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Brian Carion
Realtor & MN-Houses Team Leader, Real Estate License (9 years experience)
44 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Short-Sale

 
- Highly likely to recommend
03/07/2014 - eggwagon
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $200K in Burnsville, MN.
We were in the market for our first house in 2011 and were mainly looking at short sale properties. Being first-time homebuyers we were not familiar with the buying or selling process. Prior to working with Brian our experiences with purchasing had been confusing and disappointing. An offer we had put in on a house with a previous realtor was a frustrating six-month long series of negotiations that ended with us withdrawing the offer and finding a place to live on short notice.

We began our search with Brian (now our third realtor) and immediately noticed the difference. Brian was able to point out key structural qualities of the homes we were looking at and came prepared with information about the neighborhood. As we toured potential homes he would make sure the properties fit our needs and pointed out what usage potential the space could offer. Brian kept a calm and objective demeanor throughout the search process and we did not feel pressured to buy.

Throughout the entire process, Brian kept a very open line of communication with us and was very responsive to our needs. As we learned through our previous experiences with other realtors, communication and professionalism can make or break a deal. As is to be expected in a short sale, issues always arise. Brian resolved any issues quickly and professionally and kept us up to date and informed. Brian was able to explain every step of the process and helped us remain confident and optimistic that we were on track to close. Being calm, articulate, and knowledgeable, Brian was able to guide our short sale to a successful closing.

We could not be happier with our home and we have recommended Brian to several of our friends and coworkers. They have all been impressed with Brian's quality and dedication. We will use Brian's services again if we are in the market.
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07/25/2013 - user0535538
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $75K in East Phillips, Minneapolis, MN.
Back in the winter of 2012 I had my first ever investment property sitting on the Market for months with another broker. After contacting Ryan O'neil of the "MN Real Estate Team" he referred me to Brian because of his background in renovating and selling property.

Brian was formerly a mechanical engineer, and this shows through in his approach to real estate. From our first meeting he was analytical, solution minded and candid. After deciding to list the home with Brian he brought in a professional staging company and a real estate photographer. The difference between this approach and the old listing was night and day.

My previous experience was that realtors make empty promises and then have excuses when they can't deliver. Brian did just the opposite of this. From the outset he effectively managed my expectations and then exceeded them. Within a month of listing with Brian we had a strong offer and a successful sale.

Several months later I began working with Brian as a buyer's agent looking for my next rehab deal. It was through this process that I discovered the strength of Brian's character.

I thought I had found the perfect house. It was in a trendy neighborhood and architecturally it was a style of home that I've always loved. I was eager to have another project to start on and I was ready and willing to sign a check.

In a very level-headed and tactful way, Brian reigned me in. He went out of his way to research the homes condition and history. Suffice it to say there were countless pitfalls and drawbacks that my inexperience kept me blind to.

Brian could have easily written an offer for me and collected his buyer's agent commission. He also would have been the agent I listed the home with, and he would have collected even more from the back end of the deal. However, Brian remained an advocate for my interests and steered me away from this deal.

Throughout 2012-2013 I have continued to work with Brian with equally satisfying results . If you're looking for an agent with intelligence, pragmatism and a commitment to ethics, look no further.
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06/30/2014 - sarahsnook127
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $375K in Summit-University, Saint Paul, MN.
I was extremely satisfied with Brian's performance when we sold our home. He came in and helped us with tips to dress up the house for pictures and showings. I feel that this advice helped us to sell our house quickly. We were able to sell the house with the first showing that we had!

In addition Brian was friendly and fun to work with. We had many laughs and the process was so well managed that we had very little stress with the entire selling process. It was like working with an old friend.
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06/29/2014 - mrfixit9758
Bought a Single Family home in 2007 for approximately $125K in White Bear Lake, MN.
I purchased my first home with Brian's help. After becoming dissatisfied with my prior realtor, I enlisted the help of Mr. Carion. He was diligent and thorough in meeting my requested needs. After some searching, he phoned me about the house I now live in, and said it had just come on the market. He immediately made time for me in his schedule. Within hours of the house being listed, we had toured it, and formulated a plan. He is knowledgeable in what to look for in value, AND what might be a concern for future repairs. He is definitely a fully rounded realtor. We made an offer, and counter offered back and forth to get the correct value for the home. I couldn't have been more pleased with his commitment to service. I have since referred him to multiple people (including my current neighbor), and all have been equally as satisfied. He will work until the job is done. Without a doubt, he is a great realtor, and a great guy!! Highly recommended!!
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05/21/2014 - zuser20140521172225565
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $375K in Plymouth, MN.
Brian is very knowledgeable overall with an unique expertise in the engineering aspects of homes. I found this particularly helpful. My son and I learned a great deal about the design of the homes and have great confidence in Brian's ability to foresee flaws and risks associated with materials, systems and locations of homes. We are very satisfied with his service and abilities.
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05/16/2014 - zuser20140516091423059
Bought a home in 2012.
Brian is the absolute best! We randomly met him at an open house for a property he was showing and we instantly connected. My husband and I were first time home buyers and did not have a clue what we were doing so Brian met with us a few times to just help us understand the process. Over the course of the next year Brian worked with us and helped us find our first home! His knowledge and background in engineering was so helpful as we were looking at a old of old homes. When we found "the one" on a Friday night Brian worked until midnight putting together our offer letter and worked all weekend negotiating and getting us the house. Throughout the whole process Brian made us feel like his number one priority even though I know he has a bunch of other clients! I would highly recommend Brian for anyone looking for a realtor!
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04/29/2014 - randyfruth
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Coon Rapids, MN.
I have worked with a number of Realtors in professional and personal relationships. Brian has surpassed expectations in both realms. He is great at communication, is very responsive, and returns calls immediately. He handles all communications with professionalism and gives his honest opinions. I appreciate Brian's approach- from a conservative standpoint he under promises and always over delivers. Because of this, Brian's word is as strong as oak and he always over delivers! As stated already, I have a number of realtor contacts that I cold call upon, but I have remained committed to Brian for a reason. I highly suggest you at give him a call at the very least before committing to any real estate professional.
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04/23/2014 - bsnook
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $300K in Standish, Minneapolis, MN.
If you expect the highest level of knowledge and professionalism in your real estate agent, look no further than Brian Carion. I interviewed at least a half dozen agents before selecting to work with Brian. Anyone can help you buy a home, but if you want an agent to sell your home or help you buy investment property you need a true expert.

In 2014, I worked with Brian to purchase a home, sell my home, and purchase an investment property. Brian showed me dozens of properties, many times within 24 hours of coming on the market. He gives you a personal level of service that makes you feel like you are his only client. You will be able to see this with his written and oral communication style and he is always on top of your business at all steps of the process from listing to looking to negotiating to closing the deal.

Brian doesn't just want to sell you a property. He really has your best interest in mind. Many times he pointed out structural issues and took the time to educate me on why I should pass on a particular property. He even helped my screen and place tenants in my investment property. If you need help with lending he will give you a contact with the same top notch level of service. If you are looking for true VIP experience, you will find it with Brian. I have recommended him to everyone I know with real estate needs and I guarantee if you work with him you find yourself doing the same.
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04/06/2014 - TylerDeGrand
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $275K in Farmington, MN.
Brian is an amazing realtor!! He helped my wife and I buy our first home, and it was a great experience. He was so helpful and knowledgeable, quick and easy to get a hold of, and always available to meet up and look at houses. After letting him know what we wanted, he quickly prepared and e-mailed us a list of homes that fit our criteria. He helped us negotiate a sales price, was able to explain terms and give advice on the things we weren't sure on (being first time home buyers), and made it such a fast and simple transaction. We never felt pressured and he was there every step of the way. We would recommend him to ANYONE buying a house!
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03/29/2014 - johnrmerrick
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $225K in Saint Paul, MN.
I first contacted Brian while my family and I were living in NJ. Due to a job issue, we were considering relocation to Minnesota. We wanted to review prices of homes in Minnesota and eventually purchase. Brian began helping us right away; contacting me by phone in order to clarify what we were looking for in a home and what our time frame was like.

Shortly thereafter, I began receiving e-mails from Brian containing multiple listings for homes that matched my search criteria - number of beds and baths, school district, and price range. The program Brian used allowed me to discard listings in which I had no interest and create a favorite list for listings I wanted to follow up on.

When I did relocate to Minnesota, a few months ahead of my family, Brian helped me find an apartment and get set up in a new town.

Once my family joined me in Minnesota and we got settled, our search for a home became more than browsing the multiple listings. Upon Brian's advice, we used his listings program to narrow down our list of favorites and to drive by homes of interest; observe the neighborhoods and get a look at the homes. When we narrowed down to 2 or 3 homes of interest, Brian would perform showings of these homes.

It became apparent to me during these showings that Brian had more knowledge that just unlocking the door and showing us around. He was able to comment on construction, plumbing, electric, and to identify potential problems, along with the good points of each home we viewed. In all, Brian showed us maybe 15 - 20 houses before we found the perfect home!

Once we found the home we wanted, Brian helped us to negotiate the purchase price (not a trivial effort), and he offered advice on the best way to negotiate. Upon agreeing on a price, Brian was able to recommend an excellent agent for the closing. He was able to answer a million questions I had all during this process

To sum up, Brian offered us outstanding service from the "just looking" stage all the way up to closing. All throughout the process, I got the impression that Brian would not be satisfied with a sale of any home, but to help us find our "perfect home". He was there for us every step of the way, and I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job than Brian did.
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Brian Carion
Address:
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
11905 Hwy 65
Blaine, MN  55434
Phone:
(612) 412-1986
Cell:
(952) 236-4957
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Member since:
01/19/2012
Licenses:
  • 40019321 (Real Estate License)