Maria Araujo is an International Luxury Home Specialist with Stirling Sotheby's International Realty, based at the firm's Lake Mary / Heathrow Marketing Center.
Married for 28 years to Nelson - a postmaster for the U.S. Post Office - the couple relocated from Wayne, N.J.
She is bi-lingual in Spanish and English has a strong background in accounting, finance, management and relationship building. After a 13 year career with Tutogen Medical Corp. in Clifton, N.J. Maria started her real estate career.
While she was an associate with Executive Realtor in West Orange, Maria assisted clients on all aspects of their purchase or sale from start to closing. She organized first time homebuyer seminars every year for four years and was chairman of the North Jersey Board of Realtors' Orientation Committee for two years.
Before moving to Central Florida, Maria was also a Mortgage Underwriting Consultant for Wells Fargo Wholesale Lending in Cherry Hill where she built strong relationships with mortgage brokers. Her product knowledge and loan submission procedures resulted in a 75 percent increase in the loan approval rate.
While maintaining careers, Maria and her husband raised three amazing children, Jessica, Nina and Nelson, Jr. all now in college majoring in communications, interior design and biomed/chemistry respectively.
Maria loves to cook, garden and read. She co-founded a reading club that meets twice a month for enrichment. She's also an avid volunteer including the Welcome Committee at Reality Church in Sanford, Toys for Tots, Domestic Violence Shelter and the Adopt a Pet program.