Our Story

The Flaherty Group’s history dates back to  the early 1980s, when Tim and Marie first entered the real estate business.  In 1987 they opened Tim Flaherty Real Estate, a business they successfully owned and operated for 20 years. In 2007, Tim Flaherty Real Estate was acquired by Prudential Northeast Properties of Bangor which became Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Northeast Real Estate.

In 2015, Tim and Marie re-opened the family business, this time as The Flaherty Group—the longtime moniker for their team.

They are proud to be joined by some of the best real estate agents they have worked with over the years—Michael Flaherty, Maryea Curtis, Elizabeth Mitschele, Karen Thompson and Kim Gouzie. By combining their collective talents and backgrounds, The Flaherty Group strives to give every client the service they deserve.


Marie Flaherty – Associate Broker

Marie Flaherty’s real estate career is defined by education, involvement, and results. Marie’s professional designations include: GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute), ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). She earned the exclusive Fine Homes Specialist designation through Prudential Real Estate, and accrued dozens of awards for her high sales production levels within the Prudential and Berkshire Hathaway nationwide networks.

Marie’s clients appreciate her honest feedback, eye for design, and willingness to make upfront investments that result in sales. Marie is a past president of the Portland Board of Realtors and the Maine Real Estate Information System (governing body of the MLS), and was honored by her peers as Realtor of the Year in 2002. She was the 2015 President of the Maine Association of Realtors, and still actively serves the organization as its Immediate Past President.



Office: 207.400.3115

Cell: 207.776.9160

e-mail: [ marie@tfre.com ]

Tim Flaherty – Broker

Tim Flaherty is the designated Broker of The Flaherty Group, and an active listing and buyer agent.

Over the years, Tim has earned a loyal following for both his integrity and his deep knowledge of home construction and land use. In addition to listing and selling residential property, Tim has developed several neighborhoods in the greater Portland area, including Brydon Farm and Wildwood in Westbrook, Olde Birch Lane in Portland, Stonebrooke in Scarborough and Bowdoin Drive in Falmouth. He also offers consulting services for outside developers.

Tim graduated from Portland High School in 1974 and studied real estate at the University of Southern Maine.


Office: 207.400.3116

Cell: 207.671.3682

e-mail: [ tim@tfre.com ]



Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson is a Maine native who knows the local neighborhoods, homes, and people. Having grown up and owned a business in the Lewiston/Auburn area and lived in Falmouth, Freeport, Cumberland Foreside, and Poland, she specializes in the greater Portland and Androscoggin communities. Karen has been involved in real estate and development for the majority of her life through investments and personal residences.

Karen joined The Flaherty Group in 2015, not only bringing her experience with real estate, but also a strong background in education and communications — two of the foundational characteristics of an ideal real estate agent. Whether Karen is listing or selling, or working with first time buyers, she is known for her quality service and true professionalism. Clients recognize her outstanding work ethic, communication skills, and market knowledge.

Karen lives in Portland with her life partner, Harry, enjoying the advantages of city living. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, earning her B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Communications. A strong believer in continuing education, Karen continues to take classes in business and real estate to stay ahead of industry changes. She is known to be a “gym rat” keeping physically fit indoors. Outdoors she takes advantage of all of Maine’s seasons — hiking, biking, skiing, and golfing. Karen shares her high energy with her grandchildren, teaching them to golf and ski!


Office: 207.221.8585

Cell: 207.650.7471

e-mail: [ karen@tfre.com ]



Maryea Curtis

Maryea Curtis is an experienced Realtor who works both with buyers and sellers. She is detail-oriented and prompt, and is a strong communicator, negotiator, and fiduciary advocate for the clients she serves.

Maryea entered the real estate business in 2004, inspired by a love of architecture. To her surprise, though, it wasn’t just the homes that made her love this job – it was the people. Assisting people with buying and selling a home is largely about helping them transition to a new phase of life, and Maryea considers it a privilege to be involved in that process.

Prior to real estate she worked in sales, home health care, and financial management – positions that honed her skills in diverse and important ways.

When Maryea is not working, you’re likely to find her at home with her husband and preschool-age daughter having a tea party. You might also find her at the ocean, or downtown Portland – enjoying what it means to live in Maine.


Office: 207.221.8585

Cell: 207.650.5434

e-mail: [ maryea@maryea.com ]



Elizabeth Mitschele

Elizabeth Mitschele

“Customer service and customer relationships aren’t just important; they are EVERYTHING in the real estate business.”

That’s Elizabeth Mitschele’s attitude with every transaction. She loves working with clients and seeing the smiles on their faces when their home sells or they find the perfect property to purchase.

Elizabeth began her career as a real estate agent in 2004 after 13 years as a mortgage processor and underwriter. Her depth of experience gives her a unique understanding of the entire transaction and what it takes to close the deal.

She also understands that every home purchase or sale is different, as is every client. You can expect her to listen actively, communicate regularly, adjust to your situation, and work hard to make your unique real estate experience both enjoyable and successful. Her upfront, honest, and relationship-driven approach ensures that everyone’s expectations will be understood and met from start to finish.

Elizabeth prides herself on her enthusiasm, attention to detail, ability to think outside the box, fierce negotiation skills, and commitment to go above and beyond for every client.

Elizabeth lives in Falmouth with her husband, Peter and their two sons (ages 12 and 15) and 6-year-old daughter. She is active in the community and loves to volunteer at her children’s schools. She and Peter own and manage multiple investment properties.


Office: 207.221.8585

Cell: 207.939.2628

e-mail: [ elizabeth@tfre.com ]