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United Country Real Estate | Banning Junction Real Estate Celebrates 35 Years in Business


A local real estate company is celebrating 35 years in business this year. Brother-sister duo Natalie Cowart and Tom Jensen are second generation brokers/owners of UCRE | Banning Junction Real Estate, which was previously owned and operated by their parents, Verne and Cathie Jensen, since 1984.

Cowart and Jensen took over their parent’s business in 1998. They currently own and operate two offices in Finlayson and Moose Lake, Minn. Both are veteran real estate professionals with more than 20 years of experience.

“When I decided to join the family business, we decided to expand into the Moose Lake area. I think it was to get me out of the office,” Jensen joked. “It was slow going, but that office does more volume than any other office in that town. Then Natalie joined the team. We decided to buy the business from my parents and we never looked back.”

Since they took over, their office has been ranked in the top 10 percent of offices within United Country’s network of more than 450 offices year after year including two years in the number 10 spot and being the number nine office in the nation in 2016. Their agents have earned numerous pinnacle awards for their sales achievements throughout the years and, most recently, they won the prestigious Roscoe Chamberlain Award at United Country’s Annual Training and Awards Convention held in March. The award goes to the broker/owners who are fully engaged in the United Country system and challenges and inspires other office owners in the network.

“We have all worked very hard to stay continuously successful throughout the years,” said Jensen. “We hire some great agents and have the best office manager (Kelly Frisch). I think we treat our agents how we would want to be treated. We all work seven days a week, sometimes when we don’t want to. But we all love what we do.”

UCRE | Banning Junction Real Estate currently has five full time real estate agents working on the team in addition to Cowart, Jensen and their office manager, Kelly. They specialize in waterfront properties, hunting and recreational land, retirement properties, vacation homes and residential sales. After 35 years, Jensen said there is no slowing down in sight.

“Our future looks strong. We have an awesome team. We are always adapting to a changing market and always embrace the changes from our home office in Kansas City and look forward to many more successful years,” he said.

The UCRE | Banning Junction Real Estate team can be reached by phone at 320-245-2502.


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