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I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate in the Bay Area. My 30+ years of negotiating and problem-solving skills gives me the ability to successfully implement every level of the transaction. As a REALTOR® who carries the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation, I am also educated on issues of particular concern to many of my older clients, including reverse mortgages, the importance of universal design and the uses of alternative financing options in real estate transactions. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker, I built a successful career in commercial real estate, working with corporate clients on their relocations and expansion needs. A 35-year resident of Marin County, I have an MBA in Real Estate from the University of California, Berkeley and I am also a certified LEED Green Associate.
Here are some of the things I can do for you:
Find Your Next Home
You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I will work with you to find the right home at the right price, without foregoing the neighborhood amenities that matter to you.
Sell a Home
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, make sure it is in front of a wide segment of prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, help to arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.
Consult on Home Selling Tactics
Often buyers can't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can suggest ways to make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home sitting on the market and one that's sold quickly.
I look forward to helping you!
What my clients are saying:
"When I walked into my Father's home my jaw dropped open in delight! Michelle had transformed the house. She synchronized the contractors, landscaper, photographer, stager and worked tightly with me and my family. Her hard work, superior choices, and professionalism during every phase of this project paid off for my Father. Modernized, elegantly staged, simple and crisp; highlighting the positive energy, love, and happiness the two houses had experienced over the last fifty years. Her professional choices were right on target, greatly enhancing the property value. Thanks to this incredible visionary, the house sold in record time with nine offers, all over asking price. Michelle is an awesome team player and we are lucky to have met her. We appreciate all she did to make this project and sale so successful and highly recommend her." Kym Ferrari
"I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I was rather desperate to find a house, and Michelle jumped right in and we were communicating on a daily basis regarding opportunities. Michelle had a good idea what I was looking for and previewed homes for me, since I lived ~90 miles away. The first house we bid on, we lost to an all cash offer, but soon after, we did a pre-emptive offer on another house and won. Her primary goal was to make sure that I was going to be happy with my purchase. Michelle was very knowledgeable about all the Disclosures and made recommendations on having additional "experts" out as part of our contingencies. During and after escrow, Michelle has been a great resource, providing recommendations for gardeners, landscapers, designers, etc. She was awesome to work with and I would definitely recommend her!" Michelle Greer
“My image of Michelle is of a smiling, relaxed, informed professional, She patiently told me what would be required to sell my house and assured me she was a very "hands on" caring realtor. This was constantly true. She not only explained and promptly gave me the necessary papers to sign, but often, instead of mailing them to me, made personal deliveries, and even she helped me move. She kept track of details and knew how to plan efficiently. She always called reliable professionals for inspections as well as the best, most economical people for waste and furniture disposal, for painting and even for staging. This resulted in my house selling for $225,000 over it's listed price in only ONE MONTH!!” Diane Richard
“My daughter met Michelle at an open house in Corte Madera almost a year ago. Despite my daughter not being in the market and just asking questions about the possibility of her mom moving up in a few years, Michelle provided tons of advice. Fast forward to almost a year later when I finally decided to make the move to Marin and my daughter reached out to Michelle. My daughter had her own realtor in Marin but thought Michelle was a better match for me - not pushy, patient and extremely knowledgeable on all of Marin, not just the multi-million dollar homes. Michelle is extremely down to earth and honest. She will tell you what neighborhoods are great, which ones to avoid and knows what things will ultimately sell for in this tough market. Michelle is also responsive - responding to texts and calls almost immediately and patient with even the most ridiculous questions. Most importantly, once you decide on a place she advocates for you. In a tough buyers market, Michelle still made sure all the inspections were top notch (her inspectors are great!) and she made sure to get as many details as possible. Even though I have purchased homes before, Michelle thought of things I wouldn't have and made sure I went into my purchase fully aware of the pros/cons. During closing Michelle had to be out of town for a few days and her colleague Ellen took over, who was equally as wonderful. I would highly recommend using Michelle.” Mary Reilly
"Michelle managed the sale of my home with diligence, an excellent marketing plan, and professional skill and knowledge of the real estate market. She asked a fellow realtor, Ellen Gumbiner, to join her in this project. They completed the sale of my home in a very short time-a little less than two months from my initial call to Michelle to closing. Michelle made the process of the preparation and sale of my property very easy for me. I trusted her work, did not worry about the sale, and was able to concentrate on moving and settling into my new situation. Her work and plan resulted in several very good offers. My home sold above the asking price, and above my best expectations. I believe it sold for the best possible price, which was Michelle's goal.
Michelle was a pleasure to work with, and I would recommend her to anyone planning a sale of their home." Marjorie Schwier
"Michelle has integrity, honesty and a sense of calm when approaching any matter. Utterly reliable. She has humor and a sense of openness which makes her a pleasure to be around. These qualities, of course, are essential ingredients to finding and purchasing a property. It is in the small details that the attention is needed and is often missing. She is careful and patient and works tirelessly to achieve the goal, often putting in unexpected effort to be sure to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s”." Calla and Spencer Fleischer
"Michelle is action oriented and results driven. She asks questions and listens to answers, which has proven successful in providing property options that meet our specific requirements. She's also extremely knowledgable and a pleasure to work with." Diane and David Thelander