Michael wants to assist you with any size transaction. He believes that your satisfaction is more important than his commission check and his attention to your transaction will prove it. He truly loves every minute of the real estate transaction. Even in the moments when it's tough, he enjoys problem-solving and the negotiation process. He likes to win for his clients. Michael specializes in using online technology tools to make home buying and selling a great experience for his clients.
Michael was highly recommended to my wife and me by a lady he represented in a purchase of a property in Paradise Cove last year. I checked out his terrific website and gave him a call. His personable demeanor, character, honesty, and easy-going manner, combined with his expert knowledge about everything real estate in Malibu (and beyond) impressed us, so we asked him to help us find a property in the Cove. We were selling our ocean view Pacific Palisades home and wanted to move north to Malibu to be even closer to the ocean/beach. We invited him over to our home so he could see firsthand how we live and discuss what type of property we were looking...— Buyer
I first contacted Mike when I was considering purchasing a mobile home in the Point Dume Club in Malibu. After several months of considering that purchase, I switched course and decided to buy a property in Ojai, CA instead. Mike was very understanding and supportive of this decision and expressed a genuine desire for me to be happy even if it meant I was no longer doing a deal with him in Malibu. I was so impressed by this that I wound up asking him to continue to be my agent for my Ojai purchase and he agreed. We powered through a 30-day escrow and managed to meet some tight deadlines despite the holidays and some inspection-related challenges. Th...— Ojai H.
I have known Michael Gardner for over 10 years as a close friend. I am typically hesitant to do business with friends but in this instance, I needed a REALTOR that had cutting-edge marketing skills to take advantage of an emerging market. No one I know in the Real Estate industry utilizes multiple marketing platforms better than Michael. In fact, he hosts multiple seminars teaching other REALTOR how it is done. Why would you use an agent that only relies on the MLS and Homes and Land? That would be like choosing a surgeon that will remove your gallbladder with three one-inch incisions over one that uses robotic technology with one hidden half-inch i...— Seller
Mike G. is a "one-of-a-kind" find. I set out looking for a transitional home to lease in Malibu. I met Mike early on in my quest. Partway through the shopping process, I shared that I was about to downsize due to my now empty nest and embark on selling the family villa in Sherman Oaks. Not only did Mike help me find the perfect lease, but he also partnered with a Sherman Oaks REALTOR for the sale of my home. In less than 3 months, I had sold my home of 26 years and relocated to Malibu. His manner and professionalism gave me a tremendous boost. I knew I was in good hands and had to trust in him and the process. He made me feel protected which is some...— Debra N.
We worked with Mike for almost six months as we looked for, found, and ultimately purchased our new vacation home in Malibu. Mike was consistently available, responsive, helpful, and constructive. We don't live in Malibu full time so we were often quite demanding. We needed to talk to Mike at odd times of the day and night (because we are in a different time zone), we asked Mike to be available to meet with us whenever we were in town, and we required his expertise when issues came up relating to very Malibu-specific issues like geology and land use issues. Just last week we closed on our new Malibu home and we are truly thrilled. The process was lo...— Buyer
Mike G has been our agent since around 2008. We moved to Malibu from Seattle in 2010. He put us in an amazing lease in the Point where we were for several years. And went on an easy-going house hunt with us for several years, always checking in, never pushing, always giving us honest guidance about the market. When we were finally ready to buy - of course at the top of the market - he stuck with us through 3 offers over 3 months or so. Finally helping us get into a house we love. During this time he's seen our family grow, taken our family photo every year we've been in Malibu, and I've seen his beautiful family grow with their two babies. And we wi...— Buyer
Mike listed and sold our house, as well as helped us buy a new house. He is outstanding in all ways, and the only agent we would use. He is a savvy negotiator and is highly ethical and scrupulous. His internet and other marketing techniques were great and helped us find a buyer. As a buyer's agent, he went with was to almost all of the 50+ houses we looked at and made himself available in the evenings and on the weekend. He was very skilled at identifying exactly what we needed and wanted in a new home and help us find a beautiful house in Agoura Hills. Not only was he an expert on Malibu, but had a thorough knowledge of many other cities, e.g., Pal...— Buyer
We actually found Mike via Zillow. Having been impressed by his track record and the testimonials of his clients. Mike helped us this summer find a house and delivered everything we could ask for in an agent. Mike has a deep well of experience and local knowledge to draw from, and his intimate understanding of the Malibu market was incredibly helpful for us moving from the South Bay area. Mike listened to what we were looking for and got us showings early in the process. The critical advantage in a limited inventory market. His easygoing demeanor built both our comfort and confidence throughout the process and helped us find and close on a house tha...— Hassan E.
Mike is great at what he does. We had our home listed with another broker for nearly a year. After being told we wouldn't get the price we wanted, we decided to list our Malibu home with Mike. Within just a couple of months, he sold our home for our asking price. Now, because of Mike's hard work, we now have our second home under contract. Mike and Julie (Mike's assistant) are very knowledgeable and made the entire transaction a piece of cake. If you have a house to sell, Mike is the man to call. He truly is "The Malibu Expert".— Seller
Mike was really great to work with. He is a true expert in his field, honest, responsible, patient, and worked hard to find and secure me my perfect home. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding Malibu and surrounding areas, and of all the issues and components of what goes into a home, potential problems, maintenance, landscaping, etc. He was also consistently helpful and supportive throughout the process, escrow, closing, etc. Mike is a seasoned pro and I would highly recommend him!— Karen A.
We are a french family and we had a great experience selling our first primary home in Malibu. Mike is working hard in silence, having an accurate and honest point of view. He has a perfect understanding of the malibu market but he is first of all a human and a very generous guy. He is a good person. He is about the kind of people you meet on the road and contributes to making you love Malibu. I think it is very valuable for you Sellers or Buyers.— Seller
I have used many real estate agents in the past, both buying and selling, and have learned to develop a distaste for the profession, in general. Mike changed all that for me. His integrity, professionalism, and honesty have definitely made me a believer that there are at least a few decent and trustworthy agents. Mike handled the sale of my property with integrity and perseverance and became my best advocate in the process. Thank you, Mike!— Phyllis S.
I was very impressed with Michael Gardner with Sotheby's International Realty. From interview to sale, he was competent, professional, and pleasant. He returned my phone calls immediately, which is quite uncommon in today's world. Mike didn't bog me down with unimportant matters but was positive and a good problem-solver. He took charge and I would personally recommend him to anyone who inquired.— Lisa V.
I randomly found Michael online after spotting his name associated with a few properties. He had lots of "stars," so I decided to call him to see if he could help me find a place to buy in Malibu. Not only did he help me find a place one day, but we also had an accepted offer that same day. Michael is knowledgeable and thorough. This had to have been the easiest real estate transaction ever.— Lynn G.
Michael is a true professional and an expert in Malibu properties it's true. But more than that he is helpful and personable beyond the call of duty. He walked me through all the steps and gave me good advice on selling my home. The house sold within 6 weeks! and for the price, I was asking. You'd be lucky to have him represent you on either side of any real estate transaction.— Seller
I was a buyer on my Malibu house and Mike was representing the seller. He was helpful, fair, honest, and really did everything to make this transaction a pleasure. He is extremely knowledgeable and very helpful and responsive. We literally had no issues! He was great. Highly recommend him!— Seller
Mike is a real properties expert in the Malibu market. We have viewed some of his represented properties in the area. Mike has provided in-depth information about the local market, gave honest advice. Trustworthy, well organized, and helpful, a fine example of a true expert.— Martynas M.
I used Mike to sell my house in Malibu and his knowledge and responsiveness were the best. He definitely went above and beyond. I don't know many REALTOR who would be able to sell a house with a recent landslide on it. Mike didn't let it become an issue and sold the house!— Javier S.
Mike is incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and very easy to work with. He responded to e-mails and texts immediately and was willing to spend time getting to know us and our house-buying goals. We highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for a home in Malibu!— Ana B.
Mike was excellent in every respect. He was able to quickly find a short-term tenant for my home in Malibu and has provided prompt advice as to any questions or queries I have had throughout my time in Malibu.— Alexander C.
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His goal is to empower the client with easy-to-use information so they can be prepared to make the best decisions when buying or selling. Michael is often sought out by the press and has appeared on Good Morning America, the front page of the LA Times Business section, and The Wall Street Journal.