Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, I developed a passion for skiing during my four years at Williams College in northwest Massachusetts at tiny Brodie Mountain. I dutifully graduated in 1986, politely said 'no' to several career opportunities and instead opted for a backpack and an incredible year-long adventure across Asia and the South Pacific.
Upon my return, I came to Colorado for the obligatory 'one season' of skiing and, as an added bonus, continued to avoid the dreaded 'real job.' One ski season quickly became two ... and 30 years later, I'm still here enjoying every day with my beautiful wife and two amazing kids!! Happily, I found a career that didn't involve hiding behind a desk ... I was first licensed as a real estate agent back in 1989 and soon thereafter, my 'real job' found me. I've been very fortunate in being able to successfully stay true to my passions ... and now my job is to help you do the same! I've been in the real estate business most of my life and I encourage you to continue reading below to see why I may well be the best real estate professional to help you and your family find success in our marketplace.
" My goal is to maximize your home's potential for profit, then position it in the marketplace so that it sells as quickly as possible.”
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*Statistics calculated from Summit MLS for all Summit County properties sold from 2010 – 2019. Summit County average days on market (DOM) = 112 days. Mike's average DOM = 47. MLS-wide average Sold Price to List Price Ratio (SP/LP) = 95.94%..
Integrity. A philosophy of "what is in the best interest of my client?" will always dictate my business relationship with you as a buyer or seller. I promise to offer an honest & realistic opinion based on the facts of the market and the condition of your property. There is simply no advantage to anyone to offer anything else, particularly where listing price is concerned.
Top-tier education. Williams College, Williamstown, MA. Degree in Economics, class of 1986. An incredibly beautiful and unforgettable place to attend college ... go EPHS!!! No other degree could have better enabled me to effectively advise buyers & sellers in the ultimate business of supply & demand.
Professionalism & 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. I never forget that the seller is the captain of the ship. I merely offer professional and well-grounded advice on how to successfully reach your destination. If you are not satisfied with my performance, or simply need to take your property off the market, there is never a penalty for terminating our agreement.
" From our first meeting with you before we listed our home, and all the way to the closing and beyond, we've appreciated your professionalism and expertise when it comes to getting the job done. Thank you many times over! ”
Suzette and Jamie A.
Marketing Expertise — Involves two distinct jobs: first, maximizing the number of "real" buyers that actually see your property advertised for sale. Second, maximizing the number of quality buyers that actually walk through your front door. Using well-documented research on exactly how buyers make real estate decisions, I have developed a very specific, results-oriented marketing plan that is un-paralleled in the brokerage industry. Let me show you how to market your property as effectively & profitably as possible!
Appraisal Experience — I am one of the only active brokers in our marketplace that has specific education and training as a Colorado Registered Appraiser (license # AR40015982). Experience in this important aspect of the real estate business is a clear advantage in helping sellers determine a realistic price for their property. All the advertising in the world will never sell an over-priced listing, so be realistic with your price and be prepared to sell quickly.
Exceptional Negotiation & Problem Solving Skills — Learned through specific training as a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) and through hundreds of successfully negotiated contracts. Do you want the guy with no experience flying the plane when the weather unexpectedly gets rough? Or a seasoned veteran with thousands of hours of flight time?? There's bound to be some turbulence in any real estate transaction, so why not work with an experienced professional and make it a smooth ride?
Past Chairman of the Summit County Multiple Listing Service (MLS): The MLS is by far & away the most important advertising venue available to help get your property sold. If there is an advantage to be gained on your behalf, I know about it. Where there are pitfalls, you won't be going! My in-depth understanding of the technology used is second-to-none.
Unique and effective website technology: Used exclusively for my client's benefit ... no other real estate agent in the world has access to my proprietary software. Geared specifically and entirely to your property, my software features what buyers have specifically requested as "most valuable': high definition full-screen photos, maps, tax records and property-specific info.
Creativity: Can and will generate more sales & profit. The obvious creative endeavor is advertising. But you can certainly create more demand for your property, or profit for yourself (or both!), by using creative financing, creative contract negotiation, creative ways to avoid capital gains taxes and creative home staging ideas, to name a few. Creativity is the mother of success!
" Mike has proven to be one of those rare individuals who takes a special personal and committed stance for his clients. He has gone over and above in the sale of our last two properties and we'll certainly be contacting you in the future for our next transaction.”
Ken and Penny S.
Property Management Experience — I've managed dozens of residential and commercial properties over the last 30 years. Short-term, long-term, you name it, I've done it. I know the rental business extremely well and I'm happy to share the keys to a successful investment.
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) — A real estate designation that means little to the public ... but if you're friends with a knowledgeable Realtor somewhere else, they are certain to be able to explain the benefits of working with a broker who is a "CRS." Brokers with this designation sell nearly twice as much real estate. Why wouldn't you give yourself the advantage of working with a CRS?
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) — Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, this designation is awarded only to those Realtors who have documented performance in the top 10% of their markets. Rest assured, you are working with a local Realtor that understands the top tier of our marketplace.
" I was in the midst of a financial crisis when I reached out to you for help listing the house. I had limited funds and needed to sell the house quickly. I was hardly expecting to break even given the state of the property and still marvel at how quickly you sold the house and that it sold for almost six figures above the asking price. Your knowledge of the local housing market, connections in the county, and willingness to solve problems made all the difference. I will forever be grateful for how attentive you were to my unique needs, the time and effort you put into marketing the property, and of course, the pricing strategy you recommended. Not only did you get the job done, you handled a delicate situation with grace and professionalism. I feel fortunate to have been able to work with you and would recommend you enthusiastically to anyone interested in buying or selling property in Summit County. ”
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