Growing up in a family of real estate entrepreneurs, Michaela became particularly familiar with the tax benefits of a mortgage deduction at a very young age. (Translation: she wasn’t popular in school, but at least she was armed with knowledge that would prove useful decades later.) Michaela began her real estate career while attending UC Santa Cruz, where she graduated with a degree in Business Management Economics. After a four-year stint in the corporate world of digital marketing, she bought her first two investment properties at the age of 27, found her way back to real estate, and hasn’t looked back since.
With experience in marketing, technology, and various facets of real estate, Michaela’s diverse skills are leveraged to proactively engage with clients and streamline the home search for buyers and the home selling process for sellers. Michaela understands the detailed process clients undertake as part of each transaction and aims to provide a supportive experience from beginning to end. She is passionate about helping others fulfill their dreams of homeownership, whether it is with an investment property, a first home, or anything in between.
As a Bay Area native, Michaela has in-depth knowledge and expertise with respect to the region’s dynamic real estate market. Outside of helping clients buy and sell homes, you can find her running the occasional half marathon, eating her way through local restaurants, and checking items off her never-ending bucket list. Building a house is next on the agenda.
“While looking for a suitable home, I would spend countless hours doing the Zillow shuffle and at the end of the day, I would be reminded what the phrase ‘housing crisis’ truly means. There are few things in this world I despise more than looking for an apartment, especially in the Bay. It shouldn’t been this difficult. I needed help. I contacted Michaela and within a week, she found an unlisted studio in a cute neighborhood that is 8 blocks from Lake Merrit. The place is pretty sweet: high ceilings, wood floors, two large closets, a large bedroom, and offered at below market value. I honestly didn’t think this kind of thing happened in the Bay Area housing market anymore, but with her connections in the industry, it happened to me. Michaela is easy to work with and has a deep knowledge of the housing market that goes beyond her years. I really enjoyed my time with her and I would highly suggest her to anyone looking for a place to call their own. Michaela is simply the best!”
– Jon H.
“Michaela was very friendly and approachable. We bought our first property with her and she was very helpful answering all our questions and walked us through all the details and nuisances of purchasing a home. She was always quick to respond and if she did not know the answer straight away, she would find the answers for us. She showed us countless properties and when we were ready to purchase, she diligently prepared a favorable rapport with the seller’s agent and got us the house.”
– Danni C.
“Michaela just helped me out with a condo purchase and she was great. She was easy to talk to about the process, fun to see homes with, and knowledgeable about the various neighborhoods in the East Bay. She is always happy and smiling, even when dealing with ridiculous questions and requests. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor. She also brought me a donut at closing as a special treat!”
– Eliot H.
“Michaela is absolutely fantastic. After speaking with many other agents, she is definitely the one to work with. It’s more than just her professional knowledge of the market, it’s her personality and work ethic. She is a blast to work with, as well as just to be around; it really makes what can be a stressful process very fun. She has a positive attitude that is contagious, and really gets you excited about everything. What really did it though, is how hard she works. She really showed me that she cares, more than any other agent about her clients’ satisfaction and goals, something that we didn’t get from other senior (citizen) agents. She makes you feel like you’re the most important client in the world, not just another transaction. She is personable, trustworthy, fun, and always available. I can’t recommend Michaela enough!”
– Dom V.
“I find looking for a home a miserable process in general. However, Michaela made it as enjoyable as I think it could be. Her professionalism, friendliness, and responsiveness made her awesome to work with. I never felt pressured into doing anything i wasn’t 100% comfortable with.”
– Mohamed O.
Always striving to be better than I was the day before.
Taking the leap of faith to pursue my passion in real estate.
Finding the time and stomach space to eat all the food I want.
The sun. When that doesn't work, my iPhone.
Any day I've discovered something new and accomplished something I thought was impossible before.
Peet's Coffee barista at SFO.
Teleportation while showing homes.
People who habitually lean into discomfort and fear. Also, my mom. I want to be her when I grow up.
The Stephen Curry of real estate.
What do you love about the Bay Area?
The way people from different cultures, backgrounds, and all walks of life coexist together to create what everybody knows to be the best place in the world to live.