John and Michelle Klear, North Carolina

We used ThinkSmart Realty to sell our home in Cincinnati this year, and found their team of professionals outstanding!

Before choosing ThinkSmart, we worked with other agents for 3 years with no success in selling our home. ThinkSmart Realty was recommended by a friend, and once we began working with the team we know why they were highly recommended. The ThinkSmart team, Michael Samuels and Joe Hagedorn, we found were the best choice based on the investment they made into selling the property (time and effort, not necessarily financially). And were impressed with how they promoted their listings, as they house sold within three days of being listed. The stood out as the best Cincinnati had to offer:

We spoke with Michael several times, and with us living over 10 hours away it was often frustrating not having ‘boots on the ground’ in Cincinnati, but Michael quickly became that person who was there for us in Cincinnati. And with Michael being an attorney, we knew he would have our legal needs in his best interest. He spent hours on the phone answering our questions and providing objective data regarding sales in the area including, how long their listings typically stay on the market, and provided information on comparable houses in the area. We were concerned that our house, which was older and smaller then some newer homes in the neighborhood, would be tough to sell. However, Michael made the process incredibly easy and took extra steps many other Realtors don’t (but should), like having professional come and not make repair recommendations, but also offer the service, at very reasonable rates.

Once we had the list of improvements, that’s when Joe Hagedorn stepped in. He and his crew took over and completed the repair jobs quickly, and in a professional manner. They saved us the hassle of having to find people who we could trust to come into the house, and complete the work needed, especially with us being so many hours away.

After the completion of the repairs, our house immediately went under contract. All ThinkSmart’s hard work and knowledge of what it takes to sell a home really paid off. In less than four days of being on the market, the house sold for asking price. In fact, we had backup offers. We accepted the terms of the sales and Michael walked us through every step of the closing process.
For the situation that we were in, Michael and Joe made sure that they could make the process as easy as they could for us. I would recommend ThinkSmart Realty to anyone who is looking to sell their home or business. They are true professionals, and are genuinely concerned about their clients. I realize it is not always easy to sell your home, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better real estate team then ThinkSmart Realty.

Steven J. Cahn, PhD

In 2003, Michael Samuels helped me buy my first home. He was far more knowledgeable about the house than the listed realtor. The experience was highly positive. Ten years later, weeks before we were married, my wife and I began looking for a home in a new neighborhood. The house search took nearly a year. Michael was with us every step of the way. When we looked at one house and considered remodeling options, he had a contractor on hand to consult. When we were concerned about the foundation of another house, he had an expert on hand to consult. When we were concerned about the legal ramifications of buried tanks, Michael’s legal background made him an ideal consultant. For every question or problem, Michael’s expertise was available and specialists were a quick phone call away. Ultimately, Michael helped us acquire the ideal home. And just as important, he saved us from buying houses that looked promising, but would have made disastrous purchases. At the same time, Michael successfully guided me through the sale of my 2003 purchase. All his recommendations about what to attend to in the house and who to get to do the work turned out well. Over the course of 2013, a year that involved the purchase of one home and the sale of another, we were in ongoing collaboration with Michael. There are few people I can think of with whom we could have worked so effectively and so enjoyably.

Maureen Callinan, Attorney

Michael, I wish I had met you sooner. I have sold several homes while acting in a fiduciary capacity and learned that when it is not your property, it is full of surprises. I like to think that I had a network of people to help when faced with a red tagged furnace, or homes that have not had attention for decades because a lovely couple aged in place. But, then I met you and we entered into a listing agreement and we were faced with surprises. But, there was not one issue that you could not solve alone or with your network. Your law degree is a real asset as well. While I have traveled west to retire in the Arizona desert, I wish you great success and you deserve a five star rating!

Sandy and Lee German

We are an older couple, in our 80s, who moved from our large home into an apartment. This was a major life change for us, and a very difficult time. Working with Michael Samuels and ThinkSmart Realty made this difficult transition so much easier. Michael, first of all, is a great guy. He brought great kindness and understanding to the situation. He gave us a detailed analysis of the comparable sales in the neighborhood helping us decide the right list price. He arranged for a thorough cleaning of the house, polishing the hardwood, cleaning the carpets, to make the home present well before placing it on the market. He patiently guided us through the negotiations, worked through the inspections, and kept us informed throughout the process. The inspections turned up a few issues, and Michael had his contractors handle the repairs. He got the work done much less expensively than we could have, and very efficiently–it was absolutely wonderful not to have to handle it ourselves. If we had it all to do over again, there is no one else we would even consider. He did a wonderful job selling the house, and got us an excellent price. But, in addition, he alleviated so much of the other stress by handling everything we could have asked for and more, that he made the whole process of this difficult change so much easier.

Joe Hagedorn

I am a contractor and remodeler who flips houses. I’ve been in the real estate business for more than 25 years. I’ve worked with Michael Samuels and ThinkSmart Realty for around 12 years, and have purchased and sold many houses over that time. ThinksSmart Realty, and Michael Samuels, is the only real estate company I work with anymore. Michael is simply the smartest and most knowledgeable person I know in the business. He understands all aspects of the business—marketing, pricing, negotiating, remodeling, repairs, and law. Not only does he provide expert guidance in buying, negotiating and selling, we work together on deciding how to remodel the home to get the most profit. I know that without Michael I would not have achieved the success I’ve enjoyed over the last dozen or so years.