After working with a Seattle-based real estate agent on an expansive house search across the whole area, we decided to focus our attention on Bainbridge Island. We realized very soon that we needed an experienced, knowledgeable, professional, independent, tireless, patient, and kind (we needed a lot of hand-holding!) local agent. After checking with a few local colleagues, there was only one obvious choice - Maureen Buckley from Buckley and Buckley.
We landed in her office and she had already weeded out properties that she knew would not or could not meet our needs. We went on the obligatory tour and she quickly directed us away from other homes while narrowing down the choices to only those that met our criteria - all the time exhibiting humor and gently but firmly helping us complete a whirlwind 2 day tour with a property that would work for us.
She then took over - negotiating with the seller's agent, calling upon experts to help sort out all kinds of specific issues with the property (beach stair repairers, septic, architect, builders, appraisers, GeoTech experts) while helping us finalize a comprehensive and fair final contract.
There were the usual challenges (and some unusual ones) but Maureen's calm and determined approach helped us navigate the completion of this sale from 3 time zones away.
Not only that, she has stayed connected to us since the closing, ensuring we are doing alright with the move and all the logistics of remodeling the home.
We have bought (and sold) many homes - the experience with Maureen (and her husband Edward and their wonderful office staff) is without question the best we have ever been through. While this is, at its core, a business transaction, Maureen made us feel comfortable and personally cared for throughout the process.
If there were 10 stars to rate her on, I'd still try to give her 11. Thanks, Maureen, for everything. See you on the island very soon. -- Craig Dolezal & Jennifer Boehm, August 22, 2013
"Maureen and Edward Buckley are the best of the best when it comes to real estate on Bainbridge Island. From our first meeting to the day Maureen handed us the keys to our home, the Buckleys were extremely attentive, knowledgeable, personable, and intuitive. Being first time home buyers with hectec schedules, Edward and Maureen always carved out time to answer any and all questions, quickly ancitpated our needs in a home, and ultimately found us an amazing fit. Words cannot express how much we've enjoyed working with the Buckleys! I recommend them to anyone who wants the best the island has to offer. We will be working with Ed and Maureen on all purchases and sales in the future!"
- Terra and Clint