Maria believes that successful real estate transactions come about as a result of clear communication, understanding, and trust between client and agent. She recognizes that no two customers are the same.

How does she establish such relationships? By listening, paying attention to her clients’ wants and wishes and employing one of her strongest virtues: Her passion for the business.

Maria and Sellers

Understanding that most buyers start their research online, Maria positions all her clients’ listings online for maximum exposure. It’s not enough to add a sign outside, add the property to the MLS and wait. Maria uses multiple methods of online advertising for her listings as well as the reach and clout of the Sotheby’s system and the strength of the Russ Lyon team working together to market her listings.

You can expect regular updates on your home’s marketing and showings, as well as a clear and refreshing honesty about what your expectations should be and/or changes that might help.

Maria and Buyers

Maria thrives on helping buyers find homes that will bring them long-term happiness. So while others might push buyers to make a choice so they can move on the next client, Maria urges them to think it through before making a decision. She’s also willing to discourage a choice if she sees trouble ahead. Years of experience working and living in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale gives her knowledge about issues that could affect her clients’ welfare in the future – and she gladly points these out along with the other reasons why a home would or would not work to fulfill their dreams.

Maria sees this cautionary care and lack of pressure as the right way to treat clients. Her clients see it as extraordinary.

Maria Has Inside Experience at Relocation – Sotheby’s Has Global Services

Maria is also a valuable source of advice for buyers who are relocating – nationally and internationally – because she can advise them from real life experience. Maria was born and educated in Finland and speaks Swedish, Finnish and French. She has lived in Helsinki, New York, London and Houston and moved to the U.S. – twice.

Maria has lived in the area since 1997 with the exception of a one-year relocation back to London. She originally built a new home in Paradise Valley, and upon her return from London moved to Scottsdale.

Broad Real Estate Experience

Before moving to the U.S. in 1982, Maria worked in the Chemical Industry in Finland. She moved to the U.S. and began a long and successful career in the Energy/Oil industry. This included her first exposure to commercial real estate. Her marriage led to the move to Paradise Valley where she switched careers to retailing and then to real estate sales because she wanted to work with individuals and families and not just corporate issues.

Real estate sales has proven to be the right choice for Maria who was a marketing major and graduated from one of Finland’s top business schools. Her interest in architecture and design led to her to post-graduate studies at the Parson’s School of Design in New York long before she found how her skills in this area and her business like approach to real estate would be of tremendous value to her clients.

Life Outside Real Estate

Maria currently lives on a small ranch in Scottsdale where she enjoys riding her horses and playing with her dogs. She loves skiing, fly-fishing and gets in a round of golf when she can.
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