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Michael Riese

Premier Agent

3 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Broker Associate (12 years experience)

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

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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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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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08/26/2012 - user2253219
Bought a home in 2012 in Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA 95118.

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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08/25/2012 - yrrk
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $925K in Los Gatos, CA.

I ran into Michael at an open house and left him my contact information even though I wasn't terribly interested in buying at the time. I found him to be knowledgeable and sharp and thought in the future when I was more serious he might be someone who could help me. I wasn't from the area and knew the city appealed a great deal to me, but didn't know enough about the streets and neighborhoods and schools to really know where I might want to be.

My circumstances were somewhat specific. I was on a budget looking for location first, something livable second, and something that had some great long term potential third. That expertise and ability to listen to me was key and I thought he did terrific on all accounts showing me properties that were in line with what I was interested in. He knew I wasn't in a rush and would occasionally mention properties that he thought would be a fit in a non-pushy kind of way which was great.

In the end I did purchase a home with his help. Through the process he was smart, tough, and helped me get a property at a price that worked for me. He was flexible and always responsive when I needed him to be and yet took care of many things along the way saving me from having to deal with them personally. I would recommend him.

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08/23/2012 - user658015
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 in Los Gatos, CA.

Michael helped my husband and I acquire a property in Los Gatos. As an international couple we did not know the area, the current market or culture so we needed a considerable amount of expertise and guidance. We found Michael to be knowledgable, helpful, friendly and always ahead and on task. We would gladly recommend him.

D Logan

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08/23/2012 - user1343765
Bought a home in 2012.

Michael is an excellent agent. He knows the market very well and has lots of connections, so he frequently knows about houses before they even hit the market. He also does a great job negotiating price strategies. We got our house for much less than I thought we could and he advised us not to offer full price on a different house because they were asking too much (that house never sold).

I would highly recommend Michael.

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08/23/2012 - user2742949
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $1.45M in Los Gatos, CA.

Review of Michael Reise

My experience with Michael Reise was excellent. Worked with several agents in the area (before Michael) - all of them 1) want an MLS listing, and 2) open-houses, 3) local advertising - plus all and everything that produces leads w/ very little work by them.

Michael is different! He takes a purely on-the-ground sales approach with 1) inventory under/over supply, and identifies where the buyers are located and 2) works them closely bridging the Buyers Agent.

I am not in Real Estate, but heavily in sales. Michael is in a class above the agent field in Los Gatos and linked markets.

Frank Berko previously @ 16419 Shady View Ln Los Gatos, Ca 95032

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08/23/2012 - user078544
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $1.525M in Los Gatos, CA.

Michael helped us sell our house in Los Gatos in March of 2011. Not the best time to be selling a house and needing to get the best dollar value. Michael was able to achive this in just 5 days! We then turned around and bought another house that was full of question for us. With Michael's help and quick response to all our needs we were able to purchase our new house and it went very smoothly. I have and would recommend Michael Riese for all your real estate needs.

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08/22/2012 - user497103
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $3.925M in Saratoga, CA.

Michael Riese was spectacular! He was extremely patient - as we saw close to 50 homes over a 9 month period.

We moved from Texas to Northern CA and looked for homes in Los Altos Hills, Saratoga, Monte Serreno and Los Gatos. Throughout the long process, Michael was patient and thorough.

Once we decided on the home, Michael guided us through the process expertly and was invaluable in the negotiation process.

Highly recommended!

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08/22/2012 - user488698
Sold a Other home in 2012 in Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA.

I have used Mike several times as a realtor. He has done both commercial and residential sales for me. I was incredibly pleased with his services. He was very good about keeping me informed of any progress made on the deal and was professional throughout. I would not hesitate to use him again or recommend him to a friend.

I have worked with other agents in other markets, and he makes them look bad, because they don't have their act together nearly as much as Mike.

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