About “My Friend Michele”

When it comes time to sell your home, the process of preparing it for market can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be! You can find an experienced local Realtor who can tell you what your house needs to get you the price you want in your local real estate market. Or, you can come to me, your friend Michele! I always ensure a client’s home is staged to highlight its value and showcase its best features. Sometimes a few small changes can give you a huge return on investment! I use my knowledge of the real estate market and my intuitive eye for design to maximize results.

I have been in love with real estate since the mid-1980’s. When I could not find a home I liked where I was living in Indiana, I decided to build. Working with developers, I built my first home, a rancher, in 1985. But shortly after, I decided to move to Pennsylvania to be near my family. I hired a realtor to sell my home in Indiana. After 3 months, my house sat on the market unsold. I decided to put a “For Sale by Owner” sign in my yard and I sold it myself!

After moving to PA, I purchased my first flip in 1987. With the help of my parents, I made a quick $7,000. Not bad! Especially back then as a young 20-something. My real estate Broker told me I had an “eye” for seeing the potential in homes, and recommended that I seriously consider selling real estate as a career. With a few years of experience with a national real estate developer and a Bachelor’s degree in business under my belt, I took courses and attained my Real Estate License in February 1988.

Since then I have become a successful listing and buyer agent, earning national sales awards each year (check out my bio and website for more on my background and experience). In addition, I have continued to be an avid house flipper. I flip one to three homes per year. I’ve dealt with everything from estate sales and foreclosures to abandoned properties and fixer-uppers. I have a passion for turning a sad, tired, neglected house into a happy, cheery, welcoming home – without breaking the bank! Throughout my three decades of experience, I have learned many “tricks of the trade” and how to stay inside “the budget.”

I especially enjoy using my “eye” for design and redesign to help my clients ready their homes for market, ensuring quick sales and the best price possible. We choose fixes that maximize results, from general de-cluttering to staging, which may include removing or rearranging furniture, painting, purchasing or positioning small decorative items, and improving exterior curb appeal. I take great care when photographing each home, being sure to highlight important qualities and design features. My client’s success is my success.

I wanted to start this blog so I could share some of these tricks and some of my stories. I often have people referred to me because someone told them, “Oh, my friend Michele could help you with that!” Now I want to share my knowledge of the real estate market, design ideas, renovation tips, and inexpensive improvement concepts with you, too! I hope these success stories inspire to tackle your own projects, from old tile baths and hardwood floors to popcorn ceilings and wood paneling.

I welcome your comments, questions, and feedback. I’d love to hear about your own ideas and experiences. Let’s have some fun!