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Testimonials

“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