Judy Michaelis has been bringing financial expertise and acumen to her Fairfield County real estate practice since 1993. Having raised a family in Westport, CT, she has a reputation as a hard-working broker, on both sides of the transaction, dedicated to getting the job done. With over $340M in closed sales to date, Judy is a member of the Coldwell Banker® brand’s Presidential Premier group, which represents the top 1% of sales associates internationally.
Having begun her real estate career as a Certified Public Accountant specializing in real estate partnerships and taxation at a Big-Four accounting firm in New York City, Judy's credentials include a B.B.A. in Accounting/Marketing and a Master's degree in Taxation. With a real understanding of the local marketplace, whether representing buyers or sellers, all clients are guided through the process with attention to detail and a very high level of expertise and professionalism.
Believing that buying and selling real estate is one of the most unique transactions many will undertake, one that is both financial and emotional, Judy meets each client where they are—first time buyer, down-sizer, up-sizer, investor or builder—while solid relationships with resourceful and acclaimed stagers help your property show its best side.
92% of all home buyers use the internet to research the marketplace. Known for her innovative marketing skills, as a listing broker, Judy puts the power of the internet, including social media, to work on every listing. Her objective is to sell your house, netting you the highest proceeds in the shortest amount of time. Buyers benefit from her deep understanding of the market place and its historical underpinnings—key to finding the right house at an accurate price. At work, guiding buyers + sellers through the process, happily and successfully—for over 23 years. Personal attention. Proven results, with Judy Michaelis.
Debbie Shaughnessy, Agent - Debbie grew up in Westport CT and has been practicing real estate here since 2005. After receiving her BS at UCONN's School of Business, she worked in the corporate world as a buyer for the large regional retail chain, then switched to the sales side for several major manufacturers. She attributes her 10+ years in sales to making her a great negotiator and skilled in client relations. She resides in Westport and is raising her daughter in the renowned Westport public school system. Debbie knows this town, and its people, making her the g0-to resource for any Westport recommendation once you are here - from plumber to pediatrician to pizza delivery!
Annie Ford, Director of Marketing and Client Care – Annie joined the JMG team in 2017 and focuses on developing impactful marketing strategies for each unique property. A graduate of Villanova University, her brand marketing background ranges from television and sports to packaged goods and luxury brands. She resides in Westport with her family and loves the small town feel and endless activity that living by the Sound provides!
Kristin Mock, Director of Client Sucess - Kristin joined the JMG team in early 2019. She comes from a long background of real estate experience. Kristin has worked as a transaction and marketing assistant for realtors and builders, as an administrator in a busy real estate office, as a Realtor, and she has been on the client end as a home buyer. She understands all parts of the real estate transaction from every angle and truly enjoys working in the real estate industry. What Kristin loves most about her job is that she gets to meet and work with all different people and personalities on a daily basis. There is never a dull moment in this line of work!
When real estate inventory builds, innovative real estate marketing is a way to help a property stand out in a crowded and competitive marketplace.
As a veteran of Westport, CT real estate markets, Judy Michaelis knows that all listings benefit from dedicated marketing plans. In addition to the Coldwell Banker® integrated marketing services, Judy also puts into action her own promotion focusing on internet-based outreach and social media. In addition to mainstream listing services, every Judy Michaelis listing is promoted in a high-end editorial fashion on judymichaelis.com. Judy calls her marketing approach “lifestyle-based innovative marketing"—and she sees it as an approach that helps potential buyers see themselves in a certain house.
Some listings also lend themselves well to event-based promotion and Judy frequently partners & integrates with different media companies to maximize a property's exposure. Judy's innovative marketing at these properties includes hosting events at the listings in order to expose the property in a new and unique light. To highlight a few of Judy's most recent marketing endeavors—a Toast the Holidays cocktail party and art show sponsored by CTC & G attracted over 500 guests to an award-winning historic renovation in Westport, while a Pop-Up Chef tasting in partnership with CT Bites brought interested guests together to sample wine and food in a special chef's kitchen designed by Deane in a Wilton, CT listing (which happened to get an offer that went to a sale, the next day). NBC-TV's Open House featured a custom built house listing in Weston, CT, in Fall 2015, while an ice cream social (complete with Good Humor truck) at a Weston, CT piece of property brought a builder together with potential clients to walk the land and discuss possible projects & uses. Judy hosted a networking event for Coldwell Banker and sister company The Corcoran Group at her listing in Westport, CT. Brokers from NYC came to Westport to tour special properties and learn about the local market, taking news back to their clients in NYC.
Showing off a house to its own very best advantage is the goal with all Judy Michaelis innovative marketing. Harnessing the power of social media, up-to-date technologies (like drone photography) the depths of Zillow and Trulia and personal lifestyle-based marketing can make the difference for Judy's clients.
Judy Michaelis clients who are buyers benefit from her deep knowledge of the local markets and her exposure to + involvement in the multiple dozens of real estate transactions where she has represented parties on both sides of the deal - families moving to town or out of town, up-sizers, down-sizers + investors. Trying to buy, thinking about selling? Ask Judy your real estate question.
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What we know about real estate is that every market is UNIQUE—and extremely hyper-local—right down to neighborhoods and streets within those neighborhoods.
QUARTERLY reports on the state of the real estate market in the Fairfield County, CT towns we focus on—Westport, Weston, Wilton, Fairfield & Darien help make sense of the big picture. We can then provide the expert detail that gives real meaning to, perhaps, the most frequently asked question we get—how is the real estate market today?
Westport—a busy, active town with excellent schools, shopping, recreation and pursuits to match nearly every interest, Judy, a resident since 1993, considers the Westport market a reliable indicator of the greater Fairfield County, CT scene.
Detailed analytics and insightful metrics, prepared with your particular business and real estate goals in mind, are available upon request.