ABOUT MICHAEL DAVIS:
2010 and 2012- Recipient of the Orange County Five Star Real Estate Agent award. Given to fewer than 7% of the real estate agents in Orange County based on research with clients.
Michael has lived in Buena Park for 23 years, and has been referred to as “Mr. Buena Park” as the ‘Go To’ realtor for buying or selling homes in Buena Park. Having sold three of the last four Mayors of Buena Park’s homes, Michael’s largest source of business comes from referrals. Clients who were so happy with the level of service received from Michael that he was referred to help a lineage of family members, friends, and business associates of original clients to achieve home buying and selling goals.
Over many years with his involvement in the local community and activity in the Buena Park Noon Lions Club, where he served as General Chairman for several years during the Annual Silverado Days which raises money for charity within the community, and the Buena Park Chamber of Commerce yielded him the prestigious 2010 Americana Award for “Citizen of the Year” for Buena Park. The Americana Awards salute citizens of the year from eight cities that surround Cypress College and several community members attend to support their city's citizen of the year. Humbled by this award, it further demonstrates Michael’s commitment to Buena Park and its residents.
A sociable and fun-loving person with a benevolent streak - It was Michaels’ kind heart that got him the recent recognition by the agents and brokers he works with, and that same generosity is what drives his commitment to the Buena Park community. This “can-do” attitude, Michael attributes to the steadfast Midwestern values that have made a strong impact on his outlook.
During the Holiday season, Michael and his wife JoAnne ride their Harleys to participate in charity toy runs. “Knott’s Berry Farm has sponsored us for the past ten years, donating bears to local children,” he said. “We have been so grateful for their support and so pleased to share toys with the kids.” Years ago, Michael bought a handcrafted Amish Sleigh which he had especially built and painted back East then shipped to California. Michael has generously loaned the sleigh near Christmas time to local companies such as Nutri-Lite, and the Buena Park Noon Lions Club for “Santa” to ride in during the Annual “Shop for Less Fortunate Children” program at Sears, Buena Park. Santa continues the tradition every year by riding through the “Flower Tract” housing area in Buena Park in the Amish Sleigh before Christmas to hand out candy canes. The sleigh had also been used by the Buena Park Senior Center during the day, then transported to the Buena Park Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Holiday Auction and Taste of Buena Park held at the Holiday Inn at Buena Park for evening festivities.
Before becoming a Realtor®, and while still in college, Michael handled home improvement loans for a mortgage broker. “In my experience, representing loans was more about numbers than developing personal relationships,” he said. “I realized as a Realtor® that I would have the opportunity to work more closely with my clients, helping them achieve the dream of home ownership through a new role.”
Michael didn’t become a Realtor® just to sell property though; his Midwest values of growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, and a belief in “honesty and hard work” led Michael toward a role as an advocate and educator for his clients, and someone who would develop a strong one-on-one relationship with his customers, learn their dreams and help them work toward achieving their goals.
When Michael started his career in real estate in Buena Park, there were less than 500 homes to be marketed, but he chose Buena Park as his Realtor® “farm area” and began to do things differently. “I went against the grain of what you learn as a new agent,” he said. “I never asked for the business,” Instead, Michael just stocked up on scratch pads to distribute, knocked on doors, introduced himself and left. “I didn’t want people thinking, ‘Here’s that pushy Realtor®’,” he said. Instead, what happened was that he became a familiar face in the community and before long, local residents were asking questions about their Real Estate needs and supported his business by referring family members, business associates and friends.
Today, even though the real estate market is volatile, he has been able to rise above due to the strong relationships gained over the years. Referrals from his clients have expanded throughout North Orange County. “As a Realtor®, maintaining open communication is still the most important avenue to understanding my clients’ wants and needs,” Michael said. “When it gets quiet, peoples’ minds tend to escalate. I keep my customers updated throughout the course of each transaction and am always available to answer their questions or address their concerns,” he said.
Michael said that with his years of experience in the field, he has the knowledge and background to assist his clients – both buyers and sellers – in fulfilling their dream of home ownership. “Many buyers now go online and initiate their own searches,” Michael said. “We have a robust real estate website containing all the information required to buy and/or sell your home. E-mail listings are available directly to individual clients, as properties that meet their criteria are added to the MLS,” Michael said, adding that it is still important to work with a Real Estate professional to achieve a smooth and successful transaction. “I feel that both buyers and sellers still need the value of an experienced, knowledgeable Real Estate agent to facilitate the process.”
Michaels’ easy-going demeanor is definitely the key to a smooth and easy transaction with as little stress as possible for his clients, along with his knowledge and experience in his field, along with hard work and dedicated service. “I’m so happy with what God has provided for me,” smiles Michael. “It’s a good life and I’m excited to share it with others.”