We simply cannot recommend Michael highly enough--he knows the Minneapolis market, he knows houses (in our case, old houses, which helped TREMENDOUSLY for first-time homebuyers), he knows pricing, and he knows how to negotiate and deal with counter-offers. On top of it all, he's an enjoyable chap.
The best thing about Michael is that he will go at your pace and will not move things too fast or steer you into something that isn't you. I am confident he would have been fine searching for homes with us for another 6 months, and he also would have supported us if we wanted to make an offer on the first house we saw. What he DID do when we found the one we loved was advise us how he would act in that situation, and then he took his time to explain each part of the process from then on. Also, he is incredibly responsive--he'll never leave you hanging (even late on a Sunday night!).
We recommend Michael so highly that, before we even closed on our home (which we still can't believe we purchased for the price we did, nor how many of our wish-list items it has!), we had recommended Michael to a friend, who had a purchase agreement in place before we had the keys to our new house.
We already know that, when we decide to sell our house and upgrade to that beautiful Linden Hills home, Michael will be our first call.