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Michael Gardner "The Malibu Expert"
Real Estate Super Agent (11 years experience)
10 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting

 
- Highly likely to recommend
05/30/2014 - zuser20140530205641293
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.275M in Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA.
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. Part way 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, 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 something not many clients can say these days. Mike is practical, considerate, professional, calm and has a firm grasp on his clients needs and desires. He also has no problem taking a hard line when necessary. I will use Mike again and I highly recommend him.
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- Highly likely to recommend
04/30/2014 - milw4
Bought a home in 2014.
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 first hand how we live and to discuss what type of property we were looking for, to remodel if necessary, but with a view and lots of light in the $1-1.5M price range. Michael showed us a few properties in the Cove, and we decided to put in an offer on one of them, which we did. Because Michael has done a number of transactions in the Cove, he was able to inform us of various issues specific to living there as well as introducing us to some of the people who live there. The escrow experience can be harrowing, confusing, and full of anxious moments as you may know, but with Michael's guidance and calm character he was able to navigate us through the complete process with great knowledge, humor, patience, and confidence...answering and getting answers to all our questions, recommending necessary contacts like inspectors and loan officers who specifically deal with Manufactured Homes, and working with my wife and me as a team discussing strategies and helping to figure out responses to issues that cropped up in the negotiating phase of the deal with the seller and their agent. We just closed escrow on the MH and could not be happier with the result. We highly recommend Michael to anyone looking to purchase or sell a propety in Malibu/Southern California, and we will definitely hire him to work with us in our future real estate transactions.
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Response from Michael Gardner on 05/02/2014
Thanks, I am going to have to give you 5 stars for leaving the best review ever! I look forward to paddling with you soon!

 

- Highly likely to recommend
04/27/2014 - cmarston
Found a tenant for a home.
Michael has been a great resource. I did research on local brokers, and it all seemed like the same stuff to me, except Michael seemed to go out of his way to market the heck out of the properties he lists. I had a non-Malibu broker and it was taking months to lease out our home and priced wrong. When we got Michael involved, he met with me at the property, was responsive (and honest), and was able to get many showings, provide feedback, and got my place rented in a month. It was a great experience and I will use him in the future as well. Highly recommended
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Response from Michael Gardner on 05/02/2014
Thank you for the great review! I would like to point out the that while the negotiation skills section was left blank, I was able to lease this owners house for the full asking price.

 

- Highly likely to recommend
02/04/2014 - darryl08
Helped me rent a home.
I have worked with many agents and I have to say that Mike is one of the best. Mike was able to find me a place quickly, really quickly (within a week). He was available anytime I called and was very easy to communicate with, .....I plan on making a purchase in the near future and I would use Mike for sure. I highly recommend him.
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Response from Michael Gardner on 05/02/2014
I look forward to helping you again! Thanks for being a really great client!

 

- Highly likely to recommend
01/07/2014 - JudyKonstant
Sold a home in 2012.
We hired Mike Gardner to market our 9 million dollar home in Beverly Hills because his reputation for marketing was so renowned. He is the first person that we knew of to access all of the social media outlets and internet sites to broaden the market web. We were swamped with interest in our house and could not believe the results ! In addition he was SO polite, respectful, responsible and honest....something rare in this competitive environment. We cannot recommend him more ! Judy and Nikolas Konstant
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Response from Michael Gardner on 05/02/2014
I love marketing luxury homes like yours! Thanks again, I look forward to helping you with your next transaction.

 

- Highly likely to recommend
12/21/2013 - barbara241
Sold a home in 2013.
Michael Gardner was miraculous! He was able to sell my Malibu beachside condo in less than two weeks, from start to finish.

I recommend him highly for all your real estate needs. I especially appreciated his responsiveness. He called me every day, sometimes more than once, to update me on the progress. His calm and cool demeanor gave me confidence through the entire process. I cannot say enough good words about Michael Gardner.
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Response from Michael Gardner on 12/24/2013
It was a pleasure to help you accomplish your goal in such a short period of time. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show you what our brokerage could do for you. We love rising to the challenge!

 

- Highly likely to recommend
11/27/2013 - Mindy Sheps
Sold a home in 2013.
I am a real estate lawyer practicing in the Los Angeles area for over 25 years. I had the pleasure of working with Michael Gardner on several real estate transactions, one involving a $8 MM + home purchase and the other involving a $800,000 condominium purchase. We both represented the Buyer. Without reservation, I recommend Michael as a stellar broker. He is everything you could want from a real estate broker: knowledgeable, diligent and most of all honest. Mike knows all about all local issues and requirements. Mike knows where to find the good vendors for inspections, making sure his client gets the best information available. Mike is responsive and available to answer questions or move documents. Most of all, you can trust Mike to tell the truth about a property. He puts his client first.
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Response from Michael Gardner on 12/02/2013
Thank you! The response from the attorney above is someone that I highly recommend when you need someone to review a transaction especially for reviewing the title, easements, and HOA rules. She is a long time Malibu resident and intimately knows the issues the are unique to transactions in Malibu.

 

- Highly likely to recommend
11/27/2013 - c lynda
Bought a home in 2013.
Michael found us a property in an area of Malibu we were interested in pursuing. He then negotiated a $1.4M deal on our behalf that included "purchase points" that at first the sellers were not interested in but then accepted through his calm, professional, and persuasive, and innovative abilities. He was very good at giving us the details we needed to know about the area, property, and really anything we were interested in knowing. In the end we pulled out of the deal, but that was a decision based on our situation. Michael was very understanding of why we changed our minds, and we were impressed with his calm and empathetic reaction to our needs. We highly recommend Michael to anyone looking in Malbu and it's surrounding areas and we will definitely use Michael to represent us again.
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Response from Michael Gardner on 12/02/2013
I really loved working with these people and it made my day to read that kind of opinion about me even on a deal that didn't work out. I've learned that this is a business with a lot of ups and downs and the best way to react to anything is to be level headed and to keep the clients interests first. Agents who react with their own interests in mind will have a short lived career.

 

- Highly likely to recommend
11/26/2013 - user6436942
Showed home in 2013 in Malibu, CA.
Michael Gardner was able to find us homes in Point Dune in the 3M range before it came out on the market. He was so professional and helpful finding comps in the area of Malibu.
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Response from Michael Gardner on 12/02/2013
Point Dume is the one area in Malibu where you really need to work with a local agent who is active in selling real estate in that neighborhood. Of the five deals I've done on Point Dume, several successful closings were because I was able to get my clients in to the home before it was listed on the MLS. About 20% of Point Dume transactions happen off market....meaning you'd only know about it if your agent had the inside scoop. With the above example, I was able to get the buyers in to the home a full 5 days before it hit the MLS.

 

- Highly likely to recommend
11/13/2013 - user1856143
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in Malibu, CA.
Mike helped me purchase my first beach house! He was friendly and knowledgable and I feel his representation and negotiation secured me the best deal possible. I have recommended him to friends and strangers alike and plan on working with him again in the future.
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Response from Michael Gardner on 12/02/2013
Love this!

 

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