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Jason Tangen of Shrewd Real Estate checks on details of a property with a homeowner during a listing appointment Tuesday, Sept. 22. 2020, in St. Cloud.  (Photo: Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com)

“I need more space” is more than a breakup line as potential homebuyers shop around during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the summer, Jason Tangen —  realtor and owner of Shrewd Real Estate in Sauk Rapids and board president of the St. Cloud Area Association of Realtors — saw a shift in what homebuyers were looking for as they shopped for a new place to live amid a pandemic that has altered many habits and decisions for seven months.

“Obviously, lakeshore went kaboom,” Tangen said last week of increased interest in waterfront properties. 

That’s a statewide trend, Minnesota Realtors CEO Chris Galler said last week. Minnesota Realtors represents more than 21,000 agents in the state. Many saw their