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 (12)

$5,490,000

Status: Active
3711 Fairfield Street, Okoboji, IA 51355

  240591

 7

 7

  5,803


Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442) & RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, BROOKE JONES (641.420.2172)
Price Decreased

$1,439,000

Status: Active
16392 255th Street #B, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

  240431

 5

 5

  3,690


Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442)
Built in 2024

$1,037,500

Status: Active
465 240th Avenue #205, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

  240697

 4

 3

  2,219


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

$899,000

Status: Active
1603 Chalstrom Beach Road #201, Okoboji, IA 51355

  240650

 3

 2

  1,773


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

$849,000

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)
Price Decreased

$699,000

Status: Active
455 240th Avenue #307, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

  240205

 3

 2

  1,444


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

$699,000

Status: Active
2606 Center Lake Drive, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

  240311

 4

 4

  2,576


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

$459,000

Status: Active
630 Linden Drive #1152, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

  240532

 3

 3

  1,572


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

$429,000

Status: Active Contingent-No Show
2221 33rd Street, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

  231380

 N/A

 N/A

  4,000


Listed by : RE/MAX LAKES REALTY, AARON JONES (712.320.9442)
Price Decreased Active Contingent-No Show

$424,900

Status: Active
290 240Th Avenue #104, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

  240555

 3

 2

  1,155


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

$415,000

Status: Active
630 Linden Drive #1147, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

  240649

 N/A

 N/A

  1,480


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

$244,900

Status: Active
1652 Exchange Street #30, Okoboji, IA 51355

  240122

 2

 2

  1,052


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

Area Insights

"The Bridge"

"The Bridge" has been referred to by the Wharf Bridge, the Kentucky Fried Chicken Bridge, the bridge connecting East and West, among other names. In the good old days, this was actually a draw bridge converted to the current permanent structure. In the 90's when the 3 lane was installed, there was talk about removing the bridge and making some drastic changes. All in all, the base of the bridge remained, and the upper structure was improved. I remember as a kid jumping off the bridge, and fishing on and under the bridge. In fact, an unforgettable memory I have is when I was fishing with my cousin and I casted out trying to reach the opposite corner of the bridge with my lure. In mid air, a pigeon flew and the timing was so great that my line wrapped around the pigeon, and the pigeon went into the water. I reeled it up and had caught a pigeon. My cousin then decided to hold this pigeon inside the front of his coat. We went to show people at Okoboji Boats what we had caught. When we got there, he opened his jacket, and the pigeon had pooped all over his white shirt.

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Dry Dock

Dry Dock in Restaurants of the Iowa Great Lakes

The Dry Dock, connected to Four Season's Resort offers a simplified menu, but consistent delicious food. One of the few restaurants on West Lake Okoboji, the Dry Dock offers up legendary breakfasts, great lunches and dinners, and the local favorite Friday Night Fish Fry. Sit inside or out after arriving by foot, car, or boat.

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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Arrowood Resort

Arrowood Resort in Okoboji

Arrowood is a year-round conference center and hotel with over 100 guest rooms, whirlpool suites and a "Great Room" for hosting group events and hospitality suites. Formerly known as Village East, the resort offers an outdoor pool, deck, playground, volleyball and croquet courts and a heated indoor pool area. Hotel goers can also enjoy an on-site salon, Minervas Bar and Eatery and lit parking. Located on Brooks National Golf Course, Arrowwood Resort offers some of the finest lodging around. Years ago, Brooks Golf Course clubhouse was actually housed on the rear side of Arrowood, but since then, the course has been converted to 27 holes with a a new separate clubhouse. Also, the Racquet Club was a part of the facility, offering workout facilities, racquet ball, and tennis. However, with the addition of the YMCA, the racquet club was unsustainable and converted into retail.

Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in Okoboji

"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.

Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in West Lake Okoboji

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!

Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in Arnolds Park

South Shore Estates

South Shore Estates in Lower Gar Lake

South Shore Estates is the newest lakeshore development on Lower Gar. Here you have access to West Lake, East Lake, Minnewashta, and Upper Gar.

Real Estate and MLS Homes For Sale in Lower Gar Lake

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.

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Boulders Inn

Boulders Inn and Suites promises to make your Okoboji vacation comfortable and relaxing. This new hotel just south of Emerald Hills golf course between Milford and Arnolds Park offers 40 rooms with suites to meet your individual needs. One of the best things about Boulders Inn is that it is within walking distance of the Taco House. For some of you, I know that can be a big deal!

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Other Team Members

Leah Hilpipre Huse - Broker Associate, RENE, ABR, SRS 4
Leah Hilpipre Huse

Broker Associate, RENE, ABR, SRS

 712.832.0051

 leah@bojihomes.com

 B63745000

Licensed in Iowa.

Will Kretsinger - REALTOR 7
Will Kretsinger

REALTOR

 712.301.4040

 will@bojihomes.com

 S60894000

Licensed in Iowa.

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Reviews On Zillow

(225 reviews on Zillow)
225 Recent Sales on Zillow

Aaron and his team were great to work with and made the entire process seamless from start to finish. We were originally intending to sell the property on our own but Aaron found a buyer for us in the process and made the whole experience both easier and smoother than had we continued trying to sell entirely on our own. It was definitely worth having Aaron as part of the team for getting this done.

paulk02
11 Mar, 2024

Aaron was professional, and knowledgable! This is the second time we have worked with him and he guided us through the selling process because of his expertise in the area market. We were pleased with how quickly and smoothly everything went! Thank you Aaron!

dkbh115
11 Jan, 2024

Aaron was a pleasure to work with on the sale of our Okoboji cabin. We will 100% be working with him again in the future when we look for another vacation home in the area.

David Buck
08 May, 2024

Aaron is the local area expert of real estate! Aaron is exceptional to work with. He makes buying a house at Okoboji Fun! This is the 2nd property that Aaron has helped us buy and he makes it so easy! Would highly recommend Aaron Jones from Remax Realty !

lducommun
08 May, 2024

Aaron was right there every step of the way to guide us throw the process, and responsive to our endless questions. Purchasing this property from another state provided a different set of challenges for us as buyers. IE. Knowing the ins and outs of Iowa Real Estate, Area Utilities, and a remote final walk thru. Aaron was right there every step of the way. Thanks Aaron!

matthewlsmith4
21 Jun, 2024

Aaron and the office staff were great to work with. They were responsive and helpful throughout the entire process and always available for questions. I will certainly use Aaron for any buying or selling in the future.

rsimonson5
20 Feb, 2024

If you are looking for a professional realtor that truly knows the area I would highly recommend Aaron. We have had Aaron assist us with buying and selling a few times. He makes the process very simple and stress free. We will be using his services again.

zuser20170408191119615
22 Sep, 2023

Aaron was quick to help us get an offer in on a larger house for our growing family. Our offer was accepted that night and the next day Aaron sold our old house. He also went to our old house when we had heating concerns to check in our furnace. He was also helpful suggesting a carpenter for small updates. We would highly recommend Aaron!

trishamccunn
02 Mar, 2024

Aaron Jones is honestly the best realtor I know. He is caring, knowledgeable, professional, works hard for his clients and stands behind his word. We trusted him completely with the sale of our home and would do so again without hesitation. He literally made our retirement dreams come true. If anyone was looking to buy or sell their property, I would absolutely recommend Aaron Jones at Remax Okoboji.

robarue
10 Jan, 2024

I had an excellent experience working with Aaron! His professionalism, expertise, and dedication made the selling process simple. I highly recommend Aaron to anyone in need of a reliable and trustworthy real estate agent.

mkstockdale
17 Feb, 2024