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Mike is a Zillow.com Premier Agent "All Star," having earned over 20 online reviews, an extraordinarily high number!

All of Mike's reviews carry the "Highly likely to recommend" status, and an average highest possible "five star" rating.  Below are what Mike's real estate clients and colleagues have to say about working with Mike:

- Highly likely to recommend
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $850K in San Clemente, CA.
Mike has done a great job in advertising my home. Takes one of the highest quality pictures of your home for advertisement by utilizing Photoshop. Very cool guy to work with and knows his stuff. Responds very fast and easy to get in contact with.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2006 in San Clemente, CA 92672.
I know and have worked with Mike on some of San Clemente's most sensitive issues dealing with many of the town's most important historic structures and defining cultural districts. Mike brings a clear and consis approach to the understanding to dealing with the preservation of critical historic buildings and properties in our town. He is able to do this because of his intimate understanding of the value real estate brings to a community. Mike has the highest esteme of integrity, providing factual information and the quality of references to the properties he represents. Mike does his research and brings a unique understanding and knowledge to the properties and the people he represents.

Brian Hannegan Landscape Architect Resident of San Clemente.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Sold a home in 2011.
I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Cotter for many years. He serves as a Director to the San Clemente Downtown Business Association (DBA) and has been instrumental in providing the DBA and its members with real estate information needed to facilitate and ensure storefront leasing opportunities and/or property sales and purchases. Mr. Cotter is a knowledgeable real estate agent. He is knowledgeable about our community and is dedicated to providing excellent client service. Marie Luna, DBA Community Liaison

 - Highly likely to recommend
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $450K in San Clemente, CA.
Mike represented me in the purchase of my current home and I believe he did a great job in that transaction. He was responsive to my concerns, had a professional attitude, and made me feel I was getting top quality service. Additionally, I have known Mike for many years and know he is reliable, prompt, highly skilled, well educated and motivated. He always gives 110 percent!

 - Highly likely to recommend
We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
I would recommend Mike for your Real Estate needs. He's a pleasure to work with and always looks after his clients needs.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2009 in Woodbridge, Irvine, CA 92604.
I consider Mike an expert in real estate. His advice has never steered me wrong and he is always available. I've found him to be a true professional and he's the first person I would go to for the local San Clemente market.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Bought a home in 2011.
Mike Cotter's name was given to me by multiple sources and for good reason. Having closed on one purchase with him, I can say that I would use him again. His knowledge of the area was to an extent that I referred to him as a "walking history book" and gave me a better appreciation for certain areas/developments. I found him to be extremely responsive and focused to a degree that he ran all issues to satisfactory and timely resolution. His recommendations during the negotiation process were well thought out and considered (and best of all, lead to a better than expected outcome). Highly professional, highly experienced and highly recommended.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2011 in Port Washington, NY 11050.
Mike knows San Clemente and the real estate process like the back of his hand. He is personable, great about follow-through, and completely delightful to work with.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Bought a home in 2011.
Mike is a history buff that knows and appreciates his surroundings here in San Clemente. He shared his knowledge of the property and the city that helped me decide to want to buy. An easy-going man who is easy to talk to and provides a comfortable buying experience

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2011 in San Clemente, CA 92672.
I'm a California Licensed Architect and provide Residential and Commercial Architectural Services in the San Clemente Area.

Mike Cotter is extreamly knowledgeable in all aspects off the real estate business and has been a great professional resource to my Clients and myself in San Clemente.

I will continue to request Mike's help when needed and hope to continue this business relationship for many years to come.

- Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2011 in San Clemente, CA 92673.
Mike is a very professional agent. He knows his stuff and follows through with whatever comes his way. A great guy and easy to work with.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2011 in San Clemente, CA 92672.
I have worked with Mike, not directly in real estate, but through the San Clemente Historical Society. I am the treasurer of the organization and have found him very honest and ethical in all our dealings. His knowledge of properties in San Clemente regarding their value and historical significance has been of great value to the Society. I respect Mike and would definitely use him as my real estate agent if I was buying or selling real estate in San Clemente.

  • Posted by Dale33 on 12/13/2011

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2000 in San Clemente, CA 92672.
MIKE IS THE BEST, HE IS VERY KNOWLEDGABLE OF THE SAN CLEMENTE AREA AND HAS A GOOD EYE FOR VALUE, ALONG WITH HIS GREAT PERSONALITY, ITS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM. HE IS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE SAN CLEMENTE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Mike Cotter writes a monthly article for our local newspaper and his analysis and forecasts have been accurate and informative. His reputation in South Orange county has been stellar. Mr Cotter has listed properties on my street and in the Pier Bowl area where I live and owners have been most pleased with his service and success. Wayne Eggleston Former Mayor and Councilmember San Clemente 1998-2010.

 - Highly likely to recommend
We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in San Clemente, CA 92672
I've known Mike Cotter for a few years now, and find him to be extremely knowledgable in the immediate geographical area, and not just the "micro" picture of things, but of trends, forecasting and seeing the bigger picture. As a fellow real estate professional, I certainly understand that in this tough market you need to rely on people who not only know every street and corner of their backyard, but also see its place in the greater economy. He is quick to share his expertise and deep experience. We have appreciated his guidance. Mike is the guy you can depend on for sound advice.
Linda H. Sadeghi

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2010 in San Clemente, CA 92673.
I have known Mike for years, and I know that he is an expert in San Clemente. He is a hard worker and always willing to "go the extra mile" when that is needed.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2006 in San Clemente, CA 92673.
Mike Cotter is a very astute and knowledgable realtor in San Clemente, CA. He knows SC like the back of his hand - all of the major districts which provides his clients an agent with in-depth expertise in ALL San Clemente marketplaces.

Mike writes a monthly newsletter that covers many facets of real esate in San Clemente and Mike does not candy-coat things - he tells it like it is, which in this market is very refreshing indeed.
I would recommend Mike if you're buying, selling or investing in real property in San Clemente, CA!.

Best,
Jim Eckel San Clemente, CA

 - Highly likely to recommend
We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in Rancho del Avion Capistrano Mobile Home Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Mike Cotter is an outstanding member of our community. He represents various civic groups and is an active civic leader in San Clemente. I have know Mike through his position as President of the San Clemente Historical Society and his activity with the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. Mike epitomizes professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend Mike to anyone needing help with a real estate transaction.
Although I have not purchased or sold any real estate since coming to know Mike, I would definitely contact him when the need arises.

Mark Welsh

 - Highly likely to recommend
Bought a home in 2007.
I've known Mike Cotter since he attended Fallbrook High School some 40 years ago. He came to work at my family's newspaper in Fallbrook when he was 15. I have always been impressed by the depth of Mike knowledge from real estate to the stock market, from newspaper editing to photography. Mike is old school when a man's word was his bond and honor was a way of life. I highly recommend Mike in any financial or real estate transaction. Sincerely, Charles Mackey

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2005 in San Clemente, CA 92673.
I've known Mike Cotter for many years. We are both active in our local Historical Society, and in 2005 we worked together to sponsor the Annual Meeting of the Conference of California Historical Societies, when I was its president. I subscribe to his email listing of available homes in San Clemente. He is a very knowledgble and courteous friend. Richard J. Proctor

- Highly likely to recommend
We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in San Clemente, CA
I have known Mike for over 20 years and always found him to be hard working, honest and diligent in support of his clients - whatever his area of endeavor.

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 1996 in San Clemente, CA 92672.
Having been in business in San Clemente the 37 years we have lived here, we have know Mike Cotter to be an excellent source of information and knowledge about our real estate holdings. We would recommend him highly to hold any real estate certification. (Signed), William M. Ray

 - Highly likely to recommend
Showed home in 2005 in Oakton, Evanston, IL 60202.
Mike Cotter was recommended by a friend in San Clemente, and did an excellent job of a) listening to what we were looking for b) showing us a range of things on short notice and c) putting up with us – no pressure – even when we didn't buy right away. OK, we still haven't bought (hence, the lack of rating on his negotiation skills, which I'm confident are quite good)... but Mike very patiently and unobtrusively keeps in touch with relevant information. While I've had a number of bad experiences with real estate agents, I wouldn't hesitate to do what my friend did.. recommend that you talk to Mike!


Former clients have come to be Mike's greatest natural resource, giving him referrals and repeat business.
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Dick and Linda Calta
2702 Calle Estrella Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92673

Dear Mike,

When you agreed to take over the marketing of our house for sale, it had languished under another reputable agent for 6 months without a single offer coming forward. Within the first month you brought in 2 offers, and you did, in fact, sell our house in 3 months, for full listing price.

Needless to say we are extremely pleased with your approach, professionalism, and results. In these very demanding real estate times, you ensured that our listing received the focus and attention it deserved, and you kept us informed of showings and the status of offers. Also, we were very pleased with the quality of pictures in the brochure. They showed your expertise as a photographer and exacting attention to detail , both of which contributed to our sales success.

We have enjoyed our association with you and wish you every continued success. Thanks again for getting our house SOLD.

Sincerely
Dick Calta


Dear Mike,

Your marketing of my Cazador Lane home was above and beyond any realtor I have ever worked with.

I don't believe anyone could have marketed my property better than you did especially in this difficult market.

Your pricing strategy, lush photography, lavish ambiance description and aggressive marketing of the property helped generate a flood of interest and multiple written offers in less than a week!

The result: After just 11 days of showing, I was in escrow at a price higher than my asking price and not only that, but the escrow closed on time despite a few hiccups that always seem to be part of real estate.

Mike, for efforts and results above and beyond my expectations a big Thank You!

Sincerely,

Adelaine Antonino


Sonny & Christy Salinas
113 E. Ave. Junipero
San Clemente, Ca 92672

To: Century 21, O.M.A., San Clemente, California

I would like to take this time to thank your office and especially Mike Cotter for all of his work in helping us buy a house recently. Mike went far and beyond what a normal agent would do for clients in terms of patience, time, effort and expertise. He even assisted us on selling our house even though he was not the listing agent. It would take a lot more than just a single page to express our gratitude for all of Mike's work. We are forever grateful for all of his help.

Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

Sonny Salinas


Dear Mike Cotter: Broker Associate Century 21

I was "overwhelmed" by the consideration, time, and information you provided to my family members....

With much Gratitude,
Mary Jane Hynes-Hannegan

SMA Sheffield Marketing Associates, Inc.
Joseph A. Murphy, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mike Cotter
Broker Associate
Century 21
229 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672


Dear Mike,

On behalf of Sheffield Marketing Associates I thank you for the effort you put forth in representation of Century 21 pertaining to the properties in which I had an interest in the San Clemente area.

Your attention to detail, your quick responses, and your e-mails made it a very pleasurable experience. You are definitely an asset to your organization.

Sincerely,
Joseph A. Murphy, Ph.D.
JAM/ng, 6154 Stoney Hill Road New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938 Fax 215.862.6961 Phone 215.862.3963


Dear Mike,

We know we got the extra VIP treatment on our Orange County real estate outing with you as our host! Your time is valuable, and we so appreciated our most educational introduction to Orange County real estate.

Thanks for making us feel so welcome and indulging us in a return to the Capo Beach address.

Christine & A.G. Copp
783 Anderson Rd
Aiea, HI 96701

 
Mike Cotter, Broker Associate, DRE #00806890
Century 21 O.M.A., 229 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
Mobile 949.322.6009, Fax 949.492.7850
E-mail Mike@MCotter.com
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