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If you really want to know what it's like to buy or sell a home with Matt Charlsen, just ask the experts. Here's what his clients have to say about their experience.
“Matt helped us get into a gem.”
Matt was a fantastic realtor. He was always ready to go look at houses on short notice and helped us get into a gem. He always advocated for our best interests. Matt was a pleasure to work with.
-Jon and Whitney, Buyers
“I’d give him more than 5 stars if I could.”
I loved working with Matt. I'd give him more than 5 stars if I could. I met Matt at an open house that he was hosting. I really appreciated how well he knew the numbers and stats for the surrounding areas. I had a met a lot of realtors in this market, and many where really pushy. Matt was not pushy at all, and really knew this market. I had just moved from Texas, and being a Texan my entire life, I really needed help with understanding Minnesotan ways! It was a really hot market and things move fast. One thing I loved about working with Matt is that he was always upfront about what was coming next in the process – and always was available to answer any questions, about anything – from what contracts meant, to how the process worked. When we went out looking at houses, he would point out everything that he saw that was notable, whether it was good or bad. He truly wanted to make sure that I was making an informed design. He was also really knowledgeable in the Minnesotan things that I had no idea about as a Texan – such as radon, stucco, and basements! I was looking at a lot of older homes, and having always been in a newer homes, didn’t know what to consider when looking at things like radiators or different types of AC. Matt also waited for me to decide when and if I wanted to put an offer in, and never tried to make me offer something that I was uncomfortable. Even after I closed, he stayed in touch to make sure everything was okay and as expected with the house. He provided excellent recommendations for repairs and even researched some potential post-sale issues. I honestly couldn’t recommend a better realtor!
"Was very patient with my long list of requirements in my house hunt."
Matt is a fantastic realtor! Was very patient with my long list of requirements in my house hunt, and also very knowledgable as the facilitator in the sale of my house. Would highly recommend him to help sell or purchase your home!
"Great to work with and always a great attitude."
Great to work with and always a great attitude. Kept us informed with what was happening and checking that everyone else was doing so also. He did a great job.
-Tracy and Anita
"He was always one step ahead of us."
Matt brings a great level of professionalism to his work. He was always one step ahead of us and making the house buying and selling process much more smooth.
-Angela and Ben, Sellers/Buyers
"Matt is a meticulous agent."
Matt is a meticulous agent, who excelled in the research, negotiation, relationship, and process execution components of my real estate transaction. I would recommend Matt highly- thank you, Matt!
"There were no smoke screens with Matt. He listened to our priorities and was realistic with our expectations."
Matt was first off an overall good guy. He did research on what our condo would sell for before we even had him under contract. There were no smoke screens with Matt. He listened to what our priorities were with selling our condo and buying a house, and he was realistic with our expectations. There was no "I can sell your condo for anything you want!" then "Okay, maybe we should lower the cost $50k to be more realistic and competitive..." when you have been on the market for a month with no bites. We were able to have a purchase agreement signed on our condo AND a signed purchase agreement on a new home in 2 weeks! There was a lot of work on our part to look at houses on the MLS, tell Matt what we are looking for, and being ready to jump at any moment. But Matt was very flexible with our schedule and gave us information as soon as he received it. There are always hiccups with buying and selling houses, but overall we had a good experience and would recommend Matt to anyone who is looking for a realtor.
-Kaitlin and Andrew, Sellers/Buyers
"He obviously loves his job and really knows what he's doing."
Matt's experience really helped us search and purchase our first house. He obviously loves his job and really knows what he's doing. Easy to get a hold of and always ready to meet up at open houses and showings. Matt is very knowledgeable and made the whole process a lot easier. We highly recommend him!
-Anne and Doug, Buyers
"We couldn't be happier with our home and realtor choice."
Matt was a fantastic realtor to work with and someone you'll want on your team in this competitive market! Matt was incredibly responsive, quick to communicate, has great attention to detail, and was completely transparent through every step of the process. We normally would have gone with a realtor we knew beforehand, but the combination of Matt's local expertise (SW MPLS) and his ability to get things done without being pushy made us want to work with him. We were first time home buyers and Matt helped us through every step of the way with care and the utmost professionalism. We couldn't be happier with our home and realtor choice. Thanks, Matt!
-Anthony and Carmen, Buyers
"Houses are flying off the market right now, but Matt was very patient with us and always made it clear that he wanted to make sure we found what we were looking for."
We met Matt at an open house while we were starting our search and we really enjoyed talking with him. When we started looking more seriously a few months later, we immediately thought of him. He is very knowledgeable about Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. He is also very detail oriented and very thorough in his explanation of the entire process. He helped us through every step of our home buying experience and was always quick to respond to any and all questions we had. Houses are flying off the market right now, but Matt was very patient with us and always made it clear that he wanted to make sure we found what we were looking for. I will be recommending him to everyone I know in the area looking for a realtor.
-James and Allison, Buyers
"Matt helped us ask the right questions and didn't let anything get past him throughout the building process."
My wife and I had a great experience working with Matt. We ran into him at an open house while considering houses in the South Minneapolis area, and he was flexible and patient with us as we expanded our search to new construction in Savage. Matt helped us ask the right questions, make sure we knew what we were looking for, and didn't let anything get past him throughout the building process. He is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and detail oriented. On top of that, he's a nice guy as well! We'd highly recommend Matt's services.
-Todd and Rebecca, Buyers
"Matt is my realtor for life!"
Matt is my realtor for life! I’ve used him for my last three real estate transactions. Matt always goes the extra mile, because he genuinely cares about his clients. He just helped me buy a townhouse in a very challenging market. Matt’s guidance enabled me to make a sound financial investment, while finding an ideal place to live. I relied on Matt for advice with every step of the home-buying process and I’m delighted with outcome: I highly recommend him!
"We saw his name on a for sale sign in someone's yard, and he called us back from a beach on Maui later that day."
Matt is a wonderful realtor. My husband and I were first time home buyers in a crazy market, and Matt went above and beyond to support us. He is incredibly responsive and proactive. We saw his name on a for sale sign in someone's yard, and he called us back from a beach on Maui later that day. He's professional and very easy to work with. He has certain areas he is more familiar with, but if you want to look in other areas, he does his research and due diligence. We originally wanted to purchase in South Minneapolis, but realized the market couldn't support what we wanted, so we started looking further out and ended up purchasing a house we are thrilled with in Golden Valley. We are so happy we worked with Matt, and while we don't hope to move anytime soon, we would be happy to work with him again."
-Stacy and Thomas, Buyers
"Great process, great person, and a great realtor."
Melissa and I literally ran into Matt’s life when we were taking a jog and decided to stop by an open house that he was covering. When he offered to be our realtor, we decided to take the leap and are extremely happy that we did. Matt is knowledgeable about the home buying process, is easy to work with and is extremely responsive. He provided good advice on negotiations, was very active throughout the inspection and closing process. Melissa and I were very pleased with Matt’s recommendations for our mortgage provider and home inspectors. Overall, our home purchase process was shockingly fast and smooth — much of this was because of Matt. Since we have moved in, he has continued to reach out with reminders and further recommendations. A very very high recommendation of Matt — great process, great person and great realtor.
-Ben and Melissa, Buyers
"He got me connected with the right people."
I found Matt at open house that I went to. At that point I was just in the the "looking" stage. The thing that I liked the most about Matt right off the bat was that he would always give you his honest opinion, he was knowledgeable, and as I found out later, very detail-oriented. He also got me connected with the right people on a mortgage. I was thinking of going with someone else on a mortgage and he advised me this could cause some issues in the closing. After we a few weeks of searching, I found my brand new house in South Minneapolis. Thanks to Matt, the mortgage people, and the title company, we were able to close on the house in 32 days. I couldn’t be happier! Thanks, Matt, for helping me find my 1st house!
"His expertise was invaluable."
Selling my house with Matt was a delightful experience! His expertise was invaluable for pricing, staging, showing, and negotiating. He responds immediately to texts and he addressed any concerns I had, so I was never left feeling anxious. Moreover, his personality and sense of humor made the tedious aspects of home-selling enjoyable. Matt genuinely cares about his clients and he’s a person I want to have a beer with even if we’re not poring over real estate documents! His successful open house led to a very quick sale and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Matt will be my realtor for all of my future real estate transactions!
"He really went above and beyond."
Matt was terrific in every respect – responsive, engaged, and committed to doing everything to help us sell our house. He really went above and beyond, including helping to line up small repairs and similar details. He kept us updated diligently throughout the process. We got a significantly higher price than I expected, so he really helped to maximize the value proposition of the house. He was also meticulously ethical – a straight arrow! Matt is just awesome, and I couldn’t recommend him more highly!
-Bryan and Kristy, Sellers
"One thing we did not have to stress about was our realtor."
Matt is a hard worker with a great sense of humor! We met him at an open house in our neighborhood and based on our initial conversation we decided to hire him as our realtor. Matt is personable and very knowledgeable about properties in Edina. It took us a few months to find the right house in a historically tough buyers’ market. During the process, Matt immediately responded to all texts, emails, and voicemails. We appreciated Matt’s honesty. After viewing properties, he gave us a frank assessment of each house without any sugar coating. Matt never gave us the feeling that he wanted to make a quick sale. By listening to our needs he made it clear that he wanted us to find the right home. Buying a home can be very stressful, but one thing we did not have to stress about was our realtor.
-Kelli and Vedran, Buyers
"He wanted to help me find the right house, which he did."
Matt showed me homes for several months before I was even able to put an offer in. He was always quick to respond to showing requests and was very flexible working with my schedule. He also was very good at pointing out problems with houses proving he was not just interested in finding me any house. He wanted to help me find the right house which he did.
"Matt is extremely responsive to text, email, and phone calls."
We met with Matt at an open house that he was helping at and he gave us some information as well as tips and tricks for a first time homebuyer. We didn’t have an agent at the time, so we went with Matt since he seemed to know the areas we were looking in. From that time on, Matt has been extremely accommodating. He is able to answer any questions you may have and is extremely responsive to text, email, and phone calls. We saw a number of houses before we settled on one, and Matt did not pressure us once to jump into a house that we didn’t like. Ultimately, we got the house we wanted and Matt helped out every step of the way. We cannot wait to work with him in the future and we recommend Matt to all of our friends and family.
-Mark and Missy, Buyers
"He was incredibly responsive and went out of his way to check in with us regularly."
Matt was great to work with, particularly being first time home buyers. He helped walk us through the process of buying a home, and did a fabulous job of preparing us ahead of time for each next step well before it came. He was incredibly responsive to texts, emails and phone calls, and went out of his way to check in with us regularly, even making sure that everything was going well after we moved in. He was always enthusiastic and excited to look at houses with us (we probably looked at more than 25 when all was said and done!), and was very willing to work around our crazy schedules. When looking at houses, he was very knowledgeable about what to look out for and how to judge the overall value of homes. Should we ever want to move, we will definitely be retaining him again in the future and have no problem referring our friends to him as well.
-Sarah and Brian, Buyers
"While we were out of town on vacation, Matt toured homes and sent us videos."
Matt is a fantastic realtor. By chance we met Matt at an open house a few years ago. We talked then about wanting to sell our house and find something new. Immediately he came over and started talking about the process and the steps we would need to take. Shortly after that meeting we hit a large road bump. We informed Matt that we wouldn’t be able to sell right now and weren’t sure when we would. He didn’t even bat an eye, he explained that it happens and to let him know if he could help in anyway. Over the next year we asked him hundreds of questions, had many the meeting around our kitchen table, and planned what the next steps would be. All this with the hopes of getting this house on the market and getting us into a house that better fit our needs. Finally in July it was time, the house however needed a little additional love to get it to the selling point. Matt was able to help us find professionals to assist in completing the transformation. Once it was on the market, it didn’t last long and we received 2 offers within a week. Just as the offers came in we were headed on vacation on a cruise ship. Matt continued to keep us informed of what was going on and worked with us through weird time zones and spotty cell service. With the house selling so fast we had a short turn around time to find our next house. While we were out of town Matt toured homes we were interested in and sent us videos so we could get a feel for the home. We placed an offer while on vacation and it was accepted. Even after closing Matt has checked in on us to see how things are going and how we enjoy the house. This was our first experience in the home buying world as we inherited our first home, and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide to walk us through it. I can’t sing Matt’s praises high enough and I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a house, or even if you just have a question. THANKS MATT!
-Jen and Brie, Sellers and Buyers
"He made us feel as if we were his only clients."
Matt was absolutely awesome to work with. He has great knowledge of Minneapolis and the surrounding areas along with the individual neighborhoods located within Minneapolis itself. With the way the market was at the time of purchase, finding the ideal home was not an easy task. Matt is a true grinder always remained patient. He kept us updated to new and upcoming listings until we finally found the perfect place to call home. We were first time homebuyers, so the process was a little intimidating at first. Matt took many hours out of his personal time to educate us on the process and was always available, day and and night for any questions we had…no matter how small they were. He made us feel as if we were his only clients. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone looking to purchase or sell their home. We will not hesitate to work with Matt in the future when it’s time to make another move!
-Jon and Shannon, Buyers
"He was friendly, kind, and honest, something very important to us."
We met Matt at an open house and his friendly demeanor was great. We contacted him about a few houses we wanted to see and he became our buyers agent. Matt is knowledgable about Minneapolis and the surrounding cities. He was friendly, kind and honest, something very important to us. Matt always returned texts and calls promptly and is always available to schedule as many viewings as we wanted. I would recommend Matt Charlsen to anyone looking to buy a house. He was someone I could bounce my ideas or concerns off of and expect his honest concerns back. He was great about explaining every step of the process and he kept us in the loop with every step. He made buying a house very easy.
-Larry and Colleen, Buyers
"Most importantly, we never felt pressured to make an offer."
Matt was great throughout the process. We were first-time buyers, and it was tremendously helpful to have Matt walk us through each step. And, we were able to confidently rely on his experience and knowledge of the area in which we searched. Most importantly, we never felt pressured to make an offer. Our search was intensive, with Matt taking us out to look at houses at least twice per week. Even after three months of looking, we felt no pressure to make on offer before we were completely comfortable.
-Daniel and Katie, Buyers
"Matt worked extremely hard during our long home-buying process."
Matt worked extremely hard during our long home buying process. He was very patient with us as first time home buyers. We were a bit unsure of the type of house we needed and wanted due to job and family changes throughout the process, but Matt stayed with us, finding potential homes for us along the way and pointing out key features of each home, both good and bad. During the closing process, Matt helped us find inspectors and even attended a few meetings or checked on the new house on our behalf when we couldn’t make it. We definitely recommend Matt for your home search.
-Matt and Angie, Buyers
"The process was not always easy but Matt helped us every step of the way."
Sincere, professional, and helpful. Matt helped us sell our home and buy our next home. The process was not always easy but Matt helped us every step of the way. We are incredibly pleased we had him as our agent.
-Daisy and Jon, Sellers and Buyers
"I was also impressed with the level of professionalism and teamwork from colleagues at his office."
Matt was awesome to work with. I appreciated his knowledgeable, patient and friendly manner as he walked me through each step in the home buying process. He helped me identify the type of house, price range and area that would best suit my needs. I had only recently relocated back to Minnesota and did not yet have a car and Matt was always willing to pick me up and drive me to the showings. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and prompt, very thorough follow through. He put me in touch with the best people from the home inspector to the mortgage officer. I was also impressed with the level of professionalism and teamwork from colleagues at his office. Matt has stayed in touch after the closing with informational emails and also just checking in to see how I’m loving my new home. I can’t imagine a smoother more painless home buying process. Thanks Matt!
"He was completely honest and direct during our viewings and conversations."
Matt was an exceptional and very personable realtor who made us feel at ease and confident during the purchasing of our first home – from viewing our first condo to getting ready to close! He was completely honest and direct during our viewings and conversations, and when we needed help (via email or text), Matt was able to provide appropriate AND professional expertise and feedback in a timely manner. Thanks, Matt!
-Hilary and Tim, Buyers
"You'll get your money's worth with these folks!"
Enthusiasm and pleasant nature – very responsive and timely – we spent Memorial Day looking at houses, above and beyond! Their group provides overlapping coverage when needed – just as claimed. You’ll get your money’s worth with these folks …!
-Bob and Laurie, Buyers
"Matt found us the perfect condo, which wasn't even on the market!"
Matt worked with us to find the perfect condo which wasn’t even on the market. He pieced everything together and did so in a highly professional manner. The whole process was flawless. We highly recommend using Matt!
-John and Jane, Buyers
"He kept me grounded and focused."
Matt made the home-buying process enjoyable. As a first-time home buyer, I found his ability to scrutinize a house during a showing to be invaluable. He kept me grounded and focused on the actual market value of homes while considering offers. Driving around and looking at houses all day was fun because Matt is just a fun person to hang out with! He was always quick to respond to a text or phone call and I will definitely use him in the future!
"He really had our best interests in mind."
Matt was referred to my girlfriend and I by some close friends that had a very good experience in purchasing their first home with the assistance of Matt and his team. From day one Matt was eager to understand what we were looking for and we could tell that he really had our best interests in mind. Matt was available and accommodated to our busy schedules. When the time came to make an offer Matt was very knowledgeable in the process and helped us feel comfortable. After closing we not only found a great home but we also gained a friend.
"Matt made purchasing a home easy, fun, and the highlight of our summer."
Matt worked with my wife and I to help us purchase our first home. From our initial meeting all the way through the ink drying on the purchase paperwork Matt was a gem to work with. He took our input every time we had it and turned that around into us finding exactly, if not more than what we thought we wanted. The process of purchasing a home can be a difficult one, and we were very lucky to find a realtor in Matt that made it easy, fun and the highlight of our summer.
-Jon and Jesse, Buyers