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Testimonials

“We had a great experience! Mike provided support and expertise through every step of the process. He was very responsive and professional. More importantly, he gets results! We had numerous showings and a wildly successful open house. We went under contract in a week with multiple offers. Even at the closing table, Mike was advocating on our behalf. I highly recommend Mike @ Modern Capital!”

–Holly and Kevin, sellers

“Michael helped us purchase an off-market house . We had no idea where to start, but Michael was able to make a potentially complicated situation easy and manageable. Given his extensive knowledge of mid-century homes we felt confident that we were making a good decision and paying a fair price. On top of all of that, he is both friendly and fun to talk to. We would work with him again in a heartbeat.”

–Kristin and JP, buyers

“When I decided to sell my mid-century home in the Moyaone Reserve, my first thought was to reach out to Mike.  I’d been following his blog for some time and knew that he had a passion and knowledge for all things MCM, and I knew I needed that to find the right buyer for my MCM gem.  Thanks in large part to Mike’s efforts, we got a contract with blinding speed.  But it was a unique property and there were many hurdles to clear before we finally closed.  Yet through it all, from preparing the house to dealing with inspections and contract revisions, to making sure a very complicated closing process finally made it to the signing table, Mike was always there with good advice, helpful suggestions, and a wonderful sense of humor that made even the trickiest times easier.  Whether you are selling or buying an MCM property, I cannot recommend Mike highly enough — either way you will have an experienced, consummately professional agent on your side to make sure things go well.  And they will!”

–Theresa, seller

“Finding a Mid-Century Modern home in the Washington D.C. metro seemed very overwhelming until we talked to Michael. His deep knowledge of the area’s neighborhoods, homes, and sellers turned our lofty goal into something attainable. Within two months, we had an offer accepted on the exact type of house we were looking for in a neighborhood that blew us away. Best of all, he was able to get the deal done before the home went to market. It could not have been a better experience. We were also so pleased with the amount of time Michael spent with us explaining the process, visiting homes, weighing options and answering questions. If you are buying or selling MCM, do yourself a huge favor and contact Michael.”

– Brendan and Gail, buyers

“We met Michael at one of his open houses in the middle of what was turning into a long and frustrating search for our first home. While we knew that the property we were visiting that day wasn’t the right one for us, we walked away completely impressed by Michael’s real estate knowledge and professionalism. Deciding to work with him for the remainder of our search was one of the best choices we made. We found him to be incredibly easy to work with–he was responsive and seemed to have an innate ability to pinpoint which houses on the market would appeal to us the most. We never felt pressured or rushed in our search–he was the first agent we worked with who really seemed to understand our goals and put our interests ahead of making a quick sale. He is a wealth of knowledge on architecture (especially MCM), home renovations, and market trends which helped us confidently make decisions during the home buying process. We spent over a year looking at houses we didn’t love with real estate agents who didn’t seem to understand what we wanted. With Michael, it took us three months to find a home that we love. We can’t recommend him highly enough. Thanks again for everything!”

–Lauren and Nick, buyers

“If you have a mid-century modern house, you know you have a gem.  But MCM is not everyone’s taste, and having a specialist like Michael who appreciates what you have makes all the difference.  Michael advised us on how to get ready for sale, arranged for terrific photos and a video to show off our mid-century modern house, and helped us figure out the best price.  His networking really helped drive interest in the house.  As a result, we had four offers and sold the house above our asking price in one weekend.  Michael helped us review offers, deal with inspections, and successfully close the sale.   If you have a MCM house, go with Mid-Mentury Mike!”

–Loretta and Matt, sellers

“Mike turned what could have been a stressful ordeal of selling my late father’s house, especially since I live out of state, into an unexpected pleasure. I didn’t know the market and had no idea what was needed to prepare the house for sale, let alone how to get it done. Mike was calm, analytical, energetic, good-humored, and not fazed by having an absentee client. He was wonderful to work with.  His responsiveness and his meticulousness about communicating made it easy not being local. His expert recommendations were proved exactly right.

To my never-ending gratitude, Mike consistently went the extra mile — including scheduling and overseeing the work on the house because I couldn’t be there, and frequently checking on the unoccupied house just to make sure everything was ok. I could not have been better served.”

–Diana, seller

“Michael was amazing to work with!! He was incredibly responsive, insightful, helpful, and professional throughout our recent purchase. He is very knowledgeable of the local market and was extremely supportive. He helped navigate the myriads of choices and considerations through the many complex steps in the buying process.

Over the years, we have bought and sold a number of places and have interacted with many realtors. We can honestly say Michael is exceptional when it comes to his client support. He is enjoyable to work with and was incredibly avaliable. He made us feel as though we were his only or most important client, even though we know he was super busy.

We trusted him implicitly from the onset, as he demonstrates high integrity and ethics. For us, this was incredibly important, as we were new to the local market and purchasing a home is such a major undertaking. Michael helped us strategize our offer to secure the house we wanted despite a number of competing offers. He truly went above and beyond to answer our questions and concerns.

In addition to being such a great guy to work with, he is also an expert in all things mid-century modern, and can provide amazing insights and context in this unique part of the market.

We are so glad we found Michael and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the area.”

–Jack and Jennifer, buyers

“Michael’s appreciation and deep understanding of mid-century modern architecture and its place in the world of design are what brought him to our notice.  His keen analytical skills and business acumen are what allowed us to make a winning offer on a beautiful Goodman home that we are still enjoying.  He has an amazing set of connections in both the real estate market as well as the architectural community.”

–John and Charlotte, buyers

“Michael demonstrated a high level of professionalism, knowledge, and patience while helping me find the right home for my family. If and when I seek to sell and make another purchase in the DMV, Michael will be my first call.”

–Justin, buyer

“If not for your creative, outside the box thinking on the offer, this would never have happened!!! Seriously, great work. Your deep experience, network and ability to see the business/investment side is a huge asset for your clients.”

–Anne and Adam, buyers and sellers

“When it came to selling my mother’s mid-century house, we did not know what to do or how to price it.  Michael was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and responsive.  He made a difficult process so much easier.  If  you are buying or selling a mid-century modern house in the DC area, he is your man. I recommend him enthusiastically.”

–Debra, seller

“As a first-time home buyer I could not be more satisfied with the service that Michael Shapiro provided throughout the entire process. I also found his blog to be a very useful resource.”

–Philip, buyer

“We’ve long been fans of Mike’s blog on mid-century homes, and no other agent can match his deep experience and appreciation for these homes. When Mike sold our mid-century gem, his research into its architectural history and his tailored marketing strategy undoubtedly went a long way to a quick sale at full price.”

–James and Shimica, sellers

“Before we sold my late mother’s house, we spoke to knowledgeable agents and appraisers. In a little more than a month on the market, Michael, by effectively marketing to home buyers interested the house’s mid-mod character, was able to bring in offers that were 10% to 15% above what the local market experts thought we should be asking. Michael’s enthusiasm and knowledge of mid-century modern is communicated to the buyers, and they get it.”

–Jim, seller

“We were recommended to Mike by family when we were re-located to Andrews AFB and the DC area from Tampa.  We had a very limited time frame to not only purchase a house in an area that we were otherwise very unfamiliar with, but do so from another state.  From our first communication over the phone with Michael, he made us feel at ease.  He gladly took us on as clients even though our housing interests strayed from his passion of mid century modern architecture.  He listened attentively as we formulated our needs and desires for our future home and directed us to potential homes to be toured when we visited the area.  As inexperienced home buyers, he was patient as we asked a million questions and checked various resources to ensure we were making the best decision.  He walked us through all of the minute details with clarity and expertise. His calm and easy going demeanor allowed us to feel comfortable in the process despite doing everything from a different state. We are grateful to have been connected with Michael. He is truly an expert in his field and a gem in the DC real state world.  Working with him just made the whole house buying process seamless!”

–Caitlin and Cory, buyers

“It’s been great working with you, honestly. Because of what we do, Bill and I are both super-picky about client service work, and we can’t think of a single thing we would have changed about our experience with you. We teach a customer service class in Annapolis…and I have a feeling we will be discussing you next class:).”

–Erin and Bill, buyers

“Michael helped me and my siblings sell our late parent’s ‘atomic ranch’ (the place where we grew-up).  Michael’s professionalism, intelligence and wit were instrumental in making what could have been a negative experience quite enjoyable.  His passion for and deep understanding of the design influences that inspired our parents when they built the house ensured that everyone who looked at the house were educated about and similarly inspired by that vision.  The house sold in days for a very satisfying price, but most satisfying is knowing that the new owners appreciate and share that vision.”

–Brett, seller

“My wife and I were very impressed with Michael Shapiro’s professionalism in his recent successful efforts on our behalf to sell our home in Hollin Hills. Michael is a true enthusiast of mid-century architecture and that enthusiasm on behalf of our ‘non-Goodman,’ but still special, Cass Neer 1956 house proved to be instrumental in its successful sale. We recommend Michael highly, whether you are selling or looking to buy your special house.”

–Randy and Maureen, sellers

“Michael Shapiro is an excellent Realtor. His expertise in DC’s mid-century modern homes and market is essential for anyone looking to buy in a limited niche where homes move quickly. Michael offered critical knowledge and moderation to our buying experience that allowed us to purchase our home well under what we were prepared to spend. Lastly, he was very responsive and patient when fielding our many questions. Thanks, Michael.”

–Erica and Misko, buyers
Happy Deck House owners

“When it was time to sell our 1952 Charles Goodman house in Hollin Hills, we looked for a smart, hard working real estate agent who also had an appreciation for quality mid-century modern design. We knew and admired Michael through his website, moderncapitaldc.com, an excellent and informative resource for design enthusiasts and those looking to find a mid-century modern home of their own. Michael successfully marketed our house, handled multiple offers on it, and sold it in a week for over asking. Who could ask for anything more?”

–Jane and Bill, sellers

“If you’re buying/selling modern residential real estate in the DC area, Michael Shapiro is your man. Here’s why: Modern occupies a niche market here that few Realtors understand. He knows the MCM neighborhoods, their history, their pioneering architects–all regularly featured on his website, which has garnered a growing following in DC and beyond. His passion for mod design/architecture runs deep. A supporter of modern historic preservation, he also works with architects, encouraging appreciation for time-honored principles of good design. He has built a track record for selling modern properties at highest price with shortest time on market. Within days, he sold our Hollin Hills home in a bidding war. A consummate professional, Michael is diplomatic, respectful, a skilled negotiator who produces results, and a pleasure to work with.”

–Suzanne, seller