About Michael Babbitt | Cascade Sothebys International Realty

About Michael

Being dual licensed in Oregon and Washington, and an expert in this local area. I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. My motto is Integrity, Respect, Commitment, and Service. Here are just a few of the of the things I can do for you: Find Your Next Home You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home Sell a Home When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close. Consult on Home Selling Tactics Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast. About Me With 14 years of experience in the legal profession, starting as a paralegal and eventually managing the law firm, there is hardly a legal issue that can arise during the buying or selling of a property that I have not encountered. After leaving the law firm, I added entrepreneurism and digital acumen to my skill set, acting as president and CEO of a computer consulting startup. It was there that I saw my calling in real estate, and have been working in real estate ever since. Entering real estate at the height of the foreclosure market, I quickly got my designation as a Certified REO Property Specialist and Certified Short Sale Specialist. Both areas in which I have extensive experience, not only by helping my own clients, but by becoming a mentor and negotiator to many agents in the industry. Which lead me to get my designation as a Master Certified Negotiation Expert. Throughout my years of working with some of the top agents and teams in the industry combined with my insatiable appetite for knowledge. I have learned from the best what works and doesn’t. This combined with my wide-ranging and comprehensive earlier skills and experience have allowed me to succeed and excel in any market becoming one the area’s best agents, managing 9 offices across Oregon and SW Washington. In addition to those professional accomplishments, I have been very involved in giving back and helping to improve the community through a variety of volunteer opportunities. I served 12 years on the City of West Linn Planning Commission, acting as chair for many of those years. Including acting as an advisor to the City’s Sustainability Commission, a member of the Infill and Planned Unit Development Task Force, and serving on the Board of Directors for the non-profit company Youth Building Green and Vice-Chair of the Oregon Young Professionals Network. Most recently I served as Vice President on the PMAR Master Circle Board, and as both a State and Local Director for the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR). When not working on real estate, for the city, or as a volunteer, I love spending time with my family. Now that you know a little about me, I look forward to helping you with all your real estate needs!