"In early 2010 we started thinking of buying an apartment in New York City as a part time residence. The whole process seemed very difficult to us, however, as we don’t live in NYC and we could spend only a limited time here searching for an apartment. It was our good fortune then to meet Michael. He is a true real estate professional with a great knowledge of the various neighborhoods of NYC, of their advantages and disadvantages. We worked with him for more than a year in searching for the “right place” for us. He never pressured us to make a decision; he was genuinely more interested in helping us to find a place than making a sale. Various times we were able to come to NYC only for a few days on a very short notice. Still, each time Michael was able to arrange for us to see many places, even the places that are difficult to visit on a short notice. He always gave us excellent advice on the apartment itself, on the building, and on its location. Finally, after for more than a year of searching, we decided on an apartment that was going to sale quickly in a premium building. Michael was able to negotiate a good price for this place. After our offer was accepted Michael and his team were also of great help to us in filling out the many forms the Condominium Board required. In conclusion we recommend Michael very highly to find your apartment. You will be working not only with an excellent real estate agent but also with a very good friend. " Mustafa A.
"Cannot thank Michael enough for helping us find our dream condo within our budget.
Michael showed us places that were not on our list, broadening our horizons and helping us uncover what we really wanted.
In addition, Michael put us in contact with a great lawyer and mortgage broker. We've been happily living in our condo for over 3 years and cannot thank Michael enough. "Christina M.
"Michael listened to what I wanted and we covered six apartments in record time because he had a driver. No waiting for taxis in Manhattan. Michael answered every question right away. Ge would call whomever was needed to get the answer right away. His skill at processing is impressive. Everything went bsmoothy and quickly. I was complimented on the co-op package he put together with his team. I would vertainly recommend him. "--Barbara Love
"He is very experienced real state agent, knows every detail about NYC. Didn't put any pressure on me at all to make me put an offer I didn't like. very punctual in his appointments and showed me only the listings I was interested in. I am very happy with my purchase. after only looking for less than two month and my apt. has appreciated well since we closed. we became friends and I still seek his advice till know. he is in this business because he has a true passion to help people come to the city. I recommend his 100% for any NYC real state matter. "Aziz G.
"Michael is the consummate professional who advised on all aspects of my purchase.
At the time I was stationed overseas and only made it back to NYC every five or six weeks for a few days at a time. Michael made sure that on the days we had allocated to view properties that we made optimal use of my time in the city. We saw many different properties which met the criteria I specified, in the areas I requested. Michael ensured that I had enough time to assess each property and arranged subsequent viewings as necessary to fit my schedule.
When it came time to construct an offer and negotiate with the seller, Michael’s advice and skills were invaluable. He ensured that the starting offer and negotiating process was managed respectfully for both parties and that each response and counteroffer was based on substantive criteria.
Throughout the process I was impressed by Michael’s attention to ensuring that I purchased a home that I would be happy with for the long term. "
"I highly recommend Michael without hesitation to any other prospective purchasers. "Parvez P.
"Mr. Michael Pakula is a professional and knowledgeable real estate agent who uses a personal and professional style when assisting customers who wish to buy properties. Mr. Pakula' years of experience enables him to give the best advice on property that will appreciate over time. He is a fine real estate agent who cares for his clients and helps them locate the perfect home. Mr. Pakula is able to identify various opportunities as well as obstacles that can benefit or impede a buyer with purchasing their property. He gives professional advice and assists his buyers on what is the most beneficial direction in purchasing their home. Mr. Pakula also has a good working relationship and a excellent understanding of the attorney and mortgage process. Mr. Pakula will also encourage people not to purchase a home that is above their financial resources. As his bio says I trust Mr. Pakula as a Trusted Advisor."David A
Michael S. Pakula comes to New York Living Solutions with over 20 years of experience running an advertising, consulting, marketing , and market research company for mid- market and Fortune 500 clients. During his time as CEO, Michael worked closely with clients to understand their business needs in order to provide in-depth consultation on IT projects and marketing and advertising strategy. In addition Michael was intimately involved with conducting comprehensive strategic research for Investment Banks. Michael will tell you that he is not interested in selling an apartment to his clients, but in finding his clients, both foreign and domestic an apartment that they would be happy to live in and that would also be the best investment. In today’s environment, it is imperative for a buyer or seller to work with a broker, like Michael, who has a detailed understanding of how location, real estate taxes, price per square foot, amenities, renovated vs. an unrenovated apartment can affect the value of a property. This enables his clients to make an informed decision based on Michael’s in-depth comparison of similar area properties. Michael’s years of vast experience have left him with invaluable knowledge regarding mortgages, market trends, the importance of a qualified real estate attorney to protect the buyer in the transaction. Perhaps most importantly Michael is a master in the art of negotiations. Michael has been successful in accomplishing his mission statement with New York Living Solutions. He dedicates himself to each deal and is thought of as a trusted advisor to his clients, who find the combination of his finance expertise and his knowledge of the real estate market instrumental to their successful rental or sale transactions.