WABASHA - A prominent Rochester real estate firm is expanding its reach by opening an office in Wabasha.

Robin and Scott Gwaltney, owners of RE/MAX Results’ Gwaltney Group, recently launched a Wabasha office to be staffed with six of their 30 team members. All are natives of the area.

“With COVID, people are realizing they can work from home… A lot of small town people give it up to take a job in Minneapolis or Rochester. Now they can actually work from anywhere,” said Robin Gwaltney, who grew up in the Wabasha area.

The number of available homes in Rochester and the Twin Cities is also driving home shoppers to look in the surrounding communities, she added. Low interest rates are also making buying a home much more affordable.

However, the Gwaltney Group will continue to be based in Rochester, with its team of 24 in its main office.

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“We do not plan to do any less real estate in this area, but we just plan to do more in the outlying areas,” she said.

The Gwaltney Group has been part of RE/MAX Results since 2014.