LOCAL AGENT - TRUSTED ADVISER
"Being from out of town, we had very little time to find a house, and Michael was a dynamo! He sent dozen of listings to educate us and spent a lot of time showing us property. He had great information about neighborhoods, schools, shopping and other features of Boulder. He was patient, attentive, and thorough, and we couldn't be happier with the result." -Tom Prugh, World Watch Institute Editor
Michael did a great job in selling my house in a difficult market. He gave me the support and advice I needed along the way, helping me through challenging decisions all along the way. And - he sold my home!
"Also working with Michael to find my next home was a lot of fun. Michael listened and paid attention to what was important to me. During the process, I was preparing to leave the country, and was grateful I was able to relax and rely on Michael to take care of all arrangements." - Barbara Lavender, Family Law Attorney
"I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you sooo much for selling and buying with us. This experience was the most positive one we have had in dealing with real estate. Things went smoothly and quickly, but we always felt we knew what was going on and what to expect. Again thank you for everything. You made this whole experience much less stressful." - Stacy Cole, Aquatics Director
Michael's insight into what was needed to sell our property was right on target. It was uncanny how well he targeted the right kind of buyer for our unique situation. We had a full price offer within a week during a soft time in the market.-Doug Caskey, Executive Director Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
Working with Michael McCrea on the purchase of our new home and the sale of our existing home was very satisfying. I found him to be knowledgeable, helpful, and always willing to do whatever it took to get the job or task at hand accomplished. Also, he was candid, open and friendly. He always exhibited the utmost professionalism and integrity in all his business dealings on our behalf.–Bob and Ellen Price, Retired Contract Manager and Teacher
"Michael’s quick response was a great help in selling our place. Not only did he get things done very quickly (including having our house listed the day after we had first talked), but he always remembered each and every detail of our questions and requests. In addition, his calm professionalism took a lot of stress out of what was a very stressful situation for us. We had a full price sale on our property. Thanks Michael!"Greg Keith & Synte Peacock Technical Writer and Oceanographer, NCAR
We couldn't have done it without Michael! We had a short turn around time due to relocation and Michael's customer service could not have been better. From now on, we've got a Realtor for life! Thank you!"-Karen Sisson, Richmond Homes Sales Manager
Michael McCrea is not only very well-informed about housing in the Boulder market, but he is also very patient, considerate, and helpful. When we did find a home that was suitable, Michael handled our side of the negotiations smoothly and without any hitches. I highly recommend him to anyone who is house-hunting in the Boulder area. Were we to begin looking for another house later on, I would ask Michael to be our agent once again.-Michael E. Zimmerman, Director, Center for Humanities and the Arts Professor of Philosophy University of Colorado at Boulder
Michael McCrea is one of the most genuine people that I've had the pleasure of working with. In the real estate business, that's saying something. Being an exceptional educator, he really guided me through the entire process of buying a home. He was always professional and patient, listening carefully to my concerns in order to get a good picture of what I wanted. At the same time, he was a shrewd and effective businessman in fighting for my interests when dealing with the other side of the transaction. For me, finding a house that fit my needs and budget was a daunting task. Michael rose to the occasion and got the job done, sticking with me throughout the long (and sometimes painful) process. He earned my trust by proving that he had my best interest at heart. If you're looking for an honest realtor that will bring both expertise and a great personality to the table, Michael McCrea is the one for you.Eric Estes – Internet security administrator NOAA, NIST
Simply put, Michael McCrea helped us make our dream come true. For years, we had been dreaming about the property we discovered with him. When we saw the place, we knew we had arrived. Yet, from contemplating our dream to making it come true, we still had to take a leap forward - a leap of faith.
In this rather complicated deal, Michael never pushed, nor pulled. He was with us, always present, reassuring, helpful, a superb professional, guide, with infinite patience, and providing us with wise insights and advice, and with contacts among his extensive network. He gently, yet firmly challenged us to make sure that our decisions had fully ripened. More importantly, Michael has the kind of understanding of – and love for - Boulder and its region that make him a unique asset in any real estate deal. He has an intimate knowledge of all the things one needs or would like to know: land, water, ditches, trees, horses, architecture, style, materials, zoning plans, urban development, real estate dynamics, environmental concerns, construction, taxes, hay, birds, solar energy, red tape, history, and many, many more things.
This two month-long process was, simply put, an extraordinary learning experience, an initiation in which we learned to surf on the waves of stress, feeling safe in his company, and enjoying the process. Thank you, Michael. Jean-Jacques Joris -Former Swiss Diplomat and Equine Therapist
We have just bought a wonderful house in Boulder with Michael McCrea, and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him to our friends, family and colleagues (in fact have already done so). From before we even arrived in the country, Michael, who came highly recommended by several previous clients, was sharing his knowledge and love of the city and its surrounds with us. On our first day in town, Michael spent 8 hours showing us the area - pointing out the great restaurants, the open spaces and the attractions of Boulder and its neighboring towns while introducing us to the full spectrum of properties available in Boulder County. Somehow this time passed in a flash of laughter, fun and learning a lot - and we came away with great confidence in Michael and his ability to help us find the perfect place. Over the next month, we spent a lot of time with Michael getting to know the difficult and competitive bottom-end of the Boulder market very well. He was always accessible, willing to show us anything we wanted to see and committed to spending as much time as we needed to find the perfect place. He never hesitated to point out the pros and cons of a property, and even helped us to stand our ground when we put an offer on a place we felt was overpriced. Our dream house finally came along in a snow storm, midway through the afternoon. With typical Michael helpfulness, we were there to see it within hours of it arriving on MLS, and had an offer on it that evening, before the majority of buyers would even have seen it. Throughout the home inspections, re-negotiations and loan approval process, Michael was there to guide us through the process, answering as many crazy questions as we could come up with, working with trades people to get quotes and providing advice on anything we were unsure about. And now we have our house, which we are delighted with, and a great friend as well. If you're moving from out of town, or even just thinking about moving across town, the "my site" MLS service Michael uses is a great way to keep track of the market until you're ready to buy. And when you're ready to move, we can highly recommend Michael as your tour-guide and buyers agent. If you have any questions at all about our experience with Michael, please fee free to contact us.
Thanks again Michael!
Rebecca Batchelor Atmospheric Scientist, NCAR
Without much discussion, Michael immediately understood what we were looking for in a house, and diligently steered us away from bad choices. He kept an eye out for our perfect house, and jumped on it immediately when it appeared on the market. All the while, he was a pleasure to hang out with, making the tedious task of house-hunting fun.
We purchased a home in Boulder in August, 2009 with Michael McCrea serving as our real estate agent. Michael was referred to us by a realtor friend, and we did not know him prior to July, 2009. Based on our experience, we can enthusiastically recommend him to other prospective buyers and sellers.
Michael helped us identify properties of interest by setting up an automated, daily email notice of all MLS listings in our price range and preferred neighborhoods. Consequently, we were among the first prospective buyers to see homes that were new to the market. Michael always made himself immediately available to show us properties of interest, and when showing properties, he offered a critical opinion of each one’s strengths and weaknesses and its value relative to the list price. We have the impression that Michael understands the Boulder real estate market very well.
As we considered making an offer on the property we ultimately purchased, he provided useful comps to help us gauge value, including a listing of recent sale prices relative to listed values, and the average percent price reduction of the comps. This last figure was especially helpful to us in justifying our offer, which the sellers eventually accepted.
We are from New Hampshire, and we were visiting Boulder for a limited period while searching for a home. Thus time was critical for us in negotiating an offer and in proceeding through the various inspections and contractual milestones. Michael efficiently negotiated our offer with the sellers’ agent, and once it was accepted, arranged prompt and expert inspections. For items requiring further evaluation, such as roof, decks, foundation drainage, and fireplace issues, he also arranged to have several contractors visit the property and provide more detailed evaluations and price quotes for the work. These quotes provided an objective basis for further negotiations with the seller, and we can report good experiences in subsequently using these contractors to correct some of the problems with the property. In fact the seller of the house we purchased commented after the sale on Michael’s resourcefulness as an agent.
Michael also recommended a local and financially very competitive mortgage broker for financing (Greg Pavlich of Resource Mortgage Brokers in Boulder) who worked hard to meet our somewhat accelerated timeline for closing on the sale.
Michael served as the buyers’ agent for our transaction, but he would also be our preferred agent if we were selling a property in Boulder. In viewing properties, he would sometimes point out corrections or improvements that would have made a property more appealing, and, in the case of the property we purchased, he noted several items that he would have recommended for repair to the seller before listing the property. We suspect that Michael’s guidance as a sellers’ agent would likely accelerate the time to sale, at a price that we would believe to be fair.
Finally, we would like to mention that Michael’s personable, friendly, and easygoing style makes him a pleasure to work with.
Mary Hudson and William Lotko, Professors at Dartmouth (603/643-8339) 29 Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
After trying to sell my house for four years, I turned it over to Michael and he had a contract on it in 30 days. His superior marketing, reliable communication and good advice made the whole transaction go very smoothly while I was out of state. I found Michael to be very experienced and to have the highest integrity throughout my business with him. Now I can get on with my life!
-David Anderson, mechanical Engineer
I was ready to buy a home. I rented in Boulder, and fell in love with the area. A friend of mine recommended Michael McCrea to me as a Realtor. I was impressed with Michael's knowledge and easy personality from the start. It was a great match.
I needed to find a home quickly, but obviously I was not going to settle for a house that did not fit my requirements. Michael McCrea really listened to my needs, my budget, my aesthetics. He focused on MY priorities and lifestyle. I NEVER felt that he wasted my time showing me homes that I would not consider! When I found houses of interest, he immediately did his homework. He went beyond the call of duty to visit the county clerk and check on easements, and other features of the property. Michael is honest about the strengths and weaknesses of a house. He always keeps YOUR best interests in mind. I never felt pushed, yet we found the perfect home in less than two months.
Michael McCrea is a pleasure to work with. He is patient, attentive, and really zeros in on what is important to the buyer. He is thoughtful and efficient; realistic and optimistic. I have total confidence in Michael as a Realtor and recommend him highly. He is now a friend. Thanks to Michael McCrea, I am living in the perfect home for me! Catherine Carilli – Artist and Teacher, Front Range Community College