Amy Ranae Dills

Owner | Broker | Realtor®
612-481-2520

amy@brickandbanister.com

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Amy Ranae Dills

Owner | Broker | Realtor®
612-481-2520

amy@brickandbanister.com

Facebook | Zillow | Instagram
Brick & Banister Home

When I bought my first house back in 2010, I had a TERRIBLE experience. Not only was I on a tight budget, I was super pregnant with my first child, and had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. I burned through several real estate agents VERY quickly who decided I (and my tiny budget) wasn’t worth their time, and when I finally found someone who showed me some options I could live with, I was on such a tight timeline that I felt pressured to just pick the house that ‘sucked the least.’

Fast forward. Living in that house and fixing it up as I had time and resources really gave me a sense of pride in ownership. Despite having a very small income and being a new mommy, I found time to paint and update the house room by room. By the time I sold it three years later, I was hooked on projects and couldn’t wait to find my next fixer upper. I started shopping online and calling agents to let me in to see the houses I was interested in, but I kept running into the same things: “no you don’t want to buy this house, it’s too much work, it’s not right for you, etc.” This drove me NUTS! After one particularly terrible showing, I went home and signed up for real estate classes!

After my first day in class I knew I had found my calling. I loved every moment and couldn’t wait to get out there and start seeing houses. I had initially only intended to get licensed to find a fixer upper for myself, but discovered shortly after that many other buyers had similar experiences to me with other agents and that I could help a lot of first timers navigate the process without pressure or stress. This became my niche for the first year and I was very lucky and excited to have helped 19 people buy and sell in my first six months in business.

I took the leap and quit my job to pursue real estate full time and in my second and third years I helped lots of people (over 30 each year!) buy and sell houses and have fun while doing it! During this time, lots of friends reached out to me expressing an interest in getting started with real estate. Some of them got licensed, but I noticed most didn’t gain much traction in the business like I had. I wanted to help, but wasn’t really in a position to until now.

So here we are today, I decided to launch Brick & Banister Real Estate Co. so I can continue to help buyers and sellers, but also help real estate agents learn how to be successful in this business. I think that old school sales tactics and high pressure selling are not the way to go about things. I prefer to get to know my clients so I can help them find a place that feels like ‘the one’ instead of selling them on something so I can be done. I will work with anyone, regardless of budget or other challenges, and help you find a place that is right for you in this time of your life. 

Amy’s listings

Amy’s listings

3436 Willow Avenue, White Bear Lake MN, 55110

3436 Willow Avenue, White Bear Lake MN, 55110

1207 Silverwood Road, Woodbuy MN, 55125

1207 Silverwood Road, Woodbuy MN, 55125

1307 72nd Ave N, Brooklyn Center MN 55430

1307 72nd Ave N, Brooklyn Center MN 55430

3540 Thomas Ave. N, Minneapolis MN 55412

3540 Thomas Ave. N, Minneapolis MN 55412

2935 Walter Street, Maplewood MN, 55109

2935 Walter Street, Maplewood MN, 55109

2932 Labore Road, Little Canada MN, 55109

2932 Labore Road, Little Canada MN, 55109

728 Butler Drive, Bell Plaine, MN, 56011

728 Butler Drive, Bell Plaine, MN, 56011

13563 182nd Ave NW, Elk River, 55330

13563 182nd Ave NW, Elk River, 55330

5000 Bernard Avenue N, Crystal, 55429

5000 Bernard Avenue N, Crystal, 55429

1026 Fremont Street, Anoka, 55303

1026 Fremont Street, Anoka, 55303

2257 Priscilla Street, St. Paul 55108

2257 Priscilla Street, St. Paul 55108

6643 Ives Lane N, Maple Grove 55369

6643 Ives Lane N, Maple Grove 55369

291 N Owasso Boulevard, Shoreview 55126

291 N Owasso Boulevard, Shoreview 55126

«For RENT!» 2202 Tamarin Trl, Golden Valley 55427

«For RENT!» 2202 Tamarin Trl, Golden Valley 55427

433 S 7th Street #2322 Minneapolis, 55415

433 S 7th Street #2322 Minneapolis, 55415

3512 43rd Avenue S. Minneapolis 55406

3512 43rd Avenue S. Minneapolis 55406

8343 Norwood Lane, Maple Grove 55369

8343 Norwood Lane, Maple Grove 55369

4145 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis 55407

4145 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis 55407

1834 Cleveland St. NE, Minneapolis 55418

1834 Cleveland St. NE, Minneapolis 55418

433 S 7th St. APT 2315 Minneapolis 55415

433 S 7th St. APT 2315 Minneapolis 55415

5042 Yuma Lane N, Plymouth 55446

5042 Yuma Lane N, Plymouth 55446

6908 110th Ave N, Champlin 55316

6908 110th Ave N, Champlin 55316

408 Parkers Lake Road APT 302, Wayzata 55391

408 Parkers Lake Road APT 302, Wayzata 55391

6960 Kirkwood Lane N, Maple Grove 55369

6960 Kirkwood Lane N, Maple Grove 55369

2830 Noel Dr, Little Canada 55117

2830 Noel Dr, Little Canada 55117

12928 Nicollet Avenue #102, Burnsville MN 55337

12928 Nicollet Avenue #102, Burnsville MN 55337

14813 White Oak Drive, Burnsville MN 55337

14813 White Oak Drive, Burnsville MN 55337

11031 105th Avenue N, Maple Grove MN 55369

11031 105th Avenue N, Maple Grove MN 55369

Amy’s latest articles

Master Bathroom Reno

If you’ve ever done a project on a house that you are currently living in, you are well aware that things always take longer than you thought they would. My latest bathroom project is no different. In February of 2018 (almost two years ago now!) I wrote a blog post...

How to Fund Your Project House

I get a TON of questions about where the money comes from on my projects. I’m happy to be super transparent about how it all works, where the money comes from, and how much different things cost, because that’s how we all learn!  First off, I just want to be clear...

DIY Entryway Shoe Shelf

This quick little project has been a long time in the works. If you’ve got kiddos, you know that shoes and coats and hats and mittens and backpacks and all kinds of outside junk pile up pretty quickly. In new construction, we have been seeing the trend of larger...

Amy’s Retro Townhouse Rehab Project

PHEW! It was a crazy January! I’m just now feeling the literal dust settle after that whirlwind of a project. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you know what I’m talking about...if you don’t, then you’re probably like, huh?! (Why aren’t you following us?!)...

Half a Bathroom Reno

Sometimes the reason for starting a project isn’t really that good of a reason. But in my opinion, the reason isn’t the most important part. The doing is the important thing. When I look around and listen to the internet chatter, I hear a lot of talking about doing...

Buying

Sadly many first time homebuyers have a less-than-stellar experience, so we put together this guide to help you understand all of the moving parts.

Selling

Selling your house can be one of the most stressful things, but it doesn’t have to be. Luckily, we’ve got this thing figured out! When you know what to expect, it is easier to make plans.

Projects

Follow along with our total house renovations
and tiny DIY projects to learn how to improve
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our house on any budget. Need help?
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