Mike is a natural realtor. While he know the lakes as well as anyone, what really separates him from the others is his attitude and attention to his clients' real needs and wants. For Mike, a cottage is not a property so much as a life style and he works to ensure a proper match up. As someone new to cottage country Mike was able to not only show us what was available but to educate us as we went along. The result was perfect match between us and our property.
Jill and John Slattery, Oakville
Buying a cottage property is not the same as buying a home. There are many considerations when hunting for your piece of paradise that do not exist in the city. Mike was able to provide us with his expertise and personal insight regarding all aspects of the buying experience, from the discovery of the property to the closing of the sale. He was considerate of our time and our 'unavailability' and made every effort to accommodate our timetable. He is impervious to biting insects and is quick to point out the potential for ground dwelling wasps. Mike also offered free instruction on boat safety and operation. This may have been for his personal survival but was nonetheless appreciated. Thanks to Mike, we now call ourselves 'cottagers'.
Steve and Delia Francis, Greater Toronto Area
Mike Baum was new to us, as was his area. He listened carefully to our peculiar needs and took them seriously. He then offered to hike along long, unplowed and hilly roads to show us properties in the middle of winter. He found a perfect match for our needs. He clearly combined his vast knowledge with our budget restraints and made cottage buying reasonably easy - no pressure and no distractions. We have fallen in love with the Dorset area and look forward to being Mike's friend for the rest of our lives. Thanks, Mike, for everything!
Cathy & Dave Braden, Puslinch, Ontario
When we were first looking for a cottage, we had limited knowledge of the Dorset area, and also a limited budget. Mike spend many hours with us, and really helped us to get to know the area, and what was available that would suit our needs. We worried that we were taking up too much of his time, but he seemed to enjoy being out on the lakes boating from property to property as much as we did. When we found what we were looking for, Mike worked many long and hard hours putting the deal together. He was untiringly cheerful, helpful and optimistic. Mike had lots of useful and welcome advice about cottage life as well, and helped us novice cottagers get to know the lay of the land, and water, on Lake Kawagama. We unreservedly recommend Mike Baum to anyone looking for a property in the Dorset area.
Jim Applebaum and Patricia Davidson, Kawagama Lake, Dorset
Mike Baum is the essence of trust -- preserving integrity and service to extraordinary lengths, in a natural and seamless manner. The man is a legend in the real estate community, part of a fabric his father & mother started in the area decades ago. The success of the Baum Family has attracted their competitors like magnets, BUTnone can outshine his motivation for customer satisfaction above all else. He cares and listens... and has unjolting patience -- rare qualities, indeed. He is not pushy although is a formidable negotiator. We join with our many friends, and other satisfied neighbors (former clients), in continual praise and appreciation for his kind. Our only complaint is that his commitment to business and family life consume his nearly-every-moment, where his much-welcomed visits are a rare luxury -- give the guy an extra half-day off for our selfish benefit!
Dr. & Mrs. P. Nynkowski, Toronto, Ontario
Mike handled the purchase of our cottage very professionally. We believe he represented our interests the best he can during negotiations . He made sure our concerns and questions were answered promptly - It was not unusual to receive an e-mail response or follow-up e-mail from him at 4: 00 in the morning! Being new to the area of Dorset, Mike even doubled as our personal advisor on where to go, what to do, who to deal with and who not to deal with; what to watch out for etc etc. around the Dorset/Huntsville area. He continues to be always upbeat and ready with good advise when needed, even after a year and a half of completing our real estate deal -- including weather reports, road condition updates, etc. When ready for another real estate transaction, we will not hesitate to deal with Mike again.
Heinz and Lucie M. Lipp, Brampton, Ontario
Mike Baum knows cottage country. Period. He isn't just a "transport" who recently moved to the area; Mike was born and raised there, and he knows the country like nobody else. Mike is as honest as the day is long, and will work hard to find the right property at the right price. He has an uncanny ability to know the current values of cottage country property, and our family depends on his wisdom and insight when we have questions regarding the current market. Because he has lived all of his life in the North Country, Mike is uniquely qualified to broker real estate in the area. On top of that, Mike is just an all-around great guy and wonderful father!
D. Kells, Buffalo, New York
A good agent needs to really know and understand the area and the actual property that he/she is trying to sell. You knowledge and understanding of waterfront property especially on the lakes you specialize in is definitely essential to prospective clients. What impressed me most is when you were unsure of an answer you would defer to the experts or find out the answer and give us a confirmed answer. During our quest for a waterfront property we encountered a number of agents we found you the most upfront and honest and genuine. You really do try to create a win-win situation for both buyer and seller.
Darryl Chemel B.Pharm, Toronto, Ontario
When my husband and I decided that we wanted to own a piece of cottage country, we had no idea where to start. We knew nothing about purchasing a recreational property, and didn't really even know enough to be able to ask relevant questions. Mike not only spent several months helping us find just the right property for us, he also educated us on everything from provincial environmental regulations to local building codes and by-laws. Mike helped us get the most out of our limited budget, and we now own the perfect waterfront property for our growing family. Mike is a consummate professional who really knows his field, and he's also just a really great guy! We feel fortunate that we not only got a great deal on a great place, but also made our first friend up in Dorset. Thanks Mike!!
Glen & Lisa Crossley, Hamilton, Ontario
Having dealt professionally with countless real estate agents I can truly say that Mike Baum is at the pinnacle of his profession. Mike's intimate knowledge of the marketplace and commitment to professionalism is complemented by his endearing personality. These attributes are not only evident in my personal relationship with Mike but are also reflected in the ultimate satisfaction of his clients
Neil McCutcheon, Mortgage Specialist; Toronto / Muskoka
Not only did Mike give unstintingly of his time during the sale of our Kawagama cottage, he helped us cope with the "loss" of a special place. Through his market savvy he was able to obtain the best price for us in what was certainly a seller's market. The attractive presentation on his web page was so appealing to prospective customers that the cottage was sold before it went "public". An example of how efficient a tool the internet is, certainly, but also an indication of Mike's ability to move with the times and offer his clients the very latest and very best service when it comes to real estate transactions. We came to Mike with a number of questions and concerns about selling our cottage, and he answered them and smoothed the way to a quick and profitable sale. "Thank you Mike, We'd recommend you to anyone buying or selling in cottage country."
Lyn and Bruce Lepper, Millbrook Ontario
I was placed in charge of a family development project on Kawagama Lake. The "project" has included the purchase of a very large piece of land, a vision for developing approximately 1 mile of shore line, a range of studies including environmental, archeological, fish, and more? We have gone through a formal plan of subdivision, multiple public meetings, negotiated right of ways, negotiated crown fees and road allowance fees, designed and planned a new snowmobile trail of over 3 miles in length to replace the existing trail. Mike Baum's market knowledge is exceptional - and our development planner has come to rely upon his insight. He has provided excellent advice and been an exceptional resource. We owe much of the success of our project to Mike and his father Fred. I have a high level of confidence in Mike that continues to grow. I have thoroughly enjoyed the countless hours we have spent together and would choose to work with him again without any question. Mike's the best!
John Williams, Buffalo, New York