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Michelle Kawka

Michelle Kawka

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Riverdale Office


Tel: (212) 381-2452
Cell: (917) 744-6292

A native New Yorker, Michelle has had a longtime interest in real estate. She bought her first house at 22, selling it five years later for double the price. In April 2018, she began working as the Social Media and Marketing Manager for the Sanjya Tidke Team. While she helped the team with their social media presence and email outreach, Michelle was inspired to get a real estate license herself. She then made the decision to switch to a full-time real estate career.

Before her move to real estate, Michelle spent 18 years as a professional photographer. She worked with clients such as Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble, learning how to run her own business and sell her work. She also built a vast network of contacts in New York City, which is an asset to her real estate career.

Michelle's creativity, out-of-the-box mindset, and ability to see the potential in a space are invaluable to her clients. Her personable nature and willingness to truly listen also make the real estate process enjoyable. "Finding a home is such a personal experience," she says. "I truly want people to be happy in the space in which they live and the community they choose to join."

Michelle is a current board member and former Vice President of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. She introduced the Sandler Sales Program - which guides photographers through the sales process - to this organization, making it the first program of its kind to be brought to the industry by a professional organization. Michelle was also a mentor for the Young Photographer's Alliance, which provides aspiring image-makers with knowledge and resources.

A photo from Michelle's series "Beauty in Devastation" was selected out of 10,000 submissions to be a part of the Rising Waters exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Her work has also been exhibited at Queens Museum of Art, Curate NYC, and the Langston Hughes Cultural Center & Library.

Michelle has a Bachelor's Degree from Wesleyan University. She majored in a multidisciplinary program called the College of Letters, in which she studied literature, philosophy, history, and Italian. As a result, she is proficient in Italian. During her studies, Michelle developed a unique ability to speed read, which allows her to read a 300-page book in four or five hours. She tries to read at least 30 books a year, with her highest being 56 in 2017.

Michelle lives in Washington Heights and loves the neighborhood's energetic, friendly, and creative people. She appreciates how accessible yet quiet the area is, and enjoys its landmarks including Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters. When she is not working or reading, Michelle enjoys cooking, traveling, swimming, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and taking advantage of New York City's many cultural offerings.

"As a first-time home buyer, I was very fortunate to have Sanjya and Michelle-two knowledgeable, sharp, and professional brokers-on my side to guide me confidently through an unquestionably nuanced, complex, multi-month process, and to educate me along the way. They employed their years of real estate experience and perseverance to get my must-haves, resulting in a wonderful co-op apartment in North Riverdale.

Sanjya and Michelle were always friendly, patient, and available. Their genuine caring and clear communication lowered my stress level. They provided logical insight straight through from the start (open houses and scheduled appointments) to the co-op board interview and the closing.

What a wonderfully successful experience! I highly recommend Sanjya and Michelle, and their team, to other first-time and veteran home buyers." - Peggy T. (co-op buyer)

"Michelle is a very conscientious, dedicated, and hardworking associate of Halstead. She, under the expert and professional guidance of Sanjya Tidke and Scott Kriger, pays great attention to details of one's likes and dislikes and tries to deliver what her clients asks of her. Michelle got us the type of apartment we were looking for in an area that we wanted to move into. We wish Sanjya Tidke, Scott Kriger, and Michelle all the luck in their future endeavors." - Aroos & Muhammad R.

"Working with Michelle and the Sanjya Tidke Team was a wonderful experience. My case was a little more complex than a normal purchase and Michelle was very communicative with emails between lawyers and myself and very helpful. I would recommend Michelle, Sanjya, and the Sanjya Tidke Team to anybody." - Stuart S.

I can’t say how happy I am to have worked with Sanjya Tidke and Michelle Kawka. They helped me through every step of the homebuying process. They found the perfect apartment that was in the location I wanted and within the price range given. The recommendations they gave for everything from financing to finding a lawyer were terrific. I highly recommend their services and would use them again without hesitation. - Aaron G.

Michelle and Sanjya are some of the most professional realtors I've ever worked with. As a NY native and the son of a broker, I was positively floored by not only their responsiveness, but their commitment to me as their client. Most of all, they provided complete transparency, not the bait and switch tactics that I've known other salespeople to pull. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw 30 apartments in around a month until we found the right one. When we ran into hiccups, they tried to smooth everything out as much as possible. To say that I'm excited about my new home is an understatement. Thanks so much, folks! – Chris G.

Halstead Riverdale, LLC

Current Listings

Past Closings

The following are selected closed transactions in which Michelle Kawka represented the buyer, the seller, or both:

Sneak Peek Inside 5615 Netherland Avenue - Riverdale, New York

This property is now closed or no longer available. Take a sneak peek at this property and if you are interested in something comparable, please reach out to: Sandhya "Sanjya" Tidke, Lic. Assoc. R.E. Broker Tel: (212) 381-2485 - Cell: (917) 701-3682 stidke@halstead.com Michelle Kawka, Lic. R.E. Salesperson Tel: (212) 381-2452 - Cell: (917) 744-6292 mkawka@halstead.com...

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