Mike and his wife and business partner Maria joined Douglas Elliman to be a part of the luxury firm’s vision for the markets they serve in the Coachella Valley. Douglas Elliman’s growth in the desert region will be greatly enhanced by Mike’s experience, his expertise in helping buyers find their perfect home, and his track record of sales and exemplary client testimonials. Properties represented by Mike and Maria have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Variety, Architectural Digest, Behind the Gates, and several other online and print national publications. Starting in mortgage finance sales and then working as a Sales Manager for seven years, Mike has been in the Real Estate industry since 1999 and provides a diverse background of experiences to his clientele. He and Maria have resided in the desert since 2011, and are active within the community. Outside of work, Mike enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, working out, trying new restaurants, socializing with friends, and spending time with Maria and their pets, a dog named Sophie and a cat named Lola.
Maria is proud to join Douglas Elliman’s Palm Springs office. Her proven track record, excellent listening skills, natural charisma, and genuine personality are a welcome addition to the Coachella Valley team. A top-producing agent in the desert for the past several years, she began her Real Estate career in 2004 in Orange County, where she was born and raised. The experiences she gained in advising clients through the home loan process, are valuable to this day, as she helps navigate her through the often complex and lengthy process of buying or selling a home. Maria has a great eye for style and design and enjoys the creative nuances involved in selling real estate. She can easily envision how to properly stage and market a property and present it in its best possible light to achieve top dollar for her clients. Maria’s substantial knowledge of the desert area market extends not only throughout the city of Palm Springs but also Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta. Maria’s innate desire to help others motivates her to be an advocate for several important causes. She is a board member of Christopher’s Clubhouse and for the past six years she’s also been a member of the Junior League of Palm Springs, where she has served as board secretary and VP of Communications for two years. Her activism also reaches various local and national animal rescue organizations. Maria is eternally grateful to friends and associates who have demonstrated their trust and support through referrals because that has laid the foundation for where their business is today. She looks forward to helping more people achieve their real estate goals and maintaining the high standards of service she and Mike have built their reputation on. Maria is a devoted mom to her fur babies and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends who are like family. She also enjoys popping into a dance class, singing, yoga, hiking and traveling.
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Client Care Coordinator/Real Estate Agent
Prior to selling real estate, Jillian worked for years in the escrow and title industry, most recently as an escrow officer and transaction coordinator. Her attention to detail, extensive knowledge of the real estate contract and escrow process makes her an invaluable asset to the industry. Jillian is a member of The Mike and Maria Patakas Team with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, based out of Palm Springs, California and surrounding areas. Properties represented by Mike and Maria have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Variety, Architectural Digest, Behind the Gates, and several other online and print national publications. Jillian resides in La Quinta with her four children, husband and two "fur children" (dogs).