Co-Owner - Licensee Salesperson, Ray White Orakei
Your Orakei Expert
Client after client, sale after sale, year after year - you will hear the same feedback about Mike Zelcer. "Nobody knows Orakei better than Mike" (Lynda, Coates Ave). "Unrivalled knowledge of the local market" (Glenn & Dani, Tautari St). "The guru of Orakei real estate" (E.Sullivan, Coates Ave).
After 18 years, Mike's knowledge of and experience in the Orakei real estate market is unparalleled. He has built a strong and enduring relationship with the people of Orakei and become a respected and trusted adviser in the local community. And it was Mike's commitment to this community that saw the opening of Orakei's first Ray White real estate office in Coates Avenue. Mike and co-owner Megan Jaffe joined forces to put Ray White Orakei on the map in June 2011.
Having grown up in the eastern bays, Mike is passionate about his neighbourhood and about giving back. He is an enthusiastic supporter of local schools - Orakei Primary School, Orakei Kindergarten and St Joseph's School - and ensures Ray White Orakei supports a number of fundraisers in the area.
Mike's "Ex" Factor
When it comes to selling houses in uncertain times and in a buyer's market, experience really counts. Just ask Mike's clients - "We were in safe hands and completely at ease" (Mike & Jan, Rautara St); "Helped us through unexpected code of compliance issues" (Chris & Julianna, Ngake St); "Impressed by his professionalism in the negotiation process" (Vincent & Jennifer, Rautara St); "Within 24 hours we had 4 unconditional offers" (Scott, Reihana St).
Prior to becoming a real estate agent, Mike’s early career at the Auckland City Council analysing property transactions set him in good stead. It helps him to bring objectivity and balance into situations where the emotions and stakes are high - and to come out with a result. Mike's experience of different market cycles is also invaluable and ensures clients employ the right strategies at the right time to be successful. Throughout his career, Mike has regularly been in the top 1-5% of real estate agents for his employer. Today, as well as a franchise co-owner, Mike remains a regular Elite Real Estate Salesperson within the Ray White family.
Mike Zelcer and his team at Ray White Orakei sold my mother’s estate at 118 Reihana Street in June 2017. Mike is the complete real estate professional. He took us through the whole process, explaining the best way to present the house to its utmost advantage and how to go about it. He and his team succeeded in selling an unusual site through sheer hard work, professionalism and persistence. I thoroughly recommend Team Mike Zelcer as the Go-to team for anyone wishing to sell their property in the Eastern suburbs
For any couple, the sale of their family home is fraught with doubt and uncertainty. Along comes Mike Zelcer and steers us through the process with confidence and experience that left us with the feeling we were in safe hands. I was impressed with his professionalism right from the detail in taking the listing for the property, through to the extensive wide reaching marketing programme and down to the auction day. Through the whole programme Mike kept us fully informed, the production and quality of the marketing photos and presentation and supporting video was of the highest standard which all resulted in an unconditional sale contract. Mike in particular, and Ray White overall, gave us strong support and guidance through the process topped with a bottle of bubbly on the successful auction. Quite fitting for a champagne performance.
Dear Mike and Prue We would like to thank you both for an excellent outcome on the sale of our Orakei property. You patiently made contact with us on a regular basis over the last 3 years, as you knew we were planning a move to Australia. Your finger on the pulse knowledge of the Orakei market proved invaluable when the moment arrived to market our property. Selling 6 days after listing meant a short and painless marketing campaign. We would like to thank you both for always being available to talk, for being friendly, helpful and very efficient. All the best for the future!
Karen & Alan - 20 Kurahaupo Street, Orakei
We just wanted to thank you again for the smooth sale of our house. We had our concerns that trying to organise this from overseas would cause some issues or be tricky, but the help and guidance that you gave us was amazing. Always great with communication and information about the sale process, even helping out letting tradesmen and house stagers into the property. We were well and truly blown away by the amazing results achieved in the auction and thank you and your team for these results.
Jane and Tony Hebden
I am very pleased that I commissioned Mike Zelcer of Ray White to act for me in the recent sale of my Orakei townhouse. Mike displayed a thoroughly professional approach in all respects. His marketing campaign was excellent and productive, and he kept me informed on a regular and frequent basis regarding all enquiries. He was responsible and meticulous with regard to detail, and displayed a good knowledge of market conditions. His manner was always helpful and courteous. In the result he achieved a conclusion for me beyond my expectations. I am happy to recommend without reservation Mike Zelcer as a real estate professional.
Mike was extremely helpful and effective with the recent sale of our property. He provided insightful advice about minor improvements to make, marketing and strategy. Mike's professionalism with managing our tenants and communication through the sales cycle was over and beyond what we expected. He also has unrivalled knowledge of the local market. We cannot recommend Mike more highly.
Glenn & Dani
When we decided to sell our house in Orakei, we canvassed the market to assess the real estate agents in the area. Mike Zelcer stood out above others. Why? He had market presence, he was active and his name was prominent on signs in the area. For these reasons we chose Mike to manage the sale of our house. From the time we first approached him until the completion of the sale, Mike kept us on track through his professional and disciplined approach. He offered guidance and help when we needed it and allowed us time to make our own decisions. When it came to market our property, Mike developed a striking campaign that attracted over sixty potential buyers. Interest was so great that the auction day was brought forward. Thank you Mike for all the help and support you gave us.
Mike was very understanding of my situation and always professional in his feedback and updates in regards to the sale process. He worked hard to achieve the result and I am very happy with the outcome. What is understandably a stressful time was made easier through clear communication and the fact I felt like the customer and it was always about achieving the very best result for me.
Mike, Thanks again for all your work securing such a good price for our property. Please find below a testimonial from us which we are happy for you to share with prospective and future clients. Having chosen Mike to sell our much loved home we could not have been happier with the service and result. His communication was excellent throughout. He kept us well informed, provided straight forward honest advice and was always there when we needed him. We are confident that Mike managed to secure us the best price for our property and that without him we wouldn't have achieved as much. He clearly knows the local market better than anyone else and was able to recommend the best possible approach and marketing strategy. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mike to anyone thinking of selling their property in Orakei or the wider area.
Catherine & Mark Topham
Selling a property can be a bit stressful, so it makes sense to choose a team that can alleviate some of the pressure, that team is Mike and Stefanie. Mike is professional, calm and very thoughtful, he has a wide knowledge of all aspects of Real Estate and a great understanding of the current market I think it was important to choose a local Agent and no one knows Orakei better than Mike. Stefanie was great at organizing our advertising campaign, following up every viewer, and constantly keeping me updated on every aspect of how things were progressing, with comprehensive reports. Mike and Stefanie were very respectful of my home and my time, trying to arrange viewing and building inspections around my work schedule with as little disruption to my life as possible. At auction we achieved a great result mainly due to Mike and Stefanies professionalism, commitment and hard work, I would have no hesitation to recommend them if you are buying or selling.
We have recently sold our Orakei home and had the good fortune to select Mike and Prue to act as our agents. We were impressed with their professionalism, their understanding of the market and their choice of strategy. Their communication was excellent and they guided us through every step of the process. They worked hard to achieve a great result for us.
Dan and Charlotte Haliday
My sister & I were charged with the responsibility of selling our mother's home which had been in the family for 77 years. We had been recommended one agent & were happy to proceed but thought we should benchmark against the local agent. We quickly decided Mike was our man & that cold call turned out to be a very good decision. Mike was approachable & easy to deal with at all times while remaining professional throughout. His ability to assess market value was uncanny. Maybe it was luck. Maybe it was his 15 years experience in Orakei. The family is very pleased with the outcome which will provide security for our mother in her later years. Our thanks go to Mike & his team at Ray White in Orakei.
I have dealt with Mike over a period of time having him sell me my current home in Orakei while overseas and resell the same home two years later at auction. Mike has a thorough knowledge of the Orakei market and approached my purchase and sale in a very professional, proficient manner. Great guy to deal with! We achieved a fantastic outcome at auction which on his advice was brought forward to an earlier date to take advantage of a pre-auction offer. I have no hesitation in recommending Mike and his team to other prospective buyers or sellers in this area.
Hi Mike and Prue, We just wanted to say how much we appreciate all the hard work that you both put into selling our property. You and the rest of the Ray White team kept us informed during the whole process and it was a nice feeling to know here we stood the whole time. We would not hesitate to refer you to anyone we know and we will definitely be ringing you again, when it comes time to sell our next property. Thanks again.
Zach & Debra Thurman
We recently engaged Mike Zelcer as the Real Estate Agent for our property in Orakei. We were impressed with his professionalism and he displayed excellent communication skills throughout the process. Mike draws upon a skilled team of professionals to assist with the campaign around copy, photography and the auction itself providing the client with the best possible outcome. We were very happy with the results obtained, specifically selling on auction night after a two week auction campaign. We would have no hesitation in using Mike in the future or recommending him to other people looking for a real estate agent.
Nigel & Emma
Mike did an excellent job selling our property - he was incredibly committed, presented a polished campaign and was professional and personable to deal with. He understood the local area, the market and had a true appreciation and respect for the history and calibre of our property. We wouldn't hesitate to work with him again, and to recommend him to others.
Rob and Diana Murray
Mike is the expert in the Orakei/Mission Bay area. We met Mike in an open home in Orakei about 1 year ago and were impressed by his professionalism in the negotiation process for the house we were interested in on behalf of his vendor. When we decided to sell our house in Orakei this year, the first person we thought of was Mike. He kept us up-to-date during the whole process and worked so hard in everything from providing advise on how to present our house to the administrative work post auction. We would strongly recommend Mike to anyone thinking of selling in the Eastern beaches areas.
Vincent & Jennifer Au-Yeung
Mike and Prue from Ray White in Orakei undertook the whole sale process in a professional manner and there was always clarity at every stage including the expectation and feedback which enabled us to establish a value which we would happy to sell. Their knowledge of the market impressed us and the end result was we sold at a price which met our expectation. We would commend Mike and Prue to any potential seller.
Paul and Viv
Mike secured an outstanding price for our property after only two viewings and well before our auction date. So not only did the price exceed our expectations we also received a good proportion of our marketing fees back. Mike and Lynn also helped us through two unexpected code of compliance issues - photocopying material, meeting with the council inspectors, following up on payment and issuance of the certificates; while we were on an overseas holiday. Great service!
Chris and Julianna
We would highly recommend Mike to people selling their homes in the area. From the initial meeting through to the successful sale of our property Mike was professional, friendly & only a phone call away. We were given constructive advise on presenting our property to its potential, and talked through the selling campaign with good advise backed up with the facts & figures. We ended up with a great amount of interest over the auction campaign & strong buyers on the night. We were amazed at the result and can contribute the 'wow' feeling to the skills, knowledge of the area & hard work of Mike and his team getting top dollar for us.
Kent Russell and Ami Cannell
We recently decided to put our house on the market in Orakei and the first person we thought of was Mike. As we are currently living in Sydney, the whole process could have been a logistical nightmare, however Mike made it all extremely easy for us. He went out of his way to make things happen and his advice really did help to get it sold quickly and painlessly - for a great price too! Mike will always go the extra mile to get your property sold. He is a true professional. Thanks again Mike for all your help.
Virginia & Haydn Clayton
Mike, I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the effort you put into selling our property in Orakei. On the day we signed the agency agreement you said you thought you could get me a good unconditional offer quite quickly, and within 24 hours (with no advertising) you had 4 unconditional offers, every one of which was a good price.
Mike Zelcer has become the leading real estate agent in the Orakei area since we first met him some years ago and asked for a free appraisal on the value of our property. We have touched base once or twice since then, and due to our long standing relationship, it was logical that when the time came to sell our home, he would be the agent of our choice. He is a highly professional operator who has approached the sale of our home in a thorough and methodical manner. He has guided us through the process in a realistic and informed way and most importantly, at the end brought fantastic negotiating skills and energy to the table to close the deal. At no time did we feel pressured or that control of the process was out of our hands. We are very happy with the result and would highly recommend his service to anyone wishing to sell their property.
I chose to go to Mike to sell my house as he has always been so professional, pleasant, up front and friendly. He is very knowledgeable about the Orakei area, I call him the" guru of Orakei Real Estate". My home in Orakei has just sold for a price way above what I could have imagined, appreciating that market forces are at present very positive, however Mike has been great to deal with and would recommend him to anyone and if I should go back into Real Estate in the Orakei area, I would make contact with him.
We worked with Mike recently to successfully sell our two year old home that we had built. We found Mike great to work with - he is so knowledgeable of the area - which from dealing with prospective buyers was really important to us, kept us well informed throughout the process, he is very matter of fact, he believed in the calibre of the property we were selling and was confident about the outcome he would get for us. Within a couple of weeks we had multiple offers, and even a back up offer...we were done far sooner than we thought we would be!! It was all pretty easy! Mike has made Orakei his own. He is the only agent we would now use in the area. We would work with him again if the chance arose, and would not hesitate to recommend him to others selling property in the area (in fact, we already have.)
Rachel and Gregg Dell
We have bought twice and sold twice with Mike over the last 6-7 years, and each time we have worked with him we have found him to be very professional and personable. We have particularly appreciated that his advice is balanced, he doesn't just tell you what you would like to hear, and how he works really hard for his clients. He seems to have the Orakei real estate market cornered, you would be crazy not to talk to him if you are looking to buy or sell in Orakei. We definitely recommend him to friends and family.
The thought of selling our lovely home after ten happy and thoroughly enjoyable years was daunting to say the least. Mike and Lynn from Ray White Orakei excelled and far exceeded our expectations in all respects. Not only reassured that our property was being looked after and in safe hands, we were completely at ease knowing the sale process was undertaken diligently and extremely professionally. Qualified buyers were identified in no time, particularly following a fantastic and well planned marketing campaign - resulting in an outstanding response. Without doubt, we were fortunate to have two wonderful real estate professionals acting for us on our sale. Highly recommended and a credit to the industry.
Mike Butcher & Jan Dewhurst
"We have no hesitation in recommending Mike Zelcer and have used his services in both buying and selling our house. In our dealings with Mike, we have been impressed by his professionalism, integrity and results driven attitude. In our recent house sale, we utilised his extensive local area knowledge and found him to be accessible, responsive and flexible. He goes the extra mile and we appreciated his geniune efforts in finalising the deal." Thanks Mike. cheers Julie
Our journey with Mike Zelcer started about 2 years before we even put our house on the market. We started and stopped the sale process numerous times over this course of time but Mike stuck with us and was very understanding and patient. When we finally did take the leap we felt that Mike absolutely understood and appreciated our situation, how we needed to handle the sale process and what we wanted from the outcome. During the sale process Mike was always available, honest and encouraging. He went beyond the call of duty on a few occasions, demonstrating his commitment to selling our property. But at the end of the day the best thing we can say is that he got us the result that we needed. We are very happy and would recommend Mike to anyone. Matt and Kate Lines
Matt & Kate Lines