As a long-time Minneapolis resident and Founder/President of Lakes Area Realty, the #1 locally-owned Lakes Area home seller, Steve brings 40 years of sales experience to the real estate industry.
His responsiveness to clients and vast knowledge of the thirteen-county Metro Area — and the "movers and shakers" in it — keep him at the forefront of his profession. Steve also knows how to collaborate effectively with other real estate professionals and knows how to work a deal – a powerful combination that ensures his annual position among the top 1 percent of Realtors® nationwide.
Aptly nicknamed the "Switzerland" of Realtors® by a competitor, Steve has the uncanny ability to keep even the most sensitive, high-level situations focused and on an even keel without diminishing his power to negotiate on his client’s behalf.
In 2009, Steve was elected by his peers as President of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors® after previously serving as Chair of the Community Services Committee, a member of the Board of Directors, treasurer, and Secretary. As President during one of the toughest housing markets in years, Steve successfully managed a balancing act of keeping Minneapolis Realtors®, buyers and sellers, and the general public informed about legislative issues and quickly-changing market conditions.
But it’s not just the business side that make Steve someone to know – it’s how much he gives back. He is currently involved in Simpson House; East Isles Neighborhood Association and Farmers Market; BATC Housing First Minnesota, housing for homeless vets; Kids Promise Charity, which builds homes for children in Vietnam; NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness); Ziggy’s Art Bus; Grace Nursery School; and Kenwood Elementary School, just to name a few.
Steve's clients are executives, mail deliverers, teachers, ex-pats, baristas, artists, immigrants, entrepreneurs, salespeople, plumbers, transferees, families, singles, couples, first-time buyers, seasoned homeowners, downsizers, condo people, mansion people and people in between... you name them. He cares about real estate and he cares about people.
Steve Havig. Unflappable. Professional. Connected. He's your Realtor®.