Best (& Worst) Local Cities for Realtors

Just like people, some cities have their act together, some don’t.

Ranking very high in the former category: the city of Edina.

Admittedly, it’s not the most important thing for Realtors (or their clients), but it does come up.

Examples include: getting information about zoning and building permits; compliance with any applicable truth-in-sale of housing ordinances; and navigating city rules regarding things like set-backs and remodeling.

Cities That Twitter

So, from a Realtor’s perspective, what separates a well-run city from one less so?

Here’s my (subjective) list of criteria:

–Well-designed and current Web site
–No maddening “phone trees” or voice mails that never get returned
–Being routed, quickly, to an actual human being who has jurisdiction over the issue/question you’re dealing with, who’s authoritative and knowledgeable.

On all these counts, Edina scores superbly (I won’t name a city that doesn’t score so well, but it rhymes with “Schminneapolis”).

P.S.: to my knowledge, the City of Edina is the only local municipality that now twitters!

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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