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Different Arena, Same Approach.

In Mary Ellen's classroom, "They weren't just students. They
were her "kids." And that same caring approach is making
a positive difference today throughout Maryland.


When people used to ask Mary Ellen Flaherty how many kids she has, her answer was often shocking. “Fifty-four” she’d say. “And they’re all 12, 13 and 14 year-olds.” Of course, this answer was somewhat of a joke, but it also reflected her strong commitment as a teacher. She explains: “They were never just students to me. I always called them my “kids” and I cared deeply for each and every one of them.”

Mary Ellen’s desire to become a teacher was born out of the embarrassment of being sent out to the hall for not knowing an answer in her own classroom in second grade. As a young girl, she struggled with an undiagnosed learning disorder. So when she overcame those obstacles and earned her teacher’s credential, bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, she vowed to never belittle a student in a similar manner.

Instead, Mary Ellen’s goal was to take ownership of her kids’ educational experience and make learning fun. She thrived on being looked to as a leader and the “answer” person. Long story short, Mary Ellen approached her teaching career with a genuine passion for what she did, and it showed. As a testament to the impact she made during that time, some of her students still keep in touch with her to this day! “In order to be good at it, you had to really put in a lot of work with each student,” she says. “It was very rewarding.”

After many years in education, Mary Ellen sought a new professional challenge. She turned her sights to real estate and brings a similar brand of genuine care and commitment to each and every one of her clients. Of course, teaching English and helping people buy and sell homes are two totally different endeavors, but Mary Ellen’s approach is much the same.

“I take a vested interest in the lives of every single one of my clients,” she says. “I don’t view my role as simply helping people buy or sell a home. It’s more than that.  It’s about listening to people’s goals and helping them achieve their lifestyle they desire.”

Much like in the classroom. Mary Ellen thrives on providing people with all the answers and insight they need to make the best decisions for their future. She protects her client’s interests throughout every step of the transaction and shares her unique knowledge as a longtime local resident. She’s a true leader who you’ll be happy to have on your side when making one of life’s most important investments.

Mary Flaherty

Brendan & Mary Ellen Flaherty

The Flaherty Team

at RE/MAX Advantage Realty

Office: 410-549-3500


Brendan's years of housing expertise keeps him abreast of all the up-to-date housing trends and codes.

Brendan Flaherty has been working in the construction industry since high school and started out working with a crew building homes. After high school, Brendan was a college All American Football player at Long Island University - C.W. Post. 

After college Brendan starting working with hardwood floors and opened Flaherty Floors in 1998, which is a Top Rated Pro on Home Advisor, a member of the BBB, with an A+ Accredited Business rating, and NWFA. 

Coached youth football, basketball and baseball for the Winfield Rec program. Coached Freshmen football a year at South Carroll High School. 

During his childhood, Brendan moved a lot which started his life-long interest in the housing market in it's entirety and in 1993 desided it was time to start in real estate. Brendan has been Broker of Record for American Dream Realty and opened Flaherty Properties in 2003 when he moved to Carroll County. He has also been an agent with Town and Country Realty, Shannon and Luch's, Weichert and Long and Foster, and made the change to RE/MAX because RE/MAX is a household name known internationally.

Personal Service with a Difference

You probably know how important it is to find the right real estate agent when you are focusing on a financial investment as substantial and as personal as your home.

We believe wholeheartedly in the unique, personal nature of real estate. You will see that revealed in how we follow through on what our promises, as we carefully guide you through the many steps and decisions along the way.

You can expect from us:

  • Personal and knowledgeable service that is genuinely responsive to your needs;
  • A "Neighborhood Specialist's" familiarity with local communities, home values, and price trends;
  • Top professional skills continually refined through RE/MAX training programs respected industry wide;
  • Advice and guidance throughout the entire process;
  • We can save you valuable time and effort in securing home financing, insurance, and home connections.

Feel free to contact us anytime, whether it's to get started on helping you realize your goals and dreams, or just to ask a question. We would welcome the opportunity to make a difference for you.