Colleen Ratzlaff LaBeauCRS, CREA, GRI
For Colleen, president of Ratzlaff Homes, Inc., trust is the single most imrtant part
of any relationship. She extends that trust to her employees, her subcontractors, and
of course, her clients.
Colleen earns the trust of her buyers from the beginning. First, she doesn't always
sell someone who walks in the door. Generally, clients will have between four and eight
meetings before getting a signed purchase agreement.
"I want to make sure they feel good about building," she says, "and about what
Colleen also encourages prospective clients to contact her past customers. "We have a
list of over two hundred buyers' names that we actively give people to call."
Why use Colleen Ratzlaff LaBeau as your Realtor?/strong>
li>"2009 Realtor of the Year" Recognition for commitment to real estate as well as
li>2005 REALTOR OF THE YEAR!
li>Colleen works real estate full-time "plus" and makes it her commitment to a
li>Colleen has 3 assistants, available for your needs with over 24 years of combined
experience in the real estate industry.
li>Colleen's husband Tom LaBeau was licensed in 1976 and was a remodeler for seven
li>Colleen is extremely knowledgeable in new construction from the ground up, as
well as helping you design a home that suits your needs and also helps you take
precautions for a better resale value.
li>Colleen specializes in helping a buyer choose an existing home or to build a new
one - whichever fits the buyer's needs and wants the best.
li>An expert in marketing existing homes, Colleen takes the extra steps you need to
get the highest sible dollar in the shortest sible market time. Ask her about her
extensive Marketing Program for more details.
li> She works with well-known mortgage lenders and title companies to get you the
best sible financing and service you need.
li>Colleen has her GRI and CRS designation, having taken that extra step to better
educate herself and her clients in the real estate market.
li>Colleen is proud of her service in the home building industry as well as in
existing home sales. She would be happy to give you a list of her past clients un
Who is Colleen?
Colleen was born and raised in Farmington and has lived in Dakota County all her life.
She has first-hand knowledge of the communities and their surroundings.
Colleen has been selling real estate since 1985, has been a custom builder since 1986,
and Ratzlaff Homes Inc. since 1999, specializing in both new construction home sales
and marketing existing homes.
Colleen also managed a real estate office from 1986 to 1990.
li>2005 President for Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors
li>2004 President Elect for Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors
li>2003 Treasurer for Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors
li>2000-2007 Government Affairs Public licy Committee, Served on Governmental
Affaits Committee for both Local and State level for over 10 years.
li>2002-2008, 1992-1995 Director at Southern Twin Cities Association of
li>2003 Treasurer for Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors
li>Served on the Builders Association Spring Preview/Fall Parade Committee, 1996-
li>Director for the Builder's Association for Twin cities, 2-year term
li>Director of Minnesota Board of Realtors, 1994-1997, 2005-2007. Executive
Committee for 1997, 1999, 2005-2008.
li>Launched and chaired New Home Sales and instructed classes on it.
li>Chaired Education Committee at Board of Realtors, 1987 and 1988.
li>Served on Strategic Planning Committee for three years.
li>Served on Professional Standards Committee for six years.
li>Served on Financial Committee for three years
li>Member of Lakeville Chamber of Commerce
Achievements in Real Estate
li>2009, 2005 "Realtor of the Year"
li>Chairman's Circle with Edina Realty (highest award) 2001 & 2004
li>Master's Circle with Edina Realty (2nd highest award) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
li>Presidents Club with Edina Realty 1998, 1999, 2000
li>Top Sales Associate at Harvey Hanson Realtors in 1992-1997
li>Top Sales Associate at Nationwide Realty in 1991
li>Top Sales Associate at Alger Johnson Real Estate in 1987-1990
li>CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation earned in 1988
li>GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute) designation earned in 1986
Get a Team Instead of One
You still want to know more . . .
Colleen & Tom snsor children in the Kids 'N Kinship mentoring program, to help
provide an alternative outlook for youths that are raised in less fortunate or single
parent households. Colleen also is actively involved with Crossroads Church outreach
program to help better serve the community.
In Colleen's spare time she can usually be found at a niece or nephews srting or
extra curricular event. Her love is children & throughly enjoys being involved in each
of her twenty-three nieces & nephews lives as well as her eight godchildren. She
believes it "takes a village" to raise a child, so anything extra she can do to help,
she welcomes the oprtunity.
Colleen also has a passion for flowers, with many flower gardens throughout her 10-acre
homesite. Any left over time, Colleen loves to spend by the water, motorcycling or
skiing in the winter.
Allow Colleen to assist you in any of your real estate needs.
Tom LaBeauCRS, CREA, GRI
Tom combines over 35 years of real estate sales, new construction and remodeling
experience to deliver a unique combination of marketing skills and product knowledge that
maximizes your advantage in today's market.
Tom's dedication to his business and pursuit of excellence is exemplified in his "CRS"
designation. He takes great pride in being one of only 4% of realtors nationwide to earn
Outstanding service to all of his clients is the reason Tom has been the recipient of
numerous sales awards and is ranked nationally in the top 1% of all realtors.
Tom specializes in buyer and seller representation and has extensive experience with
REO's and investment properties.
Tom, together with his full-time licensed assistant Elaine, ensure his clients receive
first class, personal service with attention to detail and guaranteed satisfaction.
Expect the best when you choose Tom! Just ask his past clients
Elaine TerpeningAgent Referral Network
Elaine began her career in the real estate field in 1991. Since 1995, Elaine has been a
licensed real estate agent and Executive Administrative Assistant.
With her 19 plus years of diverse experience and extensive real estate knowledge, Elaine
is an indispensable part of LaBeau & Associates. As a licensed assistant to Tom and
Colleen LaBeau, her talents are utilized to create marketing and advertising promotions,
maintain websites, promote properties and perform daily follow-up to ensure a perfect end
result for every client
Outside of working at the LaBeau office, Elaine focuses on her four children and a
grandson. She is actively involved in her church as a pianist, cantor and a member of the
choir. Reading, traveling, srts and outdoor activities are among the things she enjoys
in her free time.
Rick has been a licensed Real Estate agent in Minnesota since 2007. He specializes in
the Twin Cities market and the surrounding area, but can help anywhere in the State of
Minnesota. Together with LaBeau and Associates, Rick is able to provide services
including existing home sales, new construction, design services and buyer
Rick's work ethic shows in all that he does. From prompt resnses, to the high level of
communication needed during any real estate transaction. Rick's clients' satisfaction is
his top priority. Whether you are looking for your first home, are a seasoned investor
or an empty-nester looking to downsize, please think of Rick as your "Real Estate
Resource For Life".
When Rick is not helping clients find and sell homes, he enjoys spending time with his
wife Danielle and two boys, Bryce and Cameron. Together they love to travel, volunteer
in their community, attend boy scout outings, have family get-togethers, bonfires, and
just relax at home.
Rick would love to share his passion, knowledge and experience in real estate while
helping you buy or sell your dream home!