Michael Barsky, New Construction & Builder Services, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

by Timothy Inklebarger

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Running my residential real estate construction company.

Where did you grow up? Philadelphia

Growing up, what did you want to be? An architect

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Yoga, hanging out with my wife, Mary, of 31 years and our two Shar-Peis, Fannie Mae and Bentley.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? The Spanish Architect, Antoni Gaudí. I would like to absorb his thoughts on being on his love of natural design and modernism.

What is Atlanta’s best-kept secret? It won’t be a secret if I tell.

What do you love most about the industry? The fact that everything changes often and quickly.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I am a new construction guru. I have personally built and sold over 1,000 homes in my career. In addition, I run a large team within Coldwell Banker that specializes in quality representation.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Managing a large sales team and client base comes with managing lots and lots of details.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Past clients are our primary lead source. I have been in the business 25+ years and have a large client base.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? 

Netflx – Fouda

Reading – Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator 

Podcasts – WTF with Marc Maron

Spotify – David Bowie

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta? BBQ Corner 2 –  salt and pepper tofu and squid

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? Richard Meier’s High Museum

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? I was listening to a new seller talk endlessly about her dogs and I was looking forward to meeting them. When we went into her family room I saw them staring from the corner.  It took me a moment to realize they had been to a taxidermist and were stuffed.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? I’m funny.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? Any place I have not been to.

What is your favorite city after Atlanta? Brooklyn

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Remine

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? @museumnerd, @brainpicker, @Brilliant_Ads, @HarvardBiz, @lifehacker