Our team is proud to have ten real estate agents who all excel in the real estate market. However, one of our agents, AJ Pettersen, goes above and beyond when buying and selling homes for clients. He was one of the agents in our brokerage that won the ICON award this year, which celebrates agents have exceptional sales volume and representation of the brokerage’s core values. 


About AJ


Before we get into the details of the award, why don’t we talk a little bit about AJ and how our team got to where it is? AJ grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where he was a star baseball player at Minnetonka High School. After high school, he got a scholarship to continue playing baseball at the University of Minnesota and got a degree in economics when he graduated in 2011. Post-college, AJ continued his baseball career playing for the Minnesota Twins organization for almost four more years. After hanging up his cleats and racking his bat one last time, AJ was ready to move back to the Twin Cities. He and his wife, Emily, bought a home in St. Louis Park, and AJ began working in real estate full time. AJ’s first transaction happened in 2014, and since then, he’s been running with the wind! 


AJ was originally with the Engel & Völkers brokerage when he brought on our first team member in 2017, Taylor Kielty. Relatively new to the real estate world, AJ and Taylor began hunting down deals all over the Twin Cities. Before long, they brought on a few more agents and a transaction coordinator to assist with the buying and selling processes. Fast forward to 2019, AJ and his team joined eXp Realty, where the team has been steadily growing ever since. Now The Advisory Realty Group has ten agents, a transaction coordinator, a marketing manager, and two full-time interns. 


About The Brokerage


Exp Realty is the largest real estate brokerage by geography in North America. They currently have over 30,000 agents and are the fastest-growing brokerage in the country. In 2018 eXp agents did 74,678 transactions, and in 2019 they did 135,320 transactions; an 81% growth. Our team is excited to be apart of this rapidly growing brokerage and to take advantage of the many resources they provide their agents with.


About the Award


Each year eXp Realty selects agents from all over the country that achieve exceptional sales volume while demonstrating their core values as a business. This year, AJ was one of the winners for the state of Minnesota! So far in 2020, our team has done over $50,000,000 in volume, which exceeds our $49,000,000 for all of 2019, and $38,000,000 for 2018. One of the values that eXp Realty emphasizes is “community.” This means that their ICON agents must give back to the agent population with the philosophy that “rising tides lift all boats.” AJ has been a perfect example of helping the eXp agent population, teaching and leading others to success along the way. If you remember from above, our volume numbers have been steadily growing for the past three years, and AJ’s leadership and willingness to help everyone on our team is a big part of that.



Our team is incredibly proud of AJ for receiving this award. It came with a lot of hard work and determination, and it’s great to see one of our agents have so much success. Our team works very hard to be a well-known name within the real estate world of the Twin Cities, and AJ does an exceptional job of exemplifying what our team and eXp Realty stands for. Cheers!