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The real estate business has a variety of specializations. When buying farm land or a condo in downtown Fargo you are dealing with two very different real estate transactions. To serve our clients accordingly we use diverse approaches, take advantage of all available resources and share best knowledge and experience. Ockhardt Realty ensures that an expert who understands the business is working for each client. When your tooth hurts you most likely will not go to see a dermatologist neither. We have an expert for each property kind, e.g. family housing, new construction, historic homes, downtown living, lake homes and luxury homes. We understand that real estate is personal and we look forward to be interviewed by all of our clients before we get hired to serve them with their real estate needs.

Dan and Lida Deutsch

Dan and Lida Deutsch are working as a team for Ockhardt Realty and exclusively represent buyers. They are the faces of "Fargo Homes Buyer Agents" and share their extensive experience in real estate to assist our clients with the highest quality of service one can expect.

Dan is an accredited real estate professional, holds a CRS designation and has earned multiple recognitions from the local REALTOR association during his 30+ years in the real estate industry. Dan began his career as an agent for a large local real estate brokerage before he founded his own brokerage firm with a partner.

After a very successful time in business Lida joined Dan and they founded "Fargo Homes Buyer Agency" to serve buyers only. His passion for housing combined with his "helping art" make him a perfect advisor for home buyers.

Dan is a Fargo native and always up to date on the greater Fargo-Moorhead area developments. He is engaged in a number of service organizations, clubs and an active member of his parish. He has visited all schools and neighborhoods for best knowledge to share with our clients. For a number of years Dan and Lida have organized "First time home buyer" education classes.

By merging their services with Ockhardt Realty Dan and Lida become a very important asset and corner stone to the group. Buyers will receive all the attention they deserve when it comes to buying real property. While focusing on Buyers only our clients benefit from Dan and Lida’s services – whether buying for the first time or looking to upgrade their current home.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about our Buyer services including our first time home buyers class. Please also note that while Dan and Lida are assisting you buying a new home we have a listing agent help you focus on marketing your home for sale. You can reach us by email or phone (701) 280-2500. ■

Dirk Ockhardt

Born and raised near Düsseldorf, Germany, Dirk Ockhardt, experienced a true U.S. Midwestern life for the first time in 1996. He spent one year as a foreign exchange student with a host family in Barnesville, MN. Since then he has made many trips back to the area and other parts of the United States before serving as a Private First Class in the German Air Force stationed for 12 months in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Canada. In 2000 he started his sales career with Dresdner Bank in Essen, Germany and earned an associate degree in banking, with aspirations of continuing in an MBA program.

But things changed for Dirk. While working in Kassel, Germany for an art dealer at Documenta 10, the world’s largest contemporary art show during the summer of

2002, Dirk became inspired by the world of art. He enrolled in art history classes and worked as the assistant director for the same art dealer at his gallery in Düsseldorf for several years. During this time, Dirk became well traveled while working art fairs in Bologna, Paris, Moscow, New York City and Cologne. His passion for art allowed him to meet many interesting people from different cultures while mastering his skill in sales. His entrepreneurial spirit moved him to open his own art gallery, becoming one of the youngest ever art dealers in Germany. This exciting new career venue allowed Dirk the opportunity to business ownership, marketing his artists, and connecting buyers and sellers with the very special product of “art.” After three successful years of operation, Dirk returned to school to earn a law degree at 550-year old Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University in Greifswald, Germany, located north of Berlin on the Baltic Sea.

After graduating with a degree in economic law and a major in contract law he returned to the Midwest in 2009 to raise a family and continue his sales career. Dirk’s professional passion lays in direct sales along with gaining energy from working with people. He saw a great opportunity in the combination of consulting, financing, and legal elements, afforded by the vocation of real estate sales. Furthermore, real estate includes elements of architecture meeting his aptitude for esthetics and design.

As an owner and operating broker of his real estate firm he provides together with his specialized associates an individual advisory service. Dirk uses his enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to serve his clients—both in marketing and selling clients’ properties and assisting and guiding buyers in purchasing the perfect real property for them. ■


Fargo-Moorhead is unique. More than 200,000 people live in the metro area. The economy is strong and creates a very stable housing market. The area has been growing for the past decades and keeps growing. New schools are opening, businesses are expanding, the communities are very active and Fargo is embracing a “new” old downtown.

Dirk Ockhardt as managing broker of Ockhardt Realty employs a team of sales experts who will serve your individual housing needs. Whether you are moving to the area from outside or thinking of re-locating to a different neighborhood an experienced agent will serve each individual buyer's need.

Besides our buyer services Ockhardt Realty also has designated agents focusing on seller services. It is in the best interest to the client to separate both transactions when buying and selling or selling only.

An agent who can focus on each side of the transaction has the ability to stay focused on either marketing a property for sale or researching and showing properties when working for a buyer. With this concept we hope to serve our clients in the Fargo-Moorhead area better.

For the City of Fargo Dirk Ockhardt serves on the Historic Preservation Commission which works to preserve and protect the city's historic properties because of their educational, cultural, historical and economic value. Dirk also serves his community as an active member on a number of boards and he is a founding member of the neighborhood activities in SoMA Fargo – downtown. He believes that Real Estate is Personal and has formed a group of real estate experts who transfer his service approach and high standards of service to make the difference in real estate sales. ■

Client Experiences

« When we decided to put our unique downtown Fargo, ND property up for sale for the second time, we were not completely sure we'd list with an agent. In fact, we had listed with two other agents previously, with poor results. When we were first contacted by Dirk, it was not to list our property - rather, he was making an inquiry so that he could learn more about the property so as to better serve his clients. We found his customer-service focus to be unique, and after a few conversations, it became clear to us that Dirk's representation would enhance the sale of our property.

Throughout the sales process, Dirk was open to our ideas - and he ably represented us and our property in a manner that no other agent was able or willing to do. He knew all of the details, and was able to convey the special nature of the property to prospective buyers. Once we had interested parties, he handled the negotiation in a professional manner, always being sure to represent us and our interests. From offer to closing, he kept in touch with us, and guided us through the process.

We'd highly recommend Dirk's service; no matter if you're buying or selling. He will personalize his service to fit your needs, and is able and willing to work hard until you're satisfied. »

Chris & Julie Hemmah

Client Experiences

« Dirk is courteous, smart, creative, attentive and tenacious – all of the characteristics you’d expect of a top real estate professional. He is well connected and he knows how to connect people. Most importantly, he knows how to execute!

I recently had the pleasure to complete a problem-free sales transaction with Dirk for a unique and very hard-to-sell property. The best part of it? We sold before our house even went on the market!

This is because Dirk is acutely in-tune with people’s (sellers' and buyers') needs. He understands how to flex his strengths so it’s a win-win across the board. I cannot say enough positive things about my experience – thank you, Dirk! »

Mike Mongeau


Ockhardt Realty, LLC

624 Main Ave, Suite 11
Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 280-2500


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