MariaPena-Graham, GRI

Maria has 20+ years experience in the DeKalb County Real Estate market. Maria’s work ethic and service-oriented approach is why she has been the #1 real estate professional in DeKalb County for three consecutive years. Maria has also earned the 2021 HomeLight Achievement Award as well as completed the Institute of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Course. Maria is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP).

Each of Maria's clients receives individualized attention and a customized marketing plan when selling their home. Maria uses the latest marketing strategies including social media, video and drone footage along with professional photography to showcase your home. 

When searching for your next home, Maria listens to the wants and needs of your family. Her knowledge of DeKalb and surrounding communities is evident as she lives and works in the DeKalb area. Maria’s negotiating skills allow her client’s interests to be represented in the best possible way so you will get the absolute best price in buying or selling a home.

Over the years, Maria has formed strong relationships with top residential mortgage lenders and loan companies as well as contractors and other service providers that allow her clients the best options to suit their financial and repair needs. 

Maria is active in serving the community by supporting events such as Safe Passage, Hope Haven and St. Mary School DeKalb where her son attended K - 8th grade. Maria has been married to Rob for over 30 years and they have one son, Matteo. Matteo currently attends DeKalb High School and is an active member of the DeKalb-Sycamore High School Swim team and DeKalb County Swim Team, hosted by the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. Family life is paramount to Maria and in her free time you will see her out with her family at local events, eating at local restaurants, attending swim meets, traveling, and enjoying her family time. 

Testimonials

Maria was the best realtor we could have asked for as first time homebuyers. She made the process so smooth and simple. She really fights for her clients and was so supportive! She is trustworthy and sincere - caring about the people she works with. I highly recommend!

- Hannah Wojtasik

After receiving several recommendations from family & friends who have used Maria as a realtor, we decided to reach out to her when we were ready to look for a new home, and we couldn't have been happier. Maria is straight-forward and easy to communicate with. She showed us several homes and ... read more

- Brittany Chatfield

We had a wonderful experience working with Maria. It was like having a friend on the "inside" that was working for us. She listened to our input and was perceptive to our requirements. Maria was extremely communicative and easy to reach to answer any of our questions at all times. She is an exce... read more

- Anthony Nardi, Buyer

Maria was the perfect realtor to sell our house. She knows the market and what buyers want. Her guidance led us accepting the perfect offer in less than 5 days and closing within 30 days.

- Tiffani Wollbrinck, Seller

My wife and I were very happy with the way that María assisted us in finding our new home. She helped us step by step throughout the process. She was nice and professional with us and we never felt any pressure from her. She was dedicated to finding us a house and I don't think that we would hav... read more

- Paul Bierdeman, Buyer

Maria is the best realtor out there! She helped us buy our new house and sell our old condo. In this crazy market, she helped us navigate all the ins and outs of everything that came up, unexpectedly or not! She made the whole process feel easy. She is extremely knowledgeable in what she does, bu... read more

- Sally Riccardi, Seller & Buyer

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