Maria M. Sims
- GRI, e-PRO, IMSD
Lahaina, HI 96761
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.
“A broker with a heart that makes you feel at ease during the whole process.”
“Being out of town, we appreciated Maria’s handling of all the details. She made a big difference.”
“A sale faster than expected. What an efficient agent.”
“At the forefront of the industry, providing automated processes to make the purchase easier.”
“She’s a technology expert in the industry, proving all of the information needed for the transaction.”
“The best broker we’ve ever had.”
“Selling a home has never been easier. Maria has earned her reputation as an excellent Realtor.”
“Despite my busy schedule, Maria was able to keep me updated with information particularly after the initial offer was made. It is rare to find someone that can work with your busy schedule and continue to take care of details until the last moment.”
“Hard work and attention to details made this a smooth sailing home sale.”
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 understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why our team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of our clients. We take great pride in the relationships we build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals.
Our team of experts represents the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always striving to lead the field in research, innovation, and consumer education. Today’s buyers and sellers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate. With our extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to our clients, we are your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice.
GRI Graduate Realtor Institute
-GRI represents the most recognized professional designation in the real estate industry and is a prerequisite for pursuing various advanced professional designations.
e-PRO National Association of Realtors
-e-PRO is the only NAR approved Internet Certification Program. The e-Pro Certification Program will establish a base line of online competence, and it introduces its students and graduates to the best aspects of Online Community. . . the Internet is about the power of people connecting with people.
Our philosophy is simple: clients come first. We pledge to be in constant communication with our clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. We believe that if you’re not left with an amazing experience, we haven’t done our job. We don’t measure success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of our clients.
"She sold my grandmother's home in record time and was so great at explaining all the details of the transaction. We would have been completely lost with all the things that occur on a transaction. But she did such a great job. "
-Daniel K, Client
"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"
"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!"
"My experience in working with Maria Sims has proven time and time again that her extensive experience and broad skill in helping buy and sell real estate result in an exceptionally satisfying experience wherein the level of industry knowledge and customer service is above and beyond that of anyone else I have ever worked with. She is without question the best in the business and any who needs to sell or buy real estate will only benefit at the highest level from engaging Maria's services on their behalf!"
-Brent J Rosenbower, Colleague
"Mia is one of the most energetic agents and one of the most technically savvy real estate brokers I've the pleasure of working with. I confidently recommend clients to work with her in Hawaii where they really need a reliable broker."
-Stephanie Derderian , Colleague