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JMS Companies

JMS Companies is one of the premier developers from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and when they came to Brainerd, they chose to work with Close~Converse. “The obvious choice was to work with the professionals at Close~Converse,” says Chairman Jeffrey Schoenwetter. “Their prompt service, courteous attitude, exuding enthusiasm for the projects we worked on together was unmatched. The nature of our business was primarily land development in the Brainerd lakes area as well as commercial entitlements. “We appreciate all the hard work that Close~Converse has put into our projects and would enthusiastically recommend them to any of our professional colleagues.”

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Habitat for Humanity

In desperate need of space from which to operate their ever-expanding “Restore,” Habitat for Humanity began searching for a new location. “We needed more space” says Kevin Pelkey. “ A warehouse space in a retail location was our dream and with that in mind I began searching listings. Finding one that interested me, listed with Close~Converse, I called them up and discussed the location. Much to my surprise, Close~Converse suggested that the space I was interested in, was not really what I was looking for, and made a few suggestions. ‘Have you considered the East Brainerd Mall,’ they asked. I had not and was skeptical. However, after some research and conversation I realized that Close~Converse was absolutely right. They knew what I needed even better than I did!  Working with Habitat for Humanity and finding a new location for our Restore, was an excellent experience,” concludes Pelkey. “We felt that they really stepped up to the plate and served as a great advocate for us through the whole process, from initial introduction to the space to the negotiation of favorable contract terms. We are very pleased with the service we received!”

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Grizzly’s Retail Center

From initial purchase of land of final leasing of property, Steve Letnes, owner of the Grizzly’s retail center in Baxter found his experience with Close~Converse to be more than satisfactory. “ I purchased the land through Close~Converse, constructed the retail center, and then carried on the leasing of the building with Close~Converse,” says Letnes. “The building is currently one-hundred percent leased, and I am very satisfied. I felt that Close~Converse was very professional, got the results I wanted, represented me well, and completely understood what kind of clientele I was looking for. All around I am very happy—it was a great experience and I feel Close~Converse is an excellent company to do business with.”

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Thrifty White Drug

Looking to sell his commercial retail building, Thrifty White Drug, located in downtown Brainerd, owner Brad Davis chose to work with Close~Converse as he had done in the past. “Once we decided to sell, we contacted Close~Converse,” says Brad Davis. “Our experience then and now has been very positive and we were extremely pleased with the quality of service they provide to their clients. They did a great job marketing our building, and found a buyer within two weeks. The buyer purchased the building in short order. Thanks to Close~Converse our transaction was smooth and productive. We are very pleased with our experience.”

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Oppidan Investment Company

Searching for a broker to handle the leasing aspect of the East Brainerd Mall, Jay Moore of Oppidan Investment Company was looking specifically for someone with a local presence. “Close~Converse has done several transactions for us since the beginning of our relationship over nearly a year and a half ago,” says Moore, “and we are very pleased. They are an integral part of all leasing transactions and have been a valuable asset in filling vacancies in the East Brainerd Mall. Close~Converse is professional, they have a great handle on the market,and we are pleased with the leasing success. The East Brainerd Mall is at ninety-six percent capacity, and needless to say, those are great results. We feel that Close~Converse is a definite leader in the Brainerd Baxter area, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them.”

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Evergreen Development Group 

In June of 2005 Robert Hopman, owner of Evergreen Development Group chose Close~Converse to assist him with the purchase of a major commercial property in St Cloud, MN.  The transaction involved many details which he found quite complex and could not have navigated save for the concentrated, knowledgeable assistance Provided by the Close~Converse team.  “I had a comfort level from our very first meeting that they would be 100% committed to serving my best interest during the purchase of the property,” says Hopman. “Would I engage Close~Converse for my next property sale or purchase?  Yes, in a heart beat!”

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Navillus Land Company

Over the past seven years Navillus Land Company has carried out many business transactions with Close~Converse, and each one was performed with utmost professional treatment. “So many things transpire in commercial business transactions,” say Mike Sullivan of Navillus Land Co., that is is very important to stay on top of all of the details. In all of the dealings we have had with Close~Converse, they have far exceeded expectations and from start to finish have carefully and attentively handled every detail. As far as I am concerned, we will continue using their business knowledge, professional service, and quality name to represent our commercial transactions in the future, despite the fact that we could probably sell some of the commercial properties ourselves. In my mind, I would prefer to have Close~Converse involved in our business that do it on my own. It is such a pleasure to be treated with such excellent service and full attention to detail.”

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Lost Lake Lodge

Looking to sell their summer resort—located in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Tim, Cindy, and Kieran Moore began searching for a broker to represent their property after listing and marketing the resort on their own with limited success. “Working with Close~Converse was a wonderful experience,” says Tim. “We were quite pleased with the service and the level of excellent professionalism they provided while representing Lost Lake Lodge. Ultimately, they sold the property for us—a success story!”

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