R. Michael (Mike) Liepke

Sell or buy, I’m your guy!

After spending time as a military officer, project engineer and manager, I was fortunate enough make the move into real estate. Although not my first career choice, it has proven to be my best as I am blessed to develop and enjoy relationships with new people daily and guide my clients in realizing the American dream of home ownership.  Success is best measured by client satisfaction while meeting their real estate goals.  Knowing my clients’ goals and what is important to them is a priority with me.  Keeping clients informed is a major emphasis of mine because lack of contact breeds doubt and increases stress.  Honesty, trustworthiness and confidentiality are essential characteristics for the duties owed to clients by real estate agents; which are of paramount importance with me.

Admittedly, many real estate agents do similar things due to the requirements of the real estate process, but there is significant variation found in individual performances.  My efforts to set myself apart stem from doing common things uncommonly well.  I utilize and rely on best practices determined through the knowledge and experience I have been able to compile as a real estate professional.  This dramatically increases the potential for a successful transaction for my clients.  My clients receive books on specific real estate topics appropriate to their situation.  This has been a major effort of mine to develop and publish these books since the real estate transaction process never allows sufficient time to adequately address all the nuances possible in the real estate transaction process.

Seller Specifics

As one of only a handful of Realtors with the Pricing Strategy Advisor and Seller Representation Specialist designations in New York State, I am uniquely qualified to determine the valuation range of your home.  However, you should never choose a Realtor based on price.  Choose one with the best marketing plan, communication and management skills since these are the qualifications that will cause your home to sell.  Only the market can determine the price your home sells for.  Look for a Realtor that recommends, leads, guides and communicates with you throughout the home selling process.

Buyer Specifics

Buyers are urged to have their interests represented by a Realtor of their choice.  Many of today’s buyers contact numerous agents from online advertisers to schedule showings.  They don’t realize that many of these agents represent the seller.  Buyers should make it a priority to find a Realtor they can trust as early as possible.  Studies show that when buyers begin looking for a home on their own, they take a longer time to reach their goal.  Using a buyer’s agent will save you time and frustration by providing answers, educating you on the home buying process and providing referrals to other real estate professionals.  The best news is that there is no out-of-pocket cost for your buyer’s agent!  In most cases a buyer’s agent is paid from the commission paid by the seller.

Relocation Services

It is always a best practice to get referrals from friends and relatives whenever you need professional services.  How do you find a Realtor in an area where you don’t know anyone?  Through Howard Hanna and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, you can be referred to top agents in the area you are moving into.  You can interview and choose the agent you are most comfortable with while being assured you have a capable and professional real estate agent at your service!

Real Estate Related Professional Referrals

The home selling and buying process requires other professionals working in their specialties at specific times to keep the process running smoothly.  Most individuals do not buy or sell real estate often enough to have their own network of professionals.  My network has evolved from years of real estate experience and numerous transactions.  Each professional referred has a proven track record in their area of expertise as well as excellent client/customer service skills.


  • Documenting and publishing real estate best practices by authoring books on specific real estate topics
  • Marketing and managing the sale of existing homes throughout the home selling process
  • Assisting, guiding and educating buyers (especially first-time home buyers) throughout the home buying process
  • Partnering with investors to acquire, liquidate or exchange property assets consistent with each investor’s real estate objectives and business model

Communities Served

My availability is throughout Onondaga County, including the city of Syracuse, western Madison County and southern Oswego County.  I specialize in the eastern suburbs of Syracuse.

License, Certifications & Designations

  • NY State Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
  • Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI)
  • Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)
  • Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA)
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)
  • e-PRO (Effective use of technology and social media for real estate and business)
  • Certified Military Specialist (Howard Hanna)


  • National Association of REALTORS© (NAR)
  • New York State Association of REALTORS© (NYSAR)
  • Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS© (GSAR)
  • Onondaga County Real Estate Investors Club
  • Fortune Builders Mastery

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The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.

Howard Hanna

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Since being acquired by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, RealtyUSA is now part of the 3rd largest real estate company in the country.  RealtyUSA offices and agents transitioned to the Howard Hanna brand on 23-Aug-2017.  This alliance gives our agents access to new and powerful programs and tools for the benefit of our clients.

We are still CNY’s leading brokerage with the same real estate professionals and offices with the largest market share since 2000!  We are the same, only better.  Just look for us under our new Howard Hanna brand.  GreenGoldSold!

Certified Military Specialist (Howard Hanna)


Howard Hanna Certified Military Specialist

As a Certified Military Specialist with prior active duty service, I am proud to be able to offer, in conjunction with my broker, a discount to my clients who are veterans or have prior military active duty service.  This is a token of our gratitude and appreciation for your service to our nation.