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Moving to Minnesota for the first time, we thought it prudent to work with a local realtor that knew the Twin Cities area, the neighborhoods and ALL things involved in buying a home. Throughout the home-buying process Mike and the Anderson Realty team exceeded our expectations. Mike was able to guide, counsel and inform our decisions in a way that we hadn’t experienced before. We are grateful to Mike for listening rather than directing us along the way. Most importantly we are happy owners of our “Minnesota Home” due in large part to working with Mike and Anderson Realty.

– Mark Massen

We had an excellent experience with Mike during our nine month search for our family’s forever home. We couldn’t be more thankful for the patience and knowledge he exhibited in allowing us to take our time to ensure we would not act impulsively, but rather continue to seek the best fit for our family based on our original vision. We have now been in our new home one month and couldn’t be more satisfied! Thanks, Mike!

– Stacie Cox

As first time homebuyers, my wife and I had no idea what to expect when we decided to buy a home. Mike helped us to feel confident in our understanding of the home buying process and provided fair and honest advice about our options. He knows the Twin Cities market and was able to help us buy a home that we love for a fair price. Couldn’t recommend Anderson Realty enough!

– Ryan Harris

We were very happy with the experience working with Mike at Anderson Realty! He was able to listen to our “wants” in a future home and found exactly what we were wanting. We are so grateful for their help throughout the process!

– Jon Morken

My husband and I started looking for a second home/preparing to sell our first home when we were a few months away from the birth of our second child. Working with Mike made this process SO MUCH easier than it might have been! He helped us prioritize preparations on our first house and was always available for questions we might have. When it came to house hunting for our second home, Mike was excellent at “reading our vibes” and helped us process and communicate what we were looking for. He was very patient and was happy to show us a fair number of houses, even if it was just for a few minutes. When we closed on the (wonderful) house we bought, Mike and Rebekah held our newborn son while we signed all the papers. We felt very taken care of by everyone we worked with at Anderson Realty!

– Allie Munson

Mike did an amazing job for us. We were not ready to move but stumbled upon a house that checked too many boxes to pass up! We would have walked away from it but Mike assured us we could do it — and we did! Mike was much more than a realtor- in addition to him and his wonderful associate, Rebekah, he had people who helped us through every step of the way. With everyone’s help we prepared our house of 25 years for sale. It had never looked better and we got a full price offer in 4 days! It was easy to put our trust in Mike – especially with his experience in appraising, renovating and selling older homes. We couldn’t be more sure of recommending him as a realtor!

– Jean Adams

If you want a genuine, knowledgeable, experienced, and super responsive realtor. Choose Mike Smith. He has knowledge in restoration and appreciates character and details in the architecture and craft of homes. We can not say enough good things about are experience with Mike Smith. He made buying our first home not seem overwhelming. We loved working with Mike because he seemed “real” from day one and didn’t have that fake persona we felt like all realtors had. He is a genuine family man with amazing knowledge about homes!

– Michelle P.

Michael Smith is everything that I look for in a Real Estate Professional. We have bought and sold with him and have recommended him to many friends because I know they will be taken care of with great care. He is detail oriented, thoughtful, has the pulse of the market.

One thing I appreciate about Mike is he has an eye for style and can appreciate features of homes as they exist. He was also able to give the best guidance where needed when it came to financing or getting a showing ASAP.

– Cat R.

I have nothing but good things to say about Mike Smith. My fiancé and I couldn’t have asked for a better agent as we bought our first home together.

He is incredibly knowledgeable yet unassuming. A harder worker than anyone I have met and is willing to calmly and completely explain anything to do with a home, the process or (my first-time home buyer) unwarranted worries without hesitation. And does it in way that makes you feel absolutely no pressure. It is clear he has a passion for getting his clients their perfect home.

He moved fast in a competitive market to get us the beautiful mid-century home we only dreamed about. I would (and have) recommend Mike with no reservations to family, friends and complete strangers looking to purchase a home anywhere in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

– Laura L.

Mike helped my boyfriend and I find and purchase our first home. He was very patient with us as we got the hang of the buying process. As new home-buyers we were a bit intimidated with the fast-paced seller’s market and Mike was great at talking us through each step in the process. I learned so much from him during the months we worked together. Buying a home may not be easy, but Mike definitely made it fun.

– Brianna K.

Mike is very knowledgeable. He not only knows the business of real estate but is very familiar with the process of design, building and construction as well, which was helpful to us since we had a specific vision in mind to make the property our own. I also believe he has a real passion for helping people find their ideal place to live and was very good about thinking creatively about our options. He knows the housing market and neighborhoods of the Twin Cities area well and was always willing to move quickly to see properties. Mike negotiated well to help us land an awesome house in a very competitive market. We recommend him for anyone starting the home buying process!

– dhackwith

Mike handled both sides of our transaction, both the buy of new home and sale of old home. We highly recommend. On the sell side, Mike went above and beyond. We had an offer accepted within a short time. Thereafter, the buyers experienced financing issues. Mike stepped in and went above and beyond to help the prospective buyers, through their agent, think through the financing and he saved the deal. Many an agent would have just re-listed. Mike made it happen and we still closed the deal within the month we targeted. An absolute professional, worth every penny.

– SMT

Mike was referred to us by a friend who had recently sold and purchased a home.

My wife and I were looking to purchase our first home, but didn’t exactly know where or what we wanted.

Michael was such a great coach at not only how to go about purchasing our first home but also at understanding what we were looking for and how to get it.

We weren’t sure exactly what we wanted in a home, but Michael was patient and resourceful at helping us narrow down our search results until ultimately finding the perfect house for us.

We had been told horror stories of the buying process, but Michael was so professional and informative that we signed with confidence and waked away with a home we fell in love with.

Use Mike, he’s the best.

I couldn’t have asked for a better agent. Mike made the home buying process such a smooth transition. He is straightforward, very knowledgable and honest. He won’t just sell you a house, he will make sure that it’s the right home for you.

I contacted Michael because I needed a real estate agent who had my interests and priorities in mind. I felt that my prior real estate agent was only interested in making the sale instead of thoroughly walking me through the process of purchasing a home. Upon first meeting, Michael told me about how he became a realtor and listened to what my expectations and priorities were. He made great suggestions to move my house faster and worked tirelessly at showings and open houses. He also managed my anxieties as a first time home seller with patience and grace. I have nothing but great things to say about Michael and would recommend him to all of my friends.

– Annie

Mike is truly awesome. Not only did he find us the perfect house fast, he had amazing advice along the way. He also has great taste and seems to know exactly the type of home his buyers will enjoy most. Overall, we had a great experience and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an awesome realtor. He always has your best interest in mind!

– Jason

Mike Smith worked diligently for my wife and me, showing us potential homes in in multiple markets to find the home that met our needs. We are busy family-minded professionals who didn’t have a lot of time to spend at open houses, so Mike was flexible and accommodating to our schedule. We communicated well before an afternoon of home-shopping which allowed Mike to strategize a plan to view the most homes in the least time. He was creative and thoughtful – even suggesting a market we never would have considered, which led to our purchase of a home we could not be more happy with.

– peck2211

I knew about Mike for years through his reputation in my group of friends but had never met him. So when it came time to sell our house he was the first person we called. Our main goal in finding a realtor was someone who could see and understand the aesthetic we had put into the house.

At the end of the day we couldn’t be more happy with Mike. He sold our house in a ridiculous 18 days and helped us make a significant profit…

Basically Mike is great. He’s the anti-realtor realtor, super down to earth and willing to just about anything to help you sell your house.

– Lisbeth and Paul

I actually went through the house buying processing 1.85 times with Michael. The first (what I consider the .85) time, in early 2012, I was single and trying to figure out what I wanted as a first time home buyer. Michael was very professional and really took the time to explain to me my different options along with how the process works. I made an offer on a home (thankfully contingent on inspection) and when the inspection helped me recognize the home was going to be much more work than I was willing to undertake on my own, he was incredibly skilled in making it comfortable to not complete the deal and gracious when I decided to take a step back from the home purchasing process for a while.

Fast forward to fall 2013, I was engaged and looking to buy a home with my soon to be husband. Mike was once again an incredibly strong resource and helped us find our current home. He continually demonstrated his knowledge of many different areas of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs that gave us great confidence in our decision making. He took in our feedback with each home and responded accordingly to help us find the perfect home for the two of us. Then, when we ran into a hiccup with the inspection and financing process, he was a strong advocate on our behalf and helped us navigate a way forward to ensure that we were able to close the deal in early 2014. We have now happily occupied our home for almost a year now.

– Kendra

Mike was a great Realtor. He really took the time to understand our needs and budget requirements. He then showed us a variety of houses to allow us to get a feel for what our expectations should be. After that, he was very diligent about updating us on new arrivals and was super flexible on when we could see houses. Mike, understands the market, understands design, and understands how to get you in a good spot. Finally, his eye for the weird, tacky, and stenciled, is a welcome reprieve on some of the home walkthroughs. He keeps things light when needed and will get you into a great spot like he did for us.

– Zeb

Mike took time to understand what we were really looking for in a home, and then helped us find it. The thing I appreciated most about his services was his integrity and trustworthiness, while always protecting our interests. He never once tried to push his own agenda, but expertly met our needs as first time home buyers. We are now in a house that we love and couldn’t be happier with our experience with Mike!

– Olson

Mike Smith was great to work with. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to buying and selling homes, and we appreciated his flexibility and patience.

Mike works very hard, and showed us piles and piles of houses. He helped us figure out which ones were best for us, and was not afraid to talk us out of homes that were not a good fit. I appreciated his honesty and willingness to find the perfect house for our family.

– Sarah

Michael is incredible!
We first met while touring a house down the street from where we were renting. He was the listing agent, but he had also done some redesign construction on the place. We loved it, but we weren’t ready to buy yet. We loved his work on that place, and we immediately felt like we could really trust him… so we asked him to start showing us houses. He was really easy to work with, and supper laid back. He let us go at our pace, and really helped us to figure out what we were looking for.

Mike is fantastic at balancing a laid back vibe with expert guidance on the purchase process. When we were ready to make an offer on a house, Mike was like Johnny-on-the-spot. Every little thing that came up he was on top of it. I don’t know when the guy sleeps! The first house that we made an offer on ended up being fraught with peril (crazy seller). Mike was like an expert wizard guide helping us get out of a bad deal with our initial deposit in tact. We were feeling pretty burned after pulling out of that first deal, but incredibly grateful for Mike because he was the one who helped us get out of it!

The next time that we made an offer on a house everything went smoothly. Mike was just as on top of things as ever, and there was no peril to be seen:) He got us into our dream house, and became a trusted friend in the process. Mike is the best… anyone who says otherwise is selling something.

– Samuel

Mike’s approach is all about the customer. If you know what you want, he’ll find properties that match your exact criteria. If you don’t know what you want, he’ll show you a hand picked variety of homes until you find the perfect match. We will never use another realtor.

– Harvey

I connected to Mike through a friend who’d also worked with him in a home purchase. As this was my first home search/purchase, I was full of questions and nervous about the process. Mike’s knowledge of the area I was interested in (S. Minneapolis), enthusiasm for the search, and responsiveness to my questions quickly put me at ease. I never felt pressured and always felt like Mike genuinely wanted to see me in a home I would love for years. We found a great house in South Minneapolis that fit my wish list and price point perfectly and Mike’s encouragment and expertise made the process infinitely easier than I ever imagined. I’m thrilled with my home and highly recommend Mike for any home purchase/sale needs.

– Rachel

Mike helped us both sell our house and buy another one. He was always quick to answer our questions, worked very hard to make things happen, and was patient with us through all our concerns and anxiety. I highly recommend working with Mike Smith.

– Sarah

Mike was incredibly easy to work with. We thought it was going to be impossible to sell our home at the price we needed, and Mike did it. He sold it quickly and communicated well with us during the entire process. He then helped us find a new home that possessed everything (and more!) that we wanted. We felt like he understood and listened to exactly what our wishes were. Thanks Mike!

– Lindsay

Mike assisted us with our buy/sell and we were thrilled with our purchase price and the sale price we negotiated. He was faced with some challenges on both sides of our deal… but powered through on our behalf as a true advocate for our families end goal. We would highly recommend Mike as your broker. Thanks Mike!

– Joe

Mike sold us our first house, it was a complex and challenging sale with tons of unexpected (not happy) surprises. I can only imagine what a nightmare the process would’ve been without Mike at the helm. We were continually impressed with his technical knowledge and negotiating skills – and he’s cool and super creative – two qualities I wouldn’t expect to find in a typical realtor. Mike is a Boss in every sense of the word and we can’t recommend him highly enough.

– Iverson

We first met Mike at one of his remodeled homes featured on the showcase tour. His restoration firm did a beautiful job. We were immediately impressed with his vision and easy to talk to nature. We found out he was also a broker and knew we wanted to work with him. Throughout the whole process he was always in communication – sometimes knowing what we wanted or needed more than ourselves. Mike was always proactive and loved looking at houses with us. We appreciated his design sense as we were open to a remodel. During the sell of our house he advised us well on preparation, paid close attention to detail with photos, appointments & follow up, open houses etc. He is truly passionate about what he does! What can be an overwhelming experience proved to be easy to manage and enjoyable. We credit his honesty, sense of humor, approachability, knowledge and willingness.

Our experience with Mike Smith was outstanding from start to finish. He understood our unique house, the neighborhood, and how to price and market it (with beautiful staging!). Mike was very available by phone, text, and e-mail for questions and updates and all times of the day. He was always easy to talk to, explains things very well, takes time with his clients, and just has an honset, sincere feeling which I must say is different from other realtors I’ve known. He was also very flexible with setting everything up in a way that worked for our family. We had a newborn baby at the time and were not able to clear out of the house at a moment’s notice for showings and Mike really worked with us to set up convenient showings. As I mentioned the house we sold was very unique and we also put it one the market at a difficult time of the year so it was really impressive that Mike was able to connect several potential interested buyers with us. He’ll work hard for you — he even did an open house for us during a blizzard! And best of all, Mike just has a great, fun attitude that makes him a pleasure to work with.

Michael is one of the very hardest working Realstate professionals in the Twin Cities. Further out from the cities as well, from what I understand.

The few main points that I want to emphasize are as follows.

You will be listened to and treated very thoughtfully and respectfully, as in, attentive, intuitive, quiet, information gathering, on Mikes part.

There is absolutely no ulterior motives present in his being. In other words, you can look at a ton of listings, and you will never “feel”, Mike changing his vibe. That is, getting annoyed, nervous, pushy and definitely not a desperate type vibe! All these personality qualities in Mike, allow for a unbiased, un pressured, very important decision making experience for you and maybe loved ones as well. One last thing is, that Mike has been a General Contractor, restoring properties for eons. This was a huge sell to me personally, as, you pretty much have an inspector (just because of his restoration experience), showing homes to you! As opposed to Realtors who have never nailed in wood flooring or replaced a light bulb! Mike is a Guru! Feel blessed knowing that you have one of the best and well connected representatives for you, and especially for such an important decision and process to see to fruition! It will all go well.

– J, Minneapolis.

Alison helped us to navigate a fast and furious real-estate market and landed us in our very first home! From working through offer letters late into the night to taking us on Facetime tours at the drop of a hat, Alison kept things moving. Glad to find ourselves in a home and neighbourhood that we’re very happy with. Thanks!

– Kat Rohn

Alison went above and beyond in helping my family find our dream home. She even took it upon herself to send us information on apartment rentals when we were relocating from Chicago to Minneapolis last year. She has great relationships with loan officers, home inspectors and if she doesn’t have an answer for you she will connect you with someone who does. She was a complete pleasure to work with and found us our home on day one of our search. I believe this is because she really listened to our needs and asked us important questions about what we wanted in a home. I have already started recommending her to our friends and family.