There is a book called Freakonomics. For those of you who haven't read it, part of the book states that the real estate market is inefficient because real estate agents just want you to buy or sell a place to get the commission, and they don't really care about 10k here or there to the buyer or seller. The authors of that book must not have met Ben. I have recently bought a place with Ben and I have no doubt that not only did he work hard to save me every penny (with my interests as his number one concern), but he also got me into exactly the right place. I would not buy or sell in the downtown or lakes area without Ben. He knows the market extremely well -- he can tell you (usually off the top of his head) why a certain location, or even building, is good or bad, and almost always based on his experience and not something that could be found out otherwise. He is also extremely responsive and will give you honest answers. In fact, there were a couple of times that I was ready to buy a place and Ben stopped me by explaining that it was not right because x, y and z. Of course he turned out to be correct and with a little patience we found the right place. I would highly recommend Ben for anyone looking in the downtown or lakes area. He is by far the best I have ever dealt with - David Cameron, Mill District Owner
Ben was amazing to work with! I've recommended him to two of my friends who I know have passed his name along to others as well. He truly is that great! When I first met Ben I had given up on finding a place to live. Nothing was right and people weren't listening to what I wanted. After meeting Ben I knew he was listening to what I was saying and felt comfortable that he would show me exactly what I wanted. I was right. I had my heart set on living in the Mill District and he could tell the area was not right for me. We looked at a few places in Uptown and I was hesitant, so he took me to see a place in the North Loop. After spending some time in both areas, Ben Ganje was right! He sensed my personality would fit better in the North Loop and I that's where I ultimately ended up. Ben was also very patient with my requests. I think he showed me about ten places before I finally committed. He never pushed me into something I wasn't going to be happy with, which is truly awesome. I know the next year will be a happy one, and when I look to move again, I'll be using him. His want to help and please me was more than I could have ever asked for from anyone, and he made the moving process nearly stress-free. - Simon J, North Loop Resident
Ben is fantastic to work with and his knowledge of the downtown market and Minneapolis in general is second to none. He was 100% correct with his assessment of our unit and was there for every step of the sales process. Ben was both patient and honest while addressing all of our concerns during the buying and selling process - a consummate professional.
- Brad G, Previous owner in the Mill District
Our experience with Ben was wonderful. My 4 month pregnant wife and I were looking on a very short notice with a specific set of needs. There wasn't a single house that I felt was outside of our criteria and we were eventually faced with choosing between several locations that were shown. Ben worked fast before we chose, but I have never seen the proper paperwork fly so seamlessly. I have and will continue to recommend Ben and Downtown Resource Group to anyone I know who is looking to buy a home in the Twin Cities. - John B, South Minneapolis Resident
Ben's knowledge and love for the downtown market made my buying experience fun and rewarding. He showed and educated me on a great range of condo options. The end result was a perfect fit, and I couldn't be happier! Thanks Ben!
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Hard-working, smart, savvy, professional, persistent and trustworthy... just a few words describe Ben Ganje. We've worked with numerous real-estate agents buying and selling several homes, and I have yet to encounter another who's in Ben's league. His ability to analyze a house on its financial merit coupled with his understanding of our personal taste made a stressful process as smooth as possible. If your house hunting around the Minneapolis Lakes, you're CRAZY not to work with Ben! - Jesse G, Linden Hills Resident
I hired Ben to assist me in selling my condo. I researched the marketing strategies used by Ben and found that they had the best that the market had to offer with their innovative marketing approaches. I interviewed other agents and it was evident that the best choice was Ben Ganje. I marketed my home originally with Ben and then, due to personal reasons, I had to pull my place off the market for a time period. Ben fully understood my situation and was never anything but supportive of me, even though he no longer had the listing. Therefore, when I was ready to sell again, I called Ben to pick up where he left off. He graciously re-listed my place and actually marketed it to another agent "in house" who he knew had a buyer looking for a place similar to mine. The buyer and their agent came in and made an offer within a week. Thank you Ben! I will always refer you to anyone I know buying or selling real estate! - Amy L, Kenwood Resident
Ben was the most caring, attentive, and knowledgeable Realtor I've ever met, let alone dealt with. He always had time for my questions and had lightning fast honest responses (usually right off the top of his head) about any obscure thing I dreamt up. He found me my perfect condo in exactly the right location, worked hard to make sure the place was perfect when I moved in, and covered all his bases along the way making sure there were no pieces left behind for me to pick up. I couldn't speak more highly of Ben, he was a major key in the biggest decision I've ever made in my life, and I'm confident I wouldn't be as happy as I am had I gone through another Realtor. - Cody C, Loring Park Resident