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Lake Minnetonka Real Estate

Lake Minnetonka real estate is some of the most sought-after real estate in Minnesota. When buyers are relocating to Minnesota and ask where the most expensive homes in MN are located, they usually hear about Lake Minnetonka real estate. Buying a home in the Lake Minnetonka area is competitive. Many of the top realtors in the Lake Minnetonka area will tell you that it's the best place to buy a house. Of course, this depends on several different factors for every buyer. The budget and the wants and needs of homebuyers in the Lake Minnetonka area are usually the determining factors of whether or not Lake Minnetonka is the right place to buy a home.

The top realtors know that home prices and home styles vary significantly from neighborhood to neighborhood and school district to school district. When looking to find the best real estate agent near you, it pays to do your research, read agent reviews, and study local experts. The best real estate agents to work with is the one that treats you the way you want to be treated, and that has a style that will mesh well with your personality. In today's real estate market, it is less common for the real estate agent to find you the house of your dreams. Most buyers nowadays find the home of their dreams online, and it is their realtor that can negotiate the best price and terms and help the buyers get that home under contract. The best real estate agent to help you find a home is experienced, local, professional, well networked, well-liked, loyal, committed, ethical, passionate, and available. 

Top Realtors in the Lake Minnetonka Area

Finding the top realtors in the Lake Minnetonka area isn't always easy. Some buyers assume that the best realtors around Lake Minnetonka are the agents they see the most on for sale signs. I caution home buyers and sellers that utilize this technique. Sometimes the agent shows up on the for-sale characters because the listings have been on the market for several months or even years. Other buyers go online and type, find me the best real estate agent in the Lake Minnetonka area. Remember that the best local agent to use when buying a home is not always the best agent to use when selling a home. 

Top Real Estate Agent Rankings, Lake Minnetonka, MN

In today’s technologically advanced world, there is an abundance of Real Estate Agent Ranking Websites.  Many Real Estate websites that collect real estate agent statistics and reviews are well respected and trustworthy, while other sites are created by companies that charge Realtors to make them look good.  Be wary of the sponsored websites that consistently show up on the first page of google. These Top Agent Ranking sites spend hundreds of thousands of marketing dollars to attract home buyers looking for good local agents.  They then refer the homebuyer to the “top local real estate agent” and charge that local realtor a real estate referral fee.  Some of these websites do a good job identifying top local Realtors, but other sites are “pay to play websites,” where the Real Estate Agents or Realty Companies pay to be endorsed or featured.  Some of the more trustworthy websites that allow consumers to post reviews on the Local Real Estate Agents they have worked with are,,, and  These websites are difficult to manipulate and hard for agents to get fake reviews.  Some sites that feature Top local Realtors and Real Estate Companies are more influenced by advertising spending.  There are local Minneapolis and St Paul publications that have screening processes in place for real estate agents and generally put together large lists of Top Real Estate Agents.  Most of these publications, however, end up charging the Local Real Estate Agent to be featured in the journal, which compromises the integrity of the “Awards.” 

Best Realtors Lake Minnetonka, MN 

If you want to find the best realtors in Lake Minnetonka, MN, you have come to the right place. The Remax professionals with the Minnesota Property Group have been top Lake Minnetonka Realtors since 2002. The best way to find a top real estate agent near you is to do a google search, bing search, yelp search, or angieslist search. If you've landed on this page, you can stop searching and bookmark this site. We have been named the best realtors in Lake Minnetonka, MN, by our peers and our clients for 15 consecutive years. We pride ourselves on knowing the Lake Minnetonka, MN, real estate market better than any other real estate agent in the Twin Cities. 

Best Realtor to Help me Buy a House in Lake Minnetonka, MN

The best Realtor to help you buy a house in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, is likely one of the top realtors on this website, with the Minnesota Property Group of Remax Results. Joe Houghton grew up in Robbinsdale and spent most of his childhood in or next to Lake Minnetonka, MN. You must choose a real estate agent that knows the areas you want to live in intimately. Joe has helped numerous friends, family, and clients buy and sell homes in Lake Minnetonka and is also involved with many of the business owners in the city.

Top Realtor to Help me Sell my House in Lake Minnetonka, MN

To find the best Realtor to help sell a house in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, is no easy feat. We are happy that you are finally on the right website and have discovered Joe Houghton and his team, the Minnesota Property Group of Remax Results. The best realtor to sell your house is the one with the time, enthusiasm, local knowledge, broad knowledge, reputation, and skill set for marketing, exposing, and presenting your home to the right buyers and at the right time. Give Joe a call, send Joe a text, or shoot Joe an email. You will be surprised that he answers his phone over 90% of the time and returns texts and emails within the hour. 

Lake Minnetonka Real Estate History

Lake Minnetonka (the "Big Water" in the native Dakota language) is locat­ed twenty miles west of Minneapolis. It has 110 miles of shoreline and was inhabited by Native American tribes for millennia before the lake was "dis­covered" by soldiers from Fort Snelling in about 1820. Ancient Indian bur­ial mounds are visible in several places, particularly along the north shoreline off Highway 15. Wayzata has a street named Indian Mound that probably is built on top of an Indian mound, as is the city of Mound. The late 1800s were boom years for Lake Minnetonka. Rail lines reached Wayzata in 1867, bringing visitors from all over the country. To accommodate the sightseers, grand hotels were built in Wayzata, Deephaven, Excelsior, Minnetonka Beach, and Tonka Bay. According to a tourist brochure, they boasted "long luxurious porches with easy chairs" and "entrancing views (which) cast a Circes' spell over time." The summer visitors played tennis, sailed, and participated in amateur theatricals. Excelsior put on pageants at the Excelsior Commons that featured galloping horses and wagons and included nearly every person and animal who lived in the village. Turn of the century steamboats ferried visitors on tours of the lake; one, the City of Saint Louis was a 160-foot side-wheeler that has carried 1,000 passengers.

Excelsior, Deephaven, Wayzata, Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Tonka Bay

Excelsior had a casino overlooking the lake at the north end of Water Street, and Big Island was the site of an amusement park. Within a quarter of a century, lake Minnetonka was trans­formed from an Indian hunting ground into a fashionable tourist destina­tion. Within another quarter of a century, many of the resorts had burned down, and the summer cottage era had begun. Today, 100 years later, Lake Minnetonka is again a playground. Cruise boats offer tours of the lake. Excelsior has bed and breakfasts. Day-trippers visit the antique stores, dine at the many restaurants, and swim at the beaches. The lake provides world­class sailing, scuba diving, bass fishing, power boating, and water. skiing. In winter, ice several feet thick is safe for cross-country skiing, ice boating, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. A few people "swim" here even in win­ter-every January, the Lung Association sponsors cold-water dipping and a local diving club scuba dives beneath the ice. Wayzata, Excelsior, and Mound are the commercial centers for the surrounding bedroom communities of Orono, Minnetrista, Minnetonka Beach, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Shorewood, Greenwood, Deephaven, and Woodland. Long Lake, Medina, and Maple Plain, three cities that do not have any lakeshore, are still included among the Lake Minnetonka com­munities, or spoken of collectively as ''Wayzata." Extension of the metro­politan sewer line to Lake Minnetonka in the 1970s gave birth to a building boom that continues today. ''The lake" has become an extreme­ly desirable place to live.