We’re excited to welcome Michael Ernst, a newly licensed real estate agent, to the CENTURY 21® team! Michael will be working closely with his partner, Dewey Smith, out of our Urbandale office. Read his answers below to get to know Michael!


Full Q&A

What is your name, where are you from, and where do you currently live?

My name is Michael J. Ernst.  I currently live in Des Moines in the Riverbend Neighborhood.  I am originally from Ida Grove, Iowa. My name is Michael J. Ernst.  I currently live in Des Moines in the Riverbend Neighborhood.  I am originally from Ida Grove, Iowa.

Tell me about your family.  

My parents still both live in Ida Grove.  I have 2 younger brothers that live in Winterset and West Des Moines.  We are each 6 years apart.  As my mother always joked, 4 years for college and 2 to recover.  I currently live with my partner of 7 1/2 years, a soon to be agent with CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate as well, Dewey Smith.

When you’re not busy in real estate, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy playing golf, monthly cribbage tournaments, taking the boat out to Saylorville and Lake Red Rock, skiing, tubing, restoring our 1896 Victorian home and spending time with our 2 French Bulldogs Ollie and Quincy.

How long have you been a REALTOR®?

I am new to the Real Estate profession.  I have only been licensed since August 14, 2017.

What did you do before being a REALTOR®?

I have been involved in the Mortuary/Funeral Field for the past 18 years.  I am a co-owner in Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee, IA and continue to remain very active in that business as well.

Why did you choose C21®?

After meeting with a number of Brokerages, I knew after meeting with Angela and Dylan immediately, that C21 Signature Real Estate could and would offer state of the art tools and learning experiences via teamwork, education, support staff and other agents within the company to assist myself and my team on reaching our goals and objectives.

What do you like about the culture here at C21®?

I love the sense of teamwork between agents.  I have felt so welcome by not only new agents but also seasoned veterans in the real estate profession.  Everyone is friendly and offers up their time and real life experiences to assist the “new guy”.

What tools do you find helpful for your business?

The education through actual people versus just being handed a large binder full of information, from what I have heard, cannot be beat here at C21.  Everyone from Angela, Anna, Marketing and everyone else I have yet to meet have been so beyond my expectations.

What is your favorite neighborhood in Des Moines/Ankeny/Ames?

Windsor Heights.  I have a thing for older ranch style homes.

What are 3 words your clients would use to describe you?

Punctual, Prompt and Overly Detailed.

Any advice for new agents?

Not sure what advice I, with all of my 18 days of licensed real estate experience, should be giving, but I would recommend doing your due diligence on selecting your brokerage as there are countless differences between them all.

Why are you passionate about being a REALTOR®?

I enjoy guiding people through all the necessary steps and stages involved in a real estate transaction.  Seeing people happy and elated after finding their dream house or selling their home will hopefully be a highlight I will never get tired of.