Gary Hilgers

29 years of work experience
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
17850 Kenwood Trail
Lakeville, MN, 55306
(651) 447-5753

Ratings & reviews (48)

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Highly likely to recommend
08/14/2015
brooks7us
Listed and sold a home
My job requires me to move every 3-4 years and have moved several times. We have had many realtors in the past and have experienced good and bad. Gary was definitely one of the best that we have had and would recommend him to anyone who is planning on selling their home. He is very professional and looks out for your best interest. Gary sold our house in less than 2 weeks. Thanks for a great experience!
Highly likely to recommend
08/06/2015
shannon fasching
Helped me buy and sell homes
The best word I can think of to describe Gary is patient. Our circumstances are very unusual and we needed a specific layout to work for our family. Gary spent countless hours (over a year and half) looking for and showing us properties. He always made us feel comfortable dragging him all over the area and never rushed us to make a decision. When we finally found "that house" Gary was instrumental in making it happen. We were very appreciative of his knowledge and advice during the buying and moving process. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/04/2015
smp311
Helped me buy home
I was a first-time home-buyer, and was referred to Gary by a family member with a strong recommendation. We started looking in mid-April, and I was thoroughly impressed just how willing Gary was to make himself available to tour a wide variety of homes spread over multiple suburbs; 35+ properties when all was said and done! My needs were not easy to pin down, but as the search went on his expertise tuned in to exactly what I was looking for, and we closed at the end of June, just weeks after starting the search from scratch. It's obvious that through his years of experience, Gary has developed a keen sixth sense for home appraisal...you can expect honest, objective and insightful assessments of a home's strengths and weaknesses from the moment you get out of your car to the moment the keys are locked away. Overall, Gary is patient, trustworthy, and great at what he does. Gary will have my business as long as he stays in the business. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/30/2015
the dweezel
Listed and sold a home
Gary has been our ?Go To? guy for real estate for years. We first met him as he was beginning his career almost 30 years ago. We had been trying to sell a large lot ourselves for a year without success. Gary just asked ?how much do you want for it?? We had done our homework and had a price in mind that was somewhat over the market. He added his commission to our number and three months later he sold it. The last time Gary helped us was about a year ago. We had a metro area lake cabin with a great lot and wanted to sell it. We were very familiar with the market and told Gary what we wanted net for it, which was a price significantly more than other agents had suggested. He sold it shortly thereafter for cash. Gary is a hard working agent who is honest, straight-forward, and doesn?t waste your time with games. We intend to sell our home within a couple of years and will call Gary again. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/29/2015
user36752238
Helped me buy and sell homes
Gary was extremely patient with my husband and I while looking for a new home. His knowledge of the different areas and what to look for in a home was extremely helpful. Gary took the time to get to know us and made us feel comfortable through every step, from selling our townhouse to the purchase of our new home. I would highly recommend Gary to anyone looking for a great and knowledgeable realtor.
Highly likely to recommend
07/28/2015
zuser20140615173621289
Helped me buy home
Gary helped my wife and I find a house about a year ago in October of 2014. I would recommend Gary to anyone looking to find the right home for their needs, wants, and future aspirations. He was accommodating, understanding, and open-minded as he worked to find us a home that fit our financial and family needs, as well as what we had hoped to be a home for our future. Gary took the time to give every home we inquired about a visit, and was patient and honest as he explained why he felt a home was or was not a worthwhile or good purchase. Above all, Gary is truly committed to finding homes for his clients and customers that fit their personalities, lifestyles, and are the right price for the value and condition of the home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/28/2015
zuser20140313093532694
Helped me buy home
Real estate if very competitive, and it's hard to find the right realtor. Gary was referred to us by friends, and we could not be happier with the result of our search. We were down sizing and Gary listened very carefully to what we were looking for. He didn't waste our time showing us homes that didn't fit our profile. We never once felt like we were being sold to. He was very patient and showed us many homes before we found the one that worked (I am an engineer and am sometimes very methodical in making decisions, so this was important to me). He was available most times on very short notice, which we appreciated. As it turned out we moved into an area that frankly we were not all that familiar, but Gary knew the area very well and assured us that our home value would hold up well and that the area was very safe. We are closer to everything now and love our new house. I don't think we would have even looked at it if not for Gary's experience and help. I would highly recommend working with Gary. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/28/2015
jranft0462
Listed and sold a home
I was referred to Gary from a friend and had reached out to Him when I was first interested in possibly selling my home. He offered information to assist with my decision as well as what the market was like at the time and inexpensive things I could do to make my home more sellable. My home was listed sooner than I expected and he negotiated a price that I was very comfortable with that allowed my home to sell in 48 hrs from going on the market! During the process he also offered his time on a couple of items that needed attention, without me having to do the labor or contract the work out. Would definitely recommend his services. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/28/2015
javille
Listed and sold a home
I had decided to move to Michigan and was thinking I wanted to get a Realtor I could trust and knew would look out for my best interests. I had met Gary a number of years ago while attending some High School sporting events and also played in a annual golf tournament. Gary was very personable, a great speaker, a good listener and a super professional. I called Gary and he agreed to list my Town home. He walked through my home and highlighted all the positives and suggested some minor improvements that would standout to potential buyers. We sold my home in 5 days and I got my asking price. He was there for me the whole way and was super supportive. Thanks Gary.... Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/28/2015
lsmith fss
Listed and sold a home
If you want a realtor that is tuned into your needs this is your guy. He listens, he makes helpful suggestions and always in your camp to find you a new home or sell the one you have. Listed ours on a Tuesday had several showings that week and had it sold in six days. Pleasant, responsible and very knowledgable of his marketing area. Hire this guy...you will be very satisfied!
Highly likely to recommend
07/28/2015
low3412
Listed and sold a home
Gary Hilgers was not only a former neighbor, but a good friend! When we listed our home, we knew it would be with Gary. He is knowledgeable, professional, very comfortable, easy to work with and truly wants to satisfy everyone's needs and wants. We would highly recommend Gary and would use him again! Larry and Dianna Wicks
Highly likely to recommend
07/28/2015
jrclaysgirl
Helped me buy home
Gary, has not only helped us once but now twice. The first time we were moving 2+ hours from our location. I gave him times and dates that worked and we found our house within 2 trips. That was 10 years ago. Our most recent was a year ago. I gave him a list of must haves and do not want he set up for us to look at 10 homes in one day. We found our current home in that day. With 3 kids and a crazy busy schedule it was perfect for us. He knew before he even showed us the house that it would be the one. He not only knows his homes he k ows his clients. I am proud to also now call him a friend. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/04/2014
user70048814
Listed and sold a home
Gary was very helpful in the sale of our home and the searching for and purchasing of our present home. We would call upon him again to sell our home. Gary is very knowledgeable, friendly and has a great sense of humor as well
Highly likely to recommend
02/04/2014
user75334250
Listed and sold a home
Gary was especially helpful in selling our home and helping us to downsize to a smaller home. He was gracious helping "Old folks" deal with the special complicated real estate issues. He has become a real friend. We give him highest recommendation.
Highly likely to recommend
03/10/2014
fbrown243
Helped me buy home
When my husband and I were preparing to move to the Twin Cities from North Carolina I reviewed various real estate sites looking for a realtor who could help us find a home. During my search, I came upon Gary's name and saw that he had great reviews from other clients, specifically, his knowledge of the Twin Cities real estate market, education and other area factors, infinite patience, and his no pressure approach to finding a home, the right home. Gary and I worked together closely through the process and were able to find the right home with the right location. He was also helpful to us in lining up other resources we needed for buying the house and moving e.g. banks, cleaning service, etc. We would highly recommend Gary and should we need a realtor we would reach out to him first. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/22/2014
user4153154
Helped me buy home
We would very highly recommend Gary. As first time home buyers, he was really helpful in navigating a brand new experience for us. We really leaned on Gary for a lot of advice, and we appreciated the way he educated us through the process. He noticed things about houses that we didn't notice. "You can do better than this" was a phrase he used a few times, and he was right. His knowledge of the market was great. He also took care of a lot of things for us: making phone calls, checking on stuff, that went above and beyond what I'd typically expect from a realtor. Our home buying experience hit a few bumps in the road, and without getting into too many details, I'll just say I'm fairly certain we wouldn't be in the house we love without Gary. Anybody can find you a nice house and close the deal, but it was the way Gary helped us through some of the difficult issues that came up (and ours had more issues than most) that separates him from the rest. He was always quickly responsive, and always willing to help. He was the ONLY person we dealt with in our homebuying process that was consistent in his responsiveness, professionalism, and customer service. Everybody else we dealt with was pretty much a headache. So thank goodness for Gary. I wish more people did their jobs the way he does his. He even handled an issue we had with a mistake our inspector made, which wasn't discovered until after we closed. Gary took care of it all, getting a refund from the inspector... even though we had already closed and Gary had already been paid. THAT says a lot. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/18/2014
gwkelly
Helped me buy and sell homes
We used Gary's service for both buying and selling & had a positive experience working with him. He is very professional, highly skilled & has great advice based on the reality of the housing market, not wishful thinking - a thorough understanding of local markets and trends. He suggested a number of do-able upgrades/improvements to prepare our home for listing & was very patient over a long period of searching for a new home. He continually sent updated listings and answered calls on a timely basis. Very helpful during closing of both homes. We would recommend Gary to friends & would use him again in the future. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/15/2014
iafonya
Helped me buy and sell homes
We have known and worked with Gary for many years now.Starting from 2010,my wife and I decided to get into buying our home and some rental properties.He was the right man helping us with his broad knowledge of the area,showing us so many houses and then when it was time to buy,helping and advising us with respect to negotiating the deals,making offers,and eventually concluding the purchase.He has been available to us at all times and we could not have done any of these without him.We recommend him without reservations. Less ... More
Likely to recommend
02/06/2014
nresk
Helped me buy and sell homes
My husband and I were referred to Gary Hilgers by a Loan Officer. Gary was our Realtor in 2013 when we were searching for a single family home. He was very friendly and accommodating. We brought our children with us sometimes and Gary was kind enough to keep them entertained while we viewed each property. He drove us around the metro, and to many locations outside of the metro several times, until we found a house that was suitable to us. After having 2 other deals not go through due to unforeseen circumstances with each seller, we had to speed up the process and find something that would work. Often times, Gary dropped his personal plans in the evenings in order to be available to show us homes. It was a blessing that we ended up getting the house that we now reside in. The house and location couldn't have been better! Thank you Gary for your assistance! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/05/2014
user2651676
Showed me homes
Gary was very easy to work with. He understood our criteria and consistently sent us new listings via the web as soon as they were available. He was able to schedule showings very quickly and frequently made the trek from his neck of the woods all the way to the north side of town. Both my wife and I highly recommend Gary and look forward to working together in the near future!!
Highly likely to recommend
02/04/2014
user6832897
Helped me buy home
We had a great experience with Gary. He was familiar with the local market and gave us truthful feedback to help guide our buying decision. When it came time to make an offer Gary worked quickly to ensure we would get the house we wanted. With his advice and experience we were able to negotiate the deal we wanted. Gary was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Highly likely to recommend
02/04/2014
koehan
Helped me buy and sell homes
Gary has worked with us in both buying and selling. Last year he helped sell TWO properties and we didn't know that would be possible. He has an easy-going manner and makes the process flow smoothly. Gary is quick to respond to calls and emails, or even stop by if needed. And did I mention that he's great with kids? Sometimes our little one needed a little entertaining while we chatted.
Likely to recommend
02/04/2014
UGerse1951
Helped me buy home
Gary was a good Realtor. He seemed to know the answers to all our questions and was quick to find houses that met our criteria. He could get a little pushy when it came to negotiating with a house, but it was mostly the market moving so quick. The only negative review I would have for Gary is he tends to take on too much work. With the market moving as it was, we had to see a house before it came on the market. There were a few times where Gary was not available and we had to use another realtor. Other than that Gary is a great realtor and I would likely recommend him for anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/04/2014
gary halama
Helped me buy home
My experience with Gary Hilgers was excellent. He was responsive, knowledgeable and flexible. He listen to my needs and found appropriate housing. He obtained all of the paperwork and explained it thoroughly to me. The closing day went smoothly. I would use Gary in the future.
Highly likely to recommend
02/03/2014
user7682117
Helped me buy home
As first-time home buyers, we knew having a great Realtor to work with was vital to our home purchase. We contacted Gary Hilgers and set-up a pre-interview, to make sure he was the right person for the job. After we met Gary, we knew he was the right Realtor for us. The quality homes were going quick and we had to look at these homes quickly. Once a home came on the market that we wanted to look at, Gary was available immediately. Gary has extensive knowledge in understanding wants and needs, negotiating, and the changing real estate market. Gary was always understanding, no pressure, and a genuine person to work with. You could always tell he wanted what was best for us; it didn?t matter if it took 30 days or a year to find us the right house, he was in for the long haul. Glad it only took 60 days. If anyone is looking at buying or selling a home, you need to contact Gary Hilgers. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/04/2011
java132
Helped me buy and sell homes
Gary's knowledge in the real estate field secured the sale of our home and the purchase of another one. His keen ability to understand the needs of both buyers and sellers give each the edge to meet their individual goals. I will be working with Gary again when I need to buy or sell my home.
Highly likely to recommend
10/27/2011
aehamilton3
Helped me buy and sell homes
Gary is a perfect combination of high energy, low pressure, patience, and overall industry knowledge. In a tough real estate market, having a partner to help navigate both the buying and the selling side is an absolute must. If you're looking for the best possible result, don't hestiate to let Gary take the wheel.
Highly likely to recommend
10/27/2011
teill
Listed and sold a home
Gary sold my mother's house shortly after my mother passed on. It was a difficult time for me, but thanks to Gary's advice we sold the house in short time.
Highly likely to recommend
10/23/2011
billkish
Listed and sold a home
Gary was our seller's agent when we sold our townhome two years ago. It was a very difficult market and he found a qualified buyer very quickly. Through Gary, we negotiated a price that ended up being higher than a bank appraiser calculated. We are now in the market to potentially purchase a home and Gary is our buyer's agent for this transaction.
Highly likely to recommend
10/21/2011
Molly48
Listed and sold a home
I have known and done business with Gary for 9+ years. He is personable, knowledgable, and clearly understands the market. If he tells you he is going to do something, he always follows through. There is no other Real Estate Agent with whom I would ever consider doing business. In the "thick of things," when a transaction becomes difficult for whatever reason, his sense of humor always comes to the forefront. I would recommend Gary to ANYONE....If there is a category for Real Estate, Gary should be on it with consistent, top-notch recommendations! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/21/2011
mndkr
Helped me buy home
I was new to the area and only had a general idea of what I was interested in buying. Gary listened to me when I described what I was looking for and made suggestions to refine my search. He put the effort into finding listings that fit my criteria and took me to those houses for walkthroughs. It took some time to find the right house and we even took a short break when the trail went cold. We eventually found the house that best fit my needs. Gary was very patient throughout the process. He is very knowledgeable of the market and the most reliable realtor I have worked with. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/19/2011
shbe
Helped me buy and sell homes
When we decided it was time to move, we interviewed several agents. While meeting with Gary, it was completely obvious that he was in a class all his own. Gary was professional, knowledgeable, and personable. So, we chose Gary, and he helped us sell our townhome and find a single-family home. We also quickly realized that Gary had a very good sense of humor. One of my favorite things about working with Gary is his newsletters. They put a smile on my face just thinking about them. To top it all off, our children loved working with him. Overall, we could always count on him. In the future, Gary is the ONLY agent we will work with. Gary is one-of-a-kind! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/19/2011
shadeflower
Helped me buy home
Gary helped us find our "dream home" when we moved to the Twin Cities in 2008. Not only did Gary help pinpoint the neighborhood that best fit our lifestyle, he also played a crucial role in negotiating a fair price. Gary's knowledge and extensive expertise of the Twin Cities area played an integral role for us to avoid the many potential pitfalls in purchasing a home in a tumultuous real estate market. (John & Melissa Hickman)
Highly likely to recommend
10/17/2011
giarca79
Helped me buy home
As my realtor, Gary has demonstrated exceptional knowledge of the twin cities area, the laws, the processes, the catches, all that stuff us customers are a bit helpless with, and need confidence that someone is looking after. But what was equally important to me was his ethics. Gary went above and beyond my expectations; he truly puts the customer first. Gary demonstrated patience with me, and he has a genuine desire to help out. Gary is very easy to work with; I really enjoyed working with him on buying a short sale property earlier this year. I would work with him again any time and highly recommend him to all my friends. But don't take my word for it, if you set aside some time to work with Gary you will see for yourself very shortly! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/11/2011
loveleenbahl
Helped me buy home
Gary is one of the most professional realtors we have ever worked with. Very calm and very understanding of the clients needs and wants. No pressure sales at all. It nearly took us 4 years to find the perfect home for our family and Gary was there with us nearly every weekend showing us properties, sending us MLS listings that were appropriate for our family and offering insights in getting our current home up to date for a quick sale. You can expect 100% honesty, loyalty and hard work from Gary Hilgers! Can not go wrong with him!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/11/2011
alr910
Helped me buy and sell homes
When I decided to sell my condo and buy a house, I was uncomfortable with my knowledge of the real estate business and quite wary of the whole process. Gary was recommended to me and I am so pleased with his help! He is knowledgeable about the Twin Cities and the surrounding areas. His experience and commitment are quite obvious. But what I appreciate most about Gary is his caring personality and his ability to connect with people. He respected me and did a great job of addressing my concerns and questions, enabling me to feel comfortable selling and buying my homes. I wholeheartedly recommend Gary Hilgers as a real estate professional. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/10/2011
jpknight
Listed and sold a home
Gary Hilgers did a fantastic job with our home listing even in this tough market! In the beginning he provided us with a realistic estimate of the property value. He didn't urge us to low ball our price to sell it quick nor did he encourage us to try and sell at a high or unrealistic price. The video and photography he posted on the internet listing was excellent. Gary held several open houses and provided us with e-mail reports of traffic and interest. When we did receive an offer, he counseled us professionally on the counter-offer to maximize our value. We couldn't be happier with Gary and his effort. We would highly recommend him. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/10/2011
BudJohnson7
Listed and sold a home
We used Gary to sell a townhome in Eagan. Excellent in all areas. Gary is a true professional that knows the market and his business. Prompt, courteous, and knowledable; I would recommend Gary to anyone in the Twin Cities looking to sell or purchase a home. The entire process from list to close was outstanding. Great work!!
Highly likely to recommend
10/10/2011
addie701
Helped me buy and sell homes
In 2008 we were "soon to be newlyweds" looking for a new home and enlisted Gary's services to help us in our search. We were not Gary's typical clients though as we were both widowed and owned homes; one a townhome in Lakeville and the other a single family home in Minnetonka. Gary was challenged with selling both of our homes in a bad real estate market and helping us to find a home in which to start our new life together. Gary did an excellent job on all three challenges and we are now living in our new townhome. Gary was very knowledgeable and professional in all our dealings with him. He treated us like family and we consider him to be a good friend. We have since then recommended him to a former neighbor and he and his family were also extremely pleased with the job he did for them. Gary is a GEM in the field of Real Estate and we would definitely recommend him to friends and family in the market for a Realtor. Pete and Addie May Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/09/2011
aberbis
Helped me buy and sell homes
Gary helped us separately to sell my old house and find our new house. In a tough market, Gary was the voice of reason for sale pricing to optimize sale price realized and minimize time on the market. Awesome result! While searching for our new house, Gary was the consummate professional and delivered options that also fit the unspoken nuances we desired in the "perfect" new home. As an admitted tough customer, Gary was patient, professional, efficient and very effective. We found just the right place and continue to be very happy in our new home. I would highly recommend Gary to anyone looking to sell or buy! And I'm not one to make time to write recommendations. Exceptional experience. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/09/2011
JKrhin
Listed and sold a home
We used Gary to help us sell our home in Lakeville in 2009. It was a very difficult time in the marketplace to sell, but Gary stuck with it and provided some very usefull suggestions on items to work on to make the home more presentable. We were already out of town living in new state so Gary even did a few items himself to help in the process and went above and beyond his typical responsibilities like scraping and touching up some window paint and keeping an eye on the property. I would recommend Gary to anyone looking for an honest, straightforward and diligent realtor. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/09/2011
Ljs0766
Helped me buy home
Gary helped us with an out of state move so he was dealing with a handful of questions and anxiery. His easy going style made us and our boys comfortable which made our house hunting a fun and informative experience. I highly recommend him and he will be the first agent I will call for our next move. Lori Savage, MN
Highly likely to recommend
10/08/2011
SBJH
Listed and sold a home
After a disappointing experience with another realtor, we found Gary. Within six days we had professional photos, an online video, and three offers on our home. Gary's ability to meet our needs and identify the ideal market and professional contacts for our property made this experience smoother than we could have imagined. Gary is the only realtor we trust for our real estate transactions, and we refer all of our friends to contact him when considering buying or selling.
Highly likely to recommend
10/08/2011
chavercamp
Helped me buy and sell homes
Gary was excellent! He did a super job! Very detailed! He sold our home with much satisfaction and we found a new home that we are loving! We were in such good hands with Gary. His knowledge in selling and buying homes are great! He has all the experience to do whatever your needs are in the real estate world. Julie Havercamp
Highly likely to recommend
10/07/2011
lepita
Listed and sold a home
In today's economy I realized it would be a challenge to sell my four bedroom single family home. I was on the search for the right real estate agent. I instantly liked Gary Hilgers. He had a kind, honest, and relaxed demeanor. I thought if I were to purchase or sell a home I would want someone like Gary to help me. Gary work diligently to market my home. He went above and beyond: offering to do repairs, available at a moments notice to show the home, and would go out of his way to do whatever it took. He made dvd's (virtual tour) of my home for every person that came for a showing. He put together professional well organized brochure including every point of interest that a potential buyer would want to know. I know the many extra's Gary did was out of the job description. His sincerity, kindness, and care for me (the client) meant so much and I am so grateful. With confidence, I refer friends and clients to Gary and when I plan on making another move he will be the one I go to, the one trust. He's amazing! And by the way, he sold my home in record time. Anna Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/07/2011
Windy G
Helped me buy home
Gary is an outstanding realtor! He listens to his clients and share their goals with them. He is invested in their success as they buy or sell property. He has both patience and knowledge which he generously shares throughout the process. He makes what can be a difficult process, seamless and fun! He knows the market and willingly shares his knowledge. Gary has consistently gone above and beyond before, during and after my real estate transaction. I would recommend Gary to everyone who is looking to buy or sell their real estate. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/07/2011
KathiH67
Helped me buy home
Gary was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and helpful. Working with him made the home buying experience an absolute pleasure. His follow-through exceeded my expectations at every turn. I will definitely use Gary in the future, and recommend him to any of my friends seeking a qualified and professional realtor!
Highly likely to recommend
10/07/2011
kristin day
Helped me buy and sell homes
I have worked with a number of realtors and Gary really stands out among the rest. He amazed me with his dedication and hard work that he puts into his job. He was thorough in all aspects of the real estate transaction and made sure to keep me "in-the-loop" with every aspect of the transaction. He was also very timely in returning phone calls, emails and texts. Overall, I was very pleased to work with Gary. He is top-notch, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Less ... More