Maria Treen Real estate agent

Compass at Totem Lake

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?

Trading associate for a wealth management company in downtown Seattle.

Where did you grow up?

Upstate New York.

Growing up, what did you want to be?

A singer! I love to sing and still do. You might find me at an open mic someday in Seattle.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

I love to get outside and be in nature. Unplug for a bit and tune into myself, check in. Fresh air always makes me feel better. If I’m home, you better believe an incredible-smelling candle is lit and a cup of peppermint tea is being sipped.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

This is actually a really tough question for me because I feel like there are so many people I would love to meet. I think the first who came to mind was Oprah, though. She is such a force to be reckoned with, and I would love to sit with her and learn more about her journey.

What is Seattle’s best-kept secret?

All of the incredible hikes and lakes here are the greater Seattle area’s hidden gems.

What do you love most about the industry?

There are a lot of aspects of the industry that I love. Firstly would be the relationships I am able to make with so many new people and to be involved in such a milestone in their lives. Secondly, I absolutely love design and architecture, the ability to see so many different styles of homes and how the trends have evolved through the years is so exciting to me.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?

I will always, ALWAYS, go the extra mile for you in every way possible to make the experience of buying or selling your home the best it can be. Cutting corners is never an option for me. I feel fulfilled when my clients feel confident and empowered with their financial purchases.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

I think the most difficult aspect of the job is having to often shed light and truth to media headlines that are construed in misleading ways. There is a lot of overwhelming information that is put out there that is instilling fear into sellers and buyers, playing into emotions. So making sure to show up for your clients and make sure that you can provide clarity and truth to local markets is imperative.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads?

Stay consistent, become the expert, KNOW your communities’ markets and be a presence.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

Putting people first. All of my success has stemmed from having meaningful relationships.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

I love reading. Some of my favorite reads lately are Atomic Habits, Never Split the Difference and The Go-Giver. Podcasts for me are huge, too. Ed Mylett is one of my favorites to listen to right now. 

What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?

Pho from Ba Bar in Capitol Hill, Seattle.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?

The Smith Tower. In 1914, Smith Tower became the first skyscraper in Seattle and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. For over 100 years, it has remained a cultural icon of the city, offering breathtaking, panoramic views and spectacular architectural beauty. 

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

Once, for an open house, a cat was in the home that I thought was the owner’s (as there were two cats who did in fact live there). The third was the neighbor’s cat and was just crashing the party.

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?

I used to be a stock trader for a wealth management firm.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Barbados! It’s so low key and the people are so nice. Such a great getaway.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?

Find a mentor and tour lots of homes. Always be ethical.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?

Compass and Keeping Current Matters.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?

Gary Vee, Brad Lea, Herfirst100k, your.richbff, Architectural Digest, Dwell Magazine

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