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Michael Gardner "The Malibu Expert"

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  • Malibu

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15 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Real Estate Super Agent (12 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
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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 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 transactions a piece of cake. If you have a house to sell, Mike is the man to call. He truly is "The Malibu Expert".

  

04/22/2015 - kelli502
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $2.075M in Malibu, CA.

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 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 transactions a piece of cake. If you have a house to sell, Mike is the man to call. He truly is "The Malibu Expert".

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03/10/2015 - Mr R K
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $3.225M in Malibu, CA.

Short Summary: awesome realtor, nice guy, and super helpful guide to all things Malibu. I bought a $3+ million house through him, and so should you.

Longer Story: Sick of the city life and stupid LA traffic, I decided to move to Malibu from Beverly Hills. After getting many confusing realtor recommendations from friends, I cross-referenced five-star Yelp realtors and five-star Zillow realtors and found that only one qualified: Michael Gardner. (n.b. Zillow does a really poor job polluting the Malibu real estate network with San Fernando Valley-based dabblers). I went to Michael’s website, read his blog, watched his eight videos and decided he was my guy. One intro email and one quick phone conversation later I had 30 Malibu properties on a personalized website for me to post comments and ask follow-up questions. A week later he showed me my top three houses. 45 days later I am a happy homeowner and wake up to a sick ocean view every morning.

As a first-time home buyer (in confusing Malibu nonetheless) I had NO clue how to proceed. He walked me through the entire process and it was fairly easy. He referred me to great home inspectors, pool guys, landscaping guys, electricians, insurance agents, plumbers, geologists, and lawyers. (I ended up not hiring a lawyer because I think they all should eat arsenic—but more on that later). Because I work in the afternoons, he ended up babysitting most of these appointments on by behalf. He handled the insanely-complicated septic permitting process by himself. Michael is incredibly responsive: 80% of my almost-daily phone calls were picked up; 95% of my texts got returned within an hour. Emails were returned promptly. No dealing with an assistant. His attention to detail is impeccable and commitment to his client’s needs is admirable. He isn’t simply after his agent fee. For example AFTER I had closed escrow he was reviewing my closing documents and found that the sellers had overcharged me on the escrow fee (something that a lawyer would have discovered if I took his advice and hired one). Even though the deal was already technically done, he got me a $5,000 refund by arguing with the seller agents (from San Ferdando Valley nonetheless) over excessive escrow fees. He’s also a very nice guy. And just last weekend, after I had moved in, he came over and spent two hours fixing stuff that had broken during the month between my home inspection and final close (he fixed the sprinkler system that an animal had chewed up by splicing together wires and unclogged the pool drains by hand). Despite what your impressions from watching his videos, he has some blue-collar MacGyver in him. I’m glad to say that he’s the first friend I’ve made in Malibu.

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01/20/2015 - cuffeap
Found a tenant for a Condo home in Malibu, CA.

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.

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08/22/2014 - user86885748
Found a tenant for a Single Family home in Malibu, CA.

Mike kept his composure after I doubted he could get the lease rate I needed based on what other brokers suggested.

He then pulled through within a few showings. Ted

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Response from Michael Gardner on 08/25/2014

Thank you! I not only secured a great one year lease for this home owner, I also negotiated a lease option that should turn in to sale in the beginning of 2015.

 

  

07/24/2014 - daniel messner
Helped me rent a Single Family home in Malibu, CA.

Very laid back and easy to work with. Never felt any pressure from him and he was great in the sales and follow up process as well.

Mike knew a ton about the area and responded to all our request quickly. He even went the extra steps to make sure we were happy with our landlord months down the road. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or rent. In describing him to my father who is also a realtor, he was very impressed.

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07/10/2014 - aaiello8
Sold a Mobile / Manufactured home in 2014 for approximately $1.9M in Malibu, CA.

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 age marketing skills to take advantage of an emerging market. No one I know in the Real Estate industry utilizers multiple marketing platforms better than Michael. In fact he hosts multiple seminars teaching other Realtors 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 incision in the navel. He also is a top notch photographer and is able to utilize this skill to represent your property in the best light. My mobile home was sold within a month. I would recommend Michael for any real estate transaction and will not hesitate to utilize his services again.

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Response from Michael Gardner on 09/08/2014

Only a doctor would write a review that included a discussion of robotic surgery! If you need a physician.....Dr. Drew in Malibu is someone you should talk to if you are going to be living here!

 

  

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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04/30/2014 - milw4
Bought a home in 2014 in Las Flores, Malibu, CA 90265.

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!

 

  

04/27/2014 - cmarston
Found a tenant for a home in Las Flores, Malibu, CA 90265.

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.

 

  

02/04/2014 - darryl08
Helped me rent a home in Las Flores, Malibu, CA 90265.

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!