Thank you sincerely for all you both did to make this transaction work. It was touch and go several times and yet you always seemed to pull victory from the jaws of defeat!

I can not recommend you two highly enough! From our first meeting, we were impressed by your  professionalism and attention to detail. Our initial impressions were rewarded with an affirmation that our assessment was spot on. May you both enjoy tremendous success and happiness as the future unfolds.

Geoff & Vicki 

This was my first time buying a home. Both Mike and Maria were AWESOME to work with, they answered all my questions and negotiated a GREAT price on my behalf. I will DEFINITELY  be using their services again for the purchase of my next home!!!!

Robert & Marc

Mike was professional, honest, and helped us every step along the way. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area we purchased in and understands how to get things done. I would highly recommend him for any real estate transaction in the future and plan to use him again!!!

John & Tom

Mike is hands down the best realtor you can have in the desert area. My husband and I were looking to purchase a second home in Palm Desert, but were unfamiliar with the area. Mike showed us the perfect mix of properties on our only available day to visit homes. The schedule optimized our time, and  showed a mix of options within our price range, neighborhoods and home styles. Unlike other realtors we have worked with, Mike did not pressure us to stay in the higher range, or above, our budget.

Once we selected a property, Mike went above and beyond in the negotiation process, escrow period and after our close. Mike ensured we secured the property at a good price point (based on well selected comps), again with no pressure to bid high. He was extremely responsive throughout the entire process; we were able to reach him same day every time we needed to, and he provided immediate updates during escrow as needed.

Our daughter was born during escrow, and Mike frequently visited the property and managed inspections on our behalf. The sellers, selling agent, and escrow company, on our sale were incredibly challenging to work with, and all out of the desert area. Despite utter ineptitude and contract violations on the seller’s side, Mike stayed on top of all details and negotiated strongly on our behalf. When the sellers left the property with massive holes, Mike even sent a repairman to fix the walls out of his own commission. Finally, Mike met us at the property after close with everything finalized and a very kind and thoughtful thank you gift.

We can’t recommend Mike more highly for any real estate needs you may have. If you are looking for someone who knows the desert area inside and out, is laid back to work with, but aggressive as needed on your behalf, Mike is your realtor!

Ryan & Meghan

Mike and Maria handled the sale of our home with honesty, accuracy and professionalism which is hard to find in todays busy market. They sold our house quickly for the price we were very satisfied with. We will be purchasing another home soon and will definitely hire them as our agents.

Brian & Loni

Mike and Maria Patakas were absolutely amazing. They came recommended by friends of ours and after meeting them we never looked back. We were provided with excellent information on all potential areas in the Palm Springs area and with their help were able to narrow it down and finally choose the home of our dreams. The great thing about working with them was the patience they displayed. we never felt pressured to make a decision or rushed in any way. Their patience was very much appreciated. Mike never lost site of the fact that we needed to make a good investment and constantly guided us back when we started to lose sight of that. I would recommend them both and certainly use their services again in a heartbeat. Thank you both very much.

Luis & Sonya

Mike and Maria just finished selling our house in Palm Desert, and we could not be happier with every aspect of their service. We had many challenges during the process, including listing at the worst time of year (and during especially brutal heat) and having a break-in and vandalism when the house was empty during escrow. We had already moved out of town and felt totally helpless, and to say that Mike stepped up and handled it is a huge understatement. He coordinated everything, from keeping the buyers calm to meeting with police to overseeing all repairs. We literally did not need to lift a finger except to answer the phone and hear his progress! They did such a great job that escrow even closed a day early, when just two weeks earlier we feared the sale wouldn’t happen at all. Mike and Maria get our extreme gratitude, and an enormous endorsement as sales professionals and just great people. We’ve left the desert but would absolutely use them again in the future if the opportunity arises, and we’ve recommended to everyone we know that they do the same. It’s rare to come across such excellent customer service, especially in a process as stressful and complicated as a house sale. We consider ourselves lucky to have found them, and wish them nothing but the best in the future!

Mike & Kelly

After vacationing in the Palm Springs area for almost 20 years, we decided to take the plunge and buy a vacation home in the area. Mike and Maria were extremely helpful and guided us through the process seamlessly. There was never a question, email or call which went unanswered. I would strongly recommend Mike and Maria to anyone considering a purchase in area. We will definitely use them again!

Israel & Drew

I was thinking about purchasing a home in Palm Springs after attending the ModernismWeek in February 2014. Late one night, I emailed a number of agents about listings I saw on the internet. Mike and Maria were the first to respond to my request for information. Literally, the response was within minutes of my email, which I came to understand was normal business operating practice for Mike and Maria. They quickly set up a day for me to visit a number of properties and, on that day, picked me up at my hotel and showed me the different neighborhoods and homes for sale. Unfortunately, the home I liked best had already been sold. Mike and Maria could have removed the home from our list since it was already in escrow and/or pushed me to purchase my second choice in order to secure a commission. Instead, they included the home on our tour. They also understood that I was attached to the home even though it was in escrow with a different buyer. Mike and Maria quickly educated me that I could put a back up offer on the property which would only be considered if the offer that had been accepted was withdrawn. We strategized about the back up offer and completed it that day even though I understood that it probably would not result in my getting the home. A few weeks later, Mike called to tell me that I had gotten the home. After my offer was accepted, I thought that I would not see Mike or Maria again. However, Mike and Maria worked harder after the sale was accepted and even after we closed then in securing the sale. They actively participated in the inspection, follow up and repairs–even negotiating a fair resolution to a few issues that came up during the inspection without losing the home. I would recommend highly Mike and Maria to any buyer or seller who wants to work with two people who have great integrity, drive, knowledge, experience, devotion and energy. Thanks to Mike and Maria, my family and I are thoroughly enjoying our Palm Springs home and making lasting memories.


Mike and Maria Patakas were recommended to us by a friend. We have thanked that friend many times for connecting us with them. They were “spot on” during every step of our home’s sale. We found them to be extremely responsive to our questions, calls and emails. After doing more than a dozen  transactions over the years, we know that they are the best. Oh, forgot to say: they sold our home in four weeks!

Gary & Roger

Mike made the sale of my home at The Montage easy, understandable, and very satisfying. He is a man of his word and an excellent Realtor. He was able to move the product with skill and made my transition easy. He was very knowledgeable and an asset to his company. He was responsive and very  accessible. His knowledge of the area along with the needs of clients made him and Maria a hard team to beat. I’m not getting paid for this, but I should. I was a compliant client. It is necessary to trust the person representing you. That goal was attained and became my payment.


Mike and Maria Patakas helped us find our home in Palm Springs, CA and they were wonderful to work with. We met Maria at an open house and immediately felt we found a person we could trust to help us find our home. She showed us many places that met within the criteria we were looking for, and  helped us find the right one! The most impressive part of the process was that we live out-of-state, and Mike and Maria responded quickly and efficiently through the entire process of negotiating a purchase agreement, getting all inspections and questions answered, and ultimately working on the closing of the home. Mike and Maria are great as two individual realtors, and together, they are a solid team! It’s amazing to have two realtors working on your behalf to make the buying process seamless. Thank you, Mike and Maria!

Mark & Paul

Mike was very kind, Maria is as well. This was a very difficult situation as I had to short sale my home after my husband’s death. Mike was very empathetic and helped me feel better about this very emotional, stress-filled choice that was necessary to make. Thank you Mike & Maria.


An outstanding real estate professional! Went many extra miles on his own on our house purchase. Even after closing, he continued to negotiate with the seller because of certain deficiencies that proved worse than even the inspection discovered. Couldn’t have been happier with him and his work. He  also recommended several trades people who were good, reasonably priced, and responsive.

Sandy & Kathy

When we relocated to the Palm Springs area, we were extremely fortunate to meet Mike Patakas. He found us the perfect home and made our move a smooth one. As owners of Caring Transitions of Palm Springs, we provide assistance to seniors in late life transitions who are downsizing and relocating  to new homes. This downsizing often means their old homes need to be sold. When our clients ask for our recommendation on the best real estate professional in the area, our answer, without question, is always Mike Patakas from Sotheby’s. We know our senior clients need someone who will listen, someone they can trust, someone who is knowledgeable and someone who will go that extra mile for them. That’s Mike! And he’ll do it with a smile. Many realtors do a good job but Mike does his with a touch of class. When we recommend Mike we know our clients are in great hands. He’s the best!

Jayson & Jeanne

My family and I relocated to CA from the midwest and contacted between 10 and 15 agents in the Palm Springs area. Mike and Maria Patakas were the only agents to contact us back interested in helping us find and purchase a home. We purchased a foreclosed property and the process was made amazingly  easy as Mike and Maria were in constant contact with us explaining the process in detail along the way. They are both very genuine and honest people making them in our opinion one of the most professional agent teams we have ever encountered. They both would contact us immediately upon any email or phone calls we made with questions and/or concerns. I would trust no one else!


I was a buyer from Canada buying in Palm Springs, CA.

Mike’s professionalism, advice and assistance during the entire process, searching, locating, negotiating, completing forms and finally closing the home purchase was second to none. He does and will do much more for his client than  just sell you a house.

Mike is very knowledgeable in all area’s of real estate, his comfort and experience was evident throughout our home purchase experience. He assisted us throughout the search for our home, always avail. when needed, always searching. At closing he walked me through all the various forms very patiently and confidently. After closing, he was very thorough in ensuring all paper work was complete and with follow-up.

Mike is still in touch with us on occasion and certainly any time he is needed. He was my agent in purchasing this home and he will be my agent when I sell. There is no higher recommendation I can give.


Mike and Maria quickly earned my trust and respect for their recommendations, experience, gut feelings, and attention to every detail. I was an out-of-town seller, so I relied on them completely, including the most important factor, preparing the house for sale. They were there for me! True  professionals in every way and my house sold quickly and at top dollar.


Mike and Maria Patakas helped us buy our home in the desert with patience and skill. We were very frustrated with other realtors because they would not return our calls- with Mike we were out looking at homes the same day we called. No high pressure, just constant answers to our many questions.  We would highly recommend them and in fact we have as they have made several sales from our referrals. If you want a realtor to ignore you don’t go to Mike and Maria but if you want prompt swift information contact the Patakas.

Larry & Eileen

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