realty. Because of their efforts we ended up purchasing the lake home of our dreams. Over the years they have assisted us in acquiring some of the adjacent properties. Their earnestness, honesty and professionalism in the area of real estate are second to none.
Presently we work with Angie Boyer who manages our Lake Sylvia Rental Property. Angie is an absolute delight to work with. Her enthusiasm, marketing abilities and communication skills keeps our lake rental property almost fully occupied.
Angie enjoys getting to know our guests and makes sure that all aspects of their vacation experience are outstanding.
We have no hesitancy in recommending Oak Realty and their outstanding personnel!
We just wanted to thank you for insisting we come and look at this piece of property we now call home. It was 20 years ago on Friday that we moved into our home, and we still love it! We are planning to be here another 20 years! This has been a wonderful place to raise two young boys! Over the years, you have worked with us on several other projects, and you have always had our best interest in mind. We appreciate your support over the years and the welcoming atmosphere of your staff. Best wishes to you and your staff for many blessings in 2016!
The Moon Family
I was driving around one fall snooping around for deer when I came across property south of Clearwater. The Oak Realty sign was there with Gary Dagner’s name and number on it. I immediately called to get the scoop on the property details. It was a Sunday and to my surprise Gary answered the phone. Understandably I work about every day, so I could appreciate him answering. We did end up making a deal on the property, and Gary supported us in arranging financing to make the purchase we were looking for.
Since the first encounter, Gary has helped us search for a home as an investment property for our parents in addition to supporting a commercial lot purchase. He was very active in finding a place, and as first time investment property owners, we were very pleased with his advice and knowledge. Gary understands the market, and provides input when needed.
We would highly recommend Gary Dagner to handle any and all real estate dealings.
Thanks for everything Gary!
Dan & Bridget Jenniges
“Having come to a point in our lives where we needed help, we decided to put our house up for sale. A neighbor told us of a relative who worked for Oak Realty. After contacting Jenna Potter, she came to see our house. The value was agreed upon, and she photographed the rooms and exterior. There were several parties who showed interest. We were sure that was the result of how the property was presented. Finally a couple toured the house on a Sunday, and hours later we had an offer. A price was agreed upon. Then we were worried since we did not find a place to move into. Our daughter-in-law worked with Jenna to find a place for us. Within a week we too found a great place and made an offer that was accepted. Jenna coordinated the closings to both take place in Annandale on the same day. Thank you, Jenna Potter!”
–Mary Lu Flick
I met Steve/Oak Realty in 1991 when he was the realtor of the property of my first lake home. Since then he has handled over ten transactions in buying or selling some of my properties. Steve makes that emotional contact with his clients in buying or selling their homes and cares about the satisfaction of the end result. I know I can call him at any time and ask questions about properties that I may be interested in and he always comes back with professional respect with the answer to my questions. He and my experience with the other realtors in the Oak Realty office are truly the ethical professionals I can trust.
Corey did excellent work in finding the property that we were looking for and getting the deal done. The property was probably 80 miles North of his regular territory but he still found it, helped us buy it, and helped us sell off part of it that we didn’t want. Corey seemed way more motivated then the other agent that was selling the property. He kept the ball rolling on the purchase. A+ rating!
We have moved in on December 2nd. We're in the middle of unpacking and dealing with all resettlement problems. We are very grateful to God that we've met you and that you were the only not aggressive agent we ever met. When we settle down, I definitely want to see you. We are in constant, almost everyday contact with previous owners and it will probably be a friendship. Thank you for stress free work with you.
I'll be in touch with you. I really like you.
We were very thankful to have found the real estate team of Dean Hoglund and Tiffini Kiebel at Oak Realty.
Their combined strengths in marketing our Sugar Lake home made our whole experience seamless - from the date of listing through our close date.
If you are looking for a team, with the professional knowledge required to sell your home quickly, backed by a company that specializes in the “Heart of the Lakes” area, then Dean Hoglund and Tiffini Kiebel at Oak Realty are the realtors for you.
–Jim & Betsy Hanson
We chose Oak Realty and you in particular on the recommendation of Jeremy Kaskinen, who has put us in touch with so many great local services and businesses in the area. We prefer to work with local people, who know the area and what is special about the place, and Lake Sylvia properties is obviously your specialty! After meeting with you we felt confident that you were able to price the property accurately, really appreciated the special nature of the setting, and could represent it well to prospective buyers, helping to find just the right buyer. We had an offer within 10 days of the house going on the market and the negotiations and closing went without a glitch. We would recommend your agency to anyone looking for a property in the larger area, which you obviously know and love so well.
-With best wishes, and on behalf of Jonathan Poindexter, Adele Evidon
Three years ago my wife and I were looking for a place to eventually retire to. By chance we stopped at Oak Realty in Annandale. By choice we now live in Annandale full-time. Gary Dagner was my agent at Oak Realty. Since we first met Gary, we have done several other real estate deals. Fairness, trust, integrity, consistency, reliability, competency and the local advantage makes for a lifelong relationship going beyond business factors. We are very happy with Gary & Hollie Dagner, Steve and the others at Oak Realty for what they have done for us. We love it here...
We had the pleasure of working with Steve Bruggeman and Oak Realty on the sale of a piece of commercial real estate we acquired through foreclosure in Annandale, MN. Since our bank is located more than 75 miles away it was a challenge for us to manage the property effectively. We relied on Steve and his staff to arrange local help to get the property cleaned out and maintained during the sale process.
With Steve’s help we negotiated through a few potential buyers and eventually ended up with the right buyer at the right price for the property and closed the sale. Steve and his staff are true professionals who care very much for the clients they serve and deliver on their promise of exceptional customer service. We recommend Steve and Oak Realty to anyone buying or selling real estate in the Annandale, MN area.
-Ken Kuehner, Branch President, First National Bank Minnesota
We recently worked with Jenna Potter on the purchase of a lake cabin in Annandale. We were ‘lake property virgins’ when we started our search. Jenna was helpful in educating us about the lakes in the Annandale area as well as nuances of lake property ownership. She was very patient with us as we looked at a wide variety of lake properties in order to hone in on what we wanted. Once we knew what we wanted, Jenna was very proactive in keeping us appraised of new listings or price reductions that met our criteria. She was very professional and friendly throughout the process, with excellent organizational and follow-through skills – I so appreciated that she always returned my e-mails or calls promptly. Most importantly, Jenna helped us close the deal on a lake cabin on Sugar Lake. We can’t wait to enjoy the cabin this summer with family and friends. We hope Jenna will stop in and visit us when she is in the area – she is like part of our family now!
-Paul and Lisa Steffens
We have had the privilege of working with Oak Realty for the sale of three properties. We first met Steve Bruggeman in the early 2000's when we were living on Pleasant Lake, in Annandale. His reputation around town was without blemish, and we enlisted him on the sale of our house on Pleasant Lake, and subsequently on the sale of 2 lots in South Haven. All the transactions were handled very professionally and were marketed very well. Steve's marketing with color brochures are high quality and second to none. We consider Steve not only as our realtor, but also as a friend. We would recommend Steve and Oak Realty as your exclusive selling or buying partner.
-Allen and Debs Dubbeldee
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Corey Czycalla with Oak Realty to find our new home! We had been searching for homes for quite some time and through the entire process Corey was patient - even when we wanted to see the same home 3 times only to realize it still wasn't the right home for our needs. When we finally did find the home that we were ready to make an offer on, Corey was very prepared and professional as he guided us through the process. When it came to closing on the home, the seller showed up unprepared and we thought we may have to walk away from the purchase. Thankfully, Corey made hundreds of phone calls in a few days and was able to resolve our concerns which enabled us to close on the home. We couldn't be more grateful for all of Corey's hard work through the process - what could have been a very stressful and unpleasant ending was transformed into a very happy beginning with us moving into our dream home!
Corey - we absolutely love the home and the neighborhood - thank you for sticking it out with us through the process!!
-Cody & Katrina Lorenze
Our experience with Steve at Oak Realty was very enjoyable. We found our new home online and we were sure it was the property for us. We looked at it 2 times before making an offer. Steve was very helpful and methodical during this process making sure all the required activities were scheduled and completed prior to our closing. We knew with his experience and knowledge that everything was being taken care of.
Steve also listed and sold our home during this time. We felt very comfortable with his advice and recommendations. Steve is very professional and we were very happy with the level of detail listed for our home. We are so fortunate in working with Steve on the buying and selling of our homes, he knows the area and business so well it really helped to complete the buying and selling process with no worries.
We have recommended Jenna Potter of Oak realty to numerous friends and family members. She is Very professional, hard working and honest. We have purchased several investment houses and also bought and sold our own home through Jenna of Oak Realty. Every single occasion was five stars. Jenna is ALWAYS available and extremely knowledgeable for a young agent. We look forward to many more transactions in the near future with Jenna!
-Brent and Avril Kruchten
Working in the Real Estate Industry, I have had the pleasure of assisting people daily with the purchase and sale of their homes, making sure that the process goes smooth and that it is a celebration. Being on the flip side is a much different story and was not what I imagined what the process would be or how it would at all go. It had been 13 years since I had purchased a home, I had a picture in my head of what I wanted, the basics, was preapproved, knew the area I wanted to live, was ready to go, and had a “let’s do this” attitude. With the amenities that I wanted, the home search began, I was receiving emails, looked at a few homes, with patience and at the drop of a hat, we continued to search with limited properties in the area I needed to live. Gary showed me multiple properties that just didn’t fit, which he started pointing out certain things that made me realize that me just wanting to be in a home so badly, wanting to just settle and write an offer, was not the right thing to do. Gary came up with an alternative, so my new plan B of building was my new goal. Awesome! My “let’s do this” attitude was back and I was going for it. The wheels were in motion and the plans were drawn, I was already decorating in my head and I was so excited to have everything that I wanted, and brand new at that. One problem, there was a glitch and the Appraiser changed the property value the day prior to my closing, we reworked the numbers to see if we could make something work and just could not make things fly, I was deflated… Now, not only was Gary my Realtor, he was my counselor, and shoulder to cry on because things didn’t work out how I planned. We were a year into the process, the poor guy had a years’ worth of time into my home search and we were now back to square one and plan C. We looked at a few more homes and Gary was positive and supportive, having my best interest in mind the entire time. We looked at a Bank owned property that was awesome, it had a pool, I was so excited again and wrote an offer and was on pins and needles waiting for an answer. A few days later, I found out that the Bank would not allow me to purchase the home since the company I work for had done work with them in the past and they consider it an affiliation, once again I was deflated and thought I would never find anything. I was ready to give up, tired of searching, convinced I would never find anything, sad I could not move forward and was stuck. Again, not just my Realtor, my friend and counselor, picked me up and assured me that everything was going to be alright and that we will find the home that is meant to be. About a month later, I received a call from Gary asking if I would like to see a property, it was not on the market yet, I jumped at the chance. The house was perfect, my daughter and I both loved it, it had everything we wanted, we wrote an offer and are now in our, “Home.” I never imagined that the process would have been a year and a half and could have been such a rollercoaster ride; however, knowing that I had Gary in my corner looking out for my best interests, finding the right property to fit our needs, counseling me through the upsets, really made a huge difference. This is one of the biggest purchases that I will ever make and I am glad that I was able to have Gary assist me with the process with the professionalism and knowledge that he has of the market. The word “Home,” means so much more.
On Thursday November 5, 2015 we completed our third real estate transaction in Minnesota with Steve Bruggeman, Broker, Realtor, at Oak Realty in Annandale, Minnesota. As both buyers and sellers we found Steve to be very, knowledgeable and helpful when we were looking for a ‘second home’ in Annandale in 2008. Since we live 400 miles from Annandale it was reassuring to have someone we could trust to guide us through the purchase (and in 2011 the sale) of this home. We contacted Steve again in August 2015 when we decided to make Annandale our permanent home.
If you are looking for a realtor you can trust, talk to Steve. He takes the time to listen and understands what you are looking for. His knowledge and advice are invaluable.
-Curtis and Marian Palmer
Steve was referred to us by friends from the Twin Cities who have lived on Lake Sylvia for the last ten years. His extensive knowledge of the area and people was apparent as we considered different options. We ended up buying a lot that was not even listed the first time we saw it. Steve was very responsive and we appreciated his sense of urgency throughout the process.
When we decided to sell our home we contacted three realtors. One of them was Oak Realty. Jenna Potter and Steve Bruggeman came out to talk to us about our home and after they left we both decided immediately that we were going with Oak Realty and Jenna Potter as our realtor. This was one of the best decisions we have made. When we had a showing she always got back to us promptly with the feedback. She was always so upbeat and encouraging to us. She went way above and beyond with things she did not have to do. We incurred some problems with some land we had after the closing of our home and she stepped in immediately to help us get this taken care of. Since we spend the winters in California and would have had to stay back in Minnesota to get this handled she said that she would represent us. She put in many hours, had to attend many meetings, find people to handle request made by the Corrina Planning and Zoning, which was not an easy task but she handled it and did a great job. She was right on top of everything and kept us in the loop. We highly recommend Oak Realty and Jenna Potter as your realtor if you are looking for someone to sell your place. We tell everyone about all the extra steps she has done for us. Jenna has come to be very special to us and we are so glad that we got to know her. She is tops in our book.
-Les and Linda Cantin
Our experience with Oak Realty, specifically with Steve, was an exceptional one. We gave him the challenge of selling Nathan’s home and finding us another to purchase in a small time frame. He did both and in record time. Steve worked around our work schedules for showings and was very accommodating to all of our questions and concerns and made himself available 24/7. After our closing we had a unique situation where the previous owners of our home had taken the garage door openers with them. Steve took it upon himself to contact their realtor to track them down and then went the extra mile when they couldn’t find the openers to have a serviceman come out to the house to replace the openers for us. To me this shows that Oak Realty goes above and beyond for their customers which makes their Hometown Service stand out from the rest. I would highly recommend Oak Realty to anyone with any future realty needs. Thanks for everything Steve!!
-Nickie Hennen and Nathan Schmidt
Thanks Jenna for helping us purchase a lake lot on Lake Sylvia! From working out challenging logistics to attending BOA meetings with us; you and your team at Oak Realty showed us the support we needed. We are so excited to make our dream lake home a special place for family and friends. Our advice...Call Oak Realty they know what they are doing.
-Duane and Patty Geib
My wife and I have always enjoyed the lakes around the Annandale area. When it came time for our place to retire, Annandale was our choice. Oak Realty was very helpful in locating property that fit our needs. Oak Realty provided friendly services, even after we closed on our property. Thank You Carla and Steve!
Jenna was the first realtor I called. She was very quick to return my calls (if they were not answered immediately), and she accommodated to our schedules. She communicated very well with me and our banker.
We had a couple of problems come up along the way, but with Jenna's determination and great job she did, got it all done. Closing day was very efficient and all went well.
-Richard and Elizabeth Shug
After meeting with Jenna Potter, she sold us. She answered all of our questions and was so knowledgeable about the area.
-Richard and Elizabeth Shug
My husband and I met Corey when we went to an open house in March 2015. When we met him we had just decided to start looking and had not chosen a realtor yet. He was so good about answering our questions that day. We liked him immediately and asked him to help us and we are very glad we did. Over the next few months Corey helped us find houses that fit our description of what we wanted. We went to multiple showings and he was always prepared with the information regarding each house. He was very patient and understanding and knew that this was an important decision for us. Corey was always available by text, email or a phone call and if he wasn't he got back to us in a very timely manner. Corey is a very friendly, outgoing person and goes out of his way to help his clients. We are so glad we had him as our realtor. We couldn't have asked for a more helpful and dedicated person to help us find the right house for our family.
Jenna worked hard and persevered to get my property sold.
We had a quick response when we first inquired and from there had wonderful service. As a young couple searching for a new home we were a little unsure of exactly what we were looking for. Jenna was patient with us and helped us through the process the entire time. She kept us from getting discouraged when potential houses for us were sold quickly. With Jenna's expertise and passion to help others we were able to find our perfect home! When asked if she would recommend Oak: Absolutely! We have told all of our friends & family and we will definitely use Jenna in the future.
Found a home we loved, Jenna worked her magic and we got the house right away!
Jenna was very knowledgeable about the properties we visited. She is an incredibly hard working agent.
“Jenna seemed to be very motivated and passionate about what she does. She made the buying process easy, she was easy to communicate with, was always available, very knowledgeable, and driven.”