I am a passionate Realtor® who specializes in working with people who have
high expectations of their agent and the results that they produce. I
understand that some of life’s biggest decisions involve real estate and
that the final results can have a profound impact on people’s lives. That’s
why I work diligently with every client to understand precisely what they
need for a successful outcome.
My real estate career began in 2004 with an internship at Pulte Homes while
finishing up my business degree at USC. During this time, I experienced
the joy of helping people realize their dream of home ownership. Words can
hardly describe the feelings I had to see new homeowners’ excitement when
they took their keys for the first time. Those were new feelings to me
since I grew up in (what was then) the Soviet Union where homeownership was
not possible even though people longed for it.
That internship was a profound experience that led me to decide to focus my
career on real estate. After graduation I took a full-time position with
Pulte and in 5 years I won numerous sales awards and was recognized as one
of their top 10 sales performers out of the thousands in the system
nationwide. In 2009, I relocated back to the Bay Area and since have built
a diverse real estate career which has included traditional representation
of buyers and sellers, new home sales, special projects with private
investors and developers, and the acquisition of my Real Estate Broker
Today’s real estate climate is very challenging, especially in the Bay
Area. Buyers and sellers at all price and property value levels need more
than just an agent who can perform a transaction. They need an agent who
takes the time to understand their needs and identifies each situation’s
nuances (since no two clients are alike nor two deals the same). They need
to know their agent is 100% honorable and trustworthy. They need to know
that their agent’s standards and expectations are higher than theirs. And
finally, they need to know that agent is me!
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"Maria is an extremely talented realtor. She is the perfect agent for first time home buyers. She explained to us the whole process in a detailed manner. Infact, some of our friends who had already bought places were unaware of facts that one should definitely consider while buying a home. She was not pushy at all and helped us go through heartbreaks of losing some houses in the bidding process. Her knowledge of bay area housing market and honesty aided us in the brutal process of buying a home in Bay area. When we finally found our home, she was extremely efficient in getting all paperwork in time and constantly guided us throughout the process. She is well organized and well connected which made the process much smoother. In fact, we still bother her with questions, even after closing. She , like her usual self, replies quickly like a champ. At the end of the process, we gained not just a house but a friend."-Rangoli
" 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!-Sameera
"Maria made the whole process seamless and stress-free! She was knowledgable, 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!-Kendra
"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 / 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 / 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."-Hanyuan
"Maria is everything we needed in a real estate professional. She's always aware of what needs to be done in the home-buying process. She is prompt, efficient, and doesn't come off as pushy at all. Her knowledge, experience, demeanor, and awareness allowed us to relax and go with the flow. Buying a home can be extremely complicated, but she insulated us from potential stress. I highly recommend working with Maria."-Ernest
"Maria was an absolute pleasure to work with, and a very genuine person who truly loves finding people their dream homes. You can immediately tell how much she enjoys her job, and she's *extremely* good at it! Thanks to Maria, we move into our first home in one month!
We first contacted Maria in late January to put our feelers out, and she immediately recommended that we get prequalified for a loan, and put us in touch with a mortgage broker. We'd thought we still had several months of saving to get to our goal, but we ended up being more than ready, which was a very pleasant surprise! Maria then sat down with us to go over the process in detail from touring homes to close of escrow, and made sure we were 100% comfortable with our level of knowledge and the price breakdowns. As we set out on the next step of looking for a home, she took great care to learn our preferences and budget. She became so in tune with what we wanted that when we didn't end up with the winning bid on a house we both loved, she was able to use her contacts to find a house coming soon that was almost identical (and in our opinion, better!). When we won the bid for our house, her amazing organizational skills made paperwork go quickly and smoothly. Everyone we came in contact with during the process commented on how great Maria is at her job, and how easy she is to work with!
I honestly can't recommend Maria enough, especially for first time buyers who are a little intimidated by the process. Thank you so much for everything, Maria! We are so excited about our new home!!!"-Brittany
"I worked with Maria on two transactions. Once when I purchased a new construction home and again when I decided to sell it. She worked flawlessly during both transactions. Even though she was the builder rep when I bought the new home, she really took the time to explain everything to us and cared for us like we were her only clients. I used her again to sell that home and was even more impressed. She was on top of everything. Explained the process very well and when we hit a little bump in the road with our buyer, helped us navigate it. I plan to use her again when we move back to California next year."- Nancy
"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 & 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 & 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 & was able to effectively & 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 & 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 & a very short closing window.
Maria was effective at juggling many moving pieces & was a mastermind at planning & 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 & we’ve been recommending her by singing her praises."-Ma
"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."
"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."
"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!!!|
"Buying a house in the bay is a stressful affair with it being a seller's market. Maria was very responsive during the whole process and kept us informed of the process.
We felt like we could trust Maria and her judgement. She helped us make the right decisions, even if it meant not bidding for a house and waiting. We never felt forced to bid on a house even after Maria had researched it extensively, or to increase our bid to make the cut. Thanks to Maria's proactive attitude of approaching seller agents, we snagged a great deal on a house, as she approached the seller for a preemptive offer.
Maria is knowledgeable of the area as well as the house market dynamics. Since this was first home-buying experience, we were new to the entire process and Maria supported us throughout the process, from searching for houses to closing the loan application. I would definitely recommend Maria!"
"Maria came to us like an angel. She has helped us sell our house for more then 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."
"I could not have wished for a better agent to represent me in the purchase of my home here in Brentwood. Maria was knowledgeable about the community and extremely thorough with every detail from beginning to the end of the process. She spent time showing me property and listening to what my needs were. When I had to leave the state she continued to search for me. Through pictures and videos she was able to fine the home I purchased without me setting foot on the property. Maria never dropped the ball. I will be forever grateful for her real estate expertise!"-Belinda