About Mike

I was born and raised in Eden Prairie, MN, where most of my family still lives. After leaving Eden Prairie, I earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After college, I spent a year working and skiing in Park City, UT. A year of trying to get by on minimum wage in a ski town was enough to convince me to start my career. I spent a year in Philadelphia, and another 8 years in Chicago, where I got my start in sales, first in the textile industry, then in television advertising. After 15 or so years of living outside of Minnesota, I was ready to move home.
I entered into real estate shortly after returning to Minnesota in 2003. It felt like my destiny. My father was a commercial/industrial Realtor for most of my life, and my oldest sister, Kathy, had become a residential Realtor a few years earlier. My aunt and uncle have been in residential real estate since the late 70’s, as well. After speaking with the Realtors in the family, and exploring this career path more thoroughly, I realized that this would be a great fit for me.

QUALIFICATIONS

Choosing Mike Opheim, and Edina Realty, to help you with your real estate needs is a good decision for many reasons. I have built my real estate business based on a foundation of experience and professionalism, attention to detail, and by always putting my clients interests first.

  • I have had a successful career in sales and marketing since leaving college in 1991.
  • I earned my residential real estate license in 2003.
  • While partnering with my sister Kricket at Coldwell Banker Burnet, we earned Sterling and Diamond Society recognition for top selling Realtors multiple times.
  • Since joining Edina Realty in 2013, I have earned their Chairman’s Circle designation every year – recognized as one of the top Realtors in the company.
  • I have been nominated by my clients as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine’s Super Real Estate Agent’s annually for 10+ years.
  • My designations include:
    • Member of the National, Minnesota and Minneapolis Board of Realtors
    • GRI – Graduate Real Estate Institute
    • ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative
    • SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
    • MAAR Public Affairs Task Force
    • MAAR Technology Advisory Board
  • Edina Realty is a market leader and highly respected broker
    • 60 real estate offices in Minnesota & western Wisconsin, with 2,100+ agents
    • Over 29,600 transactions in 2016
    • Edina Realty had 65% more closed transactions in 2016 than our next closest competitor (ReMax Results)
    • Edina Realty listed 19,488 properties in 2016 – 66% more than our next closest competitor (ReMax Results)

BUYING PHILOSOPHY & SERVICES

I am a full-time, full-service Realtor. I assist my clients with all aspects of the home buying/selling process:

  • My client’s interests always come first. I am more likely to point out the potential drawbacks of a particular house, than to try to convince you to buy it.
  • I will set up an automated property search for you, and help point out properties that I believe have good potential, that you might want to see.
  • Edina Realty’s size and technology dominance enable me to network far more effectively, and to a much broader group of Realtors to provide my clients a better edge in getting to the newest/hottest listings before they hit the market.
  • When you do find a home that you like, I am meticulous in how I write your offer to best protect your interests and to give you the best chance of winning the sellers over. I will research the home’s market value, and fight to negotiate the best possible price and terms for your purchase.
  • I will provide you with a list of excellent inspectors and specialists to inspect the home, and give you a detailed analysis of its condition.
  • A home warranty that covers the home’s mechanicals, appliances, and major systems, can provide additional peace-of-mind. I can often negotiate to have the sellers pay for the first year.
  • Every detail will be followed up on during the pending period to ensure an on-time and successful closing, including recommending a title company to handle the sale.
  • Communication with my clients is a priority. You will be informed promptly of showing feedback, ongoing marketing efforts, changing market conditions, and any other relevant information.
  • I will be there to help with any of your house-related needs in the future, whenever you need me; whether you need help finding a good contractor, or you’re just looking for advice for how best to enhance your home’s value.
  • Edina Realty is an industry leader, with the finest legal department in the business. You have a powerful partner standing behind you if you ever need us.

LISTING SERVICES & PHILOSOPHY

Paying attention to ALL of the details, associating with the top professional in the industry, and using the highest quality materials helps my sellers’ homes sell faster, for a higher price, and with a smooth transaction.

  • I work with a network of contractors; from painters, handymen and landscapers, to plumbers and electricians, to help prepare your home for the market.
  • I can recommend some of the best inspectors in the business for TISH or mechanical certifications.
  • Edina Home Warranty is an industry leader and can cover the home’s mechanicals, appliances, and major systems, giving buyers and sellers peace-of-mind while the home is listed, and after the sale is complete.
  • I will help to maximize your sale price by counseling you on how to prepare your home for the market. We will discuss the most cost-effective approach regarding clean-up, repairs, and updates. If needed, I will provide you with contractor referrals to call on for help with getting the work done.
  • Accurate pricing is essential. I will provide the most accurate and honest assessment of the current pricing and market conditions, and give you a pricing recommendation to best position you against the competition. I will continually track the market conditions to keep you ahead of the competition, as well.
  • I use professional stagers to make sure your home looks amazing.
  • I use professional photographers, and cutting-edge Matterport 3D imaging and virtual tours to dazzle potential buyers, and give them the best possible introduction to your home online.
  • The exterior photos are updated with the change of season so it always looks fresh.
  • Edina Realty is the #1 selling broker in the state. We are also proud to be one the most respected names in our industry. We work hard to maintain our good reputation with our clients and peers.
  • The internet is where 95%+ of buyers are doing their initial searching for homes. Edinarealty.com dominates real estate internet traffic in Minnesota; receiving 3 million hits per month, with the next closest only receiving 500,000.
  • Edina Realty maintains a policy of being the technology leader in the industry, including our real estate search apps for today’s buyers, and our “Sell My Home” and “NetworkONE” programs for sellers.
  • With Edina Realty’s analytics and data mining, we can direct targeted marketing to your most likely pool of buyers.
  • Edina Realty focuses on networking to bring buyers and sellers together, whether through our weekly sales meetings, our company-wide Network-One program, or our more focused Exceptional Properties and Match Makers groups.
  • Your listing is posted to all the top national websites, including Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and many others.
  • My marketing materials are professionally designed and printed to enhance prospective buyer’s impressions of your home.
  • I think outside the box and look for the best ways to reach your target market.
  • Communication with my clients is a priority. You will be informed promptly of showing requests and feedback, ongoing marketing efforts, changing market conditions, and any other relevant information.
  • I have the experience and knowledge to negotiate the best price and terms for the sale of your house.
  • I can recommend a top rated title company, and I will coordinate the pending process and closing once you have accepted an offer. Every detail will be followed up on to ensure an on-time and successful closing.
  • I can even recommend a trusted mover if you need it.
  • I will be there to help with any of your house-related needs in the future, whenever you need me.
  • My marketing materials are professionally designed to enhance prospective buyer’s impressions of your home.
  • I think outside the box, and look for the best ways to reach your target market.
  • Communication with my clients is a priority. You will be informed promptly of showing feedback, ongoing marketing efforts, changing market conditions, and any other relevant information.
  • I will fight to negotiate the best possible price and terms for the sale of your house.
  • Every detail will be followed up on during the pending period to ensure an on-time and successful closing.
  • I will follow-up after the sale, and be there whenever you need me in the future.