You Can Always Count on a Classic. Just Ask MICHAEL BALLANTYNE.
What a man collects often says a great deal about his character. Michael Ballantyne collects a variety of classic objects, including vintage silk top hats, elegant cut-crystal decanters and antique sterling silver. In fact, this whimsical local businessman has a taste for classic lines that's evident the moment you meet him. He's always stylishly attired, whether it's a navy blazer over a pair of blue jeans or one of Brooks Brothers' best suits. But as his friends will tell you, Michael's classic style is reflective of a character of great substance - one with a wining approach to life and business.
Time Honored Principles~
That classic approach is based on the content of this gifted professional's character. For Michael, the concept of chivalry is alive and well, and the classic values of loyalty, integrity and respect have always had great meaning. They were key to his decorated service in the the U.S. Army, and instrumental to his successful career in the hospitality industry. But nothing says more about Michael than the year he devoted to a dear friend fighting a losing battle against cancer. He took care of the 15,000sqft household and staff, and helped her and her husband cope. "Love and loyalty were really all it took," Michael says. "They had done so much for me."
A native of Michigan, Michael was raised with what he calls "classic, small town, Mid-western values" including honesty, directness and a strong work ethic. As much as he enjoys classic and beautiful things, Michael has never lost sight of these values. They're what make him the warm, good-humored, genuinely down-to-earth person he is today. When he's not busy with his clients, Michael is equally comfortable in a night out at the theater, entertaining friends at home, digging in his flower beds, or playing with Hudson, his Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound), his breed. He has had a total of five.
A New Tradition~
With his timeless approach to life and work - and the people he encounters in both - it's no surprise that in his career as a real estate professional Michael has established a new tradition of going above and beyond the call of duty to meet his clients' needs. Michael is always fully involved in his clients' transactions, overseeing all aspects of the process to ensure that things run smoothly. Following his motto to "always be willing todo what other professionals can't or won't do," Michael is not adverse to rolling up his sleeves and pitching in, and he's been known to do anything when needed, from painting trim, trimming trees to hauling boxes on moving day.
A Classic Approach~
It's that special touch of highly personalized service that truly sets Michael apart from other real estate professionals. Michael works hard to anticipate the needs of his clients and ensure that all the details are covered. He stays in close contact to provide them the support they need for a smooth, stress-free transaction. Buyers know they can trust Michael to provide up-to-date recommendations from the current inventory of homes. Sellers appreciate his exceptional skills in staging and marketing their homes for sale at top dollar. And both buyers and sellers alike benefit from Michael's expansive list of professionals to assist in the process.
As an agent who's an expert in this local area, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. He is eager to serve you. Here are some of the things Michael can do for you:
Find Your Next Home~
You need someone who knows this area inside and out! Michael will work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home
Sell a Home~
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. Michael will take care of everything you need, from start to close.
Consult on Home Selling Tactics~
Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. He can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.