The Early Years
? - 1965 - Grew up in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. (No, unfortunately, Cotty is not related to the Lowrys of Lowry Hill.)
Step 1 - Schooling
1970 - Graduated from Utah State University BLA, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning.
1971 - Worked for Club Mediterranée in Switzerland and Yugoslavia.
1972 - Worked as Landscape architect for InterDesign and the Hennepin County Park Reserve District. Notable projects during this period: Master planning for Augsburg College, Minnesota Zoo, Carver Park Bike Trail, Baker Park, Lake Independence Camp Ground.
1979 - Began his real estate career as an agent for Burnet Realty in Minneapolis.
1979 - 89 - Specialized in the sale of commercial / investment property.
1981 - 85 - Completed all courses for the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) of the Realtor's National Marketing Institute.
1983 - Converted one of his buildings to condominiums. Since then Cotty has been involved in converting and selling more than two dozen separate Minneapolis Lakes Area condominium projects.
Step 2 - Purpose
1985 - First recognized in the Burnet Realty's President's Club, an award he achieved almost every year as an agent for Burnet Realty.
1990 - Began to specialize in residential sales and obtained the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation, a certification held by only 5% of all Realtors.
1990 - 2001 In this period, Cotty marketed, sold and closed hundreds of single-family homes, duplexes, and condominiums in the Minneapolis Lakes area.
1990 - 2001 During this same period, Cotty purchased several small apartment buildings in the area and became involved in the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association, an organization which works on issues involving tenants and landlords.
1993 - Cotty began renting the billboard on the side of the Burch Pharmacy overlooking the corner of Hennepin and Franklin Avenues. This billboard has become the object of frequent graffiti attacks and a famous local site.
1994 - Cotty's entire office moved to the northwest shore of Lake Calhoun. This office is the Number One office of all 800 to 900 Coldwell Banker offices nationwide in terms of properties listed and sold. If this office were its own real estate company, it would be one of the largest companies in the state.
Step 3 - Awards and Recognition
2002 - One of the top 40 Sales Associates (of 2,700) at Coldwell Banker Burnet.
2003 - Awarded the International President's Premier designation - Coldwell Banker's highest honor.
2004 - Awarded CBBurnet International President’s Elite award.
Received several company awards including 28th place in number of listings and 50th in gross commission dollars generated in a company of 3,300 agents, resulting in the International President’s Elite designation. Ranked among 44 agents of 3,300 to receive the 100% Club award for a listing and a sale in each month of 2004.
2005 - 3rd consecutive year to be voted by readers of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine/Twin Cities Business Monthly as a “Super Real Estate Agent.”
Cotty Left CBBurnet after 25 years to become partner/owner of the Minneapolis Lakes area Keller Williams Integrity Realty office. For more on Keller Williams click here.
2007 - Elected to Keller Williams International Associate Leadership Committee (IALC), one of two representatives for the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana & Wyoming. In total, there are 58 IALC members representing all 72,000 Keller Williams agents at the national/international level.
2008 - Cotty was interviewed and quoted on the Minneapolis condominium market by Kiplinger Personal Finance.
Cotty was also interviewed for an MPR radio broadcast about his successful experience selling in a down market - you can listen in on the broadcast here >
2010 - Elected to The Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR).
2017-2018 - President of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors.