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meet michelle cottingham


Award-winning Realtor®, Certified Continuing Education Instructor & Mentor.

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meet michelle cottingham


Award-winning Realtor®, Certified Continuing Education Instructor & Mentor.

Michelle Cottingham, Realtor®

Michelle Cottingham, Realtor®

EXPERIENCE MEETS ENTHUSIASM

BIO

Michelle Cottingham is an award-winning Realtor® based in North Phoenix. Her career began in the year 2000 in Mortgage Lending and within 3 years she had translated her passions for people, business and the local landscape into Real Estate where she has been ever since. Her patient, confident and educational approach to her work with clientele and affiliates in the industry places the values of deep understanding, relationship and whole-hearted service at the forefront of operations for herself and her team, TheHouseOfEmme.

Michelle's excitement for the technical facets of Real Estate is best demonstrated by the additional skills and knowledge she possesses as a Continuing Education Instructor, certified by the Department Of Real Estate. Michelle brings the very best of over a decade of day-to-day practical field experience, proven leadership abilities, market and industry knowledge to her work flow and is proud to serve her community and the greater Phoenix-Metro as a licensed professional.

Professional Designations: CNE: Certified Negotiation Expert, CIAS: Certified Investor Agent Specialist, CDPE: Certified Distressed Property Expert, SFR: Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource.

A LIFETIME OF GOING ALL IN.

SO, WHAT'S THE STORY?

High school me, in the one and only pageant I ever participated in.

High school me, in the one and only pageant I ever participated in.

My senior year of high school I was ahead of the class with a surplus of the required credits needed to graduate. Bored out of my gourd on campus, many mornings I would play hookie, pick up a box of french fries at a drive thru and get lost cruising the 'burbs just outside of town. I didn't quite know it then, but those mornings spent truant & wandering neighborhoods in the family minivan would foreshadow the career I have today.

Soon after graduation I landed at the front desk of my Aunt's Real Estate and Mortgage Brokerage answering phones. The plan was to put myself through school while working there. I set my sights on a degree in early childhood education and was accepted into a cutting edge teaching program at the local college.

But, something bewitched me there at the reception lobby of her offices. I was entranced as I watched this sharp, polished businesswoman run the show. It didn't take much more than another semester or two of college to pass before I felt things shift. The path to a bachelors degree which would lead to a certain result was no longer a fit for the developing vision I had for my future. I wanted to be an entrepreneur and a professional. I wanted it, now.

So, I DITCHED COLLEGE.

I never looked back. Turns out that I am a bit of a brute when it comes to my goals. When I decide to commit to something I feel deeply connected to, I see it all the way through with ferocious confidence. Building my experience and career platform has been no exception.

Professionally speaking I have pushed paper as a loan processor and underwriter in both a boutique mortgage brokerage and a speciality division of a large national mortgage bank. I've manned the phones of a call center as a loan officer dealing with high volume pipelines of sales. I braved the early-era of online MLS for consumers being a Realtor® & sales agent for a venture capital brokerage designed to convert online "leads" into clientele. I have desked myself at a bank branch consulting and selling home loan products to mortgage seekers, face to face. I've been a Real Estate buyers agent on a traditionally structured mega-super-top producing team and have created, launched and revised a mentoring program for ta Real Estate Brokerage that serves over 5,000 Agents. Basically, I have learned everything I know by immersing myself fully in the venture of the time without hesitation. I do this for anyone and everyone I work with.

Possessing an insatiable curiosity about how people live, Real Estate is the perfect zone to discover about and serve others.

PERSONALLY, THOUGH, I AM NO BRUTE.

My childhood neighborhood Long Beach, California.

My childhood neighborhood Long Beach, California.

As a born and raised California girl I spent my childhood summers body boarding at the beach and the rest of the year in parochial school. My Filipina Mother immigrated to the United States in the late 1970's and brought with her a world concept and faith in family that runs through me today. Together with my hard working American Father, my folks saw fit to ensure I learned the most essential lessons of my young life in a tribal core of extended family and a tight local community base. It is because of this foundation beneath me that anyone close to me knows:

I AM A HARD CORE DEVOTIONALIST.

Everything I do in my life now as a woman, mother, wife and professional revolve around old school, family centric ethics instilled in me as a child. Loyalty, accountability, generosity, simplicity, soulful effort, humility and honesty, no matter what, are the pillars upon which my own family culture and business sense are built.

I BELIEVE IN THE PURSUIT OF WHAT IS NATURAL, MEANINGFUL AND TRUE.

I am obsessed with preparation in my personal and professional life and am an avid book re-reader. I am known to be a resourceful problem solver, an excitable (and long winded) speech maker.

As a first born I embrace the leader that comes out of me in group situations. I fancy myself to be a creative, freethinking type and am sensitive to design and form. I aspire to be an artisan in both a professional capacity as well as in the way I go about living life. I crave the simple pleasures found in an exchange of laughter across a dinner table & the squeeze of hands with a loved one while snuggled up on the couch.

My family during Summer Break 2015.

My family during Summer Break 2015.

As a small business owner-operator, patronizing other small businesses whenever possible is a high priority. My family and I donate our time and resources to local organizations and causes. I have been second hand shopping since the time of shoulder pads & bolo ties. I reuse, re-purpose & recycle any item that may have a little more life left in it. The thought of wastefulness never, ever, sits right with me.

Every single day I strive to be kind to my body and the world around me by keeping physically active, eating sensibly and doing my part to keep earth a splendid place for my children to raise their own families on, one day.

not one for gimmicks or superficiality my purpose, above all, is to bring everyone I am blessed to know all I have to give in the present moment by way of love and acceptance. because I want to make a real difference in the world and I am convinced that showing up for others is the best way to do so.

 

 

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An Instant Connection


Because trust should be earned in the sweetest way possible.

And a little cyber stalking is like, totally normal: my 10 most recent Instagram shots.

An Instant Connection


Because trust should be earned in the sweetest way possible.

And a little cyber stalking is like, totally normal: my 10 most recent Instagram shots.