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"Mike sold us our vacation home at Lake Gaston. He was thoughtful and patient and was extremely knowledgable about the area and the entire purchase process. He have us great advice when we asked for it, but we never felt pressured in any way. I really enjoyed spending time with Mike. I would and  will recommend Mike to anyone that asks for a referral. " Bill, 09/18/2018

"Mike is very professional as well as personable. Excellent use of drone for marketing pics and great advice regarding how to make the property marketable with reasonable actions." Thomas, 09/14/2018

"Mike was the key ingredient in our successful purchase or our townhome at Lake Gaston. Being at Lake Gaston has always been a dream of ours and Mike helped make it happen. We cannot say enough good things about Mike and his knowledge of the area, the closing process and getting things done to  accommodate an early closing!" Christopher, 09/10/2018

"We used Mike as our Real Estate Agent when purchasing a lakefront house at Lake Gaston. Gaston spreads across 2 states and many counties, Mike new the entire lake, pros and cons of each area. He was great at showing us houses of the type we liked and steering away from houses that looked good on  paper but were actually problem houses. He knew which houses had good areas for swimming or skiing/tubing and which had a lot of boat traffic. He knew which had direct access to the main lake and which had low bridges to pass through. We had some challenges come up as the seller had booked renters and Mike dealt with this cumbersome process of working with the seller, renter agency and renters to get them moved, he really did a lot for us. Mike was great, I would highly recommend him to someone looking for property in the Lake Gaston area." Will, 07/24/2018

"Everything went as well as it could! We believe the new buyers are as happy as we are. Mike was very helpful by ensuring no obsticals got in the way of closing." Skip, 07/10/2018

"When my wife and I decided to look for that perfect vacation lake house, we weren’t sure where to begin. Lucky for us, Mike Gupton was recommended as the premier expert in Lake Gaston real estate. From the moment we met Mike, we clearly knew that we were partnering with a true expert. His customer  service skills are phenomenal. He took the time necessary to understand what we were looking for in our “dream house;” and then put together a roadmap of houses to consider. Not only did he find the perfect house for us, but we gained a friend for life with Mike. He and his staff are terrific and I would recommend him to everyone I know!" Felix, 06/27/2018

"We truly loved working with Mike Gupton. He was very Personable and very Knowledgeable. He priced our house where we wanted it and we got it. We put the house on the market and it sold in less than 24 hours. He did a fantastic job with MLS and the pictures for our house. I will refer him to all my  friends at the lake." Beasley, 05/22/2018

"Mike Gupton is a fine real estate agent. We listed our lake house with him and had a cash contract 24 hours later - can't ask for more than that! The closing process was flawlessly handled which made for an all around good job on his part!" Thomas, 05/19/2018

"Mike was one of 4 agents that we interviewed. He was without question our first choice. He knows the market. He kept us informed along the way. He delivered papers that needed to be passed along to the lawyer which was a big help." Apryl, 05/11/2018

"Mike is one of the greatest people you will ever meet and work with. Went out of his way to help us over and over. We must have looked at 70 homes over 8 months. Highly recommended!" 05/26/2018

"On a rainy day last fall, I decided to take a drive from Durham to Lake Gaston with the vague notion I might like to relocate to the area. Quite by accident, I discovered South Shore Realty and by some miracle, Mike Gupton was called in to give me some suggestions of likely homes. After I gave him my price range, we were off to visit several homes - none of which quite suited my notion of what I was looking for. On the way back to the South Shore office, Mike suggested we see one more home which had not come up in his search because it was so far under the price range I had given him. Upon arriving at the property, I knew immediately, it was THE ONE. It is impossible to say how grateful I am to Mike for his help in not only helping me find the right house for me, but also his knowledge and expertise in follow through afterward. Mike Gupton is an amazing realtor and I would highly recommend him. His expertise and helpfulness before, during, and after purchase is beyond compare."  Nikki, 11/17/2017

"I don’t know where to begin with our gratitude to you and Brenda during our home selling experience.  I guess it would start with the pictures and presentation of the house.  We were delighted with all of the pictures and felt that you captured the true elegance and character of our home.  The sell only took a week; we were expecting a much longer time for the house to be on the market especially sent we were looking at the end of the expected selling season.  As you know we ran into a small flooring issue with the house but you and your staff were there to direct us (and keep us calm); you worked out a win/win deal between us and the buyer which resulted in a smooth closing.  Thank you so much for making this a pleasant experience for us; I would give you guys a 10+ rating!" Don & Debbie, 11/7/2016

"Mike was referred to me with high regard, and now I understand why. He is so knowledgeable and sensitive to every need this client needed from him. This was an emotional sale for me, and Mike was able to keep me calm and his professional advice allowed me to make good decisions with proper facts.  He is one very good agent to have on your side. I highly recommend anyone , looking for or selling property on Lake Gaston, to hire Mike Gupton. You will be glad you did....." Laura, 10/5/2016

"I felt like, was meeting an old friend. Quick to respond,knowlegde of area,had answers to all my questions.  Everything went very smoothly. Was able to help find local venders to help with projects before move in.  Yes, would recomend, five stars." Rick, 10/1/2016

"We loved how Mike took time to learn about us and then was able to tailor the homes we saw based on what we were hoping for. In the end the home we purchased was more than we could have ever hoped for ! We also loved working with Mike's team at South Shore Realty to make sure everything went  smoothly....even during/after we moved in!" Sharat & Lavanya, 9/29/16

"It was a pleasure working with Mike Gupton during the purchase of our new home. Mike represented us as a buyer’s agent. During our search he provided valuable insight regarding each location along the lake. Mike was a great resource during the entire process. He took the extra step to provide  recommendations on mortgage lenders, local contractors and helped us set up utilities. Mike negotiated on our behalf to have the sellers cover the cost of the maintenance items identified during the home inspection, including arranging for the immediate repair of some items. We had a very positive experience and we would highly recommend Mike to anyone considering buying or selling property along Lake Gaston. Mike is great to work with, extremely helpful and knowledgeable." Rob & Janet, 12/12/2015

"Mike was very patient with my wife and I on our search for our first lake home as we searched for over 12 months and negotiated more than once but finally found what we wanted to get started with and the transaction went quicker and smoother than average for sure. Mike's knowledge of the area was a  big help to us in locating a property along with his relationships with subcontractors that have been helpful as well. We would highly recommend Mike if you are in the area looking for property and will work with him again in the future." Chuck, 12/2/2015

"Mike was very professional and knowledgable. His offered great advice and helped us through the entire process. I would definitely recommend Mike to my friends and family."  Wesley, 12/2/2015

"Mike was an excellent real estate agent!! He was so knowledgeable about the homes @Lake Gaston and he was always willing to meet us when it worked for our schedule. After we decided to make an offer on a home, he was a great advocate for us. After closing, he still assisted us with resources  in the area and anything we needed. We appreciated his expertise so much and would highly recommend him to any of our family/friends!!"

"Mike was the perfect realtor! His knowledge and expertise regarding all elements of our transaction were superior. He made the whole process easy and seamless."  Paul, 12/1/2015

“As buyers, Mike Gupton made this entire process smooth and way too easy.  His attention to our requests was amazing.  We believe Mike went above and beyond.  Super Kudos to Mike Gupton and his outstanding level of professionalism and care.” Mike & Tina, 12/14/15

“If you are looking for a fabulous realtor, Mike Gupton of South Shore Reality is your pick.  He not only has many years of experience but his knowledge of the area is vast.  Mike is a very compassionate, gentle person who will not take advantage of you as the client.  I have 9 years of real estate history with this individual.  Mike will treat you as part of his family and will always, always be honest and dedicated to your desires.  Over the last year, after the lost of my husband, I decided to downsize.  Mike had the patience and compassion to assist me thru this difficult time when my emotions were still raw.  And we found the perfect house - I LOVE IT!”  Barbara, 12/8/2015

"If you are looking for a real estate professional that will exceed any and all of your wants and needs, Mike is the Realtor for you. My wife and I recently transferred into the area from Phoenix and we were recommended by an associate to Mike Gupton. We needed to find a home quickly and only had a two day window for a house hunting trip.  Mike cleared his schedule to spend an entire day looking at homes. We were able to quickly decide on a home and then Mike really went to work to get us the best deal from the seller. When it was all said and done, we ended up closing at 81% of the original asking price. This was due to Mike's excellent and professional negotiation skills.  Most Realtor's would have stopped there, but not Mike. The house we were purchasing needed some repairs before we moved in. I was still in Arizona, so Mike took it upon himself to line up the contractor and get the work done before we arrived. In addition to this, he even negotiated with the contractor for a lower price on the repairs. He is amazing and will do everything in his power to make one of the largest purchases in your life a seamless and stress reduced process.  My wife and I are planning on purchasing several more homes in the years to come, and only one person will be getting our call...Mike Gupton!"  Jason 2/17/2015

"We contacted Mike on a property that he had listed on Zillow. Sadly that property had already been sold. However, Mike found several other properties that met our criteria. He spent a couple days showing us the options available in the area. Mike was with us every step of the way, including sending reminders of duties that needed to be met during the closing process. I highly recommend Mike Gupton if you are looking in the Lake Gaston area for either land or a house." Michael & Teresa 9/18/2014

"We wanted to buy some vacant land and met Mike and chose him as our buyer's agent. We found a property that we liked and he negotiated a price much better than we thought was possible! Mike is the man!"  Rudy 9/15/2014

"Mike went above and beyond to help us find the perfect house! He was always professional, on time, and honest. He made our buying experience a very positive one and was very knowledgeable of the area and surrounding homes. Highly Recommend!!!" Ginger 4/30/2014

"Great Agent! Mike is very professional, always answers calls and goes above and beyond expectations. Mike helped us through the process of buying a second home. We were able to close in 30 days. Mike handled everything with the inspections and scheduling of the pre-Closing work that needed to be done. We had a great experience with Mike and would definitely recommend him." Jeanette 4/30/2014

"Mike was a textbook broker. He does not hassle. He negotiates very well and he is honest. Mike made sure all the bases were covered and made the buying experience much less stressful. I would recommend him to anyone purchasing a house!" —Mike 4/25/2014

"Mike is an excellent agent. He guided me through the buying process from start to finish. We were buying a vacation home in an area that we didn't really know all that well. Mike's knowledge of the local culture, rules/regulation, and real estate market let us to a wonderful neighborhood and a beautiful home. He is also an excellent negotiator and got us the house for well below the asking price. During the buying process, Mike did lots of extra things for us (since we did not live in the area) and never gave us the impression that it was not supposed to be part of his job. Some of the extras he did for us include dealing with our inspectors, helping with bids for contractors (which included flooring, roofing, general contractors, cleaning service, and lawn care service), and helping us to furnish the house. Even after closing, he went way beyond what an agent needs to do to help us get settled in. I would highly recommend Mike Gupton. After closing, even the sellers said "We wish we used Mike instead to list our house." That speaks volume when the seller wished they'd used the buyer's agent."  Bruce 3/20/2014

"Awesome Broker! We came from out of state for the weekend to buy a house at Lake Gaston and had chosen several houses to look at and ended up buying a house in 24 hours! We bought a house that Mike had "picked" out for us to see! Mike knows the Lake like the back of his hand! We also wanted a realtor who could show us property on Lake Gaston in both VA and NC and of course to do that you need a license in both states, very few realtors have both VA and NC! So make sure you get to see everything on Lake Gaston!! Mike handled all the details and was in constant contact and took care of everything, we pretty much just showed up for closing! He's AWESOME!!"  Robert 3/7/2014

"I am a retired real estate agent and set a very high bar for anyone I worked with when it comes to buying or selling a home. Mike had no problem meeting that bar. I worked with Mike to purchase a summer home on Lake Gaston. He was very professional, very knowledgeable about the area. I would not hesitate to recommend Mike."  Phyllis 2/28/2014

"Mike has as excellent knowledge of the surrounding area, property valuations, and market trends. Listen to what he says, follow his advice, manage your own expectations and you will be pleased with the results." Michael 10/31/2013

"I would state without hesitation that Mike is not only the best realtor that I have dealt with, but is also one of the most friendly and genuine people that I have had the pleasure of knowing. His helpfulness was beyond the lengths that I would expect anyone to go. I was living 2 hours away from the house that my wife and I were buying and that caused some difficulties at times when we needed to be in both places at the same time. Mike was always willing to do whatever he could do to help us out including meeting with people at the new house when we couldn't be there. He suggested the lawyers which were great and he directed me to electricians and landscaping companies etc. One of the best things is that Mike has always made himself available.....even after the sale was complete. We had a great experience buying our house in a process that is often very trying. Mike made it all happen."   Ken 10/24/2013

"I am an active REALTOR® in Chapel Hill, so initially I planned to handle my own transaction. At first I connected with Mike for one of his listings and asked if he would be willing to find listings for us and I would pay him a referral fee. I quickly realized that his knowledge of the lake and local contacts was invaluable and opted to let him be our Buyer's agent and I took the back seat. Mike was a fantastic agent who made process not only hassle-free, but also enjoyable. Our transaction involved negotiating for a lot of things that were not originally on the table or offered by the sellers and Mike was a great navigator through the somewhat tricky process. Without a doubt, I will refer anyone looking to buy at Lake Gaston to Mike!"  Jay 10/3/2013

"I won't miss out on saying how terrific Mike is. He is always such a professional and just a terrific person. When we first started looked at Lake Gaston 6 years ago, we pulled into your office and he happened to be there - very lucky!"  Jennifer 8/28/2013

"I wanted to thank you for helping my brothers and I purchase the lake house a few weeks ago. I'm sure it wasn't easy to manage so many people in a transaction, but everything went off without a hitch. Not knowing a thing about Lake Gaston when we started this process, your expertise about neighborhoods, best practices for having a vacation home at the lake, and about the lake itself was invaluable. Being a seasoned real estate agent myself, I have high expectations for service and you exceeded every one."  Brian 11/30/2012

"Thank you for all you did for James and myself in selling our home at Lake Gaston. You had our home under contract within two weeks of putting it on the market. We know that because you advised us as a friend, not just a realtor, the sale went beautifully. Taking the time to keep us informed, without us even having to call you, means a lot. It was not easy for us to decide to sell our home at Lake Gaston. However, you made the sell so easy and comfortable for us and words cannot express how much that means to us. Through the whole selling process you were there for us and made us feel like we were your only clients. I can say with all confidence that you take your job seriously and take your clients on as friends."  Donna & James 8/10/2012

"If you are a busy person looking to be efficient with your time during a real estate search/transaction on Lake Gaston, Mike is THE MAN! Don't waste your time with other agents, go right to Mike. He was absolutely wonderful in our recent search and eventual purchase of a house on the lake. He thoroughly knows the area, lake, coves, subdivisions, market trends, quirks to watch out for, and has a lot of experience. We would travel from Raleigh to Lake Gaston (1.5 hr+) and Mike would have the listings he recommended as well as others we found [online] all lined up for us to see. On several occasions, we decided to go to the lake on an unplanned visit in the afternoon and Mike always made himself available to show us places. He soon was able to 'read' us very well and showed us houses that WE picked out [online] but would say "you're not going to like it because of X" and sure enough, my wife and I would walk out within 2 minutes of entering the house saying..."we don't like it b/c of X"! Then we'd go onto one that he recommended... The house we purchased was one he recommended. Mike helped us negotiate our contract and gave frank, honest, and fair recommendations. We've been up at the lake the past 3 weekends in a row and we LOVE it! Thanks Mike!"  Bronson 9/7/2012

"I rarely take the time or initiative to write a recommendation for individuals as while you're vouching for one persons credibility your also putting your own on the line as well. This, however, is certainly not the case for Mike Gupton. Mike and I met when I was actively purchasing real estate on Lake Gaston back in the mid 2000's. I already had an agent that I knew and trusted but it didn't take long for me to realize that my goals were better suited with Mike in my corner. Since I first began using Mike I have referred him to dozens of satisfied customers and will undoubtedly do so countless more times as well. Mike accomplishes success the old fashioned way. He only promises what he can deliver and he delivers what he promises. I no longer consider Mike only a real estate agent but a trusted business advisor and a lifelong family friend. If you're in need of sound business advice in regards to Lake Gaston real estate, an agent to sell your property, a dedicated partner to help you find your dream vacation home, or even someone to teach your kids how to catch big bass on Lake need look no further than to Mike Gupton. I put my name on it and someday you will too."  Chris

"I worked with Mike on my recent home purchase at Lake Gaston. As a native of the area and a Lake resident he had insider knowledge that was invaluable. He listened patiently to determine what I wanted in my new home and then tirelessly showed properties until I found the right one. Mike was persistent without being pushy. He's a saavy negotiator who worked in my best interest while treating all parties with respect and fairness. He eliminated the stress often associated with a long distance real estate transaction by sweating the smallest details. He even arranged for a locksmith to rekey the locks! If you need a realtor in the area, I highly recommend Mike Gupton."  Madeline, 7/20/2012

"Just wanted to say that we finally closed on our home! We never realized how many hurdles we would face during the process of purchasing a foreclosed property, but Mike persisted and drew on his many resources that were invaluable in getting us to closing! We're convinced that if it wasn't for Mike's extensive knowledge of this business, we might still be looking for that perfect home."  Bob & Diane

"Thanks so much for all of your help and patience. You have gone above and beyond in what you did for us and we truly appreciate it!"  Joe & Diane

"'It all started with a simple phone call' to South Shore Realty. Mike picked up the Phone and could not have made the process of finding a new home any easier. Within an hour he completely understood the different wants and needs between my wife and I. He showed us all property (just not his listings) while sharing his local and extensive knowledge. We continue to utilize Mike not just for our real-estate needs but for everything you would call a friend for."   Todd & Deanna 4/19/2012

"Kim and I wanted to both thank you for your help with our search for property at the lake. We really appreciated your personal attention to our search and enjoyed getting to know you. We plan on keeping in touch and would love to see you during the building process and hopefully once we get settled at the lake in our new home. I will recommend you to other friends without hesitation! You are the best real estate broker I've worked with over the years and I've purchased property or homes on 7 different occasions so I feel qualified to make this statement. I appreciate your honesty, personable demeanor, and attention to the details of what was best for us, the customer."  Jon  3/25/2010

"Just wanted to express our thanks for spending so much time with us on Friday & Saturday. Please keep us posted on new listings you think we would like. Hopefully, we can find something in our price range so we can move to the Lake! Thanks for lunch on Friday, it was delicious!"  Don & Karen

"Mike went above and beyond to help us. When we finished the whole process of purchasing our home we left feeling like we made a friend. He worked with us and knew the house we were looking for and I can honestly say all the houses we looked at fit all the needs we were looking for. The end result was we purchased our home without any headaches or long drawn out process. It was a very smooth and painless process. I would and have recommended Mike Gupton as I know if the time ever came again to sell or buy I would contact him."  Dale & Jackie

"Just a note of thanks for all your help in finding and closing on our Lake Gaston house. Your patience and expertise were always in abundant display, and you made the entire process easy and pleasurable. We won't hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for a Lake Gaston property."  Susan & Elliot

"Mike is a local that has an excellent knowledge of the area. It's like I have known Mike for years in my first experience. Very likeable, responsive, and fully understands the current market. I would recommend Mike to anyone looking for a house in the area."  Charley