MICHAEL DELAWARE, CRS
Michael Delaware was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and spent his early youth in the Phoenix metro area, often called the ‘Valley of the Sun’. In 1984, upon graduating high school, he left the valley and moved to the metro area of Atlanta, Georgia to attend DeKalb College and later Gwinnett Community College where he studied architectural design. During his years in Georgia, he managed, owned and operated the regionally successful stained and leaded glass door and window company: Artistic Glass of Atlanta, Inc., from 1984 through 2002. While living in the Atlanta area, he attended a comprehensive real estate investment school sponsored by the John Adams Institute, where he learned from experts on the successful actions of real estate investors.
In 1999, after moving into a board of director’s position with his company, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and step-daughter. In 2001, he moved again, this time to Battle Creek, Michigan. In 2002 after selling his interests in the glass business in Atlanta, he joined forces with a Battle Creek based property investment company where he became actively involved with acquiring, restoring and marketing the sale of single family homes.
In 2006 he became a licensed REALTOR® with Troxel Realty Co. LLC, and in 2007 he was awarded the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award from the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® for his outstanding achievement in the profession.
In December of 2007, he achieved the status of ‘Certified Residential Specialist’ (CRS) from the Council of Residential Specialists, an affiliate organization of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). CRS is an elite designation held by less than 4% of Real Estate agents nationally.
He has also achieved e-Pro certification from NAR, which covers a comprehensive and interactive course for Real Estate professionals to give them the internet and technology tools they need to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home.
His training also includes the Transnational Referral Certification from the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA), which covers training on the servicing of clients with international real estate transactions, a training program also sponsored by NAR.
In 2010, Michael was honored with the prestigious ‘Realtor of the Year’ award for ‘Outstanding service and contributions to the Real Estate Profession’ by the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS®. In 2011 he served as President of the Board for the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS®. In 2007 through 2012 he received the ‘Educational Achievement’ Award from the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS®. He also dedicates his time to fundraising for many non-profit organizations in the community. He has also been a volunteer for the Battle Creek Area Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
He is the author of: ‘Understanding Land Contract Homes: In Pursuit of the American Dream’, ‘Land Contract Homes for Investors’ and ‘Going Home… Renting to Home Ownership in 10 Easy Steps‘ published as eBooks in the Kindle format and available through Amazon. To see more books that Michael has written, click here.
Michael currently lives in Battle Creek, Michigan with his wife Margarita. He is a member of the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS®, the Michigan Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and the Council of Residential Specialists.