Stuart Maus has been working with buyers and sellers in the East Bay for more than a decade. An East Bay native and Oakland resident, Stuart is an alumni of Bishop O’Dowd High School, and parent of two young children at Hillcrest Elementary School.
Stuart found his true calling in residential real estate after a 15-year career in the fashion industry, with stints in New York and San Francisco at some of the most well-recognized brands in the world. The solid business foundation acquired earlier in his career has helped inform Stuart’s keen sense of market dynamics and his ability to negotiate effectively on behalf of his clients. That business acumen, along with his strong sense of ethics and commitment to transparency, combine to ensure that his clients have an honest, committed business partner by their side every step of the way.
Stuart’s stellar referrals, and significant repeat business from very satisfied clients, speak to his success in building strong, lasting relationships.
Stuart lives in the Upper Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, and enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering at Hillcrest school, savoring the dynamic East Bay restaurant scene, and cycling in the hills above Oakland.
Stuart has found two places for me now, my home a few years ago, and now this new rental. He found the perfect house for my daughter a few years ago, too. I felt so comfortable with Stuart because he knew well what I was looking for, and he has come up with a wonderful house again this time. When preparing for the 1031 exchange, I sought out Stuart's advice and help.
I have been lucky enough to have worked with Stuart Maus throughout the process of selling my house and the protracted experience of buying a new one in an extremely challenging seller's market. Throughout, he was knowledgeable, supportive and patient as we negotiated through selling challenges and buying disappointments. He was critical to my final success in finding just the right place to buy as he used his experience and expertise in the bidding process and then finally, shared my delight when we were successful. He has my gratitude and full recommendation.
Over the course of almost a year, Stuart demonstrated knowledge of the local real estate market and was resourceful in his use of on-line resources (MLS, etc) to keep me appraised of the latest properties available. The properties Stuart sent were always consistent with my price range and architectural style. Stuart was very personable, yet upfront if he felt a home I expressed interest in would not be a good fit, citing structural flaws and other potential problems. It was clear he was looking out for my best interest and not just trying to make a deal. I felt like Stuart was working for me full-time every step of the way. Stuart's understanding of purchasing contracts and financing were instrumental in helping me close the deal on the home I live in today. If you're looking for a licensed real estate agent with integrity and industry expertise, who communicates clearly and frequently, along with stellar negotiating skills, I would suggest Stuart Maus.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Stuart Maus! I absolutely and whole-heartedly recommend him as an outstanding realtor. I met Stuart after interviewing four reputable agents, all of which were disappointing interactions. Each told me a short sale was my only option. They offered comparable properties that were half of what I owed. I have good credit and a short sale was not an option for me. Stuart listed my condo at the price I needed and with his hard work and diligence, was able to land a contract within 2 months! Throughout the process, Stuart kept me informed and had my best interest in mind. He was an excellent communicator, strong negotiator, and I felt well taken care of each step of the way. Stuart did not back away from a difficult sale and did the work to make it happen. I am truly grateful for Stuart’s hard work, and he is, without question, at the top of his profession.
In 2012 my wife and I contracted with Stuart Maus both to list our existing house and represent us as buyers for our new house. Stuart provided what proved to be expert market knowledge both in pricing our house and guiding us through what upgrades would prove to attract buyers and return our investment. Much to our surprise, we held a single open house and were in contract the following week with an offer well exceeding our expectations. As pleased as we with the sale of our house, the purchase of our new house would prove far more challenging. Prior to working with Stuart I had little knowledge of short sales, what they truly mean and most importantly how to negotiate them. With some patience and Stuart's consult we spent the next few months in negotiations with both the sellers of our new house and the bank that held their defaulting mortgage. Challenging as it may have been, we could not be happier with the end result which has setup our family in a neighborhood we otherwise would not be able to afford at a purchase price rarely seen in comparable.
I highly recommend Stuart, and have to family and friends alike. Should we find ourselves in the real-estate market again, we will certainly be leveraging his services.