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Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement
Thank you for checking out my profile.  My name is Aaron Jones and I am the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Lakes Realty.  I specialize in lakeshore home sales on West Lake Okoboji, East Lake Okoboji, Big Spirit, Lake Minnewashta, Lower Gar Lake, and Upper Gar Lake.   Below you will find over 150 testimonials on Zillow.
I have been selling real estate since 2012. I am a lifelong resident of Lake Okoboji and my family has been in construction for about 60 years. I grew up in construction and understand construction costs, and this has helped me immensely in adding value for my clients. Prior to selling real estate, I managed a furniture manufacturing facility in Milford, IA. I learned a lot about lean manufacturing and have brought many of those concepts into our business here, mainly focused on efficient technologies in real estate. I have a great team of 24 agents that work together to find buyers for our clients. I have 2 incredible employees, and also have a technology business partner in India, and we have been developing real estate management and paperless transaction management solutions, along with our own proprietary electronic signature service (www.signfast.com and www.leadcity.com) and we use these solutions daily in our office. I have built 5 homes since I was 26, 4 of them being lake homes, and I invest everything I have in real estate. 
 
I’m very proud of our agents in so many ways, but the success is partially defined by the numbers. In 2020, our office closed more Dickinson county transactions than any other office, and in Dickinson county, we beat all other offices in Sales volume by over $20,000,000. We know how to market; we know how to treat people, and we know how to do the right thing, regardless of dollar signs. Lastly, since 2015, I have closed more transactions than any other agent in the MLS in Dickinson county, and I’m proud to say that I was #1 in sales volume in 2020 for the entire MLS. When you hire me to sell, you will get ethical, professional service with expertise in online marketing, social media marketing, and web lead generation, which will produce a buyer for your home.  When you hire me to buy, you will have someone in your corner that will find you that perfect home, even if that means sending out mailers or contacting owners through facebook to find you that special place.
 

 

Aaron Jones's Listings

2720 Breezy Heights Drive, Wahpeton, IA 51351
2
Status: Pending

A rare opportunity on West Lake Okoboji. Over half an acre on 82 feet of beautiful West Lake Okoboji is waiting to be built on. Take advantage of the low approach and sand beach and come build your dream home. By the way, there is an existing...

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  • 22061SQFT
Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES
86 HWY 9, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
9
Status: Active

Premium location at the corner of Hwy 9 and Hwy 86. The traffic, especially among long haulers continues to increase at this junction. Tons of traffic from the west on Hwy 9 along with high traffic coming south off of I-90. Lot of opportunity...

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  • 367210SQFT
Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES
12575 253rd Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Price Decreased
28
Status: Active

Excellent 50 feet of Lakefront on the east side of Big Spirit. This well maintained home would make a great weekend getaway or a superb investment property. As you see in the pictures, the owners are halfway through completion of a new garage...

  • 220517MLS #
  • 2BATHS
  • 3BEDS
  • 2065SQFT
Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES
34 Clover Lane, Milford, IA 51351
20
Status: Pending

Beautiful home in Milford with space for the whole family. Conveniently located close to the school, this 5 bed, 3 bath home features a full length covered deck, 2 family areas, a finished/heated garage, back-yard shed and so much more. The...

  • 220375MLS #
  • 3BATHS
  • 3BEDS
  • 2460SQFT
Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES
1510 Okoboji Avenue, Milford, IA 51351
Price Decreased
10
Status: Active

Great commercial opportunity in Milford with a oversized lot and over 3000 sq feet of building space. Move your business in or just buy as an investment. Nice price to be directly on Hwy 71!

  • 220227MLS #
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  • 1560SQFT
Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES

Area Insights

Pike's Point State Park in West Lake Okoboji

Pike's Point State Park

West Lake Okoboji

Pike's Point is located at 15973 213th Ave, Spirit Lake, IA on beautiful West Lake Okoboji. It is one of the largest parks in the Iowa Great Lakes, and provides for all kinds of activities including fishing, swimming, bird watching etc. This park also has a rest room, and a beach. If coming by boat, one wants to be careful as the point extends far into the lake, and there is a warning buoy roughly 300 feet from the point of shore. In 2010, many trees here were uprooted because of some severe straight line winds during the storm that reaked havoc through the Iowa Great Lakes.

Dry Dock in Restaurants of the Iowa Great Lakes

Dry Dock

Restaurants of the Iowa Great Lakes

The Dry Dock, connected to Four Season's Resort offers a simplified menu, but consistent delicious food. One of the few restaurants on West Lake Okoboji, the Dry Dock offers up legendary breakfasts, great lunches and dinners, and the local favorite Friday Night Fish Fry. Sit inside or out after arriving by foot, car, or boat.

Omaha Beach in West Lake Okoboji

Omaha Beach

West Lake Okoboji

Omaha Beach is on the north end of Echo Bay, extending out into Omaha Point. Known for its secluded private access from Lakeshore Drive, Omaha Beach properties are some of the most sought after on West Lake, easily fetching over $15000 per linear foot of lakeshore.

Miller's Bay in West Lake Okoboji

Miller's Bay

West Lake Okoboji

Miller's Bay, on the west side of West Lake is a popular spot for boaters in the summer to just go chill out, throw an anchor, and relax. On the weekends, this bay is filled with boats tied up to each other offering families the opportunity to have the kids swim, or you might find a bunch of party animals chugging beers and enjoying the summer sun. Either way, everyone is having a great time, and so if you are out and about, just know that Millers Bay is where boaters go in the summer to be where the party is at.

SPORTSMANS DRIVE 3

Royal

Build your new house on a nice and quiet Milford lot.

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Beware the (I'll get your home sold in a week) agent in The

Beware the (I'll get your home sold in a week) agent

The "Real" Estate Blog

I hear this one all the time from prospects looking to list their house. "Well, agent xyz told us that if we listed with her, she'd have it sold in a week." This would fall into the category of "If it sounds too good to be true, the probably is." The majority of agents are not going to make this claim, but rather will give you an honest market analysis, inform you as to how weak or strong the market is, especially the market in which your home resides, and present the objective facts. A good agent will then lay out an effective marketing plan, where the majority of the focus should be on "online marketing". Be careful to not get caught up in empty promises, reduced commissions, and being talked in to lowering your price below market value (unless you must have a quick sale). The key to choosing a good listing agent is to objectively determine who is going to provide you the best opportunity to sell your home. Will your listing agent also aggressively work to find buyers, or will they just list your home and wait for another agent to do the work.

Cheap vs high end quality.  A buyer's perspective. in The

Cheap vs high end quality. A buyer's perspective.

The "Real" Estate Blog

Here's the scenario. You are building a house or remodeling your house. Material costs are up. Labor costs are up. You ask yourself, where can I save a buck? Before answering this question, you must be careful, especially if your home is located in an area where other quality homes are built, whether on the lake, off the lake, or in higher valued developments such as golf course developments, etc. Growing up in construction and with a plethora of new construction and remodels under my belt, let me share with you some of the easy things that your future buyers will recognize when they are looking for quality.
1. One of the first things buyers of higher end homes will look for is to determine if the owner used hollow core doors. It's an immediate sign that the seller was looking for ways to save money (where else then did they cut back that I can't see???)
2. The second most obvious is the counter tops. Did the sellers spend for a quality granite, quartz, or other hard surface, or was formica used?
3. The third item that might stick out is the cabinetry. Do the drawers have dovetail construction with hardwoods? Did they use "soft close" drawers? Are there pull outs for the pots and pans?
4. Flooring is an easy one also. Was laminate used, or is it engineered or hardwoods? Does the carpet convey a quality feel and plushness? Is there a nice thick pad underneath the carpet?
5. Though there are many other items to look at, cheap vs quality lighting and plumbing fixtures are probably the next major focus.

There is nothing wrong with with using lower cost materials, especially when trying to keep a project within budget, especially when trying to build more house for less money. Just be aware that most buyers looking to spend in excess of $300k for off lake homes and $500+ for East Lake chain homes, and $1M+ for West and Big Spirit will expect the very best materials and finishes.

"The Bridge"

West Lake Okoboji

"The Bridge" has been referred to by the Wharf Bridge, the Kentucky Fried Chicken Bridge, the bridge connecting East and West, among other names. In the good old days, this was actually a draw bridge converted to the current permanent structure. In the 90's when the 3 lane was installed, there was talk about removing the bridge and making some drastic changes. All in all, the base of the bridge remained, and the upper structure was improved. I remember as a kid jumping off the bridge, and fishing on and under the bridge. In fact, an unforgettable memory I have is when I was fishing with my cousin and I casted out trying to reach the opposite corner of the bridge with my lure. In mid air, a pigeon flew and the timing was so great that my line wrapped around the pigeon, and the pigeon went into the water. I reeled it up and had caught a pigeon. My cousin then decided to hold this pigeon inside the front of his coat. We went to show people at Okoboji Boats what we had caught. When we got there, he opened his jacket, and the pigeon had pooped all over his white shirt.

"Turn-Over" Thermocline

West Lake Okoboji

Referred to locally as the lake turning over the thermocline is a feature of lakes with deep water. The water on the top of the lake changes temperature much more variably during the year. On West Lake, it can reach as much as 75 degrees in July while the water below, greater than 35 or 40 feet deep is relatively stable around 45 degrees. In the fall and early winter, the top strata of the lake will cool to below 45 degrees, and then because it becomes denser, it will "sink" below the lower strata, thus, displacing it and making the lake "turn-over". In the deepest part of West Lake (near the 136ft mark), no light is availble, and hence little life is known whether fish or plant. Typically questions are raised as to why the surface water gets dirty for a short period of time in the fall, this this is the standard answer.

Testimonials

Aaron was very helpful through all phases of our purchasing process. Despite our primary residence being three hours from Spirit Lake where we were purchasing, Aaron's local knowledge and connections made our process very simple. We would highly recommend Aaron's services going forward

Andy

28 Dec, 2013 12:13 AM CST

We had been to Boji off and on and finally decided to look at some properties there. We had found a place that we were interested in and called Aaron to see if he could show it to us. Aaron was very prompt and not only showed us that property but took us around to look at several others. Aaron would always e-mail us with new listings or let us know if anything came up that he thought would be of interest to us. He was always there to answer any questions. We were very pleased with the way Aaron handled the closing on our lake home and would highly recommend his expertise as a realtor

Mark and Diane

28 Dec, 2013 12:14 AM CST

Aaron did a great job for us! He was dependable and followed through. He did a great job marketing and presenting the house. Aaron found a buyer and when it came time he got the deal done!

Nick

28 Dec, 2013 12:14 AM CST

Aaron has excelent local area knowledge and a passion for our Iowa Great Lakes area. He was ambitious in showing our RE and finding our buyers. Negotiation skills made our listing a sale

Bruce and Marline

28 Dec, 2013 12:14 AM CST

We saw the listing with Aaron's contact information around 9 am. We contacted him right away. We met him at noon to look at the property. We made an offer around 7 pm. We had a counter offer about 20 minutes later. We came to terms and signed online before 9 pm. It was about as smooth as could be. The property had to be divided up so it took a little while to close. But Aaron kept us informed at all times. He met us at the property on closing day. We signed the paper work. He even went out of his way to take the paper work to the courthouse. He has followed up with us a couple of times. Just to see how we are enjoying our purchase

Brad and Roxy

28 Dec, 2013 12:15 AM CST

Aaron Jones did an outstanding job with the sale of our lake home and the purchase of a much larger home in the same neighborhood. The market in our area was challenging and Aaron was extremely effective in finding qualified buyers for our home and assisting in negotiations in both the sale of our home and the purchase of our new home. He was extremely patient and reassuring when we encountered challenges along the way. Aaron is a very personable, professional and knowlegable real estate professional and we recommend him without reservation. If we were to list our new home, it would be with Aaron!

Harold and Joyce

28 Dec, 2013 12:15 AM CST

Aaron was very responsive and the whole transaction went very smoothly which is why he is handling the sale of our condominium. Our home is 2 hours from lake cottage that we purchased and we were able to conduct most all of our business without having to leave home

Steve and Beth

28 Dec, 2013 12:15 AM CST

Aaron knew what we were looking for and would call when he had a property we might be interested in and was always available when we were able to view the property. He is professional in appearance and mannerisms and treated us fairly

Dean and Thelma

28 Dec, 2013 12:16 AM CST

Reviews On Zillow

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Aaron was fantastic to work with. He did an amazing job marketing our property in a prompt, efficient and professional manner. We were pleased with the results including multiple offers in a very short ...

RonVotipka

11 Jun, 2022

Aaron Jones and the REMAX Lakes Realty team were amazing and I would highly recommend them to anyone trying to buy or sell their home. Aaron was very professional and straightforward. He made the process ...

logan cass davids

07 Jun, 2022

Aaron was fantastic to work with. Quick to respond to questions. Very knowledgeable about the Okoboji area. We were looking to buy an investment property and he was able to find us exactly what we were ...

megandollen

27 Apr, 2022

I met Aaron several years back at the development where my property is located. I was working on site having difficulty unloading a truck in bad weather. Aaron was driving by and pulled over and assisted ...

jmoser1059

12 Apr, 2022

Aaron has helped us buy and sell a home and both experiences went very smoothly. We appreciate Aaron's work and would recommend him to others looking to buy or sell property in Okobiji.

erinamdor

09 Apr, 2022

Aaron knows his stuff!! We've had great experiences all 8+ times we've worked with him with our purchases. He know the area, the market and does a great job helping us. He is always available and prompt ...

user8872702

07 Mar, 2022

Aaron and his team knocked it out of the park with our last home purchase. Aaron is very responsive and professional. This was our second time working with him and we would highly recommend him to ...

carl horne5

21 Feb, 2022

I purchased a home in MIlford, sight unseen, to be closer to my son and his family. Aaron went out of his way to answer all of my many questions. He listened to what was important to me and got me through ...

mbacco100

09 Jan, 2022

Aaron and his team at Remax were exceptional! They were very easy to work with. They were very prompt to submit offers on our behalf. Communication during the offer/counteroffer process was prompt as ...

lrubes17

07 Jan, 2022

Aaron was a huge help. We live 330 miles from the property we purchased and Aaron took care of things I did not even think about. He and his team did great by us and I would highly recommend them.He was ...

sschell54

29 Dec, 2021