By Tom Bostock

Of all the big events in life, buying or selling a home can rank among the most stressful.  For sellers, this can mean strangers traipsing through you house while you are not there, wondering if the house is priced correctly for the market conditions, not knowing if potential buyers are serious or well qualified.  For buyers, particularly in the current market environment, the stress can come from bidding wars, missed opportunities, and of course the fear of overpaying.  Having an experienced, professional realtor like Michele Burns in your corner can take the S-word out of the process.

In North Pinellas county and the East Lake area particularly, Michele has seen it all.  Here are what some of her past clients had to say:

“Michele Burns was our selling agent, and we could not have been happier with her personally or professionally. From our initial interview with Michele, through the final closing, she continually impressed both my husband and I with her willingness to go above and beyond our expectations.”  – Stephanie Hall.

“I would recommend Michele Burns to anyone selling or buying a piece of property in FL. She was more professional and given my background in this field, I rate her at the top of her profession.” -David Williamson

“Michele Burns was very professional and knowledgeable. We were totally comfortable that she had our best interest at heart and expertly guided us through the whole process.” – John Strandquist.

All these testimonials refer to an outstanding local realtor, specializing in residential real estate in the East Lake area.  A wife, mother and realtor, Michele Burns has raised her children in the local community and knows her market inside and out. If you visit her website,, you can read these and other glowing recommendations from many of her satisfied clientele. 

Michele’s previous fifteen-year banking finance and data tracking background have proved invaluable to both herself and her clients. It allows her to spot and identify market trends that can mean more dollars in her clients’ pockets at the closing table. Backed by Coldwell Banker, with approximately 3,000 offices in 49 countries, Michele has a marked advantage over many other realtors with fewer resources.  

Over the years, Michele has earned numerous awards and designations in her field:  Membership in the prestigious International President’s Circle, in the Top 10% of Coldwell Banker Agents worldwide, over $100 Million sold, CNS is a Certified Negotiation Specialist and CIPS is a Certified International Property Specialist, an exclusive global designation of the National Association of Realtors demonstrating knowledge and familiarity with global clients.

While other agents promise, Michele delivers! Since 2004, she has been a positive force, helping clients buy and sell real estate for her clients in the competitive East Lake real estate market.

In our interview, I asked Michele how I would get my home ready to sell. These were some tips she offered.

“Declutter. Since you are going to be moving, start packing!” she suggests, “FYI, that stuffed moose hanging over the fireplace might scare buyers away.”

“Neutralize your environment. Remove personal items. You want your buyer to visit your home and imagine it as their own. Take the time to do the same thing with the outside of your house. Repair obvious things like wood rot. A well-tended landscape can also make a positive impression. Rule #1 is clean it! Nothing turns off a buyer quicker than a dirty house!  Sometimes the list can be overwhelming. I can help narrow it down by what is most impactful and cost effective.”

As Michele’s website,, advises, “Buyers don’t always visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience which can help you get top dollar and sell faster.”  One way she does this is with in-house professional photography.  Sellers never have to wait for the photos to be scheduled.  Where appropriate, it may include interactive 3D tours, drone aerials and virtual staging.  “The 3D tour has revolutionized how people shop for real estate.  They can be expensive which is why so many realtors do not typically offer them. With COVID concerns, I can put potential buyers in your house without them physically being there.  Presentation can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that’s sells quickly.” 

Working with buyers, Michele has sold all over the Tampa Bay region.  Her goal is helping clients find the perfect house for their lifestyle.  For some, the schools may be the most important factor.  For others, it could be proximity to work, maintenance free living, golf course, waterfront boating lifestyle, or finding a quaint walkable neighborhood.  New construction or old, Single Family, Condo or Townhouse, she has experience with them all.  She is persistent and thorough until she gets her clients the keys at closing.

Michele has always been involved in her community, having raised her children from Elementary through High School in East Lake. She was one of those moms who attended every game and took part in all her children’s community life. Through her Coldwell Banker office, she currently supports a charity called CARES, that raises money to build and donate homes to worthy veterans. 

There are lots of real estate agents in the East Lake market, but Michele Burns rises above and beyond the pack. From contract signing through inspections, appraisal, and financing to the closing table, you owe it to yourself to have her in your corner. Remember, you are worth it!  The Stress is not.

Call Michele Burns at Coldwell Banker 727-741-1044 (mobile and office) today, 3474 Tampa Rd, Palm Harbor, FL 34684, and be ready to move tomorrow! She is waiting for your call.