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Michelle Stanifer & Matthew Spence are licensed REALTORs® with Russell Real Estate Services. They are the type of experienced, hard working, honest REALTORs® you need when buying or selling a home.
As an experienced REALTOR® working with buyers and sellers in the Greater Cleveland real estate market and beyond, our experience ranges from cash transactions to government financing, assumptions to foreclosures, first time home buyers to new construction to investment purchases. This experience has taught us, most importantly, to follow the transaction, monitor the closing activities and make sure all parties have the documentation needed to close successfully and on time.
Going the Extra Mile
Michelle & Matthew will go the extra mile, providing expertise and research results to help you make the best possible real estate decisions in today’s changing market.
We will make sure you are fully knowledgeable about the market area in which your property is located, including recent sales prices, local financing incentives, and competitive properties. Our expert negotiating skills paired with our knowledge of the market conditions can result in the best possible selling price or exceptional savings on your real estate purchase.
Outstanding Customer Service
Michelle & Matthew are dedicated to providing their customers with outstanding customer service.
We are full time REALTORs® and are available during the week as well as evenings and weekends. We are available by cell phone at (440) 391-1304 / (440) 527-3351 and respond promptly to all phone calls, emails and text messages.
Many times, buyers will lose out on good properties or sellers will lose good qualified buyers for their home because the agent they have chosen is not responsive or slow to react. Our clients deserve an agent who can be responsive to their particular real estate needs and is dedicated to solving their problems. We feel that this is one area where we stand out. Our clients know that they can reach us at all times and that we will be available when they need us. (see testimonials below)
Honesty and Integrity
Michelle & Matthew believe in honesty and integrity in their daily interactions with others both personally and professionally.
It’s important to trust that your agent is not going to compromise your sensitive financial position in the sales process. We are able to recognize and avoid situations that will compromise our client or our personal integrity.
Put someone to work for you who is willing and able to stand up for your best interests. It’s good to have a friend in your corner who knows how to get things done!
Contact us for a confidential consultation about your real estate situation.
Read What Our Clients Have to Say...
Michelle - Parma, OH
Working with Michelle was a pleasure. She helped us buy our first home. She was on top of her game, and put our minds at ease. She was always available to take us to see new listings. She is also very patient & knowledgeable of her field. Since we were new home buyers, she truly helped us with the process and even introduced us to a great mortgage broker. I would definitely recommend Michelle as a realtor.
Lisa - Cleveland, OH
I asked to write you about our experience with Russell Realty; specifically, Michelle Stanifer. I can't thank you enough for her help in selecting our new house. After my first meeting with Michelle, I knew we would find the perfect house. She looked through each house with us and gave us her feedback, which was really important to us. She knows that we have a house in Florida. She also knew that getting the most for our money was essential. She provided us with loan help, inspection help, help with so much, even after closing. If and when we should need to sell or know someone who needs help, Michelle is our first call.
She led us to a house that exceeded our expectations! We are ALL so happy and it's because of Michelle who has changed our lives for the better. I'm sure glad we met, a friend forever!
Melannie - Maple Heights, OH
This is just a little note to say Thank You for being such an awesome realtor, you real made our experience GREAT! It was our pleasure working with you and we will be more than glad to send referrals your way. Not only were you available when we needed you and very knowledgeable about different areas of the properties to ensure we made a good decision on buying, you were able to write the contract and negotiate the deal to work in our favor. And for that I want to say Thank You!!! This has been a smooth transition and I don't think we could have done it without you.
Eva and Ton – Sagamore Hills, OH / Breda, The Netherlands
To be honest: The thought ‘how to buy a house in the US’ worried us a little bit. The distance of 4000 miles, and nothing but water in between, made us think how this adventure would end (, we are Dutch and live in The Netherlands). The first realtors we spoke we’re doing average to O.K., but then there was Michelle Stanifer.
From the very start we felt understood, and even more important, taken seriously. Please remember: 99% of the communication was done by E-mail. Michelles concern, adequate and quick responses, knowledge, her personal viewpoint (if we asked for it), and not to forget, her pleasant humorous remarks every now and then was more then we hoped for. The whole process ran very, very smoothly.
We want to thank Michelle not only for being such a great realtor, but she understood and answered perfectly all the approximately 1000 other questions regarding to all things we would have to encounter during our move to Ohio as well.
Conclusion: Dank je wel Michelle! (Thanks Michelle!) We certainly will meet again.
Tom and Elaine - North Olmsted, OH
We recommend Michelle Stanifer as an agent for buying a home. After living in our Lakewood colonial for twenty-six years we decided we needed a home with a bathroom and bedroom on the first floor to accommodate aging hips and knees, within specific cities. Michelle sent us listings for homes for sale, which met our criteria. We selected the ones we were interested in and Michelle took us through them.
We looked at many and we were impressed by Michelle’s knowledge of home construction. Michelle would point out good and bad points of each house, including foundation, wiring, insulation, landscape, drainage and many others. That was very helpful to us because it was a long time since we shopped for a house.
After a few months of searching unsuccessfully in the specific cities we were interested in, Michelle told us she had a pretty good idea what we were looking for based on our comments on all the houses we looked at so far. She asked if she could pick the next house we looked at. We agreed and within two hours Michelle found a ranch home close to, but outside, the specific cities which looked really good. It was for sale by owner. We were impressed with the house and made a bid.
Michelle dealt successfully with the owner who was at times difficult to deal with, and got us a good price on the house. She guided us through the entire process of offer, inspection, loan, and closing. We appreciate Michelle’s professionalism, good humor, patience, kindness and thorough knowledge of real estate. We happily recommend her to you.
Frank E - Berea, OH
Could not ask for a better agent.
Janet H - North Olmsted, OH
Michelle has been a great agent for me. She found me the perfect condo at a great price. Michelle was very helpful in handling the transaction. She is caring and conscientious and I would recommend her to any of my friends or family looking for a realtor.
Sandi S - Middleburg Heights, OH
Michelle was excellent! Very knowledgeable on everything and really worked hard to find something I wanted. I have already given her info to a coworker.
Joyce C - Olmsted Falls, OH
I am totally capable of giving Michelle Stanifer a glowing recommendation. I had a house in Old Brooklyn which I intended to sell in the spring. Michelle constantly kept me posted with possibilities for a new residence on her client portal and was more than willing to show them to me. When it was time to sell my house in the spring, she sold it within six weeks. Her presentation on the property to be sold was outstanding. I moved into a new condo within thirty days of the sale. Due to her expertise and knowledge of paperwork and key people, I was able to move within HOURS of the final sale of my property which saved me moving costs and storage rental fees of a double move. My brother, who rarely gives compliments, said she is the BEST real estate agent he has ever known. She even tried to find a home for my dog!! Her dedication and knowledge of the profession is beyond reproach.
Nick D - Lakewood, OH
Nothing but outstanding service and professionalism whilst providing insight into the process in regards to my first time home purchase. After an onslaught of questioning, Michelle never blinked and consistently answered promptly. I was very satisfied.
More About Michelle...
I spent my younger years working in the restaurant industry and have worked every position from busing tables to cooking to catering to management.
When I was young, my family owned several investment properties and from an early age, we kids participated in home renovation projects. My dad was an electrician and gifted in all aspects of fixing stuff. He once said to me, "Always invest in real estate. Two things people will need in any economy are food and housing."
In 1994 I bought a HUD home and began the process of gutting and renovating it. I found that a lot of my dad rubbed off on me. The more I worked on my own house, the more my passion for real estate grew, so in 1996, I left the food service industry to begin my career in real estate.
I worked with many first time home buyers, investors, builders, and most importantly, other seasoned real estate professionals who had seen a lot of changes in the market and were so very generous with their knowledge. Thanks to all that they were willing to share, I thrived in this new venture earning Century 21's Million Dollar Producer award in my first full year in the business.
Family responsibilities took precedence and I needed to put my real estate career on hold for a few years. During that time, I returned to Cleveland State to work on my degree in Communications focusing on Multi-media Marketing.
I spent several years in business working primarily in medical sales. I got to be very involved in the marketing and operations decisions of several companies and found the education this experience provided to be invaluable.
After re-marrying in 2005 and seeing all of my kids off to college, the opportunity to return to my first love, real estate, again presented itself. After several very successful months back in the business, my son, Matthew decided to join me and we have been working together as a team ever since.
I appreciate the experiences I have been afforded, as they have served to enrich my life as well enhance my ability to be effective at helping to achieve the goals of my clients as well as my own.
Contact me to learn if I can help you achieve your real estate goals.
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