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Michael Davis: Builds And Brokers The Home Of Your Dreams

Originally Posted: October 05, 2011

Aerial shot of Luna Farm in Sagaponack. (Courtesy Photo: Michael Davis)

Southampton - Michael Davis is truly today's "Master Builder." Davis, who many credit for putting Sagaponack on the map, has been producing many of the most elegant and well-built residences on Long Island's East End for 20 plus years. Davis' professional team is known for working intimately with their clients to provide them with the uniquely conceived and beautifully built home of their dreams.

Davis is a licensed real estate broker with over 25 years of knowledge and experience in the Hamptons market. Whether a client comes with a broker or not, Davis offers council and advice on the merits of the prospective purchase, offering invaluable insight from a builder's perspective.

Michael Davis Design & Construction's expertise in custom home building is evident from the very first meeting whether the client uses their own architect or one from MDD&C. Davis has perfected a creative and building technique that tastefully merges 19th century craftsmanship and style with interior living spaces for the 21st century.
MDD&C's design/build model effortlessly integrates process and materials. The client's time is efficiently spent making real design decisions that will ultimately realize their custom built dream home. On-staff consultants assist with a myriad of details, such as plumbing fixtures, decorative hardware and lighting. Kitchen and bathroom design services, custom cabinet-makers and landscape design and installation are all part of the Davis team, guaranteeing a perfect finished product. The owner's needs drive every detail and each home is uniquely conceived; no two Michael Davis homes are the same.

Davis maintains an ongoing relationship with his clients, extending far beyond the building process. Unique to Michael Davis Design & Construction, the company offers a customized maintenance program for each home it builds, plus a 24/7 Concierge Service insuring clients that they receive same day attention, if needed, ensuring a home's value for generations to come.

Davis answered a few questions regarding real estate on the East End:

If "location" is the first rule in real estate, what is the second?

Michael Davis: It is all about the 'view' - either water or an agricultural preserve. I have always felt that an agricultural preserve is the next best thing to waterfront without any of the risks.

Michael Davis. (Courtesy Photo: Michael Davis)

What is your forecast for the fall/winter real estate season in the Hamptons and North Fork?

MD: Relatively bullish since we are now experiencing a replay of last year when there were fears of a second recession, which is unlikely. The end result being that pent up demand will snap up the good buys.

What is a sure sign of a "Hamptons" or "North Fork" home?

MD: Cedar shingled roof and siding.

What are the emerging trends in architecture?

MD: More open floor plans, taller windows, saltwater swimming pools and 'green' technology.

How have buyers/sellers changed over the past two years?

MD: Sellers have been more realistic about their asking prices. Buyers are more knowledgeable thanks to the internet.

When it comes to unique features and amenities, homes in the Hamptons and on the North Fork have it all. What feature has surprised you the most?

MD: Home automation has taken the stress out of being far away from one's home. Homeowners are able to monitor their homes remotely from a cell phone or computer anywhere in the world. For example, the temperature of various rooms in the house, security system: be it for water and heat detection or a break-in, web cams and the ability to turn up the air-conditioning or turn on the spa or sauna so conditions are perfect when one arrives at one's house.

Which towns/villages are the most sought-after right now?

MD: Sagaponack-Sagaponack-Sagaponack!

What is an easy way to increase the value of a property?

MD: Power washing and giving the exterior of the house a fresh coat of paint. A well maintained garden. Maximize curbside appeal.

What's the most extreme thing you've done to make a sale?

MD: Having a contract of sale that was subject to a child being accepted by The Ross School in East Hampton.

How important is 'staging' for a sale/rental?

MD: For a rental it is important. For a sale beauty is not skin deep.

What are the pros and cons to MLS on the East End?

MD: Knowledge is power. While a MLS does not exist in The Hamptons, the Real Net service for brokers and Hampton Real Estate Online (HREO.com) are important tools

Tell us about one of your favorite listings on the market right now.

MD: Luna Farm in Sagaponack. This 19+ acre farm is one of the last of its kind. A distinctive set of silos linked to a rustic barn with working stables makes a unique centerpiece and grand tone setter for the property. Three separate buildable lots add value and provide flexibility. Natural trails provide a shortcut to ocean beaches or an off road opportunity for equestrians.

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Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.

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