Michael B. Bell Real Estate Agent at Sotheby's International Realty

Michael B. Bell

Real Estate Agent at
Sotheby's International Realty

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  • Luxury Specialist
  • Probate
  • New Construction
  • Investment Properties
  • Seller Specialist
  • Trust Sales
  • Probate Specialist
  • Luxury Home Specialist
  • Seller Representative Specialist

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Agent Highlights

Michael gets the job done - completing more sales than the average Pasadena agent by 19%.
Michael also has Townhome expertise - working with over 23 more townhomes than the average agent.
Michael is a SFH expert - working with over 69% more single family homes than the average Pasadena agent.

Michael's Transactions

More about Michael B. Bell

If you are looking to sell your home for the highest price possible, the right way, and without headaches, consider talking to someone who does this every single day. I’m Top 10 in Southern California and based in Pasadena, California where I have outsold every agent in my office since 2015. A hint to my client’s success is my seller-only representation (no dual agency), and massive internet and targeted social media to local, national and true international buyers. My territory is a 10-mile radius around Pasadena, where I have handled over half a $Billion in sales over a 20-year span. I graduated from Gonzaga University, am an Eagle Scout, and my two boys are in Scouts. Spend 5 minutes with me on the phone and I will drastically improve your chances of selling for the most amount of money. On my website you can find the best questions to ask your Realtor.


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#1 in Sales 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 at Sotheby's International Realty Greater Pasadena Office, #9 agent in Southern California Sotheby's International Realty

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Michael B. Bell's Reviews & Ratings

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    • A commercial broker friend referred us to Michael. I only have accolades for Michael. He knows the market, understands the buyers, and encouraged the best buyers to create a bidding war for our home. He represented us very well.

      - Peter and Robin Lahey | San Marino
    • Mike thanks for handling my family's trust sales in Pasadena and Sierra Madre, so well. Your expertise in the market and your understanding of the trust process made selling these properties very smooth. Your attention to the small details, and all the updates and straight-talk was great.

      - Kathy Blond, Trustee | Pasadena (2 transactions)
    • I want to add my thanks and huge appreciation for your handling of the complicated marketing of my condo. I know you went way out, on the bow-sprit on all of this, and I am so relieved that the boat is about to dock. I will gladly refer you to anyone seeking a seasoned broker that has sailed on rough seas. Of course, fly this on your mast!

      - Fr. Clarke Oler | Pasadena
    • We already had a reputable agent, who was also a personal friend. Our home did not sell. I was advised to call Mike. While all this was happening, I was thousands of miles away. My husband had passed away and I felt I was in a vulnerable situation. Also, I had a specific strategy in mind regarding the sale, and Mike was able to customize the marketing so as to accomplish my needs. Mike came through for me. The transaction was completed within 7 weeks thanks to Mike and his calmness in a nail-biting, stressful situation. I would not hesitate to refer Mike Bell to anyone. Many, many thanks to you, personally, Mike. You were God-sent, and that's not to be taken lightly. Things worked out miraculously. Kudos!!!

      - Glenda Fraser | Pasadena
    • Thank you for handling my Pasadena homes so well, since I am out of state. You have great marketing and great follow-up. Also, helping me with the permit process was really fantastic.

      - Charles Bohannon | Pasadena (5 transactions)
    • Mike Bell was referred to me by a commercial broker who said "Just call Mike". I'm glad I did because I interviewed other agents and Mike was by far the most forthright, thorough, patient, and professional. Mike made me feel very comfortable. Mike did a fantastic job and I trust him!

      - Jill Hinman, Trustee | South Pasadena
    • I thought I had already found the right Realtor to sell my house. But you were referred to me by a prominent attorney. I decided to, at least, interview you and hear what you had to say. After our first meeting, my family and I knew that you were the one we wanted to work with. You promised a lot, and certainly delivered on each of them. You focused on getting the job done quickly and worked hard to make sure everything was taken care of from start to finish. I especially appreciated your mastery of contract negotiations and your dedication to your clients. I highly recommend your services to anyone who is looking for a knowledgeable and hardworking Realtor. Thank you.

      - Senait Yilma | Pasadena
    • Mike Bell was an integral and valuable part of our buying experience and strategy in the competitive South Pasadena market. Every step along the way, he was present and on top of all that needed to be done to make our process smooth and speedy. Not only do we like Mike as a person, down to earth, straight-forward and kind, but he is also an excellent Realtor/Broker. He fought for us and is highly knowledgeable and creative. We had experiences with other Realtors before, yet decided to go with Mike, in order to optimize our chances of finding and securing our dream home. It is especially helpful that he had an excellent reputation in the brokerage community, which helped get our offer accepted in the midst of a 9-party bidding war. We are thrilled to be living in a fantastic place thanks to Mike Bell.

      - Dr. Michael and Ann Wang | South Pasadena
    • Michael Bell is one of the finest professionals with whom I have ever done business. Forthright and honest, Michael clearly knows his market, customers and business. All questions and dealings are handled with speed and completeness. He brings a broad, personal experience to the job and an array of resources that I have found invaluable. You will find very few individuals with the capabilities and integrity of Michael Bell.

      - Bryant Duffy | Altadena (2 transactions)
    • Mike, thank you for your hard work over the years: You've worked very hard and so well with all my different clients (and also on selling my own home) and I appreciate everything that you've done. That's why I continue to give you all of my real estate business. Additionally, the probate sales you've handled were done extremely well, and the estates you represented were very happy with the tremendous overbids you produced because of your marketing know-how. Thanks again Mike.

      - Rhonda Walker, Esq. | Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia (5 transactions)
    • You were referred by an attorney and we are both so very pleased. You were diligent, enthusiastic, moved the sale along to close, and were correct in your assumptions from start to finish. Great strategies, market knowledge, and results Mike. The attorney and I will absolutely work with you in the future, as we've already told others about our experience.

      - Ruben Caprari, Successor Trustee | Pasadena
    • Mike, nice work by you and your team, it was a nice, smooth and quick transaction.

      - Colin T. Greene, Esq.
    • Thanks, more than we can say, for your limitless efforts to bring these sales to a close. Thank you for your yeoman services. You did what the first Realtor couldn't do. As I have told you, you're one in a million. You're the Greatest!

      - Richard Ergo, Esq. (Ret) | Pasadena
    • My mother and myself were very happy with your service and highly recommend you during conversations. Please feel free to use my name or contact info as I was very satisfied with your knowledge and performance. I wish you and your family all the best.

      - Officer Dale Falicon, Trustee | Pasadena
    • Mike, you made the transaction happen. I believed in you, and you closed it in 30 days when everyone said it couldn't. You were so professional.

      - Rosa Leung | Pasadena
    • Mike was the 2nd broker hired to sell our family home in San Marino. He was hired because of his can-do attitude. He worked very hard, and was very resourceful in finding the buyer. I interviewed many agents and am very happy to have hired Michael.

      - Kenneth Mar | San Marino
    • Thank You Mike!!!!! It is rare to do business with someone as energetic and devoted to doing a great job as you are. As we were from out-of-town, and didn't know where to get the help we needed, you went out of your way to help us and stopped by to check on us & see if we needed anything. You sold my folks house quickly and took care of all the details. We would recommend you to anyone that wants to sell their property. You did a wonderful job, and wed like to think we made a new friend. My only regret is that you can't sell our home in Iowa for us.

      - Jan & Dean Wiebold, Trustees | Pasadena
    • Mike, thank you for your excellent work in both selling my home in Pasadena and negotiating the purchase of my new condo in Pasadena (and again selling it for me). I have been consistently pleased with your preparedness, organization, market knowledge, and frank and professional nature. In addition, you were just a true pleasure to work with during stressful situations. I will definitely use you for future real estate transactions and will gladly refer you to friends and family.

      - Dr. Christina Smolke | Pasadena (3 transactions)
    • Mike, thank you for a great job in finding and, smartly, negotiating the purchase of my home in South Pasadena. We met at an Open House, and I used your services because of your market knowledge, and was happy that you knew many agents. When a friend or family member needs great real estate consultation, I will have them call you.

      - Rustin Mork | South Pasadena (4 transactions)
    • There once was a realtor named Mike. Who put a sign in my yard with a spike. My house sold real fast. We all had a blast. So tell me, whats there not to like?

      - Margie Homer, Trustee | Pasadena (2 transactions)
    • Mike, thank you for doing what you promised: Your preparedness, reputation with other agents, and advice was clearly a huge advantage, and your attention anchored our trust. Mike has successfully performed 4 real estate deals for us since 2005. If you're looking for an ethical, detail oriented broker, I wouldn't hesitate to call Mike.

      - David & Frances Valera | Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Crescenta (5 transactions)
    • You were my obvious choice to sell the San Marino home. You and your connections were amazing when we needed them. What was stressful was made pleasurable with your strategies, competence, and great attitude. Excellent marketing as well. Wonderful job Michael.

      - Michael Patris | San Marino
    • I would not hesitate in recommending Mike Bell to anyone looking in today's tricky market. Even though the offer we made on our current home was the third lowest monetarily, it was accepted due to Mike's expertise in handling the deal. His knowledge of the market, attentiveness and ingenuity secured the home of our dreams and I, honestly, don't believe we would be living where we are without his fine work.

      - Mike and Jane Devlin | Pasadena (2 transactions)
    • Michael Bell has had a profound effect on my current financial condition. In the past 4 years, he has handled 3 real estate transactions for me. Despite the fact that I have family and friends who also work in the real estate field, I chose Michael because he is the only one who seemed to take me seriously. He has a very keen business sense and always seems to be privy to information that other agents aren't. I've gotten in on some great deals just because he already had his foot in the door, a door that had already been closed otherwise. He is tenacious and hard-working and doesn't stop until he gets you what you want. I so appreciate what Michael has helped me achieve.

      - Tina Spano | South Pasadena (4 transactions)
    • HURRAY!!! Michael Bell, you did it!!!!! You won the award of the best real estate agent. Thank you!!!!!

      - Mary Kuhs, Trustee | Pasadena
    • You were my obvious choice to sell the San Marino home. You and your connections were amazing when we needed them. What was stressful was made pleasurable with your strategies, competence, and great attitude. Excellent marketing as well. Wonderful job Michael.

      - Michael Patris | San Marino
    • Mike, you provided a very thorough and comprehensive sale. You pushed all the right buttons, and ensured all the right events occurred on time. I am very pleased with your work, especially seeing to it that we got overbids (in probate court) and closed on time. I am looking forward to other transactions with you and your team. Keep up the good work.

      - Craig Lucas, Esq. | Pasadena
    • I hired Mike to help me sell my first condo, after interviewing 3 other aggressive and pushy agents. I hired him again for my next two real estate transactions. He has always been responsive, respectful, and aggressive on my behalf without being pushy, and I would definitely recommend him for any real estate transaction you have.

      - Sallie Manson | Pasadena (4 transactions)
    • Mike is a very skilled and great agent. In the two transactions we worked on, I was impressed with Mikes ability to keep things moving forward and his spot-on advice. I would highly recommend Mike Bell to both buyer and seller. He understands the market, and better yet he understands people. Mike is a winner.

      - Jeff Jones, CFO, Lake Ave Church | Pasadena (2 transactions)
    • The thought of arranging for the sale of our mothers home from afar weighed heavily on the minds of many family members; none of whom live nearby. Enter Mike Bell, who had been recommended to us by trust counsel. Immediately, much of the weight was lifted. Mike worked with us to develop a successful strategy that brought multiple offers exceeding the asking price, all in the first three days of listing the property. Each offer was presented quickly, clearly, and concisely it was an amazing three days. Escrow closed less than 10 days later. These facts support the conclusion that Mike does an excellent job as a realtor. Above and beyond that, Mike provided us with multiple connections to well-established estate liquidators, clean-up, gardening, and clear-out folks who were vital in readying the house for sale - somehow exceeding the mark of "excellent." Thank you Mike for easing the burden, and carrying so much of the weight, for me and my family.

      - Steve Holmes, Trustee | Altadena