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Margaretich Team with Award

You will not find a better advocate in Nevada County. Mary worked with me for six months on my long-distance home purchase. She stayed ahead of the listings and was ready to drive to properties at a minute’s notice. I appreciated her candor on whether a house was worth an in-person visit from me.

While her buyer/home matching skills are excellent, her true talent shines in negotiating and pricing. She knows how to strategize and she knows how to close. Not knowing the area, I talked to contractors, property managers, county permit personnel, etc. They all had the same response when I mentioned Mary Margaretich was my agent. “You’re working with the best!

KD Bray

Straight from day one I not only adored Mary but also had extreme confidence that I was in good hands! Every interaction with her was a pleasure. This was my first home purchase so it was a brand new experience for me and I was so glad to have Mary by my side helping me navigate all the ins and outs!

I found my dream home much quicker than I expected and Mary really looked out for me and made sure those dreams became a reality! When it’s time to purchase a home again, I will certainly be going to Mary and also recommending everyone to her! There are so many good things to say about my experience! When you work with Mary you will see what I mean!

Meghan M Harlow

Real estate agents often give gifts to clients when they buy a house. It is not so common for clients to give gifts to real estate agents, and we had never done this before. But we did with Mary Margaretich, because she is a great real estate agent.

She went beyond what we expected from an agent. Our real estate agent in Los Angeles helped us to find the best agent I Grass Valley/Nevada City area. He found Mary. When you go into her office, she has plaque after plaque of “Voted Best Real Estate Agent of the Year” on the wall behind her. And after working with her, it became obvious why she had so many awards. She was always easy to reach – responding to any text or call right away.

She responded rapidly to all our questions, and we could always trust her answers. She is very knowledgeable about the area and helped us get a good price on the place we eventually bought.

She could tell that the price-per-square-foot for the house was high for this area, and said that we could probably get it for six to twelve percent less. We got it for twelve percent less. She also keeps an up-to-date list of excellent local contractors, electricians, plumbers, HVAC people, landscapers, etc. that we rely on now that we’ve moved in.

We can’t recommend Mary highly enough.

The McCormicks

Caron Mitchell

Dear Mary and Team, I wanted to thank you for taking care of selling our Grass Valley house in record time.  I appreciated all that you did and in the wonderful team you assembled to get it done. Thank you and may you have continued success especially during this difficult economic period.

Wendy Ettinghoff & Anina Stouder

The confidence level I had in Mary that she knew exactly what was needed and when, did so much to relieve the high anxiety that comes with selling your home.  She is one knowledgeable lady and it shows in her thoroughness with the mountain of paperwork. Thanks, Mary.

With deep appreciation

Marie Koch

When I’m ready to buy a home, there’s no question I will call Mary. She was our chapter’s BNI president when I joined the group. Mary earned my respect with her leadership and get-things-done skills. She’s a motivator, very good listener, and a real professional on all levels. She’s best at serving the needs of others, and I know she will help me find a home that suits my individual budget, desires and timeframe.

Cheryl Noble


My fiancé Tim & I had the great pleasure of working with Mary Margaretich and Dee Dee Beviacqua from Re/Max while searching for our first home.  The work that they put in to help us look for and purchase our new home was outstanding.  We feel that we are in the perfect home because they truly listened to our wants and needs.

Buying a home for the first time is scary and nerve-wracking.  Having someone to call for re-assurance or to get clarity on the process was immeasurably helpful.   We always felt that there was someone who was looking out for our best interest and wanted us to find the right home as much as we did!

We started looking for a home about 7 months ago, and truly did not realize how many beautiful gems were hidden in our county.  However, nothing quite fit right.  Mary and Dee Dee were patient and understanding as we searched though MANY homes. There were times that we felt discouraged, but they assured us that the right home was out there.

Then we saw OUR home!!  It fit all of our criteria better than we could have imagined – and we knew instantly, it’s perfect!

We were taken through the entire home buying process, step by step.  We had someone by our side when we signed our final documents and someone there to offer congratulations when we were handed the keys.

We have been in our new home for about a month and every day I wake up, look around…. and smile.

This would not have happened without the expertise and support of the amazing realtors that were by our side.

Thank you Mary. Thank you Dee Dee.

Tim and Jen

Dear William and Kathy Papola

We would  like to tell you about the enjoyable experience we had with our realtor, Mary Margaretich.

When we decided to downsize to a smaller house with less property, our daughter Amy highly recommended her, as she found her a wonderful house and a great deal.  After several houses shown to us, Mary not only found us a beautiful home, but suggested how we could make it very affordable.  She was not only incredibly patient, but honest and tough enough to keep both us and the seller (and the other Realtor) moving and on track. When wondering how to get small repairs, roofing, electrical work done, she would tell us, “well, I got a guy” and made sure they followed through.

We enjoyed dealing with her so much, we asked her to list the home we had lived in.  Not only did she list it, but promoted it, and found some imaginative financing for the buyers. So we not only are getting a good interest return from the new owners (our borrowers), but due to the sale of the house being more than the house we just purchased will save a goodly amount in property taxes due to prop 60.

The last home we purchased was 41 years ago and her guiding us through the maze of current real estate and county paperwork was something to behold.

As you can see, we are extremely happy with Mary’s work and will not hesitate to recommend her services to anybody in the market.  She is a solid professional.

In our opinion you are very lucky to have her on your team.

Jack and Susan Clute

Last July (2012) we met with Mary Margaretich and John Voter and agreed that a short sale was our best and only option.  Some of the packing began shortly after the listing, and many times boxes had to be opened again and again.

Through two mortgage companies and two prospective buyers we were guided by Mary and her outstanding staff.  Susana and Sherri helped us in every way.  Mary gave us weekly updates on the progress or lack thereof and often had to calm us down.  It was a long and stressful process.

Mary found us the ideal place.  We cannot fully express our gratitude for all Mary and her team have done.  Life is beginning to become normal again.

Many, many thanks.

Donald and Patricia Anderson


Thank you so much for all your help and hard work helping us to get our first home.  We are so happy and completely love being “home”.  We have really enjoyed working with you.

Thank You!!

Crystal & Matt MacDonald

Mary was recommended to me as an agent for equestrian property in the Grass Valley, CA area.  Wow. Was that my good fortune!  I entrusted Mary with my very good friend and her husband, who were in the process of selling their home in Washington state at the time, and looking for a very specific property to not only meet their needs, but their horses needs.

Mary was amazing!  Found the perfect property – met all their criteria, and then proceeded to work her magic negotiating on about five different levels, from price to inspections items to possession dates and more.  She did all this with style and ease, quite the pro.  If you are looking for a stellar agent in the Grass Valley area, look no further.

Managing Broker
John L. Scott Real Estate
Poulsbo, Washington

Meg Burkett

I was looking for a home loan and while working with Delta Home loans, Mary introduced herself to me. I was a bit leery since my previous dealings with other agents had resulted in them being very pushy. This was my third time buying a house however it was the first one on my own. Mary listened to my needs and found me a home that fit my criteria. She negotiated well in my best interest and made the whole transaction nice and easy. I would recommend Mary to anyone who is buying or selling a home and wants a professional in their corner.

Tammy Arnold

Mary went the extra mile in every aspect to help us complete our sale.

Paula Hall


My wife, Marti, and I would not hesitate to refer anyone needing a listing agent or assistance locating and purchasing property in Nevada County, CA to Mary Margaretich.  In all of our dealing with Mary, as a process of successfully selling our property in Nevada City, we found her to be professional, well-informed and extremely experienced in all matters concerning the buying and selling of property.  Lastly and very importantly, one of Mary’s great strengths is her focus and responsiveness, together with her ability to translate a decision into immediate action.My wife, Marti, and I would not hesitate to refer anyone needing a listing agent or assistance locating and purchasing property in Nevada County, CA to Mary Margaretich.  In all of our dealing with Mary, as a process of successfully selling our property in Nevada City, we found her to be professional, well-informed and extremely experienced in all matters concerning the buying and selling of property.  Lastly and very importantly, one of Mary’s great strengths is her focus and responsiveness, together with her ability to translate a decision into immediate action.

Dean Spieller

I have known Mary Margaretich for several years.  I trust her to look out for my best interest in any real estate business venture.  She has helped us (I and my husband, Jack) buy and sell properties.  I highly recommend her service.  She has boundless energy, perseverance, and the knowledge it takes to get the job done.

Stacy Lamothe

My name is Jennifer.  I just purchased a new home with the help of Mary Margaretich and Dee Dee Beviacqua. I posted a letter on Yelp.  However, I wanted to send it directly to you and express my extreme gratitude for their help.


I can not thank you enough for all that you have done.  You have done more than I ever expected a Realtor® to do.  You were right there with all the information I needed and took care of so many details for me, I never even had to think about them.  You almost made it “easy” to sell that house.  I have to thank you so much for your positive attitude and professionalism.  I will certainly use your services in the future.


Ms. B.J. Martin

Five years ago I came from Silicon Valley where over 25 years ago I bought, renovated and sold six homes.  I was used to the pace of Bay Area real estate transactions – and the high level of service they require to succeed.  Now I was moving to Nevada City, an area I only knew from an AAA map.  Mary was the perfect Realtor® for me – quick responsive and smart about investment properties as well as personal homes.  She also has a terrific Rolodex for local resources.  And, oh yes, she was/is a lot of fun!  A few years later when I had a rental home to sell, I interviewed a number of local agents.  Mary was my #1 choice on the sell side too.

Ellen Lapham

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