Formed over 20 years ago after a chance meeting on the Trans-Siberian train through Mongolia and Russia, the Maison International Team has been writing its unique story since its beginning. Maison International’s co-founders, Elaine Comerford and Marie-Claire Martineau, had a vision to connect buyers, renters, and investors with elegant New York City homes, whether they were moving from around the corner or across the globe.
Fast forward 25 years, and the Maison International Team has grown from its humble apartment listing service to a full-service residential real estate entity serving a wonderfully unique clientele of multimillion-dollar investors, A-list celebrities, local first time home buyers, and international expatriates. What remains the same is the team’s guiding principles of responsive, knowledgeable service, carried out with integrity and transparency. As part of Compass, the team leverages the firm’s best-in-class technology and digital marketing to continually improve and enhance their service in alignment with their clients’ goals.
The Maison International Team believes there is a special kind of magic in working with the perfect real estate client-partners. A history of working with a diverse range of clients from all around the globe has woven a prized tapestry of beautiful friendships and business relationships. They see each day as a new opportunity to knit together more stories of client-focused real estate success.
The Maison International Team is here to support you on your journey to your next exciting destination – home.
Meet the Maison International Co-Founders
Elaine Comerford is a veteran New York City broker with a distinct ability to bring a sense of calm and organization to real estate’s historically fragmented process. Combining her extensive knowledge and skills with her clients’ best interests, Elaine helps them feel comfortable and confident in their decisions. As co-founder of the Maison International Team, her clientele of sellers, buyers, and renters appreciate a truly customer-focused real estate experience, backed by expert digital marketing, comprehensive price evaluations and astute market analysis. The team is well regarded for their expertise in serving international investors, sellers based overseas, and those relocating to New York City.
Before beginning her career in real estate, Elaine lived in Tokyo, then subsequently worked for Japan’s ministry of education. She also holds a masters degree in social work which underscores her love of getting to know people from all walks of life and listening empathetically to their unique stories. In her free time, Elaine enjoys snowboarding, cycling, traveling, and spending time with her family.
With a depth of expertise in New York City real estate and an extensive international network, Marie-Claire Martineau provides best-in-class service to clients from all over the world. Fluently speaking six languages, combined with her finely tuned negotiation skills, she is entirely committed to finding each client the right home or investment. Always responsive, Marie-Claire ensures that her clients feel appreciated and listened to. Known as the go to choice among A-list celebrities, she understands the importance of confidentiality and discretion and has earned a reputation among Broadway and Hollywood production companies for her uncanny ability to find just the right place for high-profile performers. As co-founder of the Maison International Team, Marie-Claire leverages her international background to bring unparalleled success in seamlessly exceeding the expectations of her elite clientele.
Marie-Claire was born just outside of Paris and prior to real estate lived in Japan teaching languages and in Italy pursuing fashion marketing. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving, snorkeling, and traveling the world with her family.