Needless to say, this was not enough to prepare us for the journey! Not to mention that the home market is out of control with near record level demand for homes! We were recommended to Mike as he is a friend of the family and he has been a wonderful resource throughout the process. Mike first had a phone call with us to find out what we were looking for in our home, and what we absolutely did not want in our first home. From there, Mike set up an MLS search and started sending us alerts to homes that fit our criteria. Shortly after, we were on our way to building a list of homes we wanted to see. He also provided us with a recommendation for a bank to work with in getting our mortgage pre-approval, which is a must in this market! We liked the bank so much we stuck with them through the whole process. Mike was very patient and accommodating with us as my wife and I were interested in what felt like every house that came our way. Homes were not on the market long, and were selling fast, so we felt that we needed to look at as much as we could as fast as we could! We wanted to figure out what we liked and didn't like about homes in our price range, and Mike never made us feel we were overbearing, and worked to set up as many showings as he could. We felt that Mike was a straight shooter, who let us know the pros and the cons with each house we looked at. Mike also learned, perhaps better than we did ourselves, what we truly liked in a house, and tailored our showings to what we were looking for! When it came time to offer, and there were a few we lost out on, Mike was very helpful in guiding us through the process, making it as seamless and as easy as possible. He gave us honest recommendations of where to start and how far we should be willing to go on each offer. After missing out on a few homes to some strong competition, along came the house that fit everything that we wanted after a few months of searching. We were ready to make an offer, and the house we fell in love with went under contract before we had a chance. Mike knew it was something we really had interest in, and continued to monitor the property. Fortunately for us, it came back on the market a few days later and Mike was ready to pounce! He let us know right away, and again guided us through the process with making the offer, and the counter-offers that followed. With Mike's help, we got our house! After our offer was accepted, Mike continued to provide us stellar recommendations for home inspectors, real estate attorneys, and insurance brokers. We went with all of his recommendations after doing some searching on our own and could not be happier. Throughout the closing process, Mike continued to check in with us to make sure everything was moving smoothly and made sure we were comfortable. Mike, thank you for guiding us through this process in perhaps the craziest housing market in recent history! We could not have done it without you!