Friday, January 14, 2022

My Reviews


01/11/2022
Michael has helped us not only find and buy the first home we ever purchased in 2013, we reconnected with him this year to sell that home and find and buy our dream family home. Michael is so keen to really what you desire and has been a pleasure to work with over the past decade. Highly recommended.
Ben 2754 California St. NE (Seller) 22XX Roosevelt St. NE (Buyer)
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11-03-2021
We couldn’t have found our perfect home without the help of Michael! He stuck with us during the very difficult home-buying market over the last several months and helped us find a home with everything we were looking for AND, in the area, we wanted to be! It really felt like he had our best interest in mind.
Ben & Kimberly 22XX Roosevelt St. NE (Buyer)
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10/23/2021
Diplomatic, energetic, knowledgeable, friendly, and interesting. I had lived in NE Minneapolis for many years. Saw many signs with his name on, over the years. A bad agent will not survive a quarter century plus in the same area. When it came time to sell, choosing Michael as our agent was a no-brainer. Our first meeting with him confirmed that.
Michael was always there and an expert guide throughout the entire process. Many things have changed through the years. He has kept up with the latest technology. He speaks in a clear, concise manner. Sufficiently loud enough that a hard of hearing person (me); will have no trouble understanding.
100% satisfied!
David R. 2723 Grand St. NE (Seller)
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10/19/2021
We have worked with Mr. Gacek as both a buyer and a seller. Our most recent experience was with buying a beautiful craftsman house in Northeast in September 2021. What we like most about Michael is his methodical approach. He has a system that works, taking us through the steps of identifying our needs, determining the locations that interest us, scheduling showings, and developing an offering strategy to maximize our chances. His experience in Northeast Minneapolis and in facilitating many home sales helped us land a great deal in a great neighborhood. And he is not afraid to point out flaws or warning signs if he thinks something is not right about a place.
Andy W. 16XX Madison St. NE (Buyer)
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07/12/2021
Michael is the real deal. He’s a straight shooter who will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients, period. My wife and I needed to suddenly relocate back to MN from out of state, so I asked my sister if she knew a realtor that she recommended. She has completed three very successful transactions with Michael and was thrilled to be able to connect him with us. Now my wife and I are very happily moved into our dream house in MN and we wouldn’t have been able to do so without Michael’s unique ability to do all of the hard work on our behalf so that all we needed to do was sign on the dotted line. Thank you, Michael. You are one of a kind.
Brian - 6XX Fox Road, Lino Lakes, MN (Buyer)
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06/02/2021
"It was a pleasure to work with Michael! He was very helpful to us as first-time home buyers, and he was always willing to talk to us and answer all our questions. His experience with homes was invaluable, and he was easily able to recognize potential benefits and problem areas of properties that other realtors would have overlooked. Although his focus is on Northeast Minneapolis, he was happy to set up showings for us in other parts of the Twin Cities. I would not hesitate to hire Michael again in the future, whether I’m buying or selling a home!"
Emma and Alec – 5XX Michigan St. (Buyer)
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05/19/2021
Michael kept us informed about the whole process of selling a house as we went along. He offered good suggestions and kept on top of all the paperwork and what would be needed to close. The outcome was what we had hoped for, and I would recommend Michael to anyone wishing to sell their house.
David and Valerie – 3342 Pierce St. NE (Seller)
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04/21/2021
Honestly, every aspect of Michael's practice is second to none. He got us a higher offer on the house we were selling than I ever thought possible through some expert advice on prep and timing, then turned right around and advised us on how to get the perfect house we were after locked down. Buying and selling homes is usually fraught with second guesses but working with Michael I have not had a single one.
Christopher – 2223 2nd St. NE & 24XX (Seller and Buyer)
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12/28/2020
I just sold and closed on one of my houses in Northeast using Michael Gacek. I’ve lived in Northeast for 25 years and appreciated Michael’s expertise and knowledge in making the sale happen with no buyer challenges. He communicated often and the sale went through flawlessly. A satisfied home seller!
Kale - 1513 Washington St. NE (Seller)
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11/16/2020
Michael was an amazing agent to work with. He is very knowledgeable about many aspects of not only the home buying process, but also about home ownership/maintenance and what that would entail. He was able to advise us on what types of projects and/or issues would need more immediate attention and what we would be able to wait a bit on. I'm a taller guy (6'3") so Michael's experience was able to shine through when looking at pictures to judge if I would comfortably fit in spaces like the basement or upstairs of 1.5 story homes. This was very important because we didn't want to waste our time (and potentially expose ourselves to health risks because of COVID-19) going to showings if it was apparent that the home wasn't going to work. Michael was always responsive and looked out for our best interests when negotiating with other agents. As first-time buyers, he helped us through the entire home buying process, and we found the house we've always wanted.
Thank you, Michael!
Patrick - 41XX Elliot Ave. (Buyer)
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10/5/2020
Michael remains our go-to agent! He helped us find our home over 20yrs ago, and he was who we called when it was time to sell our parents’ home. He walked us through all the stages of selling, while being mindful of the emotions tied to selling a home owned for over 50yrs. Michaels knowledge and experience provided guidance to help ensure we listed at the appropriate price for a timely sale. We would recommend Michael, and he will continue to be our 1st call!
Susan - 803 Parker Ave (Seller)
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8-7-2020
Michael really knows the neighborhood. He expertly steered me through all the stages of selling my home: from prep and staging all the way to closing the sale. You will be in good hands with Michael.
Jean – 2328 45th. Ave. NE. (Seller)
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5/26/2020
If you are buying in Northeast, Michael is your guy! He was very knowledgeable and friendly, and he advocated for us well in negotiations. He knows so much about older homes and helped us find a lower-maintenance home as first-time buyers. I would strongly recommend calling Michael
Holly - 25XXMcKinley St. NE (Buyer)
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9/17/2019I
It was a pleasure working with Michael to find a home. My husband and I are first time home buyers and we didn't know much about the home buying process. Michael was able to walk us through the whole process and was very helpful in pointing out things to look for (good and bad!) while touring a house. We had such a great home buying experience and he was able to help us find a house that suits the needs of our little family.
Jason and Carolyn - 60XX 3rd St. NE (Buyer) 
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5/4/2019
I had a really amazing experience with Michael. He knows so much about houses. He scouts the history of the house before seeing the home and lets you know if there are any red flags about the property. Then, once you're at the home, he is again looking for any red flags: bad roof, foundation or sewage issues. His expertise and professionalism make him the best agent I have ever worked with.
Christine - (A life event took Christine out of the home buying market for a while)
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4/18/2019 
Michael was a rock star in getting a wonderful buyer and top dollar in a very short amount of time under the worst weather conditions for our beloved family home! Michael's passion and personal insight as to who would be attracted to our family home and its unique properties, seeing that vision and finding the right buyer in 4 days on the market at a price well above what the other local realtors felt it would bring was particularly satisfying to the family! He also did all the legwork and paperwork, always keeping us in the loop, to make everything ready for sale and go extremely smooth for the family during the sale process. We would highly recommend Michael to handle your family's home sale - he is awesome! 
Tom – 3307 Taylor St. NE (Seller)
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12/26/2018
Michael was amazing to work with on our home purchase. He was very helpful in the home search and extremely responsive to our questions and needs. Michael was excellent communicating the pros and cons of each property we looked at, identifying issues that we wouldn't have thought of ourselves. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for a home and plan to use him in the future.
Erik - Skillman Ave. W (Buyer)
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10-31-2018
Big shout out to Michael Gacek who recently sold my home! He gave me advice from our first meeting that paid off and exhibited professionalism from day one. He was patient with all my questions and readily available to help me at all times. I felt confident things were on track and thankful I chose him to help me. I would highly recommend him and encourage others to follow his experienced advice! Thanks Michael!
Gail - 2622 Washington St. NE (Seller)
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9-18-2018
Michael was amazing to work with. He guided us through our first home buying experience with so much patience, good advice, and knowledge, and we ended up so happy with our house! His expertise and friendly demeanor made things easy to understand and less frustrating. Michael was always willing to work with our schedule when it came to showings. Simply put, he was perfect for us, and everything we could have hoped for in an agent.
Chris and Lauren - Amour Terrace (Buyer)
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8-26-2018
We loved working with Michael! Our budget was limited, and we wanted to buy in a white-hot market, NE Mpls! We searched for a year, looking at who knows how many houses. The whole time, Michael preached patience. He had no interest in just selling a house, but wanted us to buy a house we loved in the neighborhood we wanted to be in. SUCCESS! After a long, exhaustive search featuring multiple times we wanted to give up, Michael found us the perfect house! There were still plenty of negotiations after our offer was accepted and all went smoothly IN OUR FAVOR in a white-hot market! We're thrilled and owe it all to Michael! He's the best!
Ben and Maureen - 6th. St. NE (Buyer)
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8/6/2018
The phrase "Above and Beyond" is so often used these days that its meaning has become diluted. But let me say that Michael Gacek is FULL STRENGTH!! How many other real estate agents have a lighted "For Sale" sign? He had many big and little helpful ideas that made the difference between getting a good dollar for my home and me getting TOP dollar for my home and I know I got top dollar. He methodically went over all the paperwork and explained everything in detail, no "i" was left undotted and no "t" was left uncrossed. Michael took many beautiful photos that showcased my home with an artistic flare. They showed off my home's assets at its best. They are now a great keepsake of a home full of memories. If you are thinking of selling your home, you can do no better than to get in touch with Michael. 
Charlotte - 3042 Benjamin St. NE (Seller)
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6-28-2018
Michael did an excellent job for us with a recent home sale. His initial walk through helped us identify the details that needed attention to insure a smooth inspection and sale. That up-front attention resulted in a very clean inspection report that led to a quick home sale. When multiple offers came in within the first 36 hours on the market, Michael quickly helped us navigate to the best buyer offer. We highly recommend Michael for his skillful and professional sales and marketing experience.
Leanne - 39th. Ave. NE. (Seller)
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6-27-2018 
We worked with Michael for well over a year in our search for our first home. Michael was above and beyond professional, insightful, and honest. He saved us multiple times from buying something that wasn't right for us. He knows Northeast Minneapolis better than anyone I've ever met.
Auden - Washington St. NE. (Buyer)
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3-21-2018
Michael Gacek is an outstanding Realtor, intelligent, knowledgeable, professional, extremely prompt at returning calls and texts, and a master poker player when it comes to negotiating. He's also a very personable guy. Late last year, he helped me buy a house, completing the deal in record time, and last week he helped me sell a house; although it was not a house that appealed to everyone, Michael did such an excellent job of marketing it that within a week of putting it on the market, we had a deal at significantly over the buyer's original offer. I know two other people who also had very successful transactions with him. I would unhesitatingly recommend him to anyone planning to buy or sell property.
Linda - Terrace Road NE. (Buyer) & 2504 27th. Ave. NE. (Seller)
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2-12-2018
Michael is a true professional. Mr. Gacek sold our home in Northeast Minneapolis and from start to finish he was meticulous and up-front in detailing every aspect of the process. There were no surprises along the way and he presented a few different approaches to marketing our home while making suggestions as to which one he felt would bring us the best offer. We followed his suggestion using his knowledge and expertise and indeed that approach paid off handsomely for us. Furthermore, Michael was fair-minded and honest in helping us navigate a sale that was enmeshed with some difficult personal circumstances.
Herb - 1222 6th. St. NE. (Seller)
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11-17-17
Michael got us top dollar for the family home- in fact the offer was over the asking price. He kept us on our toes to complete tasks that would bring more value to the home. He was honest. Very knowledgeable of NE Mpls. Would highly recommend him!
Jim and Mary - 300 15th. Ave. NE. (Seller)
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11-14-2017
We had a wonderful time working with Michael, he was extremely knowledgeable about the
Northeast neighborhoods and has a vast amount of experience. He listened to what we wanted in a house, and helped us find the perfect one. He has an incredible instinct for what makes a good house. He is incredibly available and helpful! His experience restoring older homes was very helpful as well!
David and Whitney - Grand St. NE. (Buyer)
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10/4/2017
When our mother decided to sell her home of 49 years I knew immediately that we were going to contact Michael. Seeing his name around NE Mpls over the years made us confident he was the Realtor for us. The house was listed on a Tuesday and on Monday we accepted an offer. Michael's marketing and great pictures of the house are what got this beautiful home sold so quickly. We highly recommend Michael if you plan to buy or sell in NE Mpls. It's been a pleasure working with him.
Sue - 2511 Brighton Ave. NE. (Seller)
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10/2/2017
Michael Gacek of is an outstanding Realtor, intelligent, knowledgeable, professional, extremely prompt at returning calls and texts, and a master poker player when it comes to negotiating. He's also a very personable guy. He helped me buy a house, completing the deal in record time, and he is now helping me sell a house, a transaction I expect to go just as smoothly. I know two other people who also had very successful transactions with him. I would unhesitatingly recommend him to anyone planning to buy or sell property.
Linda - Terrace Road NE. (Buyer)
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7-23-2017
Michael was great at getting back to us quickly with every little question we had, was professional, and had a lot of knowledge of NE Mpls. He made the entire process of selling our home very easy. Thanks!!!
John & Catherine - 2500 27th. Ave. NE. (Seller)
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7-12-2017
Michael Gacek was representing us in a dual role: as sellers of our duplex in NE Minneapolis and buyers of a single-family home in Plymouth. Throughout the long process of getting our duplex ready for sale, selling it, and then looking for a new home in a very competitive market, Michael has been extremely helpful and patient. We really appreciated his professionalism, honesty, advice, and extended knowledge, especially with the process of selling our duplex. It was clear to us at any point in time, that Michael Gacek had our best interests in mind. He was very responsive and reliable. We could contact him at any time and he would respond within minutes. He was also very flexible with scheduling various times and locations to view potential homes. 
Michael Gacek always non-judgmentally supported our decision at the end of each viewing and continuously ensured us that the right place is somewhere there for us, and that sooner or later we will find it! He was right! We love the house we bought!
We would definitely recommend Michael Gacek as a real estate agent! Thank you again, Michael for all you did for our family!
Jason and Aga - 20th. Ave. NE. & 33rdrd. Place N. (Seller & Buyer) 
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1-9-2017
I would work with Michael again and recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home, especially in the Northeast Minneapolis area that he knows and loves! Michael responded to all of our emails and phone calls promptly and thoroughly. He provided clear and concise guidance before and during preparation, showing, and closing, and made all of the right moves to help us sell our home as quickly as possible at a great price. He was very respectful of our family's needs and it was a pleasure to work with him during the entire process.
Dara - 706 Buchanan St. NE. (Seller)
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10-5-2016
Our experience with Michael Gacek selling our "Nordeast" home was a very positive one.  He was very professional and engaging, while being lots of fun to work with.  Michael was in our corner and very responsive all the way.  He advised us how to get the biggest bang for our buck, which turned out to be a successful sale for us.
Tom and Marta - 3314 Lincoln St. NE. (Seller)
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9-3-2016
Michael was an amazing partner in throughout the entire process. As a first time homebuyer, he took care to make sure we understood every step, from helping us decide what we were looking for, to setting up showings, finding the mortgage, you name it and he was there. He was also incredibly knowledgeable about the NE Minneapolis neighborhood, and you could tell he was concerned not just that we ended up with a house in the right location, but also that we were buying the right house, at the right price. I would absolutely recommend Michael for any homebuyer, particularly anyone who is looking in the NE Minneapolis market. Great agent, even greater guy.
Dan and Heather - University Ave. NE. (Buyer)
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8-3-2016
Michael Gacek is an excellent realtor and we would highly recommend him to anyone. He was reliable, extremely knowledgeable, and very responsive throughout the entire process (even after we closed). As first time home buyers, we were looking for someone who we could trust and someone who would point out potential issues we might not notice, as well as someone that would advise against a particular home if something didn’t look right. When it came time for us to write an offer, he was an excellent adviser in the process while letting us take the lead with how we wanted to proceed. We were even up against another offer and feel that his assertiveness and strong open communication with the seller's realtor is what got us our house. Thank you for your amazing partnership in our home buying process, you made buying a home a truly enjoyable experience!
Jon and Cora - Alvarado Lane. (Buyer)
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5-31-2016
Dear Michael,
My wife and I interviewed 3 other real estate agents before we were referred to Michael Gacek by a close friend of ours. Michael is the number one expert for helping people buy and sell homes in Northeast Minneapolis. The guy knows his stuff very well. He told what kind of homes to avoid buying. I see he did look out for us. It was frustrated at times for us as potential buyers in NE Minneapolis. For example in today's market, when a house goes up for sale in NE Minneapolis, it is like a "feeding frenzy". Michael got us through all that, Finally, Michael found the right home for us to buy, Thank goodness! If you’re looking to buy or sell in Northeast Minneapolis, We highly recommend Michael Gacek who, “eat, sleeps, works and lives in Northeast Minneapolis!
Paul and Susana - 2nd St. NE. (Buyer)
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1-14-2016
When Michael Gacek says he lives and breathes Northeast Minneapolis, he means it. His knowledge of the neighborhood and the homes in it is unparalleled.
More importantly, I truly felt like Michael was trying to do right by me. Michael didn’t want to just find me any house; he wanted to find me a quality home, one that he believed was good enough for me and in my best interests to purchase. For that, I’m truly grateful.
Tony - Garfield St. NE. (Buyer)                     
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1-11-2016
Michael and his team, including Sarah W. from Alerus Mortgage made buying a home an easy, smooth, and enjoyable experience. They guided me through the process and prepared me for everything that I needed to do to buy a home. I would recommend Michael and his team to anyone who is buying or selling a home. He was there for me for anything I needed and helped me understand the complicated process of buying my first home. I don't think could have had this successful of an experience without him!  Thank you Michael!
Katie - Buchanan St. NE. (Buyer)
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12/30/2015
Loved working with Michael. He was knowledgeable, friendly and just plain fun! He made the process of selling my mother's home bearable, and I will always be grateful to him for that.
Mary - 2730 McKinley St. NE. (Seller)
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11/9/2015
Michael looked out for my best interest in selling my house and buying my new place. He is an excellent Realtor and I recommend him to sell your home and helping you in your search for something new.
Cathy - Johnson St. NE. and University Ave. NE. (Seller)
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9/12/2015
Michael Gacek did great work for us in selling our NE Mpls home. There are a lot of experienced and capable Realtors out there, and Michael is certainly in the club. But what puts him into an "elite" club is his passion for his work and his integrity. I would do business with him again in a heartbeat because he’s good for his word, dependable, and seems to really care about his clients. I can’t imagine how the process of selling our house could have gone better, thanks to Michael Gacek! 
Craig - 2500 22nd Ave. NE. (Seller)
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8-31-2015
I chose Michael to help me sell my very unusual home in NE Minneapolis because of his longstanding presence in "Nordeast." I figured that if anyone could find the perfect new resident for my odd and artsy home, it would be Michael. WELL! Thanks to his skill with social media (and my myriad of Facebook friends) the listing for "The Wolf House" went viral! Press, TV, & online media from across the globe created a typhoon of inquiries and interest. In just three days there were countless showings, at least 10 offers and an outstanding cash bid well over the list price. Michael steered me through all the offers and advised me on the best one. Within a week Michael came through with the ideal buyer. All this happened while I was on the road, moving to my new place in Palm Springs. Between Michael and my swell sister-proxy, that whirlwind week went smoothly--as did the closing. I was worried about not being present on closing day, but Michael and my sis handled everything for me without a hitch. This was my first time selling a home and I'm grateful all went well. My situation may not be typical (!) but I'm pretty sure anyone who works with Michael will benefit from his savvy and gumption. Thanks Michael!
Lauri - 3359 Tyler St. NE. (Seller)
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8-19-2015
I have sold three houses in the past; my experience with Mr. Gacek has been the best ever! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell. Mr. Gacek sold my home in about 2 weeks and helped me throughout the previous year before the sale. This guy does exactly what he says and efficiently handles his clients with respect and care. Thanks Michael Gacek. 
Jerome - 2542 Jefferson St. NE. (Seller) 
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7/18/2015
I would recommend Michael to anyone that is selling their house. He was totally on top of all of the details on the sale of our house, we sold in two days!! The selling process was easy with Michael on our side.
Benjamin - 3000 Grand St. NE. (Seller)
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7/16/2015
My wife and I had lived in Northeast Minneapolis for 6 years and loved it! Unfortunately our family outgrew our home and needed to sell. We had listed in previous year with no luck. I had seen Michael's name around and followed him on Facebook so I decided to give him a call. He came over and spent quite a bit of time discussing a game plan. We trusted his plan and followed his suggestions. Needless to say everything he did and suggested worked! We sold our home quickly and for a price we were happy with! I highly recommend working with Michael. Great guy and a great realtor!
Mike & Desiree - 3426 Taylor St. NE. (Seller) 
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4/26/2015
Michael was responsive, enthusiastic and energetic. My house was very attractively presented online and within a few days of being listed we had many showings and several good offers. I would certainly recommend him to anybody buying or selling in NE Minneapolis.
Rodney - 639 Washington St. NE. (Seller)
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01/06/2015
After starting to work with two other realtors who didn't know Northeast well, we finally chose Michael to sell our home. Northeast is a mixed-income area with little gems tucked among fixer-uppers and Michael knows the area inside and out. He was able to distinguish all the upgrades we made to our home and price it fairly. (The other realtors pulled poor comps and recommended we list for $20-30K less than what Michael recommended.) 
He was extremely responsive and made all the paperwork as painless as possible. He shot pictures, took care in writing up an accurate, intriguing description and used every avenue on social media to get the word out for us. Despite having an unusual property that would not appeal to everyone, we had an offer for slightly less than asking after 10 days. Michael advised us to take it, and we did. 
We never got to see his negotiation skills in action because we were more motivated to sell than we were to get asking price, but I have no doubt Michael puts his client's needs and interests first. Michael brings incredible energy and drive to his work. Moving is stressful, but we look back now and marvel at how smooth and seamless everything went. We highly recommend him to anyone buying or selling in Northeast Minneapolis.
Mike and Elizabeth - 1114 26th. Ave. NE. (Seller)
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12/22/2014
Michael was the perfect agent for us. He was a joy to work with but even better he sold the house in three days!
Barb - 216 8th. Ave. NE.(Seller)
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12/22/2014
Michael was very good at presenting opportunities, issues, suggestions, and insight in the selling of our home.
Matt and Katie - 2919 California St. NE.(Seller)
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12/14/2014
Michael was a great advocate to have in selling our previous home and for finding and purchasing our new home. His passion for the neighborhood is what led us to him, and he carries that passion forward to his clients. Michael was fully engaged in the process of selling and purchasing for us, and was always available by phone, text, and email. We never felt rushed or pressured, even when we needed to make timely decisions. Michael made a stressful process enjoyable with his positive, no pretense professionalism.
Nick and Liz - 1347 Pierce St. NE.(Seller)
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12/14/2014
Michael knows how to market a house! He will get buyers in the door. He really knows "NE" MPLS inside and out. He is very responsive to your questions and attentive to detail. He knows the business and will get your home sold!
Kirsten - 1610 3rd. St. NE.(Seller)
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11/21/2014
Dear Michael,
I was amazed at the quick response when I first emailed Michael when my husband and I were looking for someone to help get his mother's home sold, it was amazing! I have not experienced such excellent customer service since! Michael knows the "NE" neighborhoods and what will get a home sold. I had hoped to get the home sold before winter and the home sold 2 days after he had it listed! Michael knows the business well and we could not be happier. We would definitely use his services again!
Maryjo and Michael - 2934 Benjamin St. NE. 
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8/14/2014
Dear Michael,
Searching for a home in NE Minneapolis with Michael Gacek is the best decision anyone can make. Having a very professional and knowledgeable Realtor, like Michael, by your side can make finding that "just-right" home much easier.
In the time we spent looking at houses with Michael, we were not only impressed by his knowledge of the "ins-and-outs" of homes, but we also appreciated that he was very honest and personable throughout the entire experience. Michael has a genuine pride for "NE" Minneapolis and it was apparent that he wanted to find us a home that we would be proud to call our own.
If you want a smooth and enjoyable experience finding your new home, look no further than Michael Gacek. He helped us find that "just-right" home and we couldn't be happier!
Claire and Justin - 1823 Buchanan St. NE.
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3/5/2014
Michael was a Godsend to us. We were newly arrived in the Cities from Portland, OR and utterly confused as to where to plant our little family….something affordable where we could raise out two toddlers, and mommy needed a 2 stall garage for a skateboard ramp. (We’re from Portland after all!) Michael knows the “NE” community intimately…..having grown up and lived here, it’s woven in his DNA….and he’s incredibly intuitive about people. He knows just what house and what block will fit a person or family. Plus…and this is a BIG plus… Michael knows property like a contractor. He’s able to scrutinize a home down to the bones and see where there are existing or potential problems that are key to negotiating a price and just to know what you’re getting into. He’s an old school handyman type and has done amazing work on his own homes, so he knows how to identify good bones/good work from bad.  Finally, Michael is a tenacious negotiator but highly ethical. He exemplifies “Minnesota nice” but, no joke, he will work for you like a bulldog. We went through 3 different realtors before we found Michael, and I am SO grateful we finally found our way to him….and our new home! 
Brendalynn - Hayes St. NE.
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2/26/2014
Hi Michael, Our home-buying experience with Michael could not have been a better one. Let us share three ways he was the perfect real estate agent for our needs: Experience in Real Estate - He immediately showed his vast experience in the field by thoroughly explaining the process we'd use, setting expectations upfront and then made certain that we all understood the home that we were seeking. This was very comforting to know that we weren't just going to go through the motions to learn what attributes to a home we were looking for. We were all on the same page from day one. This resulted in only having to view six houses before we landed in our current home.
Knowledge of NE - We cannot imagine there is any real estate agent with a better working knowledge of the entire Northeast Minneapolis. This was a critical piece of the process as we were not from here and we needed our real estate agent to locate the amenities we were looking for - proximity to parks, transit lines, commercial districts, neighborhood activities, etc. He also had an immediate understanding of the style of house we were seeking and where that housing stock was most likely to be located in the area. Again, this allowed our search to be efficient, effective and short...this was especially important considering we were about to enter the winter cold snap.
Like a Friend - With any of the houses we pursued, Michael never once pushed us on to go down a path we were uncertain about. If we ever needed time to consider, he made sure we had it. Similarly, he consistently sought a lower price than what we first considered offering. This may be counter-intuitive to how most real estate agents consider the bottom line of a home purchase, but he simply always wanted the best for our family's financial needs. This put us at ease that we weren't having a deal pushed on us for the sake of a commission. To any Northeast home buyers, we can't recommend Michael Gacek to you enough. He will be your first and last real estate agent here.  Thank you Michael for your patience, all of your help with purchasing our wonderful new "Nordeast" home, with the move-in process, home care and more importantly your continued friendship. Looking forward to good times in "NE"!
Thomas - Hayes St. NE.
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1/8/2014
Hi Michael, Michael was so passionate and knowledgeable about "NE" Minneapolis when helping us find the home of our dreams. We couldn't have asked for a better, more caring Realtor. Thank you so much,
Benjamin and Kimberly - California St. NE.
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1/25/2013 
Hi Michael,  My husband and I moved to a duplex "NE" Mpls in 2010. We soon realized how much we loved our neighborhood and decided wanted to buy a home in the area. We started looking in the summer of 2011. 
Michael Gacek was recommended to us and it was the best choice we could have made. As we searched for the perfect home, we developed a great relationship with Michael. His office is perfectly located in NE, making any transactions convenient. I emailed him almost on a daily
basis and his response to texts, phone calls and emails was virtually immediate. Michael worked with us to learn our preferences for neighborhoods and for the type of home we would like to live in. His extensive knowledge of "NE" Mpls, the homes and neighborhoods, reduced the amount of time we could've spent looking at homes that were unsuitable for us.
Our search for the perfect home lasted a year and a half, which is unusual, but by the end of it all, Michael feels like family. Michael was our cheerleader the whole time, helping to relieve our frustration and to stay positive that our home was out there. And it was! Thanks to Michael's negotiating skills, we moved into our new home on 11/22/13 and are in love with our neighborhood and our new home. He made the entire closing process easy and stress-free.
I would recommend Michael without reservation. If you are looking to buy in "NE" Mpls and the surrounding area, you won't find a realtor who is more savvy, friendly, knowledgeable and professional than Michael Gacek!
The Raw Family - Van Buren St. NE.
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11/12/2013
Dear Michael, 
Hooray and thank you!! Michael really does eat, sleep and breathe NE Minneapolis - he is not just a wonderful Realtor who knows the neighborhood, but also knows the history and the neighbors. He was responsive to all of our questions and very timely in his responses and the closing went off without a hitch and I appreciate the GREAT work you did. I was in wonderful hands from start to finish and am so thankful! Thanks a million times over. 
Michael led us our "forever home" in record time and I highly recommend him. If you're ever in the neighborhood (Yes, Michael, I know you are ALWAYS in the neighborhood) give us a call and will take you for a beer at one of the local brew pubs!
Thanks again!
Karen - 5th. St. NE.
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11/03/2013
Dear Michael, We had a great experience with you as our Real Estate agent. We felt well-informed during the process as Michael was consistently available to answer questions, offer his professional opinion and advise us on preparing our house for sale. 
We chose Michael because of his expertise in our neighborhood, his experience, and his friendly and helpful manner. We couldn't have made a better decision. Our house sold after 12 days on the market! 
Michael went above and beyond our expectations, meeting with us regularly to answer our questions, troubleshooting concerns that came up along the way, and guiding us through our first time selling a property. He genuinely looked out for our best interests and cared about helping us get our house sold. 
We would recommend Michael without a single reservation, to anyone considering buying or selling a home.
Sincerely,
Ben and Erin - 2701 Marshall St. NE.
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11/01/2013
Dear Michael,
Thanks again for helping us find our perfect house!
Carl and Abby - 19th. Ave. NE.
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8/4/2013
Dear Michael,  Michael has represented me in the sale of my duplex at 8th Ave. and the purchase of my house on Marshall St., both in "NE" Minneapolis. I am writing in reference to his work for me on those transactions. His patience and experience led to truly positive outcomes on both. The initial transaction was the purchase of the Marshall St. property, a transaction that was drawn out over a few months. Michael helped me negotiate a difficult situation that involved several exchanges with the seller until we arrived at favorable terms. After the completion of the Marshall St. purchase, Michael proved his performance and gave me confidence to continue to work with him for the subsequent sale of my duplex on 8th. Ave. Michael helped to identify the small projects I could complete to make the duplex more attractive. He worked with the tenants who were living there and his recommended inspector.  I remember Michael telling me about his minimum requirement of 18 photos for a listing, and the photos that he took of the house were stunning. He incorporated a sort of tour video with them to present a visually attractive package. Many friends of mine commented on the visual attractiveness of the property because of the pictures and video. Michael presented the property as an attractive, well-maintained property and I think his work in these areas made a major difference in the rapid sale and favorable offer terms. I could not be more pleased with the results. And finally, when it came time to negotiate the sale, Michael’s experience was invaluable to finding the sweet spot for terms and timing. It was a stressful period of time for me, and he was there to take care of the details. I learned a lot during this time, and I am thankful he was there to advise me on the intricacies of Real Estate negotiating. Together we achieved the purchase and the best sale possible. Sincerely, Andy - Marshall St. NE. and 526-528 8th. Ave. NE.
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12/6/2012
Michael, You deserve praise, I look back on everything we went through; from the first showing in August to all the crazy back and forth negotiations and I don't think I could have asked for a better outcome. Thanks for all your work. From home buyer to Sarah Wolsfeld, loan officer Michael highly recommends. Sarah,  I want to thank you for all you did to make my mortgage happen. I've been getting things done on the house now that the closing has come to pass and I am really happy that we made it all work. You were incredibly patient and helpful during what was a stressful and sometimes confusing process for me, and I don't know how I could have managed the process without you. The result was success, and I owe you a lot of gratitude for that. Best wishes to you! Andy - Marshall St. NE.
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11/30/2012
Dear Michael, Thank you again for everything you did for us in selling my Mom's house. Everything went so amazingly great; we are still talking about it! It all went so fast, but I think my Mom is still happy she did it. She is really happy about the money. She has never had this much money at one time. We cannot thank you enough for helping us with everything. Your input was so helpful in all our paper work and things we needed to do before the house went up for sale, such good insight! But I suppose you have seen it all. Take care and thank you again. Sincerely,
Peggy, Gloria and Val - 972 45th. Ave. NE.
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11/19/2012 
Michael, Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Just wanted to say Thank You so much for the work you did in selling my house on Johnson St. NE. It's been three years in our new house up here in Breezy Point and we are loving every minute of it, and thanks too you we found this beautiful house! I am enclosing some pic of the work that we have done and it was all because of your fantastic work!
Art - 3146 Johnson ST. NE.
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10/23/2012
Dear Potential Seller, 
I recommend that you list your house with Michael Gacek. Michael consistently showed passion with my listing and was aggressive in selling my property. He was upfront with me with his expectations with the amount of time my house would be on the market and he was completely accurate. Also, I had a house two doors down from my house and after four months, it is still on the market.  Michael is a seasoned agent who knows the market. He worked very hard on my listing and I felt like I was his only client. Michael is very ambitious, personable, honest and trustworthy. Everything Michael told me when I listed my property with him came to fruition. I am very happy I listed and sold my house through Michael and I think you should try listing yours with him too.
Cathy - 3664 Johnson ST. NE. 
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10/9/2012
I would like to thank you for all you have done to help me sell my parents’ house. You have great customer service and I will recommend you to as many people as I can and you always responded to my emails and phone calls very promptly, from beginning to the end! I really did not know very much about selling a house and you really did a great job of guiding me through ALL of what needed to be done. You said you would go above and beyond your call of duty and you did! My house was sold quicker than I thought it would and you made my life SOOO much easier because you took the time to make sure that everything was done that needed to be done before the sale, NO last minute stuff that could cause delay of the closing. I REALLY did feel you did a great job, knowing that you would be there and take care of what needed to be taken care of.
Thanks Michael, if I am ever in need, I will call you again. Sincerely,
Sandra - 3629 Cleveland ST. NE.
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10/02/2012
Hi Michael,
When it came time to list our home in NE Minneapolis, my husband and I were looking for someone who knows the area inside and out. Michael was the perfect fit for that role. He grew up in NE Minneapolis and has been in the real estate business in the area for many years. Michael not only helped us sell our duplex in a very short period of time (just over a week!!!) 
And he also helped us purchase a single family home in the area. Michael was there every step of the way in negotiating on selling our property and helping us get in our new property. We came across many speed bumps along the way but Michael was always there explaining the process and putting our minds at ease.  We are happy with our experience and would recommend Michael any day! Thanks,
Amy and Jeff - 1139 Washington ST. NE. 
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2/02/2012
Hi Michael,
As first time home buyers we were looking for someone with experience to help guide us through the purchase process. We were also looking for someone who was familiar with "NE" Minneapolis. Michael fit the bill.  Michael helped us find homes in "NE" that were within our budget and didn't try to pressure us to go above our budget. He had a lot of experience with the homes in the area and did an excellent job of pointing out both the positives and the negatives of each property. He did an outstanding job of guiding us through the purchase process and explaining the various documents, which was very helpful for first time buyers.  Michael was a very prompt and excellent communicator and was willing to work anytime, day or night, to get done what needed to be done. Overall we were more than happy with the experience and highly recommend Michael!
Kevin & Joanna - Pierce St. NE.
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12/14/2011
Michael,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. We found Michael's address in a local "NE" Mpls newspaper and are glad that we did. With financial restrictions, geographical restrictions, and a school district to consider, Michael was up to the task of finding us what we needed. He was always available to take our calls, answer our questions, and followed through with all aspects of our purchase. 
Richard and Marialice - Foss Road NE. 
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12/12/2011
When looking for a Realtor to help me purchase my first home, I was looking for somebody who was knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and passionate about what they do. Fortunately for me, I found Michael Gacek at an open house showing near my old residence and he exceeded my expectations! Looking back at the whole process, it's hard for me to believe how smooth things went from start to end, especially as a first-time home owner and not really knowing for sure what to expect. From our initial conversations about what I was looking for in a house (cost, location, amenities, etc.), to what to look for in an offer, and finishing up on closing day, Michael was easily accessible with every step. I was also very impressed with the mortgage consultant Michael put me in contact with, Sarah Wolsfeld. Sarah and her assistant were great in helping me understand what I could afford before purchasing a home and walking me through all the necessary steps to closing on it. It would be difficult for me to draw up a better experience in purchasing my first home than the one I had working with Michael. I highly recommend Michael to anybody who is looking at purchasing or selling a house. 
Matt - Polk St. NE
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11/22/2011
Hi Michael,
As a first time home buyer looking for a Realtor, I asked a lot of friends and family for referrals. Many of the agents who were referred to me seemed fake or uninterested in my housing needs. Michael Gacek came highly recommended through friends who sold their house through him. After meeting with Michael, I felt at ease because he understood my housing needs and budget. I knew he wasn’t going to try to push me into buying something that I didn’t want/need. Through the entire housing search until closing day, Michael always took the time to explain any
documentation and his communication through email and phone is superb. If Michael said he’d take care of something, I knew he’d do it and do it right. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Michael Gacek again or recommend him to anyone for their housing needs.
Austin - Ironton ST. NE.
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11/15/2011
I would like to recommend Michael Gacek with Edina Realty, to those who would like to list and sell their home in home in Northeast Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs!  Our family chose Michael to sell my dad’s home after doing a comparison by interviewing several realtors, who represented several different agencies. Michael was included in this list because he had sold my brother’s home in Columbia Heights several years ago. My brother was impressed with his information style and the end result.. The comparison reconfirmed and verified my brother’s opinion.  Michael met with our family in August 2011, and explained current market conditions. He explained the initial seller’s documentation and terms in the various pages. He also recommended doing a home inspection. The home inspection information was made available to potential buyers. During this meeting, he also highlighted current media that he uses to list a house, like Facebook, YouTube, and several other locations.. In addition, he used the “Northeaster” a local newspaper for his advertising. The house photos and videos that he created, these clearly represented the condition of the house.  Whenever the house was going to be shown, we were provided advance notice, specifying the date and time of any showing to all potential buyers. This was communicated by phone and email. Michael and his staff understand that good communication is very important part of their work. He takes great pride in this good communication and in representing the Northeast community. He has several internet links supporting this community.  The house sold just as Michael had predicted and faster than I had expected. Based on these comments, I hope that you would consider contacting Michael Gacek if you have a house to sell or want to buy a house.
James - 4020 Jackson ST. NE. 
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10/26/2011
Dear Michael,
Thank you for a job well done in selling our home at 1207 5th. ST. NE. You were "right on" in giving us a list of items to take care of prior to listing the house such as inspections, painting, cleaning, etc. Even though the chores seemed tedious at the time, completing them certainly paid off in the long run with a great offer only 45 days after listing!
Not only were we pleased with the offer, the sale closed right on time due to your experience and diligence. We selected you as our realtor because of your reputation as an expert in selling Northeast properties and I am pleased to acknowledge that it is true! Sincerely,
Joan - 1207 5th. ST. NE. 
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1/27/2011
Michael,
Sorry for the delay in getting you this, but on a scale 1 to 5 with 5 being the best, I give you 5 stars on your fast response to all my phones calls and emails, guiding me through the preparation of my home for the market, all the photos and all the advertising of my home while for sale, and recommending me providing a full home inspection report for potential buyers along with a 1 year home warranty for the new owner!  Very truly yours,
Tim - 2522 Cleveland ST. NE.
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We usually do not receive agent to agent feedback, but below are 2 I recently receives from agents from other companies. 
1/23/2011
David from Coldwell Banker write's, This has to be the best transaction ever!  Thank you so much, 
David!
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1/20/2011
First of all - can I tell you how nice it is to know there is an agent who is really working to get an offer?? THANK YOU! 
Stephanie 
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1/13/2011 
Hi Michael,
We just wanted to say thank you again for all your hard work selling our home. We are so glad to be one of the fortunate ones to have actually "sold" a house in this market. We really appreciated all your hard work with getting the house ready before going on the market and can see how all your suggestions really made a difference in making the home look "move in ready" for the buyer.  We know how difficult the market is at this time and to be competitive, your input on pricing and the whole process of negotiating was very helpful. We were confident in your interest in getting us a fair price and appreciate the personal interest you showed in us. It is very obvious you put your heart in soul into your job and used every means of advertising that is humanly possible! It was fun to see our house marked "sold" in the Northeaster paper too. Yeaaahhh!  It was also fun having you at the closing because that can be such a scary process! You lightened the mood so it was not so intimidating! You were as excited for us to finally have made it to closing and  you helped us relax knowing all the paper work was all in order. What a relief! 
My Mom is thinking about selling in the near future and I have already recommended you to her and told her there is no one better for the job than Michael Gacek! I thank you in advance for caring for her the way you did for us! We wish you well and you will always be the realtor of choice!  Thank you again,
Patty & Jim - 668 47th. Ave. NE. 
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6/24/2010
Dear Michael,
In the spring of 2009 my mother was no longer able to live in her NE Minneapolis home of over 60 years. I asked my daughter, a realtor in Lakeville, to help sell mother's home.  She said she didn't know the area but would find an expert in that area; she found Michael Gacek. Michael helped with the following:
1. He told me what needed to be done to prepare for the sale, 2. Recommended an electrical sub-contractor, 3. Set up a home warranty, 4. Found a home inspector, 5. Helped solve a furnace problem, 6. Helped with the staging of the home, 7. Did an excellent job of photographing and advertising the home,
8. Helped navigate the purchase agreement and closing part of the sale, 9. Kept in touch with me at least weekly, and answered calls or e-mails very quickly, 10. Worked very hard on my behalf,
Michael knows the NE Minneapolis area very well and I would highly recommend him to anyone selling a home in that rea.  Sincerely, 
Dennis K. - 3012 Taylor ST. NE. 
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10/12/2009
Dear Michael, We want to thank you for all your guidance you gave us during the process of preparing, listing and selling our mother's house. Selling the house seemed like such an overwhelming task, but with your prompt response to questions and your knowledgeable advice, the process went smoothly. Your wide variety of advertising ideas really set your services apart from all other real estate agents. Your optimism and enthusiasm in this up and down real estate market was reassuring to us (and your sense of humor helped us relax when we needed it the most!). We are also very appreciative of your help through the negotiation process and closing; your many years of experience showed in how well things went. We highly recommend your services to anyone thinking of selling their home. We wish you much success. Sincerely,
The Rosty Family - 2700 California St. NE.
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8/14/2009
Hello Michael,
We had fun selling our house with Michael Gacek as our guide because despite the things in the news about it being "a terrible market, a tough time to sell", we had three good offers in less than 2 weeks! Closing went through without a hitch, it was a smooth transaction from start to finish. When we have to sell another house, we would call him first thing because we believe it was his expertise that made it happen. We also believe it would have been a complexly different story if we had chosen another real estate agent instead of Michael Gacek. We are convinced by having a "NE. Rockstar Realtor" on our side, is why things went so well! Thank you so much Michael. Sincerely,
Nick and Ahme - 22nd Ave NE.
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9/25/2009
Michael,
We just wanted to send you a note regarding your efforts in selling our home on Marshall ST. NE.  Throughout the process you were always there to answer any questions we had. You offered excellent input as to what we should do in preparation to listing the home. Luckily we listened, which resulted in the quick sale of our home. The photos and the write-up presentation you did were fantastic. Your recommendation of having a pre-inspection was the correct thing to do, and having the home warranty just topped it off as this was mentioned by the buyer. Your assistance in negotiating the sale was also very helpful. You sensed when it was time to make the final offer, and in hindsight you were correct. The numbers you presented at the time of the listing showing all costs involved were accurate so when negotiations came along we always knew what our bottom line would be, which was very helpful.  All in all, great! We can’t thank you enough for your assistance in taking us through this. I am sure this is how you work with all your clients, and if they also follow along with your thoughts they should hopefully get the same positive results. We wish you well. Thank you again.
Dean & Tamara - 2739 Marshall ST. NE.
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5/27/2009
Dear Michael,
I would like to start by thanking you for a job very well done!! I do, and will continue to recommend you to friends and family who are looking for an agent that seemed to me, to be far above the average in the present market. Approximately 11 weeks from signing to closing, communication and follow through were excellent compared to previous experiences. The home inspection and warranty for buyers were all on time and painless for me. The quality and amount of photos (30) online was just great, and on top of it all you kept me informed and up to speed on everything. In short my recommendation is... call Michael Gacek. He is good at what he does and he's a "NE" regular guy! Sincerely, 
Paul 2906 - Randolph St. NE.
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March 25, 2009
Michael,
Have to admit I am super impressed with your follow through and even more impressed by the notion that you aren’t just in this to make a buck but rather, provide us with options that make the most sense for us at this time. Told my wife this last night and her response was, “ you don’t work in NE for 23 years by taking advantage of people”. 
William 2nd ST. NE.
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12/10/2008 
Dear Michael,
I wanted to thank you for a job well done. I am so grateful, especially given the dismal housing market these days that we have closed on the house after less than a year on the market.  From the beginning, you did a great job capturing the strengths of our home in the photos you took. You were aggressive about getting the word out about our home in many different sources. I believe this made a difference, not only in finding a buyer, but in making us feel that our home mattered to you.  You were always prompt in responding to our questions. You were able to boost moral when we became discouraged with the waiting game. I would recommend your services to anybody looking to sell in the Northeast area. I wish you the best of luck.  Sincerely,
Angela (Satisfied Client)  -728 Polk ST. NE.
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12/8/08 
Dear Michael,
On behalf of my brother and myself, I would like to extend our sincere "Thanks!" for all your help in selling our parent's home in NE. It was a rather difficult time for us since they passed away and selling the house was an extremely emotional thing to do. You made it much easier than we thought it would be.  Your professionalism was outstanding. You helped us in every aspect of selling the house from start to finish including step by step instructions regarding the inspection, listing and right up to and including the closing. We feel that the house sold much quicker than we had anticipated because of all the pictures, advertising and follow up with potential buyers that you provided.
We also appreciated the quick response we got from you whenever we tried to reach you. We were able to speak with you immediately or within a few minutes (not hours!)  Again, our thanks and if we know of anyone that needs to buy or sell, you will definitely be the one we would recommend.  Sincerely, 
Jan and Bruce - 3511 Main ST. NE.  PS When you say you eat, sleep, live "NE", that is an understatement...You ARE "NE
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11/18/2008
Dear Michael,
I am sending you this note of thanks for of all your help on the sale of my parents' home. Who would have thought how quickly it sold, within a week of placing it on the market! Your guidance from the moment we contacted you to come view our parents' house and all the helpful suggestions you made to us on getting it ready for sale made it possible for it to sell so quickly. You know NE home sales! Your help with setting the selling price was another reason why it sold so quickly. I loved your photos of the house and I am sure the accessibility of these photos on your web site also helped with the quick selling transaction. Thanks again for all your help.
Karen -3447 Taylor ST. NE.
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11/8/08
Hi Michael,
You did a great job for us in selling our home real fast! We were very impressed with the many photos you took of our home and published on your website! We are also very glad we took your recommendation with the warranty program. It even helped us before the home closed!  All the best,
Bob and Dolores -3647 2nd ST. NE.
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10/27/2008 
Michael,
Ryan & I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all that you did to sell our house in "NE" Minneapolis this fall. We contacted you on a referral from some friends and immediately
liked your sense of business and your obvious intuition about the local housing market. You were very clear about your expectations and worked diligently to keep ours appropriate in this market. You have a clear edge in your marketing plans which we viewed as a real advantage. Specifically, we would like to offer the following thoughts: You were prompt in responding to all our phones call, within an hour at the most which was particularly helpful as we were calling from out of state and in different time zones.  You provided specific feedback about what we needed to do to prepare our house for photos, showings and for the market.  You were very credible and followed through on all that you said.  You took many photos that were complimentary to our house and selected the best to post on the internet.  You compiled the room "write-ups" very effectively and in an appealing fashion.  You walked us through the advantages for providing a warranty for the buyer which turned out to be a great plan for us.  You were very hands-on during negotiations on the sale. You provided your thoughts in a gentle manner while letting us make the final decisions and struck a very good balance between advice and guidance.  You represented us during the closing as we were out-of –state with no issues.  We were extremely pleased with the professionalism and the way that you helped us sell our house. We were especially pleased to have gotten more than our asking price in this market. In closing, we would give you our highest recommendations and would be happy to be a reference for you. Best,
Ryan & Julie - 3500 Polk ST. NE.
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10/13/08
Dear Michael,
I want to thank you for helping me sell my house in a very difficult market. Although we were 950 miles apart you always found a way to communicate and help me. Your commitment and tenacity, along with your good positive energy, helped me when I became discouraged and your professionalism was appreciated throughout the process.  You gave me good advice. I really appreciated your honestly and knowing that I could trust you to make the right decisions about pricing, marketing and selling my house.  Thank you for your “above and beyond the call of duty” efforts. I would gladly recommend you to my family and friends and even to people I don’t know! I want to thank you and Edina Realty for quality, professional services. Sincerely
Janette - 1825 Johnson ST. NE.
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9/30/08
Dear Michael,
We want to write this letter to tell you how much we appreciate all of your time and help that you provided us in selling our home. We had listed our home in 2007 and had no success even though it was on the market for six months. We listed our home with you this year on March 10 and you had it sold on July 8. We went into this process again this year with no high expectations as the market was, if anything, down more than last year. You can only know what a wonderful surprise it was to us when you not only came to us with an offer but after only a brief period of time you had worked out a deal that was to us and the buyers something that was acceptable to all. For this you will always have a special place in our thoughts.  We knew that selling would be a new experience for us. It was many years ago that we had bought our home and like many, did not think that we would sell in our lifetime. That changed, as it does for many as we decided to move to another part of the country. As stressful as the selling process was it was because of you that everything went smoothly, without any problems ever. From the time that we listed our home with you until you had it sold you did everything that you had promised and usually you had gone above and beyond what we had expected. You work for a great company, you do all of the necessary advertising, using various types of media, you provide the open houses and you are always there to answer any of our questions about what we should do, what to expect.  When you came to us with an offer you said that you would honor our answer and that you would work with us to try to arrive at a deal that we would be happy with. You did that and for that we are grateful. From the time that the buyers submitted their offer until we walked out of the closing office you were always there to keep us informed and to tell us that everything was going according to plan. It was stressful for us but having you on our side made it less so.  If anyone who has a home and is thinking of selling they would be remiss if they did not talk to you before making a decision on a realtor. With your years of experience, the company that you represent and the resources that you have make you one of the best in the business. For us, you did an excellent job and made the selling of our home a reasonably easy thing to do. We have since moved to another state and are now in the process of looking at homes. We have a good realtor but if you should find yourself changing locations let us know. We would hire you immediately, knowing how well you would represent us on this side of the coin. Again Michael, thank you for all of your help. It was then and will always be, appreciated by both Janet and myself. Good luck to you in all that you do. Sincerely 
Larry and Janet - 2522 Taylor ST. NE.
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9/19/08
Dear Michael,
My wife and I want you to know how pleased we were with you as our real estate agent. As our listing agent, you knew exactly what needed to be done in preparation for the sale. Your straight talk and doing what you said you were going to do was much appreciated.  You were very knowledgeable on how to get the best price and a clean sale without having any surprise holdups before the closing. Your attention to every detail in positioning our house for a quick sale at the highest price possible was some of the things we will tell our friends. Your help even from before putting the home on the market and all the way through the closing was truly appreciated. We always felt you did everything so well, never having a concern that you were not doing all that could be done. Sincerely,
Bob 3555 - 3rd. ST. NE.
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9/17/08
Dear Michael,
Now that I am semi-settled in my new home, I have taken the time to reflect on the whole experience of selling three "NE" properties in the same time frame. I began by dreading the experience. I selected you as my agent from your advertisements, knowing nothing about your reputation as a salesman, but it turned out to be a really great "fit". None of my questions were too trivial for you. I had never had to sell property before so I was a total innocent. Although I may have inundated you with calls, you always answered promptly and clearly. I was always very comfortable working with you. Your suggestions always turned out to be right on, your recommended time frames were found to be exactly what you said they would be. When you said you would do something, you did, and very promptly too! I appreciated your recommendation on obtaining a home inspection which gave the buyer a warranty on future problems, if any! I am able to rest easy knowing there should be no future unforeseen house repairs I am or would be responsible for. I am pleased to tell you the whole experience was painless. You were and are an excellent real estate agent.  I would like to close by highly recommending you to any and all future homeowners who are looking for a skilled, reputable agent. If any of them would like to speak with me, by all means, have them call. Sincerely,
Pat - 2901 Roosevelt, and 1820/28 2nd ST. NE.
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9/12/08
Dear Michael,
I would like to praise you for selling my sisters town home. Your advertising of the town home and your communication with me was wonderful. I would recommend Michael to anyone wanting to sell their property. Thank you so much,
Bette - 106 30th. AVE. NW.
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9/22/07
Dear Michael,
When we were ready to sell our house in NE, we originally chose another realtor who offered a discount on the standard percentage rate. What a disaster! He didn't know Minneapolis housing inspection requirements, and didn't give us any direction in how to prepare our home for market. Even at a "discount," we'd be paying that realtor too much! What a relief to hire you. Yes, you told us to spend more money to get the house ready, but we knew that what we were spending was going to pay off, and it did! You told us that there were 230 houses for sale and only 30 selling per month in NE, but we closed on our house less than 2 months after it hit the market. Thank you. We were pleased to pay you for a job well done. 
Nick and Amy - 3543 Central AVE. NE.
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11/04/05
Dear Michael,
Sorry it took so long to write this "Thank you" letter ( too many boxes to unpack!!). Liz and I really appreciate all the work that you did to help us sell our house. You have great knowledge of the "NE" area and know what people find important when looking to buy a house. You did a great job of answering questions, which made us feeling more comfortable about the whole process. My wife and I feel that you were not only our Realtor, but our friend. Thanks again,
Mark and Elizabeth - 2222 Washington ST. NE.
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10/26/2005
Dear Michael,
I had used another agency at the beginning of my home sale and search process and became frustrated with the level of service and lack of attention. I called you knowing full well I should have had your services right off the bat. You know the area and most definitely has the team that will get the job done! You did an excellent job of evaluating the market, suggesting the asking price, identifying potential purchasers, and helping us evaluate the offer we received. Throughout this process you were insightful, an excellent communicator and you ensured our needs were met. You exceeded our expectations every step of the way. Michael is truly a unique individual that will go the extra mile to see that his customers are happy and content with the selling and buying of a home. We look forward to referring you to all of our friends who will most definitely be buying or selling a home in the "NE" area. Sincerely, 
Dustin and Kelly - 416 Pierce ST. NE.
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4/5/2004
Dear Michael,
Thanks for your hard work in selling our home so quickly. Both Kelly & I really appreciate you insight, your directions, your integrity, your honesty, and your patience. You are the "BEST “and we will definitely recommend you to all our home-owner friends. Sincerely,
Mark & Kelly - 3201 32nd AVE. NE.
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12/7/04
Dear Michael, You know, when my wife and I were looking for a home in "Northeast" Minneapolis and working with another Edina Realty real estate agent, I kept hearing how you are the expert on the 'NE" area. Several years later, I now learned first-hand how true and deserving your reputation was. "Thank you". I did not expect that selling our 'NE" Minneapolis home would go smoothly or quickly, but your work and constant assistance got the house on the market and swiftly "Sold" absent any added stress. You helped make it as painless a process as it could have been. Again and again, "Thank you", Michael, I appreciate everything you did for me during a difficult time.
Raymond - 2637 Randolph ST. NE.
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7/19/04
Mr. Gacek,
My husband Scott and I would like to thank you for the sale of our duplex at 1622 Washington St. NE. You were very efficient and prompt on each and every detail. We're very satisfied and once again" Thank you". We would highly recommend you to anyone.
Scott and Beverly - 1622 Washington ST. NE.
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5/4/04
Dear Michael,
I really just don't know where or how to start, there are just too many things I would like to say to you. As you know we hired another real estate agent to sell our house prior to you and it was a disaster. Your expertise and knowledge of Northeast Minneapolis and the housing market in general was invaluable to us. If I seemed a little distrusting at first it was because of our prior experience with our other real estate agent. Now that everything is over, I should have just trusted you from the start. You over exceeded our exceptions with service and just the fact that we had no surprises what-so-ever along the way all the way to closing. I would love to be a reference to your future clients, you ARE THE BEST and we appreciate everything that you did for us. THANK YOU!!!
Mr.and Mrs. Wrase - 3242 Tyler ST. NE.
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7/21/03
Dear Michael,
We bought a new home before putting our existing home on the market. That being said, it was a very stressful situation! We found Michael Gacek to be a source of comfort during this time for many reasons. He was on top of every detail and worked with us to establish a game plan for putting our house on the market. He returned our calls in a very timely manner and made us feel as though we were his only client. His confidence and enthusiasm for what he does show’s through in every aspect of the process. We would and recommend Michael to anyone we know who is selling or buying a home! Sincerely,
Mickel and Pamela - 2939 Cleveland ST. NE.
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Dear Michael,
Working with you was very stress free. He handled everything with confidence and reassurance. I could count on him to make things easy to understand and run smoothly. He worked with me around an unusual schedule, which was a plus!!!. I would refer Michael Gacek to my friends and would use him again. Thanks for everything.
Denise - 2611 Jackson ST. NE. 
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4/5/2004
Dear Michael,
Thanks for your hard work in selling our home so quickly. Both Kelly & I really appreciate you insight, your directions, your integrity, your honesty, and your patience. You are the "BEST" and we will definitely recommend you to all our home-owner friends. Sincerely,
Mark & Kelly - 3201 32nd AVE. NE.
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Dear Michael,
We want to thank you for your services! Moving across country was made much easier due to your outstanding professionalism. The sale of our home was the last of our concerns during our job transfer. You took the time to make us feel like your ONLY client. We wish you many sales ahead and the happiest days ahead too!. Sincerely,
Rick and Melody - 3331 Taylor ST. NE.
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Dear Michael,
What a challenge! Not only did you work across the miles with me, but you also followed a complicated deal through. I can't thank you enough for your persistence, thoroughness, and attention to detail. Without it, I just couldn't have navigated those tricky waters. Thanks a Million.
Fred - 1400/02 5th ST. NE. 
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7/29/2000
Dear Michael, We recently sold our home in Northeast Mpls. through Edina Realty (agent Michael Gacek). At the same time, we were also building a home and dealing with many contractors, retail people etc. Of all the people we were involved with, one stood out as far as keeping promises and that was Michael Gacek! Michael "walked" us through the whole process of selling our home and was always there for us. He simplified and made everything much easier for us. He also knows Northeast!!! There were none more pleasant than Michael and we were glad we picked him as our Realtor! He sold our home in less than a week and again, we were more that pleased with the service offered by Michael!
Dennis and Priscilla - 3506 Buchanan ST. NE.
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7/22/1999
Dear Michael,
Thank you again for your wonderful support throughout the process of selling my father's home. It was quite a challenge for me, as a life-long renter, to suddenly be faced with selling my parents' home of 44 years, under less than ideal circumstances with the recent passing of my father. It was a very emotional time for me but your guidance made an overwhelming task go smoother than I could ever imagine. I especially appreciated your honest, matter-of-fact style and you demonstrated exceptional patience by guiding me through the complex legal requirements specific to a home seller. I also expected that living in Arizona and having to keep in contact via telephone would be very complicated. However, you were very attentive at keeping me informed and coordinating activities in my absence. Even though there were some unexpected developments with selling the houses that were out of our control, I always trusted your recommendations on how to handle any given situation. It was my father's wish for me to contract you as the Realtor®-of-choice knowing you were a life-long resident of "NE" Minneapolis which says a lot about character as an honest, hard-working individual. I thank you again for your assistance. I would not hesitate to recommend you to any potential home seller or buyer and will be happy to do so if ever the opportunity arises. Sincerely,
Georgianne - 1930 Buchanan ST. NE.
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3/15/98
Dear Michael,
Thank you very much for your expeditious sale of my mother's house. We found your work to be very thorough and efficient. You did an excellent job of informing us of your progress during the process and always made yourself available for questions. We appreciated your 'straight forward' approach regarding potential drawbacks in the house or cost which could be incurred. It has been great working with you. Sincerely
Bob
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2/21/98
Dear Mr. Lindberg,
We are writing to let you know how happy we were with Michael Gacek as our real estate agent. When the first buyer of our previous residence backed out of the purchase agreement we were disappointed, and feared losing the house of our dreams.
We were very happy when he sold it again seven days later, which still made it possible to buy the dream house he helped us find.
We are pleased with Michael’s performance and happy in our new home.
Thank you
James & Sharon    Coon Rapids, Mn 55433
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2/18/98
Dear Michael,
You were referred to us by friends of ours. They said you were great but failed to say that you are both very professional and great too! My husband and I were very impressed with your "down home" and the "friendly man next door" attitude. You can just feel your honesty come through! You made the whole home selling procedure very clear to us and it was made as easy as possible. Very professional and very intimate as if we were the only people you were ever going to sell a house for! We will someday need to sell other Minnesota property and there is no doubt in our minds that you will be the one that sells the property! Sincerely,
Thomas and Darlene
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1/27/98
Dear Michael,
I am sorry this took so long for me to write with moving and all, but I want you to know that I was well satisfied with the handling and selling of our home. We are almost settled in now in our new place and so far love it. Thanks again for everything,
Elsie
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11/24/97
Dear Michael, 
It is hard to believe it has already been a month since the sale of my mother's home! Thank you very much, Michael, for the excellent service you provided. I appreciated your patience from the time of our initial conversation in July, through September when my siblings and I finally had the house cleaned out and in shape for the sale. Even though I had not formally contracted with Edina Realty during that time, you stuck with me until the house and I were ready. I was amazed at the number of showings and how quickly the house sold, which was exactly what I was counting on. All aspects of the sale, from getting the house on the market at fair price to the closing of the sale were performed proficiently and efficiently. I enjoyed your enthusiastic and positive outlook on getting the job done. Thank you again for your excellent service. I look forward to talking to you again in the future. Sincerely,
Donna
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10/13/97
Dear Michael,
Just a short note to thank you for all your extra and patience to finalize the sale of my mother’s house- from the many problems because of the buyer's lending agency (loan change, appraisal review, computer crash, closing date changes) and early move-in. Also many thanks for the prompt return calls and "going the extra mile" to get all the problems solved. It was great having a real professional on the job! Sincerely,
Gerald
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8/8/97
Dear Michael,
There are not words to thank you for all your help from the day you came to list my home until the day of closing. Your thoughtfulness was truly appreciated. It has been a while since I have met someone so thoughtful!  I will gladly recommend you to anyone interested in selling a home. They could not do better! Thanks again,
Betty
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5/16/97
Dear Michael,
We are writing to you to thank you for all you did in helping to sell my mother’s home at 1732 4th. ST. NE. We do appreciate your professionalism in selling the home so quickly and at a very acceptable price. Mostly, however, I appreciate your kindness, patience and understanding, Michael, when dealing with my mom. You made what was a difficult time for her much easier and for that I will be eternally grateful. We enthusiastically recommend Michael Gacek for any realty needs. He was kind, courteous, knowledgeable, patients and keeps his sense of humor especially when dealing with difficult people and situations. Sincerely,
Dorothy and Mary
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May 6, 1997
Dear Michael,
Just a note to let you know how pleased we were about the way you handled the sale of our home at 640 36th. Ave. NE. You were always available to assist us with any questions or concerns as well as making the experience less stressful. You are truly a professional in your career. In addition, you were also very helpful in assisting us with the matters involving the purchase of our new home in Circle Pines. Your time and dedication was much appreciated by both of us. If the opportunity arises in the future, we will definitely solicit your assistance. Thank you and "good selling" in the future. Sincerely,
Steve and Virginia - 640 36th. Ave. NE.
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11/7/1996
Dear Michael,
Thanks very much for the absolutely outstanding job you did working with and selling the house for Lawrence and Edith (my in-laws). You dealt with Lawrence and Edith extremely well and sensitively, provided great advice, priced the house fairly, handled the offers aggressively, kept us all completely informed and sold the house quickly! The bottom line is that you were a
pleasure to work with! Thanks again for everything and best wishes for a great holiday season. Sincerely,
Ron
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5-6-1994
Dear Mike,
I want to thank you for all your help in selling my mother’s home. The house was so old etc. that I didn’t think it would sell.
I had hoped for $15,000 – you suggested $18,000 as-is. It sold for the price I wanted + sold faster than I thought possible.
Thank you,
Jim    1910 6th. St. NE
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6-30-1992
Dear Michael,
Thank you for being the realtor that helped my mother sell her home. As you know, she is 80 years old and needs a little assistance with somethings. You certainly came to the rescue. It started with the listing price. I had an independent appraisal made and your suggested listing price was within a couple hundred of the appraisal. I guess we wasted the appraisal costs, but it did giver her peace of mind.
You then held an open house and kept us both fully informed as to what was happening. Before long we had an offer that you helped counteroffer that brought us what we expected to net, and the deal was signed and closed. You even kept an unfortunate event from being a problem for my mother. When the neighbor’s hired help (without his knowledge or consent, I must add) trimmed my mothers spruce tree the buyer was most upset and demanded satisfaction. Thankfully you arranged an insurance settlement from the neighbor and everyone was happy (with the exception of the hired help).Anyway, thanks again Michael. When I decide to sell my own home, you will get the listing.Sincerely
Fred W. Bassinger
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3-18-1991
Dear Michael
This letter is to thank you for all your hard work and determination in successfully selling my house at 1814 Johnson St. NE. Your professionalism, ingenuity and honesty were key factors in selling my home. I especially appreciated you calling me weekly to keep me up-to-date on the status of the sale, and the activities that had occurred. Finally, I certainly will happily refer anyone I know to you regarding selling or purchasing a home.
Sincerely,
Linda - 1814 Johnson St. NE
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10-25-1990
Dear Michael,
I want you to know how much I appreciated you handling the sale of my parent’s house to clear their estate. You listed the property knowing that it had already been on the market for 3 months. You gave us a fair evaluation and then proceeded to market the property as you promised. I am thankful for your honesty and consideration in completing a transaction that had become a nightmare to me. While the property was listed with you, there was never a time when I felt That I was being ignored or that the property was not being handled in an effective manner.
During the entire six month ordeal, beginning with the original listing through the final closing, I was absolutely amazed to discover how many people in the business world have no conception of what their responsibilities are and how their lack of interest can affect the outcome of a single transaction. You were one of the few people who had the knowledge and consideration to handle the job you undertook. Your assistance in handling some obstacles that came up near closing time were also appreciated. (Some worked out better than others)
If I ever have another real estate transaction in mind, whether it be buy or sell, you will be the first person I will contact. Good luck to you!
Lorraine
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2-21-1988
Dear Mr. Lindberg,
We are writing to let you know how happy we were with Michael Gacek as our real estate agent. When the first buyer of our previous residence backed out of the purchase agreement we were disappointed, and feared losing the house of our dreams. We were very happy when it sold again seven days later, which still made it possible to buy the dream house he helped us find. We are pleased with Michaels’ performance, and happy in our new home.
Thank you,
James & Sharon    Coon Rapids