Best Of The Twin Cities: Small Business Spotlight

One thing that we all know for sure is that our Twin Cities Listen to Your Mother show would be impossible to put on without the generous support of our sponsors.

What you might not know, though, is that Vikki and I are super choosy about who we work with. We want to work with sponsors who we already adore and respect and can throw all of our support toward.

So when we found Melanie and John Willy of Edina Realty, my goodness, did we ever know that they’d be perfect for us!

Melanie and John sold my (Galit) house in less than two weeks, at above asking price, and were so kind, helpful, and total go-getters.

We sat down with Melanie to learn a bit more about her and their business and what we learned is that we adore them even more than we thought we would. Friends, meet the Willys. We know you will adore them, too!

Galit: Tell us a little bit about your family.  

Melanie: My husband John (we’ll be celebrating our 16 year wedding anniversary in August), Jace (11 yrs), Makenna (9yrs) and Mallory (turning 6 next month), a gerbil named Gizmo, a beta fish and I.  Our family loves to travel, spending time enjoying the outdoors, watching movies, playing board games, watching and attending soccer games (we are season ticket holders to MN United FC) and cheering for other MN sports teams.  In addition to selling real estate John is very active in coaching soccer for the Eagan Wave program and I keep busy with volunteering at church, school and am active in the PTO.  We have three very active kids who participate in sports such as gymnastics, traveling soccer, softball and lacrosse.

Galit: Now tell us all about your business.  

Melanie: I started selling real estate in 2001 and John joined me about one year later.  We work for Edina Realty in Eagan and have been here since we started our careers in real estate.  Our business is built on referrals.  Over 75% of our business last year came from referrals.  A fun fact is that I appeared on the HGTV show Househunters with some of my clients.  We work with all types of buyers and sellers including first-time buyers, investors, new construction and homeowners moving up or downsizing.

Galit: I’d love to hear what your favorite thing is about your work.  

Melanie: My most favorite thing about selling real estate is the relationships that we make and getting to see buyers and sellers fulfill their dreams.  Every day is different in real estate.

Galit: Now, the million dollar question—why did you decide to partner with LTYM?

Melanie: We’ve decided to partner with LTYM because we support and celebrate mothers.  This is such a great event!   Motherhood is a wonderful journey and we can all relate to stories told about motherhood in some way.

I have one word for Melanie and John: swoon.

If you, or someone, you love is looking for a realtor in The Cities, we highly recommend the Willys! Also, make sure to follow them on Facebook—their meme game is strong. :)