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May
31

Stillwater, MN. The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated local business, RE/MAX Professionals' new location at the historic William Sauntry Mansion with a ribbon cutting on May 19th, 2022. The event took place at 626 4th Street N, Stillwater, MN.  Sonya and Justin Fox, their agents, family, friends, Greater Stillwater Chamber ambassadors and staff were there to join in the celebration.

Photo Credit: Kristina Lynn Photography

RE/MAX Professionals franchise owners Justin & Sonya Fox purchased the historical William Sauntry mansion for their real estate business in September of 2021 and recently completed renovations. The William Sauntry Mansion was built in 1881 by lumber-baron William Sauntry and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"This was quite an undertaking with a lot of moving parts," said Justin Fox. "We are grateful to the sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Lynum, the City of Stillwater and the community for seeing our vision for this property. We look forward to being both great stewards of this historic landmark and great community partners."

The property was zoned two-family residential and had previously been operating as a Bed & Breakfast under a conditional use permit. For the property to be used as a commercial office, the Fox's company 626 4th, LLC engaged an attorney to draft a zoning ordinance text amendment, which the City of Stillwater adopted in July of 2021. The law now allows a Historic Preservation Use Variance to be proposed for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Use Variance for the Sauntry Mansion was approved by Stillwater's Historic Preservation Commission, in July of 2021. 

RE/MAX Professionals has had a location in Stillwater since 2015.  They have 16 fully equipped agents in Stillwater ready to help you make the best and most informed decisions with regards to your real estate transactions. 

RE/MAX Professionals

626 4th Street N

Stillwater, MN 55082

RE/MAX Professionals

customerservice@professionals.net

September
22

Stillwater, Minn. – September 22, 2021 – Justin and Sonya Fox, owners of local real estate franchise, RE/MAX Professionals, are thrilled to announce their purchase of the historic William Sauntry Mansion. Their company 626 4th, LLC closed the purchase on September 22, 2021. The previous owners will remain in the property until mid-October. The conversion of the current Bed & Breakfast to a real estate office for RE/MAX Professionals' associates will begin thereafter.

 "As a company, we have been very involved in the Stillwater community since we opened our office on Main Street in 2015. We sponsor area Chamber of Commerce events including last year's inaugural Fire & Ice Winter Social, Hometown for the Holidays, Stillwater's Lumberjack Days, Summer Tuesdays and more," said Sonya Fox. "We are committed to this community and are thrilled to be able to invest in its history, preserving and maintaining this iconic property."

The William Sauntry Mansion was built in 1881 by lumber-baron William Sauntry and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been meticulously restored and maintained by the former owners, Thomas and Sandra Lynum, who have owned the Mansion since 1999.

The property was zoned two-family residential and has been operating as a Bed & Breakfast under a conditional use permit. For the property to be used as a commercial office, the Fox's company 626 4th, LLC engaged an attorney from Larkin Hoffman to draft a zoning ordinance text amendment, which the City of Stillwater adopted in July. This new law allows a Historic Preservation Use Variance to be proposed for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Use Variance for the Sauntry Mansion was approved by Stillwater's Historic Preservation Commission, in July.  

"This was quite an undertaking with a lot of moving parts," said Justin Fox. "We are grateful to the sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Lynum, the City of Stillwater and the community for seeing our vision for this property. We look forward to being both great stewards of this historic landmark and great community partners."

Once renovations are complete, including ADA accessibility improvements and installation of a fire suppression system, the 7,000+ square foot property will offer five executive office suites, complete with gas fireplaces and private restrooms, a gourmet commercial kitchen, off-street parking, conference room and private meeting areas. The property also features beautiful gardens, a fountain and wrap-around veranda. Renovations will be completed by the end of this year and the new office will open in January 2022.

"We know how successful real estate professionals conduct their business and we are extremely excited to offer this property as a space for our Professionals to meet clients, network and be productive," added Sonya Fox.

 

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About RE/MAX Professionals

RE/MAX Professionals is a locally owned and operated franchise of RE/MAX, the world's premier real estate company. In 2005, we opened our headquarters office in Cottage Grove, and since then, expanded to downtown Stillwater, and Saint Paul's Downtown/Lowertown. Our associates specialize in the Greater Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin real estate markets.

 

 

Contact:  

Sonya Fox

COO/Owner

RE/MAX Professionals

651-209-3946

sonya.fox@professionals.net

February
5

RE/MAX Professionals was recently named as the recipient of the 2018 Office Image Award for their Lowertown St. Paul office. 

"Having a central office location that was easy to get to, visible and accessible to our customers and served the needs of our agents were important goals of ours when we looked for where to expand to next. Lowertown St. Paul was a logical decision and we found the perfect space that we knew would meet the needs of both our associates and clients," said owner Justin Fox.

The Lowertown office features open work spaces, two conference rooms, several private offices and overlooks Mears Park. 

"Our design is derived from the historic design elements of downtown. We wanted a crisp, clean and modern feel, with historic charm," says owner Sonya Fox. "It is an honor to be recognized for this award - a lot of thought went into every aspect of the design of this office and we're so thrilled with how it all turned out."

 

January
10

Inventory of homes for sale has been the lowest it has been in over 10 years, but we expect the market to balance out a bit more in the year ahead. 

Cottage Grove Market Update – Single Family, Previously Owned Homes

(Rolling 12 Month Report, compared to 2017)

·         New Listings: -1.2% (560)

·         Median Sales Price: +3.9% ($265,000)

·         Pending Sales: -4.9% (483)

·         Days on Market: -4.5% (21)

·         Homes for Sale: -10.5% (51)

·         Months Supply of Inventory: 0% (1.3)

Data compiled from RMLS as of January 10, 2019

We have buyers actively searching for their next home and many more with plans to buy this Spring.

If you, or anyone you know is thinking about selling their home, contact us for a detailed market analysis.

April
11

STILLWATER, MINN. – Last week, RE/MAX Professionals opened an expanded business space in Stillwater. The real estate business remains in the Stillwater Mills building, but now occupies an end unit within the building. The new location features an outdoor patio on Main Street and state-of-the-art amenities for agents and clients.

"RE/MAX Professionals been a part of the Stillwater community for three years, but with the recent completion of the St. Croix Crossing and the revitalization of downtown, we expect a lot of growth in the area," said Justin Fox, owner of RE/MAX Professionals. "It seemed like the perfect time to expand our business in Stillwater so that we can hire more full-time, experienced agents to serve our clients on both sides of the river."

Fox owns and operates four RE/MAX Professionals office locations in the greater Minneapolis area with a total of 45 agents who provide real estate services to clients throughout the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. The office in Stillwater specializes in helping buyers and sellers with residential real estate transactions in the St. Croix Valley.

REAL Trends recently ranked RE/MAX Professionals on its listings as a 2018 "Up-and-Comer" since the business closed a minimum of 500 residential transaction sides. RE/MAX Professionals enjoys supporting the Stillwater community through various opportunities including sponsoring Hometown for the Holidays and Lumberjack Days each year.

"We are thrilled that RE/MAX Professionals is expanding their business, and we expect their growth will continue well into the future," said Fiona Petrie, executive vice president and managing director of U.S. operations for RE/MAX INTEGRA. "Justin is a highly-respected real estate leader in Minnesota, and the agents who work with him benefit tremendously from his expertise."

Fox, who has spent 15 years working in real estate, opened his first real estate franchise with RE/MAX in 2005. He is dedicated to growing a professional real estate brokerage with progressive leadership and technology and his greatest passion is mentoring agents who aspire to be leaders in real estate.

The RE/MAX Professionals office in Stillwater is located at 350 Main Street N. #104.

January
16

RE/MAX Professionals' newest office, located in St. Paul's Lowertown, is now open! Located on Mears Park, in the heart of Lowertown, the office is easily accessible to clients and agents alike. We saw a great need for real estate professionals to service this booming area of St. Paul and are excited to be able to offer our expertise to those looking to buy and sell real estate throughout the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin.

We invite our clients, neighboors, community and all real estate professionals, to our Grand Opening celebration!

Date: Tuesday, January 30th

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Location: 356 N Sibley Street, #A, St. Paul, MN 55101

Details: Ribbon Cutting at 3:30, hosted by the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Register to win prizes including the Grand Prize, $200 to The St. Paul Grill, courtesy of At Home Title.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/316305642199175/

October
3

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Recently, local broker/owner Justin Fox announced the opening of RE/MAX Professionals in St. Paul's Lowertown. The office will be the first major full-service real estate office in the Lowertown area of St. Paul. It is slated to open this November.

"Significant redevelopment is happening in the Lowertown area and with that comes a great need for professional real estate services." Fox said. "Our new office will be serving a population of homebuyers and sellers who currently do not have an office of local real estate experts in their neighborhood."

This will be the fourth office for RE/MAX Professionals, whose other locations include Stillwater, Cottage Grove and Rosemount. Founded in 2005, RE/MAX Professionals has quickly emerged as a top brokerage for attracting full-time, experienced professionals. In 2016, RE/MAX Professionals was recognized nationally by Real Trends as an "up-and-comer."

Conveniently located where I-94, 35-E and Hwy 52 intersect, Lowertown is the heart of St. Paul. "The office will be located directly across from Mears Park, offering our agents a lot of visibility to serve the community," Fox said. The new office will be fully equipped with private offices, two conference rooms with glass walls, plenty of open work space areas for collaboration and will take on the character of the community with an industrial vibe. "It's going to be a creative place industry professionals will want to come work at and meet clients," Fox said.

 "We are very excited to see RE/MAX Professionals expand to the Lowertown area. Their leadership team has always been very progressive, and opening the first major full-service real estate office in an up and coming neighborhood exemplifies that," executive vice president and regional director of the Midwest region for RE/MAX INTEGRA Fiona Petrie said. "RE/MAX is an incredible place for driven, entrepreneurial REALTORS, and we look forward to this new location being able to help even more people achieve the dream of home ownership."

The new office will be located at 356 N Sibley Street #A in St. Paul.

March
8

With the spring months approaching rapidly, and beautiful developments popping up around us every day, you may be wondering if building is for you. Building your home is a fantastic way to create the home of your dreams, tailoring it to your specific needs. The spring Parade of Homes is in full bloom, so check out the wonderful line up today. RE/MAX Professionals has homes featured in the Parade this year in both Baytown Township and Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

One home that we are representing on the tour is house number 18 located at 3142 Norcreast Ave in Baytown Township built by Gonyea Homes and Remodeling. Gonyea is a recognized leader in quality, new home construction and renovation.

Some specific features you will love about this home are the stunning stone fireplace to gather around when the day is done in the family room. The perfect feature to accommodate the cold Minnesota winters. With huge picturesque windows throughout the house you can take in the tremendous views as the seasons change around you. Spacious walk-in closets will provide more room than you imagined for your wardrobe. And we can't forget the indoor sport court when you want to get active, no matter the season. You don't want to miss previewing this 4300 square foot, 5 bedroom and 5 bathroom home. There are still several lots available in this development to build the home of your dreams, plus additional opportunities to build with Gonyea throughout the Twin Cities. Contact Jonathan Lindstrom or Nicholas Henton at 651-439-7672 or Click Here for more details.

Another home represented on the tour by RE/MAX Professionals is house number 67 located at 11352 Blazingstar Lane in the scenic Wildflower development in Lake Elmo built by Landmark Custom Homes and Remodeling. Landmark has helped families for over 30 years build and remodel homes that exceed their expectations.

This gorgeous home features a state of the art gourmet kitchen. You will feel like a professional chef with the double ovens, walk-in pantry and 10 foot center island. The family room will be the place to be, featuring a beautiful fireplace and large windows overlooking your landscaped backyard and patios. The upper level features 3 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. When you need time to wind down, the walkout level has an astonishing wet bar. For everything from entertaining guests to having a fun night in, this home is sure to impress. The Wildflower at Lake Elmo homes are ready to build and feature the perfect balance of natural Minnesota habitat and carefully crafted homes. Do not miss this 5300 square foot 6 bedroom and 5 bathroom home. Contact Amy Zuccone at 651-357-7696 or Click Here for more details.

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