Ann Marie Skunda certainly took a leap of faith when she moved to Houston in 1978. Originally from Olean, a small, charming town located in Western New York, she traveled to Texas at the age of 21 with only $60.00 in her pocket and a heart full of ambition. Ann Marie made many lifelong friends in her new home, including one that would become her husband just four years later. You might say it was destiny that brought her to the Lone Star State.
Ann Marie and her husband Raymond set their roots in Houston, and in 1986, proudly welcomed their first son, Raymond Jr. (“Ray,” to avoid household confusion). In 1989, after 13 years in Houston, a work transfer brought the Skunda family to Orange in east Texas, which Ann Marie cites as being “quite an adjustment.” During their eight years in Orange, the growing family brought home their second son, Chad. In 1996, Raymond was once again transferred—this time to Wimberley—where they happily remain today.
Ann Marie began her career in the school district, where she assisted with payroll and finance. However, she found her true calling in real estate in 2005. Having moved homes several times in the past, she found herself frustrated with the process and with the lack of good help in the industry. Ann Marie fell in love with Wimberley and knew that the diverse housing market was where she wanted to focus the majority of her work. It’s a decision that has served her well in her career, as many happy homeowners can attest to.
Ann Marie’s personality is a perfect match for the real estate industry. She is extremely social and loves getting to know her clients personally. Her structured work ethic ensures that no details fall through the cracks and she is committed to helping clients demystify what can at times seem to be a complex process. Many comment on her welcoming and warm-hearted demeanor, which is a breath of fresh air in an industry that can all too often feel cold and transactional.
When Ann Marie isn’t busy assisting in the sale of homes in Wimberley’s sprawling hill country, you will most likely find her outdoors, either tending her enviable garden of herbs and vegetables or spending time with her four dogs Marley, Rex, Captain, and Samson. On hot summer weekends, she loves to escape the heat by relaxing at the river with friends. And of course, her favorite pastime is spending quality time with her family, especially when her grandchildren Raylee and Brady are visiting from Oklahoma.