Maraide Sullivan views buying, selling and investing in real estate as a very personal business because it often involves fulfilling a client’s life-long dream. She started in real estate as a private investor. She has owned and managed vacation rental properties in multiple states for many years. Her first purchase in South Carolina was in 2007. She moved from New England to live here full time in 2011.
She is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. She has earned the following National Association of Realtors designations: Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and is certified as a Resort and Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) and Short Sale Foreclosures (SFR). Ms. Sullivan has had the privilege of working with successful people and understands the value of privacy and discretion. Her interest in fine arts appraisal and investment provides her clients with added value.
Maraide is a skilled communicator and negotiator, and enjoys helping others. She received an award from the EPA for her role as lead negotiator for a multi-million dollar waterfront land conservation acquisition in Chatham, Massachusetts.
If you are seeking an agent who will represent your real estate goals and interest, you will find a detail-oriented, loyal, resourceful professional advocate in Maraide. If you are relocating, she “knows where you are coming from” and will help make the process run smoothly whether in Seabrook Island or Charleston and beyond.
Maraide embraces life in the Lowcountry and also enjoys freelancing as local talent for on-camera productions and voice overs. So, you may also recognize her in local commercials! She is active in her church, and teaches children on the Sea Islands to swim as part of the Water Proof program. She enjoys the beach, kayaking, biking, and spending time with her husband, Jim, and their border collie.
Maraide actually sold two of our properties recently. One was a lot on the water which had been previously listed with another realtor without much promotion or sales success. She and her team developed a novel approach to marketing the lot, and within days it sold! The other, some months later, was our primary residence, and it too with her professional guidance sold quickly. We found Maraide to be motivated, creative, skillful and an excellent communicator, but more importantly, highly ethical. She kept us fully informed every step of the way – from results of open houses to contract negotiations. It’s without reservation that we can and do recommend Maraide Sullivan.
Barbara & Charlie Davis, Sellers of waterfront lot and primary residence — Sep 17, 2018
Maraide is what a realtor should be – energetic, innovative and focused on selling our property. She kept us informed on a regular basis. It was a pleasure being her client.
Charlie Davis — Jan 10, 2018
It was a great pleasure having Maraide Sullivan as our real estate agent. She was very familiar with the area we were interested in as she resides there herself. After interviewing us as to what we were looking for, we made an offer on the second home Maraide showed us. Maraide is very knowledgeable, professional and thorough. She guided us through the post contract process and helped us in scheduling the inspections, repairs, etc. She promptly returned phone calls and worked well with the sellers’ agent, lender and attorneys. We would definitely recommend Maraide to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. She loves what she does and helped us buy our dream home.
William & Susan B. — Dec 10, 2017
I had the pleasure of working with Maraide Sullivan on my first home purchase. As someone with over eight (8) years of sales experience, I consider myself a good judge of service and also someone with very high standards that can be difficult to impress. With that being said, I have never worked with anyone who has impressed me as much as Maraide and delivered a better experience. Her dedication to her clients, commitment to her trade, vast knowledge and skillsets are truly second to none. Adding to this her friendliness, warmth, and passion for real estate, made the process enjoyable and a great learning experience. Finally, prospective clients will simply not find anyone as dedicated to their interests and as selfless as Maraide. She will always put you first, place your needs above her own, and has unparalleled negotiating skills that will always give you the advantage in any transaction. There were multiple occasions when I was ready to settle on a price or conditions and Maraide, whom I had complete confidence in, reassured me that she felt she could get a better price/terms; and she did, every single time. Where are you going to find another agent like this? Maraide saved me thousands, helped me find the home of my dreams, and made the process easy and stress free. I am grateful and feel so fortunate to have worked with her. I cannot recommend Maraide enough!
Christopher Naughton — Nov 10, 2017
We worked with Maraide Sullivan to sell our home located in Kiawah River Estates on Johns Island, SC. We couldn’t have been more pleased! Maraide met with us, detailed the selling process, discussed comparable sales, offered her staging expertise and brought in a seasoned photographer to our home. The professional quality photos of our home generated a flurry of online interest and in short order resulted in a ratified contract of sale! Maraide’s marketing skills are top notch and can’t be beat! She was wonderful in keeping the transaction moving along resulting in an on date/time closing. She was always available to answer our questions (and the buyers!) She was responsive, professional and caring. We had a great experience!
Rod & Caroline Gipe — Aug 10, 2017