Leigh’s real estate career began in 1980. In 1984 he started Lenzmeier Real Estate Services after finishing an M.B.A. at St. Cloud State and earning a brokers license. His major emphasis always has been commercial appraisal in greater Minnesota. He taught real estate courses part time during the 80’s, became a licensed appraiser, earned the SR/WA designation of the International Right of Way Association in 1991 and has been an associate with the Appraisal Institute for several years.
Since the late 80’s Leigh has developed a specialty working for and against entities with the power of eminent domain, including testimony at commissioner’s hearings and trials. His largest client by dollar volume in 1997 and 2001 was the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Leigh had a three year nonexclusive contract with MNDoT. He works for several area banks.
In the mid 1980’s Leigh was appointed to the St. Cloud Parking Commission and the Stearns County Planning Commission. He was elected to the Stearns County Board in 1990 (Chair in 1993, 2003 and 2009). He worked with almost every type of commercial property in greater Minnesota, including subsidized housing, agribusiness/processing, farms, residential/commercial subdivisions, retail, industrial, and apartments.
Leigh completed numerous analyses of properties gifted outright to charitable and government entities or involved in bargain sales. In each case IRS Form 8283, titled Noncash Charitable Contributions, was completed with the analysis subject to IRS review. Litigation support continues to increase.
Local attorneys he has worked with include: Keith F. Hughes of Quinlivan & Hughes, phone # 251-1414, Kurt A. Deter of Rinke-Noonan, phone # 251-6700, and Lee W. Hanson of Gray, Plant, Mooty, phone # 252-4414.