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


Status: Pending
2720 Breezy Heights Drive, Wahpeton, IA 51351







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86 HWY 9, Spirit Lake, IA 51360







Status: Active
12575 253rd Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360





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Status: Pending
34 Clover Lane, Milford, IA 51351







Status: Active
1510 Okoboji Avenue, Milford, IA 51351





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Area Insights

Cheap vs high end quality. A buyer's perspective.

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Here's the scenario. You are building a house or remodeling your house. Material costs are up. Labor costs are up. You ask yourself, where can I save a buck? Before answering this question, you must be careful, especially if your home is located in an area where other quality homes are built, whether on the lake, off the lake, or in higher valued developments such as golf course developments, etc. Growing up in construction and with a plethora of new construction and remodels under my belt, let me share with you some of the easy things that your future buyers will recognize when they are looking for quality.
1. One of the first things buyers of higher end homes will look for is to determine if the owner used hollow core doors. It's an immediate sign that the seller was looking for ways to save money (where else then did they cut back that I can't see???)
2. The second most obvious is the counter tops. Did the sellers spend for a quality granite, quartz, or other hard surface, or was formica used?
3. The third item that might stick out is the cabinetry. Do the drawers have dovetail construction with hardwoods? Did they use "soft close" drawers? Are there pull outs for the pots and pans?
4. Flooring is an easy one also. Was laminate used, or is it engineered or hardwoods? Does the carpet convey a quality feel and plushness? Is there a nice thick pad underneath the carpet?
5. Though there are many other items to look at, cheap vs quality lighting and plumbing fixtures are probably the next major focus.

There is nothing wrong with with using lower cost materials, especially when trying to keep a project within budget, especially when trying to build more house for less money. Just be aware that most buyers looking to spend in excess of $300k for off lake homes and $500+ for East Lake chain homes, and $1M+ for West and Big Spirit will expect the very best materials and finishes.

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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 Coffee Shop

This quaint coffee shop in downtown Milford, IA is the talk of the town. You must stop in for a hot or cold drink and enjoy the atmosphere of this eclectic cafe. Locals and visitors alike enjoy meeting at this town favorite.

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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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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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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.

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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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Terrace Park

Terrace Park is located in Brown's Bay on West Lake, Okoboji. It is one of the largest public beaches on West Lake and has entertained beach goers for many years. Next to Terrace Park is Boys Town out of Omaha, Nebraska. I remember as a kid spending entire days at terrace park, either riding bicycle or taking a moped (yes a moped) down to meet with friends and playing king on the dock. In 2010, the morning after "the storm", Terrace Park was carnage. Boat were stacked on top of each other. Trees were uprooted, and hoists were tossed around. Boats and other water craft were found in Terrace Park that belonged to owners on the North end of West Lake.

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Dixon Family Chiropractic

Dixon Family Chiropractic in Spirit Lake

Dixon Family Chiropractic is a clinic located on Hwy 9, east of Walmart, next to Pizza Ranch and has convenient hours.....open 6 days a week at 7:30 am, evenings and Saturdays. Formerly in the convenient health care building south of the 4 way stop in Spirit Lake, Wade and Adalee offer a friendly staff and professional services.

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"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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Aaron Jones did an outstanding job with the sale of our lake home and the purchase of a much larger home in the same neighborhood. The market in our area was challenging and Aaron was extremely effective in finding qualified buyers for our home and assisting in negotiations in both the sale of our home and the purchase of our new home. He was extremely patient and reassuring when we encountered challenges along the way. Aaron is a very personable, professional and knowlegable real estate professional and we recommend him without reservation. If we were to list our new home, it would be with Aaron!

Harold and Joyce

28 Dec, 2013 12:15 AM CST

Aaron was very responsive and the whole transaction went very smoothly which is why he is handling the sale of our condominium. Our home is 2 hours from lake cottage that we purchased and we were able to conduct most all of our business without having to leave home

Steve and Beth

28 Dec, 2013 12:15 AM CST

Aaron knew what we were looking for and would call when he had a property we might be interested in and was always available when we were able to view the property. He is professional in appearance and mannerisms and treated us fairly

Dean and Thelma

28 Dec, 2013 12:16 AM CST

We began looking at homes before we knew for sure we would be able to move to the area. Aaron was happy to show us homes and was patient with us throughout our decision to move. When we were finally ready to move, we house hunted more aggressively. Aaron gave us honest feedback on the houses we looked at. The final negotiation and purchase process went smoothly and we were able to get a house we absolutely love. We are so happy with the purchase of our new home and are thankful of Aaron's help with the purchase

Ryan and Deena

28 Dec, 2013 12:16 AM CST

I really enjoyed working with Aaron Jones in purchasing our condo at Okoboji. Aaron has lived in this area for years so he is very knowledgeable. I called and text him several times and he always responded very quickly. I could count on him to show me a property as soon as possible. The closing went very smoothly and Aaron had all the paper work complete when we arrived. I would highly recommend Aaron and know that we will use him again if we decided to sell or buy any property


28 Dec, 2013 12:16 AM CST

My husband and I were looking to purchase a home in the Okoboji area. After contacting Aaron through his website, we traveled 200+ miles to see the homes Aaron had set up for us. We found Aaron to be very personable and professional. He had excellent knowledge of the area and was very helpful in choosing homes that would meet our needs. He kept in constant communication with us by emailing us new listings that he thought we might be interested in. The second time we came to the area, we found the house for us. Aaron made sure the closing went smoothly. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Aaron for anyone wishing to purchase a home in the Okoboji area

Steve and Vickie

28 Dec, 2013 12:19 AM CST

Aaron Jones has a wonderful website which helped us look at many properties online and gain some perspective on the Okoboji market. When we contacted Aaron to help us find a small second home on West Okoboji, he responded to us immediately. He kept looking for appropriate properties for us, and we were able to put an offer on a property a few weeks later. Aaron took extra time to help us from the initial offer through the final closing. We appreciate his hard work and dedication

Al and Cindy

28 Dec, 2013 12:19 AM CST

Aaron Jones helped my husband and I find exactly the home we were looking for on Lake Okoboji. Aaron has a lot of experience in the lakes area and is especially knowledgeable about lake front properties. Aaron is very prompt and up-to-date on current listings; he was able to show us the home we purchased on the day it was listed and negotiated our purchase price the very next day. I would highly recommend Aaron when purchasing a new home!

Joel and Greta

28 Dec, 2013 12:19 AM CST

Reviews On Zillow

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194 Recent Sales on Zillow

Aaron was fantastic to work with. He did an amazing job marketing our property in a prompt, efficient and professional manner. We were pleased with the results including multiple offers in a very short ...


11 Jun, 2022

Aaron Jones and the REMAX Lakes Realty team were amazing and I would highly recommend them to anyone trying to buy or sell their home. Aaron was very professional and straightforward. He made the process ...

logan cass davids

07 Jun, 2022

Aaron was fantastic to work with. Quick to respond to questions. Very knowledgeable about the Okoboji area. We were looking to buy an investment property and he was able to find us exactly what we were ...


27 Apr, 2022

I met Aaron several years back at the development where my property is located. I was working on site having difficulty unloading a truck in bad weather. Aaron was driving by and pulled over and assisted ...


12 Apr, 2022

Aaron has helped us buy and sell a home and both experiences went very smoothly. We appreciate Aaron's work and would recommend him to others looking to buy or sell property in Okobiji.


09 Apr, 2022

Aaron knows his stuff!! We've had great experiences all 8+ times we've worked with him with our purchases. He know the area, the market and does a great job helping us. He is always available and prompt ...


07 Mar, 2022

Aaron and his team knocked it out of the park with our last home purchase. Aaron is very responsive and professional. This was our second time working with him and we would highly recommend him to ...

carl horne5

21 Feb, 2022

I purchased a home in MIlford, sight unseen, to be closer to my son and his family. Aaron went out of his way to answer all of my many questions. He listened to what was important to me and got me through ...


09 Jan, 2022

Aaron and his team at Remax were exceptional! They were very easy to work with. They were very prompt to submit offers on our behalf. Communication during the offer/counteroffer process was prompt as ...


07 Jan, 2022

Aaron was a huge help. We live 330 miles from the property we purchased and Aaron took care of things I did not even think about. He and his team did great by us and I would highly recommend them.He was ...


29 Dec, 2021