Real Estate and Providing Real Property Solutions.

established 1991

Serving the Minneapolis, Saint Paul Metro Area and the Upper Midwest.

For over 30 years Lake State has been a leading provider of real property appraisal, valuation, consultancy, and brokerage services to our clients throughout Minnesota and the upper midwest. Government agencies, attorneys, engineering firms, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals rely on our expertise to provide objective clarity to complex real estate projects.

Why We’re Different

  • Expert Experience

    Our experience with real property spans far and wide. We have decades of expert experience in valuation and professional liability. We routinely perform expert witness testimony and are regularly court-appointed for neutral valuations.

  • Legal & Government Specialization

    We specialize in assisting legal counsel and government entities with their unique and complex real property issues. A large number of our clients are either government entities or law firms.

  • Real Estate Brokerage

    We are a family-owned and operated brokerage that provides all your real estate services under one roof. We have a proven track record of successfully completed transactions across Minnesota, and we regularly provide both residential and complex commercial brokerage services to a diverse client base.

Lake State Realty Reviews

Edwin Taylor

January 24, 2021

Alex Schwartz conducted an excellent sales campaign to sell my highly specialized, small office building during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. He was patient, resourceful, and very supportive during the year it took to sell the property. I would recommend Alex’s real estate brokerage services to those who are looking for a competent real estate agent in the White Bear Lake area.

Featured Clients

  • Coldwell Banker Realty
  • Anoka County
  • City Of Saint Paul
  • Carver County
  • McDonalds
  • State Farm
  • Hennepin County
  • Minneapolis Park And Recreation Board
  • US Army Corp Of Engineers
  • Department Of The Treasury
  • City Of Minneapolis
  • Bureau Of Indian Affairs
  • Met Transit
  • US Department Of Homeland Security
  • FDIC
  • Washington County
  • WSB Final
  • HUD Logo
  • GSA
  • US Fish And Wildlife
  • MAC
  • MnDOT
  • Zurich Insurance
  • US Marshall Service
  • NPS
  • SRF
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Met Council Logo
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • United States Department Of The Interior
  • Minnesota Department Of Revenue

    Julie Jeffrey Schwartz


    Julie has almost 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, over 35 of those years as an appraiser serving public- and private-sector clients. Since 1991 she has been president and owner of Lake State Realty Services, Inc. and has been the project manager for multi-parcel projects for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, the General Services Administration, and other federal, state, and local units of government. These projects include right-of-way easements, other easements, rental analysis, corridor planning services, and expansion services. Julie has extensive expert witness testimony background, offering testimony for arbitrations, mediations, depositions, Commissioner’s Hearings, District Court, Federal Court, and Congress. Julie has wide geographic competency spanning the upper midwest. She is licensed in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.


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