Managing Broker and co-owner of Buckley and Buckley Real Estate, I have enjoyed living and working on beautiful Bainbridge Island since 1979 and have proudly served the Island real estate community for almost 30 years.
My philosophy is being personal patient and real estate savvy for my clients so they feel confident through the process of purchasing a home in a new area or selling a home with the right pricing.
I bring outstanding results through our firms above average marketing strategies and my extensive network with other real estate professionals. This, along with aggressive web positioning brings you the exposure needed in today's competitive market and top value for your property.
If you are interested in living on this idyllic Island, I welcome the opportunity to personally help you and your friends. I enjoy sharing my hometown perspective through the journey of finding just the right property that you'll make your home.
Bainbridge offers many different lifestyle choices when it comes to choosing a home. Not only are there pockets of traditional neighborhoods, there are neighborhoods to suit individual desires. Private and public golf course communities, equestrian neighborhoods, stunning water & mountain views, private beach cottages, in-town luxury condominiums or a country estate. . . If these are on your list, you'll be sure to find it here.
My favorite Non-profits: Humane Society, Paws, Heifer Inc.& Bainbridge Saddle Club
My favorite hobbies: Riding my horse, gardening and wine tasting in Walla Walla wine country.
My favorite places on Bainbridge Island: Farmers Market, Christmas House in Port Madison.
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. -- Aug 2013
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, 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 every 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
This is the third transaction Maureen has helped me with and I couldn't be more pleased with her and her staff. These transactions have not been high dollar listings or sales and yet I have never felt that my business was any less important. I have also never felt like I was just one of many clients, like can often happen in a larger office. There has always been a ton of effort to get me the best deal possible and I would not hesitate to use her again.
My husband and I spent almost a year looking at houses on Bainbridge Island with Ed, Maureen's other half in life and in real-estate. Ed and Maureen were SO patient and knowledgeable. They told us when something I was really interested in wasn't a good fit for us and why, they helped us with the mortgage process AND they even helped entertain my 2 year old as we looked at house after house! Eventually when I was due with our 2nd in just a few months, we had to pull the trigger and Ed got us in contract with a house that Ed found for us which met EVERY one of the top criteria on our list. Ed and Maureen were so incredibly honest and forthright with us that I knew whatever advice they gave me I could take to the bank. Their experience in the industry and their desire to make it happen and make it right is nearly unparalleled. I have family in the industry and I STILL chose to work with Buckley and Buckley. That is a real testament to the quality of their work. Hands down I'll use them again or refer them to anyone in need of a home here on Bainbridge. They are one of the reasons we felt we made the right decision to move here. They embody all that is wonderful about this little island! Friendly, professional, caring, knowledgeable, honest and reliable. Thank you Ed and Maureen...from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Maureen is nothing short of perfection. She worked with us for over a year to find a home in the Bainbridge Island area while we were living out of the area, in fact out of the country. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the market and the entire area, available and patient in showing us to a wide array of homes, and the consummate professional from start to finish. She was with us through the entire process and took on logistics during the contract period that were above and beyond the call of duty.
Maureen represented us diplomatically but assertively during escrow, and we always felt that she had our best interests at heart. We're really grateful to have had her in our corner through the experience. If you have the chance to work with her, jump on it.
-Bridgid and Rick
Maureen & Ed Buckley made the sale of our Bainbridge Island rental house possible. They were instrumental in preparing the house for sale by getting us in touch with skilled and qualified tradesmen. By means of extensive advertising, agent contacts, and open house days our property received maximum exposure. The Buckley's efforts paid off when we accepted an offer. It was through their diligence that the buyer came to realize the true value in our house. The Buckley's kept their eye on the prize, namely the sale of our house and provided invaluable info so that the appraisal was done correctly and that escrow closed. I would recommend the Buckley's unconditionally to anyone seeking to buy or sell a property on Bainbridge Island.