About Maria

Summary

My focus, since being licensed in 1998, is on Buyers and Sellers of land and homes in the Pickens, East Dawson, Cherokee and Gilmer County areas. I also serve the Communities of Big Canoe and Bent Tree and Coosawattee River resort. An accredited Buyer's agent as well as a Top listing agent year after year, I emphasize frequent communication with my clients, getting feedback, marketing my listings in a multitude of ways and assisting all the way to the closing table. I love the satisfaction and excitement people share when we find the right home, the right piece of land, helping my buyers negotiate the best deal. For Sellers it's all about marketing the property, securing and negotiating a contract handling the details up to closing and sharing the excitement of my clients, now moving on to the next part of their lives.

My husband and I have four rescue dogs and cats who bring us great joy. Our passions include living environmentally responsibly, animal rescue and family, and traveling together. I enjoy hiking, walking, gardening, reading and travel to just about anywhere.

My years of real estate transactions experience, continuing education, involvement on local board of Realtor association give me the experience and knowledge to give you stellar service whether Buying or Selling in my service areas. I look forward to working with you soon! 


Specialties

  • Residential home sales
  • First Time home buyers
  • Land transactions
  • All home buyers and sellers
  • Negotiating the deal

Experience

Associate Broker

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

Jan 2010 - Present • 11 years 5 months

I assist clients in selling their property or finding the right property for the buyer and assisting each party I work with to get their chosen property or sale through negotiations of an offer, contract and successfully and smoothly to the closing table.

Director of Store

Rescued Furniture Thrift Store

Sep 2010 - Oct 2013 • 3 years 2 months
371 N. Main Street Jasper, GA.

Director of this non profit thrift store where all the profits go to support Pickens Animal Rescue and the Rescue Ranch in Jasper, GA. This is an organization which I have been active with for almost two decades.

My role is one of several hats, to manage the income, inventory, arrange pick up of donated items, assist our all volunteer staff, manage the hours of the store and report to the board of Pickens Animal Rescue the progress of the store throughout the year. The profits from sales at the store directly impact the Rescue Ranch where most of the dogs and cats awaiting adoption are cared for by volunteers.

Associate Broker

Century 21 Best Mountain Properties

Sep 2006 - Jan 2010 • 3 years 5 months

Licensed Realtor in the state of Georgia and Tennessee, speializing in residential, land and lot sales and listing. Working with Buyers as a Buyer Representative and Seller representation. Constantly researching better and new ways to do my job and taking continuing education classes to better expand my knowledge base.

Associate Broker

RE/MAX Around The Mountains

Nov 1998 - Sep 2006 • 7 years 11 months

I enjoyed my time with RE/MAX. It was a learnng experience and made me into a very independent real estate agent.

Business Owner

Mountain Air Cleaning, Inc.

Mar 1983 - Jul 1999 • 16 years 5 months
Jasper, GA. 30143

I created, ran and grew my own residential and commercial cleaning business. I grew from being single owner and operator to having thirteen employees, moving the business from Marietta to Jasper at one point, until selling the service as a successful local business in Jasper, GA.


Education

  • Chattahoochee Technical College - Real Estate Broker License, Real estate (2005 - 2005)
  • Chattahoochee Technical College - Real estate license, Real Estate (1990 - 1991)
  • Kennesaw State University - Business Administration and Management, General (1983 - 1984)
  • The University of Georgia - General Studies (1982 - 1983)

Volunteer Experience

Pickens Animal Rescue Graphic

Sep 1996 - Oct 2018 • 22 years 2 months
Animal Welfare

My most recent work with Pickens Animal Rescue is for the Pickens Animal Rescue Thrift store at 371 North Main Street in Jasper, GA. I was coordinator of donations pick ups as they were needed.

Bent Tree community lending Library Graphic

Nov 2018 - Jan 2021 • 2 years 3 months
Arts and Culture

Volunteer helping to keep our community library open and operating for those living in or owning property in the Bent Tree community.

Bent Tree Benevolent Fund Graphic

Jan 2019
Social Services

I am a volunteer on this committee which oversees and raises money within the community for a Benevolent fund for employees of the Bent Tree community.

Bent Tree Community Library Graphic

Oct 2018 - Present • 2 years 8 months
Arts and Culture

I volunteer with our small community library. I assist with shelving books, putting books and movies into inventory and removing older books as needed.

Pickens County Board of Realtors Graphic

Pickens County Board or Realtors
Jan 2007 - Dec 2007 • 1 year
Economic Empowerment

Served as President of the Board of Realtors as well as in previous years as a director for a number of years and as vice President.


Honors and Awards

Circle of Excellence award 2020

Pickens County Board of Realtors - Mar 2020
Issued to those agents who transacted over 1 million dollars and under 2 million in dollar volume of sales for the year of 2019.

Phoenix Award

Pickens County Board of Realtors - Mar 2018
An award for those who achieve 10 years of Circle of Excellence awards. Those agents who achieve in a calendar years over 1 million dollars or more in sales volume per year.

Circle of Excellence Award for 2017 Sales Sides in excess of $2,000,000.00

Pickens County Board of Realtors - Feb 2018
An award of achievement of sales for those members of the Pickens County Board of Realtors who achieved over $2,000,000.00 in sales volume (side of sale participated in only) in the calendar the year of 2017.

Circle of Excellence achievement for 2015

Pickens County Board of Realtors - Mar 2016
An award for those members of the Pickens County Board of Realtors who achieved over $1,000,000.00 up to $1,999,999.00 in sales volume in a calendar year for the year or 2015.

Circle of Excellence

Pickens County Board of Realtors - Mar 2015
For achievement of over $1,000,000 in sales in the calendar year of 2015.

Circle of Excellence Award for 2014

Pickens County Board of Realtors - Feb 2015
An award from my peers for achieving over $1,000,000.00 in real estate sales for the year 2014.

Recipient of the Janie Whitfield Award

Pickens Animal Rescue organization - Nov 2011
An award from my peers within the Pickens Animal Rescue organization in thanks for my dedication and service to the stray animals of Pickens County through my years of continued service to the non profit organization of both PAR and the Rescued Furniture Store, which exists solely to benefit the care of the animals while in the care of PAR.

Realtor of the Year

Pickens County Board of Realtors - Mar 2007
Honored by my peers in the Board of Realtors as the Realtor of the year among Board members.

Circle of Excellence Award for over $1 million dollars in sales volume in a given year.
2003-2007 and 2014-2018.

Pickens County Board of Realtors


Organizations

National Association of Realtors

Past president of local board
Jan 1999 - Present

Pickens Animal Rescue

Volunteer, Director of Thrift store, Intake coordinator
Apr 1996 - Present

Pickens County Board of Realtors

President
Jan 2006 - Dec 2006

Pickens County Board of Realtors

Vice President
Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Pickens County Board of Realtors

Treasurer
Jan 2004 - Dec 2004

Pickens County Board of Realtors

Director
Jan 2001 - Dec 2003

Pickens County Board of Realtors

Chairperson for fundraising committee
Sep 1999 - Dec 2001