MariaElena Rizzo
    ERA Distinctive Properties℠

    MariaElena Rizzo

    Why Choose Fulton-Rizzo Team? The Hunt Distinctive Properties tagline is "We are always there for you," and they are! The real estate team of Tom Fulton and MariaElena Rizzo lives in the community, their office is located in Cave Creek's Rancho Manana, they are members of Kiwanis and the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. They have incredible networking capabilities between the two of them. "We are open seven days," MariaElena assured, "but if we aren't in the office because we are out showing homes, call us!" If you're not in town, they'll arrange to work with clients by way of Skype or Facetime. Yes, they are that accommodating.
    While they help clients buy and sell all over the valley, their focus tends to be in Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale. They know the broader picture of these localities but also desired neighborhoods: Rancho Manana, Tatum Ranch, the Boulders, Dove Valley Ranch, Sentinel Rock, Winfield, Canyon Ridge, Terravita, Desert Mountain.
    The Fulton-Rizzo team has a combined 35 years of experience, not only in buying and selling homes for customers but land as well as property development. The Fulton-Rizzo team represents evenly both buyers and sellers in residential and commercial transactions, everything from condos to million-dollar homes. No matter your budget, you'll get a thorough, professional and accurate representation.
    It starts when Tom and MariaElena listen really well to all your needs. "We sit down at the table and bring up a map to show the area. We really do interview clients. Sometimes we uncover that what a client thinks he or she wants isn't so when we dig deeper and ask the right questions," Tom explained.
    Tom and MariaElena work with clients from start to finish. If you are selling your abode, they focus on presentation. Do you need to declutter? Paint? Stage? They do not just marketing, but sophisticated marketing. And they know top-notch photos are key. They often go above and beyond, recently proffering hours of remodeling advice for someone getting ready to list a home for sale. As a perk to draw buyers, they offer a free seller's home warranty. In that, both sellers and buyers find peace of mind.
    A benefit for sellers who use the Fulton-Rizzo team is that their office is located on "prime real estate." MariaElena offered, "Every day we have people from all over the country coming to the Rancho Manana Golf Course or Tonto Bar & Grill. They're coming in from out of town, they fall in love with the area, and they stop in our office to see what's available for sale. That's not only an incredible advantage to our clients who are selling, but it's so convenient for people who wish to move here."
    Fun fact about the Fulton-Rizzo team's Hunt Distinctive Properties' office: It's located in the former historic Rancho Manana dude ranch cook's house. It may be rented out for parties, weddings, showers, whatever one's needs. It was plenty of square footage with a bathroom and sweeping patio (with fireplace) to enjoy the Sonoran Desert's incredible views and climate.
    While Tom and MariaElena have a tremendous rapport, they do have families of their own.
    Hailing from the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York, MariaElena has two adult children Gianna and Hunter who live in Arizona as well. They relocated to Carefree in 2005.
    Tom grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. He was involved in real estate development and his family actually owns Rancho Manana! Tom is married to Noel, the couple shares eight children. He's got a reputation for being an incredible negotiator, so clients know they will be getting the most equitable deal when they pick Tom to represent them.
    A little bit about Hunt Distinctive Properties: The company was found in New York in 1911. It's a third-generation family-owned business, and the owners are hands-on. He visits the Cave Creek office once a month.

    My Client Testimonials

    I have been completely fed up with brokers who are amateurs and do not know anything about what they are showing and selling. MariaElana was both exceptionally professional and perfectly helpful. She understood what I was looking for perfectly, had studied the facts of all of what she showed me, and, then, sorted my choice with the seller with great skill so that both sides were happy with the transaction. She also followed up once I had moved in to ensure all was in order and I was happy with the new place. A real professional and a pleasure to work with to best results. GGMason
    MariaElena does an outstanding service of finding the perfect place to fit my needs. She is honest, diligent, timely and works hard to find out all of the details you need to make an informed decision. mwmjohnson
    MariaElena was fantastic. She took the time to understand our needs and wants and worked patiently to find the perfect property for us! She made herself available to see homes to fit our schedule and always seemed very concerned about our protection.
    MariaElena was recommended to me by a mutual acquaintance. While we never met personally as I was living out-of-state, she was very responsive to my needs and worked diligently to sell my home. I would highly recommend her. cschneider10
    We have worked with MariaElena and Tom for a couple of years trying to find a place in Arizona for a second home. They both showed me many homes, condos, and townhomes over that time. They spent many hours of their time trying to find us just what we wanted. We changed our minds several times, but they never gave up on us and always kept in touch with all the latest homes for sale. We live in Colorado and have always wanted a place in Arizona where we can spend more time with our family, especially the grandchildren. My husband was out in February and met with them and wanted to look again while he was there. He went over with them exactly what we were looking and they found the perfect home within a couple of days. It was a surprise for me for my Birthday. I think it was the first time they sold a home to the husband without the wife there, but I couldn't be happier. The community is so great and can't wait to be a part of it. They are two wonderful people and do a great job. We hope to continue to see them once we move. pam05656
    The Fulton Rizzo Team is amazing. They worked with us for an extended period of time to understand the area and availability of homes while our home (out of the area) was for sale. When it finally sold we were able to move quickly and with confidence to buy the right home for us thanks to MariaElena and Tom. w.charles
    We met Maria Elena at an open house while visiting Arizona as we started a search for a winter home. She showed great patience and flexibility as we would plan vacations over a year and a half while honing our search for just the right location. When we arrived she was always well prepared with data and information about different neighborhoods that would meet our qualifications. When we found just the right one, Tom joined in and helped as we went through the purchase process from out of state. They were both fabulous and communicated over different forms of available sources. They both even went to a condo and video chatted a viewing for us. We had a wonderful experience with the Fulton Rizzo team and would highly recommend them. LPurcell
    MariaElena was professional, efficient, proactive and went the extra mile. She worked through the Christmas and New Year holidays to make things happen. I can't say enough good things about her. I recommend her without hesitation. nado222
    We had the amazing opportunity to work with this Real Estate Team. They exceeded expectations, provided incredible and reputable resources for our needs and people that we would want as friends. Thank you for your exceptional services. You will be blessed working with them. Thank you from our heart centers!! W and T
    Both to list or buy, Tom and MariaElena are truly the best. Solid, experienced, innovative, knowledgeable real estate agents. We were extraordinarily lucky to find them - and we now live in our dream home. Leigh H
    I recently purchased a property in Cave Creek Arizona with Maria Elena and Tom. Not only are they very personable but also extremely experienced in real estate. Not only did they help us find a property that was just right for us they also helped guide us through the process and close. I will use them again and would highly recommend them to anyone. I’m sure you would be pleased with your experience as I am. Randy
    As a team, Tom, MariaElena and Philip provide tremendous value. Tom is an incredible contract writer and negotiator. MariaElena is a pro at marketing listings and helping home buyers find the right house. Phillip is always on top of market fluctuations. This is a wonderful team to work with! Sarah I.
    Amazing Team - MariaElena will narrow down properties in what interest you to consider in purchasing. ("Not just show you properties") Tom will provide solid comp's to support value and offer neighborhood insight. It took me 4+ years to finally pull the trigger in purchasing a property and MariaElena/Tom always took my calls throughout the years. Moreover, each component within the transaction they kept me posted. M. W.
    I chose MariaElena to be my Realtor because I really liked the way she handled a potential buyer when my house was previously for sale. MariaElena and Tom did a great job on listing and selling our very unique, architectural and high end home. The photography was stunning and the written material was very compelling. They both are very hard workers and literally showed our home what seemed like seven days a week. They had our home under contract in a short period of time and guided us through the process very efficiently. I would not hire MariaElena and Tom unless you are ready to move! Steve H.
    From the very beginning right thru to the end Maria Elena and Tom did an outstanding and professional job. Every phase of the process was done timely and competently. I would strongly recommend this team to anyone buying or selling a home. Art T.

    My Experience

    • Carefree Cave Creek Chamber Business Member & Ambassador
    • Kiwanis of Carefree Member - Scholorship Committee
    • Member Scottsdale Area Association Of Realtors-SAAR
    • Member National Association of Realtors-NAR
    • Over 40 years of combined team experience in real estate development, residential and commercial real estate.
    • Member Arizona Association of Realtors
    • Institute For Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
    • Senior Real Estate Specialist
    • Pricing Strategy Advisor Specialist
    • Senior Advisory Committee HUNT Real Estate Arizona

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • SRES-Senior Real Estate Specialist
    • CLHMS- Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
    • PSA- Pricing Strategy Advisor

    My Community Involvement

    • Rancho Milagro Foundation
    • Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
    • Kiwanis of Carefree

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