Michael Darling Founding Partner
With a wide variety of life experiences to draw from, I have the skills that are necessary for providing superior client service. Due to my father’s career as a Journalist, my family lived in five different states before I was 14. Flexibility, adaptability and packing household goods were big priorities when I was growing up. I learned early on how to make friends as well as develop a strong sense of adventure. I also learned that roots may not be permanent and that one has to make the best of each situation. My exposure to travel has broadened my understanding of human behavior and has helped me develop a sensitivity to the emotional challenges that come with buying or selling a home.
After being educated in Denver and Seattle, I settled down in the Pasadena area in 1985. For over two decades, I have consistently been considered a top Realtor – representing buyers and sellers of single-family and condominiums throughout Los Angeles and beyond.
When not representing my clients, I enjoy photography, honing my skills on my drum kit and motorcycle adventures.
My affiliation with deasy penner podley stems from my belief in the company’s team philosophy – which extends into the communities it serves.
“We had lived in our Pasadena home for over 30 years, so the prospect of selling was somewhat daunting. However, Michael made us feel comfortable from the word "go". He was supportive, energetic, fun to work with, realistic when necessary, and always the consummate professional. He was constantly saying "I'll take care of that" -- and he did. His great marketing paid off; we received numerous offers on our home and Michael helped us work through them, making each step perfectly clear. Selling our home through Michael Darling was a dream and I have already introduced him to the rest of my family.” ~ T. LeMoncheck
“Michael Darling is the best real-estate agent we have ever worked with. He had the inspiration to show us a Gordon Kaufmann house in Pasadena that had just come on the market. We snapped it up and have never been happier. Thank you Michael, we owe it all to you.” ~ B.Sargent & J.Swain
“We have known Michael for more than 10 years. We met Michael when first looking for a home in Pasadena. When we decided to move from the area after 9 years. Michael was the only realtor we contacted to represent our sale due to his experience, professionalism and extensive knowledge of the Pasadena market. Michael prepared a marketing plan customized for the sale of our home and advised on pricing and updates to prepare for the sale. As a result of Michael's work, we received multiple offers upon listing. Michael carefully evaluated the quality of the offers. The offer accepted allowed us to close 30 days from the listing date with the smoothest real estate transaction we have ever experienced.” ~ Richard and Tracey Bertolina
“Michael did a fantastic job selling our home in Pasadena. He has a deep understanding of the market, is incredibly responsive and is very familiar with the negotiation process. Michael always keep the process moving forward and sold our home in only 30 days. It was a true pleasure to work with Michael and we could not be more pleased.” ~ F. Santo
“Michael sold me a home in 2004, and when it came time for me to sell that same home in 2010, I could think of no one better than Michael to use as my agent. He knew the house, the neighborhood, and his ability to market and sell my home was remarkable. He actually spent several days helping to get my backyard ready for showings. I highly recommend him.” ~ R. Callahan
“We have sold and purchased 2 homes with Michael. He is very responsive to our frequent calls about the current market trends. Professional is the best description of Michael's business. Your home will look like a million bucks in the marketing plan he creates for your home. He did with ours!” ~ K. Tatsuno
“I have been fortunate to work with Michael several times over a period of about six years. He has always given great advise and knowledge of the market (especially in the Pasadena area). Michael is also familiar with various architectural styles which is insightful when listing or bidding on a particular property. When utilizing Michael for his services, you can always count on him for a prompt response, which is comforting when you want information quickly. He is an agent that is seasoned and familiar with the many obstacles that can arise during a transaction. Additionally, I always appreciate his truthfulness and integrity.” ~ T. Cintron
“In late 2010 sold my home in Pasadena in a week for $1.6 million. Preparation for the listing was awesome and follow through after the sale was amazingly thorough and far above my expectations. The best agent I have ever worked with!” ~ R. Swan
Michael Darling Founding Partner
200 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101