Michael Locke
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Michael Locke began his real estate career in 2002, after successful careers as a high school football coach in suburban Washington, D.C. and in corporate equipment sales for the Ingersoll Rand Company. For more than 30 years, he has been investing in a wide range of real estate holdings with partner Andrew Jelmert. In 2002, Michael joined Andrew at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Los Feliz, along with Michael’s wife Donna Jean Titus (formerly of Titus Real Estate). Within the year, Michael and Andrew distinguished themselves as Architectural Specialists by the firm’s ARCHITECTURAL DIVISION in recognition of their knowledge and record of accomplishment listing and selling architecturally- significant properties.

After a decade of accomplishment at Coldwell Banker and a two year interlude associated with Keller William Los Feliz Realty, the pair made the switch to Deasy, Penner & Partners in November 2012. “In changing firms Deasy/Penner was the only one we took under consideration, according to Michael; their ‘architectural and design-centric emphasis dedicated to home as art®” perfectly suits our philosophy and interests.”

Michael Locke is deeply involved in the community. While living in Silver Lake, he served as Vice Chair of the local neighborhood Council (SLNC) and founded the Silver Lake Beautification Committee. He is editor of “The Silver Lake News “, an online community newspaper and a contributing writer and photojournalist for the “Los Feliz Ledger”, the “Los Feliz Observer” and the “Los Angeles City Historical Society Quarterly Newsletter”. He lives with his wife Donna Jean in the historic Durex Model Home (“La Casa Contenta) in Los Feliz with their Chihuahua-mix dog Maggie and their pet cacique (parrot), Zach. They are members of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles where Michael serves as Trustee and is Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. They are also active members of the Los Feliz Improvement Association, where Michael serves as a Director and regular contributor to the Los Feliz Observer. He is the author of “Silver Lake Chronicles: Exploring an Urban Oasis in Los Angeles”, the first-ever history book written about the iconic neighborhood. Michael may be reached at (323) 533-3161 or (323) 644-3338.

Client Testimonials

“The LA rental market is extremely competitive, especially for well-maintained, single family homes. When we saw the listing for our house we called Michael immediately and he worked closely with us to ensure we had all of the correct paper work and made the entire process smooth and efficient. His involvement in the community enhanced our vision and appreciation of the neighborhood. We would highly recommend using Locke & Partners as trusted realtors.” ~ Alex and Emme Parsons, Newlyweds Relocating from New York City to Los Angeles
“Working with Michael Locke was an absolute dream. Initially, we expected this process to be a hassle as we had flown in from out of state. After all, we had a limited amount of time to find a location for a price within our budget. Luckily, we got in touch with Michael who worked day and night to help us sign on a house that exceeded our expectations. We are still shocked as to how easy he made the entire process. Not only did he work over the weekend, but on a holiday as well to help us secure the location we wanted. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a realtor in the Los Angeles area! The friendly team of Michael Locke and Andy Jelmert has made our home selling experience a pleasure. Both Mike and Andy are true professionals, very thoughtful and have guided us each step of the way with their gentle assurance. We sold our home within days and for the asking price we had hoped for prior to signing up with them. Well done!” ~ Film and Television Marketing Executive Chelsea Spalding
“I wanted to congratulate you both on all of the hard work you put into selling our home at 817 Silver Lake Boulevard last summer. Your tenacity and experience were invaluable to securing a respectable offer for our property. Andrew, your finite knowledge of the market coupled with Michael’s enthusiasm and outreach really got the home exposure it could not have enjoyed with another agent or Real Estate firm. In addition, the range of comps you provided made us feel comfortable with the final sale price. In addition, the time and focus you both put into the preparation and staging of our home was integral during the closing phase, and in my opinion, produced a sale without complications. I strongly believe this was due to your collective experience and attention to detail, which is not necessarily a quality one finds in many agents in the Los Angeles area. Should the opportunity arise to work together again, I will certainly contact the two of you for a consultation. I wish the two of you all my best for the coming year!” ~ John Southern, Architect
“This was the third time we have turned to Andy Jelmert and Michael Locke to handle a real estate transaction for us. We knew from our previous experiences that they would provide outstanding service from start to finish. And this time was no exception. Michael expertly photographed our property to create a beautiful portfolio of our home. We received an offer the first day along with a huge response to the webpage. We received our asking price and closed escrow within our expected timeframe but only because of their expertise and diligence in negotiating several unexpected hurdles.” ~ Bill Clintworth, Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries
“We worked with Andy Jelmert and Michael Locke to sell our much-loved Echo Park house in Spring 2015 and cannot recommend them highly enough. This was our first home, and Andy and Michael patiently and expertly walked us through everything from getting the house ready for sale and creating a marketing strategy to negotiating with multiple multiple bidders, getting a contract signed, and managing the reams of paperwork all the way through closing. This was all the more challenging because we are in NY and everything had to be handled remotely. Andy and Michael are highly experienced, highly principled, and incredibly patient. They are also extremely effective: we received multiple bids and accepted an offer well above asking, all within two days of listing When we are looking again on the CA market, Andy and Michael will be our first call.” ~ Natalie Bookchin and Robert Bullock


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