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

Dear Edward,

We would like to thank you for all of your hard work regarding the sale of our house here on Bainbridge Island. I feel compelled to write this testimonial so that others might read what great work you and your office provide. Ed is professional, courteous, knowledgeable, hard working, and kind. He worked through all the hurdles and bumps that inevitably come up through the selling process with aplomb. We thank you and wish you and your staff every happiness and continued success.
With best regards,  
Taia and Peter Siphron
Thank you for all that you did for us as in our house sale and purchase.  Not many people would be willing to invest the amount of time and attention you gave us.  Thank you for your cheerful support as you took us through house after house after house for two full years (yikes!) 
Thank you for honoring our needs and giving us excellent counsel when we tried to buy a house that wasn't a great fit.  You could have very easily just supported us and washed your hands of vacillating perfectionist clients who were I'm sure, a challenge to work with.  Instead you gently asked the right questions and helped us do what we needed to do to wait and eventually find the perfect house for our family.  You never pressured us and we are truly thankful for your patience.
You were spot on on helping us ready our house for this difficult market.  I can't believe we had two offers within weeks on going on the market!  Your recommendations for what to do, from the mundane (carpets) to the fun (staging), were crucial to getting the house sold quickly.
We are looking forward to calling on you to assist us in our future real estate adventures.  We appreciate your looking out for our best interests despite the immense time and energy our search required.  You are a delight to work with.  I'm not sure words can do justice to how grateful we are for all that you did for us.
Ever your loyal and grateful clients,
Jen and Frank Kochenash

PS - If anyone wants to talk to us about how it was working with you please use us for a glowing reference.

Maureen was spectacular!  We were first-time home buyers, and she was a dream to work with.  In our eight months of searching, Maureen kept in constant contact by phone and email, she showed us over 40 homes, and had her finger on the pulse of every shift in the Bainbridge housing market.  After our offer was accepted she continued to work closely with us, guiding us through the intricacy of our home purchase.  Maureen is simply perfect - we can't imagine a more dedicated, experienced or professional agent.
             Drew Hansen & Julie Cooper, Eagledale

"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