Aaron Jones - RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement

Aaron Jones

RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement

About Aaron Jones

Thank you for checking out my profile.  My name is Aaron Jones and I am the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Lakes Realty.  I specialize in lakeshore home sales on West Lake Okoboji, East Lake Okoboji, Big Spirit, Lake Minnewashta, Lower Gar Lake, and Upper Gar Lake.   Below you will find over 150 testimonials on Zillow.
I have been selling real estate since 2012. I am a lifelong resident of Lake Okoboji and my family has been in construction for about 60 years. I grew up in construction and understand construction costs, and this has helped me immensely in adding value for my clients. Prior to selling real estate, I managed a furniture manufacturing facility in Milford, IA. I learned a lot about lean manufacturing and have brought many of those concepts into our business here, mainly focused on efficient technologies in real estate. I have a great team of 24 agents that work together to find buyers for our clients. I have 2 incredible employees, and also have a technology business partner in India, and we have been developing real estate management and paperless transaction management solutions, along with our own proprietary electronic signature service (www.signfast.com and www.leadcity.com) and we use these solutions daily in our office. I have built 5 homes since I was 26, 4 of them being lake homes, and I invest everything I have in real estate. 
 
I’m very proud of our agents in so many ways, but the success is partially defined by the numbers. In 2020, our office closed more Dickinson county transactions than any other office, and in Dickinson county, we beat all other offices in Sales volume by over $20,000,000. We know how to market; we know how to treat people, and we know how to do the right thing, regardless of dollar signs. Lastly, since 2015, I have closed more transactions than any other agent in the MLS in Dickinson county, and I’m proud to say that I was #1 in sales volume in 2020 for the entire MLS. When you hire me to sell, you will get ethical, professional service with expertise in online marketing, social media marketing, and web lead generation, which will produce a buyer for your home.  When you hire me to buy, you will have someone in your corner that will find you that perfect home, even if that means sending out mailers or contacting owners through facebook to find you that special place.
 

 

Aaron's Listings

$1,988,000

Status: Active
24610 140Th Street, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

  221282

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Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442)
Built in 2023

$875,000

Status: Active
86 HWY 9, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

  220125

 N/A

 N/A

  367,210


Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442)

$849,000

Status: Active
34 Hill Drive, Milford, IA 51351

  221090

 4

 3

  2,432


Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442)

$495,000

Status: Active
425 240th Avenue #207, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

  221336

 2

 2

  1,211


Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442)
New Listing

$434,900

Status: Active
290 240th Avenue #65, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

  221166

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 2

  1,642


Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442)

Area Insights

Emerald Hills

Emerald Hills in Arnolds Park

Emerald Hills Golf Course is one of the premier golf courses in the Iowa Great Lakes. Golfers throughout Okoboji will tell you that compared to the rest of the golf courses around, Emerald Hills is probably the most challenging. When I grew up as a kid, we lived just a half block from the back side of the course. We would sneak on with a couple short little clubs and balls we found walking the course and sometimes spent more time being chased by the sprinklers than trying to hit golf balls. Emerald Hills was owned by Gordy and Bette Benit many years ago and they can be credited with growing this course into the masterpiece it has become. Later purchased by Randy Rohlfsen and a few others, Emerald has flourished as one of the best courses around. If memory serves me right, Randy has been there since the early 1990's and has always had a strong conviction to help young golfers. He has taught and coached numerous high school teams, and they also put on a 5 day junior camp every year which has been a tremendous hit. I grew up on this course and can honestly say, you better be hitting the ball straight!

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Bridges Bay Resort

Bridges Bay Resort in East Lake Okoboji

Bridges Bay Resort is built on the land purchased a few years prior which used to be owned by the Nielsen family of Arnolds Park. This huge complex consists of a hotel, 3 condo buildings (a 4th is under construction), and over 100 vacation cabins. A popular part of the resort is the indoor waterpark that cabin and condo owners have access to, but also, so does the public for a fee. Braccos is a fantastic summertime restaurant and bar which is frequented by boat, by car, and by foot, especially from the owners of the condos and cabins. All of the units at Bridges Bay have an opportunity for a boat hoist, and it is an extremely popular destination for out of towners looking for a vacation spot in Okoboji. Because Bridges Bay is not within the city limits, many owners utilize property management companies to help them rent their units by the day, week, and month. I've personally sold and shown many condo and cabin units and would be delighted to help.

Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in East Lake Okoboji Find more about East Lake Okoboji Learn More Here

"Turn-Over" Thermocline

Referred to locally as the lake turning over the thermocline is a feature of lakes with deep water. The water on the top of the lake changes temperature much more variably during the year. On West Lake, it can reach as much as 75 degrees in July while the water below, greater than 35 or 40 feet deep is relatively stable around 45 degrees. In the fall and early winter, the top strata of the lake will cool to below 45 degrees, and then because it becomes denser, it will "sink" below the lower strata, thus, displacing it and making the lake "turn-over". In the deepest part of West Lake (near the 136ft mark), no light is availble, and hence little life is known whether fish or plant. Typically questions are raised as to why the surface water gets dirty for a short period of time in the fall, this this is the standard answer.

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EAST Algona

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EAST SUNNYVILLE

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Okoboji Boat Works

Okoboji Boat Works in West Lake Okoboji

Okoboji Boat Works is home to "The Fish Shack" and "The Inconvenience Store". Formerly a marina of thriving boat sales since 1890, OBW now offers up many different rentals, a 24 hour gas dock, excursion boats, and more. I remember the days as a child of fishing for crappie and blue gill here and along the docks of Smith's Bay. Though the scenery has changed, the outstanding fishing has not.

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AmericInn

AmericInn in Okoboji

AmericInn Lodge & Suites is centrally located in Okoboji on beautiful Brooks National Golf Course. This hotel offers 61 guest rooms all with 32' flat screen televisions and plush top beds. There are a variety of different room types are available.....fireplace, whirlpool tub, patio or balcony. They offer a free hot home-style breakfast such as waffles, sausage, eggs or biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, yogurt and more! Enjoy the heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna or soak up the sun on one of the three patios. AmericInn offers an affordable option to tourists, especially in the summer. It is also conveniently located just off the trail system in Okoboji.

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The Three Sons

The Three Sons in Milford

Founded in 1960, the Three Sons has been a staple of Milford, IA retail. From Herman and Emil Richter, owners, was born the University of Okoboji, a ficticious university that calls the entire Iowa Great Lakes the campus of the U of O. Part of the experience of shopping the three sons, if walking the old battered floors, and taking a trip upstairs for half price, plus a buck. Brands you would expect in Milford Iowa are abundant, such as Patagonia, Oakley, Under Armour, Tommy Bahama, and more. There are currently 2 other stores; one at the amusement park, and another near the Regal Beagle called the bridge store. No self-respecting visitor to Okoboji leaves without visiting one of their stores.

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Haywards Bay

Haywards Bay in West Lake Okoboji

Haywards Bay on West Lake Okoboji boasts low approaches and one of the few areas on West Lake to offer sand beaches. Renowned for the "bay of the flags", you will know you are in Haywards bay because of the all the American flags on the end of the docks. Fishing is great in Haywards Bay and the sunsets are one in a million. To get to Haywards Bay by car, one would drive the east side of the lake on Lakeshore Dr.

Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in West Lake Okoboji Find more about West Lake Okoboji Learn More Here

Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Arnolds Park Amusement Park in Arnolds Park

Having lived in Okoboji all my life, there are a wealth of memories of Arnolds Park. I, like many of the locals, miss the nostalgia of the old Roof Garden, the fun house, the water slide and much, much more. With time comes change, and the amusement park continues to reinvent itself. Currently with over 20 rides to choose from, the family is sure to have a good time. The main attraction, The Legend Roller Coaster, is the 7th oldest coaster in the United States and apparently the 13th oldest in the world. Reaching speeds of up to 50 mph, the roller coaster has undergone substantial renovations in the last year. In front of the amusement park on West Lake is the Queen II excursion boat, and Pirate Jacks Bar. The sunsets here are unparalleled. If you have a chance to visit, make sure to check out the tipsy house, the three sons, and all of the shops. Just to the east is the green space, which provides great entertainment and in 2013 OAR came to play, which is a pretty big name for Okoboji.

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Testimonials

Aaron was easy to work with, very open with scheduling viewings, and patient with our decision process. We never felt any pressure to buy, just a desire to find the type of property that we were looking for.

Craig and Anne

08 Oct, 2014 05:16 PM CDT

The work Aaron did for us was outstanding. He exceeded our expectations. We thought he would be an excellent choice because of his local knowledge and connections. As well as his background in building. It felt good to be right!

Sam and Kim

08 Oct, 2014 05:18 PM CDT

Clearly the best experience with Realtor we have had 1) Great knowledge of the real estate transaction process - very transparent 2) Deep background and knowledge of home construction - made him very credible in understanding the structural pros and cons of a home 3) Great communicator

Owen and Becca

08 Oct, 2014 05:19 PM CDT

Aaron was very proactive in selling our property in a timely fashion. He also was very professional, honest and trustworthy throughout the entire process. He managed to orchestrate the transaction in a smooth way despite the fact we were involved in a partnership living in another state. I would highly recommend Aaron in the future to anyone wanting to conduct real estate business.

Andy

08 Oct, 2014 05:20 PM CDT

Aaron did a great job on finding the right home for me. He was very timely and helped move things along very smoothley. Communication was excellent between everyone involved in the process. I greatly appreciate the work involved to satisfy a client's needs.

Aaron

08 Oct, 2014 05:20 PM CDT

Aaron was a great help for my husband and I, we were able to look at a few houses and put in aggressive offers with his help. We looked at 5 or 6 houses with him, and he had a pretty good idea of what we wanted. We had some issues with the bank on the first house we had an accepted offer on, and thankfully for the clause in our offer about financing we were able to back out of the house, due to the amount of money we needed to put down. Thanks to Aaron showing us a few houses, we determined one of the earlier houses we saw was perfect for us. Thanks again Aaron! We love it!

Derek and Jen

08 Oct, 2014 05:21 PM CDT

Solid, honest, timely advice as to market, price and deal opportunities. I would recommend Aaron to anyone interested in buying or selling residential or commercial property in the Iowa Great Lakes area.

Ned S.

23 May, 2017 01:36 PM CDT

Aaron was very professional and was willing to be available for us at odd times given we do not live in the area to see open houses. He also was very involved after the offer was accepted and until the sale was final on every step in the process to ensure it was a smooth transaction.

Ryan

03 Feb, 2017 11:59 AM CST