Bruce & Merrilee Howell
We want everyone to know how "over the top" SATISFIED & THANKFUL we are for the excellent work of the Blue Team (Michelle Blue & Ashley Farrington of Windermere) in the selling of our home and property. Every aspect of it benefited from their incredible work ethic, attention to detail, and expertise. These women can work "in the box," think "outside the box," and get the job done!
The RESULTS speak for themselves. We had received offers, several considerably under $1M for our home and acre or so in Kenmore, however with their expert, patient guidance and their outstanding negotiation skills the Blue Team secured a final result of $2.265M, testimony to their ability and perseverance on our behalf!!
We valued their integrity in seeing they maintain no possible conflict of interest, and worked tirelessly to ensure that we were protected in all contract dealings. They went out of their way to provide us with much needed contacts and resources. Their availability to reassure us over the course of the process, and provide knowledge patiently explained was super important to us, especially in the face of "advice" offered from many voices.
We're so grateful for the Blue Team (Michelle & Ashley) who've been helpful to us even after the sale! We wholeheartedly recommend them to everybody!
We reached out to Ashley early 2016 with a lofty request, to find an equestrian property in Woodinville within our budget. We had a few additional criteria to make our request more challenging (barn had to be a certain distance away from the house, either an arena or riding trails off the property, purchasing out of state, etc.) Being 2 states away was a huge challenge but Ashley was up for it and was superb in communication through the whole process. When houses came up in our criteria, she would lead us through a Facetime tour throughout the property. Oftentimes the barn would be dusty and spider-ridden but it takes much more than that to deter her! When houses weren't coming up in our criteria, she reached out with a postcard campaign to properties in the area (and we did find 2 potential houses, but not the *perfect* fit). Ultimately, Ashley was approached off market by another realtor with a property that was all that we asked for and more! We were beyond blessed to find a home we didn't have to get into a stressful bidding war (we did place an offer on a home where we were outbid at our max budget), and we fully attribute that to Ashley working hard to make it loud and clear in the community she had buyers ready to buy an equestrian property. She remained graceful and communicative the whole process, including a few stressful moments on our parts, and her professionalism was very much appreciated. There was one time where she did go away for a few days, and Michelle was super responsive and knew exactly where we were in the process and was a seamless backup. We 100% recommend this team in buying/selling any property, but especially if you have an equestrian/potential equestrian property. Ashley's breath of knowledge will make the process an excellent experience.
Ashley is an absolute joy to work with. She helped us purchase a property from out of state. We couldn't be happier with our new home. She and Michelle really went the extra mile for us, they left no stone unturned. I don't think you could find a better, more professional team.
The Blue Team is the best around. Their knowledge of the industry is amazing and always up with the latest tends in the area. Michelle and Ashley are professional, prepared and are confident. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who needs to sell or buy a home. I can't thank they enough for what they did for me!
Peggy & John Sherman
Michelle and Ashley are a great team! They work together to give clients the very best of each agent's expertise. They helped us prepare our home for the market - giving expert advice on staging and needed repairs. They did a great job of helping us get an excellent price (helping us understand the fine art of negotiation.) We would recommend these wonderful ladies to anyone selling an Eastside home.
Heather & Andrew Dean
Michelle and Ashley are a great team. They worked with us to both buy our new home and sell our previous house. They are quick to respond to calls, emails and texts, have solid recommendations for service professionals, are familiar with the area, and did a great job staging and selling our home. We highly recommend them and if we ever need to buy/sell a home in the future we would use them again!
Mike & Stacy Bautista
We had an excellent experience working with Michelle and Ashley from Windermere, and were very fortunate to have them guiding us along the way! They helped us sell our old home and buy our new home.
My wife and I were very meticulous when starting our home search, and interviewed numerous agents from different real estate agencies. Ultimately Michelle and Ashley stood out head and shoulders above the rest. They really took the time to get to know us on a personal level, understand our needs and answer all of our questions (and we had a lot of them!). There were attentive, respectful, diligent and professional. At times, it felt like we were their only client, and I'm sure all of their other clients felt the same way. We never felt hurried or rushed, and they always had open time for us. We truly appreciated their responsiveness in both email and phone communication. As both my wife and I work, quick emails and phone calls made it a breeze to coordinate all activities with the home buying and selling process. I think what we appreciated most is that Michelle and Ashley were invested in us and in our happiness. They worked tirelessly to ensure we got the house we wanted and to sell our old home quickly. They treated our money like it was their own. I would definitely recommend The Blue Team!
Don & Diana LeMaster
We would characterize the experience we had in having The Blue Team represent us in the sale of our home as excellent, very competent and professional. We began the process by interviewing The Blue Team and another, very successful real estate team. Although they both seemed very competent, our perception was that Michelle and Ashley would be a better fit for us and our unique home. Although they suggested a few changes for appeal, they recognized the special features of our home that made it different and did not try to make it fit into a "standard" mold. They made the sale personal, not cookie cutter in approach and presentation.
The Blue Team offered a complete, one stop package. This package was, again very personal. Michelle and Ashley were both very helpful in encouraging and guiding us in accomplishing the daunting task of downsizing and removing the "clutter' of our belongings that had accumulated over the nearly thirty years we had owned our home. They then meticulously staged and showed the house with an eye to buyer appeal.
Michelle's knowledge of the market came to the fore as she conducted an assessment for us of the best selling price. She presented us with several options, the risks associated with each and her recommendation. We agreed with the analysis and chose her recommended listing price.
All of the above worked together to produce terrific results. Our home sold after being on the market for just eight days. Further, it sold at full price. The closing was smooth and uneventful, with no change in the selling price.
Although the preparation for sale was hard, we had a wonderful experience for which The Blue Team, Michelle and Ashley, deserve a large share of the credit --- commission well earned.
Peg & Bill Keough
We were in a fast moving local buy and sell. Michelle was very responsive from our first contact - we found THE HOME on our first trip out. My husband and I wanted to move quickly when we found a home we loved. In less than 3 weeks we had purchased and sold a home. Michelle and Ashley were always available to meet our timeline. Michelle offered sound and helpful advice when negotiating on both homes. Ashley did a wonderful job staging our home and on the marketing materials. We would recommend the Blue Team without reservation and would be happy to be a reference. Job Well Done!
Kristen & Aubrey Berendsen
Michelle & Ashley were great. They were very knowledgeable, friendly and really worked hard for us. With their help our home sold quickly and for a good price and they referred us to an agent back East who did a great job for us also
Steven & Angie Lee
We loved working with the Blue Team. They helped us with the buying and selling process simultaneously. They are very responsive, knowledgeable about the inventory and professional. We were thankful for how patient Ashley was as we looked at lots and lots of homes, making sure we found the one that fit us. We would recommend their services to others. - Steve
The Blue Team is savy, very professional & invested in the work they do. We were thankful that Ashley was also very personable and patient on helping us find the home we needed. We both bought and sold with them and it worked out seamlessly. - Angie
Jennifer & Sandy Hendry
Michelle was so helpful in selling our home. She helped get the house staged and really added some nice touches to make the house look amazing. She did a great job marketing and we sold the house in the first weekend of open houses. We had seven offers on our home after 2 days of open houses. Michelle was extremely helpful in helping us discern the offers and choose what worked best for us. I have already recommended Michelle to a friend and will continue recommending her to anyone that I know is thinking of selling their home.
Ashley was incredibly helpful and wise during the entire process. When I was just looking, she was patient and always willing to take me out to look at houses. She answered all my questions with expertise. Ashley even took time out on Thanksgiving morning to bring my keys and cell phone to me at work when I'd inadvertently locked my keys inside my new house! I would definitely recommend Ashley Farrington and The Blue Team.
Dave & Joyce Hyder
Michelle was our agent and we were totally and completely happy with her work! I can't imagine a more helpful realtor in the north King County area. She willingly went above and beyond her job responsibilities by working with our Boise realtor to make the purchase of our new residence go perfectly. She helped with all the details of moving and was a complete joy to work with.
Four thumbs up ! Highly Recommend the Blue Team!
Donna & Jim Minahan
1. Knowedgeable of market
2. Gave good advice & very responsive
3. As older clients gave us the time we needed and gave good help and service provider referrals
4. Awareness of neighborhood and local market
5. A great team for us to work with as we were leaving our family home of 40 years
Michelle and Ashley were fantastic to work with and went above and beyond to make the home buying and selling process seamless and stress-free for our family.
Anthony & Crystal Pumilia
The Blue Team helped us Sell and Buy a home at the same time; We were in a tough spot! We had a condo that we needed to sell before we could purchase a new home as, like anyone knows, now is a really tough time to purchase a home with a contingency as big as selling a home first. Michelle and Ashley went above and beyond to show us homes and let us know if some were even worth seeing or not. They were always willing to show us homes and go back multiple times if we needed to. We weren't super picky, but we did have criteria for what we wanted and the pickings were very slim at the time. The Blue Team did an amazing job of finding us homes to look at and they even sent out letters to our desired neighborhood to find us a home and showed us homes that weren't even on the market. We ultimately didn't go with one of those homes, but we did buy our dream home in our dream neighborhood thanks to Michelle and Ashley. They did this all while getting our condo sold and having them close the day after each other, so we could purchase the home without a co-signer because not everyone can afford to carry two home loans at the same time. I feel they probably worked way too many hours for us, but they never once made it feel that way. I highly recommend The Blue Team for selling, buying or both at the same time. We thought about going with other agents, but none ever felt right until we met Michelle and Ashley of The Blue Team.
Mahmood Shobeiri & Niolofar Seyyedian
The team is very professional , informative , considerate, honest and trusty. We had very good experience with them and highly recommend them.
Kindness and ability to explain details as the sale progressed. Very Very satisfied.
Zach & Katie Fogle
Michelle helped my wife and I find our home. She put together paperwork quick enough so we could make an offer 3 hours after the home was on the market. She stayed in close contact with the bank owned agent making sure our offer went though. I would highly recommend Michelle for any Seattle area home (especially Woodinville!)
Jim & Catherine Caroll
Michelle was very easy to work with! Her most impressive trait is her attention to what was important to us as home buyers. She took all our inputs and showed us only homes that met our criteria. Being seasoned buyers, we did not want to look a lot of "Sort-of-meets-our-needs" homes. She targeted the best matched homes and we were able to quickly decide on one the fit all our needs. House hunting made simple, what a refreshing concept!!! She also sold our home for us and did a great job with that also.
Mike & Marilyn Garofano
We can't recommend Michelle highly enough. She listened to our needs and wants, showed us only homes that corresponded to those wants, and went the extra mile to get the house we wanted for us. She was terrific in keeping us informed through every step of closing. Her warmth, professionalism, and knowledge of the real estate business was greatly appreciated.
The Blue Team works very hard to get you exactly what you want. They listen and understand what it is that you are looking for in a home and are very prompt to return calls and answer your questions. We moved up from California so it was important that we could work remotely and that when we were in town the homes we went to were a good fit. I was very impressed how they were always available when I needed them. They handle sticky situations with care and in my best interest. I will be contacting them for my next real estate needs!
Chuck & Robin Bein
I would (and have!) recommend Michelle to anyone that is looking to buy or sell a home on the Eastside. She is extremely professional and detail oriented. She knows what to ask, is very observant and was able to very quickly understand what we wanted in a home. Her ability to connect with her clients allows her to weed out homes that would not be relevant to the buyers and spend quality time showing only those homes that have potential. What impressed me even more is Michelle's commitment to her clients after the sale has long closed. She has helped us on multiple occasions with excellent contractor referrals and still responds quickly to any question we have (and it has been over 6 months since we closed!). I would strongly encourage anyone looking for a realtor to give Michelle a call, she will not disappoint and you will be very glad you called!
Alice & Bruce McCain
Thank you for your professionalism and real estate expertise selling our piece of land. Michelle did an incredible job of leading us through the process which ended up being quite a complicated deal to carry out with many stake-holders involved. She was sharp and very easy to work with
I was a challenging client and Michelle was willing to take on that challenge. Her patience, persistence, creativity and knowledge allowed me to find a home of my own. She kept me well informed every step of the way and I always felt she was looking out for my best interests. I am so grateful Michelle was recommended to me and I will choose her when it comes time to find another home. I would recommend her very highly.
Helen & Bruce Dawson
We have the utmost respect for Michelle's abilities as our realtor and as a person. She is highly capable, professional, smart and hard working. The only regret we have is that we did not use her to help us buy our new home, only to sell our old home. We could have used her business acumen on our side for that transaction too! Having dealt with mediocre realtors in the past, it was apparent right the beginning of the process, that using Michelle was the best choice we could have made. I would definitely use her again and I would strongly recommend her to anyone who asked
Michelle worked hard to help us sell our house during a difficult economic climate. She always listened to what we wanted and helped us to find solutions that worked well for us. I would definitely hire Michelle again and I recommend her highly
Bill & Annmarie Cassidy
Michelle is a highly creative agent with excellent knowledge of her marketplace. She is GREAT to work with
Dennis & Mary Seth
There are not enough words to describe Michelle Blue's expertise and efforts to sell our two houses, next door to each other. The house we were living in was a straight forward sale but traumatic for my wife and I as we are older and hadn't sold a house in 25 years. The other house was a real problem, requiring being sold twice and dealing with FHA problems and we had already moved to Arizona. Through it all Michelle stuck by us and assured us all the way. Without explaining all the troubles with the second house, let me say that Michelle kept plugging away when we felt like throwing up our hands. She is a real gem and received many complements from prospective buyers and their agents on her staging of both houses. She is very knowledgeable and honest, giving you the real facts in a very nice way. She also found us a great agent in Arizona to help us purchase our new home. She is highly recommended, don't bother with any other agents.
Michelle, where do I start?? She is an amazing person and one of the best Real Estate agents I have ever met. She was working with my brother and doing an amazing job of giving him more than he wanted. I met with her and within 4 houses we finalized the condo I ended up buying. She then after tirelessly working with my brother got him into the home he really loves as well. She is very patient, caring, and up front and honest. I have actually referred people to her and will continue to do so. She also has the best follow up I have ever seen. She continues to stay in contact with me and is always at the top of her game. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a place in the greater Seattle/Bellevue area. When it was time to sell my Condo - she sold it quickly and for more money than I expected! Thanks Michelle for all your hard work!
********Life can change quickly and 8 months later I was relocated and once again, Michelle did an amazing job. While I was on to my next home, she took care of everything and sold my home for 27% more then I paid and in a little over a month.
Lee & Mark Gray
I cannot say enough about working with Michelle. She knows and understands the market. She got to know me, and knew what I was looking for and what I wanted from the sale of my house. She is realistic, pragmatic, honest...and committed. If you want an honest Realtor who will give you the information you need to make good and qualified decisions...and market your home...or show you homes she knows are in your parameters, because she listens to you....Michelle is your best bet.
I interviewed several agents, and Michelle had the best plan, was most energetic, and had the most data in my market analysis. Since I decided on using her, she has been very involved and dependable, and shows much initiative. I would give her high marks so far. (House is not sold- but has not been on the market for a week yet!!) I would recommend her to anyone trying to sell in this tough market.
Matt Bernhard & Florence Farricker
MICHELLE FOUND US OUR DREAM HOUSE. We wanted to live in a certain area but our budget made it difficult to find suitable homes. My wife and I are very diligent and did a TON of research on our own outside of day-long searches with Michelle. In the end though, it was a lead on a foreclosure that Michelle pursued on her own that ended up being the perfect house and the most amazing bargain.Michelle's personality is a perfect mix; she has a laid back style yet possesses a shrewd business sense and a keen eye for finding the best deal possible. We appreciated the fact too that she was never afraid to speak her mind on a particular subject. Despite the house-hunting process itself being frustrating at times, it was always a pleasure to talk with Michelle and we felt like we could go through this major process at our own speed without being rushed. I've worked with a two other very good realtors in the past and I would definintely rank Michelle as #1.