Top producing Realtor offers clients over 14 years of expertise in all facets of real estate
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Northborough – As her many happy clients attest on her website, choosing Michelle Gillespie as their Realtor was the right choice. With nearly 15 years as a top Realtor, Gillespie, who is affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties, has a vast amount of industry knowledge and experience. But Gillespie also has other experience she draws on to assist her clients. As a longtime member of Northborough’s Planning Board, and the Community Preservation and Design Review committees, she serves as a valuable resource to buyers and sellers who are navigating what can sometimes be a confusing process trying to decipher zoning issues.
Gillespie’s roots go deep in Northborough. As she and her husband David were raising their family, she served on her children’s schools’ parent-teacher organizations and volunteered with their sports associations and booster clubs.
For eight years she has served as the chair of the Applefest Committee, which organizes the huge town wide celebration each September. She also serves on the board of Boros Cares 4 Troops, a local group that sends care packages to deployed service members.
As a Realtor, Gillespie primarily concentrates in the Boros area but has worked with clients in other communities. She is relocation certified and as such, has helped clients both move in and out of the area.
“Michelle has consistently been a top producer at BHHS and goes the extra mile to assure client satisfaction,” said Jim Holbrook, a manager with Berkshire Hathaway. “Michelle ranks within the top 1 percent of all agents for the town of Northborough.”
The current market is still very much a sellers’ market but that does not mean people should not put the time and effort into selling their homes, she stressed.
She firmly believes that how you prepare to sell your house will help it move fast along with bringing you your desired price. She also offers tips for updates that don’t require spending thousands of dollars prior to listing it.
“People who take the time to make suggested improvements such as painting, putting in new carpets or countertops or getting rid of clutter are going to get more positive results,” she added.
“Maintenance and marketing are worth it in the long run.”
Gillespie uses a multi-pronged approached in her marketing efforts. She offers her clients a comprehensive marketing plan which also includes working with a professional photographer and stager.
She also uses a mix of traditional methods, such as print ads, as well as social media and mailings, to market her clients’ properties.
Each month Gillespie also writes a column for the “Community Advocate,” offering advice on such timely topics and trends as preparing your home for the spring market, the value of hardwood floors and seasonal maintenance tips.
On her website there is a wealth of information and tools including a free market analysis, mortgage calculator and a way to sign up for free daily emails that have new and updated listings from the towns and in the price range that you choose.
There is also a section with helpful advice such as “Mistakes sellers make,” “Home buying tips,” and “Moving tips.”
Although she has a great deal of experience as a Realtor, it is her personal touch that adds an extra element of comfort and ease in what can be a stressful time. As a result, clients often become friends. “I always say my favorite part of my job are the clients” she said. “I get to meet great people every day, guide them through the whole process, walking them through every step to either find their dream home or sell their home. It’s like having a large extended family. I may not see them day to day but look forward to meeting them again around town and catching up on all the news.”
Recently she was named to the Presidents Circle as a top agent for Berkshire Hathaway and prior to that was named a Leading Edge Society Award Winner and Top Producer for many years.