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Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $700K in Sonoma, CA.
Maria had initially contacted me quite a few years ago regarding the sale of my home at Sonoma. This year I felt it was time to sell. Preparation and marketing the home was smooth; Maria was very helpful and clearly experienced. When a buyer came forward signaled the time of difficulty. Maria knows well the twists and turns of the documentation required for a sale. Due to my not being in the area and a very busy schedule( both contributing factors in the decision to sell) my ability to react to all requirements wasn't optimal so that is on me but here I believe Maria did her best. After some back and forth offer/counter offer on selling price and discussion of closing costs( credits) which made the outcome of the transaction questionable in my mind what made the closure of this transaction unpleasant in the extreme was the lopsided nature of the final negotiation outcome. There were no successful negotiations that would allow me to move with grace and arrange for proper transfer of all my
personal property ultimately resulting in either having to donate or outright discard several items which I'd wished to keep. In all fairness this would have been a difficult move under the best of circumstances but the experience was far worse than expected. Perhaps negotiation wasn't in possible under any circumstance but I relied on Maria to be my advocate and it is this aspect which I ( and others) feel was inadequate. I have come away with the perception that as long as the sale went to plan all would be well but at the first sign of roughness I was under represented.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Petaluma, CA.
My husband's family has used Maria multiple times over the years, and this was my first experience. Her experience and expertise in knowing how to work the market, advice on getting our home ready for sale, as well as local contractors we needed to help us get ready, made all the difference. She made the sale of our house into a coming out party, stirring up local interest, so that we had 3 competing offers all above our asking price. She held our hands, when we had questions, always getting back to us quickly with answers to our questions. Finding us a great finance person to facilitate the buying of our next house, and was able to reassure the selling agent for that house that our house was selling and they could count on us as buyers. I think her recommendation made all the difference for us in being able to move into the house of our dreams. Thank you Maria, and thank you to Michael for taking such outstanding pictures of our house that made it show so well on-line
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $350K in Glen Ellen, CA.
Working with Maria was excellent. As first home buyer, I wanted to be sure I got the best deal possible and I know that Maria made that happen. Maria helped my parents buy their first home when we first moved to Sonoma in 1992. It was nice to have a familiar face and someone I trusted in the home buying experience.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Rio Rancho, NM.
Maria called us and asked if we still wanted to sell our Condo from a year ago.
We told her we couldn't even sell by owner for what we owed and we didn't have enough to pay a commission. She assured us she could sell within the month of listing and I told her, " I hope your ability matches your enthusiasm". It did! The sale went quick and painless at more than what we had purchased it. She does her homework and matches buyer to home! 30 day escrow. She truly works hard for the seller.
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $500K in Sonoma, CA.
Maria was referred to us by friends living in Sonoma for whom she had gone the extra mile in providing assistance with more than one property. For us, she was diligent in searching something that would fit for us and responsive to some hesitancy on the part of wife as we signed a offer. Off we went to a house that Maria was offering and closed the deal in two days. But her assistance continued as we worked to rent the house. Sometimes, people who her enthusiasm don't listen well. Not so for Maria!! We continue to love our house and be grateful to her. Herbert and Phyllis Anderson, 19495 Laurelbrook Ct., Sonoma.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $750K in Sonoma, CA.
Working with Maria was a wonderful experience. She is an exceptional agent who guided us through a complicated process of purchasing a home while we were living in another country. Her energy, honesty, patience and expertise were greatly appreciated!
Bought a home in 2009 in Agua Caliente, Petaluma, CA 95476.
Maria was extremely helpful to us and quickly helped us understand the local market. She understood our needs and was a skillful negotiator on our behalf. Once we had an accepted offer, she helped us with every aspect of the process, including introducing us to the neighbors! We highly recommend Maria.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $1.025M in Sonoma, CA.
Maria did not just list my house for sale and hope for the best, she brought in a team of
people to prep it for sale and made it absolutely shine. It looked so good I almost didn't want to sell it. She also offered great counsel on the the state of the market and best listing price. Bottom line we sold it on the first day at the full asking price.
On top of offering first class professional advice her energy and personality made all of our interactions positive and enjoyable. I highly recommend Maria for all anything real estate related!
Sold a home in 2013 in Lawndale, Santa Rosa, CA 95452.
Maria is a very exceptional agent. I have known her since 1988 and have many experinces with her since. As a now retired real estate broker with over 35 years of experience in Sonoma Valley real estate, I have chosen to use her exclusively for my residential brokerage needs because she is just so outstanding and capable.