Michaela is a senior sales agent and the Head of Operations and Marketing for The Danielle Lurie Team.
Trained as an actor, writer, and translator, Michaela has a knack for connection and a creative approach to the inevitable plot twists and obstacles of New York City real estate. Pairing systems thinking with love of storytelling, she combines extensive market knowledge with the personal insight and intuition to guide her clients home by the most joyful path. A Certified Buyer Representative, Certified Negotiation Expert, and specialist in first-time buyers, she particularly loves planting her neighbors in Harlem and watching them grow.
Michaela received her BA with Honors in French & English Literature from Williams College and studied acting at UNCSA, the O'Neill Theater Center, & Cours Jean-Laurent Cochet (Paris). She is a former teaching artist with Dancing Classrooms NYC.
Clients call her personable and passionate, professional, positive, and perseverant. Those less in thrall to the letter "p" say she's empathetic and unflinchingly honest, and depending on who you talk to, either a dream to work with or simply the bee's knees.
★★★★★ "Michaela is the best, simply put. She is the sweetest and most dedicated person you will ever meet. Being a first time home buyer is so nerve racking, but Michaela was with us every step of the way, answering our questions, helping guide us, and being a true pleasure to work with. Can’t recommend her enough!” — Uju B.
★★★★★ "Working with Michaela was fun, informative, relaxing (!!!), and familiar. From the first time we met her, we knew we had found our person in the chaotic purchase process. She was well prepared, kind, responsive to our many questions, understood what we were looking for, and many times knew what how we felt about a place before we even had a chance to tell her! Working with Michaela meant open houses on Sundays were followed by brunch; we appreciated her efforts to get to know us and enjoyed the opportunity to get to know her. We not only found an excellent agent who found us our first home but also our first friend in our new neighborhood!" - Shruti C.
★★★★★ "Michaela was an absolute delight to work with, and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to purchase their dream home in the complicated NYC market! From our first day to the final signing, Michaela was highly professional, had impressive expertise and outstanding work-ethic, and showed enthusiasm and the utmost integrity in all situations. Her ability and commitment to listen and communicate with both kindness and directness while balancing the realities of the market and our vision for a home was a rare and unique gift. Michaela always went above and beyond to ensure we were both emotionally and practically supported. We’re so grateful for her many hours of extra dedication, and her personal interest and curiosity in relating with us. This included helping us re-write and edit board package letters to ensure they were well received, wise suggestions on how to clarify our complicated financials, and referrals to trusted collaborators for our many other needs. Michaela has a beautiful way of being able to ensure that everyone involved in the process feels like a partner on the same team. Most of all, she is a pure joy to be around, and passionate about finding people a home they can thrive in and build their life from." - Lexi B.
★★★★★ "Working with Michaela was by far the best part of our entire home buying process. My wife and I can't express enough how much her kindness, thoroughness, and clarity meant for us during what could otherwise be a very stressful time. Michaela was always there for us, even when she didn't need to be, and it was clear that she genuinely cared about our happiness and our home. More than an agent, Michaela was a teammate and a friend through the entire process, and I will be happy to recommend her to anyone looking for a new home." - Thomas D.
★★★★★ "Working with Michaela is a dream. She understands renters
and landlords, knows how to evaluate the market, and makes the listing
process from start to finish feel easy. I pride myself in my organizational
skills and Michaela was still one step ahead (at least) all of the time. I
highly recommend Michaela. " - Danielle T.