Mike was born in Los Angeles but his family moved to the Lakeview neighborhood in New Orleans when he was eight years old. His family lived on Bancroft Drive along Bayou St. John, and that’s where his love affair with the city began. It didn’t take him too long to fall in love with New Orleans and within a couple months, he was eating gumbo, yelling for beads at Mardi Gras, playing soccer at the “Fly” Uptown and catching crabs and fishing from his backyard on the bayou- quite a change from the “big city” life he had formerly been accustomed to!
Mike lived in Lakeview with his family but went to school Uptown at Isidore Newman School, where he became well-acquainted with that part of town and much of the area in-between. Through his education and lasting friendships there, he acquired a true sense of home here that, despite having lived in various cities and countries, has always called him back. Like many New Orleanians, he knows that there is just no place quite like it.
After high school, Mike attended LSU with the original intent of going to Veterinary School, but like many students there, decided that this field wasn’t for him. While he still loves animals (especially his pug Edith Louise, as pictured) he decided to pursue an MBA, which he realized would provide greater career flexibility and a better foundation for whichever field he went into.
After receiving his Master’s degree, Mike moved to the French Quarter and applied for a job at American Aquatic Gardens and Gifts, a nearby company that sells home accents, fountains, unusual sculptures, rare water lilies and other items. While working there, he got the chance to work in a number of local homes that he helped decorate and update with that company. This gave him an appreciation for the abundance of unique and architecturally significant properties throughout the city, and while he was very happy at Aquatic Gardens, he decided to pursue this greater interest in real estate and use his MBA in different way, and he has not looked back since.
Mike has worked with many investors and has sold homes in various parts of the city, from the Garden District to Algiers Point to Kenner and various places in between, and has taken (and continues to take) various courses to further his real estate career and education. He has acquired specific designations in working with seniors in real estate, selling Historic Homes, Representing Sellers, online marketing, and understanding military relocation needs. He also has a particular interest and experience in working with 1031 exchanges.
You can reach Mike on his cell at 504-390-6020 or email him at email@example.com; he is happy to assist!
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