Marie A.Griffith has special credentials for managing this website, designed to provide the very best advertising for horse and equestrian properties and horse property auctions for both Realtors and Owners. Previously, Marie was leading Realtor herself in Santa Clara County, CA., while riding her horse in the Cupertino Foothills off Bubb Road on orchard trails. These trails were high above the very same neighborhood of the founders of Apple Computer. Originally licensed in the mid 70s, she also sold horse ranches in the 90s in Placer and El Dorado Counties. Marie retired from selling horse properties a few years later and launched BuyHorseProperties.com in 2002. Originally, it was a website only advertising horse properties and horse ranches in California. Soon after, however, with a growing demand from Realtors wanting to give their Listings more visibility, BuyHorseProperties was rolled out across the United States in less than a year later.
Marie, along with her retired-software-engineer husband, Dave, now devote almost full time to expanding this website. She manages BuyHorseProperties.com along with her website, MyEquestrianCommunity.com which is being expanded. For those sellers who are looking for horse property agent, she can also refer them to the appropriate agent.
Originally from Texas where Marie once taught at the University of Houston. The Griffiths, with their chocolate lab and horses lived for many years in their Rancho in the greater Sacramento-Auburn area of California (after moving from Silicon Valley). In 2007 Dave and Marie relocated to their owner-built home in the foothills of Taos, NM, boarding her horses nearby, to continue marketing and expanding her top-rated website with her daughter Sue Griffith. In 2011 Dave and Marie purchased a Horse Property near Tucson, AZ for a winter retreat.
In addition to her website, her Electronic Flyer/Newsletter has become legend, emailed monthly (starting 2005) to now approximately 30,000+ horse people (as of 2017). Her subscribers consist of buyers (searching property), horse Realtors, by-owners, trainers, breeders, stables, horse business owners, and a number of folks in equine competition as well as horse club members. Participants can "unsubscribe" from her list at any time. As people drop out, change email addresses or purchase property, new horse folks are added. This list is meticulous maintained and is at the heart of her business and is never made available to others.
ARTICLES: Marie also writes various real estate articles for her website and various newspapers and periodicals pertaining to the horse industry. She has been featured in horse magazines and area newspapers. Her writing goal is to educate prospective buyers and Realtors on horse and ranch property as well as the location of the most noted horse towns, trails, and horse communities throughout the country.
By keeping her website filled with the "Best Bets" in horse properties, trail information, articles, great pictures, and an easy-to-use-and-attractive design, with lots of good detailed information, buyers continue to re-visit her site week after week. It is little wonder her site remains, month after month, at the top of the two biggest search engines on the net, Google and Yahoo. Her avant-garde marketing also includes keeping her extensive contact list of, now, tens of thousands, of active horse people and horse businesses always current ---and ever expanding.
HISTORY & HOBBIES
Numerous times Marie received the "International Diamond Award" from Coldwell Banker, NRT and the "Top Achiever" designation from local Boards of Realtors. In years past Marie has regularly received numerous recognition awards from various real estate companies and associations to which she was affiliated, primarily in Santa Clara County (Cupertino, Saratoga, and Los Altos Hills --all horsey areas - especially in the 70s and 80s and early 90s). In the 90s, she also taught continuing education courses for CAR (the California Assn. of Realtors).
HOW MARIE GOT STARTED: In the late 1960s, on her professors' recommendation, Marie taught college English at the University of Houston where the discovered a talent for researching, writing and editing. In the early 1970s she honed her selling skills in the employ of one of Texas' wealthiest families, the Hugh Roy Cullen Family, who were active oilmen, ranchers, equestrians, and breeders of Arabians (the Marshalls). The Cullen family, one of Texas' wealthiest families, founded the University of Houston (Marie's alma mater), the Quintana Petroleum Corporation, and the Cullen Center Bank and Trust. Marie used her communication and selling skills to help raise money for charities such as the Houston Hunter & Jumper Charity Show.
BAY AREA REAL ESTATE During her approximately 30 years in Santa Clara County, in Northern California, Marie "made it big" in real estate, selling tens of millions of dollars of residential properties in the Cupertino and Saratoga hills where she lived and rode her horse (along with her sisters, Margaret and Marcia, also Horse People. For over 20 years Marie was one of the top Realtors in Santa Clara County (i.e., Silicon Valley) in residential real estate.
AVANT-GARDE MARKETING During the two of the three worst real estate depressions of 1980-1983, when interest rates escalated to 17%, and again in 1989-1992, when the bottom again fell out of the market bringing most Realtors to their knees, practically all of Marie's listings continued to sell in record time month after month. Her success was never dependent upon how "well the market was doing," but was based upon her avant-garde marketing, belief in her properties, appraisal knowledge, research, financing, love of people, and animals. Most importantly, her success was also directly attributable to her commitment to giving top service to her clients' needs. By the time the worst crash happened in 2007-2008, Marie had now just recently retired from real estate and began helping Realtors and by-owners market their horse properties online full time.
LEADING REALTOR During the eighties and nineties, her sincere and creative leading-edge approach to the field of real estate as a career and an exciting way of life, catapulted her to becoming one of the leading Realtors in Northern California. She had marketed her homes in her previous married name, Marie Akin, working for Century Medallion and then Coldwell Banker in Cupertino, CA. When she began in real estate in 1975, she was named "Rookie of the Year" by the Los Altos Board of Realtors.
STAGING: With a natural talent for design and photography and a strong affinity for interior design, Marie began staging homes and designing brochures and property websites. In the 70s, before anyone used the term "staging" she coined the term herself (along with her best friend, Constance, a designer and staging partner) and continued with her staging of homes into the 80s and 90s. i.e., helping sellers put their properties in show condition, inside and out. Yes, as mentioned, Marie did this even before the term "staging" became popular. She staged not only her client's interiors but she helped them spruce up their yards and barns by adding plants, small trees, as well as garden and barn accessories here and there while supervising the clearing away of old/tired landscaping or debris --all the things that take away property value (appeal). Marie also contracted with real estate assistants (buyer and escrow coordinators) long, long, before it became popular with busy and successful Realtors to have own real estate assistants.
In 1994, Marie took a two-year sabbatical in Taos, New Mexico, where she became a broker and taught continuing education courses. In 1996 Marie returned to Santa Clara County to sell real estate for a while then onto El Dorado County to live full-time at their ranch and to specialize in horse and ranch property while riding her horse in the beautiful and scenic Sierra Nevada and Tevis Cup trails, where her husband competed in endurance.
BRIEFLY, New Mexico Broker While on a "intended sabbatical" in Taos, New Mexico, to become owner-builders of their vacation home with her hubby Dave, Marie became a Real Estate Broker, sold and managed a diverse range of rural properties and taught courses to beginning Realtors at the New Mexico Real Estate Assn., while her hubby supervised construction. Marie and Dave still own their owner-built high-tech, passive-solar, home in Taos, NM." to where Marie and Dave returned in 2007 to live full time.
ARTICLES by MARIE: Marie has authored many articles for buyers and sellers relative to buying and selling rural real estate and horse properties. Her articles have been published on her popular website and in horse magazines and horse organization newsletters throughout California
Let BuyHorseProperties.com advertise your horse property and/or help you find the perfect local horse property specialist to either sell your property or to find that dream ranch to fulfill your dream of experiencing "peaceful living in the rural countryside." "
Sonny, the Griffiths' Chocolate Lab
HOBBIES: For fun and relaxation, Marie and Dave loves trail riding with their thoroughbred mare, Rhea, and Arabian, Sheik, with the Taos Saddle Club and the Back Country Horsemen. Marie is also an Artist and loves Modern Art, watercolors, interior design, landscaping, photography, and ACIM while her husband, Dave, is active in Search & Rescue and recently the Lions Club. They both enjoy networking, spiritual fun, and spending time discovering new trails in the Great Southwest. (Taos, in Northern New Mexico, near Santa Fe, 7,500 elevation, and mainly noted for its 125 art galleries, scenic vistas, the Pueblo Indians, and skiing at the noted Taos Mountain, as well as Red River and Angel Fire; and, of course, for the beautiful sunny skies and high desert dry climate). Twenty (20) degrees in Taos, is like 35 degrees in California because of the Taos dryness and very sunny winter days. In AZ, their winter property is backed up to thousands of acres of public land near Tucson and overlooking Old Tucson Movie Set in the Mescal area, near Benson.
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