Having a degree in conflict management has come in handy for Michelle Nishide in her career as a Realtor, but it’s her warm, infectiously enthusiastic personality that has proven to be her biggest asset. Just ask the legion of past clients who can’t say enough about how her communicativeness and attention to detail put them at ease throughout the buying and selling process.
It’s no wonder Michelle treats each client with such a personal touch; becoming a real estate agent was a deeply personal decision. When her parents decided to emigrate back to Japan, they needed her help navigating the complicated process of selling their home. Not one to go half-in on anything, Michelle got her real estate license and represented them in the transaction, which led to a new career dedicated to helping people like she helped her own family. “I come from a family of hardworking, self-employed people. Being accountable for each action, every day is what I grew up around, so real estate was a natural fit,” she says.
In just four years as a licensed agent, Michelle has made a seismic mark on the industry. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with a degree in international relations with an emphasis in conflict management, early in her real estate career, Michelle was tasked with helping found a real estate group. The Kondo Group, which she co-founded with Tadashi Kondo and now serves as their assistant team leader, has grown to a team of 11 and was responsible for over $45 million in sales in the last year. In addition, Michelle was recently named the youngest board member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America’s (AREAA) Los Angeles Coastal Chapter.
Her desire to serve the best interests of her clients extends far beyond her bottom line. When a client saw that their childhood home was suddenly on the market, losing out on it was not an option. Michelle recognized that they needed to reposition themselves with the listing agent’s buyer agent, which meant she had to step down and lose out on the work she had already invested in the transaction. Not only did she step down, she continued to advise the client knowing that she wasn’t going to receive any compensation for her work. But all that mattered to her was that her former client was able to buy a home that had so much history and emotion attached to it.
“This may sound hyperbolic, but I genuinely love the people I represent and feel honored that they chose me to help them with one of the most important decisions in their lives,” Michelle says. “Clients have turned into friends, and even family to me. I’ve been to their weddings, their baby’s first birthday parties, holiday parties—you name it.”
Michelle has positioned herself as a true leader in her time as an agent, hosting training and coaching seminars, developing classes to improve each team member, planning team-building activities, constructing systems to help team members be more efficient, and above all, keeping the motivation and camaraderie in The Kondo Group high. “Having joined Movoto Real Estate in August last year, Michelle has been the most productive team member with the ‘lead by example’ way she carries herself,” Maximillian Diez, Movoto’s Vice President of Real Estate Operations, says. “She exhibits a rare combination of speed and tenacity that has enabled her to produce a high volume of work while maintaining excellent standards of quality.”
“Movoto has given my team and me professional recognition,” Michelle says. “I changed brokers because Movoto has an ambitious but realistic vision of what they want to achieve. The opportunities they created have helped my team and I launch a brand new brokerage within an already saturated broker market. We quickly became noticed in the community. I love that we’re able to say we’re a technology-enabled brokerage that allows our buyers to be at the forefront of investment opportunities and provide our sellers with the largest online presence.”
But any accolades aside, Michelle continues to be inspired most by the people she serves. “The most rewarding part of being a Realtor is that you get to meet and work with various people in various industries. My clients have been teachers, doctors, NASA Engineers, entrepreneurs, and more,” she explains. “This ever-growing network of diverse people who I grow to truly care for and become a part of their success stories—it drives me to always be curious and work as hard as they do.”
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