Michael Dreyfus has had 23 years of repeated success in residential real estate. He currently ranks as one of the leading sales agents in the Silicon Valley/ Peninsula area.
His recent sales have been often and varied, including some of the highest sales recorded in Palo Alto, Woodside and Atherton. He has also sold homes in Menlo Park, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Portola Valley, San Carlos, San Mateo, and has established a specialty in the high end market and the neighborhoods of North Palo Alto. In addition, he has represented clients in high-end resort purchases throughout California.
Michael works both as a sales agent and as the owner and managing broker of Dreyfus Sotheby's International Realty, a boutique real estate brokerage which specializes in the lower Peninsula market and offers clients locally-focussed, high-quality real estate services.
Michael is an industry thought leader who has been interviewed on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, ABC News and Fortune/CNN/Money. He writes a monthly real estate column for The Palo Alto Weekly. Michael started Dreyfus Properties in 2000 and has grown it into one of the leading boutique firms in the Silicon Valley with offices in downtown Palo Alto and on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. Dreyfus Properties, through it agents, offers custom real estate solutions with an emphasis on personal service and professionalism, all with a razor focus on the lower peninsula residential real estate market. Prior to Dreyfus Properties, Michael was a sales leader with both Coldwell Banker and Prudential California Realty, consistently placing as his office's top sales agent and in the top 1% of sales agents internationally. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Attorney-at-law. He is a member of the National and California Association of Realtors, and the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Tahoe/Sierra and Southern California multiple listing services. He is active in the community, having served in various school and athletic positions, on the Board of Directors for the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and currently as a director on the Save the Bay foundation board. He resides with his wife and three children in the Professorville neighborhood of Palo Alto.
EDUCATION University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1984 Hastings College of Law Juris Doctor, 1987
"Mike's terrific. He has such a tremendous knowledge of the market. He can quickly tune in to what you're looking for and be very effective in helping you get what you want, while being very realistic in a challenging market." "I thought Dreyfus' team approach was amazingly good. Summer was absolutely all over our account. Anything we needed, she was super responsive. With Mike, we got a very seasoned broker and the full benefit of his experience when it mattered."
"The level of support and accessibility we had in buying our first home for our kids was especially important to my wife. She really appreciated the way that Mike and Summer teamed and were very available for her through the bidding process and the closing process, and they continue to be helpful afterwards. In negotiating, Mike was brilliant. He saved us money and he de-risked our offer by playing it smart. Mike is masterful at this stuff."
"We beat our expectations. We got a better house and a better community than we thought we could get. And we got it faster than we thought it would ultimately take. I was very pleased. I would absolutely recommend working with Mike and Summer in a heartbeat." Christian Bennett
"He's much more strategic in the home search process. Once we figured out where we were going, Mike set a target for all available listings. His system is really great because you see real-time what the homes list for and close for, so you can see real-time what the market is doing." Matt Weathers and Jennifer Cheng
"Had Michael not been as persistent as he was, we probably would not have gotten this house." Paul and Cheryl Sallomi
"Michael was very realistic in talking about our property. He seemed very genuine. I said to him, 'I know you're not a fortuneteller, but can you tell me what the expectation is about when we sell the house?' He said, 'My guess is within sixty days.' We got the offer on the sixtieth day. My perception before I started working with Michael was he's a straight shooter. After working with him, that didn't change a bit. He doesn't sugarcoat things, nor does he promise more than he can deliver. He's up front with you; he discusses options. And he delivers on things he does say. Initially, we had a staging company we weren't really happy with. Michael took the initiative to replace them at his own cost. That made a difference in presenting the house in a better light. With Michael, you get a guy who markets your property with best practices available in the market. You know your house will be marketed. Even better, you get somebody who's very competent. You can count on him. I really appreciate what Michael does. He's straightforward. You can trust him." Abtin Assadi
"I would say to my friends who want to sell their house, 'Mike is going to get your family. He's going to understand what it means to sell your home, with all of its history. Even if it's 100 years old, he's going to market it in a very contemporary ways with high-tech, using all sorts of multimedia. Mike will present it as a home not just facts about roads and schools, but what it would really be like to live there." Judy Stone