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Michelle Kawka

Michelle Kawka

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Washington Heights 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.

"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.

Halstead Manhattan, LLC

Current Listings

Past Closings

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

5615 Netherland Avenue - Riverdale, New York

5615 Netherland Avenue - Riverdale, New York - Web #: 19595632 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 SandhyaTidke Team Tel: (718) 878-1710 sanjyatidketeam@halstead.com

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