One of the Bay Area’s premier real estate agents is the globe trotting Maria Wicker. This dynamic young woman can be seen around the Clear Lake community running and training for her next marathon in places like Berlin, Madrid and London, to just name a few.
Maria is originally from the Philippines, where she was a physician. She came to the United States in 1995 to New York City. After a short time in the Big Apple, Maria made the move down to Texas and joined the neurological department at Houston Methodist in Baytown.
In 2000, Maria grew tired of the stresses of the medical field and set her sights on a career in real estate.
“Changing my career from a medical background to real estate was not easy but I enjoyed dearly the flexibility and psychology of helping people in a different level,” said Wicker. “It is fun and rewarding to see the joy and smiles of happy buyer and sellers. To be your clients’ source of their BIG Dream and investment is happiness beyond words.”
Maria loves meeting new people and helping those from all different cultures navigate the challenges of the home buying experience. A kind, warm and engaging personality has made her a successful agent and closer.
Maria’s passion for running began in 2012 as a fun pastime for her maltipoo rescue, Winston, who loved to run. After he passed away she made a vow to continue running in his memory. Her first marathon, the 2014 Chevron Marathon, was actually an accident.
“I thought I signed up for the half marathon but when I picked my bib with the name “4forWinston” it was for full marathon. I never trained for 26.2 miles but Winston carried me through it and I finished my first full marathon in five hours without training for it!” said Wicker.
The rest was history. Since 2014, Maria has run 44 marathons with her last one in Tokyo. She completed her first ultra marathon earlier this year at the Piney Woods TrailFest 50k and finished first in her age category. Maria’s ultimate goal is to finish the six World Abbott Marathon Majors and run across all seven continents. She has already run five of the Abbott races in NYC, Berlin, Chicago, London and Tokyo; only Boston remains. Maria has already run in Europe, North America and Asia and is traveling to New Zealand next year to add another “continent notch” to her belt.
Maria has branded her self as the “marathon real estate agent” and promises to take her clients’ business mile by mile to the finish line. She has been a consistent top producer for RE/MAX since her career switch in 2000 and has achieved numerous awards, including the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award and has been listed in the RE/MAX Top 500 Elite and RE/MAX Platinum Club the past 10 years.
Despite a medical background, Maria has flourished in real estate. “I never regretted changing my career. I enjoy it better and I have a blessed life,” said Wicker. “My personal philosophy is the will to succeed outshines the obstacles if you place your heart and passion in anything that you do.”
Running and Real Estate are integral and synergistic to Maria; the meditation done through running, and a determination to cross the finish line has played a vital role in her business, allowing her to be more defined and creative in working with clients.
Maria is happily married to Keith Wicker, also an avid runner and animal lover. They run together and live with their two cats and three dogs.