From the moment you first shake hands with Michelle, you will immediately understand why the phrase “People Person” is said to have been invented just for her! Michelle’s signature qualities–listening, understanding and communicating–are the reasons why she enjoys phenomenal success as one of San Francisco’s premier real estate agents and is ranked consistently in the top 50 realtors in San Francisco. Michelle has sold all types of real estate: condos, single-family homes, new construction and even parking spaces. Michelle’s experience in marketing and selling homes spans all of the City’s unique and diverse neighborhoods. She is known among her peers and clients as “The Expert” on the new and exciting neighborhoods and of South Beach, Rincon Hill and Mission Bay. Michelle is Sales Director with Climb Real Estate Group, one of San Francisco’s San Francisco’s leading and most innovative real estate firms. Michelle started her sales career at TRI Coldwell Banker where she was ranked in the top 1% nationwide with Coldwell Banker and was recognized as a Top Producer for 2005. Michelle has continued to be a top producer since 2005.
Michelle is a real estate all-rounder, adding tremendous value to the service that she provides to her clients. Her 10 years’ experience in the San Francisco real estate market is augmented by two years prior experience in real estate finance and additionally from serving as president of two condominium Homeowners' Associations. A talented and accomplished photographer, Michelle also ran her own photography business in New York City prior to moving to the Bay Area. Among her photography clients were celebrities such as Frankie Muniz, Julia Styles, Tami Michaels and alternative rock band Dishwalla. Her portfolio demonstrates a keen eye for art direction and capturing the full essence of her subject matter – a skill that is profoundly evident when conveying the most important features of a home in the marketing process.
Michelle resides in Jack London Square with her fiancé Lewis and their boxer Kane. Michelle continues to enjoy photography as a pastime and spending time with her brothers Michael and Christopher Balog and sister-in-law Dr. Tera Balog. Michelle has a degree in film production and photography from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema Television. She is one of the founding members of a networking group called SKIRT (Sharing Knowledge Information and Resources Together) (skirtsnetwork.net) and is co-author of a book called “SKIRTWorking, How to Network Using SKIRT™”© (skirtworking.com) which was launched on Amazon.com on September 10, 2008. The book made it to their bestseller list that day and was number 1 in the Women in Business category. Michelle is also a former member of the Real Estate Leadership Auxiliary Council for EARN (sfearn.org) in San Francisco and a percentage of her sales commissions will be donated to EARN. Michelle was a delegate for the SF City Trip and lobbied and represented San Francisco homeowner’s interests in Washington, DC in March of 2009 (sfchamber.com) and has appeared on KRON 4 News as a networking or “SKIRTworking” expert.