Excellence with a Smile

BONNIE ERICKSON,

REALTOR® in MINNESOTA

 

 

 

 


Bonnie Erickson, REALTOR®

 

Yes, that’s me, and if you’ve come this far, your inquiring mind wants to know! So here begins the commercial.

HOW I BECAME A REALTOR®
 
As a young person, I never considered a career in real estate; it wasn’t even on the radar. The stereotypes I had about REALTORS® weren’t pretty!  Spike heels, fur coats, diamonds, and 3 piece business suits driving a luxury car didn't fit my personality. Oh, but my stereotypes were wrong!
 
My venture into real estate began in the early 90’s when I viewed a zero down real estate infomercial. I wasn’t naive enough to expect to earn millions overnight, but the idea of buying and selling for profit intrigued me. My husband and I had successfully remodeled several homes. Why not give this program a try?
 
The program's first assignment was to seek a financial partner.  My first financial partner in Golden Valley ended up hiring me to organize and manage his personal portfolio of 15+ housing units. In his employ I learned the value of rental property, of following housing rules, and of being wise in real property transactions without risking my own money.  I obtained my real estate salesperson’s license and officially began my real estate career.  My goal became to buy and sell properties for profit . . . for me, not an employer.
 
The next few years expanded my “practical” education in real estate to include more traditional avenues.  My second broker in St. Paul became my investment partner in buying, fixing, and reselling distressed homes.  The goal of buying and selling for profit was realized.  It was hard work!  During this time I discovered I really LIKED traditional real estate.  Listing homes for sellers; showing homes to buyers; and assisting both through the piles of paperwork needed in real estate was my forte!
 
My goals shifted to more traditional real estate sales.  I joined the local, state and National Association of REALTORS® and earned the right to use the term REALTOR®. I earned the GRI® (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) designation. My exposure to other REALTORS® chipped away the stereotypes I held of REALTORS®. They were hard-working people.  I found I DID fit and that I didn’t have to wear furs and spike heels to compete. In fact, I discovered that most REALTORS® drove Camry’s and Civics (but they pay a lot for detailing!)!
 
Family responsibilities drew me back from St. Paul to Minneapolis.  An exclusive buyers’ agency recruited me, and I made the business move to Minnetonka.  As an exclusive buyers' agent (EBA), I learned the importance of client representation which was reinforced when I earned the designation CBR® (Certified Buyer Representative).  My skills as a professional were refined while I expanded my client base.  By the time I left that company, I had become a top producer and most of my business was coming from past client referrals.
 
As our children left the nest, my husband’s and my dream to buy an old Victorian to “rehab” before retirement was realized. Our beloved Cape Cod with its acre of suburban land, site of many family memories, was sold, and we moved to St. Paul. With the personal move, came my professional move to Tangletown Realty. I’ve come full circle now with more refined goals:  "rehab" my old Victorian for myself (scary as that may look); and provide EXCELLENCE WITH A SMILE for my real estate clients!


 

 

WHO I AM

  • Personality:  outgoing, friendly, confident, empathetic
  • Interests:  family, people, houses, remodeling, variety, reading
  • Values:  respect for people and diversity, integrity, honesty, hard work
  • Skills:  intelligence, ability to listen, creative problem solving, sense of humor, tenacity, patience, and attention to detail
     

EDUCATION AND THE ALPHABET SOUP AFTER MY NAME

  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, North Park College, Chicago, Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
  • The alphabet soup (professional designations)

 

 

The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI®) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.  REALTORS® with the GRI® designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

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CBR® (Certified Buyer Representative) is the first nationally recognized buyer agency designation.  The course is sponsored by REALTOR® Boards and Associations throughout the United States.  REALTORS® with the CBR® designation have the street skills necessary to both help buyers find their desired property and to help them negotiate for that property in a non-adversarial manner.

The exclusive REALTOR® e-PRO® certification certifies real estate agents and brokers as Internet professionals.  The course is designed to help REALTORS® stay at the leading edge of technology and identify, evaluate and implement new Internet business models.  The course instructs participants in the professional use of e-mail, the development of an interactive Web site, and the use of online research tools.  Graduates use the skills they've acquired to provide clients information on properties for sale, local communities, and the local real estate market.  Consumers can identify the e-PRO® through the exclusive e-PRO® Internet Professional logo.

 

 

For

"Excellence with a Smile"

e-mail Bonnie or call 612-419-1829

 

Bonnie Erickson, REALTOR® in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, provides single agency representation to buy or sell homes and rental property in the following Minnesota cities: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Andover, Anoka, Apple Valley, Arden Hills, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Blaine, Bloomington, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Coon Rapids, Columbia Heights, Champlin, Crystal, Eagan, Edina, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Farmington, Falcon Heights, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Elmo, Lauderdale, Lilydale, Medicine Lake, Mendota, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Moundsview, New Brighton, New Hope, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Oak Grove, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Rosemount, Robbinsdale, Roseville, Saint Anthony, Savage, Shakopee, St. Louis Park, Spring Lake Park, South St. Paul, Shoreview, Sunfish Lake, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, Woodbury, Willernie, and West St. Paul.