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Helgeson Platzke

Helgeson Platzke

The Helgeson Platzke Real Estate Group would like to welcome you to the Twin Cities. In 2020, our group sold 484 homes throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitan area totaling over $215 Million in sales.

We have been providing real estate services to the Twin City Metropolitan area home owners since 1983. We are proud that we have been the #1 Homeseller in Eden Prairie of all agents for the past 25 consecutive years and the top real estate team in the state of Minnesota since 2015 company wide at Coldwell Banker Burnet. With over 7,400 homes sold and more than 2 billion in sales.

Whether you are Relocating to Minnesota or just browsing Homes for sale in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, you have come to the right place. Brace, Ryan and our group of 30+ real estate professionals will help make your next real estate purchase or sale a successful one.

Meet Our Team
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Meet The Team
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What Our Clients Are Saying?
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I have nothing but positive things to say about Al. He’s an amazing realtor, very honest, works hard, has incredible communication skills, and helped us find our perfect home even when I lived in a completely different state. My favorite part about Al is his responsiveness, communication & ability to go above and beyond in […]

β€” Highly Likely to recommend

Paul is a skilled and seasoned salesman with years of experience. His talents have served him well as a Realtor with Keller Williams Classic Realty NW. Paul is closing deals monthly, and his customer service is exceptional. Knowing how to negotiate, work with other agents and connect with clients have become Paul’s strength areas. His […]


While I have known Paul for a little less than one year, he has quickly shown what a talent he is. His cheerful personality and β€˜can do’ attitude is contagious. He is simply a joy to be around as he makes others around him better at what they do. On numerous occasions I have seen […]


I work with Paul and I know how much he values each and every one of his clients. He always gives 100% to each real estate deal he has. From the start of a transaction to the closing, he continues to have his client’s needs be his top priority. He has an awesome work ethic […]


I would highly recommend Paul Yahnke as he is very professional and knowledgeable. He always responds to my questions in a quick manner. He is a pleasure to work with and I would refer him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. He will go the extra mile for you!


Paul was very professional and knowledgeable. He did a great job marketing, and was able to bring in multiple offers within just a few days of listing the property.


Mr. Yahnke is very honest in his approach and is a pleasure to be around. He is very knowledgeable in a variety of areas. I suggest his services to all!!


Paul was very responsive to all my questions and answered back in a timely matter. We did not live too close to each other, yet he was able to provide me all the required documents to sign. Paul worked very hard to get me the house I wanted. I would highly recommend Paul.


We would like to recommend Paul when you are ready to buy your forever home. We wanted to buy in the Metro and lived 100 miles away. Paul made our experience very pleasant. He worked very hard and diligently to keep travel time to a minimum. He previewed homes and even went door to door […]


Paul worked hard to sell our home and made some awesome flyers to accomplish that end SOLD result. He encouraged us through two buyers who decided to change their minds and a delay in our closing due to “paperwork” issues with our third buyer’s underwriter. He understood our disappointment and frustration when buyers dropped out […]


Paul showed us LOTS of homes over numerous afternoons and evenings. He never pressured us to make a decision. He helped us whittle down options, hone our must-haves & absolutely nots. He took the time ahead of showings to gather as much information as possible on each house to help us make a knowledgeable decision. […]


Paul is willing to do nearly anything to find you a house. He takes the motto to exceed your expectations seriously. Even though we lived out of town he has previewed houses for us including sending us pictures he had taken with his phone. He even went door knocking in the rain to try and […]


Paul helped us evaluate several houses and then helped us make a winning offer for the one that we wanted. He and his assistant hustled to get our offer submitted in time. Paul provided excellent advice and went the extra mile to answer our questions throughout the process.


Paul is not just your average realtor. He gives it his all and makes sure that his clients come first! When my wife and I were buying a house, he had us fill out sheets of our β€œwants” and β€œneeds”. He made sure that every place we toured, met those needs as much as they […]


Paul has helped me sell one house already and is in the process of helping on another home. As a seller Paul has always kept me informed on the process, explained my options, and his recommendation. Paul was currently in first year (2015) as a realtor when I worked with him, but I would not […]


When it comes to choosing a realtor to sell your home, we highly recommend Paul. He sold our home in 2 days, using his marketing skills, and the connections he has with other realtors. Paul goes out of his way to keep you informed on the selling process, contract negotiations and closing. Paul is a […]


I highly recommend Paul Yahnke for anyone buying or selling a house! He did an amazing job selling my house in Bloomington, MN. Once he officially put it on the market, he also took the time to list it on thirty websites in order to ensure it was well circulated. The first, and only, weekend […]


One of the first things you will notice about Paul, is his passion. YOU are now his passion, and that is evident from the start. Paul goes above and beyond for his clients. For example, our driveway had several cracks and potholes in it. Paul went out of his way to actually patch the potholes […]


I can tell you from personal experience, Paul is not your average realtor! I have worked with other realtors and Paul is something completely different. He had a lot of unique resources that were key to getting my house sold. He also did a masterful job negotiating the final deal. It looked as though the […]


I highly recommend Alan Farkus on both the buying and selling side. He did an amazing job using many tools to help us find a townhouse, along with great strategies on how to achieve the winning bid during a hyper-competitive Covid market. Then, when selling our single-family home, he was a great team player, listening […]

β€” Highly likely to recommend

Al worked so hard to help us sell our house and get us into our dream house! He was honest, realistic, extremely knowledgeable, and was definitely a team player. He was always available to us and his communication with my husband and I blew me away. We never had to worry about what was going […]

β€” Highly likely to recommend

Al was terrific to work with! He helped us sell our first home. He kept us informed throughout the entire process, answered all of our questions and always made himself available when it fit in with our schedules. He was able to explain and summarize what each step of the process entailed. Al would always […]

β€” Highly likely to recommend

I met Ryan after my house was on the market with a previous realtor for several months. I was discouraged, confused and strapped with a high mortgage after my divorce. Ryan stepped in and saved the day! He was very patient, knowledgeable about the industry and had all the right networking mechanisms in place. He […]

β€” Lynn Gilbert

We decided to work with Brace to sell our home based on his reputation as being Eden Prairie’s #1 Homeseller since 1995 and his team delivered beyond our expectations. Brace had our home under contract within one week of listing it on the market. Brace provided excellent advice on the list price (“Price right and […]

β€” Audra Faiola & Alex Martin

We would like to thank you for selling our home. We were very pleased with the outcome. All of you were a pleasure to work with. You were responsive and professional. We are very satisfied customers. We wish you the best of continued success!

β€” John & Kris Flesch

Our home was premarketed well to quickly identify potential buyers. We had an offer within one day our listing went live. Ryan has a complete team that assists with everything from staging to final close and is personally involved with the process as well. He is available to answer questions and follows up on calls […]

β€” Greg Parish

We sold our home with Brace in 60 days, when we received the first offer from our Buyer. Brace and his team were a true asset in pricing our home right, in making the key advantages of our home be noticed by buyers throughout the marketing materials,and in the ensuing negotiation after we received the […]

β€” Jorge & Stella Fernandez

Ryan is a great realtor. His skills and abilities, combined with his focus on customer needs, made the most of our time and money on the purchase of our new home. And when we have referred him to others, they have also reported positive experiences. We trust him whenever the subject of real estate comes […]

β€” Jeff and Geneva Sorum

I’ve done real estate all my life, and finding the right price is critical in selling a house. It was helpful to have Brace there to go through that with me and give me his counsel along the way. I didn’t necessarily want to hear about the price of my house going down, but he […]

β€” Tom Siefert

I would just like to take this moment to thank you and your staff for all of the wonderful help and support you gave to us on the sale of our home. We knew we had selected the right Agent to get this thing done. By the way, we were surprised to see how close […]

β€” Nancy & Tom Jared

We had a good experience with Ryan during what can be a stressful time. Ryan helped walk us through our transaction and held our hand a bit when we needed it. Ryan was very knowledgeable and we felt he knew our area very well. I would recommend Ryan to anyone ( especially to those in […]

β€” Todd Hanneman

Brace Helgeson sells houses under $300K? We didn’t know! Brace has a strong brand in EP but we almost didn’t call him as we thought he only handled high end houses. We had 3 Realtors out to look at our EP house in Jan 2012 and went with Brace due to his strong reputation and […]

β€” Julie and Steve Melbye

I am very lucky to have worked with everyone on your team and appreciate all that everyone did to sell my house. Thanks Again!!

β€” Pat Samstad

Brace, thanks for taking the time to talk to us after the closing. We appreciated the chance to discuss the sales process face to face. I would not hesitate to recommend your team to anyone.

β€” Dave Murphy

I really appreciated Brace’s marketing ability and his command of the Internet. Brace really did his homework and they did a very thorough job. It took a little time to sell the house, but we had far more showings and we generated more interest than the previous year. Ultimately we were able to sell the […]

β€” Dick Kluge

My experience with The Brace Helgeson Group has always been pleasant. I’ve been using them for about five months and they’ve been very helpful and professional. I think it’s very important to have a good Realtor when selling your house, that’s key. The Brace Helgeson Group is professional and helpful!

β€” C.K. Lam

By the way, the house looks awesome with all your suggestions completed. The paint both up and downstairs is amazing. You are a Pro. . .

β€” Mark Erickson

We need another one. Ryan is a great realtor. His skills and abilities, combined with his focus on customer needs, made the most of our time and money on the purchase of our new home. And when we have referred him to others, they have also reported positive experiences. We trust him whenever the subject […]

β€” Nancy Jane

I met Ryan after my house was on the market with a previous realtor for several months. I was discouraged, confused and strapped with a high mortgage after my divorce. Ryan stepped in and saved the day! He was very patient, knowledgeable about the industry and had all the right networking mechanisms in place. He […]

β€” Lynn Gilbert

Many thanks to you and your team. You, Cindy and Tiffini were great to work with. As I have always known, but sometimes forget, it always pays to go with the best, and you and your team are THE BEST. Thanks again.

β€” Gary & Laurel Pennebaker

We have had the unique opportunity to utilize Ryan in two relocations, both moving to Minnesota and out of Minnesota. Ryan’s enthusiasm, professionalism and attention to detail made the sometimes stressful selling and buying experience much less daunting than it would have been without his help. In buying a new property, he was very observant […]

β€” Larry and Colleen Caplan

You and your team were fabulous to work with over the past 6 months. We’d recommend you guys to others in a heartbeat!

β€” Henry Chang

We loved having Ryan as our Realtor. He has helped us to purchase two homes, and each process was truly enjoyable. His professionalism and knowledge of the real estate business are beyond superior, we always felt as though he was genuinely happy to make time for us. We appreciated his prompt communication, and the time […]

β€” Matt and Dana Dolan

We would like to thank you and your group for making our move a positive experience. We appreciate all the time you spent assisting us in finding the home that fits our needs. Being new to the process, it was wonderful to work with someone possessing such great expertise. He was always available when we […]

β€” Chad Lawrence

In what is obviously a tough current housing market, the Brace Helgeson Group successfully sold our Eden Prairie home in only 33 days. Brace himself accurately predicted the top single thing we needed to do to sell our porperty in his first three minutes visiting the house. Ryan Platzke found us our new Eden Prairie […]

β€” Bob & Molly

Ryan is a great realtor. His skills and abilities, combined with his focus on customer needs, made the most of our time and money on the purchase of our new home. And when we have referred him to others, they have also reported positive experiences. We trust him whenever the subject of real estate comes […]

β€” Jeff and Geneva Sorum

My wife and I were in a major time crunch to get our home sold because our new home was built ahead of schedule. We needed someone with area expertise and the ability to move quickly. Our mortgage broker recommended that we contact Ryan. After a brief discussion, he was ready to get the home […]

β€” Ryan Mason

Ryan helped us sell our home in early 2015. We were under a tight timeline and he helped us price our home appropriately so that we were able to get good traffic in the winter months. He also actively marketed the home to realtors and maintained consistent dialogue with (potentially) interested parties. We ended up […]

β€” Abigail Schuler

I have purchased 4 homes and my experience with Ryan was the best, bar none. From the moment I contacted Ryan until the closing of my home he was a pleasure to work with. Actually more than that. Ryan was a source of information and support. He kept in regular but unintrusive contact and allowed […]

β€” Kelly Boss
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