When the Minnesota Inventors Congress expanded its operation out to the Redwood Falls airport, its previous landlords decided to do some expanding of their own.
“Ever since we bought this building four years ago, we thought if the MIC ever moved out, we’d like to make use of the whole space,” said Nan Kaufenberg, one of the owners of Scenic City Realty.
“So in a sense, you could say this project was in the works for four years,” said broker and realtor Mike Kaufenberg.
Realtor Geri Theis said, “There’s enough business in town that there was room for expansion, and we can make use of the whole building. We did the renovation because we have a lot of belief in this town.”
Scenic City Realty renovated the entire front of the building, and remodeled the inside to create a meeting room for clients, and to give each realtor his or her own office.
Part of the expanded service is also keeping a realtor on call 24 hours a day.
“Our goal was to have someone in the office during all the business hours, but sometimes we have to leave to show a house,” said Theis. “But now we at least have someone always available to answer phones.”
In addition, clients wanting information at any hour of the day or night can use the 24-hour information lobby kept unlocked in the front of the building.
In addition to the three realtors based full time in Redwood Falls, Scenic City Realty includes Mitch Heiling, who works out of his home in another part of the county.
Scenic City Realty also added a fifth realtor last month: Melanie Harris.
In the previous space, Nan turned several hallways into a small art gallery. The gallery is gone, but Nan said she is still in the market for art by local artists to hang on the walls.