Mary and Margaret are the best! We sold our house the first day it was on the market! We were out of the country and did all the paperwork by computer without a hitch. And they helped us purchase our wonderful new home, guiding us though the process of offers and counter offers, and dealing with the challenge of getting a mortgage. They are efficient and work like a well oiled machine! We would highly recommend them.
-Emilie and Bill Norman
Margaret is a professional. We have worked with her twice and have been happy with her service both times. Of her many admirable qualities, we appreciate her listening skills and patience coupled with her knowledge of the market. We bought and sold and bought and would work with her again.
As a first-time home buyer, Margaret took the necessary time to walk me through the process. She demonstrated a commitment to excellence, and to really meeting my needs. Moreover, Margaret made looking at properties fun.
Margaret is very customer focused. Her first priority is meeting the real estate needs of her customers. She is patient in doing so and places no pressure on the client. She showed us countless numbers of homes until we found exactly what we wanted. She is expert in the in’s-and-out’s of real estate. She represents customers interests well and will excel at producing the results you want.
We loved working with Margaret and Mary because beyond just showing us potential homes, they provided us with thoughtful feedback about each property and helped us think through what we REALLY wanted. Their advice was right on and we ended up in home that is just right for our family.
-Patti & Mark Norquist
We couldn’t have been happier with Mary and Margaret! Before putting our house on the market they provided us with a tremendous amount of insight as to how to get the house ready to show. From there they provided us a with a consultative approach as to what we should list at. Once the house was on the market we had an offer we were very happy with within 2 weeks of listing! I strongly recommend Mary and Margaret to anyone who wants to see what a professional Realtor can accomplish in these tough times.
-Luke & Steffani Weekly
Margaret was extremely helpful with the purchase of our first house. She walked us through the offer, subsequent negotiation process and final inspection all the while making suggestions as if she were buying the house (what to negotiate, what to look for, etc.). She was very patient (we asked a lot of questions) and was always available during the purchase. If we ever look to sell this house and buy another we will certainly use her again! As a result of our experience we would highly recommend Margaret, her courtesy and professionalism are unbeatable.”
–Matthew & Briana Scalo
Margaret and Mary did an amazing job finding us the perfect home – and fast! We were relocating from out of state and had a very short amount of time to find the right home. Margaret gave us her undivided attention for a long weekend, and did a great job editing what we should see based on our specifications. When we found the right home she held our hands through the entire process – we were first time home buyers – and made the experience as smooth as possible. She truly went above and beyond! We feel so lucky to have found such a great team, and will continue to use them in the future!
–Ben & Emily Jones
There are few things more difficult than trying to sell one of your biggest investments – your home – in a down economy. Mary and Margaret helped us navigate those waters with skill and compassion. Over and over again we found we could trust them to be honest and yet respectful of our timing and our process. The ups and downs couldn’t have been easy for them either, but all they focused on was what was best for us. In the end we sold our house with a sense of satisfaction that we had been guided to the best possible solution. Our recommendation for both Mary and Margaret is wholehearted and unqualified.
–Carolyn Deane & Jim Arnold
Margaret and Mary are great to work with… They’re smart, resourceful, fun and engaging. They took the time to get to know us and really understand what we were looking for in a new home. With their help and guidance we were able to find a wonderful house in a great neighborhood, and more importantly, sell our existing home within a short period of time. Throughout the process, Margaret and Mary answered all our of questions, kept us updated, and offered valuable insight. Highly recommended.
–John Coats and Mike Hand
“Working with Mary and Margaret we found a wonderful new home that met our needs for single floor living within our budget and our geographic preferences. Their opinions were constructive and valuable. Selling the home in which we’d lived for thirty-plus years could have been traumatic, especially in the current market environment. Mary and Margaret gave us helpful guidance, great marketing and a smooth transition. We would recommend them without reservations….they tailor their service to your needs! “
–Dr. Jamie & Judy Gaviser
“We moved to Minneapolis, were renting a home, and were only beginning to explore the market since we didn’t really even know the city well enough to target specific neighborhoods for our home-buying search. We happened into an open house one afternoon where we met Mary and Margaret. We knew right then that we had found our agents. Mary and Margaret patiently guided us as we explored different neighborhoods and helped us not only find a home but also find a neighborhood that complimented our lifestyle. Once we selected a home, quicker than our expectations, they made the buying process easy, and we felt well represented in our negotiations. We are so happy with the home that they helped us find and with the neighborhood in which we purchased.”
–Gregory Keith & Ron Blankenship
My name is Pius Reis and I am a real estate investor. I have known Margaret and Mary for almost 2 years and I hope for many more to come. They are very dedicated to customer satisfaction, professional and ethical. My experience with them has been “it is not about the sale but the journey”.
–Pius & Jennifer Ruis
“I would recommend this team of realtors to anyone. They patiently worked with me as we looked at dozens of homes before I found the home that was just right for me. They supremely know the Minneapolis market and were able to professionally advise me on all aspects of the transaction. I believe I not only got the best possible price but the process was actually enjoyable. Perhaps most importantly, the relationship transcended the transaction. Mary has been responsive-well beyond he call of duty–with several requests since I closed on my home. From personal experience, I can tell you that with Team Mease, you’re not only hiring a realtor, you’re making a new friend.”
– Dan Buettner
“Working with Margaret is like working with smart, wise and savvy sister. She helped us with our first house purchase as a couple. Her advice and guidance through our search process was honest and to-the-point and helped us to hone in on what was really important to us. We felt that Margaret really understood our housing needs and wants and, as a result, found us the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood for the perfect price. Margaret continues to be a vital, trusted real-estate resource as we plan for our future. We HIGHLY recommend working with Margaret and Mary!”
–Jeneen & Brian Hartley-Sago
“Once you work with Mary and Margaret—the service does not end. We bought a duplex and they have made owning it fun and simple by giving us referrals to excellent contractors to solve problems from refinishing floors to getting the units rented. They are simply the best.”
–Judi Rubin & John Riley
“Imagine buying a foreclosed house – before the foreclosure crisis so it was new even to the banks, and then trying to sell a condo when the condo market was saturated? That’s what we did but only with the help of Mary and Margaret. They helped us negotiate the pricing of the foreclosed home; and then sold our condo within weeks! You can’t get any better than that!”
–Vicki Fraher & Steve Buckley
“My wife and I sold our house on Dean Parkway, 2 years ago and we worked with Margaret and Mary. It was like working with old friends, but knowledgeable business people as well who knew the market and our competition thoroughly. In a declining market, they guided us through pricing complexities, market conditions and staging. We couldn’t have been happier with the results — a sale within 5 months at a the price we hoped for.
Best of all the was the pleasure of working with these two. They were so personable, pleasant and informative that we looked forward to our meetings with them. We would urge any buyer or seller to seek out Mary and Margaret.”
–Bob & Barbara Fry
“We are delighted to offer a testimonial to your services. You helped us sell a townhome and find the right replacement home during a difficult time for our family. Timing was critical, as was finding a house that would meet special needs, not to mention obtaining agreeable selling and affordable purchase prices. Later, you helped each of our sons sell their homes for very fair prices—in the case of one of those sales, under the difficult market conditions of the fall of 2009. Also, you gave us and our sons sound advice on what to do and not do to prepare for selling, going so far as to do some of the staging yourselves.”
–Barb and Bob Gaertner
“Mary and Margaret made our house-hunting process a pleasure. Not knowing for sure whether we’d wind up in South Minneapolis or the southwestern suburbs, Mary and Margaret were generous with their time, recommendations, and patience(!), ultimately steering us to our wonderful home in Minnetonka. Once we’d settled on the home, Mary and Margaret guided us through the bidding, inspection, and closing processes. Throughout it all, they made us laugh and shared an infectious enthusiasm both for their profession and for helping us find a new home.
We are delighted to have worked with Mary and Margaret, and would recommend them heartily.”
–Bruce Strahlman and Kim Powers
“In the last three years, we have had three real estate transactions with Mary and Margaret. One of them involved an important deadline for tax purposes. Mary and Margaret were on a mission to help us out. They were creative in their marketing, vigilant in trying every avenue to attract buyers and thorough in the details. They also knew of numerous resources to help us prepare our properties for sale. If you want to buy or sell these days, you want Mary and Margaret on your team. We could not be happier with the process and the outcomes. We are now settled in our new home and so grateful for all their help.”
–Karla McGray and Bill Forsyth
“I recently moved back to the twin cities and was looking to purchase another home and was dreading finding an agent because everyone knows an agent they can recommend. When I meet a person while looking for rental properties and I mentioned in passing I was going to purchase a home but haven’t even had time to search for an agent, he mentioned Margaret. I thought what better way to find an agent than going through a stranger, and I am SO glad I did! In under 2 weeks Margaret helped me find ‘my’ home. Her process of seeing homes was exactly what I needed. Anytime you spend more than an hour with Margaret you’ll understand why people want to work with her. She’s personable, she gives you her opinion on properties and take into account your personal point of view, and she’s not afraid to tell you which homes are ones to walk away from. Now on the back end the closing process was totally smooth. Compared to my first home purchase, this was a breeze. So if you are seriously looking to purchase a home take it from a stranger – use Margaret today”
“I not only hired Mary to help me find the perfect house, but also referred her to my daughter to her who was selling her house. We both found Mary to be on top of the real estate market in the Twin Cities and her professional advice saved us thousands of dollars. Mary honesty and engaging personality made the process of buying and selling a house both fun and stress free. She is a true professional and a terrific person who is well connected in the market place.”
"Margaret is one of those people who can gracefully handle any situation that comes her way. As a colleague, Margaret was someone I could trust. This extended from internal company work to important client relationships. She balances great intellectual capacity with an understanding of how to work well with people, and varying personalities. It would be great to work with her again, and that's why I've trusted the sale of two houses and the purchase of a third to Margaret."
"Margaret is an incredibly dedicated and passionate realtor who always focuses on her clients needs. Her professionalism and personable approach always make her stand out above all others I have worked with in that industry. Margaret is truly someone to trust with all of your realty needs."
"Margaret is a professional. We have worked with her twice and have been happy with her service both times. Of her many admirable qualities, we appreciate her listening skills and patience coupled with her knowledge of the market. We bought and sold and bought and would work with her again."
"Margaret is very customer focused. Her first priority is meeting the real estate needs of her customers. She is patient in doing so and places no pressure on the client. She showed us countless numbers of homes until we found exactly what we wanted. She is expert in the in's-and-out's of real estate. She represents customers interests well and will excel at producing the results you want."
"Margaret is an incredible resource for residential and investment real estate in Minneapolis and the greater Metro area. I have learned a lot from her since moving to Minneapolis early this year and would highly recommend her both as a buyers' or sellers' realtor."
"Margaret Thorpe Richards knows how to keep her customers happy. She answers her emails fast, arrives on time, listens and remembers your likes and dislikes. Her ideas are clear and substantiated and she knows prices. What else could you ask for?"
"Margaret is a colleague, a great realtor, and a friend. My wife and I worked with her on the purchase of our most recent home, which she suggested to us before it was on the market or MLS. There are thousands of people in real estate, but I can only think of few that are thorough, thoughtful, observant, knowledgeable, generous, honest, direct, punctual, and genuine. Margaret is all. I would happily recommend her to anybody looking for a professional."