Some say that the term “people person” is too easily used. Yet, when meeting Michelle Balog for the first time, it’s easy to see why so many of those who know her believe that it’s a truly fitting term for her. Naturally a good listener who’s understanding and empathetic—as well as a forthright agent and firm negotiator that excels in communication and execution—it should come as no surprise that she’s consistently ranked among the 50 top realtors in San Francisco.
Whether it’s a parking spot or a sprawling estate, from condos and single-family homes to a new construction in any of San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods, she’s not just a real estate all-rounder, she’s one of San Francisco’s premier real estate agents.
Michelle began her real estate career at TRI Coldwell Banker, where she was ranked in the top 1% nationwide and was recognized as a Top Producer for 2005. Michelle has continued to be a Top Producer every year since 2005.
With over 16 years of experience in the San Francisco real estate market, she’s known among her peers and clients as a leading resource for new and exciting neighborhoods. Since 2001, long before locales like South Beach and Mission Bay were more commonly known, she’d already been relishing the opportunity to represent unique properties in less discovered areas. Ultimately, this led her to meet Chris Lim and Mark Choey (the founders of Climb Real Estate) and forge a phenomenally successful professional relationship based on complementary skillsets and vast networks underscored by unrivaled support for their clients.
As one of the founding members of a networking group called SKIRT (Sharing Knowledge Information and Resources Together), she is co-author of a book called “SKIRTWorking: How to Network Using SKIRT” which was launched on Amazon.com on September 10, 2008 and made their bestseller list that day; it was number 1 in the Women in Business category. Michelle is also a former member of the Real Estate Leadership Auxiliary Council for EARN in San Francisco and is currently active as a member of the San Francisco YPN (Young Professional Network) and the elite Top Agent Network (TAN). Michelle was a delegate for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s CityTrip, lobbying for and representing San Francisco homeowners’ interests in Washington, DC in March of 2009. She has appeared on KRON 4 News as a networking or “SKIRTworking” expert.
A talented and accomplished photographer, Michelle also had her own photography business in New York City prior to moving to the Bay Area. Her portfolio demonstrates a keen eye for art direction and capturing the full essence of her subject matter, a skill that is evident when conveying the most compelling features of a home in the marketing process.
Michelle lives in Alameda with her husband Lewis, her son Little Lew, and their boxer Kane. While photography remains a treasured pastime, she also loves making magic in the kitchen and spending time with her siblings and extended family in the Bay Area.
“Michelle and Evan represented my wife and I in the sale of our Hayes Valley apartment and the purchase of a new home in Noe Valley. They did a great job for us, providing us with great advice. They were patient throughout our search and we never felt pressured to make a decision that wasn’t in our best interest. We ended up finding the perfect home for us and felt like we sold our apartment for a great price. We would highly recommend Michelle and Evan: they are a great team.”
– Chris S.
“Michelle Balog rocks! She represented me in my first home buying experience last year, and she made the entire experience go smoothly and without a hitch. From the very start of the search process through to closing, she was professional and on it.”
– Andre F.
“She is a dedicated realtor that goes above and beyond for her clients. I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone who wants to purchase or sell a property in San Francisco.”
– Thomas A.
“She exudes grace under pressure. But don’t be fooled: Michelle is no pushover. She is a firm negotiator and is very forthright. With her level of professionalism, knowledge of the market, and strong work ethic, Michelle Balog is the agent you should have working for you on your team.”
– Wendy T.
“Michelle is the best around. This woman works 200% for her clients. We listed our house with Michelle and had multiple offers within 3 days of going on the market! Michelle has 1 focus: doing the best job for her clients. The best!”
– Samantha T.
“Michelle was fantastic to work with! She is professional, knowledgeable, and demonstrated ethical business practices. I would highly recommend her, and you can rest assured you are in good hands!”
– Sandy L.
“Michelle and Evan of Climb Real Estate sold my condo within 2 weeks, do I need to say more? Two heads are better than one: this is very true even in real estate. Who can argue when you can get two for the price of one? Michelle and Evan put together a masterpiece platform from scheduling a stager; coming up with an attractive brochure, online photos and video presentation; showing the home on weekends; and coordinating with escrow through document signing. All of these while making sure that all details are sorted out and issues are resolved for the ultimate benefit of both the seller and buyer. The team of Michelle and Evan worked wonder despite the fact that the property was owner-occupied during the whole selling process. It was the attention to detail, property savoir-faire, swift resolutions, and genuine willingness to go above and beyond that made it happen. I am so satisfied with the service.”
– Edgar A.
English and a little Spanish.
Publishing my book, SKIRTworking.
Teaching my dog Kane to answer my cell phone.
Closing two deals and lunch with a friend.
Video store clerk.
Doing anything in stilettos.
That's hard, I love them all.
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