Growing up in Anaheim Hills, Mike attended Canyon High School and continued his studies at San Francisco State University, where he graduated with a major in English Literature.
Mike joins The Agency’s Palm Springs Office after years of building strong working relationships with other agents from the office. Being located in a niche area, Mike’s experience is a huge asset to the Palm Springs team with his ability to be nimble in helping buyers find their perfect home. Previously, he worked at Premier Bancorp for nine years, a mortgage brokerage where he succeeded as a telemarketer, then loan officer, then Sales Manager. He’s extended his college major to the real estate world with his ability to tell a story with powerful imagery to clients, an important skill—especially in a buyer’s market where secondary homes are common and the need to see the bigger picture is essential. His previous positions in the mortgage industry taught him the importance of leadership and how collaborative minds often open up other avenues to success. Outside of work, Mike enjoys early hikes on Sunday mornings, working out often and spending time with his wife, Maria and their two dogs, Booda and Sophie and cat, Lola. He makes great use of the outdoors in Palm Springs with barbeques, trying new restaurants and meeting up for happy hours with friends. He also has a strong heart and frequently gives back to the people, businesses and environments of Palm Springs, and hopes to soon participate in Habitat for Humanity.
Joining The Agency’s Palm Springs office, Maria’s impressive realty experience and attention to detail, friendly demeanor and positive outlook are a great addition to the Coachella Valley team. Previously, Maria worked in book publishing as well as on the other side of realty in residential financing. Both positions and her travels helped hone her skills as a realtor with the ability to embrace change, persevere and stay graceful under pressure. Fascinated by architecture at a young age, she enjoys the creative nuances involved in selling homes such as style, design and how to properly present and market a property. She, along with her husband and business partner, Mike Patakas, have lived in Palm Springs for several years and have substantial knowledge in the cities within Coachella Valley including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and La Quinta.
Maria is an active member of The Junior League of Palm Springs & Desert Community, a women’s organization that provides training and volunteering/outreach within her communities that focuses on serving its women and children. She’s also supportive of The Ophelia Project, which provides mentoring and scholarships for young girls in addition to her avocation of various local animal rescue and child safety related organizations. Maria is eternally grateful to all of her friends, family and associates who have, from the beginning of her and her husband’s journey, demonstrated their trust and support by referring their own contacts who needed help with their real estate needs, because that has laid the foundation for where their business is today. She, along with her husband, Mike, look forward to helping more people achieve their real estate goals and maintaining the high standards of service they've built their reputation on. In her free time, she devotes her time to spending it with her fur kids Sophie, Booda and Lola. She also enjoys popping into a dance class, singing, yoga, hiking and quality moments with friends and family.