Michael helped us purchase our first home in Oakland, CA in 2021. Over the period of our search the housing market heated up dramatically and inventory slipped away. This prolonged our search but Michael was able to adapt and give sound advice throughout. During this time we put in nearly 20 offers with Michael before finally landing a property that we are very happy with. As we reflect on our journey, a few aspects of Michael’s experience and support throughout this process stand out.
First, Michael was very supportive in helping us find the right property to fit our needs, rather than letting us settle for or trying to shoehorn us into what was available each week. We typically saw approximately four houses per week with Michael, in Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, or Hayward. At each property, Michael offered pros and cons and tried to help us work through the implications of each of the different neighborhoods and municipalities, as well as providing guidance on pricing and levels of competition from other buyers. He is especially knowledgeable about and connected in the Oakland area but was able to provide very helpful information at all the sites we visited.
Second, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge of common property issues and defects. This experience is particularly valuable in a fast-paced market where inspectors are fully booked and in cases where the seller’s disclosures seem less than forthcoming. On a number of occasions, we found ourselves interested in properties that had foundation or other significant issues that we would not have come to our attention without Michael’s insights and forthcoming nature. As we reflect on the many properties we viewed and were interested in, we are very glad to have had Michael’s insight on issues that can or cannot be remediated so that we did not get stuck in a property that would have caused grief in the long-term.
Finally, when it came to drawing-up and submitting offers, Michael was always well-prepared and very responsive to our questions, despite a fast-paced market that often left us finalizing details at the last minute, particularly for properties that required pre-emptive offers to be competitive. Michael never let us down.
Overall, we were very pleased by our experience with Michael, and look forward to working with him again when the time comes to sell our home. We highly recommend Michael.
We have worked with Michael twice — once to purchase our home in Oakland in 2015, and once to sell the same home in 2021. He is easygoing and personable, and he cares about making the buying and selling process a good experience for his clients. He understands that this is not just business for his clients — he’s helping us find (or sell) our homes, so it can be a very emotional process. His approach is very much personalized to the individual clients and property. He coordinated a lot of things for us during our sale since we were remote, including helping us hire and manage a number of contractors to get the place ready for sale. He was always easy to reach to answer questions, and always kept us up-to-date on new developments. After offers came in on our house, he helped us negotiate an even better price. We would definitely recommend working with him, whether you are planning to buy or sell!
We used Michael Hocking to sell our home in Montclair, Oakland recently and he was outstanding.
Prior to choose a real estate agent, my wife and I conducted a lot of research and met several agents. The Michael Hocking Real Estate Team stood out. We spoke with Michael at Grubb company’s office and at our house. He spent hours answering our questions, providing objective data regarding East bay market, and discussing what we should prepare prior to open house. Of course, it was lots of work and tons of effort throughout the process. Michael made the process incredibly supportive and effective.
When we saw our listing we were blown away. His hard work and knowledge of what it takes to sell a home really paid off – our listing looked amazing and knocked out the competition. It is worth mention that he helped staging the house with outstanding talent. He took a great care of the house while the property was in public. He is also nice photographer.
Our house went under contract immediately after accepting offers. We got 5 offers, when we accepted an offer. Michael handled buyers agents well and coordinate with us well throughout. It couldn’t have been a more pleasant Experience.
I’ve recommended the Michael’s Real Estate team to everyone I know. He is true professional and a genuinely nice person. I realize it won’t always be this easy to sell your home, but I think you’d be hard to find a better Realtor.
Thank you Michael and his team-