Not only have I always respected Maria on a personal level, but having worked with her on 4 back to back transactions over the last few months, I now have a whole new respect for her as the best realtor around! Let me start off by saying that my family and I hate changes and moving. Maria and I have briefly talked about different options of relocating to an area where the schools are good and the houses are bigger, but didn't actually put anything into motion until February of this year.
Together as a family we needed two houses sold in the Daly City/SSF area and two places purchased in the Tri-Valley area of the East Bay. When Maria initially came to talk numbers and strategize with us, it all seemed so far out and overwhelming. She was so calm and reassuring and told me that every stressful element she will handle and tackle, our job is to just find what we like, pack, unpack, etc. Somehow with Maria's guidance, things started moving and on this wild journey we went. She quickly helped my parents relocate to Dublin, right as the pandemic was just starting to become a real issue. Next up, she fixed up and staged their SSF home and the day it got staged, first official SIP was announced, which was also a few days before the scheduled Open House. We all panicked so much, but Maria got an agent and buyers in an hour after the house was staged and hours before SIP began and successfully sold it that night before hitting the market!
Not only is Maria lighting fast, an incredible communicator but she's also so calming in all sorts of stressful situations. We were so scared of the market and the falling stocks and the global pandemic and the timing of everything. Of course this posed its own set of challenges, but everything we faced Maria handled like a pro. She was also incredibly helpful with taking care of everything, suggesting movers, scheduling handymen, painters, inspectors, cleaners, you name it. It only took us one day in early April of looking at 4 places in San Ramon to fall in love with the first one we saw that was totally out of our budget, yet Maria worked her magic and got us a great deal. We were in contract two days later and relocated to the East Bay a month later.
Last piece of the puzzle was selling our Daly City townhouse. Maria did a phenomenal job of staging it, her eye for style and design is unlike anyone I've ever met. She's a perfectionist and extremely detail oriented, which makes her so much better at ensuring the houses she's selling are showing super well. After a few weeks, the house was in contract and with Maria's help, the escrow went super smooth and we closed a little early!
Now I miss my daily conversations and text messages with Maria, it became such a big part of my daily life. Maria, you had so many challenges and we chose to do all of this during such a crazy and unprecedented time, it's hard to believe any of this. I cannot believe we did all of this while still sheltering in place and avoiding the outside world. This was all possible with you help. We are forever grateful to you, you helped to relocate all of us and thus changed our lives. Everyone who works with you, understands why you're so unique and amazing. Anyone who doesn't pick Maria as their agent, is doing themselves a major disservice, as she is the most intuitive, assertive and persuasive agent around. You get a million stars from us! Thank you!
Maria is absolutely a five-star agent and most importantly, she is a winner agent who is fully dedicated to her clients and knows how to win with a best deal for her clients. She negotiated an incredible deal for us to buy our dream home in our dream neighborhood with below asking price and more amazingly, she helped us to beat another buyer that had a higher cash offer! I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy or sell in the very competitive Bay Area housing market!
We moved to Bay Area from Wisconsin in 2012 and wanted to move up to different neighborhoods in Bay Area, which appears to be very challenging as the housing here is so expensive especially for the good neighborhoods yet with lots of bidding competitions (ie cash offers). Without Maria's incredible knowledge, dedications, pro-activeness, excellent communication, negotiation, people skills, we could never achieve our goal and find our dream home!
Since we started our house hunting, Maria has been on top of every step of the process, always very friendly, respectful, and patient, carefully assessed and respected our needs, helped us understand all the necessary steps, gathered all the intels and searches, kept us constantly informed, and best of all, she is very solution driven in all situations. Maria makes herself available at any time of the day and week if needed, even right after she gave birth! (She inspected our dream house, talked to the listing agent, negotiated the killer deal for us, 10 days after she gave birth!)
During our search, she was never pushy at all, and even when we were so tired and discouraged due to the challenging housing market here that we wanted to just settle with something far from our dreams, she always gave us her honest advice and keep our dreams alive. She really has our best interest in mind.
Once we had potential targets we were interested to offer, Maria presented a very comprehensive analysis to compare the nearby properties with her insightful assessment and strategies for the next steps, which ultimately led to our successful deal. Maria also has a great team of loan officers who are as good as she is and made our loan applications and financing process extremely smooth with the interest rates lower than expected. Again wanted to reiterate, Maria is very responsive, she was in constant contact with us over text and email and with her great organizational skills we never had to wonder about what comes next!
After the offer was accepted, Maria's work didn't stop here. Given that we are looking to customize several things in the new house, she provided us a contact list of contractors, professionals in flooring, windows, lighting, etc. This referral list saved us a lot of time and effort to find the trusted resources that we can work with.
It was definitely our distinct pleasure working with Maria whose service is way above and beyond our expectations. Again, we are so grateful to have Maria as our realtor, and I would highly recommend Maria if you are buying or selling in the Bay Area housing market.
No one tells you that selling your home can be a very emotional and stressful time. Buying a home? Sure, everyone talks about how stressful that can be. We just sold our wonderful home and reflecting on the experience, I can only say that the outcome (which we are thrilled about) is entirely due to our amazing agent, Maria.
Maria came recommended by a friend and from the first second Maria walked in to our home, I knew we were in good hands! She was warm yet totally professional. She took her time explaining the process to us first time sellers and always advised us with our best interest in mind.
We were definitely emotionally attached to our first home, since we put in so much time and effort in to remodeling it just the way we wanted. Maria instantly recognized our anxiety about the whole thing, and treated us and the home with the utmost respect and attention.
There were a million moving parts throughout the process of preparing our home to go on the market and Maria’s attention to detail and the organized manner in which she operates, made us feel like we are her top priority, even though she was probably juggling other clients at the same time. We never felt that she was too busy for us. She was on top of everything! I mean everything! She even dropped off bins to keep us on schedule with de-cluttering prior to our open house! She was ready to roll up her sleeves and help us through to the finish line of preparations.
She was at our home, reviewing and presenting offers late in to the night, all while a one hour commute back home lay ahead of her. She refused to do this over the phone because she wanted to show her support and dedication to us and knew that we were full of nerves in making a decision on the offer. Her presence brought a sense of calm and made us feel like we have the best person representing us, with only our best interest in mind.
Maria’s professionalism, dedication, support and guidance that we received from her through this entire process was second to none and we are so happy with the results!
Her energy, positivity and support made this milestone in our lives as painless as possible!
She is the best agent anyone could ask for and I can’t wait until our paths cross again, because we will definitely be using Maria for all of our real estate needs.
Maria is a seller’s dream agent. She was our one-stop-shop for everything from dealing directly with every single vendor for prepping the property for the sale and every other party involved in marketing and the actual deal.
Selling a home is a difficult nerve wrecking process and Maria held our hand from the very beginning through the end. She’s friendly, flexible and is assertive yet not aggressive. She’s very skilled at negotiating and we felt she had our best interest in mind through the very last step and more.
What stood out to us the most is Maria’s ability in handling difficult and unforeseen situations. Maria didn’t panic when faced with challenges and was able to effectively and efficiently address everything in a timely manner. In retrospect, we felt very lucky to have been in her expert hands considering the situation required someone that knows the industry very well.
Maria’s market analysis went above and beyond the standard level of an agent’s knowledge. She had insider insight on the most optimal way of positioning the pricing, marketing and advertising of the property. We felt that this served to be a solid foundation on which our ultimate sale was built. The method with which she approached the offer process also proved to be at the expert level and ultimately got us to an all-cash offer and a very short closing window.
Maria was effective at juggling many moving pieces and was a mastermind at planning and timing every single step with multiple dependencies in mind. From the beginning, she developed a step-by-step plan with our needs in mind. Each milestone was met on time while some were exceeded. Most importantly, Maria exceeded every one of our expectations and we’ve been recommending her by singing her praises.
Maria Nichols is a fantastic realtor with a great sense of understanding of her client's requirements. We found a home in the highly competitive Bay Area market within one week of meeting Maria! She is an adept negotiator (we got our home at lesser than list price). As a first time home buyer she was a delight to work with as she made the process easier for us by working with us closely during the escrow process and coordinating with the lender and title company for timely close. We would recommend her to work to anyone looking to buy a home and more so if you are a first time home buyer.
Maria came to us like an angel. She has helped us sell our house for more than we expected, worked hard to make everything right in this crazy world we are in with closed facilities and tough document control/dispersion. We closed on our house and the new one out of state, both on time in the most challenging conditions I can imagine. She is a credit to her business and I would (and actually have), provided the best recommendation I have ever given anyone about her honesty, integrity and persistence.
Buying a house is one of the most stressful things a person can do, especially if one has strict budget and down payment requirements. We were skeptical if we would be able to find a house in Bay Area. But Maria came in wearing a white hat and alleviated our concerns completely. She helped us get started right from the pre-approval process all the way to buying the house. She has intimate knowledge about the loan process as a whole, told us about different kinds of loans and has couple of great contacts with loan providers. We ended up using getting loan via one of her contacts. She is extremely supportive and uplifting during the whole looking-at-houses phase, which is taxing to say the least. She also has deep knowledge of the market and covers whole of Bay Area, from San Francisco to Morgan Hill as well as whole of East Bay. We could not have asked for a better person to help us during the whole process. Maria is a great professional and a genuine and a great person. You would not go wrong using Maria for your realty needs.
If you are a first-time buyer looking for an extremely responsive and patient buyers agent, look no where else. Maria is an experienced buyer agent, which you can tell from all aspects: she understands every single detail of the process, she knows what to look out for when touring open houses, and she has excellent communications with the selling agents. I appreciate her being flexible when it comes to working together. She listens to our need, respects our way of touring houses here and there, and is patient with us scoping down our options. What's best, she is extremely responsive and patient with tens of questions we come up with every single day. Highly recommend her.
There are not enough words to express how wonderful and amazing Maria is! If I can, I would give her 10 stars! Not only am I a first time home buyer, but I am a teacher, single, and come from a humble home that did not ensure any financial support from my family. I was on my own. Home ownership felt like a forever dream, and if I had any chance to purchase something, it would be a home that's in a bad neighborhood, over an hour away from work, and a fixer upper that requires even more money to spend after putting down thousands of dollars, just for a down payment. I was ready to commit to being a renter for life. BUT!!! Maria proved me wrong!! She made my dream a reality when she chose to start a program for service providers (teachers, police, fire) - giving part of her commission back to the buyers as credit. She was also very proactive in communicating with all partied involved in this process - mortgage lenders, title companies, and the seller's agents. Maria always encouraged me to reach out to her if I had any questions or concerns, regardless of time of the day. Maria was very good with explaining the systems and process involved, and she really made me feel at ease. Maria is very knowledgeable with the market. Not only did she grow up in the Bay Area, she continues to work throughout the region, not limiting herself to the South Bay (which is where I bought my home). I was impressed to hear that she continues to work with clients throughout the Peninsula, and works tirelessly to make people's dreams come true. She is truly a gem and a blessing, and she will be my go-to person as long as she can be for my future home buying/selling journeys. Thank you SO much, Maria!
Maria is a gem! Not only did she grow up in the Bay Area (and thus understands the market), but she has a history of working in real estate from both a buyer and seller perspective, and is a true entrepreneur. Beyond this, she has a real passion for what she does and a down-to-earth personality. When I was feeling overwhelmed by the task of buying my first home, Maria walked me through the process, explained everything in detail, and helped put everything in perspective. She went above and beyond many times. I highly recommend her to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling property.
We met Maria via our friends that had also worked with her for their home. Maria struck us as a very genuine, honest and nice person. She was always super available and responsive to us (even though she'd just had her little baby!), we asked her a ton of questions since this was our first home and she was always patient and explained everything to us. Even after we completed our purchase, she was always helpful if we ever asked her a random question over chat.
She caught on to what we liked pretty immediately and her suggestions got more and more accurate each day. We kept looking for houses via redfin and other apps as well and before we'd see the home on the app, we'd already have received a message from her with the link. She was on top of it always, and went the extra mile to get information on the houses and get us viewings before the house hit the market in some cases.
Maria has been in this business a while. She knows the locality and actually educated us on a lot of aspects of certain areas. Her estimates for how much a place would sell for were pretty accurate and that helped us place our bids. She was there for us when our offer didn't get accepted and also was very much part of the celebrations when it did. We think of her more as a friend than a realtor and are happy to have met Maria! In this world of technology, its really nice to have the human touch to certain experiences and we were very happy with ours!
Maria made the whole process seamless and stress-free! She was knowledgeable, responsive and professional. She went above and beyond to respond in person when she easily could have communicated by phone. She made sure to check in with us frequently to make sure any questions we had were being answered, and she had the forethought to anticipate questions we may have and got the answers to them in advance. I've purchased several homes in my lifetime, and this was by far the smoothest home purchase I've ever experienced. I work a lot of hours in the week, and having Maria making the process run smoothly was invaluable to me!
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