"Brian was amazing to work with! My husband and I were in the market to buy our very first home. We worked with a family/friend realtor for over a year. He showed us close to 50 homes and after 8 unaccepted offers, we were frustrated and wanted to try a different realtor. We saw a home that we absolutely loved on MLS and decided to switch things up and reach out to the listing agent (Brian) directly. He contacted me right away and was honest about the listing which I greatly appreciated. Brian showed us the home on the first day the house went on the market and we absolutely loved it. We put in an offer right away. Brian helped educate us about what makes a competitive offer and he never forced us to offer more that what we were comfortable with! I would definitely work with Brian again - he knows what it takes to win an offer in this crazy competitive seller's market. He is knowledgeable and educational - both great attributes, especially for a first time homebuyer like myself."
"Brian was great and we would use him again in the future for sure."
"Brian is an efficient, responsive, and knowledgeable agent who adopts modern tools to your advantage. He has every quality you would expect from a top notch agent. He helped us selling an apartment and I strongly recommend him."
"Brian helped me narrow my search area and identify the properties which would closely match my wants and needs. He offered insight into how a property would accommodate my lifestyle and understand the options in each property I considered. He listened carefully to my concerns and helped me find the best property."
"He was ver responsive to my message and questions. Being a first time home buyer there was plenty to ask. Brian was helpful in it all. He always had time to set up showings no matter the distance between each he made it work. He was very nice and informative on all the houses and helpful in pointing out some of the pros and cons for each place. If I was to get into the buying/selling market again Scates Real Estate will be the ones I call."
Jose & Andrea
Great to work with. Multiple offers on our home above list price and Brian helped work through any issues and negotiation with the buyers. We are very happy.
Jesse & Christina
"What more can we say about Brian Scates and his team!!! Brian helped us navigate the crazy Wayzata School district housing market with ease. He steered us in the directions only he could know with years of experience in this market place. Brian listened to our questions and concerns, calmed us when stress was high (thanks again). Brian negotiated a price well under appraised value and ensured he had us covered along the way.
When we had struggles with removing our contingency due to a counter offer he even had a finance partner ready to help if needed. His title company couldn't have been more professional. Brian has it covered and he even sold our existing home in 2 weeks!!!!
Brian's marketing is second to none and he would be a great addition to anyone's home buying & selling process, you won't be disappointed in choosing to work with Brian Scates and his team."
Jacob & Tiffany
"Brian Scates has been an excellent resource during our home buying process. He is extremely professional and highly responsive. Brian helped educate us throughout the process. We will definitely be working with Brian again in our future purchases."
Alison & Mario
"Brian's expertise and professionalism is second to none. He sold our house for full asking price the first day it was up for sale. The process was smooth and stress free."
Oliver & Alicia
Brian is a great real estate agent. I spoke with 8+ real estate agents in the Minneapolis area before choosing Brian and am very glad that I worked with him.
Local Knowledge - I was very impressed at Brian's knowledge of the area. He knew what houses and neighborhoods fit our financial, family, and lifestyle situation and took us to good spots.
Process Expertise - I am a person who asks a lot of questions and Brian was always there with the answer, or tracked it down very quickly. He was patient with all of my questions as a new homebuyer and knows his stuff about real estate. This came in handy especially during the home inspection when he was able to walk me through the entire process while I have literally no experience.
Responsiveness - I think the longest I waited for Brian to get back to me was 3 hours. He almost always picked up the phone or immediately texted / emailed back. He is always ready to talk and answer questions. Each time we talked he made sure I understood everything and didn't cut the conversation short.
Negotiation Skills - I thought Brian was really good. He handled the negotiation professionally and went to bat for me. I do feel that he could have been more aggressive initially, but he was willing to go with me on how I thought we should negotiate and then guide me when we needed to shift gears.
We really love our new house!
Bryan & Tricia
We were relocating from out of state, so having an agent that could serve as our eyes and ears on the ground was crucial. Brian was fantastic to work with. Our timeframe was very aggressive. We flew into town for a long weekend, setup house showings for two days and wanted to leave town with an accepted offer. Without Brian's help, I do not think that would have been possible. We were very up front with him about what we wanted and what we didn't and he stuck to that. He didn't waste our time with houses that didn't match what we were looking for.
Brian's help though the offer and negotiation process was also invaluable. We put an offer in on our house at about 5pm on a Friday. After some back and forth, we had an accepted offer at about 1am Saturday morning. Brian was on the phone and texting us throughout the entire back and forth, giving us the room to make decisions when we wanted to, but also offering advice when we asked his opinion. He was never pushy.
Overall, Brian was the ideal agent to work with. Very knowledgeable, thorough, and always available (especially for us with a 2 hour time difference).
Sean & Alissa
Brian is awesome, did a great job of marketing our home and brought in tons of interested buyers the first day of listing and got a higher price than we listed.
Brian is one of the most outstanding professionals in the business. We have purchased our 3rd home and this was one of the smoothest transitions yet, thanks to Brian and his team. They have done a fantastic job taking care of us at every part of the process. We will definitely be telling our family and friends if they ever need a Realtor. Thanks Brian!!
Ryan & Brad
I honestly have no complaints about my experience with Brian Scates. This is the first home I've purchased, and I felt like he did a good job explaining and walking me through the entire process. When I contacted him, he always responded right away and was able to answer my questions. Also, the negotiations went very well. Everything I asked for he was able to negotiate. Overall, I had a good experience. I consider Brian Scates to be a good realtor, and I would certainly recommend him.
Brian was in contact even up to the late hours.
He coordinated the house staging and repairs.
Worked through the multiple offers to get the best which worked well for us.
We were not at the closing but Brian did everything on our behalf.
Keep up the good work!
Isaac & Martha
For a first time home buyer, Brian was helpful explaining all steps.
I can not say enough great things about Brian, and I highly recommend him as a Realtor.
I had been trying to sell my property for three years and then a severe set-back made it clear I had to make a change. I'm so grateful that I found Brian as he SOLD my property in just a few months.
Brian is honest, professional, knowledgeable, experienced and kind.
If you are the market to buy or sell a home, I'm quite certain Brian will work very hard to meet your needs.
Brian was a fantastic advocate during the entire process of selling my condo. He was knowledgeable, responsive, and understanding of my needs and goals for the property. I highly recommend Brian for any real estate issue and look forward to possibly working with him again in the future.
Brian is extremelly professional and gave us excellent treatment. Our home is perfect for us. We were well informed through the process and we appreciate his knowledge in this matter. We highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
The honesty is what sold me on Brian. After looking at my very first house, Brian told me as we walked out that he wouldn't let me buy the place, as it was in terrible shape. This showed me that he wanted to make sure I found the best place for me, some place that I was happy to call home. He accomplished this wonderfully and made the whole process very easy for someone that was very nervous. I highly recommend working with Brian.
Al and Terri
1. Sold my townhome in Oct 2012.
2. In the purchase of my single family home in Oct 2012.
3. Sold my mother's home in Feb 2014.
Brian is my go to guy for anything in the real estate/rental market. His ability to assess situations and be proactive to assure smooth sailing is what I appreciated the most. He consistently offered suggestions, ideas, remedies (in both buying and selling) and I believe was able to do so because of his exposure to the different markets he has and currently works in. His expertise is evident and I would sum him up using two words "He Rocks"!
Brian, Thanks again for everything! We absolutely Love our new house and your help and expertise while buying it & aid in renting our old house were greatly appreciated! We look forward to working with you again in the future!
Chris & Ashley
We recently just purchased our third property with the help of Brian, and as always, we had a great experience. He was always quick to respond to our phone calls and emails, and if he couldn't answer our questions, he directed us to someone that could. Going through this process with two small children was a challenge at times, but Brian made it easier by working around their schedules and being understanding when we had to bring them along to showings or meetings.
We also used Brian to sell our first house. In a tough real estate market, he was optimistic, yet realistic about our price point. His advertising materials were excellent and he was very diligent about following up with interested parties. We always felt like he was looking out for our best interests on both the selling and buying side. There was a sense of calm on our closing day because we knew we were in good hands with Brian and his team. We would definitely refer him to anyone interested in buying or selling a house!
Scott & Christine
Brian was wonderful to work with. He fully explained everything my Wife and I needed to understand about a short sale. We felt no pressure to make any decision, he left us with the information we needed and the paperwork if we decided to short sale. We filled out the paperwork and let Brian and his team go to work for us. He took pictures and listed our property, immediately we had showings. It was about a week or so into showings when we received an offer.
The Scates team kept the process moving with the mortgage company, keeping us informed on the progress. Everything was as smooth as it could have been and we were able to close in under 2 months from when our home was placed on the market. Brian was also able to get the mortgage company to give us $1000 at closing to help with our financial situation. Through the whole process I felt very comfortable that my situation was being handled with more attention than I ever expected. Brian is a good person that wants to help you make the best decision.
I am positive Brian will be our Realtor and trusted adviser for many years to come.
Thanks Brian and team!
April & Jayme
I am in the appraisal business and the specific work I do requires me to speak with Realtors on a fairly regular basis. To be perfectly honest, my impression of Realtors was somewhat tarnished from my previous experiences of dealing with them. Since I research sales and do interior inspections of homes everyday for a living, I thought my need was pretty minimal for a Real Estate Agent. That was until I met Brian by chance (and by luck) after calling him about a listing he had that was a foreclosure property. Instantly, I could tell that he wasn’t like the "sales-man” stereotype I had produced in my own head. He was personable, straightforward and knowledgeable. He fought as hard and as quick as he possibly could to get me that foreclosure, but unfortunately the bank ended up being a little underhanded and I didn’t get it. That turned out to be a blessing however, because 7 months later I found another foreclosure and the first person I called was Brian. Once again he hooked me up with incredible people to make the purchase process easier than I could have ever imagined from beginning to end. Now I have a great house on a golf course and I feel like I stole it for the price I paid. The only things Brian and I have left to finish are a few rounds of golf.
I was planning a move to Minnesota from Florida. My son had employed Brian's services recently, and he recommended Brian to me. Our first contacts were by email, but I could sense Brian's personal interest and sense of responsibility. I decided to "go with him". Brian emailed me MLS information so that I could look at extensive photos and other pertinent information about the properties. I made my choices, and Brian set up the appointments. I was so delighted to meet Brian when I arrived for my first appointment: he is so personable and easy to work with. With Brian's help I found my ideal property, and he also introduced me to the mortgage broker I eventually decided to use. Brian stayed in touch with me throughout the entire purchasing process, and when he visited me to bring a housewarming gift, it was like seeing an old friend. I do not hesitate to recommend Brian Scates to anyone out there who is looking for a property.
My wife and I called on several listings of homes. Brian was the most responsive of the realtors. He was great to work with. I have a policy of giving business to people who are pleasant to work with. Brian fits that well. He knows his business.
Ron & Linda
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! Words cannot express the gratitude Mike and I have for everything you did to help us get into our home. You went above and beyond Brian and we greatly appreciate all of your efforts! You were by our side the entire time, always connected to what was going on and your follow-up was impeccable!
All the best,
Kelly & Mike
Just a quick note to let you know what an awesome realtor you have. We had just received news that our realtor was quiting, that same evening Brian Scates saw this situation on the computer, and called and asked if he could help us sell our home. We agreed to meet. That week he met us at the house, jumped out of his car, looked me in the eye, shook my hand, and called me by my first name. And Wow ! At the end of the day I felt like we had been to a seminar just listening to all that Brian had to tell us ! He gave us so much helpful information, I couldn't believe it was actually free !
He was incredibly polite, very confident in his profession, made many positive comments; and this is the best part, when it came time to get down to bare bones, he was so incredibly polite in telling us like it is, completely prepared with photos and schematics of comparative homes in the area, and what would be the best direction for us to go. Then he went on to expound how to do that, as we know absolutely nothing about this business. His mother should be proud.
I so appreciate his honesty, politeness, his dressing sharp, his knowledge of the business, and has a really nice car. What a great realtor - and from Tennessee too, imagine that.
We have had another great experience working with Brian in a new home purchase! Brian is a dedicated and hard-working realtor looking out for the best interests of his clients. Brian is exceptional at making the entire process of finding and getting into a new home stress free! All questions and concerns are addressed efficiently and effectively. This is our 2nd home purchase experience working with Brian. We have referred many of our friends to Brian and everyone has been as pleased as we have been. When the time arises again for a sale or purchase Scates Real Estate is our choice!
Andy & Nicole
Brian, I wanted to thank you again for all your hard work you did in helping us sell out home so quickly. We love our new home and we owe all our thanks to you. Emma and Wyatt love the pond in the backyard. They watch the ducks from the patio and the smiles on their faces let me know that Jim and I made the perfect decision with your help on finding this wonderful place. I never thought it would be this easy to move a family from Minneapolis to Apple Valley, but you helped make it possible and I and my family appreciate what your've done. Now, when friends and family come over to see the new place, we tell them we couldn't do it without Brian Scates.
Keri, Jim, Emma & Wyatt
Buying a home with Brian Scates
So many realtors, so little time. How do we choose ? That was a question we asked ourselves before starting our journey(our loooong journey :-) of buying our first home. Matthew's life revolved around hockey (at least until he met me), we knew right away that with a last name like "Scates" this Brian guy had to be good ! Another big assuring factor that this was the realtor for us was when we found out he had experience under his belt. We thought for sure that this guy was creeping up on at least 30 years of age with all his experience; however, one of our house hunting trips proved us wrong. As we were talking, we found out that he's younger that us; yes, we're only 25 ! Yep, in my wise years, being the oldest of the three of us, I knew that this young whipper-snapper could hook us up with a great house.
Brian has done a great job sticking this out and seeing us through this extensive mission of buying our first home. I believe we started looking at homes some time last spring and there were days we thought it would never end (right,Brian ?). We even had to take a break from house shopping around the time of our wedding and Brian said he'd be there for us whenever we were ready to get back in the saddle. Like a trooper, he persevered and got us into the house we now love and couldn't be happier with. He been a great representative for us and always on our side. One example is the house we thought we would be settling in after a showing last Halloween. It was a great fit for us and we made an offer the following evening. Unfortunately, we got caught in a bidding war and lost. Brian assured us that we could still find the home for us.
We have definitely had some laughs, some disappointments, and lot of trips up and down the freeway. We thought for sure that after the 75th house we walked through that this guy would throw up his hands and bail. But no, Brian was right there with us through the whole thing. We are very gateful to have had such a great advocate for us and such a knowledgeable team player on our side. It had been great to have him helping us with each step of the home buying process and we'll be recommending him to everyone we know that's looking for a home. Congrats on a job well done, Brian !
Matt & Becky