Cindy Riley, Associate Broker for Maryland, Broker of Record for Pennsylvania, Founder of Riley & Associates Realtors
Cindy obtained her real estate license in 1978, became a full-time Realtor in 1983, and founded Riley & Associates in 1990. She is well-versed in all types of real estate sales, remodeling, and construction, and all aspects of land development and lot and farm sales. Cindy recruited Jessica to work with her in 2006, with the vision of building a small real estate team that could deliver the best possible service to her many clients and customers, and the Riley-Maher Team was born. With the addition of Julie in 2012, Cindy’s vision of a team that works together to give you the highest level of service has been realized.
Jessica Maher, Sales Associate
Jessica partnered with Cindy in 2006 to create the Riley-Maher Team. Prior to her real estate experience she spent five years in a management position where she established herself as a high-performance, service-oriented leader. Jessica’s degree and background are in marketing and project management so moving into the real estate business was an easy transition. She is now a seasoned professional, experienced with every aspect of the real estate business, and is an essential part of the management of all team processes.
Julie Shelley, Sales Associate
Julie joined the Riley-Maher Team in 2012. She was born and raised in Northern Baltimore County and has deep local roots. From a “real estate” family who builds, renovates, and owns rental properties, Julie enjoys all things “housing” and is a natural fit for the real estate business. She is the team “techy,” and her equestrian training and love for the outdoors have given her a useful knowledge in farm and land sales. She is on the fast track to becoming a seasoned Realtor, having been involved with the team in closing over 20 million in her second year in the business!
“My husband and I can’t thank Julie and the Riley-Maher Team enough! We are first time home buyers with no idea what we were looking for or how the process worked. Julie and the team really looked out for us! There were many houses that they strongly suggested we not consider due to potential financial burden or situations that would negatively impact resale value. Julie guided us to a house that could truly be a house we stay in forever and it was within our budget! They are WONDERFUL!!!” —Bristol Craft
“Thank you all so much for all your incredible work. Your team is amazing and you set the bar incredibly high for real estate agents. We will surely recommend you to anyone and everyone we know who wants to sell a house in B’more area.” — Adam and Anne
“We are finally feeling a bit settled and wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your help in selling our beloved family home. It was a tough move for us but your team helped us deal with every aspect of the selling process in such a wonderful and caring yet professional manner.
“You answered all of our many questions with unending patience, handled all the frustrations of an unresponsive contractor and freely gave your professional real estate wisdom. I think most importantly for us we feel like we made friends along the way.
“You went above and beyond and we would certainly recommend your services to anyone that is interested in buying or selling a home. Best wishes to you all!” — Brian and Mary Miller
“When we first met with Cindy Riley and Julie Chenoweth to discuss the sale of our home, we felt an immediate connection with them that has grown into what we now treasure as a lifetime friendship. Cindy’s very seasoned knowledge and understanding of the real estate market, combined with Julie’s technical knowledge and understanding of how (and where) to promote the highlights of our home, are a powerfully successful combination. Our home was sold in four (4!) days to a wonderful couple thanks to that teamwork.
“We are especially grateful to Julie, who served as our primary point of contact for questions and concerns as we navigated through the preparation, marketing, financing, inspections, and ultimate sale. Julie was there for us from signing the initial contract for sale, to developing our home’s website, and the photos that made us look so good, to staying on top of every request made by the brokers, buyers, and banks – and keeping us informed and involved at all hours via email, text, and voicemail (and maybe even a little telepathy).
“Julie’s particular expertise in utilizing social media also led to our securing our new home before it was even placed on the multiple listing service. Having only a last name and a brief word-of-mouth referral, she was able to locate a prospective seller and linked us to the agent who was preparing the sale. We couldn’t be happier with our purchase in a location we had researched for months. Many thanks, Julie, for all that you did for us – and continue to do for all of your clients.
“A special thanks also to Deborah Place, for her efficient management of all the paperwork, email instructions, and “Docu-Signatures.” Jessica Maher was on leave, but we know she was following all of our adventures and supported us in spirit!
“We highly recommend the Riley-Maher Team to anyone looking to list or purchase a home. You will certainly be working with the best!” — Ann & Ernie Bures
“You guys have done a lot of work. This is a tough business, hard negotiations, lots of follow up with contractors, detailed paperwork—you make it look easy. At each turn you knew what to do, had good intuition and insight. You’ve been fabulous at helping us upgrade the house, gave us great direction for making changes, protected our best interests so that we don’t over-spend on upgrades, and still helped us get a good selling price after all that work. We could not expect a better job!” — Rich and Christy Baker
“Most realtors probably would not want us for a client. We had considerations like home office, budget, in-law quarters, and four young kids. And the market still had not recovered from the crash of 2008. Nobody thought it was going to be easy. But the Riley-Maher team took us on and did an amazing job.
“Some of their recommendations seemed counter-intuitive to us novices at the time, but we learned to trust their insight as we saw it work. When we made the changes to the house as they suggested, we got multiple offers within 48 hours. When we sold the house before buying the next one, our negotiation power increased. When we followed their pace in the negotiation process, we ended up getting more than we expected. They even managed to accommodate multiple requests for showings over several months when finding the right home felt impossible.
“I’m sure there are other good realtors out there who will write a good contract, or help you find a home inspector, or even get you a good price. But it’s hard to imagine a team better equipped in this area with the right balance of wisdom, connections, and sometimes just dogged determination to find you the right fit. We are all happy here. Twelve thumbs up.” — The Kinard Family.
“Cindy and Jess, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am in my new home and how well things are going. I couldn’t be more happy with my choice and don’t have a single complaint. The neighborhood is so pleasant, and I absolutely love the setting; it’s so close to the park but literally a mile from the beltway. Also, I couldn’t be more pleased with how great both of you were throughout the whole process. From searching to settling I was comfortable knowing that I had the best help available, and I was at peace knowing that you wouldn’t let me make a huge mistake. So again, THANKS!” —Bryan Shive
“We talk about you guys all the time to our friends and family! We loved working with you both! When we tell our story people are just amazed!” —Patti Blair
“Dear Cindy, my partner, Kris Kudrnac, and I have been working with Jessica Maher in our search for a new home. We both want you to know [as the Broker] how impressed we have been with her. Not only has Jessica been able to quickly understand the type of house we are searching for (which I can assure you is no small feat, given our preferences and our need for a large house!), she has demonstrated professionalism and savvy beyond her years. Additionally, Jessica has responded to all of my emails in a timely manner, and she has followed up on every request or suggestion I’ve made. I’m sure you’re very proud to have her as part of your team.” —Ellen Atkinson