About Michael Stephens

Michael was raised in Berkeley and attended local schools. John Muir Elementary school class of ’67 and Berkeley High class of ’73!  His family has always been active in local politics and issues of the day. Instilled at an early age was a strong sense of one’s fiduciary duty and obligation to family. Michael has a loving attorney father and a mother skilled in antiquarian books to thank.

Michael has called the Elmwood and Thousand Oaks neighborhoods of Berkeley home, and lived the past 25 years in Adams Point, Glenview and Montclair. This has given Michael an intimate understanding of Berkeley and Oakland neighborhoods. The focus of his practice is the East Bay from Richmond to Fremont. If your property is out of the core area, Michael can recommend the finest Realtors covering the entire Bay Area from San Jose to Marin County.

With a stellar reputation, Michael’s personal and professional code of ethics have served him well and are void of impropriety. His extensive knowledge in probate and estate sales is well supported by 13 years in the trenches working with conservators, administrators, attorneys, other fiduciaries and heirs. His goal is to guide his clients through what can be a very stressful and complicated process.

In addition to high level professionalism and street smarts, Michael and his team have brought compassion and empathy to over 300 probate and trust sales. Approaching each transaction with a genuine understanding of human nature, real estate, probate, contracts, as well as courts’ processes, Michael is worth his weight in gold. Whether a short sale in probate, home preparation, remodel, home clean out, working closely with fiduciaries or the eviction of recalcitrant heirs, Michael has a “can do” approach to his work. But let’s not call it work. It’s his passion. Michael and his team will work for you and get the job done!

The support staff includes marketing, administrative, legal and short sale professionals.

Michael’s responsibilities include:

  • Negotiating contracts and offering alternatives
  • Creating and overseeing all marketing efforts
  • Weekly email updates to all parties
  • Providing market analysis and pricing advice
  • Coordinating complete all property repairs and maintenance
  • Advancing funds if necessary

Prior to becoming a licensed realtor in 1994, Michael was responsible for the national sales and marketing of major food distributors and DH Assembly and Packaging in Tecate, Mexico. Some of his other experience is as an owner/builder working with the planning, design review, engineering and inspection departments of the City of Oakland.


Some of Michael’s community activities include:

Red Cross Apherisis
West Point Inn
South End Rowing Club
Oral Lee Brown Foundation contributor
John Muir Elementary May Fair Sponsor

Please do not hesitate to call or email with comments or questions.
510.816.9693 cell