Client Testimonials

"I met Bj while looking at an open house in downtown Minneapolis. I was immediately impressed with BJ’s knowledge of the Minneapolis condo market as well as his friendly personality and kind manner. Because I felt so comfortable with BJ I asked him to be my realtor and it was the best decision I have ever made!! Not only did he sell my condo in a very short time, BJ also found me my perfect condo that exactly fit my needs. I couldn’t be more thrilled with my beautiful new home that allows dogs! I recommend BJ with the greatest enthusiasm!"


"Locating from out-of-state, I found BJ's website to be extremely helpful in facilitating neighborhood selection along with outstanding service from BJ and his team. From someone new to the region, BJ's knowledge of the downtown Condo/Loft market was exceptional and his service and follow-up was unmatched."


We could not have been happier with our selling experience!  BJ and team are amazing, responsive, professional, and didn’t miss a beat.  They sold our property before it even hit the market!  We would recommend him without hesitation.


"We absolutely loved working with BJ! His team makes the entire process go so smoothly. They were always available to answer my incessant questions, which is a small feat of its own! As a homeowner at The Groveland, I was looking for a sales agent who understood the building, the nuances of the neighborhood, and the clientele. BJ certainly fulfilled those needs and proved to be a Groveland expert. I cannot say enough good things about BJ, I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone looking to buy, rent or sell their home!"


BJ honed in on just the right combination of location, price and quality for me. I've lived here a year and a half and I've been very happy in my new place!


“We first hired BJ when we needed someone to manage our condo while on expat assignment. We were so impressed with his diligence and hard work that we never looked at any other agent since. A buy and a sell later, we consider ourselves extremely lucky to have BJ on our side. We don't consider any real estate move without BJ's input first.”


"Not only is BJ a wonderful realtor, he is a great guy. He's open, communicative and on top of what is going on in the Minneapolis condo market and especially The Groveland. An unfeigned and spirited individual who enjoys his passion with people and Real Estate. We had our condo listed for only 3 weeks before he found a buyer. Very impressive... High-quality process, listing and photography value. We recommend BJ and would undoubtedly consult him again in the future."




Although I was not involved at the time that Dougherty Funding LLC selected the DRG Group over other more well-known real estate brokers such as Sotheby’s and others, I have worked directly with the DRG Team during the course of selling luxury condos at The IVY.   I believe that they have proven that Dougherty made the right choice several years ago.   I have found them to be aggressive marketers (not in the obnoxious sense) that work hard to maximize sales prices.   They have shown they have reach into a range of price points – from $200k on the low side to $1.5+ million on the high side.   I have never found them to merely “settle” for a sales price below market, just to make a sale.  Just as important, they have made themselves available, when necessary, for meetings, conferences calls and respond very quickly to email queries.



We are forever grateful for everything that Joe Maselter and the Roost Real Estate team did for us in finding our perfect home. Roost Real Estate is dedicated, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and extremely helpful throughout the entire home buying process. Joe helped us to narrow down what we were looking for in our future home, so that we could begin our search. He made the entire house hunt fun and enjoyable for us. He eliminated any stress that we may have had, by dedicating his time to showing us houses as well as explaining everything that goes into buying a house. Joe also gave us relevant information about the area houses were located. We found our perfect home thanks to Joe Maselter and his team. We are confident that Roost Real Estate can help guide you through the home buying process just like they did for us! You will not be disappointed with Roost Real Estate!


We've had a blast working with the Roost team, and appreciate all they've done to get us into our first house. Joe made the whole process so easy and fun and found us the perfect home. We can't thank you enough!!


My past experience with realtors has not made me a fan. BJ and Becky, however, make me rethink my bias. They were very competent and professional. We felt very comfortable with their expertise, advice and level of service. In addition, we were out of town while selling our property and Becky went out of her way to do some things that would normally have been done by us. We are very satisfied with the LaVelle Team. Thank you.


These guys were fantastic to work with! Joe Maselter was our realtor and main point of contact. He was an invaluable asset to us as first time home sellers. He walked us through the process, gave us great advice on how to prepare the home for showings, and most importantly he really knew the marketplace and helped us determine the best asking price to list at. We sold our house in under a month and I really credit Joe, BJ, and Becky at CPG for all their hard work. I would HIGHLY recommend this team to anyone looking to sell in the Twin Cities!


Why did you choose to buy with Roost Real Estate? 
It began with a referral from a friend, but after meeting BJ and learning about his work with Habitat for Humanity, we felt even more confident with the decision.  
What did you like best about working with Roost Real Estate? 
Incredible communication! Quick responses to our questions and always helpful and thorough.


We were impressed with Roost Real Estate's record, knowledge of the market, and the ways in which you give back to the community. Your business model is something we wholeheartedly support.  
The process was straightforward and we were kept in the loop about what to expect, if/when the condo wasn't generating the amount of interest we were hoping for. Also, Joe was more than helpful in dealing with several showing glitches promptly and addressed our renter's concerns/schedule constraints.This selling experience was better than we could have expected.  Thanks so much!


BJ owns the downtown Minneapolis condo/loft market…..if you don’t work with BJ and his team you are missing the most knowledgeable team…..period


BJ is an amazing agent that puts his clients needs ahead of anything else. We had a very difficult property to sell, BJ and his team were amazing in their effort and responsiveness. We wouldn't work with any other realtor in the future.


Joe was amazing! I had a unique situation where I was selling a rental townhome in Woodbury, MN, while living in Milwaukee, WI. He made everything run smoother than I could have ever imagined. And this is coming from someone who NEVER fills out these customer reviews :) In other words, Joe was fantastic to work with. His time and efforts are much appreciated!


We didn't realize how easy it was going to be to sell our condo... BJ and team definitely made that process go so smoothly!!  My husband and I decided to put our condo up for sale, and as soon as we contacted BJ, things were in motion.  The condo was sold very quickly, and BJ and team were so great to work with.  I needed a few things done to the condo and BJ lined up the maintenance person, the cleaning team, and everything else!  We were on vacation during the closing, and BJ also did everything needed for the closing also!  We couldn't have asked for a more professional and courteous realtor to work with.  We definitely recommend BJ and would work with him again!!


“After a tumultuous experience with a previous Realtor we were apprehensive to re-enter the housing market. But with a dream house in front of us we had no choice but to jump in. THANKFULLY we had received BJ's name from a friend who had a wonderful experience with him. What a different and fantastic experience!!! BJ represented us with professionalism, sincerity, and a genuine kindness that both supported us through the process and won the hearts of the owners/Realtor of the dream house we were after. He negotiated an amazing deal in the purchase of our new suburban home and found the perfect buyer for the downtown loft we were leaving. My husband and I both believe neither of these things would have been possible without BJ's dedicated effort. We do not think we'll ever leave our new home, but if we decide to, BJ will be the first to know! Thanks BJ!”  


BJ was a great agent, helped me get an outstanding deal on a home which is not a rental and making me some good income. Stuck with it through a failed short-sale which was great!


As a first time condo buyer, it was critical to me to find someone who knows the market, understands the intricacies of condo buying, and whom I could trust. BJ has a lot of great press, but as always, a trusted friend helped me decide whom in turn to trust with my buying experience. BJ and his team were always on top of everything every step of the way, 
including successfully negotiating a multiple offer situation, making sure to advise and recommend whenever we hit any snag, or just on simple process. The net result was a great buying experience, and painlessly finding my way home to a neighborhood i’ve been keeping an eye on for years for the perfect spot. As with any major purchase, you want the best representing your interests; I’d unequivocally recommend BJ and his team to be the ones you want in your corner when making that purchase. 


BJ was awesome to work with. He knew the area I was looking to buy extremely well and had access to units that weren't even on MLS. He was able to tell me about each of the condo buildings, which were great places and good investments and where to stay away. When it came time to buy it was the easiest close I've ever done. He also has fantastic connections to the area- he was able to recommend a great loan officer. When it comes time to sell he will be my first call. Would highly recommend!


To The Dream Team!  
I am so thankful for finding DRG and getting perfectly matched up with Joe on a mission to find our first home!  I've been dreaming of a condo since day one in Minneapolis and it means so much for us to really make that happen in perfect timing after our wedding.  You are all rockstars, above and beyond, customer service exactly the way it should be.  Thank you for putting us first and staying so organized!  That level of trust and peace of mind is key to have when juggling my busy working lifestyle.  Thank you for being so committed, generous, and patient.  Helping me accomplish this step is such an important milestone for my future!  I'll be recommending you and coming back without a doubt when we're ready to sell someday and hopefully upgrade to even bigger and better city living!


I think I can confidently speak for both of us in saying that first and foremost, we LOVE our new home. After spending nearly two months our house, it is safe to say that it is everyone we were hoping for. Secondly, I don’t think any of this would have been possible without Roost Real Estate.
Having bought our condo in a very down economy, it was tough to comprehend what was happening in the real estate market today, from both a buyers and sellers side. After meeting with the team, we were confident in our ability to sell our condo quickly and for a great (even a fair) price, and assured that our dream house was out there, and that the team would work with us as long as it took to find it. 
Our condo sold very quick – quicker than we had anticipated. That fast sale, made our search for a new place even more crucial as we were now under a time constraint to move. Even with that constraint, we didn’t feel pressured to settle for anything other than our dream home. And after several weeks, when this house was listed, your team worked quickly to make sure we were the first people in the house and the first to submit our offer. Even though we had to sharpen our pencil after multiple offers were received, BJ talked us through some considerations on what our next offer should look like. That alone not only saved us thousands, it put us in a position get the house!
Between the time of accepted offer and closing, you guys worked with us to make sure everything went smoothly with selling our condo and buying the house. The little things like address change reminders, moving company suggestions, etc. were all well timed and received. Even after close, both BJ and Joe followed-up with us to make sure were doing well and the house was still what we had hoped. BJ even gave us some suggestions on who to talk to about a small flooring project we were looking at.
At the end of the day, Roost Real Estate helped us transition from our condo to a beautiful house and allowed us to really start planning for the future. We’ll be sending all of our friends and family to Roost Real Estate as the experience we had can’t be beat.


Thank you guys so much for everything.  It has been a wonderful experience once again.  You should be proud of your business and yourselves as your customer service is top notch.  You guys took the stress out of what should have been incredibly nerve racking.


Joe guided us through the entire home purchase and was always there to answer questions. He was extremely knowledgeable on the market, and he was a very fun guy to work with. If we sell our home in the future, Joe will be the first guy We call to help. We highly recommend him!


I couldn't have been more fortunate to work with Joe Maselter when buying my first real estate property. Having always been a renter, I was fairly oblivious to the home buying process- as many are. Joe was able to breakdown what all goes into home buying, the pro's and con's, and show me properties around the city to narrow down areas we felt would best fit my preferences. His industry expertise and selfless dedication to finding me the perfect home enabled me to be confident in my purchase. He truly cared about helping me make a smart financial purchase, and have an enjoyable time doing so. I couldn't recommend Joe and the team at Roost more, and if anyone is even thinking of home buying please give them a call- you won't regret it.


BJ is awesome. He helped me get out of the suburbs into downtown with ease! I had a more complicated transaction as found what I loved before I sold my previous home and he was able to work with the seller and it all went great.
If you want an easy and awesome experience, BJ is your guy!


BJ was a delight to work with. He knew exactly what we were looking for and he made the buying process less hectic and stressful. He continues to be diligent and helpful with any post closing issue or questions we had. I would highly recommend him!


From the moment we met BJ and Joe at an open house, we knew they were the realtors to help us find our new MN home and downtown condo. Our corporate relocation was still many months away, but BJ and Joe took the time that day to show us some available options and begin educating us on urban living. They stayed in touch and were ready to go when we finally arrived in the Twin Cities. BJ and Joe were focused and flexible, as well as extremely patient and determined. Most importantly, they were knowledgeable; providing critical market information and valuable tips and reminders throughout every step of the exciting, but sometimes stressful process of purchasing a home. We were in the hands of real estate experts!  Not only did we find our dream condo, BJ and Joe are now wonderful new friends!


Joe and the team at Roost made our move so easy and stress free. As first time sellers, Joe answered every question we had and sold our house in record time. All of the sudden, we were on the other end of a seller's market and Joe went into overdrive. He was just as motivated as we were to find our perfect house before we closed. We started the hunt and Joe was great about helping us work showings into both of our busy work schedules. Once we found our house, the Roost team was efficient and precise to put everything together in our tight timeframe. 
Joe and the team crushed it for us and they have our strongest endorsement.
Peter Burg and Caitlin Aten


BJ and Joe were awesome to work with. We had one weekend to buy a home and Joe lead us through all the best neighborhoods to find the place right for us!


While opening up a brand new office in Minneapolis for our rapidly growing integrated marketing communication agency, we needed a realtor who knew the ins and outs of the complex downtown market, and someone who would educate us on the best buildings to focus on to suit our needs.  Buying a corporate condo is all about location and nearby amenities.  BJ LaVelle and his team exceeded our expectations every step of the way, making a long distance purchase go smoothly and flawlessly.  Communication throughout the process was always prompt and helpful.  Overall we had a great experience making this purchase and will definitely use BJ and his team on any and all real estate transactions in the the Twin Cities market.  All of our new employees relocating to the Twin Cities will be using BJ and his team, I’m sure. 


What drew me to Roost originally was that they believe in helping to support the community by giving a portion of their profits so that everyone has a place to call home. What sealed the deal was my first meeting with Joe. I knew instantly that he understood what I was looking for. I felt like we were on the same page and that feeling of comfort continued throughout the entire process. The only downfall to finding my dream first home, was that regular communication with Joe would be ending. Joe-you were an absolute joy work with and if I ever sell, I wouldn't consider going through anyone else.


BJ was great to work with - definitely recommended. Having known him for 25+ years, I already had confidence in his honesty and integrity. BJ's knowledge of the marketplace and patience in waiting for the right deal are unmatched.


I am so thankful for the hard work and dedication the Roost Real Estate team put forth with my first time home buying search! Joe was awesome to work with and understood exactly what I was looking for, even helping me look past some things to see potential :) I had come to him pretty early before I actually wanted to purchase and yet somehow Joe managed to find the perfect condo and talked the seller into an extended closing period since I had my apartment lease for another 7 months. The Roost team always kept me in the loop and was very quick in responding to my (and all my parents') questions! Thank you again - you have my highest recommendation!


"BJ helped us sell our condo at The Groveland, in Loring Park. He is great! He is responsive, personable, and very knowledgeable about the condo market. He has a great network. He kept in regular touch. He got our condo sold in two weeks!! I would use BJ for any future real estate needs and would highly recommend him." 


My husband and I loved working with Roost Real Estate! We started out working with BJ and then transitioned into working with Joe Maselter. Joe was so patient with us. We weren't 100% on our location so we ended up looking at a lot of houses in different areas. Also we had a few specific non-negotiable items we had to have in our new home. Joe spent many hours with us and found homes for us to look at that we weren't even aware of. Joe's dedication to us, his availability and his professionalism led us to find our perfect home! I would highly recommend him, BJ and the Roost Real Estate family! Sincerely Jennifer Smith


My husband and I have known BJ for 5 years and finally got the opportunity to work with him when it came time to purchase our first home as a married couple.  We were worried it was going to be a long and stressful process but BJ made the experience enjoyable and made sure everything ran extremely smoothly. We wouldn't have our current home without BJ's savvy negotiating skills. Since then we have referred him to other friends who also rave about his expertise and his ability to get homes/condos sold quickly and find the place that matches your vision!  I don't think you could find a better agent in the Twin Cities!  BJ is the best! 


We appreciate BJ's approach to finding a condo for us.  He is providing us valuable information about the housing market to help us with our decision.  BJ understands finding the condo features we want is more important than the timing of the sale