Welcome to The Realty Lab. We are the 4 professionals dedicated to helping you sell your home and move onto the next, find your dream home, help you find some investments or sell all of the above. We will guide you seamlessly through one of the biggest and most rewarding changes that life can bring you.
I was born and raised in a beautiful, quaint community in Northeast Ohio. Growing up with a farming lifestyle and a taste for history and culture has graced me with a strong work ethic and family focused. Both of which have helped me create a successful Real Estate career.
After marrying the love of my life in 1990 back in Ohio, we decided to move to Monroe, Michigan. This move gave me the opportunity to start a fast paced career in the accounting department of a fortune 500 company. During this time I aided a project team in merging companies from around the USA and Canada into one Financial System. It was then that my love for helping people blossomed into my passions of today.
After having 4 boys and moving a bit due to hubby’s career, we settled down in Delano, MN. Since 2007, we have been getting to know this area of the beautiful state of Minnesota. Needless to say, it has made an impression on me. I have worked endlessly to make sure that each and every one of my clients are treated with care and professionalism.
I have a tenacious need to help people and this doesn’t end with my real estate career. If I’m not out showing, building, or listing homes, you will find me volunteering at the local charities, pulling tabs at the Legion, throwing axes in Victoria, watching movies at the local theater, hosting bible study, and even helping clients move and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I pride myself with the things I have learned over the years from my midwestern farm work ethics, to a supportive wife and cheerleader for more than 30 years, showering others with a mother’s love and the persistence of a dog mama.
Learning from these things is what makes me love my job, I’ve learned what it is that makes this frigid state and its (MN nice) people great and use that to help you find what you need as a homeowner. I know that my education as a Realtor is ongoing, and so is my knowledge as a Minnesotan. I’m not just a Realtor but a wife, a mom, a community advocate, and reformed Ohioan into a true Minnesotan!
Whether it be first time homebuyers, hunting properties, hobby farms, single family, townhouses or foreclosures I’ve experienced it all! In my 15+ years as a Realtor I have been fortunate enough to call the TC area my home. But before I got here in Watertown, let me share with you where I’ve been and what I have experienced that make me the right realtor for you.
I started working for my uncle building houses in the summers, then I was a pressman/machinist (got promoted to management!) and realized that this was not my long term goal, so on I went to racing my snowmobiles, and segued into my own business Hoppke racing. This was awesome; my need for speed was met! Well wouldn’t you know it that this depended on snowfall, so after a few brown winters I decided to try my hand at real estate.
After learning construction those summers with my uncle I worked on purchasing and flipping a few homes and turning them into rentals. 28 or so years ago I did not know what it took to understand the transaction process and put my trust in a brand new realtor, unfortunately this left a bad taste in my mouth for the whole thing!
So, it was my time to get my license and learn from the best. I spent some time at a few different companies learning what I could from the best on each one of those rosters. Today as realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices North Properties – The Realty Lab, right here in Delano I have my experiences both bad and good that help me be the best Realtor for you. I know what it takes to get homes sold and the deal closed.
When I’m not helping you find your dream home, I can be found spending time with my son going up north to our cabin, hunting, snowmobiling, canoeing, and four wheeling. Give me a call; the recreational property expert. I can help with whatever kind of property you are looking for and if it’s the right property maybe we will need the four wheeler or the snowmobiles to take a full look at it!
I am excited about helping you find the perfect home for you. I love what I do and go the extra mile to help you on your home quest. A little bit about me: my family and I have moved all over the United States with my husband’s job and have been settled in Minnesota for many years now. We enjoy all the opportunities available in Minnesota whether it be the world-class dining, the professional sporting events, or the arts scene; there is so much to experience here. My family is very involved in our local community through our volunteer activities, our church, Boy Scouts, my children’s school, and all the sports we participate in, such as hockey, basketball, soccer, fast-pitch softball, and volleyball. Exploring the amazing trails and parks in our beautiful state are some of our favorite things to do in addition to camping and boating on the gorgeous Minnesota lakes. We are truly blessed to live in this state.
I was born a Minnesotan, but I had to move! California was great as I learned so much about the state and the moving process. I have probably lived in about forty different homes at this point. My dad was an engineer in sales, so we had our fair share of moving!
Before I got into real estate, I was in health care, specializing in chronic kidney disease. I was up extremely early, stayed late, and dedicated myself to healthcare and all that came with it. In those years I became a mom of two kids that are now in college and I am living my best life.
Something kept pulling at me though…turns out my love for architecture and design led me to want a career change and begin a life in real estate. Before this change, I had already remodeled two of my previous homes and made a significant profit in doing so. I am no slouch when it comes to getting up early and putting in the elbow grease to get the job done!
So what do you ask, makes me the right realtor for you? I have the dedicated background of nursing for more than twenty years. I know what it takes to care for a client during one of the biggest changes in their life. I have the personal expertise when it comes to remodeling or updating a home for the market. I have always had an outgoing personality, easy to talk to and impeccable listening skills. Not to mention that I chose this profession after I had a stable career. I am in this for the love of it and not just for the closings. I will be here for you long after your transaction closes.
I am now doing what I truly love and working with people in a way to bring happiness to the whole family. Call me today; let me help you and your family find the right home.