About Lakes Area Realty

It all started in 1993 when Steve and Terri Havig opened Isles Bun and Coffee under the black and yellow awnings at the corner of 28th and Hennepin. Within a few years, Steve and Terri were not only famous for their cinnamon buns and puppy dog tails, but also for their friendships, integrity and neighborhood knowledge. As neighborhood experts, helping friends buy and sell their homes was a natural step. 

In 1996, Steve and Terri partnered with their friend and home builder, Greg Gray, to create Lakes Area Realty. Today, Greg Gray is the broker/owner of Lakes Area Realty, Golden Valley, and Steve Havig is the broker/owner of Lakes Area Realty, Minneapolis.

In 22 years, Lakes Area Realty, Minneapolis, has grown from a single corner shop to be the largest family-owned, full-service brokerage in the state, with offices spanning the Twin Cites Metro all the way into Wisconsin. 

But Lakes Area Realty has never been about being the biggest. Just the best. We pride ourselves in our market expertise, absolute professionalism, innovative ideas, collaborative culture and a strong sense of community. 

We know real estate is about people. That’s why everything we do is based on how it benefits you, our client. Thank you for choosing Lakes Area Realty.

Locally owned. Community focused.

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