Early this year I had heard a story from some friends about the nightmare they had been going through concerning selling their existing home, then buying a new one. And their shining white knight (my words not theirs) of an agent who turned the nightmare around and got everything right for them.
Well coincidently we were just getting into the market and had been discussing moving. We had talked to a couple of agents but weren’t really impressed. Then we gave Mike a call based on what happened with our friends. We were wanting both someone to sell our house, and to help us locate a different one. We had been in the existing house for 13 years or so, and wanted a change of scenery. After we spoke with Mike we were both so impressed with him we decided to work with him.
He comes across initially as so confident it could be mistaken for cocky. Don’t let that put you off. Because as you get to know him, the confidence he is showing you is well placed. He really is extremely good at what he does. He was telling us the price we need to set to sell the house, and my wife didn’t agree with that so she wanted to set it higher. We got an enormous amount of showings but no offers.. When we lowered the price back to what Mike had said, we got an offer the next day. He let us know what we needed to do to get the house ready for sale and we both think his suggestions really made a difference.
Buying a house with him was actually more enjoyable than selling. Not his fault just due to the nature of selling versus shopping 🙂 We told him of the changes we wanted in our lifestyle and house, what kind of neighborhood, how much we wanted to spend etc.. And off we went.. We didn’t know it at the time but the very first house we saw turned out to be “the one”..He really listened and nailed it right out of the gate! But naturally we had to look at a bunch of others first. Mikes real estate knowledge came across really clearly at some of the places we saw. He told us directly a few times..I wouldn’t let you buy this place because…… and his reasons when he did that were always spot on. After looking at many places we came back to the very first one and saw it again.. And that’s where we are living as I write this.
We hadn’t bought or sold in many years and things had changed a bit on how things were handled. He guided us through the whole process, made sure we got with all the right inspectors etc and helped us get the house at the right price.
Mike is direct, knowledgeable and great to work with. While the chances of us moving anytime soon are pretty slim, I will (and have!) recommended to my friends that they give him a call if they are ever in the market.