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Name: Hicks, JoAnna

Company: Element, Inc

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Street Address:
117 Washington Ave N, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN, 55401

Primary Phone: (612) 436-8201

Secondary/Cell Phone: (612) 201-7598

Specialty: Office, Land, Retail, Tenant Rep

Area: Twin Cities

Co-founder and principal of Element, JoAnna Hicks has spent the past fifteen years successfully leading $150M of complex real estate developments that include LEED-Gold office buildings, retail, apartments, mixed-use buildings and even an indoor public market.   In her most recent position as Senior Managing Director at Ackerberg, JoAnna led teams through every phase of the projects from site selection and acquisition, through municipal use permits and approvals, design, construction, leasing, and transition to property management.   For both private and non-profit owners, her creative sourcing of financing options generated millions of dollars in equity through secondary loans, grants, TIF, rehabilitation tax credits, new markets tax credits, and low income housing tax credits.   JoAnna was instrumental in the development of several award-winning projects including:

  • MoZaic, a 75,000 mixed-use building, parking ramp and art park in Minneapolis
  • Midtown Global Market, a 75,000 SF indoor public market in Minneapolis
  • Two MarketPointe, a 200,000 SF LEED-Gold Office building in Bloomington
  • 1001 Plymouth, a 25,000 SF office reposition for Hennepin County in Minneapolis


JoAnna has also led development projects at Ryan Companies, United Properties as well as the Neighborhood Development Center.  JoAnna received a Master of Science in Planning from The University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies & History from Macalester College.


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  1. Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.
  2. An expert guide. Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  3. Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don’t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you’d thought.
  4. Expanded search power. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.
  5. Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.
  6. Up-to-date experience. Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
  7. Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.

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