A real pleasure to have spent as much time house shopping by bike as we did together. I was initially looking for someone who wasn't just an expert in the industry but was also trustworthy and had values I could relate to. I found these things in Harry and that's why I stuck with him. He knows South Minneapolis as well as I do which was very important as I grew up here and wanted to settle down close to the neighborhood I grew up in. I had a long journey from the beginnings of credit establishment to the day I signed the closing docs with Harry giving me impartial and insightful guidance along the way. I really feel like he was my advocate the whole time.
Bought a Multi Family home in 2013 for approximately $200K in Corcoran, Minneapolis, MN.
Harry was fantastic to work with! My wife and I had just jumped into searching for our first property with some very specific requirements: We wanted a duplex we could live in that also had good rental numbers, in a nice area in Minneapolis, for a depressingly small amount of money. These were pretty stringent, narrow requirements for Harry to work within, but he pulled out all the stops and worked tirelessly for us!
My wife and I both had 100% trust that Harry would tell us the truth about a property and a neighborhood, and he is not shy about giving his opinion! I was really worried about getting a realtor with the 'used car salesman' pressure-pitch vibe: Harry was the total, polar opposite of this! He was blunt, forthright, and genuinely had OUR best interest at heart. He never once pressured us, and supported us fully when we ended up backing out of our first offer after inspection - in spite of the fact that it would mean weeks more work for him before we found the home we ended up going with!
His knowledge of the neighborhoods in Minneapolis was outstanding - I imagine that biking everywhere gives him a keener insight into the areas he serves. He seemed to have a personal street-by-street knowledge of the areas we were looking in, and I found myself quite impressed despite being a lifelong MN resident. I was a bit worried that we may not be able to move quickly on houses at first with Harry not having a car, but he scheduled everything on our schedules and was never once late. It wasn't remotely an issue.
Halfway through the process, we began having issues with the Credit Union that we had been pre-approved through. Harry really went the extra mile and rode out to the bank to discuss matters, then ended up getting us in contact with a different mortgage broker who got us all set up with days of closing!
I am very highly satisfied with the effort and lengths Harry went to on our behalf, professionally and personally. As soon as we fully settle into our new place we'll be having him over for dinner as an extra thank you!
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Howe, Minneapolis, MN.
Harry was very helpful, answered all my questions promptly and completely. He was able to meet us at every location we inquired about within a day. When it was time to make an offer he went beyond my expectations and prepared the paperwork late in the evening. Because of his hard work we closed on our home in very short time and got a great deal.
Pleasant to work with and I would hire him again in the future for our real estate needs.
Harry was very attentive through the process. He was eager that we understood each step and explained them clearly. I appreciated his clear concern that we buy what we wanted, rather than pushing us toward a particular property.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, MN.
My partner and I had an amazing experience purchasing our first home with the support and expertise of Harry with Ride On Realty. When he says "I'm looking out for YOUR best interests, not mine" he means it 100%.
While we were looking, he was conscientious of our budget and specifications and never pressured us into something beyond our financial scope or desires. As first time home buyers, we appreciated his patience, hard work & support on our behalf. He was very knowledgeable about all Minneapolis neighborhoods, particularly since he bikes through them daily!
When we finally found our house, he was proactive in quickly compiling the purchase agreement and ensuring that we paid what our home was worth, and no more. In the negotiation process, he advocated strongly for us--even on things we didn't know to ask for--like installing central air. In the month prior to closing, he regularly checked in on our home to be sure that agreed-to repairs were being attended to. His recommended home inspector was also 5-star and continues to provide resources & support as we maintain our home.
Just last week, Harry assisted us in contacting the seller regarding an appliance repair, which was taken care of within 48 hours. We love the home we purchased and feel 100% confident in our decision to work with Harry, The Bike Realtor. We'd do it again tomorrow. :)
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $225K in Hiawatha, Minneapolis, MN.
We just bought our first house, and we really had no idea what we were doing. We're new to the area, and he provided very valuable insights into neighborhoods. He also provided us with stellar recommendations to a great housing inspector and very friendly people to help us get financing. I highly recommend Harry to anyone looking for a new home.