Giving Back to Build
How David K. Wells III Real Estate builds community one house at a time
Nov 12, 2017

Meet David and Wren Wells, the entrepreneurial couple behind David K. Wells III Real Estate, one of the 14 values-driven businesses that have come together in support of Pollen’s mission to invest in human connection. Together, they challenge Pollenites to raise $15,000 by Give to the Max Day on November 16, which they will match dollar for dollar. Match the hive and donate today.

Photo by Bobby Rogers


dkw3 are relationship-driven realtors offering hands on boutique real estate services tailored to fit the needs of their clients.  Ranked among the top professionals in their market, they provide a broad spectrum of real estate services, working with buyers, sellers, investors, businesses, and developers to achieve specific results in real estate transactions. 

dkw3 provides the same commitment and level of service whether you are a first-time homebuyer or seasoned investor. They represent clients and advocate for them in the most effective way possible, and are active with organizations that advocate for affordable and supportive housing in the Twin Cities.


What responsibilities do you feel as a business leader in your community and why?

Our personal values—equity and social justice—are reflected in how we conduct our business and approach each day. We firmly believe in giving back to the community, not only financially, but with our time and network of resources. While it would be more lucrative to focus only on larger transactions, we feel that it is a moral imperative to work with clients throughout all price points, giving each individual client our full attention. We have found building strong relationships on trust and mutual success is the key to a lasting and truly rewarding business model.  

We feel that it is a moral imperative to work with clients throughout all price points.

We are well respected among our peers, and have earned the trust of many through our professional and ethical business practices.  We do our best to impart those values and lift up not only our clients, but also newer agents in our office looking for guidance.

We also believe in giving until it hurts, both financially and with our time. We want to acknowledge and address injustice and inequity in local housing issues that we feel can be corrected, and become active participants in bringing new and impactful solutions to the table.  As residents of Southwest Minneapolis, we are keenly aware of the lack of affordable housing available in our neighborhood—something we believe needs to addressed immediately.

We also believe in giving until it hurts.

How do you find support from peers to stay inspired and motivated?

If you take the time to seek them out, there are always individuals and entrepreneurs willing to offer sage advice in our business. We are inspired not only by our mentors, but also by our amazing client base. We have had the opportunity to work with some of the most interesting people in Minneapolis, and are constantly amazed and thankful to be a part of their real estate journey.

The minute you think you’re an expert at something or that you have seen it all, something new comes around to challenge you and test your skills.

Real estate is very much about problem solving—either proactively by heading off potential impediments, or by using experience and wisdom to work through issues as they arise. The minute you think you’re an expert at something or that you have seen it all, something new comes around to challenge you and test your skills. It doesn’t really ever get old. We have been lucky enough to be mentored by some of the more successful real estate professionals in the business, and believe that we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.


Do you have a favorite mantra or quote to keep you going and inspired?

Our dear friend and one of the most generous and influential mentors, Cliff Suchman (a successful Miami developer), had a few “Cliffisms:” 

“By the yard it’s hard – by the inch it’s a cinch.”

“When in doubt, do nothing.”

My personal mantra is that the only thing we can control in this world is our attitude. It’s not what happens to you, but how you deal with that situation, how you let it impact your decision making, and how you treat yourself and others.


Join David & Wren:

Find dkw3 online and give them an online hug for supporting Pollen. 



Posted by Pollen on Nov 12, 2017

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