Maria Patakas

Sales Associate



Maria is proud to join Desert Sotheby's International Realty’s Palm Springs office. Her proven track record, excellent listening skills, natural charisma, and genuine personality are a welcome addition to the Coachella Valley team. A top-producing agent in the desert for the past several years, she began her Real Estate career in 2004 in Orange County, where she was born and raised. The experiences she gained in advising clients through the home loan process, are valuable to this day, as she helps navigate her through the often complex and lengthy process of buying or selling a home. Maria has a great eye for style and design and enjoys the creative nuances involved in selling real estate. She can easily envision how to properly stage and market a property and present it in its best possible light to achieve top dollar for her clients. Maria’s substantial knowledge of the desert area market extends not only throughout the city of Palm Springs but also Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta. Maria’s innate desire to help others motivates her to be an advocate for several important causes including local and national animal rescue organizations. She is eternally grateful to friends and associates who have demonstrated their trust and support through referrals because that has laid the foundation for where their business is today. She looks forward to helping more people achieve their real estate goals and maintaining the high standards of service she and Mike have built their reputation on. Maria is a devoted mom to her fur babies and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends who are like family. She also enjoys popping into a dance class, singing, yoga, hiking and traveling.

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Featured Listings

2095 Tangerine Court

Palm Springs, CA, United States

$999,500 USD

3 4
839 N Avenida Olivos

Palm Springs, CA, United States

$8,900 USD

3 3
5505 Hakataya Road

Pioneertown, CA, United States

$2,989,000 USD

4 3
257 W El Camino Way

Palm Springs, CA, United States

$2,420,000 USD

3 3
5505 Hakataya Drive

Pioneertown, CA, United States

$2,850,000 USD

3 3
12 Via Santa Velera

Rancho Mirage, CA, United States

$1,895,000 USD

3 4


Buying! Selling! We did both with Mike and Maria. They were dedicated to making all transactions go smoothly. They assessed the market accurately and with great finesse. We purchased a new home quickly; then we sold a home within days. Response time to our many questions was immediate. Mike and Maria have a wealth of knowledge, so processing the many forms, which could have been daunting, went smoothly. Their entire team is cheerful and helpful, as well as competent. We were fortunate to have Mike and Maria as our agents. We highly recommend them.

Elaine Clayman

Mike & Maria are a wonderful team to work with.
We would highly recommend them to anyone looking to sell or buy a home.
Always able to contact them and stay in touch. They were on top of any situation that came up during our sale.
Very knowledgeable, thorough and patient.

Great team!


Mike and Maria were a pleasure to work with on the sale of our home. It was NOT the easiest of deals in the end - with surprises thrown at us on multiple fronts with an older home working as an active vacation rental - all which they navigated with expertise and professionalism... and eventually they got us well over asking price. We couldn't be happier and would recommend Mike and Maria to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Palm Springs area (or anywhere for that matter).


Mike & Maria had a strong understanding of our local market, managed the process from end to end to make it as painless as possible, were super responsive and really "got it" in terms of seeing the value and selling points of our property.
They worked seamlessly together and were happy to do "whatever was needed" to make our work together a success, e.g. bringing in the necessary contractors to fix a few things, shipping some art to us after close, negotiating with the buyer's representative on various discussion points, etc
Mike & Maria are professionals who secured a buyer in less than 2 days, above the asking price. What more could you ask?


We have had great experiences having Mike and Maria represent us in both buying and selling houses. Not only did their market knowledge, honesty and hardwork get us very favarable outcomes we also had fun. The marketing/representation of our house for sale was really professional, extensive and gorgeous. They were with us every step along the way and going above and beyond the majority of the time. You don't need to look any further than Mike and Maria to get the best and complete representation for your real estate needs.

Mel Eleftherio

Mike and Maria Patakas are true real estate professionals. They tell you upfront that they pride themselves on their service and communication and boy howdy did they live up to that statement! The saying goes "buy the worst house on the nicest street" to get the best value, and I have a terrible habit of buying the most over-the-top sensational home in every neighborhood I buy. This is always challenging to an agent when it comes time to sell because the comps are simply not fair if you're the nicest home on the block. They understood this from the start and positioned my home for TRUE comps, and not the lesser homes in my neighborhood (no judgment, just stating facts here). It worked! I got a very fair value for my home. Fair to the buyer and definitely fair to me. Who could ask for anything more than that! Their communication was so quick, I literally had to ask them to please not return the texts I sent at 10 pm until the next day because I didn't feel it's fair of me to ask them to work 24 hours a day for me and I didn't expect such an immediate response. Then I find out what they did behind the scenes to improve the most intricate of details of my showing that even I didn't see. Honestly, I was a bit overwhelmed. They were literally making fixes themselves, in addition to finding vendors to fix things without even telling me they had taken this on because "they didn't want me to stress or worry about this" (I'm still waiting for a bill that they say I'll never see). My comments to them upon closing were "I feel like you've worked for minimum wage considering all the hours you put into this". They just have the attitude that "this is what we do... no big deal." In a word, I am blown away by their commitment to this industry. I never write reviews like this, but I seriously had to get out a megaphone on this because you just don't find service like this in any profession very often these days. I'm truly grateful to meet these two people and to have had the privilege to work with them.

Samuel Trego

Mike and Maria Patakas are a dynamic, positive and diligent team. They know their marketplace and are terrific strategists in developing a plan to either sell or purchase a home. I appreciated their expert communication and expert guidance demonstrated on the sale of my desert home.

Patricia Judice

In addition to being a very nice person, Mike was instrumental in putting our purchase deal together. He guided us through the monetary deal points, inspection, repairs and closing. Along the way, Mike was very helpful suggesting contractors and other professionals to help us set up a vacation rental after the purchase was complete. He made everything go smoothly and easily, and we very much appreciate his hard work.


After interviewing several top realtors, we are so grateful that we chose to work with Mike and Maria Patakas. At our first meeting, it was evident that they are experienced agents with well-established connections that would be essential in the sale of our home. Not only are they extremely professional and trustworthy, they are very friendly, kind and easy to talk to! In preparation for our home sale, they provided a thorough marketing plan based on their expert knowledge of the desert’s unique real estate market. We have worked with various realtors over the years, and what sets them apart is their constant communication. Mike provided regular progress updates and immediate feedback on showings. Although we moved out of the area when our home was on the market, they continued to go above and beyond to get our home sold. Once we received an offer, Mike handled the negotiations effectively. We had a quick closing and the entire process was completed remotely. We are very thankful that Mike and Maria represented us on the sale of our home. We highly recommend them for your real estate needs!


Mike and Maria were awesome. Coming from LA, I didn't quite have a best grasp on the different areas to live in Palm Springs. Fortunately, Mika and Maria were experts of the area and guided me to a perfect location. From start to finish, they were very insightful and helped me negotiate the best possible price on a dream home. I highly recommend them.


I met Mike and Maria thru an online Real Estate website. After that, I listed my "Alexander" home with them, did some price negotiations adjusting to the actual neighboring values, and after that, they sold my house shortly after that.
I would definitely recommend this wonderful couple to find a home for you, or sell your home. They walked me thru the entire process, making the sale much more easy. Thank you, Mike & Maria.


My significant other and I were thrilled to work with Mike. He helped us make our second home purchase a breeze! Mike went out of his way to keep us appraised during ever step. We truly felt like he had our best interests at heart. Even though we were out of town, and were unable to be present during some of the larger milestones we had full faith in Mike, who went out of his way to make the purchase smooth. We would HIGHLY recommend working with Mike if you have the chance. Thank you Mike for helping make our Joshua Tree dream come true!


The professional service I received from Mike cannot be overstated. I was so impressed with my first experience selling a home with him, that I worked with him on two more sales. I live out of state and it didn’t have any impact on the transactions. He communicated with me throughout all the sales, sharing his experience and expertise. Always willing to help in any way, he provided contacts to contractors and handymen in the area. I highly recommend Mike without reservation.

Lori A Brody

After meeting with Mike there was no doubt I will list my home with him. Shortly thereafter I met Maria and I was absolutely sure that I will be in “the right hands” . Both are extremely professional but also extremely personable . They manage to mix up both so that as a home owner you simply have ZERO worries. Compared to past experiences, I received constant updates on my property, as they popped up. Even while going through the these extreme and unknown changing times this World experienced this past Spring, we all managed to make the BEST of every new GOOD challenge. I can not thank them enough for all they have both done throughout this transaction. I only wish all listing agents would be so open and clear with their clients. Thanks again. Renate Seewald.

Renate Seewald

We connected with Maria and Mike by chance – and couldn't be happier that we did. We were new to the local area and buying property in California. They guided us through every step – from identifying neighborhoods and showing us homes, to the offer and escrow. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to work with them again.

Christian De Pape

Mike and Maria Patakas have been an essential part to our first home buying process. Not only did Maria show us some amazing properties, but also gave us a good ammount of history for each neighborhood. The best part, is Mike and Maria gave us their honest opinion, even about some homes we loved. My wife and I would highly recommend the Patakas. Thank you again Maria and Mike!

Shawn Abramowitz

Mike and Maria Patakas were referred to us by a Sotheby's realtor in Portland, Oregon to help us find a desert home in the Coachella Valley. We could not have been more fortunate. Mike and Maria are the best! They are first and foremost great listeners, so you get the residence that you want, not one that they think you should have. Second, they communicate promptly and consistently, every single time! Third, they are extremely knowledgeable about the community and residences in the desert and ensure that you don't over offer even when you are carried away by the enthusiasm of the moment! Fourth, they are tireless workers on your behalf - always willing to set up one more house for you to see - regardless of how many you have seen already that day! Fifth, they have a network of people that they can refer you to whether you need financial, inspection, repair, decorating or desert living assistance. We could not have had two more dedicated professionals to help us find our way through the SoCal real estate process and of course, we ended up with exactly the home that we were looking for. That result is what you hope for when you start house hunting and that's what you get with Mike and Maria...and two wonderful people as well. Please call them, you will be happy you did!

Ian Aitken

Seasoned veterans in the real estate business and it was evident throughout the process. Their confidence in the profession based upon hard work, past successes and maybe a few failures, showed and created a comfortable and professional relation. Even if our house didn’t sell, it would not have been from lack of effort from the Patakas’s.


I’m so happy to have used Mike for the listing of my home. My home transaction was complicated and Mike handled everything masterfully. He was able to negotiate a price well above listing price, and I couldn’t be happier. I recommend Mike without reservation — he’s a seriously good real estate agent in the Coachella Valley!


Extremely satisfied with the service and will go no where else. They were on top of everything and guided us through the whole process. They provided support and accurate advice, a perfect example of how a client/agent relationship should be.


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