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Michael Riese
Broker Associate (11 years experience)
3 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Commercial R.E.

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With a skill set spanning from Residential Sales to Commercial Sales and Leasing, Michael's breadth of knowledge and experience enable him to provide unmatched guidance in any situation.

Born and raised in Los Gatos, CA, Michael is a second-generation Real Estate Broker working throughout the Bay Area.  After graduating from Santa Clara University, Michael began his professional career in Law and corporate business Development. It didn't take long for him to determine that Real Estate was his true passion, however, and in 2003 Michael moved to San Diego to begin a residential Real Estate career.

Michael obtained his California Real Estate Broker's license in 2008 and created his own business sourcing development opportunities for multiple developers and builders. In early 2010, however, Michael decided that he missed selling residential Real Estate, and joined Alain Pinel Realtors in Los Gatos. In his first year at Alain Pinel Michael was named one of the office's top 10 producers. Believing that even greater success was in store, in October of 2011 Michael decided to join Sereno Group, a competing brokerage known for progressive agents and entrepreneurial spirit.

Michael's passion for deal-making and problem-solving have made him a highly-successful real estate professional, and he prides himself on forging life-long relationships with his clients who seek his guidance on all aspects of real estate, whether its buying or selling personal residences or acquiring investment properties. Having purchased and rehabilitated several properties himself, Michael provides unparalleled guidance in determining investment strategies, identifying opportunities, and negotiating the best possible deal, whether buying or selling.

Michael is active in several volunteer and professional organizations, including:

Youth Science Institute (Board Member)
Sierra Club
The Trust for Public Land
The Urban Land Institute
National Association of Realtors
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    10/24/2013
    $2,482,500
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    10/24/2013 - Seller - $2,482,500

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    Seller
    08/21/2013
    $1,100,000
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    Seller
    07/12/2013
    $2,589,000
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    Seller
    05/01/2013
    $1,800,000
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    04/30/2013
    $1,850,000
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      Ratings & Reviews
      - Highly likely to recommend
      08/27/2012 - jessop
      Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $1.975M in San Jose, CA.
      Michael is the most responsive realtor I have ever worked with, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a house.

      I met Michael at an open house for one of his listings. Although that one was not the property for me, Michael's professionalism and attention to what I was looking for in particular, led me to give him my number.

      The item that impresses me the most about Michael is his outstanding responsiveness. I routinely sent him all sorts of crazy questions or requests and without fail; Michael would get back to me almost immediately.

      I ultimately purchased a very usual property with his help and it closed while I was out of town. Michael handled everything for me, and even after the sale has continued to be there for follow up and assistance. He has great connections and referrals to all sorts of areas for fix up and has continued to help me on this property. He didn't just make the sale and then disappear.

      I almost never write referrals, and am know to be quite demanding of what I expect in a service provider. Michael is far exceeded my high expectations and I sets a new bar on what people can expect from service.
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      08/26/2012 - user2253219
      Bought a home in 2012.
      My husband decided to work with Michael because he was impressed by his knowledge of the market, he had figures and trends on his fingertips!

      We used the internet extensively in our house search. But working with Michael made us realize how much value a top caliber realtor can add. Properties can look terrific online, but there are things you just cannot assess through the internet. For example : a) Knowledge of a neighborhood, the social fabric, the future potential. b) Off market opportunities. c) Knowledge of seller motivation. d) Knowledge of properties which are good deals.

      What made Michael a cut above the rest? a) Ability to assess a property. Smooth talking realtors tend to gloss over defects, just to get a deal. But Michael helped us to realize that some properties require too much fixing. In one case we decided not to make an offer, in another we didn't get into a bidding war. He was also able to point out the upside and future potential of houses that DIDN’T look good. b) Thinks outside the box, comes up with creative solutions to work around difficult problems. c) Adapts to buyers' needs, did not try to push us to his way of thinking. d) Superb negotiating skills. e) Quick and responsive - moves with lightning speed. f) Excellent network and support team. g) Goes the extra mile.

      We finally bought a house which has more than we were looking for - and my husband says his instincts were right!
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      12/18/2012 - strategicimp
      Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $1.5M in Saratoga, CA.
      Michael Riese is radically professional, strategic, and sophisticated in identifying creative options and finding optimal solutions.

      Our story: my husband decided to retire, and we immediately wanted to begin the next chapter of our lives in Sonoma or Napa.

      My career in professional services has taught me the value of client service, but life has also revealed how rare excellent service is. Michael is extremely professional, AND has an amazing attention to detail and care for his client's mental health! He also has a network of excellent service providers (home cleaners, stagers, contractors) that sustain his high exceedingly high quality of client service and made our move a breeze.

      Here's the the reveal: We met Michael in September, listened to his thoughts on the market (which reflected ours) and took his advice to wait until October. We never made it to market, accepted a great offer in early October, and closed on November 9.

      Michael made what could have been a chaotic, even traumatic, time for us as smooth and even an enjoyable experience. I appreciate having met and worked with Michael. He completely altered my previously not so wonderful perspective on the profession!
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      Sereno Group Real Estate
      214 Los Gatos Saratoga Road
      Los Gatos, CA  95030
      Office:
      (408) 335-1478Click to view
       
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      (408) 781-7692Click to view
       
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