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Chris Dennis REALTOR Recommendations

Patrick Steele

Chris Dennis helped me purchase my first home after I was referred to him by a family member, and he was very accommodating to my needs. I was in a spot where I wanted to casually watch the market and find the right fit on my own timeline, and Chris made sure I had the tools I needed without getting in the way. When I found the right place, Chris was there to give great input on what he saw without pressuring me in any way. He was a great asset throughout the transaction, keeping me assured throughout the negotiation and closing processes that everything was being properly handled. I also had a few interactions with others on the staff, and all of them were positive. I’d have no reluctance to recommend Chris to friends or family.

Matt Steele

Chris Dennis had the patience to help me through the purchase of my first home. He didn’t pressure me to settle for anything less than the right home, and his patience and willingness to answer all my questions ensured that I got the best home of the dozens of homes we looked at over a period of 9 months. Furthermore, his creativity and knowledge of the foreclosure market are what got our offer accepted.

Specifically, Chris and I saw a bank-owned property insisting on a cash-only offer, but saw a creative opportunity to put in a conventional offer with some simple fixes where other realtors might simply take “no” and move on. This resulted in my successful purchase of a great home in an amazing neighborhood. The result is much better than I could have ever anticipated.

It’s apparent that Chris is not only deeply knowledgeable about the local market, but he truly finds satisfaction out of delivering the best outcome for his clients. He explained everything thoroughly to ensure that I walked into closing without any concerns and left without any regrets. Chris continues to be a good friend and a good resource even after the closing, and I look forward to working with him again.

Corey Busch

Chris Dennis helped my wife and I buy our first house, a short sale, in the summer of 2011. The short sale took a long time (4 months) but was worth it. We have a nice house in an amazing neighborhood, where houses on our block sell for almost twice what we paid for ours.

Chris really cares about ALL of his clients. More times than I can remember he called me back on a Sunday or after 9pm on a weeknight. There were times I almost felt bad, thinking, “Chris, you should be talking with your fiancé, not me.” Chris got the sellers to leave their appliances for us; he got the bank to pay for our title insurance; and when the sellers left a pile of junk in the boulevard, he told us he’d personally pay to have it removed, if he had to. On the morning of our closing, he got food poisoning and had been up all night puking. Yet he spent over an hour on the phone helping us through some of the hiccups that arose that morning.

Chris does whatever it takes to make sure you get the best possible house for the best deal, not because of what is in it for him, but because he just wants his clients to happy in their new house.

Mark Hubbard

Chris came highly recommended to help navigate the recent housing market volatility. Chris was instrumental in guiding us through all available options as we looked to sell our house. Over a period of 18 months, Chris provided critical information well beyond the process of simply listing, showing, and ultimately selling our house that helped us secure the best possible outcome. His experience working with buyers, sellers, and banks was evident as we navigated through various issues and options that invariably came up. Chris’s depth of knowledge in the Minneapolis area, the intricacies of all options available to home sellers and buyers, and the realities of the retail landscape all played a significant factor in our overall satisfaction.

In addition, his entire team’s responsiveness and competence throughout the experience validated the decision to work with Chris.

I have recommended and will continue to recommend Chris to others.

Soumil Deshmukh

We got to know Chris through a mutual friend and he represented us as the first-time home buyer’s agent. The way Chris helped us finding what we needed was extraordinary. Chris was very patient with us when we looked for houses in different neighborhood for a period of 8 months, always willing to make himself available to do multiple showings in a day if needed, rain or shine. He would share his experiences during the buying process that helped us making the right decisions. But the most important skill that we came to experience was Chris’ ability to work with the seller’s agents. He was able to put forward our position/constraints in a positive way to get the house for us that represented our interests. For us, Chris is an obvious choice to be recommended to our friends.

Abbey Kaestner

My experience with Lakes Area Realty was excellent. Chris explained the process we would be taking to sell my home and he and his team kept me up to date with the progress throughout the different steps. I feel that he listened to any question I had along the way and explained the real estate process in a way that I could understand. Chris’ extensive knowledge of the industry coupled with his experience and proven track record of sales was well-displayed in my interactions with him and his team.
He took what was a very difficult time for me, selling a house during a divorce, and made it a comfortable, controlled experience. Thanks Chris!

Phil Ehresmann

We worked with Chris Dennis on the recommendation of a friend who had a good experience with him. We have since recommended him to others because of his amiability, honesty, and experience. As first time home buyers he guided us through the process without pressure or condescension. We felt like we were treated equitably by his team regardless of the price range we were looking at. We closed on our house in June of last year and we have contacted him since with questions about home ownership and he helpfully answered them.

Sonia Chavez

I first started working with Chris Dennis 5 years ago, I have bought 5 residential properties, 2 Commercial, during the last five years we have look at dozens of properties, short sales and bank own,
keeping in mind that this transactions involve more that one party,Chris has always been very involved, very honest, very profecional and has work very hard for me.
I have friends that are realtors but to me Chris Dennis is the best I will recommend him to friends and family members.

Aron Khoury

Chris has successfully handled two real estate transactions on my behalf, neither of which were conventional sales. In with him as both a buyer and a seller, Chris keep me informed of his strategy and delivered results on all matters within his control.

Chris’ accessibility, professionalism and effectiveness made these difficult transactions much more manageable. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him in the future. Thanks to Chris and the Lakes Area Realty team.

Diana Peremislov

I’ve been working with Chris on purchasing a house about a year ago.Chris represented the seller. We had multiple issues with the seller and the house during and after the purchase, but Chris, although representing the seller, was going above and beyond his scope, trying to settle different agreements with the seller, suggesting great maintenance and repair teams and actually working the deal out. It wouldn’t have worked out without his help. Thank you, Chris, you’re awesome!

Nikki Ostrowski

We had the great pleasure of working with Chris Dennis for both the buying of our new home and the selling of our old home. Chris was very professional throughout the process and did a good job of keeping us updated of various delay and/or unexpected things that came up. We will definitely use Chris again for our future needs.

Brent Meyer

I worked with Chris and his team to sell my house a little over a year ago. After using several other realtors who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) take on the challenge, Chris came highly recommended by a friend of mine. It was a breath of fresh air to work with a guy who took his time explaining all the necessary steps, properly setting the expectations, and following through at every turn. After using Chris to sell my last house, I’ll be looking to him again when I’m ready to buy!

Benjamin Wolfgramm

Chris and his team helped me buy my first home nearly seven years ago. He helped me submit multiple offers on multiple properties before we found one that agreed to our terms.
Now, with a growing family, I plan to use Chris again when the time is right.

Conrad Roal REALTOR Recommendations

We have had the fortunate experience to work with Conrad Roal over the course of 6 years of buying and selling several homes within the Twin Cities area. Not only does he know the cities, lakes and is able to position property appropriately based on the location, he has a great network of partners that help prepare the property and find right buyer.

What is especially impressive about Conrad is that he is an expert in the real estate market and takes the time to help you understand what happens during the course of the buying/selling process. He also has a keen eye towards preparing a property according to what a buyer/seller is looking for in a particular area.

For example, before we got started we had an introductory meeting to determine what range the property should be listed – with comparison to similar properties recently sold as well as how best to prepare the property for sale.

With our last home sale in November 2014, Conrad assisted us with all aspects of property preparation including:

  • Consulting recommendations on interior changes to maximize value
  • Arranging paint and wall preparation for interior transformation
  • Staging our furniture to accentuated the property

We look forward to working with Conrad again when purchasing or selling a home. He is great to work with and delivers outstanding results.

Matt & John


It has been my fantastic pleasure working with a true Professional when it comes to Residential Real Estate. Conrad Roal With Lakes Area Realty has helped me and my family on 4 levels!

He was a great help in finding a buyer for a property my son owned that was going into foreclosure and negotiated a traditional sale that avoided any financial problems credit wise for him!

He was a great help in educating me on short sale and bank owned property so after looking at approximately 20+ properties –we made many offers some rejected and countered but of prime interest was a home in Watertown, this was a short sale– so very time consuming going back and forth to the bank and the current owners and through it all Conrad was there–very encouraging and finally a great deal was accepted by all and I personally purchased the home as an investment!!

My daughter at 22 was wanting to move out on her own and was thinking an apartment was all she could afford. Again, with Conrad’s help and many properties on the Market she was convince that now was the perfect time to buy with prices plummeting. With Conrad’s help she found a great Bank Owned Property in Watertown, 4 bedrooms, 3 car attached for $100,000 below existing market value in the $250,000 to $350,00 range. To purchase your first home at such a young age is very stressful and Conrad again made the process easy and answered all of her questions and she is now living in her own home for less then what some 2 bedroom apartments would cost!

My oldest son is moving back from Las Vegas and I informed him of my great relationship with Conrad Roal. My son wanted to purchase a higher end home with acerage. Again Conrad like a true professional accepted the challenge and began the search–Again 25+ properties where seen and a few offers rejected but they are now closing in August on what they call their dream home!

So not only have I and my family had help with selling a delinquent property, but also in purchasing one on all three levels–Conventional, Bank Owned, and Short Sale! I highly recommend Conrad Roal as the realtor you should want to do business with! His professionalism shows at every level, he schedules showings at your convenience, has all the comparable’s ready if you want to make an offer, never questions picking up a business lunch and at a closing you are made to feel very comfortable because no surprises!!! It is a joy to write this because as a businessman myself it is a rare treat to encounter a true dedicated professional! Conrad–I have enjoyed your professionalism and also I especially enjoy being able to call you my Friend!!

Bud Groth
Owner – PetzLife Products, Inc.
1-888-453-4682 ext. 117


We are taking special note to mention what a great Realtor Conrad Roal / Lakes Area Real Estate is.

Not only does he know the cities, and surrounding lakes, he is able to position property appropriately based on the location. Conrad has a great network of partners that help prepare the property and find the right buyer.

What is especially impressive about Conrad is that he is an expert in the real estate market and takes the time to help you understand what happens during the course of the buying/selling process. He also has a keen eye towards preparing a property according to what a buyer/seller is looking for in a particular area.

Over the course of 10 years, we have purchased and sold multipleproperties. Conrad assistedus with all aspects of preparation to sell our properties and as a buyer.

  • Consulting recommendations on interior changes to maximize value
  • Arranging paint and wall preparation for interior transformation
  • Staging our furniture to accentuated the property

We look forward to working with Conrad again when purchasing or selling a home. He is great to work with and delivers outstanding results.


Patrick and Ramona Johnson
Mendota Heights, MN


Working with Conrad to help sell our home turned out to be a very smart decision. We knew we were getting a great person in our corner who would be working with our best interests in mind but he surpassed our expectations. Conrad’s experience and connections added great value. Given Conrad’s knowledge of the Lake Minnetonka market, he helped us navigate the area to find the right neighborhood for our growing family. We valued his honesty, professionalism and patience during every step of the buying process. We would highly recommend Conrad to anyone who is searching for a new home or selling their existing home. We put our trust in Conrad and it paid off.

– Lindsay and Jason Good



I’m sure we wouldn’t have this property without all your hard work and skill.

Conrad provided invaluable help in our purchase of a short sale property. His persuasive negotiating skills with the seller resulted in an accepted offer at our price – not a cent more. Due to the short sale aspect the accepted offer was only the start of a long process that had many twists and turns. Conrad’s expertise in guiding us through the process and keeping it on track was nothing short of outstanding. Many times the entire transaction could have failed but he was able to always communicate with the right people. He was very professional, thorough with the documents, extremely diligent and stayed right on top of the transaction all the way through closing. I could not recommend Conrad more highly as a real estate professional!!



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