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Name: Burton, Thomas

Company: Burton Real Estate Advisors

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Street Address:
19975 Cottagewood Avenue
Excelsior, MN, 55331

Primary Phone: (612) 904-2323

Secondary/Cell Phone: (612) 386-9037

Fax: (612) 204-0912

Specialty: Industrial, Office, Land, Investment

Area: Twin Cities

Tom is the founder and owner of Burton Real Estate Advisors, Inc., a commercial real estate consulting firm specializing in tenant and buyer representation. Prior to founding the company in 1990, Tom worked for Trizec Properties, Opus Corporation, and Keewaydin Development.
Tom’s firm represents the office, industrial, and retail arenas, with a primary focus on office. The company’s geographical specialty is the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Tom was President of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Minnesota Chapter in 2017. Tom is the past President of Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors. In 2014 Tom was awarded the Robert P. Boblett in recognition and appreciation of his dedication, distinguished service, and long time standing commitment to the ideals and standards of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and for his unselfish efforts to inspire others to reach their greatest potential in the real estate profession.

An avid sailor, Tom has served as the Commodore of the Minnetonka Yacht Club and E fleet representative and director of the Inland Lake Yachting Association. Tom also served as Commodore (president) of the National Class E Scow Association, an organization for which he served as an officer for 8 years. Tom is a trustee of the Lindley Trust. Tom is active member of Rotary Club of Minneapolis and is currently active on the World Community Service Committee. Tom also serves on Rotary Club of Minneapolis Foundation. He has served on the Rotary Board of Directors. Prior to earning his MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 1986, Tom received his BA in Economics and Comparative Cultures at the University of California, Irvine in 1979.

Tom lives in Deephaven on Lake Minnetonka with his wife, Georgia. They have two adult children. 

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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.
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  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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