How Working With Artists & Performers Became a Niche Market for Us

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

How Working With Artists & Performers Became a Niche Market for Us


Over the past several years, we've discovered that our real estate market activity has increasingly become centered on working with clients who happen to be employed in the performing arts or the visual arts. A surprising number of our clients fit into this category.  For example, recent real estate clients we've assisted have included a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra who wished to sell his home and a symphony bass player who needed help finding a mortgage.  Recent clients have also included the artistic director of a theater company, an art gallery owner, a sculptor, a portrait painter and a freelance violinist.

Serving home buyers and sellers in this category often requires a unique perspective on client wants and needs. For example, visual artists need studio space and storage. Musicians are looking for practice space, sometimes room for a teaching studio. For visual artists, natural light may be on their wish list, while performing and recording musicians often seek sound isolation and great accoustics.

I remind our Wayzata Lakes Realty clients who work in the arts that I enjoyed a long career as a symphonic and theater orchestra musician before becoming a real estate broker. I like to think that the prior life experience provides my clients with an advantage.  As a result, those clients are able to work with someone who understands their goals, their priorities and their passions.



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Contact Broker Eric Kodner with Wayzata Lakes Realty about Minneapolis & Saint Paul area properties, including Lake Minnetonka, Edina and the Minneapolis City Lakes area (Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet). We also sell on the Saint Croix River and on Lake Superior, including Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island homes.  With sixteen years experience marketing and selling waterfront properties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we know Lake Minnetonka and Madeline Island real estate.

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Joy Bender
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Eric,  Lovely area.  Just ran a quick RPR peaking at value for a lakefront in Wayzata he was looking in La Jolla for a second residence.  

Jan 11, 2016 08:32 AM #1
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Joy, we love referrals! If he needs anything here in Wayzata or Minneapolis & Saint Paul, please send him our way.

Jan 11, 2016 09:53 AM #2
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

What an interesting niche.  What instrument did you play?

Feb 06, 2017 02:47 AM #3
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Beth, my instrument was the French horn, but I also did some theater and studio orchestra conducting in the 1980s and 1990s. I still work occasionally as a freelance musician in Minneapolis & Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Feb 06, 2017 03:01 AM #4
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