Welcome to my website
Have you lost a loved one and are you facing the emotional wear and tear of probate?
My clients have full lives. Adding the sale of their family home and the move on top can be overwhelming. My goal is to take care of everything. Making their lives a bit easier. This is at the heart of how I provide fabulous service.
You don’t have to navigate these waters alone! I have been entrusted with over 200 probate and trust sales working in tandem with the most experienced local attorneys and fiduciaries in the East Bay. I have the experience to properly assist you. You have a full life to lead. Let me help you live it.
As a probate real estate specialist, I focus on Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, Albany, El Cerrito, Hayward, San Leandro , Castro Valley and all of Alameda county. I addition, my associates cover the greater Bay Area. I was born and raised in Berkeley and have lived there and Oakland all of my life. I know the neighborhoods very well.
After 14 years working with many conservators, administrators, attorneys and other fiduciaries, I’ve learned a lot about how we all grow old and come to need others and that we are so much the same. It is amazing how we let things go as we age and – If you don’t have someone around you – the things that can happen are unfathomable. I’ve seen this happen in Piedmont, Pleasanton and East Oakland. Your socioeconomic class doesn’t seem to matter. I talk to some of my friends about this. They say it will never happen to them. I just shrug, look at them, and say “yeah sure”. So, I think I bring some compassion to my work. Actually I don’t see it as work. I love it.
As an owner, builder and experienced real estate agent, I can help you make informed decisions. Whether you are buying or selling. I promise to be there every step of the way. This includes everything from major/minor repairs, to prepare your home for the best possible sales price, appearing in court to provide information the court may require about the transaction, to representing you during the negotiation process of selling your home. No question is too trivial and no issue is to minor to warrant my full attention.
My support staff will make sure all details are given the professional care they deserve.
- Full time administrative staff
- Marketing support staff
- Short sale and legal support
If you need to review the local court rules or have questions about the probate process, you will find that information here.
Are you or a loved one transitioning to a Residential Complex or Assisted Living?
I have also achieved the National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) Designation to gain important knowledge about working with different generations of real estate buyers and sellers. By earning the SRES® Designation, I have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing or selling the family home.
“Michael Stephens is a real asset to my law practice. I recommend him highly.”—
Charles Triay, Attorney
Simply put, I’ll take care of everything!
The information on this website is yours for the taking. Many previous clients have found it useful and I hope you do, too! Please check out my links page as well.
Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or comments.
Thanks for stopping by.