We were looking for a retirement home in the Santa Cruz area and chose Mike based on the recommendation of a family member. Not living in the area presented some challenges as we didn't know which area we wanted, and when listings came on the market we couldn't just quickly pop in and see them. We made a weekend trip out there Mike spent 1.5 days with us showing us listings from as far north as Big Basin and as far south as Corralitos. He was able to quickly zero in on what we were looking for in a house and helped us find the area that we absolutely loved. He carefully screened all potentials and kept in close contact with us on his recommendations, which saved us time and travel expense. A month ago, he let us know that the perfect property had just come on the market. He suggested that we see it quickly, which we did and it was indeed perfect for us. It was expected that there would be multiple offers on the property (there were) and Mike wisely counseled us on the initial offer and helped us navigate successfully the through the negotiations that resulted in us getting our dream home and closing in 30 days. Communication throughout this process was excellent...very clear and timely. We are completely satisfied with Mike's support and strongly recommend him. He knows the area and property values really well, he quickly understands the client's needs, and he provides excellent guidance throughout the business side of the home buying process.