We had little to no intention of purchasing a home in the Munjoy Hill neighborhood of Portland. We'd lived here for a while, knew the neighborhood and the rapidly changing pace of it; wonderful change but figuring it was far outside the boundaries of what we were looking to pay. We'd previously submitted offers on three homes and we were out-bid by tens-of-thousands each time. I am generally cautious of real estate brokers. But then I happened to meet Elise Loschiavo with the Vitalius Group. She's sort of their star hitter I think, but is quiet, engaging and measured in her approach. (Which also means you're not getting an overtly chatty, over-selling real estate agent with Texas sized hair and love for embellishing conversations. Elise is the real deal professional.) She lives in the community and has been here for years, so she's a bit of an expert. I'll admit that Elise put up with a lot from me. I'm not the most ideal client. I turned away a lot of things. But she knew about one place that wasn't on the market yet. She tends to do her homework and seems to be aware, or have a feel for what may come up before other realty brokers get wind of it. That's something you really must have if you want to land something in a neighborhood like this. We had it in Elise. I never felt pressured, never felt as though she was anxious to 'just get a sale' out of me. She learned what we wanted even though we couldn't always articulate the specifics in the most succinct way. She was patient, watched and waited..And then the right place popped up, just before it went public. It had the space we insisted on as well as the other requirements. It is right dead center of the most dynamic, beautiful neighborhood in Portland, Maine and we're still counting our blessings for having decided to try once final Portland-based real estate broker. I'm a professional guy with my own business, but I would stake my full reputation and name on Elise's ability, her personal connection with her clients and her love for her work. I would not list my home or begin searching for one in Portland until I had checked-in with Vitalius Real Estate and Elise Loschiavo. They were just that good for us.