We have known Mike Kennedy and his family for over 40 years. His father, Jack, and I worked together when he was the Principal at Edison High School and I was an assistant dean at Orange Coast College. When it came time to start looking for a house for our son, Andy, a Newport Beach Lifeguard Officer, we approached Mike to see if he could find us what we were looking for. The process took over six months and Mike’s approach to finding us the perfect house was purposeful, deliberate and thoughtful. We looked at over 30 homes in East Costa Mesa to determine what neighborhood we wanted to end up in. About a month ago Mike said he had a home (one of many he had searched out off-market) that he thought might be the one … and he couldn’t have been more right. Mike’s strategy for us getting the house over another aggressive bidder was sound. Mike came through with flying colors along every step of the way. When we finally closed on the house that wasn’t the end of Mike’s involvement with us. I can’t think of any agent who could be more professional, thoughtful, honest and committed. What really told me volumes about Mike was when he said about the house, we ended up buying when the seller was still deciding who to go with - “We are going to offer $X and not one penny more. If we don’t get it then we’ll continue to grind away until we find the next perfect house for you.” The sale was important to Mike - that’s his business. But what superseded the sale was doing what was right for us. We couldn’t be happier for having Mike as our agent and would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home in this area.

Laird & Maggie Hayes (Laird Hayes, Ed.D. Instructor, Surfing & Ocean Safety, Orange Coast College)