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TCYP Member Spotlight – Maraya Buell

What is your day job?

As a Realtor with Exit Realty, I am a licensed professional who helps guide clients through the complex process of real estate transactions. Whether it be buying or selling, I offer skills in negotiations, market trends, and legal aspects to ensure a smooth and successful experience.

How long have you lived in the Grand Traverse area? 

I was born and raised in Northern Michigan, having spent the majority of my life here.

What is your favorite thing about living/working in the Traverse City Area?

I absolutely love the water and convenience of having so many great restaurants, shops, and volunteer opportunities. The people here are pretty great too!

What do you do for fun? 

I have recently found a niche for painting, which is very relaxing. I also love to cook. Being a vegetarian, it’s fun to make meals that not a lot of restaurants offer. In the summer, I love to play softball and go on hikes.

How do you get involved in the community?

TCYP has been a great way I’ve gotten involved. I have met so many people in the community and made great friends. I also volunteer for big brother big sister which I love. It’s nice to feel like I’m making an impact in our community.

What is your favorite local business and why?

There are so many great businesses, so it’s hard to pick just one. I love the flying noodle because their food is always great. The eggplant parm and pesto pasta is my favorite. Also, Fustini’s is so cute and super fun to shop at. I love the diverse selection of olive oils they have!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? 

I think the best is yet to come, so I’m looking forward to new and exciting experiences.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

Through the ages of 11 and 12 I lived off grid with my parents and sister. It was a very eye-opening experience that I will always be grateful for.

What is something you learned in the last week?

I learned that I could do anything I set my mind to, and my consistency and hard work pays off.

How can other TCYP members support you?

Being in the TCYP has allowed me to build quality relationships with other professionals in the community that have similar goals to mine. One of the best ways that continue to grow my business is attending networking meetups. I love connecting my clients with quality people in the community. Being in the TCYP helps me build those quality relationships and expand my sphere. Attend our meetups and happy hours, and let me help you grow your business, while you help me grow mine!