Michele Harkov

Realtor Compass BRE#: 01838875
My clients are my top priority and I am fully committed to helping them achieve the best value in their home purchase or home sale. I take my role as their Realtor with great pride and take the time necessary to understand their needs so as to successfully negotiate on their behalf. Some additional benefits I provide to my clients is an extensive portfolio of people and companies I can recommend for their Real Estate needs from lenders to home decorators and everything in between. I am honored with the trust my clients have in me and am constantly working to make their Real Estate experience a positive one.
Apr 19, 2022
I don’t think we can ever find the words to express how highly we recommend Michele Harkov as a realtor. She worked with us to find our dream home over a two-year-period (with a 16-month gap due to Covid, when we couldn’t travel to CA.) Michele’s upbeat personality is the first thing you notice about her, but her knowledge of the real estate market is profound. She seemingly knows every neighborhood in every city we were interested in, in San Mateo County. Our initial time with her was spent viewing different neighborhoods in different cities, so we had a feel for what cities might work best for us. Not only did she know of the neighborhoods, but she almost always seemed to know someone who lived in each neighborhood, who could answer a question about that area, if we had one.

Michele has an endless list of people to call upon, to do work on a home you are considering buying or selling (e.g., how much will a new roof or new windows cost?) Once you’ve bought a home, she continues to follow-up and give you recommendations for every resource imaginable, if needed. Michele was also amazingly responsive whenever we had a question, and we felt totally supported in our seemingly endless quest to find a home. Even though there were many, many homes we saw and rejected, Michele never made us feel like we were taking up too much of her time. Rather than trying to sell us any house, Michele would always point out the negatives to a home, along with the positives. She can magically detect a floor which is unlevel just by walking on it.

What we most appreciated about Michele occurred twice when we were all set to bid on a home, and expressed to Michele that we didn’t think that it was our dream home, but we were just weary of the search. In each instance, she told us that there would be another home to come, and even in this very tight real estate market, we shouldn’t be discouraged. She told us not to buy a home unless we truly felt positive about it. We let both of those homes go, and then happily did find the home of our dreams which had everything we were looking for.

Finally, Michele’s negotiating skills are superior. In the final round of bidding to buy our home, she saved us a substantial amount of money in advising us how high she thought we should go, which was less than our top number. While we were stressing out, Michele stayed calm. Michele then followed up with the appraiser to make sure our home appraised for the full amount we paid, even though we all thought that might not happen. We also saw that for those whose home she is selling, Michele comes in with a crew and transforms the house into its best possible presentation. We simply cannot imagine any broker putting more time, expertise or positive energy into buying or selling a home. Based upon the many realtors we met with in terms of selling our prior home and buying a new one, Michele is truly the rare gem!
Mar 15, 2022
We were very fortunate to have found Michele as our agent when looking for a second home in the Bay Area where our children live. In fact, our son and daughter-in-law related such a good experience with Michele in buying their home in Sunnyvale that we were impressed enough to contact her. She is definitely a top tier realtor, providing services I would expect, and others I wouldn't. She was always available to take our call, videoed the property so completely (with her verbal impressions) that we had a good idea of what we were buying and the surrounding area. She contacted the HOA reps to find out about parking and restrictions, quickly got all docs to us digitally so we could read them over before signing, took the keys to my son's home after closing since we couldn't be there. Always respectful of our needs, Michele took time to physically show the home to us when we were in town during escrow. We loved it and realized that she did a good job of representing it to us. She has cultivated a list of vendors who will help us tailor the house to our specs. Michele is gracious, measured, family-oriented, incredibly capable, and we're glad she was referred to us by family.
Feb 20, 2022
Working with Michele on the sale of my home was a pleasure. This was my first time selling a house, so Michele was very patient and knowledgeable when it came to guiding me through the entire process. I had recently moved out of state, so after our initial meetings all of our interactions were virtual (text, phone, Zoom, etc.). Despite that, everything went super smoothly, and I was even able to sign all the final paperwork through a local notary. Michele coordinated with contractors on her end to fix up and prepare my place for sale, but kept me in the loop, so I knew what was happening every step of the way. With the amount of attention she provided, it was often easy to forget that she must be working with other clients at the same time! Michele has continued to follow up and stay in touch, so I feel she remains a valuable resource even after the sale. Highly recommended!
Feb 10, 2022
Michele Harkov was the agent when I bought a property in Los Altos a week ago. She was very professional, thorough and details oriented when it is work related. Our realty transaction went very smooth with her guidance. She was also very kind and thoughtful in general. I highly recommend her.
Dec 17, 2021
Michele provided great service from start to finish and sold our house with multiple offers and no contingencies. We highly recommend her as true 'partner' who will work with you on property updates, appraisals, selling strategy, staging and a variety of other services. Our sale was through a corporate relocation service, of which Michele has specific and valuable expertise. Michele has a deep network of real estate sales professionals to keep up to date on the latest listings and potential buyers, and access to the latest marketing tools to ensure your home gets broad exposure to targeted buyers. She is very friendly, and was a joy to work with throughout our entire sales process. Very highly recommended!
Sep 14, 2021
We are so glad we went with Michele to list our house and handle the transaction from start to finish. Listings in the high $6MM range like ours were lingering on the market, with varied and unsettling price changes as they aged out. We discussed our goals and bottom-line number with Michele, and then turned it all over to her. She staged the entire house, accessory structure, and property, showing off its special points, and created an amazing internet presence like you were looking into a beautiful interactive dollhouse of the entire property. She quickly developed some interest in the property (a relief!) and brought us a good clean contract well within our price range. She then marshalled the transaction through to close, with all that takes these days. Selling your home is stressful, but Michele made it happen in a way that has left us feeling only good about the whole thing.
Aug 15, 2021
We had a terrific experience and highly recommend Michele!

We spent months looking for homes in the East Bay as well as Redwood City / San Carlos with no luck before we connected with Michele. She helped us understand the local market and what is required to get into a home. Michele knows EVERYONE in town and all the Sell-side realtors we met along the way all thought highly of her. We credit these relationships and local knowledge with finally getting a winning offer accepted, despite not being the highest counter-offer (nor-all-cash).

We’re excited to be able to stay in Redwood City and we have Michele to thank!
Jun 24, 2021
Working with Michele was great. It was so easy!
She put a lot of effort into truly understanding our needs, so every home that she showed us was very relevant to our search. She provided a wealth of knowledge and direction, and made herself easily accessible to us at all parts of the process, making us very much feel like she was on our team.
Simply put, Michele is wonderful. Buying a home is a stressful process, and if we ever need a realtor again, we will definitely choose Michele!
May 1, 2021
Michele Harkov was so helpful as we decided to sell our home with no advanced planning as we fell in love with another home in a nearby city. She was responsive and worked well with our other agent (as our offer on the new house was on contingency of selling our home). She helped us get the house ready and on the market very quickly. She was also really great at following up with showing agents on every viewing. This was all during COVID, which she handled seamlessly for us as well. We would definitely recommend Michele.
Apr 30, 2021
Michele is a consummate professional and a wonderful person, all wrapped up in one. We have now used her in multiple home sales and purchases and would not use anyone else. On the sale side, she and her team remove all of the stress and really take care of everything—from assessing which repairs and modifications are necessary and most meaningful, to finding the right vendors and ensuring that the work is done right, to securing beautiful photos and brochures on the marketing side and ultimately making sure the home shows at its best and the offers come in. On the purchase side, Michele ‘s kindness and honesty merge with her shrewd business sense. She will not only help you find just the right place, but also drive the best possible deal and keep you fully informed, all with transparency, integrity, humor, and grace.

Michele plainly loves her work, and makes her clients feel valued, listened to, cared for and appreciated. She is a special person and a fantastic professional. We couldn’t recommend her any higher.
Apr 25, 2021
Michele Harkov was an outstanding partner in helping us to sell our first home. She helped us through the process every step of the way, kept us calm during the emotional phases of negotiation, and in the end I am confident that we were able to receive the maximum value during the sale. We will certainly be reaching out to Michele again the next time we need to buy or sell a home.
Apr 23, 2021
Michele is a true gem in a very crowded real estate market. She is attentive, smart, sincere, caring, warm, and professional. Michele really listened to us during our house search. She kept us in the loop at each step during the purchase process and made professional recommendations along the way. Michele is a good listener and is very detail oriented. She made our home purchase very memorable. Michele made us feel like valuable clients and friends.
Apr 23, 2021
I have nothing but great things to say about Michele Harkov. We were first time home buyers and Michele went above an beyond to help us find a home. She was always available, professional, kind, and really cared about finding us the right home. In the California market, even if you are knowledgeable about real-estate, you need someone who stays on top of the fast moving market and is quick to act on finding homes and getting the process of buying the home started. Michele knows the market very well and will help her clients to her fullest extent. She makes you feel like you are her only client and is always available for you. Michele will not only help you find the right home but she will help you with all the things you need after moving in. She will make sure you understand the taxes you owe and send you reminders, she will send you referrals for handymen, contractors, landscape, and basically anything else you need, and she will check in on you far after the sell of the home to make sure things are going well. I would recommend Michele to family, friends, and anyone else looking to buy or sell a home. We will definitely be using her in the future for any real-estate/home buying/selling needs.
Apr 22, 2021
CTO at hightech company
Michele is an awesome realtor. She helped us to list and sell a property in Pacifica. She is efficient, honest and experienced. She led us through every step of the way, gave us the guidance, helped us to set the right expectations, and helped us close the deal quickly with great quality. She and her team were very efficient, from staging to inspection, getting contractor/handymen to fix problems, and work tirelessly. Not only that we sold the property quickly, it also saved me a lot of time. I couldn't have hoped for a better listing agent. Highly recommend to anyone who would ask me.
Apr 22, 2021
Scientist
Michelle is a first class realtory. She lead us through the journey of buying our first house, not just as an advisor, but as a friend, a person that deeply understood our needs, managed to wipe away our worries with actionable advice, and was fully avaliable throughtout the process to answer any question we had. She is kind, she is open hearted, she understands the needs of her clients, and she deeply cares about the whole journey. She is a woman of full professional integrity, and I couldnt have imagined anyone else to lead us through this journey.
Apr 22, 2021
CEO
Michele helped me in purchasing my first home. She has the qualities that make her an extremely successful and effective realtor. I can’t say enough about her professionalism and knowledge within the industry. She has high integrity and is very conscientious and tenacious, always keeping the clients best interests in mind.

Michele does a great job of listening to her client’s needs and does not waste time showing properties which do not meet the client’s objectives. She does research to assist with assessing a fair market value of the property for the offer and then negotiates effectively with the opposing broker on behalf of the client. She is extremely responsive to questions, often responding immediately to late night emails. Michele shows great attention to details enabling the transaction to get done. There was a hiccup with my financing and she was truly helpful in getting everything done in time to close. I have the highest level of confidence in her.
Apr 22, 2021
Roofing Manufacturer's Rep
My wife and I were planning on selling our first home and our original agent had retired, so I was assessing other agents when I met Michele at an open house (pre-Covid). The way the home was staged and the details for the open house led us to interview Michele and she easily became our top choice. Michele and her team helped us focus on what needed to be done and how best to do it (colors, styles, materials, etc) to get our old house ready for sale. She was great during pandemic restrictions to still get it listed, shown, and sold in about two weeks. The back end paperwork went seamlessly and we never felt confused or uncomfortable with all the forms.

I highly recommend Michele if you are in need of a true professional.
Apr 22, 2021
Michele played a critical role in helping us find our dream home. Her knowledge of the area set us up for success in a competitive market. Not only was she a fantastic and responsive guide for us in the process, I felt confident in her honest and straightforward approach to negotiating. Michele is easy to work with and I have already recommended her to friends and family interested in buying a home.
Apr 13, 2021
I enjoyed working with Michele! I was in a bind and needed to get a transaction done quickly. Michele saved the day and came through for me. She is discreet, professional, kind, warm and smart when it comes to guiding me on real estate decisions - the perfect combination. Thank you so much!
Jan 31, 2018
It was an absolutely pleasure working with Michele and Liz on the sale and purchase of our home. From their expansive local knowledge, poise, class and professionalism, no aspect of our real estate needs were left unmet. Among many other wonderful attributes and offerings, Michele provided extensive school district knowledge which was of paramount importance to our search, while Liz effortlessly bestowed upon us her vast and impressive familiarity with our geographical search area. Both worked tirelessly and our family is grateful to have them on our team for years to come, except we love our new house so much we may never move ... maybe investment properties!
Jan 24, 2018
Manager
I highly recommend Michele and Liz. They have been extremely helpful in the process. They are knowledgeable and diligent, they are there for me any time. I was lucky to have had the opportunity working with them. I'm completely satisfied with their work.
Dec 10, 2017
Prior to my house in Emerald Hills going on the market, I interviewed 10
Real Estate Agents.My house needed roof work, carpeting,exterior and interior painting , landscaping and handyman work. Liz and Michele came with a team and a budget, no one else came close to their level of professionalism and competence.They came in on time and under budget.I had already moved to Scottsdale,Arizona.I had confidence and peace of mind 800 miles away as they did the project management.When my home was ready to be put on the market,they had previously developed and then executed an outstanding marketing plan.Open houses,internet coverage,videos..all first rate.My home sold in a tough off market period within 2 weeks.In my careers in the military and the corporate world I haven’t come across a team that could surpass their professional and expertise.Michele and Liz are women of honor and integrity,which is a rarity in the world today.We started a clients in a business relationship and ended as friends.I highly recommend them.
Paul Flanagan
Scottsdale,AZ.
Nov 30, 2017
My husband and I had an excellent experience working with Michele. We were first time home buyers, and Michele help us navigate a competitive and challenging real estate market. Michele was hardworking, positive, and patient. She was always available, even late in the evening and at the last minute. Despite our relatively modest budget, we always felt like we were high priority clients. Overall, it was a pleasure to work with Michele and we are so thankful that she helped us secure a great home for our family.
Aug 4, 2017
Registered Nurse
My husband and I highly recommends Michele for any real state transactions.
She helped us get the townhouse that we love in a nice and quiet neighborhood. Michele is very knowledgeable, responsive and very patient. She is very accomodating and tries her best to be available whenever we want to see a house even on weekends and late evenings. She responds to our call and text anytime of the day. Even after we already move in to our new home, she is always checking in to make sure that we are not having any problems or any questions. We couldn't ask fo more, love her so much...
Aug 4, 2017
Security Coordinator
Highly recommendable, Excellent Service, Very accommodating and a wonderful person.