Buying a home is an exciting time in anyone’s life, but it can definitely be a stressful time as well. You’ll want experts by your side to help you with every step of the process, and this is where Dwell Realty Partners, LLC comes in! Matt Lunde got his start in the industry with a goal to help buyers and sellers have a superb experience while offering sage advice. Get to know Matt in this week’s Vendor of the Week and discover how he will help you and your fiancé find your dream home.
Q: Let’s get to it, what’s your business’ specialty?
A: We are a boutique, relationship-focused real estate brokerage! Our emphasis is on residential sales where we assist both buyers and sellers through the entire real estate transaction with our seamless approach.
Q: Where can we find you?
A: Literally all over the metro on any given day. Our actual office is fully remote and being referral based, our clients have us spanning the entire metro area.
Q: Tell us when and how your business began.
A: In 2005, I received my license and started learning the business while on a team at a larger brokerage. After about 6 years, a business connection introduced me to Dwell. The idea of working more closely with my clients through a far more hands-on approach was incredibly appealing. Fast forward 5 years, I ended up taking over as full owner of the company and have since been able to build out a team of like-minded realtors.
Q: What makes Dwell Realty Partners, LLC unique from others?
A: I would say the unique aspect, especially when working with buyers, is that my focus tends to be forward-looking. In other words, I try to hone in on whether or not the home has a high resale factor. Buyers are often looking to make sure a house suits their current needs, which quite frankly is very normal. However, when buying a place, you also need to consider if it will be sellable in the future because it more than likely won’t be your forever spot. By bringing this perspective to the table vs just selling anyone anything, I have been able to create a business that is essentially 100% referral based.
Q: How long have you been in the industry? What do you think has changed the most since then?
A: I have been in the industry since 2005 and hands down the biggest change is surrounding technology. When I first started, we were no joke hand delivering offers to agents! Some would allow you to fax, but not everyone had access to a fax machine so often times the best route was to just drop it off. The inefficiency was off the charts terrible, LOL!
Q: Walk us through your average workday.
A: If possible, my average workday consists of taking time for myself in the morning. That is when I get my exercise in as well as spend breakfast and the morning with my wife and kids. After that, the days are very different. Some consist of emailing past clients or potential future clients to simply check in and see how they are doing. Other days are filled with showing houses to multiple clients, walking through homes getting ready to sell to give suggestions on value, or even researching what homes are still on the market to see if they could be good fits for clients. Mainly though, each day has some aspect of continuing to grow the relationships already established. It’s funny, but I always say that real estate is the most flexible, inflexible job on the planet. Considering my average workday depends entirely on what times work best for my clients to see homes, write offers, or meet in general, it is about as fluid as you can imagine!
Q: What would you want couples searching for a home to know?
A: Simple. Start the process WAY ahead of your actual deadline. People rarely enjoy having to make a choice with an intense amount of pressure behind them. If you can allow for a long runway, it tremendously reduces the amount of stress and creates an opportunity for a more thorough, educated decision in the end. I totally understand that getting a plan in place sometimes a year (or two) out may sound crazy, but it is well worth it and your future self will definitely thank you.
Q: How can a couple prepare for being first-time homeowners?
A: Honestly, sit down with an agent and run through the process from start to finish. Most first-time buyers do not necessarily know what questions to even ask, which is 100% normal. By doing this exercise, it often generates additional talking points and again allows them to be as prepared as possible for when the time is right.
Q: What kind of weddings do you like the most?
A: I may be partially biased since my wife and I followed this path, but I really enjoy the non-traditional type weddings. The way I see it, you absolutely have to do what makes you happy regardless if it goes against a particular norm or trend.
Q: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
A: Such a tough question! I would have to say it is a tie between St. Maarten or Lake Como.
Q: Who’s your most played artist on your streaming service?
A: Probably Mumford & Sons
Q: Heels or flats?
A: I mean, maybe I could rock some heels, but most of my shoes are probably more the flat type. 😉
Q: Mountains or Beach?
A: I definitely enjoy a nice hike, but 100% beach.
Q: Go-to cocktail (or mocktail)?
A: Totally dependent on the time of year. Fall/Winter is a good Old Fashioned or red wine. Warm weather is a lighter beer or Mojito
Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A gym teacher. I LOVED gym and the idea of playing games all day seemed amazing.
Q: You’re at brunch. Are you going for something sweet or savory?
A: I tend to skew savory, but my wife and I often cheat and order both and then split each.
Q: Go-to comfort food?
A: Chicken Mushroom Risotto
Q: Duck Duck Grey Duck or Duck Duck Goose?
A: Duck Duck Grey Duck. The other option is simply not right. 😊
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