Broker & Auctioneer
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Matt and his wife Sarah, son Noah, daughter Evelyn & son Leo live in Courtland. Matt is active in several different organizations and clubs throughout the New Ulm area. He’s also the auctioneer of choice at many benefit auctions that he does each year. He is a drummer in the “Mages Family Band”, playing at area churches and benefits. Matt has a farming background, having grown up on the farm and has good knowledge of farms and machinery. Other skills include carpentry and home renovations, computer graphics and business organization.
If you want consistent and persistent, dedicated and motivated, and someone who knows his business, Matt Mages is your man. Matt works very hard to be sure he is properly pricing your home, farm, tractor, or whatever you’re selling. He’s frank and honest about what it will take for you to receive top dollar. Matt will walk you through little things you can do to improve your property for the very best price. He has a professional business sense about him yet you’ll find his confidence and demeanor very relaxing. MATT GETS RESULTS, period.
Founder & Auctioneer
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Larry is one of only a handful of premier real estate salespeople in Minnesota that have consistently sold many millions of dollars worth of real estate year after year. Having sold hundreds of homes, farms, hobby farms, livestock enterprises, hunting parcels, apartment houses, retail and service businesses, commercial properties, and residential and commercial lots throughout Minnesota. He also has sold many millions of dollars worth of private property at auction, including farm machinery & livestock equipment, construction equipment, antiques of every kind, recreation vehicles, business inventories, time shares, really pretty much anything you can imagine, he’s sold it. Larry has fine tuned and perfected his knowledge of the real estate and auction businesses and has extensively passed that knowledge on to each Mages Land Company and Auction Service agent and auctioneer. He has extensive experience selling by both the private sale method and the auction method. As an example of what Larry has done, he was recently commissioned to sell four separate properties that were on the market for many years by other real estate companies. Mages listed them, worked with the sellers as to what needed to be done and sold them. People from throughout the United States call on Mages Land Company and Auction Service to sell their property because they know what it takes to get the job done.
Larry and his wife Maggie have lived on the same farm since 1971. He’s been a community leader for most of his life, a member of many area organizations and has been an officer in most of them. He is also active in his church, taking a role at services, a board member several times and a musician and song leader for decades. He also does extensive volunteer work, doing about 15 benefit auctions per year and another 15 or so benefit music engagements. He’s been in the business world his entire life. He farmed for 26 years before renting out their land when he just became too busy with real estate and auctions. Larry and his wife Maggie also built up a swine breeding stock business that became nationally known, selling boars and gilts nation wide to farmers and other breeding stock herds and universities. When a hog disease devastated that business in 1989, Larry went and got his Real Estate and Auctioneer licenses. You would have to look a longtime to find someone with the knowledge, motivation, and expertise that Larry brings to the Real Estate and Auction world.
Realtor & Auctioneer
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I and my wife, Deb have been married for 35 years, have two grown children and now 2 grandchildren all living in the area. Being a grandparent is a wonderful feeling!
I have farmed for over 40 years now with my cousin Leon and my son Andrew.
I have been an Auctioneer and Realtor with Mages Land Co & Auction Service for 22 years now. I am also involved with the Lafayette Area Lions Club as well as the New Ulm Farm City Hub Club.
I believe in giving 110% to all my clients, being honest and straight forward. I look forward to working with you and making your next business transaction a pleasant one!
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Deb Fischer will go to work for you! Deb is a knowledgeable realtor representing buyers and sellers. She brings to the profession numerous years experience in many sales and marketing fields. She can guide you through the steps for a successful purchase or sale doing business in an ethical, confidential, and professional manner. She will guide you & handle the details needed for her clients.
Deb actively volunteers in the community singing in the church choir, plays bass guitar and sings in country western band- The Black Diamonds, co-chairs Food for Kidz packing events, & on CCW festival committee. She has also collaborated on other boards/committees: Bridging Brown County, NRCS Earth Team Volunteer, the 9/11 Commemoration, & Am Dairy Assn including Brown Co Dairy Princess Coordinator.
Deb and her husband, Larry, and son operate a large beef farm and grow corn and soybeans. Give Deb a call today to schedule a free professional seller/ buyers consultation or a free market analysis on your home, business or rural property.
Realtor & Home Inspector
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Ed Mages is an expert, specializing in land management, home inspections, building, and sales. Ed has been in construction for over 25 years and has been a building contractor for 17 years. He can help you find what you are looking for. Ed is focused on the quality of land, home construction and outbuilding structures. You can depend on Ed to point out features that can help you understand the worth of the property you are looking at for rental or purchase.
Ed grew up on a farm northwest of Lafayette and now resides in Courtland with his wife and three children. Ed is a volunteer and supports many charitable organizations including; the local Lions Club, NUACS, the local pop-warner football association, and has been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for over 16 years.
Read More About Lynn
Real Estate agent Lynn Lodes is our newest agent to Mages Land Co. Joining us in 2019. That doesn’t mean though, that she is new to Real Estate. Lynn and her husband have been investing and renovating real estate for many years. Lynn loves real estate and thoroughly enjoys finding properties for buyers and finding buyers for sellers.
Lynn has also been an insurance agent for Farm Bureau Financial Services in Lake Crystal, MN for 19 years. She enjoys working with farms and understands what all happens in their worlds. Lynn and her husband Ron own a farm south of New Ulm where they have beef cows and grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa.
In Lynn’s spare time she enjoys going to rodeos, traveling, reading, playing games and spending time with her kids, grandkids and friends.
Give Lynn a call if you are looking to purchase any type of real estate or you are looking to sell.
Read More About Joe
Joe Wersal has been in and around the auction business his entire life and became an auctioneer in 1984. In 1995 Joe purchased half interest in the famous Sleepy Eye Auction Market and has a thriving business there every Wednesday. Joe is an excellent auctioneer and is regarded by his peers as one of the premier ringmen in the state of Minnesota. Joe has a nose for finding treasures in seemingly ordinary boxes of personal property. He’s one of the best in the business at knowing values whether it’s an antique, a piece of machinery, or a full herd of cattle.
Joe lives on his farm just outside of Winthrop. He is involved in his church and area organizations, such as the Winthrop Lion’s Club. Joe is very laid back, easy to get to know and to be relaxed around. Give Joe Wersal a call and get to know a great auctioneer professional.
Auctioneer, MSAA Hall of Fame
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The following is the letter of nomination Larry Mages sent to the Minnesota State Auctioneer’s Association when John was selected into the MSAA Hall of Fame. You can see John has wonderful credentials.
When I was a boy, I went with my Dad to lots of auctions. Many things on our farm were bought at auctions, from farm machinery to livestock. After you go to enough auctions, you begin to know the auctioneers. I remember John Goelz auctioneering at the Walnut Grove auction barn and the Belle Plaine auction barn. The year was 1962. When I really got to know John was when he joined Myron Nelson in about 1968. Nelson and Goelz literally had nearly every auction for many years in our area. It seemed if you were going to an auction, they were the auctioneers. I asked John about 5 years ago how many auctions he thought he has done in his life. At that time he figured with the auction barns and him and Nelson, and then when I joined him when Myron Nelson retired in 1994, he had done approximately 3000-3500 auctions in his life. Well, I can tell you John is still going strong. We celebrated his 40th year in the auction business last year. He’s still a very strong auctioneer and is certainly one of the best at working his crowd into a frenzy of quick bidding and getting people to pay more for an item than they were planning on. I consider John as one of the premier auctioneers of Minnesota and the nation for that matter. There are only a handful of auctioneers in the state, now or ever with the experience and auctions under their belt that John Goelz has. If you work with John you better be willing to donate your time to benefit auctions. John does about 15 benefit auctions per year for churches, schools, county fair 4-H auctions and anybody with a cause. Not only is John an excellent auctioneer, but he’s also a wonderful caring person. Sometimes I just gotta shake my head and smile. Here is a man that will wear an everyday coat until there are holes in both sleeves and couple more somewhere else to boot, but when there is someone in need, I’ve seen John give huge dollars to help them out. John and his wife Alice have an especially huge heart for anyone that has a special needs child, and are always ready to help. Their daughter Louise is mentally handicapped and can be a real hand full, but I’ve never once ever heard John or Alice complain about the cross they bear. As a matter of fact, they feel they are blessed to have such a beautiful child. They have also had the heartbreak of losing a child at the age of 12 of a heart problem. And of course they’re very proud of their son Larry, who is a veterinarian and part owner of the Pipestone Vet Clinic. John and Alice have farmed their whole lives. They also have a Limosine cattle operation, as well as hogs and sheep. The Goelz’s have sold breeding stock for decades from all three of their livestock operations. I’ve watched John at many livestock auctions and 4-H auctions, and I don’t know of anyone that knows livestock and pedigrees better. I am proud to nominate a very qualified and deserving John Goelz for The Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Hall Of Fame.
Read More About Ryan
I have enjoyed being an auctioneer with Mages Land Company & Auction Service, for the last nine years. Ryan has a A.A.S in Farm Business Management. Working directly with families and farmers in the area is my passion. I have been a part of listing a variety of auctions in the area, from farm machinery to antiques and classic cars.
I have also worked full-time as a Correctional Officer for Brown County for the past 20 years. I’ve been a volunteer on the Winthrop Fire Department for over 27 yrs, Winthrop Ambulance, seed dealer and also farm. I am also on the Sibley Co Fair board and the Bavarian Blast board.
I live in Winthrop with my wife and daughter. We enjoy camping, vacationing together. I also enjoy hunting, the outdoors, and watching sports.
If you need help with an auction, whether it be personal property, a farm or farmland, we have the resources to provide you the best outcome. Give me a call and we can talk through any questions you may have.
Read More About Jill
Jill remembers very well Matt walking in and asking her if she’d be interested in working in his office. Obviously, that didn’t take long to answer. Working with the Mages family has just been awesome according to Jill! There has definitely been a positive learning curve working with real estate and planning auctions. Jill said she truly found out it takes many steps in order to have a successful sale run smoothly. We call auction days “fun day!” It really is enjoyable visiting with our dedicated followers and we appreciate the smiles. We also look forward to seeing new faces. We do our best to accommodate and serve our customers.
In her spare time Jill enjoys going to Wisconsin to visit her grandchildren, sewing, yardwork and flowers. Jill is a native of Fairfax and has two grown sons. “Family is important, I enjoy time with my sisters, going to events in the metro area, estate sales or just hanging out. You’d think I’d stay away from auctions but, sometimes it just fun to be in the crowd and be able to be a bidder once. I went to auctions with my father so I’m pretty sure that’s where this auction love comes from!”
Read More About Tom
Tom Polich has been with Mages Land Co & Auction Service, LLC since 2017 as their Marketing Manager. He has an A.A.S in both Marketing & Business Management and was heavily involved with Collegiate DECA at South Central College.
In his spare time Tom enjoys motorcycling, cooking, and playing cards (especially Sheepshead). He is an avid fan of many different forms of motorsports. Tom lives in Lafayette with his wife and their two children. He is also a member of The New Ulm Optimist Club and is currently on the City Council of Lafayette.
Auction & Real Estate Manager
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Maria Miller just joined Mages Land Co & Auction Service, LLC in 2022 as the team’s Auction and Real Estate Manager. Just 2 days after graduating from South Central College with her A.A.S. degree in Accounting, Matt reached out to her about an open position. A few days later and she was on board! While in school, Maria was a member in multiple different clubs including Business Professionals of America and Phi Theta Kappa, South Central’s Honor Society.
Maria enjoys going to the gym in the morning, spending time at home with her boyfriend and 3 cats, and hanging out with her HUGE family in New Ulm.