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Liz Sandy

Liz Sandy

Real Estate & Lakeshore Expert
liz@okobojipropertygroup.com 712.336.4967, 712.330.1386 712.336.5354

I have always considered the Iowa Great Lakes area my second home as I have been a life long summer resident of West Lake Okoboji. I know the Lakes area well and look forward to sharing my passion for the Lakes with others.

The service industry is where my professional career began. I started working in restuaurants at the age of 15 where I quickly learned service and helping others was something I loved. I went to school for Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management at Iowa State University and graduated with honors with Bachelor of Science in '08.  I worked at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in catering sales, both selling and planning weddings, galas & conventions after school and moved to the lakes area in 2010. I have since been selling real estate in the lakes area for the past 5 years.  
I understand what it means to assist a buyer and seller from start to finish. Service is what I know and what I do best. No detail should be overlooked in selling or buying your home. As a full time Realtor with RE/MAX Lakes Realty, I guarantee I will exceed your expectations.
When I am not busy at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, teaching group fitness classes at the YMCA, cooking, boating and traveling.
Contact me today to begin the process of selling or buying your home. Regardless of your needs, I will provide the service you deserve.

Liz Sandy Listing

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Gorgeous & peaceful setting with a sloped backyard for a walkout basement. Build in Nature Trails with all of the amenities on a one of a kind lot! Option to purchase along with its neighboring lot for a bundle price.

  • 210614MLS #
  • 26250SQFT
000 Prairie Meadow Dr, Milford, IA 51351
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Pick the perfect corner lot on a beautiful cul-de-sac in Milford. You won't want to miss this one! Build in Nature Trails with all of the amenities; pick a serene setting for your next home! Option to purchase along with its neighboring lot for a...

  • 210613MLS #
  • 18343SQFT

Area Insights

"The Tressle"

East Lake Okoboji

"The Tressle" bridge used to carry the old railroad that traversed the area. Now the tressle is home to some of the areas best fishing. Served as a hot spot for fisherman, and a trail for walkers and bikers, the tressle is a classic structure of the Okobojis. We spent days jumping off of the tressle doing cannonballs, preachers, flips and the like. I know in my life my friends and I have caught literally tens of thousands of crappie and blue gill off the tressle bridge.

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"The Harbor"

West Lake Okoboji

The harbor is a man made inlet located on the north end of West Lake. A board walk surrounds the harbor and this is one of the most tranquil parts of the lake. Homeowners in the harbor have a more affordable way to have access to West Lake, and still get to enjoy the clean waters West Lake has to offer. Homes in the Harbor typically range from about $350k to as much as $700k.

Arnolds Park Amusement Park in Arnolds Park

Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Arnolds Park

Having lived in Okoboji all my life, there are a wealth of memories of Arnolds Park. I, like many of the locals, miss the nostalgia of the old Roof Garden, the fun house, the water slide and much, much more. With time comes change, and the amusement park continues to reinvent itself. Currently with over 20 rides to choose from, the family is sure to have a good time. The main attraction, The Legend Roller Coaster, is the 7th oldest coaster in the United States and apparently the 13th oldest in the world. Reaching speeds of up to 50 mph, the roller coaster has undergone substantial renovations in the last year. In front of the amusement park on West Lake is the Queen II excursion boat, and Pirate Jacks Bar. The sunsets here are unparalleled. If you have a chance to visit, make sure to check out the tipsy house, the three sons, and all of the shops. Just to the east is the green space, which provides great entertainment and in 2013 OAR came to play, which is a pretty big name for Okoboji.

The Coffee Shop


This quaint coffee shop in downtown Milford, IA is the talk of the town. You must stop in for a hot or cold drink and enjoy the atmosphere of this eclectic cafe. Locals and visitors alike enjoy meeting at this town favorite.

"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.

Haywards Bay in West Lake Okoboji

Haywards Bay

West Lake Okoboji

Haywards Bay on West Lake Okoboji boasts low approaches and one of the few areas on West Lake to offer sand beaches. Renowned for the "bay of the flags", you will know you are in Haywards bay because of the all the American flags on the end of the docks. Fishing is great in Haywards Bay and the sunsets are one in a million. To get to Haywards Bay by car, one would drive the east side of the lake on Lakeshore Dr.

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

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

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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.

Okoboji Boat Works in West Lake Okoboji

Okoboji Boat Works

West Lake Okoboji

Okoboji Boat Works is home to "The Fish Shack" and "The Inconvenience Store". Formerly a marina of thriving boat sales since 1890, OBW now offers up many different rentals, a 24 hour gas dock, excursion boats, and more. I remember the days as a child of fishing for crappie and blue gill here and along the docks of Smith's Bay. Though the scenery has changed, the outstanding fishing has not.

South Shore Estates in Lower Gar Lake

South Shore Estates

Lower Gar Lake

South Shore Estates is the newest lakeshore development on Lower Gar. Here you have access to West Lake, East Lake, Minnewashta, and Upper Gar.


Aaron was very professional and friendly from start to finish. He was able to answer questions and provide guidance when needed. I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

Todd N.

26 Sep, 2018 11:49 AM CDT

I am a first time home buyer. Aaron helped me through the process and made it simple to follow along and get it all done. He was able to work with my odd work schedule. It was an enjoyable process in the end.

Shane L.

16 Oct, 2018 01:38 PM CDT

We were extremely satisfied with Aaron as a realtor. Very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. He did a great job of selling our condo promptly while meeting our financial goals. Would definitely recommend Aaron.

Deanna C.

18 Oct, 2018 01:09 PM CDT

Aaron worked so fast and efficiently to close on the house for us. His office staff, (Beth you are the best) is also amazing and they went above and beyond to answer questions and do some legwork since we are out of state buyers. I will not hesitate to use Aaron and his team for future transactions in the Lakes area. Thank you!

Amber L.

08 Nov, 2018 11:41 AM CST

Aaron was very helpful and patient throughout the entire process. He answered every question, and responded very quickly to messages. He was proactive in finding homes which met my search criteria. Aaron always gave me candid feedback... and went above and beyond to assist... whether it was showings, returning calls, obtaining information or facilitating the sale. Great experience. Thanks, Aaron!

Maria C.

07 Dec, 2018 01:35 PM CST