Maria Sims was born in a small town in Central Illinois called Gibson City. She graduated with honors from high school and went on to major in Management Information Systems at the University of Illinois. Maria did graduate work in Computer Science at DePaul University in Chicago. Computers were always her passion as she excelled at them easily. From managing the schools newspaper to year book she was excellent at technology.
While on a trip to Kauai in 2001 after traveling and working with computers for nearly 15 years, Maria decided it was time for a change of careers. She had always loved real estate and had bought her first home right out of college. Maria was determined and after 2 weeks of focused work, she had her real estate broker’s license. She joined RE/MAX in Chicago right after she completed her license. After a number of years with RE/MAX, she decided to move on to another brokerage that was more focused on her specialty with Luxury Homes. Maria joined Sotheby’s in 2004 and was able to flourish in the Luxury Division. #1 Listing Agent.
By 2007 she decided it was time to try her hand at her own brokerage. She did exceptionally well at managing her own office until a wonderful blessing came along. Maria and her wonderful husband, Dan, became pregnant with their first child. This changed everything as Maria decided she wanted to raise her son in Maui. Her love of Maui was apparent as they bought 12 acres of land on their first trip to the island in 1999. For years she had traveled back to Maui 2-3 times per year on longer and longer trips. In 2010 she took the plunge and moved to Maui on New Year’s Day. After a few months of double managing her company while she was pregnant, she decided to sell her brokerage to another company and take some time for her son. She now has 2 sons with one attending Maui Prep Academy in Kapalua.
In 2011 Maria joined a very solid company known as Keller Williams Realty Maui. Maria had loved the technology aspects and educational tools that Keller Williams had to offer that did not exist in other companies. She quickly excelled and by 2013 was the top listing and buyer’s agent in the company. She continued her #1 position in the company until 2017 when the company merged with KW Island Living. Maria joined the Luxury Division which allowed her to refocus on her Luxury Specialty. As a member of KW Luxury Homes International and the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, Maria brings luxury to the Island of Maui that is unsurpassed.
From Maria . . ."I am a dedicated and successful real estate professional in Maui. My personal goal is to simplify the process of buying and selling real estate, and to satisfy everyone's needs to the best of my ability. My extensive experience and proven track record are factors you can count on when working with me. I use the latest technology to understand the current market and to make the connections necessary for our success. I specialize in luxury as I know how to marry luxury and technology to get the quickest possible sale for my luxury clients. Luxury clients are educated and want to purchase homes that meet their criteria without being showed several things that don’t. I love my clients and most have become lifelong friends. I look forward to serving you and helping you transition to your next adventure. Please enjoy my website. It is just one of the many successful tools I use to assist my clients in marketing their real estate.
Certifications and Organizations:
KW Luxury Homes International
Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
Internet Marketing Specialist Desiganation Certification (IMSD)
GRI (Graduate Realtor Certification) - Graduate Realtor Institute
E-PRO (Technology Certification)- National Association of Realtors
Certified Mentor (Mentor Certification) - Brian Buffini
QSC (Quality Service Certification)
PMP (Project Management Professional ) - Project Management Institute
Presidents Club 2003 RE/MAX
Member of the Realtor Association of Maui
Member of the Hawaii Association of Realtors
Member of the Chicago Association of Realtors
Member of the Illinois Association of Realtors
Member of the National Association of Realtors
2017 KW Island Living
2013 Keller Williams Top Listing Agent Award 2013-2016, Top Buyer’s Agent 2013-2015
2010-Present Broker with Keller Williiams Realty Maui
2007-2010 Broker Owner Pinnacle Realty Group
2004-2006 Broker with Sudler Sotheby's International Realty
2001-2004 Broker with RE/MAX
1991-1993 Associates in Business Administration, DePaul University
1993-1995 Bachelors in Management Information Systems, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1997-1999 Graduate School - Computer Science, DePaul University
|We closed on the sale of our condo exactly 4 months after listing it with Maria. The prior realtor we had it listed with showed it maybe twice in 4 months. He didn't advertise and there were no offers. We cancelled with him and contracted with Maria. Maria advertises on every website, she had several open houses, she showed it at least 10 times and we had 3 offers within 3 months of listing it. Plus we sold it for $14K more than the prior agent had it listed for. Maria will work hard for you to get the job done and believe me, it is hard to find people like that. Thanks Maria!|
|Mia helped us sell our house quick so that we could move back to the mainland in a hurry. I had a job offer back home in Boston that I wanted to jump on quick but we had to get out house sold quickly. Mia helped get our house listed at the perfect price to get us as much as possible, but fast. I have some experience in the real estate market, so I am skeptical of realtors if they do not sound like they know what they are talking about. Trust me when I say that Mia knows her stuff! I highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a house on the island!|
|Maria was awesome! Against her advice, we went with our mainland bank to mortgage our home on Maui. It was a huge hassle, but she helped us persevere and keep positive even when we felt like there were too many hoops to jump through. By her never giving up and staying on top of things every step of the way we get to move into our house before Christmas! We couldn't have done it without Maria!|
|Maria is an utmost professional in every since of the word, and is one of the best real estate agents I've ever had the pleasure of working with. She helped me buy a great second home away from the mainland, and because I didn't know anything about the area, she took the time to make sure I knew everything I should. I found a great place in a great location, and really credit most everything to Maria. She should definitely be your go-to girl should you be looking for a great place to rent/buy/sell.|
|Maria is knowledgeable, competent, prompt, honest and most of all, she has a big heart. I trust her that she will always have my best interests in heart. I wish there were more people like Maria in today's sales field. I was very luck to have her.|
|Second time in my life in selling a house and my two times couldn't be farther a part than one could imagine. Mia made it go so easy and clean that it was over before I new it. She keep me abreast through the whole process so I new what was happening so no hidden questions or surprises. If never I would need her services thee is no question where I would go----right back to Mia. If ever a friend was looking in Hawaii for a condo or house only one thing to say----GET THE BEST ASK FOR MIA for the most professional realtor I know.|
|She really got to know what exactly I wanted and helped me search for properties that fit. She was very helpful from viewing all the way through closing. I will definitely contact Maria again if and when I look for another property.|
|Being a first time home buyer can be extremely scary, but with Maria by our side we were in good hands. She guided us through each step patiently; from house hunting to the last of the best paper work and was extremely perceptive to what we asked for. She is very knowledgable about the island market and I would recommend her to anyone; first time home buyers,experienced buyers and anyone in between!|
|We purchased a house in Kaanapali in September 2014. We contacted Mia originally in 2013 to look for properties for us. Her guidance and experience was invaluable to us. Mia is an amazing, resourceful and absolutely professional individual. Her deep market knowledge is matched with her passion working for us, her clients. I strongly recommend consulting her to anyone seriously considering property in Hawaii.|
|I would highly recommend Maria. We had our place on the market with one realtor for over a year and since we didn't end up selling we took it off the market. We found another realtor about 6 months later and decided to list again. Again no luck! Maria was successful at selling a neighbors place so my husband and I decided to talk to her. We sure are glad we did because she sold our unit in record time and got us more money then the other realtors had us listed at.|
|I highly recommend Maria Sims. She represented our interests in purchasing a home and we couldn't have done it without her! She was always available to answer questions throughout the process and a real pleasure to work with. I've already started recommending family and friends to Maria and will continue to do so! She's the best!|
|Maria was very helpful through out the selling process. She kept me on track from listing to closing...done in about five weeks. Not only was Maria knowledgable and quick in responding to contract matters, she provided a hand in being sure final walk thru was clean...above and beyond what I expected. Thank you, Maria|
|Maria did a fantastic job listing and selling my home. She's extremely knowledgeable about the market and an incredible negotiator. Combined with her attention to detail, she is the best agent that I have ever used.|
Maui Real Estate Professional Focusing on Luxury Real Estate Homes and Condos in South Maui.