The Baums rule! They are the inside track on Kawagama. Their intimate knowledge of this area extends far beyond just closing the deal. Our enjoyment of the cottage continues to be enhanced by the relationship. Hats off to Mike and Fred for welcoming us to the Kawagama Family!
Dr. Glenn McKay and Sharon Munday, Toronto, Ontario
I have known Mike for my years and in all that time he has never solicited for my real estate business. The fact that he has not been "pushy" or "aggressive" is the reason why i am retaining his services now. Just recently i have purchased a recreational property and i can see now why Mike is such a popular agent.
Paul Cancelli, Mississauga, Ontario
It was a pleasure working with Mike Baum. He found a land opportunity for us that no other agent was able to provide and we are now building our dream cottage. The deal was closed quickly and to our complete satisfaction. I would recommend Mike without any hesitation.
Dr. Marshall Rice, Toronto
Robert and I can't thank you enough for helping us find the perfect cottage. You listened to our needs and dreams and when the right property came along you called us immediately and it was PERFECT. Your attention to detail and knowledge of cottage country helped us find our northern paradise. We wish you many years of success.....
Lady Dan of the Designer Privy,, Villa Daniela, Crane Lake
Thank you so much for helping us find our wonderful waterfront lot on Kawagama Lake. We can't think of anyone who knows the lakes, land and neighbours better than you do. Your friendly and honest personality made the search enjoyable and low-stress. Moreover, we appreciate you keeping us informed of the community happenings through emails and photos. You've made us feel welcome and a part of the Kawagama family. Tomi and Susan Poutanen
Susan & Tomi Poutanen, Toronto, Ontario
Mike is a genuinely conscientious, good natured and hard working individual. His meticulous attention to detail and professional approach and comportment shine through in everything he does. I have known Mike all of my life and I am proud to recommend him to anyone in need of his matchless real estate expertise.
Steve McBride, Toronto, Ontario
Mike is a natural realtor. While he know the lakes as well as anyone, what really separates him from the others is his attitude and attention to his clients' real needs and wants. For Mike, a cottage is not a property so much as a life style and he works to ensure a proper match up. As someone new to cottage country Mike was able to not only show us what was available but to educate us as we went along. The result was perfect match between us and our property.
Jill and John Slattery, Oakville
Mike Baum is one of those few dedicated individuals in the real estate industry who treats your interests as seriously and professionally as he would treat his own. He takes the time and trouble to fully understand your needs and then works day and night to try and satisfy them. Fortunately, he has a few weaknesses, including a prediliction for single malt scotch (outside of working hours). No one is perfect!
Cliff Hatch, Toronto/Lake of Bays
Mike was fun to deal with, knew his stuff and wasn't shy giving opinions. When we asked questions, Mike knew most of the answers and gave his opinions freely, usually with little tit-bits of information he'd picked up about the place over the years. We found this type of input valuable as we sorted through what we wanted in a cottage. We subscribed to Mike's email service and got notified every time a property came up that fit our needs. We then arranged a series of visits and took out water taxis to look at the properties. Mike's patience paid off on our third or fourth trip when we found a place that suited us. Mike introduced us to a local lawyer and insurance agent and in no time we'd closed on our cottage. We'd use Mike again in a heartbeat and encourage others to call Mike if you're thinking about buying a cottage.
Rob Bracey & Anita Stefan, Toronto, Ontario
I was placed in charge of a family development project on Kawagama Lake. The "project" has included the purchase of a very large piece of land, a vision for developing approximately 1 mile of shore line, a range of studies including environmental, archeological, fish, and more? We have gone through a formal plan of subdivision, multiple public meetings, negotiated right of ways, negotiated crown fees and road allowance fees, designed and planned a new snowmobile trail of over 3 miles in length to replace the existing trail. Mike Baum's market knowledge is exceptional - and our development planner has come to rely upon his insight. He has provided excellent advice and been an exceptional resource. We owe much of the success of our project to Mike and his father Fred. I have a high level of confidence in Mike that continues to grow. I have thoroughly enjoyed the countless hours we have spent together and would choose to work with him again without any question. Mike's the best!
John Williams, Buffalo, New York
I have known Mike for most of his adult life. We chose Mike to sell our Slipper Lake property because of his sensitivity in understanding a very specialized problem. Not only was it a very specialized property, being very remote, on 40 acres with 1900 feet of shore line, but it was on a lake where the remaining residents were all part of our family. It required finding a buyer who would fit into this unique situation and keep our family happy. Mike succeeded beyond our hopes in this endeavor, and I'm not sure anyone else could have done this. The remaining family is extremely happy, the buyers are ecstatic, and as sellers, so are we.
Ann & John Williams, Sarasota, Florida
My family search for a northern waterfront vacation property began several years ago. It wasn't until we met Mike Baum, did our search become a reality. Mike was extremely helpful. His knowledge of the Muskoka and Haliburton Region was truly impressive. His ability to broker complex deals while keeping on point is equally impressive. Like a duck, Mike has a calm demeanor, his feet are moving fast! Not only did we purchase a vacation property, we met a new friend. I would recommend Mike Baum to anyone who is seriously interested in purchasing property in the area surrounding Lake of Bays and Kawagama Lake.
Larry and Ann Lasswell, Kilbride, Ontario
My husband and I had been trying to sell our residential/commercial property on Lake of Bays, with waterfrontage no less, to no avail for over one year. Everyone we dealt with was saying "Put your price down, it's the only way it will sell!" We had faith in ourselves and our property and finally decided to go with someone who had faith in us. He looked us squarely in the eyes and said "How much do you want" and "Give me 3 months to try and get it for you". It was done within a month! I must say Mike worked tirelessly on the deal, in conjunction with his father, Fred. We have never looked back and thank them to this day. We feel part of the family!
Gisele and Richard Whiteman, Dorset, Ontario
Winner, yum yum, gotta get me some. I have know Mike since the Baum's first bought the Old Mill Marina and moved to Dorset. I have always found him exceptionally personable and interesting, not to mention entertaining. He has worked unbelievably hard to focus his imagination and learn too much is not enough. Now that he is at peace with himself, I'm certain his talents with people and uncompromised dedication to work will result in your joy with his service.
Stonefire, Gravenhurst, Ontario
Mike Baum knows cottage country. Period. He isn't just a "transport" who recently moved to the area; Mike was born and raised there, and he knows the country like nobody else. Mike is as honest as the day is long, and will work hard to find the right property at the right price. He has an uncanny ability to know the current values of cottage country property, and our family depends on his wisdom and insight when we have questions regarding the current market. Because he has lived all of his life in the North Country, Mike is uniquely qualified to broker real estate in the area. On top of that, Mike is just an all-around great guy and wonderful father!
D. Kells, Buffalo, New York
"Daddy, you are famous! Everywhere you go, someone seems to know you!!"
Sabrina Baum, Barrie, Ontario
If you are looking to buy a cottage there is no one who knows the area in more detail better than Mike Baum. His knowledge of the area, the lakes and the people makes him an ivaluable guide to finding the right cottage.
Rudy & Cindy Bourne, Toronto
Not only did Mike give unstintingly of his time during the sale of our Kawagama cottage, he helped us cope with the "loss" of a special place. Through his market savvy he was able to obtain the best price for us in what was certainly a seller's market. The attractive presentation on his web page was so appealing to prospective customers that the cottage was sold before it went "public". An example of how efficient a tool the internet is, certainly, but also an indication of Mike's ability to move with the times and offer his clients the very latest and very best service when it comes to real estate transactions. We came to Mike with a number of questions and concerns about selling our cottage, and he answered them and smoothed the way to a quick and profitable sale. "Thank you Mike, We'd recommend you to anyone buying or selling in cottage country."
Lyn and Bruce Lepper, Millbrook Ontario
We recently added to our cottage property on Paint Lake with an overflow cottage and garage on a separate 2.9 acres of land across the road. We have not know the Baums for very long(Mike and his Dad Fred), but we were most impressed with their knowledge and understanding of the Lake of Bays/Algonquin/Kawagama Lake areas. I do not think there is anyone in the area that can compare to their ability to listen and understand the needs of their clients. Their integrity is second to none and they are fun to deal with. We would strongly recommend Mike and Century 21 in any dealings you may have as it relates to vacation property. Continued good success, Mike.
Tom and Betty Swain, Oakville, Ontario/Paint Lake
We are a Huntsville based planning and land development consulting firm serving the Muskoka, Parry Sound and Haliburton areas. One of our principal clients owns a large expanse of land extending along the shoreline of Kawagama Lake. Most of the lands will be left in a natural state, but the owner will be developing premium waterfront residential lots along part of the shoreline. Our client introduced us to Mike and Fred Baum about two years ago. Since that time Fred and Mike have played an integral role in evaluating the land development opportunities and environmental constraints presented by the property. Their knowledge of the history of the property and their sensitivity to the concerns of all stakeholders in the community have proven invaluable to the project. We are extremely pleased to be partnered with Mike and Fred Baum as we endeavour to serve our client and the community in the best way possible.
Wayne Simpson, MCIP, RPP, Wayne Simpson & Associates
My husband and I were looking for our Muskoka dream cottage when we met Mike Baum. I must tell you that in all the times I have had business dealings over the years, I have never met a man who has consistently surpassed my expectations. We were so pleasantly surprised to meet someone who was not only capable but also honest, hardworking and a man of his word. Mike had just had open heart surgery days before we purchased our property and yet he was still communicating with us and honoring his every word without fail! When Mike was still recovering we could count on him to help us in any way possible and always with genuine care and concern for our real estate experience. Seldom do you meet someone with the kind of dedication and honesty that we experienced with Mike and we would strongly recommend his services and friendship to anyone looking to do business in Muskoka! Thank you Mike!!
Jacqueline, The Bombshell Coach, Toronto, Ontario
Mike was a terrific realtor for us when we sold our family cottage in the March 2006. He had his work cut out for him dealing with 3 co-owners as vendors - all paperwork having to go to all of us for signatures and he had to trudge through knee-deep snow to measure and place a value on the property. Mike listed our cottage on a Monday and by Wednesday evening the deal was complete....everything was signed by we three owners and the new buyers, who happened to be vacationing in the sunny south at the time. He had very quickly prepared our listing for inclusion at the Cottage Life Show that week, in the end not needing to use that vehicle. For 48 hours, the faxes flew. Mike guided us every step of the way, answered our numerous questions and was always readily accessible by telephone and email. He found us a perfect buyer who we know will love and enjoy our small piece of Muskoka heaven as much as our family did for 55 years. He worked for us with incredible speed to our ultimate satisfaction. Thanks Mike!
Sharon Rice, Southern Ontario
Mike is an amazing realitor........He worked diligently finding us a property 15 years ago and to this day we continue to seek his professional advise. Mike's knowledge of the lake , businesses and people of the area are valuable assets. We have sent him many referrals, for I know he will take care of them in an honest professional manner. Thank you Mike for always being there.
Penny and Philip Manchee, Kawagama Lake
The integrity with which you maneuvered through dual agency was impressive. Your explanation of the process was clear. I felt as though I had all the information I needed to make an informed decision. Jovanna
J. Soligo, Kawagama Lake
We have known & delt with Mike for years now and have always found him to be professional and knowledgeable of the relestate market in the Dorset / Lake of Bays area. Mikes personality and abilities make him a pleasure to do business with.
Steve & Kathy Ilines, Toronto, Ontario
My first real estate transaction was with Mike Baum over twenty years ago. I have recommended him above all others since that time because he knows what he is doing and really does care about the interests of the people he represents.
John D McBride, Toronto
Mike worked hard for us to find what we were looking for in a waterfront property. He was very accommodating and dependable from searching for a property from the offer through the closing stages of the deal. We would highly recommend Mike to anybody looking for a cottage property in the Dorset area. He was a joy to deal with and gave us a very positive experience in buying a cottage property.
John & Lynn Lech, Cambridge, Ont.
My wife and I have known Mike Baum for approximately 20 years. During that time, Mike has handled 3 real estate transactions for us. His wealth of experience in the business and knowledge of the Haliburton area provided us with the assurance we needed that Mike was the best real estate agent to represent us. Mike has always been professional and a very pleasant person to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend him to any of our friends and family. Thanks, Mike, and all the best for future endeavours.
Karen & John Kessel, Toronto, Ontario
Mike Baum helped us with much enthusiasm, patience, and professionalism to find the right property. His humour during some of the more stressful moments that come with seeking and closing the right real estate made our association with him one of the best business experiences in our life. We knew he went beyond the extra mile when he invited us on a fishing trip on Lake Kawagama and he showed us how to catch a 75 cm Lake Trout. Mike is more than a real estate agent, he is better described as a friend who knows his trade, helps you find what you want, and guides you to smoothly to a satisfying deal.
Rene and Glenda de Vries, Toronto, Ontario
Dear Mike: I wish to thank both you and your father for the excellent service provided during my family's search for its cottage on Lake of Bays. Your astute advice & friendly counselling made our search a pleasure & we have thoroughly enjoyed the result over the last 3 years. I have no hesitation in referring any prospective client to your brokerage. I know that when someone is referred to the best in the industry, he or she will not be disappointed. Continued Success!
Malcolm MacLeod, Lake of Bays
Mike handled the purchase of our cottage very professionally. We believe he represented our interests the best he can during negotiations . He made sure our concerns and questions were answered promptly - It was not unusual to receive an e-mail response or follow-up e-mail from him at 4: 00 in the morning! Being new to the area of Dorset, Mike even doubled as our personal advisor on where to go, what to do, who to deal with and who not to deal with; what to watch out for etc etc. around the Dorset/Huntsville area. He continues to be always upbeat and ready with good advise when needed, even after a year and a half of completing our real estate deal -- including weather reports, road condition updates, etc. When ready for another real estate transaction, we will not hesitate to deal with Mike again.
Heinz and Lucie M. Lipp, Brampton, Ontario
Having dealt professionally with countless real estate agents I can truly say that Mike Baum is at the pinnacle of his profession. Mike's intimate knowledge of the marketplace and commitment to professionalism is complemented by his endearing personality. These attributes are not only evident in my personal relationship with Mike but are also reflected in the ultimate satisfaction of his clients
Neil McCutcheon, Mortgage Specialist; Toronto / Muskoka
I have known Mike Baum for over 40 years. Anytime I have referred Mike a potential client he has handled the situation in a competant and professional manner.
Gordon R. McBride, Toronto, Ontario
During our search for a family cottage, we consulted with a number of realtors and Michael Baum quite clearly stood out amongst his peers. He was professional, honest and attentive to our needs which made the entire process that much easier. Michael's knowledge of the Lake of Bays and the surrounding area was also instrumental in our being able to realize the perfect property. I highly recommend Michael to anyone looking to buy or sell in cottage country and I am certain you will not be disappointed.
Dr. Paul Fraser, Toronto
Having dealt with many real estate agents, Mike Baum should be categorized as one of the finest in the business. I have personally insisted that he be involved with several transactions of mine. Mike is by far and above the most professional & ethical agent I've dealt with. His experience shines in multiple offer scenarios. One's interests feel protected at all times.
Harve Mihalic, Mississauga, Ont.
Our dealings with Mike Baum have always been a pleasure. Mike is the consummate professional who knows his business thoroughly. He redefines the term 'local' as he seems to know every square inch of the territory he specializes in and all the goings on in his marketplace. In addition to knowing one is dealing with the most knowledgeable realtor in the area, Mike is also a great guy who quickly becomes a friend. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for the best realtor in the Muskoka/Algonquin/Halliburton area.
Bill & Norma Brown, Oakville, Ontario
We retained Mike as a realtor to help find us a suitable property in north Haliburton after we had been forced to sell our property in Muskoka because of unmanageable property taxes. He showed us a spot on a small, private lake that beguiled us from the first sighting. It was owned by an American family who are the most generous, hospitable people one could ever hope for, and he had known them for all of his life. His professionalism, coupled with his endearing manner, made the sale transaction as smooth as it could be; he was helpful at all stages, and now that the property is ours, he has become more than our realtor, but also a very good friend.
Drs. Mary and Walter Hannah, Bracebridge, Ontario
Mike Baum is a capable, willing, and hard-working real estate agent who knows the market well, and is personally familiar with every nook and cranny of his territory. More importantly, however, Mike's ability to really listen to his clients makes him stand out among the crowd. He doesn't intimidate or push, and has demonstrated his honesty and dedication many times through the 13 years my family and I have worked with him. Mike's a doting father as well, which I personally really admire, and my husband and I are pleased to be able to call him not just our agent, but our friend.
Martha Martin, Lower Fletcher Lake, Dorset
We met Mike Baum when we put our northern property up for sale. Because the company property was large and complicated, and only available for viewing in the summer months, Mike had to work very hard locating interested buyers. There were times when negotiations became testy but Mike never gave up. He always acted as a professional whose personality allowed him to maintain a calm working environment between buyer and seller. Mike does not pressure or intimidate and we found him to be honest and dedicated to his profession. The property was eventually sold and we have remained in touch with Mike ever since. We would recommend Mike Baum to anyone who wants personal, dedicated service in buying or selling real estate in the north.
Bill & Pat Harrison, New Hamburg, Ontario
My family would not be enjoying our cottage without Mike Baum’s help and expertise. We were in a very competitive situation purchasing the property and Mike’s knowledge and instincts were instrumental in the bidding process. Mike has also gone far beyond the call of duty on several occasions since the purchase, helping us with issues requiring local knowledge. He is enthusiastic and straight forward. We highly recommend Mike as a representative.
Reed Harris and Josee Coutu, Toronto, Ontario
My wife and I have known Mike Baum, for seven years, he helped us find 'our paradise' and has been an excellent advisor and friend on Real Estate and other things Algonquin ever since. The difference with Mike is he treats your needs and criteria with personalized and ethical attention, giving you the client a sense of confidence that your real estate transaction is in good hands; in my opinion the best real estate hands in the Algonquin Region. Thanks Mike, we look forward to a continuing long time friendship.
Amy and Christopher McCarten, Livingstone Lake, Algonquin Highlands
As long as Mike always maintains his wonderful sense of humour I would be glad to endorse any endeavor of his.
Brad C., Kawagama Lake
Mike Baum as a sales person is a good listener and has a good understanding of what people want, like, need and can afford. His honesty and kindness is very outstanding. We are very fortunate and proud to be Mike's friends. Mike thank you so much for finding our 'PARADISE NORTH'!
Gordana & Stefan Rakonjac, (Otter Lake) Tock Lake, Algonquin Township Ontario
When I look up the words "honesty" and "integrity" in the dictionary, I see Mike Baum's face. He is an example for all other Realtors to follow. (Congratulations, Mike, for maintaining such high standards of excellence!) My only complaint is that Mike is too busy to climb back up my mountainous lot, in the mosquito season, for that promised drink to help celebrate my bird's eye view.
Rob Blakely, Kawagama Lake
A friend of ours recommended Mike Baum to us when we began our journey to look for a property in the Haliburton Highlands. We worked with Mike over the course of several months and throughout the process, we found that Mike was personable, honest, responsive and resourceful. His knowledge about the area helped us navigate a very intricate and complex transaction. He was always generous with his time – accompanying us to the property for site visits in advance of the purchase. We always felt that with Mike he was truly looking out for our needs and best interests.
Katy and Jeff Francis, Whitby, Ontario
I've never liked real estate agents but when you meet Mike you feel like you've been his friend for years. For anyone out there looking to buy a cottage or home in Muskoka-Haliburton, you'll find no one better to help you than Mike Baum. He was able to give us more details about the areas we were looking at than any real estate agent we've ever met. He was helpful, insightful and went way above and beyond the call of duty. We are so pleased with our new cottge and we have Mike to thank, he helped us through every step of the way. He even introduced us to this amazing bakery just north of Dorset so when you talk to him, make sure you ask him about it. They're both worth the trip!
Terina Lemon & Colin Job, Moffat, ON
My experience with Mike Baum shows that he is a conscientous and effective realtor, attentive to details and able to communicate details of a real estate transaction clearly and efficiently to both client and lawyer. He will continue to service his clients after an agreement of purchase and sale has been signed, and willingly attends to details that are sometimes needed in order to successfully complete a transaction. I have had the professional pleasure of having dealt with Mike over the past decade, and have found him to be thorough and receptive to ideas and concepts that advance the best interests of his clients. I would recommend him to friends and family.
David P. Shapiera, Barrister & S, Minden, Ontario
Mike found us the perfect place - a beautiful spot on a secluded lake that we could use as our temporary cottage but with the space to make it our future retirement home. After listening to our needs and the future vision that we had, he was able to find us the perfect solution. We are very happy with our find.
Ted & Lorna Kerr, Dorset, Ontario
We met Mike at the Cottage Life Show of 2003, in Toronto, and were impressed by his low key approach but obvious and infectious passion for Kawagama. With Mike’s help over the course of a year we bought a relatively inexpensive property with a phenomenal view of the lake. The time and effort that Mike put into the search, then protracted closing of our modest little property, was incredible. He made us feel that our little property was just as important as the million dollar properties he was working on. Persistent yet patient, passionate yet realistic, ethical yet shrewd: all attributes a good agent strives for - and Mike has them all. Undoubtedly, he is the best agent we have dealt with. And, the experience does not end with the closing of the transaction… We enjoy glimpses of Kawagama life year-round through Mike’s steady stream of e-mails of local events such as wolf calls, Dorset “gap jumping”, carnivals, regatta's, fund raising for local clubs, and inquisitive bears. Mike’s willingness to share events from his personal life with us through his self deprecating humour and Linda’s wonderful photography further distinguishes the relationship that he has with clients, and enhances our appreciation of a truly spectacular part of Ontario.
Stephan & Christine Goodman, Toronto, Ontario
I have known Mike Baum for over 10 years. He is a very warm, intelligent, and innovative individual who is always full of new ideas and beaming with enthusiasm. He gave me excellent professional advice when my wife and me decided to sell our home. On a personal level Mike is great and on a professional level I would strongly recommend him to any of my friends who would benefit from his expertise in the real estate market. Mike is also an amazing father!
Dr. & Mrs. John Cripps, Bracebridge, Ont.
When we were first looking for a cottage, we had limited knowledge of the Dorset area, and also a limited budget. Mike spend many hours with us, and really helped us to get to know the area, and what was available that would suit our needs. We worried that we were taking up too much of his time, but he seemed to enjoy being out on the lakes boating from property to property as much as we did. When we found what we were looking for, Mike worked many long and hard hours putting the deal together. He was untiringly cheerful, helpful and optimistic. Mike had lots of useful and welcome advice about cottage life as well, and helped us novice cottagers get to know the lay of the land, and water, on Lake Kawagama. We unreservedly recommend Mike Baum to anyone looking for a property in the Dorset area.
Jim Applebaum and Patricia Davidson, Kawagama Lake, Dorset
A good agent needs to really know and understand the area and the actual property that he/she is trying to sell. You knowledge and understanding of waterfront property especially on the lakes you specialize in is definitely essential to prospective clients. What impressed me most is when you were unsure of an answer you would defer to the experts or find out the answer and give us a confirmed answer. During our quest for a waterfront property we encountered a number of agents we found you the most upfront and honest and genuine. You really do try to create a win-win situation for both buyer and seller.
Darryl Chemel B.Pharm, Toronto, Ontario
Michael Baum is simply the best. His devotion to his clients is second to none in our experience. He pays attention to the critical details and follows through on multiple and complex arrangements. Beaver Lodge could not have happened without his considerable talents. If you own a Jaguar, resist his obvious charms and keep it a good distance from him. Everyone has their weakness.
Lord and Lady of Great Lyth, Shropshire, England
Mike, thanks for representing us at the Kawagama Lake lot purchase. You surely have other showings and offers on the go, but through your constant, accurate and professional updates, you made us feel like we were your only clients.
Tomas & Kristina Tocek, Kawagama Lake
Mike, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for both selling our home and finding us the home of my dreams, truly. Mike is a fantastic realtor with a keen sense of what people want and a good friend. Mike has great knowledge of Muskoka and the surrounding area. We are as happy today as we were on the first day we acquired our home thanks to Mike's dedication to his trade. Wyne and Linda
Wyne & Linda, Muskoka - Dorset, Ontario
When we contacted Mike, he suggested filling out the questionnaire to help him determine what we were looking for. It was truly amazing that the very first property he showed us was exactly what we were looking for - a real contrast after spending many hours searching the MLS listings and dealing with agents that were often not available or accommodating to our needs. Mike listened well, and was a real trooper, hiking through hills and streams (in clouds of black flies & mosquitos) as we explored the acreage. We appreciated his honesty and his patience with our requests. He helped in every way possible and was most enjoyable to work with. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for real estate in the Haliburton area. Many thanks, Mike.
Sunyatta and Laurence Guild, Toronto, Ontario
Mike Baum was new to us, as was his area. He listened carefully to our peculiar needs and took them seriously. He then offered to hike along long, unplowed and hilly roads to show us properties in the middle of winter. He found a perfect match for our needs. He clearly combined his vast knowledge with our budget restraints and made cottage buying reasonably easy - no pressure and no distractions. We have fallen in love with the Dorset area and look forward to being Mike's friend for the rest of our lives. Thanks, Mike, for everything!
Cathy & Dave Braden, Puslinch, Ontario
Mike Baum came to my attention about 7 years ago during my quest to find the ideal vacation property. In the search that followed I came to appreciate his expertise and generosity with his personal time.Clearly, he made that extra effort and demonstrated his ability in the real estate market he affectionately describes as " Paradise North ". I have found Mike to be a man of integrity and possessed with a strong work ethic. I am pleased to recommend the use of his services and consider him a friend to this day.
Gordon Denning, Toronto, Ontario
To state Mike Baum is omniscient in the 'Cottage Real Estate World' in our opinion would be a gross misrepresentation of the facts or at the very least, an understatement. When giving testament to Mike's many professional attributes a landslide of thoughts come to mind: pure enthusiastic dedication to his profession, immeasurable efficiency & assistance that goes above and beyond the normal course of business practices are among the many. As first time cottage buyers, we were literally lost in the deluge of misinformation until we met with Mike. Early on, he earned our confidence and trust. Even after 'the close' he has been a virtual fountain of information. We can assure you, without hesitation, Mike Baum will measure up to your expectations as well. We are proud to call Mike our friend. If you ever invite him over for dinner just make sure you have plenty of food. He's quite the connoisseur of many varied cuisines.
Debbie and Jim Petkovic, Otter Lake, Algonquin Township, Ontario
I first met Mike during high school while visiting friends on Kawagama Lake in the mid 70's. I was always struck by Mike's knowledge and enthusiasm for the Lake of Bays area and the people who lived there. Many years later I decided to show my new bride ( she was from Calgary ) some Ontario cottage country. I turned to Mike who generously arranged everything for us free of charge. We simply drove up to Dorset and met Mike who had a canoe ready, canoe routes, camp sites, places of interest etc. ready for us. We enjoyed our trip so much that we have returned many times over the years. Our dog first learned to swim there and our children all learned to camp, fish and swim on these trips. Whether you are planning a visit or entertaining the idea of buying property in the Dorset area, you could find a better contact than Mike. Thanks for everything Mike.
Tom, Wanda, Sam and Tessa Hayter, Stouffville, Ontario
If you want a straight forward, honest, no bull approach to selling or buying in the Dorset area, then Michael is your guy. I not only bought a place from him but I got a friend in the deal.
Gary Beechey, Herb Lake
I have known Mike Baum since he was a teenager. His father and mother have been friends for decades. Socially and in cottage life and activities I have been associated with Mike. He is an aggressive and successful man in the bush hunting and fishing. Only recently have I had him deal with me as a realtor. I found him to be most knowledgeable and equally as aggressive and successful as he is in cottage life. Socially and in business I find him adept and trustworthy. I would fully recommend his services to anyone.
LCol John E. Twelves, CD, MD, KH, Hamilton, Ontario
When my husband and I decided that we wanted to own a piece of cottage country, we had no idea where to start. We knew nothing about purchasing a recreational property, and didn't really even know enough to be able to ask relevant questions. Mike not only spent several months helping us find just the right property for us, he also educated us on everything from provincial environmental regulations to local building codes and by-laws. Mike helped us get the most out of our limited budget, and we now own the perfect waterfront property for our growing family. Mike is a consummate professional who really knows his field, and he's also just a really great guy! We feel fortunate that we not only got a great deal on a great place, but also made our first friend up in Dorset. Thanks Mike!!
Glen & Lisa Crossley, Hamilton, Ontario
I've known Mike from way back, so when we were interested in looking at cottages, we asked him to be our agent - Am I ever glad that we did! I got to find out what an excellent agent he is. He is very thorough. I felt he was looking after our interests, he even recommended that we shouldn't buy a cottage, as he thought it really wasn't suited to our needs. When we saw the cottage that we did buy, he investigated all aspects in great detail. He worked hard for us. You couldn't find a better agent....lots of experience, astounding real estate knowledge, and a pleasant personality and sense of humour. And if you need great pictures of your cottage for selling, he'll do that beautifully since he's a photographer as well.
Rosemary and Marshall Kirby, Haliburton, Ontario
We had the good fortune to meet Mike a few years ago when we entrusted him to find a unique property for us in the Halburton region. Mike took on that task with his usual thoroughness and generous spirit. He guided us through the process of what was rather a prolonged closing ( through no fault of Mike's) with enormous patience and integrity. He generously took us to view the site on several occasions as well as other properties on the lake in spite of the fact that absorbed a great deal of his personal time. We had so much regard for Mike we had no hesitation in recommending him to some of our closest friends who also came away impressed with his honesty and professionalism. We have no difficulty whatsoever in endorsing Mike for any assignment in real estate in cottage country.
Adrienne and Vince Murphy, Toronto, Ontario
Mike Baum is the essence of trust -- preserving integrity and service to extraordinary lengths, in a natural and seamless manner. The man is a legend in the real estate community, part of a fabric his father & mother started in the area decades ago. The success of the Baum Family has attracted their competitors like magnets, BUTnone can outshine his motivation for customer satisfaction above all else. He cares and listens... and has unjolting patience -- rare qualities, indeed. He is not pushy although is a formidable negotiator. We join with our many friends, and other satisfied neighbors (former clients), in continual praise and appreciation for his kind. Our only complaint is that his commitment to business and family life consume his nearly-every-moment, where his much-welcomed visits are a rare luxury -- give the guy an extra half-day off for our selfish benefit!
Dr. & Mrs. P. Nynkowski, Toronto, Ontario
Mike Baum is a great guy. He has great determination and strength to go for what he believes to help his clients. He is always willing and able to go beyond the call of duty to please them. You will always have a friend for life as well someone who can help you find a place of their dreams. He loves life, enjoys the outdoors, being with friends and family. If anyone should ever need to search for or sell a recreation property, Mike Baum is the one to go to. His love for his job is absolutely amazing.
Linda Ainslie, Windsor, Ont.
Buying a cottage property is not the same as buying a home. There are many considerations when hunting for your piece of paradise that do not exist in the city. Mike was able to provide us with his expertise and personal insight regarding all aspects of the buying experience, from the discovery of the property to the closing of the sale. He was considerate of our time and our 'unavailability' and made every effort to accommodate our timetable. He is impervious to biting insects and is quick to point out the potential for ground dwelling wasps. Mike also offered free instruction on boat safety and operation. This may have been for his personal survival but was nonetheless appreciated. Thanks to Mike, we now call ourselves 'cottagers'.
Steve and Delia Francis, Greater Toronto Area
Dear Mike, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance with the purchase of our property. It was through your knowledge of the market and the area that helped us close the deal. Your ability to understand your clients' needs, as well as your professionalism makes you stand out from the crowd. Once again, thank you for your help.
Mike Megaffin, Brampton, Ontario
When we first started looking for a cottage to buy, we described my wish list to Mike and asked him to keep us posted if anything came up for sale. Because Mike took the time to really understand what we were looking for, he was able to move quickly when our dream cottage came up for sale. This also meant he didn't waste our time looking at cottages not suited to our tastes. My negotiation turned out to be trickier than most and it was great that Mike held my hand throughout the entire process. His experience and sage advice made the whole thing way more simple and pleasant than we ever expected. When we compare our experience with others we know, we are grateful we chose Mike as our realtor. Mike Baum is the high water benchmark for all the realtors we have worked with. Highly recommended!!!
John Eckert, Toronto, Ontario
If you are buying or selling on Kawagama who are you going to call? There is only one person who has a thorough knowledge of the lake, the various properties on it, the owners, and the local politics. Who can put that knowledge to work for you? That is Mike Baum. I have been involved with Mike in a business context, having acted as a lawyer on several complicated deals on the lake. I have always found Mike to be extremely hardworking, knowledgable and professional in all his dealings. He always goes to bat for his clients. Being an owner on the lake I know that the person I will be calling will be Mike Baum!
Ernest F. Gutstein, Barrister & Solicitor, Toronto, Ontario