Michael Orbino is the Co-Founder of and Managing Broker for Team Foster Builder + Developer Services in Downtown Bellevue. Michael brings 20 years of real estate sales, marketing, and consulting experience to every client relationship. He holds numerous REALTOR® designations including Council of Residential Specialists, Accredited Buyers Representative and Graduate Realtor® Institute. He was recognized as the “REALTOR® of the Year” Seattle King County Realtors® which is the highest honor they can bestow on only one of over 6,000 members. Real estate specialization areas include land development, pro-forma analysis, plans, and sales team training. Client profiles include builders, developers, and investors as well as individuals and families every economic level seeking holistic representation and assistance for long term or complex real estate needs.
Industry leadership includes serving as a Director at the National Association of Realtors® and Federal Political Coordinator for the 1st district of Washington. Previous leadership roles include Realtor® Party IC Chairman for Washington, Seattle King County Realtors® Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Chairman of Washington Realtors® Condominium Working Group, and Young Professionals Network Founding Chairman. Michael currently serves on the University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Advisory board and was recently accepted into the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Center for Leadership. He is also a prior board member of the ULI Young Leader’s Group. Civic leadership includes serving on the City of Bellevue’s Affordable Housing Technical Advisory Group and King County’s Land Conservation Advisory Group.
Michael’s academic background includes studying law, politics, and economics at the University of Washington’s school of Social Sciences. He has written extensively on the role that real estate plays in shaping communities, school systems, and life outcomes. He is also a graduate of the Executive Development Program at UW’s Foster School of Business focusing on organizational management, competitive strategy, and corporate leadership. Michael is most passionate about community and philanthropic involvement. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman for Teach for America – Washington, and on the boards of YMCA of Greater Seattle and Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition. Individually he has worked to inspire and encourage young men who may be experiencing temporary challenges through his mentor role in the Bellevue School District’s VIBES program and has also taught financial literacy through Junior Achievement at all age levels in multiple school districts.
Michael’s proudest role is maintaining the rank of Sergeant after serving 6 years in the United States Army Reserve with one year of active duty mobilization to support Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. His mission in the Finance Corps was maintaining solider readiness for overseas wartime deployments. The respect and awe for individuals who give up everything on a moment’s notice to serve our county and the humbling responsibility to make sure they don’t have to worry about their family’s finances while in harm’s way is something that will stay with Michael forever. He was awarded multiple decorations and citations during his years of service including expert shooter and was an Honor Graduate of his Advanced Individual Training class.
On a personal level, Michael enjoys spending his free time with family and friends. Hobbies include skiing, boating, reading, traveling, and intense conversations. Memorable trips include India, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Amsterdam, French Polynesia, and Nicaragua with hopes to visit Asia or Africa soon.