A Central Coast local since the age of seven, Michael Clayton is well entrenched in the greater community. Growing up, he was heavily involved in Erina Rugby Leagues Club and a number of other local sporting clubs – a lifestyle he is now passing down to his sons, as he continues to increase his family’s involvement with the rugby club, and North Avoca Surf Life Saving Club.
“So much of how I do business is wrapped up in my personal connections and local business knowledge,” he explains. “It’s how I meet most of my clients, and I make it my prerogative to build long term relationships, because I’m not just selling a house or block of land to someone – I’m helping them build their lifestyle.”
With an entrepreneurial mind and a real passion for success, Michael owned and operated a prosperous car dealership for an impressive 23 years of his professional career. He then transitioned across to real estate sales and, eventually, his own real estate agency.
“I understand there’s a stigma out there about having been a car salesman, but I’ve done the hard yards in an incredibly tough and volatile selling environment. I couldn’t have had better training grounds to test, time and time again, my negotiation and people skills before moving into real estate in 2004,” Michael states.
“I’m a competitive person, a high achiever and a man of my word. I aspire to do what I’m good at and do it well, and what I’m good at is sales. It’s what I get out of bed for in the morning, and being able to combine this with the McGrath brand is simply a compelling combination for any home owner or buyer.”
Outside of work hours, Michael lives and breathes the tight-knit community of North Avoca. He has been a Nipper’s Age Manager at the surf club since 2006, and he and his wife Jacqui hold their Bronze Medallion certifications and actively participate in weekend surf patrols.
We have dealt with many real estate agents in our time but none have shown the commitment and determination in selling a property than Michael, Tony and Trevor. They remained professional throughout the sale campaign they continuously gave us feedback and kept us up to date following open houses and private inspections.
They were very complimentary towards our house and very flexible towards any of our requests.
Everyone should consider using the boys from McGrath to sell their home, they come highly recommended.
Mark & Kate Reynolds
Thank you Michael and Tony, we are thrilled with the purchase of our new home (first home) and settling in nicely.
Thank you for your guidance and professionalism in what is a stressful process for first timers like ourselves. We hit you with sometimes stupid questions and you guys made the job a lot easier. We would be happy to do this with you guys again and rest assured, if/when the time arises you and McGrath will be our first contact.
I recently purchased 11 Lorikeet Street Terrigal through Michael Clayton and Nathan Harford. I am now writing this letter to show my appreciation of the professionalism of your sales people who made this real estate transaction almost “enjoyable”.
I was referred to Michael by a friend and from the first phone call, I felt like he was on my side. He basically made it clear that I would have to be on a “priority list” and that we would have to actively speak every couple of days. He then “went to work” to find me a property.
The way this sale was handled by both Michael and Nathan, made the whole transaction so smooth. And it was so refreshing being treated with respect and I felt my “word and honesty” meant something to Michael.
I also know that this whole sale would not have come about without Nathan and the relationship and rapport he had obviously built up with the owners of Lorikeet. They really love him and I think this all stemmed from Nathan calling in to see them regularly for a cup of tea...that’s impressive in itself.
So with Michael actively hunting down a possible house for me and Nathan handling the vendors so successfully, I don’t think you could ask for a more perfect transaction. And not to mention....what a great little house it is!
So thank you to your office and your wonderful staff for making this real estate transaction a memorable one for me.