Michelle’s Testimonials

I would highly recommend Michelle Cook for her skill and knowledge of the real estate market in the Santa Barbara area. She has a problem-solving style that is supported by integrity, enthusiasm, and years of professional experience. The home search was something of a challenge during this pandemic time. She really listened to what I was looking for, edited those offerings that fitted my interest and budget, and then made those viewings possible. She guided me through the buying process once I had found the right home. Michelle always kept me updated and informed, all while looking out for my best interests. She even helped me solve problems by enlisting professionals to get needed improvements made before the condo was ready to move in.

Thank you, Michelle, for guiding me through this home buying experience!

-Terry Behrens

I have worked with many agents over the years and Michelle stands out as one the hardest working and most knowledgeable.  She has helped represent me as a landlord and seller, and I don’t think I could have accomplished as much without her services.  I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.  Buy or sell with confidence.

-Wa H., 2020


It’s difficult to put into words the caliber of Michelle Cook’s service without sounding over the top or excessively enthusiastic. Words like incredible, amazing, top notch, over and above, best of the best all are appropriate and describe Michelle perfectly, but also may seem too good to be true. I can assure you, they’re not. After using Michelle to buy our first house and then sell it several years later, I can say without a doubt I would never want to use another real estate agent. They truly don’t get any better than her. Go with Michelle for any and all of your real estate needs; you won’t regret it.

-April Hoffmann, 2020

Michelle is amazing. She sold my house prior to it even going on the market for more money than I thought it could sell for IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC! She’s truly a master of her craft. Also extremely friendly, communicative, and backed up by a great team. If you want to press the easy button on selling your home AND get top dollar, sell with Michelle!

-Brian Jaffe, 2020

Michelle is amazing!  My husband and I recently purchased our first home and thanks to Michelle, the process went as smooth as it possibly could.  Throughout the whole experience, we felt comfortable and confident knowing that Michelle was representing us.  Michelle is extremely knowledgeable, ambitious, and well connected.  She worked around the clock for us to make sure that everything got done in a timely manner and that our needs were put first.  She is highly communicative, savvy in all ways, and is the voice of reason when things get cloudy.  Michelle went above and beyond for us and we are forever grateful to her.  I highly recommend Michelle as a realtor!

-Elizabeth and Shawn Gomez, 2020

We wouldn’t have our house without Michelle. Period.

I mean that in two ways. First, logistically, we were in a competitive bid and wouldn’t have won it without her guidance. More importantly, as first-time homebuyers, we felt completely out of our depth when we began looking for homes. We are in our late 20s and investing in a home was a massive, daunting, scary idea for us. Working with Michelle gave us the confidence to buy our first home without any of the anxiety and, a year later, without a single regret. She was as excited and invested in our process of finding a home as we were. Nothing ever felt like work; from endless open houses to signing the tedious paperwork, Michelle made the whole process relaxed and even fun. She demonstrated such an effortless knowledge of local real estate and the details we should consider when evaluating a home, we built an incredible foundation of trust, which helped so much. We always felt like she shot us straight and that we could trust her opinions. 

Beyond being competent, trustworthy, and energetic, the thing that really sets Michelle apart is all the little things: she got to know us personally and tailored her advice; nothing felt cookie-cutter. A year later now, she sent us a thoughtful card on the anniversary of our move-in date. She has recommended help without us even asking, from contractors in her network to ideas for our home. All said, she blew every expectation we had for a realtor out of the water and made our dream of owning a home come true.

-Bryan Gonzalez and Annika Kinsman

My wife and I have been fortunate  to have worked with Michelle on multiple transactions,  both as buyers and as sellers.   Her level of service is always outstanding and her attention to detail is very impressive.  She understands how to properly market a property and ensure the best exposure and activity-and how to get it sold.  She is well respected by and connected to her peers and this is an added benefit for her clients.   It is evident from the start that she cares about what is best for her clients and it’s not just about “making the sale”.  We have worked with many agents over the years and Michelle has outperformed any other agent we have ever worked with. She actually makes the process of buying and selling real estate easy and pleasant. Of course we will continue to use Michelle for future transactions and would recommend her to anyone thinking of buying or selling. Thank you Michelle, for doing such a great job!
– John and Michele Schock

I am really grateful that I chose Michelle Cook for the sale of my home, for the following reasons.

1. She knows her stuff and explained each thing carefully and completely as we went       along.

2. She is well organized and managed the repairs and sale of my house like a finely tuned machine. I told my daughter that she reminded me of a sheep dog, as she lined up all the contractors and scheduled them so that the repairs were completed rapidly and efficiently.

3. She knows a group of excellent repair people and an excellent stagger, who appear to be loyal to her and responsive to her requests. 

4. She is friendly, thoughtful, and caring.  After I moved, she helped me with things that went beyond usual agent duties. I feel like I made a friend and look forward to having lunch with her when I return for a visit.

5. I could trust her to work in my best interest.

6. She knows how to set the price and then negotiate. I was thus able to make more money than I originally expected.

7. She is very creative and a good problem solver.

All in all, I could not have had a better realtor.   Selling one’s home of 30 years, is a very difficult and emotional experience. She was there for me every step of the way, and made it as easy as possible. Thank you Michelle Cook!

-Patty Desmond 

Are you looking for a realtor who will put your first? Knows her business and can skillfully negotiate for you? Michelle is amazing. As a fellow realtor my expectations are high. After interviewing multiple realtors to sell my mother’s home in Santa Barbara Michelle came in wth her listing presentation. Within minutes we knew she was the one. It took my mother over a year to make the move and Michelle was there every step of the way. She is a great marketer, shrewd negotiator and great communicator. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to buy or sell.

-Laura Desmond

Michelle was much more than an agent; she became a partner. From the very start, she was willing to roll up her sleeves (literally) and help get the property in shape for sale. She offered to meet with various subs to address items that needed fixing, work with the staging company, go by frequently to check on things and offered advice when appropriate. The property was on the market longer than we had hoped but it was largely due to the downturn in sales activity which was even further hindered by the Thomas Fire and subsequent mud flow. Still, even during the fires and mud flow event, she continued to hold Open Houses almost every weekend. Michelle was encouraging throughout the entire process and worked with buyers when creativity was needed. She was as hard-working of an agent that I’ve ever worked with and given that I’ve been through this process over 25 times as homes have been bought and sold, I have a solid benchmark in which to rate performance. She was great.

-Chip Turner, Santa Barbara, CA

MICHELLE COOK EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS! She sold our home in record time and above our asking price; it’s no wonder that she is a TOP AGENT! Her integrity, honesty and knowledge combined with her genuine, caring spirit made the selling process stress free. We followed her advice to paint, re-landscape and stage our home. She created a “buzz” about our listing and with her expert marketing skills sold our home quickly. Well-respected in the industry and community, Michelle’s love for her work shines through every step of the way. It was an honor working with her. We would never consider using anyone else!

-Jennifer Grgich, Santa Barbara, CA

Three words that I don’t use lightly. Trustworthy. Competent. Connected. Trustworthy – Michelle did everything she said she would do plus MORE! Honest and upfront all the way through. Competent – In less than 1 week, Michelle had our home under contract! Connected – I know lots of realtors, brokers and other housing service professionals in town. Michelle is highly respected and trusted by all of them. Doubtful we will ever leave the magical new home we now live in thanks to Michelle, but if we ever do, we won’t use anyone else for the next sale or purchase in Santa Barbara!

-Michael Allison, Santa Barbara, CA

I can’t imagine a better realtor than Michelle Cook to handle buying or selling a home in the Santa Barbara area. Michelle combines expertise, integrity, knowledge of the market and a personality that makes her a pleasure to work with. After looking at our home, Michelle quickly sized up its advantages and liabilities, identified our potential buyer, and suggested what we should do as far as repairs and improvements to get the best return on our investment.  We then got a beautiful presentation with color photographs showing the “comps” in the neighborhood so that we could come up with a price. Our case was especially complex because we were four siblings selling the home our parents had owned for more than 40 years.  Michelle had to handle the flow of information and signing of documents to all of us who live in four different cities. There were several speed bumps along the way but Michelle kept the process moving with efficiency and good humor. Michelle appreciated the emotional side of selling a home that had been part of our family for that long. But she never forgot that this was a business transaction involving one of the largest investments most people ever make. In the end, Michelle helped us sell at a price which exceeded our expectations to a wonderful family who will love and care for our parents’ home and take it into its next chapter.  We are glad to give Michelle our highest recommendation.

-Royal Kennedy Rodgers, Washington, DC

What an amazing gift and blessing! Wow!

You have been so fabulous. Both Brian and I love you and were just saying tonight that we’re going to miss you! You have made our first house purchase incredible and I’m sure spoiled us for any other home purchase experience in the future. I’m fairly certain we started with the best and it’s all downhill from here! 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did; for getting us such a great deal, for your hard work at all hours, for making sure we were taken care of at all moments and on all fronts. 

Thank you for pulling weeds that day, and I sincerely hope we can stay in touch!

With MUCH gratitude,
-April and Brian

Michelle Cook is one of the hardest working people in real estate anywhere, bar none.  She is enthusiastic and loves her work, making it look like a breeze no matter how complicated it gets.  Throughout the process Michelle always gave me personalized attention, and she almost intuitively understood what I was looking for from the start.  With the initial listing, she presented a great package and made my property shine.  In spite of the fact that we had a couple of erratic bids and buyers, she was on the case and got my place back into escrow (with a bidding war, no less!)  three weeks after the initial showing – and this was in an “off” month, January!  She was a consummate negotiator, and gave great advice throughout when I began looking at properties to buy.  Her vast experience counts in a very big way, and it reveals years of dedication, ethical commitment and standards of excellence.  I had such a good time looking at properties with her!  She combines a finely tuned aesthetic sensibility with practical experience and suggestions, giving me ways to envision any given property as my own.  I love the place that I ended up buying and when there were some major glitches on the part of the seller, Michelle made the whole thing run like a well-oiled machine.  I so enjoyed working with her – she is genuine, tells it to you straight, and understands her client’s emotional ups and downs around buying and selling.   She shepherded me through a pretty complicated closing in which the sale and the purchase were delicately intertwined, making it seem absolutely effortless!   And we actually had fun, something that really counted when the stress weighed in. If you are looking to buy or sell, or both, you will not find anyone more dedicated, informed, and enthusiastic than Michelle Cook.  A++++.  She’s the best!

-Laurie Monahan, Associate Professor UCSB

Michelle is just a gem! All around, so very helpful and knowledgeable during the pre and post buying process. I had tried working with other realtors in town and Michelle just outshined the others and was the easy choice. So very grateful for your guidance selling my condo from out of State.  Thank you! 

-Kimberly Summitt 

I am a professional fiduciary in Santa Barbara who often has need of a real estate agent to assist in the sale of a client’s property. I first met Michelle over 10 years ago when we worked together for the benefit of a conservatee. More recently, when I needed a kind, compassionate agent who understands and works well with the elderly I thought of Michelle.  With Michelle’s help I was able to discuss the pros and cons of the sale of  my client’s property and assist him in that sale.  My client and I were both extremely satisfied with Michelle’s conscientiousness and her dedication to marketing a property that had suffered from years of deferred maintenance. Ultimately, we received our asking price in what was a seamless transaction. So satisfied was I with this transaction, that I enlisted Michelle’s help with the sale of another property which had recently fallen out of escrow more than once. With Michelle’s energy, dedication, creative problem solving and hard work we quickly found well-qualified buyers and negotiated a great price for my sellers. I would be delighted to rely on Michelle’s expertise in the future.

-Stacey Wright, JD, MA

Michelle, you have impacted our lives because of who you are and how you do business. We are so very grateful to have had the good fortune to work with you as both a buyer and a seller. You are unquestionably the reason that two difficult and time critical transactions were completed as needed. You have made our dreams come true. Thank you for your time, energy, honesty, compassion, and stamina!

-Martha and Michael Collins

After interviewing several realtors, we chose Michelle Cook of Sotheby’s to represent us as sellers of a condominium in Carpinteria. We were very satisfied with the outcome—it sold in one day for $15,000 above the asking price—and enjoyed our interaction with Michelle throughout the process.

Michelle was a cooperative partner in preparing the property for sale, contributing ideas and suppliers for important tasks, while listening attentively to our suggestions and accepting our sweat equity.  That consideration extended to setting the asking price: had we complied with some of the other realtors’ dictates on this subject, we would have left $50,000 on the table. She was savvy in marketing the property, using a professional photographer to depict it well in online and print advertising and drawing on her popularity with her peers to attract lots of realtors to the open house. Two of those realtors presented bids for their clients within 24 hours, and Michelle handled the bidding with the same acumen and good humor that characterizes her in general. The escrow and closing were concluded with the same professional competence. We will rely on Michelle Cook for future real estate transactions and recommend her heartily to others.

– Tish O’Connor and Dana Levy

Coming from the east coast the move west was daunting and exciting at the same time. We were 60 days out from the start of the school year and pressed to find, purchase and move across country before the opening bell. We tracked Michelle down and never looked back! After several lengthy email exchanges and subsequent telephone conversations we were ready to begin the process of finding the right home. Arriving into Santa Barbara on a Friday and leaving on Sunday didn’t leave much time for finding the right home. Michelle lined up 12 homes that met our needs and off we went. She was absolutely dead on when it came to understanding or needs (& wants) and took the time not only to show us homes but also the surrounding area and neighborhoods so we could actually get a feel for where we’d be living. We found, made an offer and closed within 30 days on the house of our dreams. Michelle went above and beyond handling all chores that come along with purchasing a new home from away, she made it more than easy on our part. In the process we have become friends as well as neighbors as our new home is quite close to hers. If we were to ever move again Michelle would be the first person we’d call. To say she went above and beyond doesn’t do it justice.

– Aline & Eric Borduas

As my realtor, Michelle has been so wonderful to work with. Her energy and focus on getting my last home sold was both professional and complete. From helping me to prepare the property for sale, to studying comparable sales in the area, she was able to show its assets to prospective buyers with such skill that my home sold right away, and over the asking price. What an upbeat and positive force Michelle has been! I highly recommend her services.

-Terry Behrens

You did it again!  Made it all so smoot on the selling end! I cannot tank you enough for your attention to or home while on the market as we sold it from afar and with many personal emergencies and disappoints happening in our lives.  You never lost your drive. You always encouraged us .Your undying enthusiasm for 3743 Meru Lane was priceless and I believe in the end sold it! … not to mention your diligent open houses …. that you NEVER stopped having even though the crazy market made us shift and change our strategy. I will always consider you the Top Professional Realtor on the California Coast and also one of my best friends.

Thanks for EVERYTHING!!!!

-Susan Williams and Paul

“My home was a very unique property near Summerland.  A home on five-acres that was a part of a three parcel property, with discerning neighbors.  Michelle was very helpful in scheduling and coordinating the other agents and potential buyers and that was greatly appreciated.  That was the easy part!  Michelle worked with and for me to not only find a buyer that would appreciate my longtime home of 18 years, but negotiate the purchase of my new home in Santa Barbara.  I recommend Michelle highly to anyone wanting their purchase and sale to go smoothly.”

– Kathy Stuva, Santa Barbara

“Michelle went above and beyond to sell my home in Solvang. She worked great with the other agents making sure all of the showings and open houses were done with minimal disruption. The home was only on the market for a very short time, and Michelle was instrumental in making a personal connection to the buyer and assuring the deal went through very smoothly. Michelle took extra care to present the house and make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers, and that was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.”

– Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara

“Diligent, excellent and trusted. Through a long and often difficult transaction, Michelle Cook proved again and again her smartness, savvy, high resourcefulness and persistence in our interest. She was available 24/7, anticipating and attending to issues beyond the call of duty. She totally held our hand during our transaction and from the first introduction, Michelle was by our side making sure that all the players in the transaction did their part to bring us to closing on time. We would enthusiastically recommend Michelle to any serious buyer or seller. Thank you Michelle. You are our friend for life.”

– Yemi & Ola Candide-Johnson. Nigeria

“We are based in England and had a dream of a winter home in Santa Barbara. Michelle Cook helped us realize that dream during a very short visit. In a single day she showed us 21 properties, and the very last ticked all the boxes. Michelle managed the entire settlement process in California, with us back in England and the seller based in the British Cannel Island of Jersey. Buying a property through Michelle is so easy we are thinking of buying another!”
-Joan and Peter Hazell , London England

Michelle Cook represented us in the sale of our home and we are happy to recommend her to prospective clients. From the start, we found Michelle to be knowledgable and hard-working – our home was open at least one day nearly every weekend it was on the market for several months – but it was when the escrow took some difficult and unpredictable turns that she proved to be especially valuable. In addition to the Buyers and their agent, Michelle was required to work with lawyers, contractors, and city officials to negotiate and resolve problems well beyond the scope of a typical escrow, and she did so with skill and grace. She never hesitated to go the extra mile when necessary, and, in the process, became a trusted friend. If you are looking to buy or sell a property, we highly recommend Michelle.

– Kent and Julie Vining, Santa Barbara

“Writing kind words about you and the incredible service that you offer… so, easy!

Michelle Cook is the best real estate agent that I have ever worked with! Over the past 20 years, I’ve purchased many properties and worked with many agents, but no one compares to Michelle. When I purchased my home in Santa Barbara, I needed someone that really knew the area and could negotiate a difficult deal. I needed someone that was available and willing to show me a variety of different properties, and I needed someone that was patient with my process. I found all this and more in Michelle. She really heard what I needed and worked hard to find it. She had a calm, kind, and attentive approach to finding the property that was the perfect match for me. She offered logical solutions to potential obstacles and found answers to all the tough questions. What a true professional! What a lovely person! “

Al Dinneen

“Rick and I were talking about how lucky we were to have had you as our realtor for our home purchase in Santa Barbara and we wanted to let you know our feelings.  It was a 5 month journey that had many ups and downs and your positive attitude, knowledge and recommendations made our closing possible. We had to contend with multiple offers and you helped us prevail.   We had problems with our lender and you found us another.  We had problems with the city and you found the contractors, geotechnical engineer and geologist to help us research our solutions.  We had problems with the seller’s representative and you stayed on top of the situation until they performed.  We had problems with the escrow company and you went into combat mode to support us. You found the home warranty company that has saved us hundreds of dollars in appliance repairs since we moved in.  We left for Chicago before the closing and didn’t return for 5 months and you handled everything for us while we were gone.  You changed the locks, arranged for regular landscape service, had the house tented and exterminated and cleaned twice.  You sent the mail to us and kept an eye on the home while we were away.  When we finally arrived, you had already met the furniture delivery person and opened the house  and had wine and food and flowers ready and waiting.  Have I forgotten anything?  To say this transaction could not have happened without you is an understatement.  I not only got the house I wanted, but most important of all, I got a new friend.  Thanks for going the extra mile for us.”

– Lenette Hertz Ortega and Rick Ortega, Chicago Ill.

“Michelle sold our single family home, a rental property in Carpinteria, in early July 2013 and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome.  She found a buyer two weeks before the house was to be listed, at a price we only dreamt of two months previously, and before we were to commit a significant amount of money to prepare the house for sale.

We interviewed three agents and all seemed quite experienced, knowledgeable, and professional.  In fact we thought each would do an excellent job.  It was Michelle with whom we felt most comfortable.  She quickly understood our issues from our perspective.  She was energized, full of suggestions,practical advice and as we discovered later, a focused multi-tasker.  We felt an immediate trust towards her which was really important because we lived and worked 200 miles away in San Diego.  We were dependent on a realtor to take the lead, stay on task and be in full control of the project while communicating mostly by email and a few phone calls.  Again as it turned out, Michelle was a whiz with electronic documents and electronic signatures.

Escrow closed in 9 days and we were done which was sad in a way.  Life with Michellewas too short.  We would have been happy to have been involved with her and her assistant Hanafor longer.

So, if you are looking for someone to sell your home, you will be in very safe and secure hands with Michelle. We couldn’t imagine not asking her to help us again should the need arise.”

Andrew and Jan Rust 

A few years ago our son transferred to UCSB. We needed to find him a home while at school and we happened to pick an extraordinary realtor, Michelle Cook. Though we weren’t spending millions she treated us as though we were. She was always very professional and available. I only wish she could represent us in the San Diego area! It was a pleasure doing business with her and to still be in touch long after my son left the SB area!”We purchased our first home with the help and guidance of Michelle Cook. Michelle was attentive to our needs, concerns and really worked hard around both of our busy schedules. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and always wanted to make sure we were happy.

~Monica Cooper

Michelle was truly committed to finding the perfect home for us. She really stepped above and beyond to make the process of buying and going through escrow as painless as possible.

We would highly recommend Michelle to anyone looking to purchase a home, especially first time home buyers where everything is so new to you!”
– Sara & Omar

“Michelle Cook is a great realtor, especially for first time buyers! She always took the time to explain the process, the paperwork, and what to expect. We visited many, many properties, some several times, and she was always patient and kind and worked hard to answer all of my questions about the different properties in a timely manner. She was so easy to work with and her patience really helped to lessen my nervousness as a first time buyer. I loved working with her and would recommend her to anyone looking for a Realtor that really does care!”
– Erika Felix, PHD.

“When the time came to sell or family home, I called Michelle first. Having come from a family of Realtors, I knew the process of selling could be, at times daunting. From the moment I placed the call, Michelle made this sale seem effortless. She walked us through every turn and went above and beyond what I have seen any realtor do. We sold the home in TWO DAYS! Michelle’s amazing attention to detail and complete knowledge of her job are what made that happen. Of course her positive attitude and energetic personality were a huge help in drawing in potential buyers.

At the same time we were selling our home, Michelle was representing us on the purchase of a home for a family member who had been living in the home. The budget was small and the expectations were high, but, no surprise to us, Michelle made it happen and we were able to close on both properties simultaneously. Amazing.

We would never consider using another agent and have referred many of our friends and family to Michelle as well. She is just the best!”
– Christine Sobenes

“Knowledgeable, personable, and completely dedicated to working in my best interest, Michelle Cook could not have been more committed to helping me find and successfully close on my dream home. She is the ultimate full service Realtor, with whom working is a true pleasure!

I would recommend Michelle every time!”

– Brian Jaffe, Santa Barbara

“I have known Michelle for years (more than she wold be willing to admit to I am sure). She has ALWAYS had an unbelievably positive attitude and enough energy to light up every room she walks into.

When it came time to sell my home, I asked Michelle what she could do. It turns out, she could do EVERYTHING. She offered great council on how to price our home, prepare it to sell and she actually ‘staged’ our home for us. More than once I caught her cleaning windows or moving furniture! Her direction proved very valuable as she sold the home, with multiple offers, the first week. Once we were in escrow, Michelle was able to walk us through all that was involved with this side of the sale. She was always there for us, with us, and ALWAYS smiling. She actually made, what can often be hugely stressful for buyers and sellers, a bit fun.

Michelle continues to be there for us as needed. She checks in often to make sure we are doing well and we know she will always do so. She made the experience of selling our long time home, much easier and positive than I ever thought was possible.

I would recommend Michelle to anyone looking for a professional, honest and enthusiastic Realtor who will get the job done and enjoy doing it!”

– Victor Bickmore, Santa Barbara

“I have had the pleasure of being acquainted with Michelle for many years. In her past life (believe it or not she has not been selling real estate forever!) she and I both worked in the corporate retail fields and our paths crossed sometimes.

When Sven and I decided to buy a second home in Santa Barbara, it was just natural that I thought to call Michelle, although I do know several other Realtors in town. I knew that she would be professional and honest and work hard to get the job done right.

It was a great decision! She was very aware of our needs and took care of all of the little details- always with a smile. Our deal, an estate, ‘fixer upper’ presented many challenges all of which Michelle was able to overcome on our behalf. She took great care of all of our needs, efficiently and patiently. She spent a lot of time making sure we understood every detail, and she said over and over again ‘I want to make sure you are both 100% happy with this home’.

Since our purchase, Michelle has remained in our lives, and continues to watch over our homes transition, and we now consider ourselves friends. What a great way to end a real estate transaction! But this is nothing new to Michelle. We have referred her to several of our friends and acquaintances and she has taken great care of them as well…and she has added THEM to her circle also.

Michelle is a great person. She is a hard worker, honest, patient, caring and smart. We appreciated her enthusiasm and energy and her drive to get the job done-well.

I would definitely refer Michelle to anyone we know looking for help in the Real Estate world. When we buy or sell any of our properties, we will, without doubt, use Michelle as our agent again!”

– Laura and Sven, Santa Barbara

“Michelle came to me highly recommended as I prepared to purchase property in Santa Barbara. After working with her, I can gladly add my name to those who had recommended her to m e. From day one she was prepared with a good (although not overwhelming) selection of properties to view. From there she quickly got an idea of what I liked and what I was looking for, and was able to week out properties I didn’t have any interest in. In addition to being extremely professional and competent, Michelle was a joy to work with, I look forward to buying another property with her because we had so much fun the first time around. Needless to say I am very happy with my purchase and the whole purchasing process and Michelle deserves a lot of credit for that.”
– Willam E. McRee, M.D.

“When Thom and I decided to move to Santa Barbara from Memphis, I thought that I would find a house I liked on the internet and talk with a Realtor. We were so lucky that the Realtor was Michelle Cook. When we arrived, she had notebooks made up of houses she thought we would like to see. Then Michelle drove us around the city, giving us a fabulous cultural tour while showing us potential homes. It really felt less like were were being sold a house than that she was our fr iend giving us professional advice. Once we found a home and negotiations began, Michelle used both her skill as a Realtor, and her amazing people skills to work out a sale that was good for both parties. It has been a year since the sale, Michelle did n ot just walk aw ay. She is still involved with the home that we are renting until our move to Santa Barbara. Michelle’s clients are extraordinarily fortunate to work with this exceptional woman.”
– Thom and Peggy Perhac

“Dear Michelle, This letter of thanks is long overdue. When we decided to list our Camarillo residence we interviewed a number of local brokerage firms and brokers. I was convinced that the most efficient way to sell our home was to list with a local, or area specific broker. We asked each real estate professional to prepare the same information for our review. These requests were a market overview, previous local sales, recommended sales price, and specific personal experience in success selling similar product.

Your initial presentation, enthusiasm, and professional approach quickly overcame my reluctance to hire an individual from our immediate area. You were not discouraged when we narrowed our search to two firms and asked for additional information. Our follow-up meeting was the reason we hired you. Not only did you answer our specific questions, but brought us points to contemplate that we had not even considered. The decision to use your services was made there and then.

The best part of the story was the ending. The attention to detail, follow-up, open houses, broker caravans and all the customary duties were carried out quickly and efficiently. You actually suggested a price above where I thought the house would sell and then went out and sold it, not once, but twice in less than a month. Michelle, this does not happen by luck, but rather by hard work, constant professional follow-up, 24/7 availability, and the energy and enthusiasm to succeed in your tasks and achieve your clients goals.

The pleasure was our to have had you represent us. We would heartily recommend you to others. If there is ever an opportunity to assist you or talk to a potential client, we would welcome giving our input. Feel free to give any prospective client our home phone number.”
– Ron and Sherry

“You were singularly attentive and responsive to every concern, no matter how menial. We were particularly pleased with how quickly the home sold, and the price it sold for with your representation.

You are a true professional in your approach to all matters, and your energy and enthusiasm made the transaction a pleasure.”

– Brian Tharp

“Both of my daughters live in Santa Barbara and I visit frequently from San Francisco. My younger daughter (Michelle!) and I first met Michelle Cook when we were strolling in her (both my daughter’s and Michelle Cook’s)neighborhood and stopped in to look at a charming house that was for sale. Michelle was there, and we liked her immediately. She was down to earth, funny, and st ruck us as very competent and likeable. She put us on her email list and kept us updated of properties as we were looking to purchase a home in Santa Barbara.

Six or more months later, when my older daughter, Christina, st arted searching in earnest for a house, we asked Michelle to help us, and help us she did. Michelle spent many, many hours finding places for us to look at. She was alw ays available, returned phone calls very promptly, and did an amazing job of finding out all sorts of things for us. We were doing a 1031 income-property exchange, and the complexity of that can be overwhelming.

Michelle was always, always nice, available, helpful. After another few months, we finally found the right home for us and got through the purchase with Michelle’s help. Now, my older daughter and her family liver there very happily, and Michelle has stayed a friend.

We met numerous other realtors during that year, and found no one as dedicated, competent, and easy to work with as Michelle Cook. She is the best!!!”
– Carol Douglas, San Francisco

“After our rocky beginning with another real estate agent, we hired Michelle to sell our home. She sold our home quickly and for a great price. Michelle handled the business details skillfully as well as the building inspectors, termite inspectors, etc. etc. Her relationship with the buyer and his agent was cordial but our interests were her top priority. Michelle particularly understands the concerns and needs of her older clients and enjoys being with them. We now live at Vista Del Monte and have no residual worries as a result of the sale of our home. We recommend Michelle Cook, without reservation!”
– Joan and Jerry Fallert

“When we met Michelle Cook, my wife and I had given up on finding the right home for our growing family. Over three years we had worked with three different agents and had seen countless homes. Michelle’s referral, from a mutual friend, was a breath of fresh air. She showed us several houses and really listened to what we were looking for. We looked at maybe three or four properties and she had found us a perfect fit. A month later we had sold our current property and closed on our new home. We couldn’t be happier!”
-Matt and Claudia, Ojai CA

“As a first time homebuyer, I had a long wish list of desired features but without the huge budget to match! I started working with Michelle to find a property several years ago and she remained extremely patient as we looked at numerous properties until the right one came along. I found her to be personable, professional, resourceful, driven and supportive through the entire process. As a result of her dedication and perseverance, she located the property I would come to own, which happens to have all of the features on my wish list and came in within budget! I highly recommend Michelle and will be using her in the future for purchases and sales.”
– Jessica Blazer, Santa Barbara

“I have known Michelle for close to 5 years and just closed escrow on my third home purchase with her. Michelle’s energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the local real estate market are invaluable and make working with her a joy. On my most recent purchase she worked tirelessly to clear up a few issues that could have caused problems for me down the road. When working with Michelle, I really feel like she is working for me and has my best interests at heart. Next time I’m ready to buy, first thing I will do is give Michelle a call!”
– Dr. William McRee, Shell Beach, CA

“We met Michelle last spring through our son and daughter-in-law. When we found out she was a real estate agent we told her we wanted to move to Santa Barbara to be near our first grandchild. She said to let her know when we were ready. We called to say we were coming and she put together a tour for us on very short notice. We naively started with the selling price of our house in Tucson, Arizona.  Michelle was very accommodating and showed us properties in that price range. We learned quickly that Santa Barbara was a little pricier than Tucson. Michelle was very patient with us and kept finding properties for us to look at as our price range expanded and we considered other more affordable areas. We were very impressed by her energy and positive attitude.

When our dream home came on the market, she jumped right on helping us get it. It was a ‘ hort sale’ and little did we know what was involved in a ‘short sale’. There is nothing ‘short’ about it! Through the long summer and into the fall Michelle worked tirelessly to keep us informed about every tedious step of working with the bank. She kept our spirits up and didn’t let us give up on the house. Finally the bank came through and Michelle guided us through the final process. She was gracious with her time and ceaseless in her efforts to help us get the house we wanted. She worked patiently, tirelessly and professionally, but best of all, as a good friend.

Thank you, Michelle. We don’t think we would have made it with anyone but you.”
-Dell and Joe Richardson, Solvang CA

“Michelle Cook made it happen that I bought the perfect home, at the perfect time, and for the perfect price.  I was new to the Santa Barbara marketplace, and a first time buyer, Michelle sent new listings for several months.  She kept me informed about trends, unlisted properties, and nailed down what I was looking for.  I let Michelle know when I was ready to make the move and she put together tours of multiple properties not just in Santa Barbara, but also Santa Ynez Valley, Ojai, and Ventura.  She spent hours researching the listings, speaking with the other agents, and arranging comprehensive tours.  By the time we came across the house she would help me buy, I had all the information I needed to negotiate successfully from a position of strength.  As my agent, she employed great due diligence and made sure that she was representing what I wanted.  But most importantly, her collegial and results-oriented communications with the other agent and attorney fostered the environment for success.  Once the agreement was made, Michelle shifted gears.  She was the one who kept all the other parties on track and moving forward.  This was a short sale with two loans involved and on more than one occasion, someone on one of the other sides dropped the ball threatening to stall the process.  Michelle was proactive in keeping that ball moving forward and we closed in less than 30 days.  That would not have happened without her.  Working with Michelle means working with someone who exudes high energy, high integrity, great communication skills, and genuine love for her job and the people with whom she interacts.”
– Charles McChesney, Solvang, CA

“Our home had been on the market for 18 months with another agent and had  no serious offers. It was time to start fresh with a new agent and a new approach. Michelle Cook was referred to us by an agent in another city. We interviewed other agents and were very impressed by her professionalism and sense for knowing what needed to be done to sell our property. Our choice was the right one as she exceeded our expectations.

Michelle was attentive to our needs, knowledgeable and efficient. We prepared a plan which included an aggressive marketing strategy, removal of tenants and staging.  Because we live an hour from Santa Barbara, Michelle stepped in to help us handle everything from the cleaning to working with the tenants and recommending and working with the Staging company.  This was all done in a timely manner and as a result of we had multiple offers even BEFORE the open house.   Michelle’s recommendations were EXACTLY on the mark and just what we needed.  We sold the home for over our asking price!

Michelle is an asset to the Real Estate community and we are so lucky to have had her as our Agent.”
– Nina & David Cowin, Camarillo, CA

“When the time came to sell my family home, I called Michelle Cook with Sotheby’s International Realty.   Having come from a family of realtors, I knew the process of selling a house could be, at times, daunting. From the moment I made the call, Michelle made this sale effortless. She helped us walk through every turn and went above and beyond what I have seen any realtor do. We sold the house in TWO DAYS! Michelle’s amazing attention to detail and complete knowledge of her job made it all happen.”
-Chris Sobenes, Ojai CA

“A few words about Michelle: Extremely: Professional. Willing. Friendly. Energetic. Charming. Organized. 
Competent. Helpful. Co-ordinated. Knowledge. Dedicated. Hard Working. Caring. WONDERFUL!!”
– Marge Nelson