"Where we love is home-Home that our feet may leave but not our hearts."-Oliver Wendell Holmes
I believe buying or selling a home is one of the biggest and most important decisions in one's life. It is not a decision that can be taken lightly or made hurriedly. It is a decision that needs to be patiently made, well executed, carefully explored, overly investigated and thoughtfully considered. A home is not a piece of property; it is an emotional and long lasting personal investment.
A home and the community it is located can bring so much worth and happiness in to a person's life. It is a place where memories are made, friendships are long lasting and projects are limitless. So many life lessons all occur under the roof of a home. Because a home holds so much value and a special place in a person's heart, I make it my priority to insure the buying or selling experience is as informative, as important and as painless as it can be for my Buyers and Sellers.
I began real estate in 2009, which was one of the hardest markets in our history. It taught me a lot of patience and how to work hard for the benefit of my clients, and that has not changed. My background is in design and my degree is in Interior Design with a minor in Construction Management. My passion has always been homes even when I was a little girl. My other passion is helping people. At the end of the day, if I have been a service to someone then that has been a GREAT day! It is my utmost priority to be attentive to my clients' needs. To me real estate is about building trusting relationships and helping people make the best decisions on one of the biggest purchases or sales of their lives. I strive to communicate well and to have 100% satisfaction with all of my clients.
My husband and I are true locals. I grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Athens Drive High School. My husband grew up in Cary and graduated from Cary High School. We have lived in Apex since 1999 and have raised our two children here. Our daughter is now off to college at East Carolina University, my Alma mater...GO PIRATES! My son is well into his high school years. We absolutely love living in Western Wake County. There is still a small town feeling here. The parks, the schools, and the community are all amazing. We have seen a lot of changes over the years and the biggest has been the growth. So many people from all over the country and beyond have decided to relocate here and it has only enhanced our great community. It warms my heart that people see and appreciate the quality of life that can be found in my home town.
In my spare time, I attend and volunteer with Community Bible Study and church. I love to garden, go to the flea market, entertain and decorate. Most of all, I love spending time with family and friends. I am an active member of the National Association of Realtors, the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and the Apex Chamber of Commerce.
What my clients are saying (31)
02/24/2017 - bjlundqu
At the recommendation of several of my coworkers, Michelle helped my wife and I buy our first home.
Michelle was invaluable to us-- she is very knowledgeable about the local areas, was extremely accommodating in working around our busy schedules, was always available and ready to answer all of our questions, and was very patient with us despite our very picky requirements! She ensured that the home buying process was completely painless and went out of her way on several occasions to help us out as first-time buyers.
5 stars, and that's only because we cant rate any higher!
02/20/2017 - lainged
Falling into a highly sought after price range, houses barely stayed on the market for a day. Michelle was great at helping us navigate a very competitive market and kept things simple for us. After looking at only a few houses, we are able to find a perfect starter home. The best part of working with Michelle was that she is an excellent communicator. We were always in the loop with what was going on through out the entire process!
02/16/2017 - amberblackton9
Loved working with Michelle! She went above and beyond and made my first home buying experience great. She helped me every step of the way and I couldn't imagine finding my perfect starter home without her. She is very knowledgeable about ALL things home, she even helped me after buying the house finding affordable businesses for blinds and countertops.
She showed me many homes that totally worked with my schedule and helped me find exactly what I wanted.
Go see Michelle!
02/15/2017 - laingcarly
Michelle is knowledable, trustworthy, and very personable. She takes the time to find what you're looking for and gives you great advice. She makes the stressful home-buying process a very pleasant experience!
02/15/2017 - zuser20141217161859835
Michelle was referred to me by a coworker who had used her when they moved to the area. Michelle was the perfect agent. She always responded to my texts and emails in a timely manner and was very patient with me. I frequently asked her opinion and trusted in her to steer me in the right direction. She helped find the perfect house for me. You cannot go wrong with Michelle!
02/15/2017 - krista giddings
Michelle is a warm, intuitive and intelligent expert who will patiently guide you through buying or selling a home. She listens carefully and responds to your needs. She is very accessible and advocates for her clients -- she helped us get a deal through just days before Christmas! Michelle is hard-working -- she was in our garage on a ladder replacing light bulbs the Sunday afternoon before a showing! I am grateful we could work with such a gracious, dedicated professional.
08/14/2016 - stevekellyii3
Michelle helped us buy two houses and sell one. She is a fantistic agent who will work tirelessly to ensure everything goes smoothly for you whether buying or selling. Michelle is knowledgeable and effective, but the best thing about Michelle is that you feel like part of her family. She truly cares, and she will do whatever it takes to get the best possible outcome for you. She is simply the best!
11/11/2015 - Apexhighmath
We purchased a new construction home and Michelle helped us through the entire process. She was available to attend selection meetings with designers and negotiated with the builder on our behalf. She was our advocate every step of the way. An amazing agent. We have also sold a home with Michelle and my sister has now used Michelle to buy her home. I would recommend Michelle to anyone buying or selling in the area.
11/09/2015 - svoulo
Michelle was a fantastic realtor. She helped us buy a house over 600 miles away and we pretty much did it in 1 visit. We gave here our likes, areas of interest, and price point and she had stuff ready for when we came down to look. After we signed she helped keep on top of the builder and follow thru with everything for us, even when it came down to backing out because the builder could not deliver. We then found another house that just came on the market and she was our eyes because we could not get back here in time to look at it. She did everything she could in her control to let us see the house so we could secure it. It did help that is was in an area where we had previously looked. I would without a doubt recommend Michelle to anyone look to buy a house within her area with no hesitation. She was very nice and the hardest part was purchasing the house because our time would come to an end. Until we buy a new house Michelle!!!!
11/06/2015 - Chris Adkins
Michelle was amazing - experienced, knowledgeable about the area, and always willing to go above and beyond to help us out. Really enjoyed working with her and she made the process as smooth as possible.
10/30/2015 - windsorthompson
A thousand thank you's to Michelle for being there for me. After a short and substantive initial meeting Michelle zeroed in on what I was looking for and in short order produced a quick list of places that made it hard for me to choose. Once I committed I wanted to close as fast as possible. Coupling her superior use of 21st century technologies with excellent organizational skills resulted in our total time from viewing to move-in in less than 45-days. All real estate purchases present small barriers that tend to push closing dates. Michelle anticipated these and our process was stress free. As a Soldier I appreciate people who lean forward in the foxhole. She excels at talent management and because her bench is broad and deep we were able to proceed at lightening speed regardless of the requirements pitched by my lender and the VA. Our seller agent couldn't keep up and yet she knew how to grease those skids too. -Windsor Thompson, LTC, US Army
10/28/2015 - mlsherron
Michelle was great to work with during the home buying process. She was available to answer questions and kept us up to date during contract negotiations. She is very knowledgeable about the area and was willing to go above and beyond to get the deal done. Michelle's personality made the home buying process a pleasure. We would definitely work with her again.
10/27/2015 - zuser20150330185535189
Michelle was a dream to work with! She is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. She made our entire experience seem effortless and took care of every little detail. I feel blessed to have worked with her and will continue to recommend her to anyone selling and buying so they can have just as wonderful of an experience as we did!
06/18/2015 - Mary Maher
Michelle has actually helped me purchase two homes! A lovely townhome three years ago for my children and I and then this past April she helped my husband and I find a wonderful home in Apex! On both occasions I believe she knew what I needed more than I did. The Apex home was not on the market, but being developed as a rental property. She was fabulous getting us into a beautiful home in an amazing neighborhood!
06/16/2015 - Steve Johnson
Okay so I bought this town home in 2008 , paid full price "my bad" . After many years of hearing nothing but bad news about the R/E market I finally decided to sell even though I might take money to the table . Michelle met me at the house we did a walk through , she gave me ideas for getting it ready for market . I completed the list , it went into the MLS on a Friday evening & by the next day Saturday afternoon she submitted to me a full price offer . Yes I was very satisfied with Michelle's professional performance during my entire process of selling . "Thank you Michelle"
06/15/2015 - Kala Ambrose
Michelle is a true professional and master of her craft. From our first meeting to determine the market value of our home, to taking care of things at closing for us, she was the best! Not only did she provide valuable information, she stayed in touch with us every step of the way, communicating the process and guiding us through each part. She's dedicated, professional, helpful, caring, compassionate, understanding and she gets things done with the highest level of integrity and repsect! If that's not enough, she goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that everyone is happy and cared for each step of the way. I can't imagine a more perfect example of a realtor out there and I plan to recommend her services to everyone I know.
02/02/2015 - txkg
Michelle the best realtor that I have ever dealt with. I had sort of a problem property, living in Texas 1000 miles away, to sell and she, alone, made it happen. She was professional and responsive to all my needs and insecurities during the process. She knew exactly what to do and when to do it. She knew when to negotiate and when to let it go.. And she went above and way beyond what was required of her to insure that the deal was done and closed. Her honesty and integrity were unsurpassed. I will always be grateful to her. I have considered her my friend as well my realtor.
10/14/2014 - j33palm
Michelle was everything we were looking for in an agent. Her knowledge of the area was invaluable to us when searching for a home. She always knew the right questions to ask as we were evaluating whether a property would meet the needs of our family. Our home buying experience would definitely not have been the same without her. Thanks Michelle for all your hard work!
10/02/2014 - aobrown
Michelle's dedication, professionalism and attention to detail is TRULY beyond compare. Michelle's clients best interest is clearly a top priority to her. We were fortunate enough to buy a home with Michelle and sell one as well, both transactions were perfect. Her integrity shows in everything that she does. We can not recommend her enough!! We are so thankful for having the pleasure of working with her!
09/29/2014 - Stephen Overton
Michelle is by far the best realtor I have ever worked with. She goes above and beyond the call of duty and makes the buying/selling process very efficient. I have bought 1 home and sold 2 homes with Michelle. She handles everything a realtor should handle (and more) without needing any direction. She's self-reliant, has great recommendations, extremely honest and very easy to work with. I will continue to work with Michelle indefinitely.
08/08/2014 - tad.doering
Michelle was a critical part of our abiilty to sell our home within one week. Her attention all along the way helped us be successful......assessing the market, to helping us stage our home, to marketing it beautifully, to helping negotiate multiple, complex offers, she was right there with us ensuring it went smoothly. Many thanks to Michelle for making our home selling a success. We would hire her again!
08/07/2014 - Page4
We have purchased two homes and sold one home with Michelle. She has her clients best interest at heart. She is dedicated to you and went above and beyond for us. We have recommended Michelle to many friend and will continue to do so in the future. If you are looking for someone to have your back while buying or selling your home Michelle is a great choice.
08/01/2014 - Kakp8
Michelle was such a blessing to us as we readied dad's house to sell. We live 350 miles away, which made it very difficult for us. Michelle was a referral to us and was the best thing that ever happened!! She has a list of people to do whatever work needs to be done and they are honest, hardworking and knowledgeable. She even went to the house and did work herself!! Michelle went far above and beyond what she needed to in order to help us and we are truly grateful for her. we would without any hesitation whatsoever recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home. She is a jewel!!
06/02/2014 - zuser20140602113522420
Michelle's expertise as a realtor and genuine dedication to her clients allowed my first home buying experience to be smooth and well guided. It was through Michelle's network that I was paired with a great lender ! Because I was in such good hands for a major purchase and transition, I would happily recommend her to anyone looking for realtor they can be glad they are working with.
05/28/2014 - John Newbury
Michelle has been amazing. She helped us find our first rental in NC as well as buy our 1st home. She was responsive every step of the way. She is thorough and makes sure you understand all of your options before making a decision. I would highly recommend Michelle if you are looking to buy a home...or even rent a home!
05/25/2014 - user7412298
Relocating into the area, and having been referred by a friend, it was easy to utilize Michelle's knowledge of the area. We described what our "dream" home would be and she immediately set to the task of finding it for us. With the added urgency of a short time frame and me being in the area without my wife for several weeks, Michelle and I explored to the point of exhaustion some days. Sometimes feeling like this was a herculean effort for me, Michelle optimized our exploratory efforts while putting together a list of potentials to review when my wife came to town for a week end. Her area knowledge and expertise along with grasp on all of the necessary & ancillary processes (mortgages & inspections, etc.) not only expedited, but also made comfortable our transition from Florida to Fuquay Varina. Thanks, Michelle for one of the best real estate experiences we've had. We highly recommend Michelle Gelston for all your real estate needs.
05/24/2014 - sandy wiggins51
Michelle is very diligent in assisting me in finding a home meeting all my requirements. I have found her to be totally professional, curteous, and accommodating to my needs and time schedule during my search. I highly recommend her to any one who requires assistance in purchasing a home!
05/23/2014 - user5496485
I highly recommend Michelle Gelston to aid in your real estate needs. She helped me sell my house last year after I was unsuccessful selling it the previous year with a different realtor. She is knowledgeable, professional, helpful, polite, and responsive. She went above and beyond with the details involved in the selling of my house. She is a very good communicator and was always there to return my calls and answer my questions. She is prepared, does her homework, and has the experience necessary to get the job done. I was very pleased with all she offered and all the professional help she provided. Highly recommend.
05/22/2014 - Tom Maher
Michelle asked good questions and listened to our responses. She formulated a great plan to stage our home, providing some of her own items to help enhance the showing. We had 6 offers on the first day, 8 offers in total.
05/22/2014 - mmbwhittaker
Michelle is the BEST! We have bought and sold 2 times with Michelle, and the next time we want to move we will choose her again! She is smart, savvy , professional and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of selling and purchasing a home. On top of all her expertise, Michelle has a great personality which makes you want to work with her! If you are looking for a realtor, call Michelle. You will be happy you did!
05/21/2014 - user6336397
I was introduced to Michelle in 2010 when I moved to Raleigh and needed a rental home. She very graciously helped me find something perfect for my children and me. In 2012, she helped me find a lovely townhome....thank goodness for Michelle, because I don't know that I saw what she did initially and now I can't tell you how thankful I am for her vision....it is a wonderful home!!
My finance needed to sell his home; she was very professional, had great recommendations and was a great negotiator with multiple offers within the first day.
We are considering moving once we are married-Michelle will be our only consideration for who will sell our townhome and find our new home!