“Our experience with Maria could not have been better. When we first started looking for a new home, we were not sure what we wanted, where exactly we wanted to be, or even if we really wanted to move. I can only imagine that makes a realtor’s job just a bit harder, but Maria did not miss a beat. She was patient, understanding and a consummate professional. She was always happy to help us explore the possibilities, without ever taking us down a road we did not choose ourselves. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about working with Maria was how quickly she gained a feel for our tastes and priorities, even before we were able to express them ourselves. Maria did not show us a  single house that was not a very real possibility for us, so we never felt like we were wasting any time. With two very energetic young children and often hectic schedules, this was invaluable. But most importantly, Maria delivered, finding the perfect house for our family and helping us negotiate a great deal to make it our own. From contract to closing, Maria was with us every step of the way, going above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. Thank you, Maria, for finding our forever home!”   – Sara and Heath Galloway


“We moved during the height of the housing crisis and recession. While other homes in our neighborhood sat on the market for months, Maria was able to sell our house for a great price in just a few short weeks. She was there for us every step of the way and was extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of the process. We plan to use Maria for all of our future real estate needs and happily recommend her to colleagues, friends and family” – Wesley Ralston and Krist Woodard


“Maria Brent was the instrument that placed our family in our dream home. She made the potentially stressful process of moving as easy and seamless as possible. Her experience and contacts in the industry helped us to stage and price our home to sell (which sold in seven days!), find our dream house, negotiate the successful offer, and find a lender we could work with for the purchase. She even showed up on moving day to make sure we were happy and things were going as planned. Maria is a true professional who we are indebted to for her personal and determined method in helping our family through our move.” – Emily and Joe Menard


“Maria was such a joy to work with. Her professionalism and customer service was reassuring during what is usually a stressful time. We didn’t have very much time to work together though, as my house went under contract in one week! It was such an easy and painless process, all thanks to Maria!” – Sara Montgomery


“We bought a house in the Wyndham neighborhood of Glen Allen. Maria helped us find the perfect place. There were complications with the purchase because the house ended up being a short sale. We had never purchased a short sale and had no idea of what to expect. A short sale is an intricate, difficult, extremely slow process that severely tested our endurance and patience while generating many moments of fear and panic. Would we be forced to move into an apartment for an unspecified amount of time? What if it took so long that we could not afford to wait that long? During it all, Maria tenaciously represented us in dealing with the various contacts involved. It was her tenacity and being on top of the situation that kept us calm during the entire process. Maria’s professional skills as a dynamic realtor, negotiator, and communicator allowed us to come away from a complex short sale transaction with the home of our dreams.”  – Yvonne and Hynson Marvel


“From start to finish, working with Maria was nothing short of a breath of fresh air. We did not want to settle on just a home, we were looking for our dream home. This process took time, and Maria was patient and kind with us. It was clear throughout the entire process that placing us in the right home was not just our goal, but it was also Maria’s. We had a very unique real estate experience in that our dream home happened to be a foreclosure. There are a lot of twists and turns with a foreclosure and it can be a very stressful and complicated process. It was Maria’s experience and guidance that enabled us to get our dream home at a fantastic price. In fact, out of six offers, our contract was selected. I would recommend Maria for her expertise, market knowledge, negotiating skills and willingness to make the buyers goals her own. Thank you Maria!” – Thomas and Amanda Ashbridge


“Our home in the Museum District was a part our life for 11 years and saying goodbye wasn’t easy. Maria put together an action plan that helped us prepare the home, find a great price for sale, and ultimately had two offers over asking put in front of us within five days of listing. The next hurdle was to find a house in two specific neighborhoods at a price point we could afford. If that wasn’t challenge enough, Richmond was undergoing a low inventory environment. Maria combed the listings, talked to other brokers, and found us our dream house. Her communication, professionalism, and tips during both the sell and buy side were invaluable.” – Caroline and Hynson Marvel







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Maria Brent, REALTOR®
The Steele Group
Sotheby’s International Realty
6726 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226


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