Michael J Burke

About Michael J Burke

Michael J. Burke is an expert in Marin County’s apartment building investments, specializing in everything from duplexes to large apartment complexes. He has been representing Marin’s buyers and sellers for more than 41 years and is the top-producing agent in his field, averaging more apartment sales per year than other agents do in an entire career.

In his many years of income property sales, Michael has gained an expertise and a unique feel for the field that few agents have. He is sensitive to the rights of tenants and knows the proper techniques for showing an income property to potential buyers so as to avoid an untimely tenant uprising. He also routinely counsels his clients in income property-related strategies and laws, tax-deferring techniques, analyzes relevant income and expense statements, reviews leases, and aids in drawing tenant estoppels.

Michael received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife Pam currently resides in Sausalito. They enjoy playing tennis at San Rafael’s Marin Tennis Club and walking the many trails around their home with their two black labs - Thunder and Lightning. He was a recipient of Frank Howard Allen’s “Lifetime Hall of Fame” award, and is an active member of the following organizations:

  • National Association of Realtors® (NAR) – Realtor Emeritus
  • Marin’s Commercial Broker’s Group (CIMNB) - Chairperson
  • Marin Association of Realtors® (MAR) – Prior Board of Director
  • Marin Income Property Association (MIPA) - Prior Board of Director

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"Michael Burke is the most thorough, knowledgeable and resourceful real estate broker we have had the pleasure of working with.

We were very lucky to be represented by Michael during a highly complicated deal as part of an estate settlement with several properties in Marin in 2014/2015. Michael was most helpful, effective and integral to our negotiations, totally generous with his time and impressively dedicated to a win-win result for all parties involved. In the end, we achieved a satisfying settlement thanks to Michael's vision, research, and resourcefulness for working out an acceptable deal for both sides.

Michael is a consummate professional, exhibiting the highest standards of personal and professional conduct, and is supportive, transparent and tireless in his approach to achieving the desired results for his client. He also has an excellent network of colleagues and vendors whom he can call upon for input and expertise. 

He is an outstanding person and broker and is an asset to anyone working in the real estate business."

- Krohn Company, England

"From the day that I met you I felt confident that you and your team understood the Sausalito real estate market and how to expose the property to the most interested buyers. I was impressed with your knowledge and experience in the Marin investment property market and in handling tax-free exchanges. (Our) sale occurred quickly and without and complications. The selling price was higher than I expected. You and your team went out of your way to keep me informed on how the sale was progressing and to bring paperwork to me to sign at my home or office."

- Joy Dryden, Sausalito

"I have been impressed by Michael and Jesse's understanding of market prices. Their estimates of values were always confirmed by the actual closing prices. That has been difficult over the last several years in the Marin market. Michael and Jesse Burke are certainly on top of market conditions. When I was a buyer, Michael was able to show me the best deals as they came on the market. He was able to move quickly and to make sure my offer was first in line and capably presented. With his own listings, he generated interest and enthusiasm for the property which created multiple offers and lots of activity; more work for the Burke's but very much in the interest of his clients."

- Andrew Allen, Larskpur

"Michael has represented me in the acquisition of a Mill Valley apartment complex and later its resale and 1031 exchange into a Triple New (NNN) Long's Drug Store. Neither the Mill Valley 21-units nor the Santa Rosa NNN Long's Drug Store were on the open market. Michael found them through his impressive network of contacts."

- Mark Garwood, Kentfield

"It was a pleasure working with Mr. Burke. He kept us informed throughout the process and provided all the documents that we needed and required. My wife and I can see how he has truly earned the appellation "Marin's Apartment Specialist since 1973". We look forward to working with Mr. Burke in the future since we anticipate additional apartment purchases in the years to come."

- Michael S. Hebel, San Francisco

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Success Stories

301 Laurel Avenue, Mill Valley, 8-units

This is the first apartment building I sold in 1973. I have handled the sale of this property four times since then. With over 25 years of selling apartments in Marin and Sonoma, I have a working knowledge and database of information on many apartment buildings.

10 Milland Drive and 16 South Knoll, Mill Valley, 71 & 29-units

A Marin apartment owner that had received my newsletters for years came to me with a trade requirement. They had just sold and closed escrow on a development site in the East Bay and placed $12 Million into their trade account. Their 45-day clock was ticking, the market was extremely tight and they had not been able to locate a suitable building to complete their trade. They signed an exclusive Buyer-Broker agreement with me and we located these two excellent Southern Marin, pride-of-ownership buildings. We had to compete with a total of 24 offers in acquiring the 71-unit Chateau Chillon Apartments, a trophy building on a knoll top in Strawberry.

Union Street, San Rafael, 6-units

I had just sold this six unit building to a client two months earlier. They had anticipated doing major remodeling before putting it back on the market to sell at a profit. While networking with another agent, I learned that his client owned the adjoining building and was going before the City of San Rafael that night to obtain some development approvals. His complex was short on parking, so I suggested that my client might sell him the adjoining building to solve the problem. Great, but he needed it by that night. With the help of a long-term relationship with the Title Company, I was able to close the escrow that afternoon. Listing to close of escrow in five hours!

30-42 Bayview, Kentfield, 6-units & Marty Drive, Glen Ellen, 42-units

A San Francisco commercial broker and his family wanted to trade out of their Kentfield units to a larger building that would offer better economics. The market was very tight and they were reluctant to sell their building without first locating a trade property. They agreed to let me fully market their property with the contingency that any sale had to be "subject to their locating a suitable up-trade." I found a buyer who was willing to do all of in inspections, remove all contingencies and then wait while we located a building. The buyer was fully aware that if I did not locate a building for my Seller, the sale would be off and he would be out the cost of his inspections and appraisal fees. We found a building within 30 days. The seller, without adding any extra money, moved up to a 42-unit building extending the benefits of leverage and gaining an increased cash flow.

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Why Choose a Realtor®?

Not all licensed real estate agents are REALTORS®. Possessing a real estate license does not afford instant REALTOR® status - an important distinction of which you need to be aware.

A REALTOR® is a member of local, state and national trade associations and subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics developed by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

A REALTOR® pledges to provide fair treatment for all parties involved, protect the rights of individuals who own property and keep abreast of changes in real estate practice through continuing education and interaction with other professionals.

A REALTOR® is held accountable for his or her actions. Local associations provide strict enforcement of professional standards and will hear and act any complaint, whether from another REALTOR® or from the public, in a timely manner.

Please feel free to visit the web sites of the local, state or national associations to find out if the agent you are considering is a REALTOR®.


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Michael J Burke
500 Drakes Landing Rd.
Greenbrae, CA 94904
Lic #00454938
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