Meet Dave Lilja

Dave Lilja

Dave Lilja

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As Broker and Owner of Think Minnesota Realty, Dave has his hands in nearly every deal. Dave prides himself on working with a select group of agents, with the same goal and values
Dave has worked over 525 deals at over $125 million in volume and over 7,500 acres of land. Some fun highlights of his deals are- Award Winning Homes on the North Shore all the way to the Cannon Valley, Nature Sanctuaries on Lake Superior, Bars, Gas Stations, Meat Markets, a Church, large remodel homes on Minnehaha Creek, 4 plex’s in Duluth and Castle Danger, large tracts of raw land, Farm, Condo’s on Lake Superior’s Park Point, and stunning tracts with custom buildings, cool zip line properties on rivers and even a cabin that 3 bears called home year-round (True story!). Dave’s clients range from everyday people having real estate goals to Professional Athletes, James Beard Award Winners, Military Members, Top Executive's at Fortune 500 Companies and Universities, plus many first-time home sellers and buyers.
Born in Seattle, a military brat, with multiple moves as a child, a degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota, Dave brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Various volunteering jobs, being the owner of businesses, high school coaching, and a thirst to learn while sharing his knowledge helps all our clients. Loves football, his kids and dogs.


The Military Relocation Professional Certification: For Real Estate Professionals who want to work with current and former military service members. The MRP certification program educates REALTORS®️ about working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.
Born on a USA military base, being a military brat, growing up on bases in various states, and surrounded by this lifestyle, this is the proudest of any Certification I have earned as a REALTOR®️.
E-Pro- Th e-PRO®️ certification program helps REALTORS®️ master the advanced digital marketing techniques of today. With the e-PRO®️ certification, REALTORS®️ increase their ability to reach customers, expand its capabilities, and build trust by safeguarding client information.

Trusted Ramsey Advisor:

A valued member of Dave Ramsey’s community of excellent Brokers and Agents. Those lucky enough to be part of this Advisory panel, we are picked through our track record of success (being a top 1% of your Local Market) and commitment to fantastic customer service. Being an Advisor isn't easy; it's hard work because we are held to high standards. They have earned Dave Ramsey’s recommendation by consistently providing excellent customer service. Dave Ramsey is hosts a radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show, and heard on more than 500 radio stations throughout the United States and Canada. He has written numerous books including five New York Times bestsellers. His books and broadcasts advocate a fiscally disciplined approach to personal and household finances, including the strict management of debt.

Recent Volunteer work:

Lake Superior Area of Realtors®️ MLS- Board of Directors,
DEI Committee member
Youth Football Coach- Tackle & Flag
The day starts at 5 am, and we hustle. Let us hustle for you!
Think Minnesota Realty strives to be educationally based, business professional & technologically smart. Blending technology, human interaction & hustle.

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