Maria was born in Portugal and at the age of 6 came to America with her family, relocating to Newark, New Jersey. Upon marrying she moved to Livingston and later to Far Hills. She assisted her husband Frank with various businesses relating to real estate, such as property investments, development, and management through The Verduce Company.
Upon her husband's death in 1993 she became CEO and continued her business, expanding it to include the renovation & restoration of historical homes and the creation of a large gourmet food market.
Maria had been part of Boca Raton and Florida for many years as a "snowbird" and made it her primary residence over 6 years ago. She acquired both her real estate license, as well as her CAM (property management) license. As a Realtor, Maria believes in personal service, commitment, and integrity in dealing with her clients.
Maria is fluent in Portuguese and Italian and now resides in Boca Raton with her husband, Mel Cottone, a former aide to President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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