Owner / Director
Maria is energetic and passionate about real estate and her reputation for integrity and fair dealing is second to none. With then just 6 years in the real estate industry Maria wanted to do it her way and in early 2009, set out to build an award-winning agency under her own banner with a total focus on customer service and giving her clients value for money. Before establishing Maria Selleck Properties in January 2009, Maria had received multiple achievement awards in the local and national real estate industry and has earned her reputation as one of Canberra's leading professional agents achieving great sales for clients. In addition to other awards since 2009, Maria also received the prestigious Real Estate Institute ACT Small Residential Agency Award of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016 plus the national REIA title in 2013.
Maria's personal attributes of integrity, passion, tireless energy and genuine helpfulness have consistently given her the competitive edge. Maria always prides herself on exceeding her client's expectations. As a big believer in always going the extra mile with every single property, Maria regularly enhances homes with her own stunning works of art and beautiful furnishings and commissions minor improvements as required on selected properties. The results have been great outcomes and delighted clients. In her career of fifteen years, she has personally achieved an unsurpassed 50+ record price sales with 96% of her listings being sold at or above the asking price.
A crucial part of Maria's reputation is built on her extremely high ethical standards - a quality that is cultivated throughout Maria Selleck Properties. Whilst getting the best possible result is high on her agenda, so is making sure that each and every client, seller and buyer, is treated with respect and integrity. Clients have viewed her honest, straightforward and insightful approach as a breath of fresh air, which explains the inordinately high amount of repeat business and referrals. But when asked what it is that makes her so successful, Maria is adamant about one thing: real estate is not about houses, it is about people and relationships. It is this belief that drives her and her business and is what keeps her clients coming back.
Maria's unique and diverse background has spanned continents, cultures and all socioeconomic levels. Her extensive life experience has equipped her with the emotional intelligence that allows her to intuitively understand each of her client's needs and sensitivities and work with them accordingly. Her extensive managerial background in both private and public sectors in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the broad range of skills and expertise which she has developed were readily transferable into her work in real estate.
Her private sector experience includes periods working in the legal profession and residential construction industries. Maria's public sector career includes periods working overseas in Australian diplomatic missions and in Canberra with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Austrade and the Australian National Audit Office. Maria also served for a period as President of the Foreign Service Families Association. Maria moved to Canberra in l978, studied at the Canberra Institute of Technology and ANU and is married with two daughters.
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" Professional and Enthusiastic "
We have known Maria for a few years now, Maria has now sold 3 of our properties.Maria can only be describe as professional with great integrity and honesty and someone you could trust and depend on to do the right thing by you.Despite the great competition in the industry, there are few that could surpass Maria’s skill and knowledge in terms of assisting clients in navigating through challenges and uncertainties.
" Very satisfactory "
Maria was very courteous, professional and obviously experienced in all that was necessary for a successful outcome.
" Maria Selleck - An absolute professional "
The achievement of extraordinary outcomes are rightly the ultimate reward for extraordinary people.Maria Selleck is one of those people, both professionally and personally.I cannot think of anyone that I would rank more highly.An absolute professional who worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for me, in the recent sale of my apartment in Barton. ACTI cannot thank Maria, Gordon and Mellisa enough.
" Auction of 23 Moroak Street Hawker "
I am delighted to share my experience of auctioning my home with Maria Selleck. From the first time I met Maria she was extremely professional, very generous with her time and provided all the information from the finest detail to the end result. Maria was happy to answer all my questions and competently guided me from presenting my home for sale to explaining the details of the auction day process. I was delighted with the result and highly recommend Maria and her highly professional team to others.
" Committed service "
Maria was patient and strategic in selling our home, happy to play the long game to satisfy us rather than pushing for a quick sale. She was focussed throughout on getting the best price possible.Maria has sold our past three homes, so we are familiar with the value she adds in suggesting how to best present the property.She invests herself passionately in each property she is selling.We highly recommend Maria if you’re looking to sell through an agent who provides an all-round package.
" Helpful, Knowledgeable & Professional "
We recently sold our house with Maria and she made the whole process smooth, stress free and enjoyable. She has a calm and honest approach and achieved over and above our desired result. I highly recommend Maria to anyone looking for an agent who knows their market and is considerate and easy to deal with from start to finish. Thank you Maria & Gordon
" Professional expertise gave us the results we wanted "
Our experience with Maria Selleck and her team was positive throughout. Maria listened to our requirements and guided us in how to achieve a satisfactory outcome. Communication was exemplary, with Maria providing timely feedback after each open house and during the final stages of negotiation.We can highly recommend this skilled professional.
" Highly professional and accommodating "
Maria was very accommodating to meet me at the property at short notice and was very knowledgeable about the property and all its features and was able to advise on the state of the local market more generally. She was a pleasure to deal with!
" Our dealings with Maria Selleck Properties have ONLY been positive. "
Maria and her team have given my partner and I such a wonderful experience from the very start to finish of the process. Throughout the last few weeks (and throughout COVID 19), we have worked closely with Maria in organising a first home purchase and she couldn’t have been more kind and helpful! Even at short notice, her team were ALWAYS flexible and would help to work around our schedule to conduct viewings and inspections whilst giving genuine and honest advice. Our dealings with Maria Selleck Properties have ONLY been positive. We know that in the future, herself and her team will be there to help us, either with our current property, or with any future properties as we have no intention of looking elsewhere in Canberra anytime soon. We would happily recommend Maria Selleck for any property needs as the job will be done 110% (and be styled with an awesome colour scheme along the way)!Thank you!!!
" Knowledgeable, hard working, gets results "
We selected Maria to sell our property based on online reviews, word of mouth and after an initial meeting where we were impressed with her knowledge and transparency of the process and costs. Our property went on the market immediately prior to the COVID 19 shut down making it an extra-ordinarily difficult time to sell. We also live interstate so were not able to be 'hands on' with the sale. Maria managed everything on our behalf, including arranging garden and cleaning maintenance of the property. Whilst it was not an ideal time to sell, Maria did an excellent job at getting us a good result.
" We would be more than happy to refer Maria Selleck Properties to family and friends "
Dear Maria, We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for the sale of our property in Casey. Going back some time ago you did a wonderful job in selling our property in Nicholls, and made the whole process go as smoothly as possible. You also achieved a great price for our Nicholls home. Early this year we had an opportunity that came up that we decided to go with, and it required our house in Casey to be put on the market. We had to move the whole process of selling our home quickly and achieve the right price to meet the demands for our relocation. After meeting with you, you completely understood our situation, and within no time our home was open for inspection. Your highly professional, great to work with and you achieved an excellent result in selling our home in a very short time frame. Again, the whole process was made smooth and straight forward thanks to you. We are very grateful to you, Gordan and your agency Maria Selleck Properties, for your professionalism, keeping us up to date and for the extra attention to detail you provided us with. We would be more than happy to refer Maria Selleck Properties to family and friends. Kind Regards
" Best Real Estate Agent in Canberra!! "
Maria and her team are exceptional. Best real estate agent in Canberra! She managed to negotiate a great offer in just 10 days after our apartment hit the market. Her styling advice and her professionalism in keeping you in the loop is outstanding. She was always on time and has been a pleasure to deal with from start to end. I will definitely be recommending her to friends and family!!
" A seamless experience with a great outcome "
Dear Maria What can I say other than a heartfelt thank you for helping me sell 4 Levien Street! From start to finish the process of getting the property on the market to final settlement was seamless. While living in Sydney and leaving it to Maria and her team to get the sale over the line was just fantastic. I knew she would pull it out of the hat as my parents three years earlier had the same experience with their home. Maria's in-depth knowledge of the Canberra market and experience in selling properties was well translated in getting a result beyond our expectations. Maria invigorated our investment property and brought it back to life by transforming it from a house to a home. The result was phenomenal with the property only being on the market for one viewing. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Maria who was transparent from the onset, engaging at every step of the process which was rounded with her warm and sincere personality. I can see why she has a good team with these traits and her hardworking ethic makes her a cut above her peers. Maria, thank you for taking the stress out of this process which generally tends to be a very nerve-wracking experience. With warm wishes.
If you are considering Maria along with other agents to sell your house for you, my advice is to definitely choose Maria! We had three appraisals and we chose Maria. Maria and her team were professional and efficient from the moment of first contact to the finalisation of our sale. It was apparent from Maria’s detailed and thoughtful appraisal of our house that she was very focussed on how she would sell it. Other agents take the view that ‘the house will sell itself’. Maria spent many hours with us, helping us to present the house to its best advantage. Her knowledge and advice were spot on. After just two home opens, Maria achieved a sale price for us way above what the other agents had quoted. I cannot recommend Maria and her team highly enough.
Maria was recommended to us as an agent who works with the customer to ensure they have the best possible experience and outcome in selling their house. Maria is an exemplary professional in her approach, and brings years of experience and insight. From our first meeting we felt we could trust Maria to represent our interests and that her team would provide us with a high quality and personalised service. We really felt that we were in ‘safe hands’ Based on our experiences with agents over the past forty years we found her advice and support went beyond our expectations. Maria spent time with us discussing improvements and renovations to our home to enhance its appeal. Her project management skills are exceptional and she has an excellent team supporting her. Maria works closely with the seller to make the process seamless and avoid unnecessary delays. She also demonstrated high levels of integrity in dealing with people. The sale price achieved by Maria, and with options to choose from, after only two Saturday open homes, was exceptional and was significantly higher than what was thought possible by other agents We would strongly recommend Maria as an agent for a personalised, professional and all-inclusive approach to selling a property.
Our house was sold thanks to Maria and her team. To sell a house is not easy and we and Maria plus Gordon embraced the cold July mornings where Maria with her positive spirit made it happen - a SOLD sign. Our deepest appreciation to you Maria. From the Van Der Bergs
" Maria provided a great service - professional, proactive and effective "
We approached Maria to sell our flat, based on the sale price she achieved for a flat in the same block previously. Maria was professional and pro-active, finding us a buyer within one day from her list of contacts, without us having to spend a cent on a marketing budget. Maria negotiated well, finding a price point very satisfactory to both us as vendors and to the purchaser. We really felt that Maria achieved the best price possible for us. The sale proceeded without a hitch, Maria kept us informed and communicated well with all parties throughout. We recommend Maria as an agent with integrity who uses her excellent knowledge of the Canberra market to deliver for her clients.
Dear Maria, I am writing this letter to appreciate the amazing work that you and your team has done to sell our property in Kingston. In short the process, effort and lengths that you yourself went to so as to ensure a final sale – via many open inspections, coordinating with tenants, going an extra mile to making sure the property is ready for viewing, extra efforts that you put in for advertising and showings to the buyer, and the overall professional approach was exceptional. I must also say that your calm demeanor made it easy for us to maintain our composure in this difficult Canberra market when it is being flooded with apartments everywhere. At a time when the market or low attendance for viewings led us to think that may be we were pushing the boundaries on the property both in terms of value and time, you stood firm, worked with us on the overall approach and ensured us that once the right people viewed the property that a sale would result. And that’s exactly what happened. Having formed strong relationships with the tenants and the future owner you were able to ensure that both parties agreed on mutual terms. It amazes me when I see the care you afforded to both the parties. You really exceeded my expectations of an agent, especially when our property could not be sold by another agent. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any person who is seeking the same outstanding service in buying or selling their properties. Me and my wife wish you the very best for the future and hope to engage your services again. Regards Ritesh
" Your friendly manner and expertise is something that is very much appreciated. "
Dear Maria, I was just wanting to say a very big thank you to you personally and your team for such a wonderful job on selling our rental property. Thank you again from Brendan and myself. Regards
" Best Real Estate Agent in Canberra!! "
Maria and her team are exceptional. Best real estate agent in Canberra! She managed to negotiate a great offer just 10 days after our apartment hit the market. Her styling advice and her professionalism in keeping you in the loop is outstanding. She was always on time and has been a pleasure to deal with from start to end. I will definitely be recommending her to friends and family!!
" What a gem you are in the real estate world!! "
Dear Maria Having worked in the conveyancing world for over 30 years I have never come across someone so dedicated and genuine as you. When you first came to our unit in Holt to give an appraisal we were taken by your enthusiasm and confidence in relation to selling our house. Maria came to our attention when she sold the house next door to us and achieved a price that we thought was amazing. As we were not in Canberra on weekends, we were particularly pleased to be able to leave the presentation of our house completely in the hands of you and your team. The team of handyman, stylist and photographer turned our somewhat jaded home into a modern, stylish home. We were pleased with the small and relatively inexpensive list of work recommended to improve our home. Maria’s office also organised all the sundry tasks like cleaning, building reports, etc.The photographs were specially impressive and we almost didn’t recognise our home of 10 years. We thought that it presented beautifully after this attention. The end result was a sale in about 5 weeks and a great price achieved in what we had heard was a fairly stagnant market and during a quiet time of year (winter). We would strongly recommend Maria Selleck Properties to anyone thinking of selling their home if they want a stress free process with an outstanding result. Thank you Maria. You were exceptional.
" Maria is undoubtedly the Best Real Estate Agent in Canberra! "
We sold our house in Gleneagles Estate through Maria and we can say that we are very happy customers. From the onset, Maria took avid interest on every aspect of the sale, from the presentation of our home till settlement. She was available to discuss matters no matter how busy she was. We are in awe of her attention to detail and dedication to her trade. Maria is backed up by a fantastic team that we can’t thank enough. If you are looking to sell your house, don’t look any further. We happily endorse Maria Selleck properties and her team. If we were to sell our house again, we would go to Maria without a blink of an eye. We have also recommended Maria to our friends and neighbours. Maria is now a dear friend and her warmth and wisdom is something that we will tap into for years to come!
" I can’t recommend Maria Selleck and her team too highly "
Maria has sold both a rural property and an apartment in Canberra for me. In each case, not only did the price exceed my expectations but the property sold so quickly I was amazed. Maria’s knowledge of the market and her ability to ensure that your property is presented to the fullest advantage are exceptional. She has a real gift for matching property to prospective buyers which means that you, as thevendor, don’t have to worry about anything, which reduces the stress which can be associated with selling your home. Maria has the highest ethical standards in conducting business and this is an important factor in her well-deserved success as one of top agents in the ACT region.Most importantly, throughout the process you are treated as an individual, not merely another client. Your questions are answered, no matter how trivial, and Maria keeps you fully informed of progress.Quite simply, Maria Selleck Properties is the best real estate agent I have ever dealt with, and I wish Maria and her team all the best for the future.
" You were very professional and your attention to detail is to be commended "
Just a short note to thank you and your team for a tremendous result in selling our family home of 30 years. You were very professional and your attention to detail is to be commended. I followed your advice and suggestions in the preparation of our home pre-sale and that proved to be spot on. Your marketing of our home; ads, photography etc were also instrumental in achieving a sale result that was above expectations. I have no hesitations in recommending you and your real estate team to anyone contemplating selling and marketing their home. Many thanks again,
" From the outset we were impressed with Maria’s professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge "
From the outset we were impressed with Maria’s professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge of the current housing market. She was complimentary of our property in Amaroo and gave us the necessary assistance with the styling of our home before the open house. Maria was always positive and optimistic about the price she would be able to sell the house for, which she was able to achieve with her excellent negotiation skills. Overall, we were very pleased with Maria’s personable manner, her work ethics and her commitment to sell our house, and we have no hesitation in highly recommending her and her team as real estate agents.
" I highly recommend Maria Selleck and her team to sell your property "
My friend in Canberra recommended Maria Selleck to auction my property whilst I am living overseas. I am absolutely delighted with Maria and her team’s efforts to auction my property at a better price. Their attention to detail, ethical and professional standards were excellent. Maria explained all the details prior to the auctioning process and walked me through the auction day with outstanding results. She and her team are the most talented, professional and truly honest people you will ever meet. I highly recommend Maria Selleck and her team to sell your property.
" Maria Selleck and her team are the best boutique agency in Canberra "
We would like to say a big “Thank you” for selling our family house in Oxley in less than a month and achieving a great price. That really exceeded our expectations. It has been a pleasure to have you Maria as our selling agent. You are truly an exceptional person and an exceptional agent. Your professionalism and enthusiasm has shined through in all our interactions with you. Right from the very beginning we felt that we were in good hands and you have proven this to us. Having left our house totally in your hands due to our long interstate trips, you and your staff, under your instructions, took care of everything. You prepared and presented our house beautifully. You also helped us immensely in obtaining important documents to prove that our property was built according to formally approved plans. We would like all our friends and acquaintances to know that Maria Selleck and her team are the best boutique agency in Canberra. We would not hesitate to recommend your service to anyone who is planning to sell their house. We will definitely come back to you Maria in the future should we be looking to sell again.
" Amazing beyond expectation "
"I can not speak highly enough of Maria and her team..totally professional and reliable..not only understanding the market and the sort of clients that would be interested in our property but provided invaluable advice on how to present our home. Maria secured a price that was beyond expectation, working with a boutique agency such as Maria Selleck made all the difference in our experience..Everyone told me to go through Maria and it was the best decision..honestly if you want the best service Maria and her team work tirelessly to ensure the best results. Once again thank you Maria Selleck you made the experience a true delight."
" "Her attention to detail and commitment to be the best, differentiates her from the rest" "
I have known Maria Selleck for approximately 15 years, both as a buyer and seller during that time. As a keen follower and investor in property both in Canberra and interstate, I am quite aware of the quality and capability of what differentiates one real estate agent from another. The Canberra market is quite different to the bigger cities in Australia and quite dependent on other factors such as election cycles, etc., so selecting the right agent to sell your property becomes an “investment in your investment”. Maria Selleck may not stand head and shoulders above all the other agents physically, however, her track record of highest sales results across all areas of Canberra certainly speak for themselves. Her attention to detail and commitment to be the best, differentiates her from the rest of the agents in Canberra and nationally. Maria has sold 2 properties for our family in Canberra over the past few months where there has been a market shift and decline in property prices in Canberra and nationally. Both properties were in excellent condition but had some issues that needed careful negotiation with stakeholders and understanding of property law in the ACT. Maria worked tirelessly and was committed to achieving an outstanding result despite these challenges. She did NOT want to just sell the property and pushed the market to get a price that didn’t seem possible at various stages throughout the campaign. I have no hesitation in recommending Maria to any prospective seller, particularly when you want the highest price not just a sale and where there is a market shift or difficult conditions. I would also be happy to be contacted if you would like further examples of why Maria is the best real estate agent in Canberra.
"I am absolutely delighted to wholeheartedly recommend Maria Selleck and her team to sell your residential property. Maria has sold three properties for my family and me and in each case achieved outstanding results, sometimes in challenging situations and markets. Even when there was only one real buyer for a property, Maria was able to expertly and ethically achieve the highest price possible, delighting us in each case. Maria came to my attention after the glowing referral of a friend who had sold their house for a stellar result. As a local business owner myself, I knew about the huge importance of word of mouth recommendations. And having bought and sold a number of businesses and commercial and residential properties myself over the years, I thought I was a very capable negotiator but I have to tell you that Maria is in a class of her own. This is only reinforced when other agents in Canberra will privately concede that Maria can achieve miracles! Do not be surprised if Maria’s fees, while fair, are higher than other agents, sometimes twice as much, but I can absolutely assure you that the difference is a shrewd investment on your part that will pay large dividends. Many agents spend more time trying to beat you, the seller, down rather than persuading the buyer to go up in their offers. Maria works with professional and charming persistence to achieve the best result possible. I have personally seen Maria completely pay for her fees by having one last go with a buyer. Maria and Gordon and the whole team are the most talented, professional, ethical and lovely people you will ever meet. I cannot recommend them more highly."
" Great agent "
"Maria and Shane did an excellent job and we could not have asked for a better result. We are happy to use Maria again."
" Great agent. Seems to have a lot of knowledge on getting the best price. "
"Absolutely great agent. We could not have been more happy with the results. Many thanks. It was through word of mouth that we selected Maria."
" Highly recommend this wonderful Agent "
"I can highly recommend Maria Selleck to sell your property after she sold my house recently. She recommended improvements to maximise the sale price which I did. Found her extremely good at qualifying potential buyers and then completing the negotiation with a clear understanding of my expectations / minimum sale price I expected. Thanks Maria for doing a fantastic job which resulted in a successful solution with the selling my house."
“My wife Margaret and I commend Maria to any person considering presenting their home to the market. We watched the market for some 18 months, attending open house & auctions. This provided the opportunity to observe Maria and other real estate agents interact with potential buyers. We also formed opinions on the home being offered, focusing on it’s potential and would determine a suitable price on our observations. This background work enabled us to value our home. Spring 2017 we interviewed Maria and one other, however, it soon became apparent that Maria was an outstanding candidate. During our campaign, other words, such as top-notch, dedication to the client, high achiever, come easily to mind. Our home sold in seventy days, at a price above our expectations, far exceeding the sale record for Ngunnawal; set by Maria in 2016. The photographs were spectacular, transforming our home, we continued to visit the Selleck website, just to enjoy the show. During open home, Maria’s team were friendly and engaging. Maria made recommendations in respect to the suitability of our dated furniture, we learnt to group items in three’s and we complied by hiring several components, this brought our home into the modern arena and played a key role in revitalizing pre-Christmas interest. Maria held an impromptu action by telephone, with interested parties. Between bids, Maria kept my wife and I appraised of the situation and at an appropriate time asked for our views. Margaret and I would not hesitate to engage Maria for our next home, nor would a formal interview be required.”
" Made all the difference in helping us achieve a great outcome "
"We were very pleased with the outcome that Maria was able to achieve for us in our recent house sale as well as the expert service provided throughout. Maria's attention to detail, focus on presentation and strong negotiation skills went beyond what you would normally expect of an agent and resulted in an outcome that surpassed our expectations. Maria has a strong knowledge of the local market and her tips and advice, all of which proved to be correct, really made the difference. We would highly recommend Maria and will definitely use her again next time that we need to sell."
" Excellent Agent "
"Maria and her team did an excellent job selling our apartment - we didn't expect to get a sale in this market - cant recommend Maria highly enough!"
My husband and I sold our first house in Canberra through Maria in 2017. However, this was not the first time we dealt with her. My first encounter with Maria happened over 10 years ago when we were hunting for our first house in Canberra. I had only slight interest in a house that Maria was selling. However, she managed to hook me up on the phone for over 10 minutes. "This woman is so persistent!" I said to my husband, "If we have a house to sell, I will definitely engage her as our agent." Our second encounter with Maria was in 2013 when we were looking for an investment property. We became extra cautions when we stepped into a house and found that Maria was the seller's agent. However, we fell in love with the house immediately, falling prey to its wonderful presentation. We made an offer within one week after its first opening. We still love the house but suspected that we paid a premium due to Maria's super strong negotiation skills. I told my husband that in order to get the premium back, we need to engage Maria when it is time for us to sell. The opportunity came towards the end of last year when we moved out of our first house. Our initial intention was to offer the house for renting rather than sell. However, the long list of renovations and repairs suggested by the property manager made us feel exhausted. With a phone call from us, Maria took on the job of preparing the house for sale like a breeze. Armed with a small but super efficient team of handyman, stylist and photographer, Maria turned the house from a 1990s' ordinary three-bedroom dwelling into a stylish urban chic within a few weeks (We could not believe that the house was ours when we saw its pictures on Allhomes). Maria project managed the whole process of transformation, including dictating the paint colours and material used for the door handles. She managed the project mostly from remote. However, the frequent telephone calls between us and her gave us the false impression that Maria was looking after us only, rather than over a dozen of clients at the same time. Not surprisingly, the house was sold at a fantastic price. With its wonderful presentation and Maria's tireless marking efforts, the contract was exchanged before Christmas, which set a happy tone for the holiday season. Our love affair with Maria however has not ended. Maria offered to give us some free advice on styling our new house, and she is fulfilling her promise in her busy schedule. Although now a former client, we do feel that Maria has become part of our journey. We are constantly inspired by her hardworking attitude, her honesty and warmth, and her wisdom and great taste. We wish her continue to flourish in an industry that she is passionate about!
" This lady delivered the goods! "
"Maria has the know-how on presenting a property and I feel it made all the difference in a successful transaction. She even gave up some of her holiday time to do so."
Maria Selleck and her team are highly recommended by us. Maria came to us with a good knowledge of the local market and a plan to maximise interest and pricing for our home. The plan involved some improvements being done to our home which we were open to. Maria gave us some price expectations if we followed her advice with the improvements, or if we chose to sell with less or no improvements. The attention to detail and expectations she provided at this initial planning phase is what impressed us the most in comparison to other agents and ultimately why we decided to use Maria Selleck. Maria’s team then commenced undertaking work on our home and got our home looking its best. The photography and ads were created and we were very happy with how our home was presented for marketing. As per Maria’s plan, she generated lots of positive interest in our home and this resulted in am auction result greater than anticipated. Of note, it was also significantly greater than what other agents had predicted. What makes Maria exceptional is her planning and attention to detail in getting a house well styled and decorated to generate as much interest as possible. She has great ideas and a very capable team to assist vendors in getting the house ready. The end result for us was a great price that exceeded our expectations. Additionally, the stressful experience of selling a home was made easier by Maria’s team helping us to prepare our home, which we know made a big difference. Thank you very much, Maria Selleck and your team!
" Maria Selleck - Great Agent! "
"Maria and her team did a fantastic job selling our property in Barton. Her recommendations for the marketing and presentation were spot on, she demonstrated an excellent knowledge of the market, and exceeded our expectations with the sale price that she negotiated. During the course of the marketing of our property, the body corporate raised questions about the building approvals which Maria put to be straight away after some extensive investigations with the building inspectors and their records. We highly recommend Maria and would certainly use her again ourselves to sell property in Canberra."
" Great Experience "
"We have bought and sold many times but never with an agent like Maria Selleck. Maria and her team know what they are doing. Our advice to anyone selling is, talk to Maria, listen to what she says and follow her advice. When it comes to selling houses, she is the business and she does not muck around. Thank you Maria for your wonderful organisation, efficiency and negotiation."
" The right agent can make a life-changing difference "
"We bought and sold our houses with Maria earlier this year and she is a truly wonderful agent who acts in the best interest of both sellers and buyers.We have in the past bought and sold a few houses and have worked with a number of real estate agents in the ACT region. A friend of ours recommended Maria whom we haven't worked with before. From our first meeting, I found she is very comprehensive, knowledgeable of the market and has eagle's eye for details.She has relentlessly helped us along the way to buy and sell. The results we had with Maria has proven finding the right agent can make a life-changing difference."
"When we decided to sell our townhouse we asked around for recommendations for a really good real estate agent and Maria's name came up again and again. From our first meeting, Maria's knowledge, professionalism, experience and wisdom were evident, but it was her passionate personal commitment to understanding us and our needs and getting us the best possible result that really impressed us. Maria's advice on readying our home for sale was specific and forensic and clearly built on a deep and insightful knowledge of the market, and her support team (handyman, stylist, photographer etc.) had our house dressed and ready to go within a very short time frame. After only three weeks on the market we had a buyer and a sale price that exceeded our expectations. I can wholeheartedly recommend Maria Selleck to anyone considering buying or selling a home in Canberra."
"We would like to thank you and your team for all of your hard work in the lead up to and ultimately on the sale of our home. Your honesty, hard work and incomparable work ethic saw us not only achieve a record price in our suburb of Weston, but saw every aspect of the process run smoothly and seamlessly. Everything from the preparation of our home, your attention to detail and yours and Gordon's management of what were at times we're sure quite overwhelming numbers on open house days never went unnoticed. We would like to sincerely thank you for making an otherwise potentially stressful and emotional experience manageable and positive. Thank you for your kindness and respectful dealings with every member of our family and indeed the respect you showed our home, including working tirelessly to ensure our home was sold to buyers who saw its value also. We would happily engage you again in the future, and would highly recommend you and your team to anyone considering selling their home."
"We’d like to thank you and your team for a wonderful outcome in selling our home in Amaroo and achieving a suburb record result which was far above our expectations. We appreciated your energy with the marketing campaign, your advice with preparing and presenting our home to a standard that attracted the right buyers and most importantly your day to day communication with us. You kept us fully informed along the way and you were instrumental in achieving large numbers at open homes as well as encouraging the right people to attend on Auction day. Given your extensive experience in the Canberra market , we also appreciated that you had existing buyers on your books looking for good properties and this assisted in getting us the best outcome we could of hoped for. We will definitely be recommending you to anyone looking to sell or buy a home and we wish you and your team all the best for the future."
"Maria Sellick has sold two houses for us. In both cases she provided her professional skill to ensure the properties were presented in the best possible manner. As a result of her hard work and knowledge of the market we achieved above expected results and the buyers obtained excellent properties. I recommend her services."
"Firstly I would like to apologies for not emailing you sooner to say THANK YOU for getting an amazing price for our house. Ross and I are both very grateful for all your hard work in getting the very best result, we do not regret for one minute in choosing you, you are the best person/agent we have ever worked with, and we have dealt with a few agency over the years. Thank your for all your patience, it took a while for us to get the house ready to get the house on the market. Next time we want to sell one of our investment properties we will not hesitate to contact you."
"We would just like you to know how much we appreciate all the wonderful effort and time you took in selling our house. As it is an unusual house we're sure it took quite a lot of persuasion to get our buyer to a price that we are extremley happy with. Your professionalism and dedication to your job are second to none. Your skills at negotiation are excellent (not forgetting to mention what a charming lady you are.) You took all the worries and hassles into your own hands, so that we were left feeling relaxed and comfortable with the whole process. May we also say here what a gem you have in Alan Mortlock. His work to get our home ready for sale was unbelievable. He is a wizard. May we also say a bigh thank-you to Vanessa with whom it was a pleasure to be in contact with on the phone, she's a sweetie. Also we can't forget Gordon as we're sure he is a great back-up for you. We will be sure to tell anyone we meet who are moving to Canberra that they can't do any better than to use Maria Selleck Properties."
To whom it may concern, I have attempted to draft a testimony for Maria multiple times, but struggled to properly describe her brilliance in each of my previous attempt. Words cannot describe Maria’s exceptional taste in setting up a house to its full potential, or her uncanny sixth sense in cultivating and negotiating the highest price for the vendor. More still, all of this done with minimal fuss! Looking back at our extremely positive experience, selling a house at the price we achieved should not be this easy, at least not for the vendor. Below are several key advantages of having Maria as your agent, and if any of the other agent you shopping for does not tick all of the boxes below (I doubt any would be even close), go with Maria! - Identify simple and cost effective work to improve your property. - Project manage these work at the shortest time possible to put your property on the market. - Organise other necessary sundry tasks (e.g. cleaning, styling, inspection report) and ensure they are done properly. - Amazing photographs that accentuates the best of the property. - Willing to invest the time needed to get you the best result, by this I mean someone who is experienced and ready to run a tender. After meeting Maria for the first time, I thought her fee was on the high side but I was prepared to pay for quality. However, I was gob smacked to learn from friends later on they were paying a lot more for sub-standard service from other agents (i.e. no registered bidder on auction day). So do a bit of research, and you will realise Maria’s fee is really competitive. Lastly, Maria delivered on everything she promised and quite a bit more for us, I have every bit of confidence that she can do the same for you. Yours sincerely,Alan Ng and Irene Lau
" Highly Recommend "
I was very happy with the level of service given by Maria and the team. It was a smooth stress free process selling my first home. I was always kept up-to-date at all times and negotiated a sale price I were very happy with. I highly recommend using Maria.Thank you once again.
To whom it may concern Around May this year we decided to sell our family home of 26 years. This had been our only home in Australia. It was the right time to down-size and move interstate to be closer to family. The hard task of finding the right agent ended the day we met Maria. Knowing that our garden looked its best in Spring we initially wondered if we should wait until Spring for the sale but Maria was convinced that winter was as good as any season and came up with a timeframe to sell in August. This timeframe actually suited us better and she dispelled whatever reservations we had about selling in winter. There was never a cause for regret. From day one we felt comfortable with Maria. Her sensitivity to our needs, her respect for clients, personal interest and involvement in every step of the selling process and her practical yet ethical and professional approach appealed to us very much. We relied on her advice and were confident she would get the best possible price for us. Maria’s team is closely knit and works efficiently in a co-ordinated manner to achieve great results. We were happy to undertake the minor improvements to the house that Maria suggested. These and the styling made a big difference to the way the house was presented for sale. The photos were amazing and the marketing campaign was way beyond our expectations. We are also very happy that Maria recommended the tender system to us. It was altogether stress free unlike an auction. Maria kept us posted on developments and handled the entire process extremely efficiently. Needless to say, she achieved a record outcome in the end. Maria Selleck Properties strives for excellence in everything they do from preparation and presentation of a property for sale to finally negotiating a price. Their integrity and quality of service is unquestionable. We thank Maria and her wonderful team from the bottom of our hearts for a job well done and highly recommend Maria Selleck Properties to anyone looking to sell their property.
To Whom It May Concern I wanted to put in writing the wonderful experience I never expected to occur with the selling of our home. It was a very big decision for us to sell our beautiful home that my husband and I built and designed together in order for a country life change. We took the whole process very seriously and felt we owed it to our beautiful home to have someone showcase it to its best potential. We interviewed over seven agents and Maria Selleck well and truly stood out above the rest. The starting point was such a simple thing of her coming to meet me at my workplace at a time that was suitable to me. In preliminary discussions with Maria and talking about the key features of our home - there was not one aspect that I had identified about what the house had to offer that was not written down in her notebook. I could not believe how much detail she had consumed in regard to what the house had to offer and she honestly believed our house was a true home. This was very important to us as we had put so much time and effort into our home over the years that we had someone selling our home that loved it as much as we did. I am sure everyone believes their house is going to be the best home on the market in their suburb at the time of sale and Maria truly believed in the potential our house had to offer. Many other agents overlooked key aspects that our home had to offer – but not Maria she had every nook in the house and garden covered. The selling of a home can be very stressful – but this was just not the case when dealing with Maria Selleck properties. Maria walked through our home and suggested minor improvements to be carried out which we as owners and having lived there for so long could not easily site. These simple modifications just brought our property up to date with the modern market. Maria and her wonderful team took charge and managed to sort everything from the building report; to the magical photo shoot; collection of the family cat; right through to the correct coloured cushion being used on the lounge. During the time of sale both my husband and I had to undergo two major operations – before I had even returned to my room from recovery there was the most wonderful floral arrangement in my hospital room – I just could not believe what a wonderful personal touch Maria had – what other real estate agent would do this I thought to myself and more flowers arrived for my husband as well with his operation. This gesture just meant so much to us - another example of how Maria goes above and beyond the average real estate agent. Maria thank you for everything you have done for us in the success of selling our home. You reached a goal that we could never have imagined we would reach – not just selling the property but obtaining a buyer only week two into the 4 week tender process and gaining record price for a 4 bedroom house in our suburb!! I will not be able to recommend you highly enough – although since our sale I have recommended you to my very close friend and again you have excelled with your personal touch and again receiving a record price for the suburb. I thank you from the bottom of my heart Maria, for your professionalism; your caring ways; your attention to detail and for being you. If only every financial dealing could be as pleasant an experience as what this has been for us in dealing with Maria Selleck Properties. Thank you and your wonderful dedicated team for making a very difficult decision to sell become such an exciting journey. Melissa Scarlett 4 April 2016
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" Fantastic Result "
Dear Maria, I'd like to add my voice to the tome of recommendations we looked at when we engaged you to sell our Pearce townhouse. It is evident you have a unique talent in this business. You secured a price beyond our expectations and the whole process, with your team behind you made it all seem effortless and seamless despite our high levels of stress around the selling and moving process. Thank you to you and your team for your great work. Warm wishes, Margaret & Ric Jacobs
" Dedicated and keeps her word "
This is the 5th property Maria has sold for me in the past 2 years. I have also recommended her to at least 3 of my friends who have thanked me later. She is professional, persistent and you can count on what she tells you. I have dealt with other agents who work hard at getting your listing and then work hard at lowering your expectations later. Maria gave me a genuine appraisal of each of my properties as well as some helpful suggestions on how to improve its value prior to marketing. Maria has achieved the price within the range of her estimate on every sale for me.
" Thank you Maria "
We have no hesitation in recommending Maria Selleck and her team to help you sell your home. Maria is very professional and knows her stuff! She gave us good advice about the market and set out our options very clearly. Maria is very 'hands on', helping us to prepare the house for sale and personally attending each open house and giving us a report each time. It wasn't long before our house received an offer and Maria helped us negotiate a good result. We have good memories of the process - due to Maria's efforts. Thank you Maria.
" 2 Shirlow Place, Weston "
Peter and Mary Harrington
" 24 Waratah Street, O'Connor "
It is with great pleasure that we provide a reference for Maria Selleck. As a real estate agent Maria is simply the best! We had bought a new house just before Christmas, and needed to look for an agent to sell our existing home early in the New year. We had real difficulties getting real estate agents to respond to our queries in January. The only agent that promptly came back to us was Maria. We were impressed that Maria called us from Europe, where she was holidaying, to tell us that she really wanted our business. She quickly organised for information to be dropped over to our house, including a stack of glowing references from past clients. We did get quotes from other agents. While Maria was at the high end of the commission fees, we felt that she was going to work hard to achieve a great result for us. What set Maria apart from other agents (who all assured that they could easily our home in a buoyant market) was her commitment to get the very best price possible for our home. She recommended that we go to Tender rather Auction. You should ask Maria for an explanation of how this option could also work for you.From the moment we signed up to sell our house Maria worked with us to make sure we presented our home in the best possible manner. This included deciding colours for repainting using stylists to decorate the house, and being personally involved in the photo shoot. As we were keen to sell our house quickly. Maria came up with a 3 week marketing campaign in print and online. She also made suggestions about exhibiting on other days rather just Saturdays, including on Sunday's to maximise exposure. During the sale process Maria kept us 100% informed of how many enquiries she had received - emails, phone calls, contracts sent out, and the numbers of people who inspected.It all worked! After only 10 days and three open house exhibitions Maria sold our house. She sold it for an amount that was well beyond our expectations. Maria cleverly used her excellent negotiation skills and deep knowledge of the market to get us the very best price possible.Maria provides great personal touches. She left us cards with her detailed messages and sent us flowers for the first open house. Maria was willing to talk anytime on the phone and after hours meetings could always be accommodated. Maria went out of her way to accommodate all of our requests.Without doubt Maria Selleck is the best real estate agent we have ever dealt with. Her professionalism is exceptional. She really works to achieve the very best possible results for her clients.Thank you Maria for your hard work, we were delighted with the results!Best WishesAlex and Yumi
" 5 Gangele Street, Ngunnawal - Suburb Record Price "
To whom it may concern, In January 2016, we decided it was time to down-size and sell our Ngunnawal family home of some 8 years. A friend who had recently achieved an excellent result from the sale of her Kaleen home referred us to Maria Selleck. Knowing the importance of who represents you when selling your home, we met with a number of Agents working for Canberra based and national companies. From these meetings we got the impression we were ‘just a number’ in a turn style process helping reach some sales target. Conversely, we found Maria to be genuinely interested in understanding our circumstances and tailoring an approach designed to achieve the best outcome for us. The professionalism, confidence and warmth Maria demonstrated coupled with reasonably priced fees and the instant rapport we felt, made our decision to select Maria as our Agent an easy one. The strategy Maria believe would work best for us was to de-clutter the house, neutralise the colour scheme, remove all personal items, correct any defects and to style the house with temporary furniture and décor. Being the professional Maria is, she was able to provide us with contacts to easily assist in getting all the required changes complete in a timely manner. The transformation in appearance of our house to put to market was amazing and we felt it gave our home a ‘WOW’ factor. This also gave us the best opportunity at getting the best price and demonstrates Maria’s commitment to working for her client. The outcome of this approach was, for us, nothing short of spectacular. Within one week of listing, we had sold the house for a price which was truly beyond what we thought was achievable – and included a record sales price in Ngunnawal at the time. It is both Sue and my pleasure to have worked so closely and successfully with Maria and we have no hesitation in recommending her professional services to anyone wanting to maximise the potential returns on the sale of their property. Should you wish to discuss further our wonderful experience with Maria Selleck Properties, we would be only too happy to talk with you. Our contact details follow: Regards,
Clare Armstrong and Ian Harris 6/8/2015
Maurice & Susan Ellvey
" 5/2/2015 "
Kay Little and Don Roberts Testimonial
Dear Maria, Words cannot express enough our appreciation in the selling of our home. We gave you a very tight time frame and you managed to achieve this with the help of your wonderful staff. We had the difficult task on deciding who we should get to sell our home and after going to one of your open homes decided that it was your real estate agency that we could rely on. We cannot fault your time,energy and passion that you gave us to energise the sale; we would not hesitate in recommending you and your team to all prospective sellers. You are real professionals at the top of your game! Our sincere thanks Brian and Heather Frith
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Marica Jagarinec Testimonial
"When I was thinking about how I would describe my experience with Maria, all of a sudden the Tina Turner song You’re “Simply The Best" popped into my mind, and I thought that’s it.............she is “Simply The Best" i.e. of course if you wish to sell your property. Maria is the consummate professional there are no chocolate frogs in a bowl on a bench top, a favourite ploy of some agents, thank God! Maria knows how to display your home to bring out its best'. There’s that word)again. My home sold within ten days thanks to Maria’s expertise and the highest price was attained for the area, only one other had reached that same figure. So what more can I say except if you want the best Maria Selleck is "Simply The Best"."
Catherine and Chris Ikin
Dear MariaWe would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts in selling our house in Harrison. Choosing you as our agent was definitely the right decision from a personal level as well as from a financial aspect. Your name came to us highly recommended by our son for whom you were also the selling agent for his house. Combined with his high praise of you personally, and your obtaining the year’s record sale for Harrison for his house, we felt we just had to include you in our short list of agents whom we asked appraisals from (a decision which was well founded as, so far, our sale price is also a yearly record for Harrison). The decision to then ask you to be our agent was made easy after we met with you and saw your, and yo office’s, dedication and professionalism, as well as your ability to empathise with people. In addition, that several other agents whose opinion we respected indicated you as their choice of agent if they were selling their own home, made you our choice as well. Your thoughtfulness to our needs during the process of selling our home was greatly appreciated. With your candid approach at no time did we feel pressure from you to sell or to alter our expectations, but rather you gave us the information and time to make decisions we were comfortable with. We would like to assure you that it did not pass our notice the significant amount of time and effort you put into discussions with potential buyers, and into the post-settlement period to ensure both parties’ needs were met. Finally, your reputation for matching the right buyer to the right home is well deserved and we are confident you will continue to make both buyers and sellers happy. Sincerely
To whom it may concern Maria Selleck is by far the best real estate agent we have ever dealt with and we would recommend her highly to anyone considering selling their property. Maria involves herself in the entire selling process from the early days of preparing the property for sale right through to settlement. She is active throughout the entire process ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Her business and people skills are impeccable and she will work hard and consistently to achieve the best possible price for your house. Maria negotiated a price which exceeded our expectations and she managed to do this in under two weeks. She kept us fully informed the whole time and provided valuable advice throughout the sale. Once we had accepted a final offer Maria continued to liaise with solicitors, banks, and the buyers to ensure the sale went smoothly to completion. Maria is a highly skilled negotiator and at the same time very friendly and easy to get on with. We would not hesitate to engage Maria again on any future sales. Peter and Denise Ryan
" 27/02/2013 "
Jackie Rolfe testimonial
Dear Maria.On behalf of the family I would like to express my appreciation for your advice and the outstanding efforts you and your staff have made from the outset of your engagement to sell the family home in Campbell. Your dedication, commitment and highly professional approach ensured a great result.It has been a pleasure working with you and I would happily recommend you to prospective clients.Regards,Gerard Dempsey
Henri Kriegel 04 October 2012
Robert Leticq 17 March 2003
David Smith 3 February 2003
C&V Muscat 16 january 2003
Alana and Andrew Houng 2 December 2002
Sang and Noela Banh 12 December 2003
Alana and Andrew Houng 2 December 2002
Paul and Barbara Jones 5 August 2003
Ben and Cheryl Gllett 19 September 2003
Adrian Faccioni 27 July 2004
Annette Inglis and Victor Bokulic 15 July 2004
Tony and Delcia von Brandenstein 22 June 2004
John and Margaret Cuthel 10 August 2004
Michelle Mulligan 04 February 2005
Linda Blackman and Gordon Hearn 4 October 2004
Ros and Tony Peacock 6 February 2005
Karen and Allan King 24 April 2006
Gordon and Jennifer Voelker September 2004
Mate and Adriana Lulic 31 July 2006
David Sadleir 24 July 2006
Helen Clarke June 2006
Jan Clark-Walker 20 January 2008
18 September 2007 By Jeremy Selby
Paul and Jull Calvert 14 August 2007
Susan and Lawrence Gambale August 2007
Maragarel L C Stibbs 15 February 2008
Diana Hall and Peter Robertson 13 December 2007
Long DAO and Oanh HA February 2008
Nick and Annie Schofield 18 July, 2008
Nunz and Sam Losanno 03 June 2008
Kerry Sillcock and Chris Luton 19 May 2008
Grace Chin 20 April, 2010
John Peck and Jill Peck 22 April, 2010
Neville Voysey and Coresse Voysey 12 October, 2010
Larry and Vinnie Vosta 14 Octorber, 2010
Maria Selleck and her team at Maria Selleck Properties are extremely professional and I would strongly recommend any person wanting to sell their home to have Maria and her team do this. My husband and I had been told that selling your home can be stressful, but I can say Maria and her team took all the stress and worry away. There is not one thing we would change. Maria gave fantastic advice in getting our house ready to sell. The transformation was amazing, with many family and friends asking why we hadn't done these changes before. Surprisingly it didn't take a lot of effort, just Maria's vision. Maria makes your rooms look twice the size (well, nearly). Maria ensures that your house looks the best in the street, ready for that buyer! Once we started receiving offers, Maria went into bat for us: negotiating a price that we were extremely happy with. Not only did Maria do this, but she continued to be in contact with us, the buyers and the solicitors to make sure the exchange went smoothly and on to settlement. Throughout the sale we always felt we were the team's number one priority, not just another seller on a list. I strongly recommend you do what Maria suggests. You may not think it is necessary, but I assure you it is.If you want the best price for your house, Maria and her team will deliver the goods!Liz ClarkeFormerly of 29 Sinclair Street, Kambah March 2009
Ted & Shirley Quinlan December 2010
Tage and Marianne Pedersen Torrens, 8 December 2010
Dear MariaWe are writing to express our sincere gratitude to you for your professionalism and caring attitude in the recent sale of our Isaacs home. We were both surprised and delighted with the sale price that you secured for our home. We assure you we will not hesitate in recommending you to our family and friends who may be looking for a real estate agent. Once again, thank you for your services. Regards Phillip and June Slater
Dear Maria, We are writing today to express our deepest gratitude for your care and help in the whole process of buying our new home. We really appreciate your professionalism in dealing with all the emerging issues. You have been very considerate and efficient in all aspects. As such we do hope we will have future collaborations. Thank you again! Best regards, Kaiyang Yang and Hongsen Zhang
Dear Marla, Anyone who has bought and/or sold property is only too well aware of the many associated anxieties. We sold our property recently in Hawker and were no exception to the anxiety-ridden experience until we engaged the services of Maria Selleck of Marla Selleck Properties. Our situation was complicated by the sudden illness and death of my father during the period of marketing and subsequent sale. We initially engaged the services of another real estate agent to whom we gave an exclusive agency agreement. We terminated this agreement due to extremely unsatisfactory service. We then engaged Maria to sell our home. It was an absolute joy working with Maria and her husband Gordon. Such was Maria's outstandingly professional, friendly, proactive and determined approach and intimate knowledge of the market that she sold our home before "open house" was to be scheduled, moreover, for an excellent price in an already depressed market. Maria gave us sound advice in how to present our home including the garden, organised extra (pieces) for presentation and essentially tool (care of everything without fuss or fanfare enabling us to continue with our busy and demanding lives. She achieved such an excellent result for us at a very difficult time in our lives and also found time to provide support. Maria and Gordon provided an exceptionally excellent service, a service that I describe as unique. I unhesitatingly recommend them and I look forward to working with them again. Dora Maddock
This letter is to record the experiences of my wife and self using Maria Selleck Properties to market the sale of our home in Aranda and the purchase of our new home in Bruce in the second quarter of 2009. Although we had been planning a move to a home in a different suburb for some time, we weren't actively looking when we happened to see the home in Bruce that Maria subsequently sold us. Maria was well known to the writers as a well-respected sales agent around Canberra and we soon came to appreciate just how exceptional andcommitted she really is. What we also liked was that hers was a smaller business that could still offer a higher degree of personal service. Once we had decided we'd make the move, we had no hesitation asking Maria to sell our home in Aranda by tender and to act for us in purchasing the new home in Bruce. Maria's advice about selling our Aranda home was practical and pitch-perfect and won our full confidence right from the start. She set and kept to the timeframes for preparing and selling the home and was scrupulous about keeping every commitment she made to us. Her sense of style and what the discerning buyer would look for certainly helped capture the best features of the house and also helped deliver the record price for the suburb she then delivered. We always felt we were in really good hands and willingly submitted to her firm direction in terms of what we needed to do to get the house ready for each exhibition. Selling one's home is always a traumatic business and we too had some tense moments, but they were never about Maria. If we were to re-enter the housing market, we'd turn again to Maria for help, and that's perhaps the best recommendation we can give: We found Maria to be the consummate professional with all the right personal qualities, unfailingly charming, considerate, and steadfastly reliable. Most of all, we learned to depend on her exceptional and powerful negotiation skills to deliver the best possible sale price and that was indeed her greatest strength. Using Maria Selleck was the best thing we did in regard to making property switch and we're sure we wouldn't have had a better result with anyone else. Thank you, Maria! Yours sincerely Jens von Brasch
Dear Maria Olga and I would like to express our deep and sincere appreciation for the enormous effort you devoted to achieving the successful sale of our house in Hawker. We were very impressed with the quality of your advice when we had to prepare the house for sale, as well as with your professionalism, integrity and sheer hard work on our behalf. We were especially mindful that your were able to achieve such a good result at a time when you were also having to cope with the stresses and strains of setting up your new office. Thanks to your hard work, we now have a firm foundation all which to confidently embark on the next exciting phase of our life together. We wish you well with your new business venture. If our experience of your efforts on our behalf is any guide, we feel sure that it will be very successful. Yours sincerely Andrew and Olga Walker 29 March 2009
Dear Maria, Congratulations on the formation of Maria Selleck Properties. You sold our South Bruce property for the record Belconnen price several years ago. You were confident you could achieve a record for the area with that property and you got it with a fantastic marketing campaign. We had quotes from two other agents: both considered in the top several in the Canberra industry. You got us fully $400,000 and $450,000 above their best estimates respectively. In other words, you alone saw the property's potential and achieved it. You gave top-rate advice from the start and absolutely brilliant service. Since then, you have acted for two family members and at least three friends on our recommendation. On every occasion, you have achieved great results. You know what it means to a clients to entrust you as their Real Estate Agent. You truly act as a client's agent and work tirelessly for the best result for them. In our experience that is unique. We are delighted that you've formed your own company. Gordon's skills compliment your own and we know you'll build a great team. I'm happy to talk to any prospective clients about our very positive experiences using you as our agent. Once again, best f luck with Maria Selleck Properties. Kind regards, Tony Peacock 14 January 2009
Hi Maria, Penny and I would like to thank you for your efforts in the sale of our Weston property in July/August 2012. Your vision for the sale of our property was what convinced us to choose you (you had also been recommended by a friend). The special effort you took to present our home, and your communication throughout from a seller’s perspective was great, and your frank advice and judgement was always sound. We are very pleased with the result we achieved together with you in the sale of our first home. We hope when we come to sell our next home that we can find someone like you in Melbourne. Our only complaint really was that you sold the house too fast and now we have to leave Canberra. Kind regards,Paul and Penny Larsen
It is very pleasing to have an opportunity to write a testimonial for Maria Selleck. Before contacting Marla we frequented the exhibitions that she had organised. We saw her thorough, professional, friendly and convincing style. Among all the Real Estate Agents, we decided that if we are to sell our house, then it will be Maria who will be entrusted with it. When Maria established her own Real Estate Agency, we made the decision to sell our house and invited Maria to take up the task. Marla's handling of this undertaking has been remarkable. Ms Selleck handled the task with extreme professionalism. She discussed with us every detail. She clarified all necessary expenses. She advised on suitable presentation arrangements. And very importantly she has been very honest and did not give us wild or false expectations for the price of the house. She impressed us with her deep understanding of the market and its expectations. Maria worked very hard in order to make every exhibition a success. She tried her best to accommodate to our convenient times and gave us immediate and honest feedback. Maria's talents showed brilliantly when negotiations with potential buyers started. She combined her honesty, ethical approach and her negotiation skills to get us the best possible price. Our house is really a magnificent one. Parting with it has been a very emotional and, we can easily say, very traumatic process. Maria deeply understood and respected this. At no time did she pressure us to accept offers. She respected our emotions in this regard, which swung from extreme to extreme as we realised that it is real and that our consent to sell and exchange contracts will seal the deal and the house which we loved will no more beours. Maria's attitude, understanding, and respect to our feelings have definitely distinguished her in our eyes. She is now not only an excellent Real Estate Agent, but more importantly a real friend. We do believe that Marla is imparting respect and esteem to her profession which we are sure that its members will be thankful to her for it. We wish Maria Selleck all the best in her business and we congratulate the wise and lucky people who chose her to manage this extremely important and difficult chapter in their life. Sincerely, Obada and Mayada
Dear Maria, It took me more than six years to make the decision to sell my home and it only took you three weeks to sell it! You removed all the anxiety and stress from me, handled the arrangements with calm professionalism, kept me informed of any developments and used your extensive experience to negotiate a sale price that was a marvellousoutcome for me, I thank you very much for your energy, charm and patience, particularly in advising how to prepare the property for inspection times, and for making what I thought to be an overwhelming experience such a manageable and successful one. I shall continue to recommend you and Maria Selleck Properties to any friends or colleagues who may require real estate expertise in the future. Many thanks again and I wish you all the best. Kind regardsSue Welsh
Dear Maria, We are writing to express our heartfelt thanks to you and your team for the fantastic job you did in selling our lovely property in Wamboim. Tony and I sought appraisals from three different agencies but made the decision to work with your business as we were highly impressed by your professional and honest approach. Another factor that influenced our decision was the "good feeling'" our teenage daughter gained when you visited our home. She felt you were just the right person to represent our interests and might I say, she is a terrific judge of character despite her relatively junior year. Throughout the Campaign, you provided great support whether this was in the finer touches of how to present the home or in retaining constant contract to advise how the marketing was reacting. Tony and I were very satisfied with the price you gained for our home and had a constant feeling of reassurance that we were in good hands. Maria, you always went the extra mile in everything you did which I think is what gives you the edge on the property scene in Canberra. Your reputation precedes you and every time we mentioned to others that you were selling our property, we were repeatedly assured we had made the right choice of agent. Whilst it is unlikely we will be back in the market anything soon, as we just love our new home, we will certainly look you up to represent our interests and recommend you unreservedly to others.Many, many thanks for everything. With Best regards fromTanya Morgan and Tony AllanFormer owners of "Cockatoo" 1191 Norton Road, Wamboin NSW
Aranda: May,2011 Just before both turning seventy we decided that the right time had arrived for us to sell our home and move to a more compact home with really minimal gardening and the more specialized facilities that we might need in the future. This was a huge decision as we'd lived in our home for 42 years. It had been specially architect-designed for us. It was in Aranda, the suburb treasured by so many for its native vegetation. The home had been sited to receive a lot of sun. On one side, our living areas looked out onto natural bushland that led up to the foothills of Black Mountain. The house worked beautifully for us and the location was ideal, only 7 minutes from Civic. We needed an agent who understood our emotional attachment to home, family memories and location. Maria proved to be that person and we consider ourselves very fortunate that she agreed to become our agent. At the outset she understood the level of attachment we had to our home and we quickly sensed that we could put our faith in her. From that moment on, with Maria's calm professionalism always evident, everything fell into place. From our first meeting with Maria in our home until the signing of contracts, a period of only 48 days had passed. Considering that Easter fell within this period, this seemed an amazingly short period of time. With hindsight, what do we beIieve were some of the most apparent reasons for such a pleasingly quick and successful outcome? As already indicated, along with her calm professionalism at all times is Maria's ability to empathize with people. We could tell that not only were we the recipients of this, but it was also accorded to the many people who showed interest in our home. We were aware that a lot of additional time and very genuine respect was given to potential buyers who needed to often talk through their needs and personal situations with her. That we ended up with a number of very strong bids as the end of the tender period approached was probably, in large measure, due tothe fact that Maria's approach inspires justifiable faith in all parties. Then, too, the marketing process was second to none. For example, the photos taken for newspaper advertising, 'aIIhomes', the front-of-house display board and the posters given to visitors were of the nature one would find in a beautiful magazine. Our home looked very stylish and, with a number of eye-catching items that Maria loaned from her personal collection, it even had appeal to those who look for a quite contemporary feel. Also, 'openhouse' times were specially chosen to coincide with those hours when the sun shines fully into the living areas and so there was always a feeling of natural warmth at those important times. Although we started the process of selling our home with some nervousness, we quickly grew to have absolute confidence in Maria and, not only was the sale achieved in a short period of time but the sale price was well beyond our expectations! Our association with Maria and her always-accommodating team was an experience which we will long remember and treasure. We hold her in great esteem and wish her all the best for the future. Pat and Graham Harvey
101/3 London CircuitCanberraACT, 2601July 26th, 2011 Dear Maria, We are finally almost settled into our new home, so now I can take a minute to write and thanks you so much for all the wonderful help you gave to us in selling our property as Vasey Crescent. Both Vernon and I knew, from the moment we first talked with you, that we had made the right decision. Your work, help and guidance, made what could have been a daunting process a smooth and well-organised journey and we thank you for this. (I hands to sort the photography; however the results were beautiful, and we had never seen our house look as elegant.) Your calm and gentle manner and professional style meant we could relax through the process, and to have negotiated a price beyond our expectations was the icing on the cake. Thank you again from both of us; Dominic too! We would both be happy to speak on your behalf if needed. With warmest regards and thanks to you and the team at "Maria Selleck". Virginia and Vernon
Hello Maria, I am sure there are many people that seek your help buying or selling houses, but doubt that many buy and sell a home back-to-back with one agent as we did, then, several months on, remain as delighted with the results as we were when you achieved them! May I thank you for the professional, helpful and honest manner in which you assisted us buying our new home, and express our gratitude for the way you helped us prepare and sell the old one. There is much that needs to be done selling a house and your advice was always timely and considered. We always felt that you and your team were working for us, that you knew exactly what you were doing, and that you would do a great job.Thank you. Regards,George
Testimonial with respect to Maria Selleck of Maria Selleck Properties To prospective vendors: I recently engaged Maria Selleck of Maria Selleck Properties to market and sell my property in Canberra, following an exhaustive and robust selection process. At interview, I found Maria Selleck to be an energetic and committed professional, who appeared determined to achieve the best possible price for me, and in the shortest possible timeframe. I found Maria to be firmly of the belief that both the agent and the vendor must act in harmony, as a team, in order to achieve the best possible outcome, and thereby to attain, and possibly exceed, the vendor’s goals and expectations. Maria listened to what I, as the vendor, wanted and expected, and tailored her marketing and presentation strategy to suit. She applies a well thought out, logical and systematic methodology, that she no doubt will explain to you. It is the kind of professional approach that I am used to, and expect, as a professional myself. Unlike other agents that I encountered, she did not present a pre-prepared ‘standard’ plan. I am firmly of the opinion that such ‘standard’ strategies that other agencies appear to adopt, may not necessarily achieve the best outcome for me. Rather, Maria provided me with sound advice as to method of sale, and the best way to showcase and market my property to its best advantage, including the provision of additional items of furniture, artwork and style items; all generously provided and transported at her own expense. No other Canberra agent that I encountered was prepared to go to such a level of commitment; to showcase my property in such a way as to maximise its attributes. I, of course, as an active and willing member of the vendor-agent team, listened to that advice, and assisted in its implementation. As a consequence of Maria’s expertise, marketing strategy, ability to showcase a property, tenacity, and her obvious and considerable negotiation skills, my property sold in a relatively short timeframe; and at a good price, that I was very happy with. Throughout my dealings with Maria Selleck, I have observed her demonstrate a high level of professional and personal ethics and integrity; a level that is unparalleled in my experience with the real estate industry; and serves to restore one’s faith in the term ‘professional integrity’, as it is applied to that industry. I therefore have no hesitation whatsoever, in recommending Maria Selleck of Maria Selleck Properties to sell your property, and would gladly do so again myself, should that situation arise. With respect, and best wishes for your real-estate experience,Rod Newnham17 August 2012
Dear Maria, This letter is to express our sincere thanks for your management of the sale of our house. In a slow housing market you have successfully sold our house at a good price in a fast timeframe. You delivered on all your promises with fantastic results. We greatly appreciated your absolute commitment and professionalism. Your personalised service, outstanding work ethic and genuine passion have made selling our house a stress-free experience. In particular, we want to thank you for the great job you did of styling our house to present it in the best possible light. Your attention to detail, advice and kind loan of furnishings and artwork really made a significant difference to the final presentation of our property. We will be sure to highly recommend you unreservedly to anyone selling as we couldn't have asked for a better Realtor to guide us through the process. In reflecting on our experience we have no doubt you were the best choice of Agent. Sincerely,Cathy and Darren Spee
Dear Maria, Re: Sale of 39 Hansen Cct. Isaacs Firstly I would like to apologise for the delay in getting this to you, but with the speed at which the year is moving, time hasn't slowed at all since early April when we sold.I wouldn't normally write a testimonial for someone who has done something for which I have paid them to do, but on this occasion I have been left little choice. The decision to sell our home wasn't easy and certainly wasn't on our immediate agenda had my wife and I not decided to start a family. Having spent a few months pondering our next move, we were left with no alternative but to market our home. The short and decisive process of putting our home on the market included speaking with several other agents to get their view on what our home would be worth. Whilst we believed we were realistic, we were quickly left questioning whether in fact they were. Not happy with the feedback we decided to contact you and your team. Given that you had a track record in the suburb we thought it might be worth a shot; it turned out to be a shot that paid off. From the first consultation to the Settlement, it became very clear that Selleck Properties knew what they were doing. Only giving your team three days to get the property on the market before a weekend, we saw first hand that Selleck Properties were as serious about our sale as we were. We were most impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail which your team displayed in preparing the house for the market and were similarly impressed at the level of communication throughout this process; this gave us absolute confidence that we had made the right decision. To cut the long story short, we certainly were not prepared for selling the home after the first open house and were certainly not prepared for the price which you had negotiated; we would suggest that you would have fetched arguably the best result for such a home in the Isaacs area and potentially the Street. Either way, it well and truly exceeded our expectations. In summing up, the entire experience with Selleck Properties was nothing short of pleasurable. We again extend our thanks to you and the team and would without a doubt engage your services again in the future. We have already made recommendations to those whom we know are thinking of selling and will continue to do so. All the very best, thanks
Maria Selleck Properties30 Bougainville StreetMANUKA ACT 2603 Dear Maria We are writing to thank you very much for the fabulous work you did in selling our house in Narrabundah - you make the process as painless and rewarding as it could be. As you are aware, we asked three agents to appraise our home and provide us with a proposal to market it in what is a difficult market (March-April 2012). Whilst there were similarities in the offerings, as one would expect, it was obvious a short way into our conversation with you that your approach was much more centred focussed on the seller and presenting our home at its very best. You convinced us that your negotiation skills, for which you are renowned, were second to none. This claim was certainly ratified by the action that took place on the evening that the tender closed. We felt after speaking with you that we could be assured that you and your office would do everything in your power to help us to present our home in the best possible light, sell it by the end of the tender process, and gain us the best possible price. We found that your explanations of the various selling options, combined with your professional guidance on the method you felt best suited our home in the current market conditions, allowed us to confidently make a decision to sell by Tender. This is something that, prior to discussions with you, we would not have contemplated. However, your explanation of the benefits of this approach, particularly how it allows you to use your fabulous negotiation skills, doesn't expose the house to a failed public tender, which is common in the current market, led us to choose that method. The different feel that you gave our home with the styling you recommended such as relocating some furniture, moving other furniture and removing some furniture, made an enormous difference to the look and feel of our home. The lamps, cushions, throws etc that you lent us really made each of the rooms look amazing particularly in the photograph. We appreciated your assistance and generosity with the styling and I am sure that it contributed to the feedback received at each of the opens. Prior to choosing your agency we carefully looked at various websites and noticed that the photography on your site was a serious cut above the majority of other agents. Rebecca, your photographer, took a lot of time and trouble taking photos of our home, of which an astounding 54 were loaded onto the website. As the selling proceeded it was confirmed that your masterful sales endeavours are supported by an enthusiastic team that manages to achieve the difficult blend of professionalism with warmth and friendliness. Special mention must be made of our dealings with Sales Consultant Kerry Henshaw whose efforts on both the sales and administrative side of the process made an otherwise stressful event surprisingly bearable. Your post-sale advice on our search for a replacement property was invaluable and greatly appreciated. We are sure that it is the combination of all that your agency offers including your negotiation skills, professional styling, great support staff and top-class photography that culminated in the sale being concluded on the evening the tender closed at a price that we were very happy with. We would recommend you and your agency to anyone considering selling a home. Kind regards