Testimonials


“Lori and her team were a pleasure to work with- patient, professional and highly knowledgeable. Lori responded to emails and phone calls promptly and always followed up on issues in a timely manner. Her understanding of the local market and extensive professional network were crucial in our home selection and negotiation processes.” ~ Heather Rhodes

Lori helped me purchase my first home in the US. Thank goodness I chose to work with Lori. She made the process so easy. She helped me immensely at every step and went above and beyond. She knows all the best contractors in town and she worked hard to make sure the necessary work was completed on the house before closing. She was a pleasure to work with and very responsive. Even now after we’ve been in the house for four months she continues to provide advice on anything from how to winterize the home to the best contractors for various jobs. I would highly recommend Lori to anyone!” ~ Jennifer Whitwell

“We worked with Lori to purchase our first home. She was very knowledgeable and always available to answer our many questions. She made sure we understood all the steps involved in the process and even kept in touch while she was out of the country on vacation. I would highly recommend her.” ~ Kerry Wright

We hired Lori to assist us in purchasing and selling our homes. She negotiated a great price on our purchase. Our other house sold in a quick amount of time at a very fair price to us and to the buyers. Lori was fully engaged in all aspects. She advised us on the necessary updates to the house we sold to achieve maximum dollars and has a lengthy list of contractors for the work we wanted done. She is definitely a Full Service Realtor! We would not hesitate to hire Lori again!” ~ Julianne Holst

After not having a great experience with the realtor we used to buy our home, we were determined to find a GREAT realtor with whom to sell our home…and we did just that with Lori Mickelson! She truly has an eye for staging – and will be as hands on or hands off as you want (which for us was very hands on). She went above and beyond throughout the whole process. She’s full of integrity, trustworthy, reliable, responsive, and keeps your interest in mind. She knows exactly what workload of buyers and sellers she can handle WELL and doesn’t go beyond that / stretch herself too thin. You feel important and that your needs and your house matters. We couldn’t have asked for more or for better. We never thought we’d say we loved a realtor, but she is one we do! We wish we could have brought her with us to our new city to buy our next home.” ~ Kamber Schneider

“We recently bought a house in Rochester with Lori’s help. We highly recommend her. As first time home buyers, Lori really guided us through the process. She made a potentially stressful experience a pleasure. She has an immense amount of experience and knows the ins and outs of each neighborhood in Rochester. She is honest, reliable, kind, patient and really took the time to find us the perfect house. Whenever an issue arose, no matter how big or small, Lori swooped in to fix it immediately. Even after we bought the house Lori continued to provide advice on everything from lawn service to what color to stain our deck. After talking with others who have worked with Lori, we know this is the excellent service she provides everyone. She is truly one of a kind.” ~ Deirdre Pachman

“Very, very satisfied is how I would describe the experience of selling my home with Lori Mickelson. What else can I say? My house sold within the first week on the market at the asking price. The whole process was completely hassle free. Lori and her assistant took care of everything. Professional is how I would describe the approach of Lori and her team.” ~ Dennis Mays

“We interviewed a number of agents when we decided to list our home. She was the most prepared and knowledgeable. She was extremely professional and honest. Other agents recommended we pay a stager, she provider this service for no additional charge. She is a great communicator and was very responsive and no detail went unnoticed. She sold our home in three and a half weeks in the middle of the holidays, in the dead of winter. I can’t recommend Lori enough. Should we ever need an agent again she will be the only one we consider.” ~ Kari Schilling

“I was extremely pleased with Lori and her daughter Melissa! Not only were they more than willing to take me to numerous properties, I never once got the feeling that they were trying to rush me into a purchase. They are both delightfully ruthless when laying out the possible cons of a property, which is particularly beneficial in preventing buyers remorse. When it came time to actually make an offer on a home, they were very helpful laying out the process, and providing guidance on options (when to walk away, etc). I love the home I ended up in, and they got me a substantial price reduction, as well as some maintenance performed. I would highly recommend Lori and Melissa, and I do tell all my friends looking for houses!!? ~ Nikky Rimmereid

“My wife and I both purchased and sold a home with Lori Mickelson. She was nothing but absolutely fantastic to work with. Lori took the time to get to know us and always patiently answered our questions, showed us homes meeting our criteria, and was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire home buying experience. She saved us at least 10% off buying the home we wanted, and we had been prepared to pay asking price. Having bought homes from 2 other realtors in the past, the professionalism, service, and kindness Lori consistently showed us was leagues above the rest. Selling our old home with Lori was a fantastic experience as well. Other nearly identical homes in the neighborhood had not sold for months or even received had a single offer. Lori’s recommendations were 100% spot-on, and we accepted an offer 2 business days after listing the home, which was unheard of in our neighborhood. We could not have been happier. Our biggest regret was that we didn’t know Lori when we had purchased previous homes, and she is by far the best realtor we have ever worked with. We give our highest recommendation to Lori and would definitely use her for buying or selling another home!” ~ David Barbara

“Many people, including yourself, thought it strange that I, a real estate broker, would ask you to list my home. But like the expression says, ‘He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.’ I did some research on realtors in Rochester. I compiled statistics for number of transactions, number of listings, percentage of listings closed, percentage of listings lost (expired or cancelled), sales price as a percentage of list price and median days on market. You were in the top 5% in all categories. I already knew from word-of-mouth and from working with you before I was a licensed agent that you are very good at your job. I think it is safe to say, you are the best residential real estate agent in Rochester.” ~ Michael Chaffee, Broker

“We contacted Lori and Melissa Mickelson of REMAX Rochester to guide us through the buying and selling of two homes. In addition to their outstanding professional help, they “babysat” us through the process and always kept us in the loop. With their help we bought a new home and sold an old home in approximately one month. Yes, one month; a winter month in Minnesota. We have and will continue to recommend this dynamic duo to family and friends.” ~  The Hansons

“We met Lori in 2006 when we were preparing to move to Rochester. Since that time, we have purchased two homes and sold one of them with her assistance. I cannot imagine using another realtor, and have repeatedly recommended Lori to many friends looking to buy and/or sell a home.

“We had just one day to visit Rochester and buy that first home in 2006–Lori met our time frame without difficulty, and far exceeded our expectations during that visit. She was incredibly organized and had an efficient process that aided us in easily choosing “the one” from over 20 homes we had seen. By the end of the day, our offer was made an accepted, and we returned to Missouri confident that we had found the right home for our upcoming move. We intended to leave Rochester after my husband’s residency, and knew even before we arrived that we would ask Lori to sell our home when the time came.

We ended up remaining in Rochester and began to look for a more permanent home in 2011. This process was a more difficult investment for us, and Lori showed incredible patience with our desire to find that perfect home that truly fit us. Lori kept me up to date with listings, interest rates, and readily met our limited available times to view homes when my husband wasn’t working. When we found the home we couldn’t live without, Lori was an invaluable asset in helping us negotiate necessary repairs, and helped us secure a fantastic deal.

It was during the sale of that first home, however, that we found Lori to be of indescribable help. With her advice and connections, we made necessary updates quickly and sold our home within 3 days for more than our asking price. I can honestly say I was relaxed about selling our home, even in the undesirable state of the economy, because I trusted that Lori knew exactly what she was doing. In short, Lori is the best at what she does–she is business savvy, direct, and smart. Lori is easy to communicate with, personable, and has made three real estate transactions very easy for us. We appreciate her very much” ~ Malia Howe