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Mission: To continue to foster long-term relationships through trust and integrity.

Nelson Torfin Real Estate Group, (218) 829-6233

Serving the Lakes area with integrity since 1979. Positive Realty was founded with a different goal in mind; to create a family environment where all team members support each other. Adopting this philosophy has allowed us to better serve our clients with a wealth of shared knowledge and experience. Positive Realty truly is a unique company.

Mission: To continue to foster long-term relationships through trust and integrity.

Clint Nelson is a homegrown native of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Graduation class of 1972 and graduated from the Realtors Insitute in 1976. As a co-founder of Positive Realty, he has always ensured that the focus of the agents is combining work and family in one. He is Real-Pro certified, a former member of RESSEI, Real Estate and Exchange Institute, Realtors Land Institute and is registered in subdivided lands in Minnesota. That's a level of comprehension you can't learn in a book. His experience doesn't just encompass the buying and selling of homes but his vast knowledge of what's going on in financing, appraising, leasing, and development is astounding.

Clint is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman taking the time to do in our area what everyone wants to come here for! Along with that, he takes pride in the community he has helped built by volunteering and staying active.

Clint keeps his pulse on the community being a part of different organizations. He is the current director of Riverwood Bank, former director and former president of Emertius of BLAEDC, and a Shriner for 35 years.

Jeff Torfin, Realtor (218) 232-0399

Jeff Torfin was born and raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area. He started his real estate career with Positive Realty/Clint Nelson in 1999 and hasn't looked back. With hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate sales under his belt in both residential and commercial real estate, it is no wonder that he's known as a well-respected business professional that is sought out by clients.

Jeff just finished his term as the president of Rotary for the 2016-2017 year and also was named REALTOR of the year in 2011 by his peers. Also, a board member of Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union which helps him keep his ear to the ground in the financial world. He keeps his finger on the pulse of the community having taught Home Stretch classes for Central Minnesota Housing Partnership in Crow Wing, Morrison, and Aitkin Counties. This allows him the opportunity to ensure that clients are well informed on the process of home ownership.

With broad experience, Jeff also has an extensive background selling multi-family housing (apartments) with selling the majority of the apartments in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

The experiences he has had over these years in our local community gives him the knowledge to assist someone buying their starter home, multi-million dollar lake home, or anything in-between. With his positive attitude and calm personality, Jeff will make you feel like you're his only client.

Jeff is a family man married to Gwen and they have a little boy, Henry, who is the highlight of their life!

Andy Hayes is another lifelong Brainerd Lakes Area resident. Born and raised in Baxter, his only time out of the area was while attending college at the University of North Dakota. After earning a Bachelors degree in business administration, he returned home to start a career.

Andy has always had a very strong interest in real estate, so becoming a Realtor was an obvious choice. Having the opportunity to work with a group of established professionals in a busy marketplace gives him not only the resources to handle all types of transactions, but also the experience necessary to make sure that they are handled with care, professionalism, and above all else, excellent service. Having been in the real estate business since 2006, Andy has been involved in numerous multimillion-dollar transactions, including representing the seller on the largest sale to date on Gull Lake at $3.5 million.

Andy’s extensive local knowledge and contacts make him a valuable asset to the team. He enjoys spending time in the winter volunteering at Mount Ski Gull teaching skiing to 6th-grade students from across the region, and currently sits on their board of directors. Andy has also served as Director and President-Elect of the Greater Lakes Multiple Listing Service and played an integral part in its joining forces with Northstar MLS.

Being an avid golfer and outdoors enthusiast, the Brainerd Lakes Area is a perfect place to call home. It's also the perfect place to raise a family, which is exactly what Andy and his wife Ashley are doing, starting with their son Connor and dog Sage.

Brad VanVickle, Realtor (218) 851-7400

Brad VanVickle chose to take a new adventure in 2007 after more than 30 years in other industries focusing on sales, marketing and sales management experience. With the trust of his clients in tow through years of straightforward work ethic, he has been able to build a real estate business by listening to his clients and meeting their home buying needs. Another teacher of Home Stretch in our area allows him to keep up to date on the industry and help people understand the process of homeownership.

Yet another born and raised Brainerd Lakes native, Brad married his high school sweetheart, LaVonne more than 40 years ago and has raised his two children, A.J. and Valerie in the land of the lakes. On the off time, when he isn't working on real estate or with his family, you'll find him tinkering with old cars, hunting, or riding motorcycle.

Tim Nelson is yet another one of our agents who was born and raised in the Lakes Area. Being a second generation Realtor has always been his focus, Tim left town only briefly to acquire a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth before starting his career in Real Estate.

As a career agent, Tim understands the importance of a good relationship with his clients and offers the best service he can through great communication skills, the use current technology, excitement, and drive.

"At the end of the day, it’s about doing what’s right, understanding the market, and representing my client’s best interest.”

Tim has been a member of the Brainerd Jaycee's since 2013 helping to raise money and awareness for the needs of our area along with building lifelong relationships and giving back to the place that he calls home.

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