Jim & Pat Tyng
We have been in a unique position recently to compare the sales style and performance of a number of real estate agents as we simultaneously sold and bought properties in different locations. Barbara Merrill certainly stands out as one of the best. We were lucky to meet Barbara at an open house at Indian Ridge Country Club. While that particular house wasn’t the one for us, we decided on the spot that Barbara was the agent we wanted to work with. She’s a master of information about the pluses and minuses of various homes, their floor plans and locations, and the overall “vibe” of the surrounding community. She asks the right questions in order to match buyers with the right options. Once we selected and made an offer on a new home, Barbara guided us through every step of escrow professionally and efficiently. We had the further advantage of observing Barbara in another situation when we introduced her to friends who were also considering Indian Ridge. Their goals were different from ours, and their search was longer and more challenging. Barbara demonstrated unfailing energy and enthusiasm throughout their process, and was able to help them reach a satisfying decision as well.
Coachella’s finest Realtor!!! We have worked with Barbara for the past two years looking for the perfect home for us. She has been extremely patient with the pickiest of buyers like us. She has an incredible knack of listening to our want list and carving out visionary ideas as well as masterfully opening our eyes to new possibilities that we would not have considered. Barbara should be the SINGLE SOURCE FOR INDIAN RIDGE realtors because her background and knowledge of the property is second to none. Barbara has the unique ability to put herself in your shoes and find the perfect home for any customer. If you use another realtor you are using the “B” team.
Chris Sommers/Susan Blase
We first met Barb at an open house at Indian Ridge about a year ago. She immediately impressed us with her knowledge of both the Indian Ridge community and the desert housing market as a whole. What initially started as a slight flirtation with the idea of buying a house and Barb showing us beautiful property after beautiful property, soon evolved into Barb negotiating on our behalf to get an amazing price on our new home. Over the past year, Barb has gone above and beyond what one would expect in a realtor. She is easy to work with, prompt and never rattled, and always around to answer any of our questions. But most of all, she is an honest, good person who we now consider our friend.
Paul & Colleen Simon
Barbara recently helped us to sell our home in Palm Valley Country Club. We were impressed by her outstanding marketing plan which included a video tour and professional photos of the property, on site sales materials and open houses. The most important sales tool was Barbara herself! Her unflagging energy combined with her expertise brought our home, one of many on the market, to the forefront and resulted in a quick sale. We highly recommend Barbara as we have benefited from her professionalism in both selling and purchasing a home. Paul and Colleen
Dave & Diane G
Barbara Merrill goes above and beyond the call to duty as a realtor. Our house had been up for sale for a long time, and when Barbara got involved as a realtor, she brought a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to representing us as Sellers. When work needed to be done to take care of small or large repair items, she had the contacts to get the work done quickly and at reasonable prices. As Canadians we were not familiar with all the regulations governing the many aspects of selling a home in California. Barbara was always there to answer our questions promptly and effectively. She guided us through the process every step of the way. She is very professional, knowledgeable, and considerate of her clients needs and wants. But, above all, it was her positive energy which drew us to her. She believed in our home, and saw what we saw in it, and was able to communicate that to potential buyers. She got the job done, and we were happy she was there with us throughout the process.
I had the distinct pleasure to work with Barbara in the sale of an Indian Ridge condominium on behalf of a family trust. Barbara is a real "pro"... no one knows the Indian Ridge market better or how to market a property in the project better than her. She came highly recommended and she performed beautifully. Her attention to every detail really made the difference in achieving the results we had hoped for. She earned every penny of her commission. I would recommend her unequivocally!!!
Sandy Dawson & Barry Lapointe
Kelowna, British Columbia
Barbara became our realtor by chance. We had no idea that she was the Best of the Best, but she proved it over and over! Without her, we wouldn’t own a piece of sunshine in Palm Desert. She is patient (we looked at 30+ places), she is on top of the market, she is tenacious, she is organized, she listens and she seems to know exactly what you should be looking at. She is there 24-7 and she follows up on every detail. Barbara went above and beyond when escrow was closing and we were not there. The best part, she did it all with a ‘smile’!
Arlene M. Crowe
Barbara Merrill’s record reflects her success as a sales woman. Barbara Merrill is the consummate realtor. She sets high standards for herself and works tirelessly to meet those standards. She is knowledgeable about the community she serves, has extensive education and training, and she listens intently when her clients express their real estate needs and desires. Her record reflects her success as a sales woman. I have known Barbara for many years as a friend and, when I was ready to sell my home, she served as my realtor. She was proactive in marketing my home and when necessary, explained to me the changing market and how I could benefit by initiating strategy changes. I know firsthand of her integrity, credibility and style. Without hesitation I recommend Barbara Merrill to assist with real estate needs.
Barry & Jane Finlayson
Hi Barbara, We want to thank you for your assistance in buying a house in Palm Desert. As non-residents we were completely unfamiliar with the local process and documentation required for the transaction. Your depth of knowledge of the Palm Desert real estate market and the process, together with the check-lists that you provided, guided us through the process and kept us on track to complete the transaction in a timely manner without any problems. We are extremely happy with the outcome of the transaction.
Judy and John Cooper
We are Judy and John Cooper from Chicago. We would like to share our experience with our realtor, Barbara Merrill, with prospective homebuyers in the Palm Springs area. Barbara represented us in our recent home purchase in Indian Ridge, Palm Desert. Throughout the process she shared her extensive knowledge of the area as well as her thoughts on desert life. Her most outstanding attribute was her communication skill, rare in many realtors. Barbara kept us informed as to the steps that were upcoming, what we should do next, and if there was a bump in the road she handled it smoothly. This made a potentially stressful experience pleasant and fun. Also, Barbara has a wonderful personality that comes through in all she does and we are thrilled to have her as a friend and neighbor. If we invest in more real estate or if someone asks us for the name of a great realtor, Barbara is the agent we would recommend without reservation.
Luis and Sharon Ochoa
Barbara Merrill represented us in our recent purchase of a condominium home in Indian Ridge Country Club. We were very impressed with her ability to respond quickly to our messages, even during her vacation. She was a good mediator and problem solver, addressing our questions and concerns within a few hours. We were able to get the information we needed about Indian Ridge Country Club from Barbara. Since she lives in the same community, she knows it well and was ready to provide a resource list for home improvement projects, maintenance assistance and utilities. We were particularly impressed when we learned she always makes certain a home buyer walks in to a clean home. General cleaning, carpet cleaning and sparkling windows were part of our purchase contract.
In the past ten years I have been represented by highly professional real estate agents in six transactions. However, I will say, without reservation, Barbara was the most outstanding agent of all. Barbara did so many unexpected things throughout the purchase of my "perfect" home but the "coolest" was opening up all the cupboards and photographing all of their contents. Needless to say, that in itself saved me many "boxing" hours of items i would not need to transport, so much so that I hardly packed more than clothes and a toothbrush. It is now four months since my move and it still feels like paradise each and every day!
Don & Donna Hirschbein
Barbara Merrill was the realtor we chose to help us find a home in Palm Desert. We knew we wanted to settle in Indian Ridge, and Barbara was the person recommended to us by several of our friends. She more than met our expectations as she started with us on our journey to find the perfect place to call home. Barbara was patient with us as we began to define just what we were looking for. She was responsive to our requests, and followed up with us promptly to answer questions and help us narrow our prospects. “All’s well that ends well.” Not only did we find the perfect home for us, but we also made a new fiend in Barb!
Debby and Mike Pascavage
This was our first home buying experience in the desert, planning to relocate from the East Coast. We met Barbara at an Open House, and were impressed with her local market knowledge and professionalism. We decided to work exclusively with her in our search. She helped us identify the right house, and guided us through the complexities of buying in California. She was available to us seemingly 24/7 to address all of our many questions. Barbara goes above and beyond the scope of typical Realtor responsibilities, offering to help with anything you need. Also, as a fellow Owner in Indian Ridge, Barbara was able to offer us an extra level of comfort in our relocation decision. Her positive demeanor and fun personality made the home buying process a pleasure! We recommend Barbara without reservation!
Rick & Vickey Collier
We were very fortunate to have met Barbara Merrill during our search for a new desert home. She happened to be holding a weekend open house in one of the communities where we were most interested. Vickey & I connected with her warm & friendly personality right away and began working with her exclusively to help us narrow down our search . We really appreciated Barbara’s patience & knowledge of the many properties we ended up viewing during our final selection process.She certainly lead us to finding exactly what we had been looking for in a new desert home. As a matter of fact, we both sincerely believe that if it had not been for Barbara’s persistence & expertise , we would not have been successful in closing the home of our 1st choice. We are both so grateful to Barbara for her service as well as value her as a true friend. Vickey & I would both highly recommend her to others as a Real Estate Professional.
Nanci & Curt Morrison
Barbara helped sell our home, bringing qualified buyers. Upon selling she listened to our "must haves" as well as our desires and then searched out the perfect home for us. She was patient yet persevered to find the right home for us. Once found, she went above and beyond to ensure the closing was smooth and timely. We highly recommend Barbara for selling or buying your home!
I have purchased and sold a number of homes in the desert and worked with many realtors. Barbara Merrill is truly an expert in the field. She had the patience to get to know me and the type of property that would suit my needs. In a very short period of time she delivered exactly what I had been looking for. Barbara got me the purchase price I wanted and the home warranty provided.I highly recommend Barbara, not only for her skills as a realtor, but also for her integrity as a person. She is warm, honest, and beautiful.
Over the last four decades, I have bought and sold a lot of homes and had the opportunity to work with a number of very competent realtors. Fortunately, I have had the good fortune to have been represented by many of the top professionals in my area at the time.When identifying the go-to Realtors in the Coachella Valley, Barbara Merrill clearly qualifies for the club. She is elegant, personable, knowledgeable, and extremely hard working. From the very first day that I enlisted her assistance until the deal was closed, she was in regular contact with me with detailed reports regarding what was happening with the property.And once the offer was in, Barbara worked tirelessly to insure that every element needed to insure a timely close was addressed and solved. She is absolutely the best! I have been advised that the best thing that you can do when selecting a realtor is to interview a few candidates. So much of the relationship between the seller/buyer and the agent is the intangible element of personal compatibility. I am confident if you include Barbara that mix, she will be representing you!
Frank J. Ures, Jr
Barbara Merrill, my real estate agent who represented me in my recent purchase of my new residence, can only be considered a “breath of fresh air” to anyone dealing with the stress of buying a home. I would never choose anyone else to represent me in my future real estate dealings. I have the utmost respect for Ms. Merrill and assure you that she would not commit herself beyond her ability to perform.
My husband and I had a fantastic experience with Bennion Deville Luxury Homes. The reason for this: Barbara Merrill.Barbara Merrill worked to make sure we found exactly what we were looking for in a house.Her patience and professionalism throughout the process far exceeded our expectations. Barbara knew the area and was realistic in showing us homes that we could afford to purchase. I would highly recommend Barbara to a friend or client that is looking for a home. I totally trust Barbara’s judgement, honesty and expertise of real estate in the desert.
I can highly recommend Barbara Merrill for all of your real estate needs. I have known her for a number of years and she has leased as well as sold homes for me in the Indian Ridge Country Club. She will make sure whether you are buying or selling, short or long term leasing that you get the best property on the market. Her knowledge of all the properties in the Valley is always up to date and accurate.
Tom and Beverly Benjamin
Dear BarbaraThank you so much for your diligence in getting our home sold in Indian Wells in such a short time span. Your professionalism coupled with your positive personality really made the difference. You did everything we could imagine in making stressless what is often stressful to so many. You did a great job!
I feel so grateful that you worked with me on the day I first toured my new home at 477 White Horse Trail in Palm Desert. If it wasn’t for you, I do not believe I would have considered the purchase of this particular property since it did not have the “full on” golf course view I was seeking.However, as an excellent real estate sales professional, you were quick to point out all its extra features and amenities. My questions were addressed quickly and your follow-up was timely and thorough. I especially appreciated your patience and willingness to review other inventory as comparisons in order to assist me in my decision making process, yet I never felt that I was being high pressured.You were amazing to work with. Please feel free to use me as a reference for any of your new clients and please be assured that you will receive my highest recommendation.I love my new home; I know I have made the right decision, and thanks so much for helping me realize that this was the one.
Steve & Marcia Larson
Barbara is truly an exceptional Realtor®. She showed us only homes that were 100% appropriate to our criteria. She accommodated our tight schedule which sometimes involved early morning or late night visits or meetings. She was not hesitant to suggest multiple return visits to properties we were interested in. In one home, she arranged for a contractor to meet us (on short notice) in order that we could get an estimate regarding modifications we were considering. Barbara was not hesitant to point out negatives, as well as positives, in pertaining to the properties, the golf club or the transaction itself. Barbara has great judgment and a wonderful pleasant personality and is incredibly knowledgeable of everything related to the Indian Ridge community and the golf club. She started as an unfamiliar Realtor® and ended as our friend.
Mary Hiner-Harrell and James T. Harrell
To Whom it may concern:My husband James Harrell and I purchased a home at 526 Desert Holly Drive in Indian Ridge a couple of months ago. I would just like to comment on the total commitment to service by our Broker/Agent Barbara Merrill. We attempted to make an offer on another property, as well as looking at many. Barbara was always patient and determined to find the perfect fit. As a broker/owner for over 25 years; I can only say your company is very lucky to have a representative like Barbara; who was always willing to go the extra mile to get it to the closing table.It was a pleasure working with her.
Ken & Gayle Steidel
To Whom It May Concern,We were most fortunate to have Barbara Merrill as our Realtor when purchasing our home at Indian Ridge in Palm Desert. Barbara was instrumental in expediting all phases of our move from Idaho to California. After our new home closed escrow, Barbara offered us numerous local contacts which avoided trial and error in getting things done. We highly recommend Barbara Merrill as a true professional and an extremely hard worker.
Robert & Jane Cremin
Good deals happen when an agent sweats the details...Barbara leaves no rock unturned. Very pleased with the home that Barbara negotiated for us.Barbara does her homework. She is excellent at matching what you need with what she shows you. No time wasted with this professional.I like Realtors® who tell you what they think, especially the tradeoffs on a property that you’re looking at. This Professional becomes part of your team and expresses opinions with good judgement and balance. We’re very pleased with the home that we purchased and there were NO SURPRISES.. You can’t go wrong viewing properties with this lady. She knows the area, how to uncover values and will steer you away from properties that aren`t quite right for you. That saves time and money.When we trade up to our next dream house - Barbara will be on our team. There is no one better.
I would happily recommend Barbara Merrill for your real estate needs. I found working with Barbara a pleasure as she always was friendly and diligent in searching for property and negotiating the twists and turns of escrow. She always got back to me in a timely fashion and was a careful listener. Even after my deal was closed, Barbara was a willing resource and helped wherever she could. As an out of town owner, I have had several instances where I called on Barbara to deal with some detail that required a person in place. Barbara was always willing to help.
We truly respect Barbara’s commitment to her clients. Every phone call was answered, every detail taken care of. We can highly recommend her and would use her again.
Jim and Cathy Geisbauer
Barbara was the main reason our condo sold when it did. She dedicated a large amount of time in selling our property and directed us to make improvements to make the home more marketable. Thank you Barbara for the wonderful service.
Mark and Theresa Love
Barbara Merill is all about knowledge of the business, client service and timely communication. As a Canadian buyer of a seasonal winter home, the tougher part of the deal was not in selecting the home or negotiating the price, but getting the US based financing we wanted and managing the buying process while we were out of the country. Her knowledge of the banker and broker market helped in securing financing on our terms. Thereafter, Barbara’s recommendation of a qualified home inspector revealed some compliance issues and minor repairs and Barbara made the trades’ recommendations and also handled all the scheduling of their work and all inspections. She also recommended a home insurance company and security provider and placed us with a new home warranty company. As we were absent at closing, Barbara stayed connected with the Escrow company. It would have been nearly impossible to have made this purchase if not for her working knowledge and experience. Her regular and effective communication with us and her management of all the moving parts in the transaction made it all come together and would recommend her highly.
Shirley & John Nagelhout
Barbara Merrill was our Realtor when purchasing a home in Indian Ridge. She was accessible and dependable and made the process so much easier and pleasant. We liked that she used all of the current technology that is available since we were not local. It saved a lot of time. After our home closed escrow, Barbara offered suggestions and contacts for services we needed . We highly recommend Barbara Merrill and are happy to have her as a neighbor and friend.
Carolyn & Ben Lund
As newcomers to the desert, we were house hunting in the usual haphazard manner. Then we were fortunate to meet Barbara Merrill who led us in the right direction. Barbara`s extremely professional and competent behavior is a tribute to the Real Estate profession. After finding the house we loved, Barbara Merrill then introduced us to Annette Eustice who became our very amazing Loan Broker. The joint effort by Barbara and Annette was so efficient that the entire transaction wascompleted in three weeks. It was truly our pleasure working with Barbara and Annette and it really made a very traumatic event, a thing of joy!
Jerry & Marilyn Lipson
We have had the privilege and honor to get to know Barbara Merrill for a few to several years. During this time we watched her blossom in her field! We listed our house which I might add has an outstanding view and is completely remodeled. Her approach with our home was so positive through the entire experience which lasted a shorter time than we anticipated. No doubt thanks to Barbara`s unrelenting efforts and commitment! Some of Barbara`s attributes include: Thorough, caring, committed, phenomenally hard-working, tenacious, genuine, high energy, honest, and last but not least, kind! Whenever an agent or a client wanted to see our house, Barbara was 100% available! And always followed up with us after every open house or personal viewing with notes and comments, great follow through! When selling a house you certainly do appreciate Barbara`s attention to details! Thank you Barbara for selling our house in an unprecedented time!
Barbara spent a lot of time over the year to help us find the right place and worked tirelessly before and after our purchase. She is responsible, honest, and always available to help! She took us under her wing to make sure we met people at one of the Friday`s at the clubhouse. The best part is we have become good friends!
Dan & Joanne Boyle
I met Barbera thru friends who referred her to me. Barbara impressed me with her knowledge of the housing market and she made the entire process hassle free for me. It was a real pleasure working with Barbara. She knows her stuff. I highly recommend Barbara as she can make things happen. Thanks to her I am now a happy home owner in beautiful Sun City Shadow Hills community.
Peter and Lorie Steinman
Barbara recently helped us buy a home in Indian Ridge. We interviewed several real estate brokers, but after speaking with Barbara it was pretty clear that she was the one to go with - her superior knowledge of the market and all of the details that make for a successful transaction were readily apparent. Her opinions and advice proved valuable and were very much appreciated. She was always available when we needed her and she followed up on every detail without fail. In addition, she provided great tips and leads on setting up utilities and finding resources. We would heartily recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell real property in the Coachella Valley.
Howard & Bonnie Fox
Barbara is the best realtor we have ever dealt with. Throughout the process she went above and beyond in providing great service, always working hard to further our interests. She always acts in a professional manner, and is highly knowledgeable. Being new to the area, she has also provided the highest quality referrals to us. We are happy to recommend her for all real estate needs.
Peter & Carma Gailing
We have recently had the opportunity to work with Barbara Merrill in purchasing one home at Indian Ridge and selling our existing home also at Indian Ridge. All the stresses associated with previewing and looking at homes were greatly reduced because of her knowledge and specifically her knowledge of Indian Ridge. She even found a buyer for our current home before it went on the market. That is a Realtor!!!! We can`t say enough about her professional skills and responsiveness to our needs in every way. As a bonus we made a great new friend and are looking forward to spending many good times with her. We can highly recommend Barbara Merrill.
I met Barbara at an open house in Indian Ridge. I had been looking to buy for a couple months and hadn`t met a realtor that impressed me. Barbara did. With her knowledge of Indian Ridge, she was able to find the perfect house for us. She arranged several private showings and helped me decide on the perfect price. She has an amazing list of contacts that are very needed, both before and after the sale. Barbara was there during every step. After we made an offer and the house was in escrow, Barbara arranged for me to meet some of the neighbors at one of the clubs Friday night socials. Very impressive. Barbara let me know of every step needed, even down to providing me with a timeframe and list of numbers for all utilities. Best of all, she does it with a "SMILE”.
Jack and Paula Moran
We met Barbara through our friends, who had just gone into escrow on a house in Indian Ridge that Barbara had introduced to them. We shortly thereafter, began our search for a home in Indian Ridge with Barbara. She is professional in her dealings and knowledgeable of all the floor plans available, and she was extremely helpful. She patiently worked with us through several frustrating bids, and did not allow us to become discouraged. Once we located the house we wanted, she guided us through the Purchase and Sale Agreement and Escrow effortlessly. It has been a pleasure working with Barbara and we would highly recommend her to any new buyer looking in Indian Ridge.
Don & Carole Moser
Barbara, we want everyone to know how grateful we are that you were our realtor for our home purchase in Indian Ridge. Thank you so much for your patience and guidance and for helping us find a home that we love. It is amazing to us now how uninformed we were about buying a house in the Palm Desert area, and how fortunate we were to have found you when we met at a weekend open house in Indian Ridge, just by chance, about a year ago. We immediately liked your straightforward attitude and your kindness, skill and honesty. As you know, we recently sold our home of 40+ years in Sherman Oaks and both escrows closed simultaneously. The Sherman Oaks escrow was extremely frustrating and stressful due to the realtor not communicating with us once the home was sold, not returning our phone calls, or answering questions, etc. We felt we were on our own, left dangling on a vine. You were always available to us; you treated us with such care, you returned phone calls promptly, answered all our questions and concerns, all the while coordinating with the listing agent, and you professionally and seamlessly guided us through the Indian Ridge escrow. Barbara, you are truly a fabulous person, and an excellent realtor with a superior and extensive knowledge of the real estate market and the desert lifestyle. Thank you for sticking it out with us, and for all your hard work. It wasn’t easy finding what we were looking for, but you helped us make it happen.
I have known Barbara for many years, so it was a natural thing to turn to her when I wanted to sell my Condo.I have to say that her professionalism and energy from the start impressed me. She had definite ideas about how to stage the property in order for a successful sale and lost no time in doing what was necessary to market the house. I cant recall a single day going by without some communication from her and always felt that she was doing everything possible to achieve my goals of a fast sale. She was sensitive to our needs of privacy, and always took those into consideration. Great job Barb!
Barb was referred to me by a family member and I would highly recommend her. She is an expert resource who helped me find an ideal condo in Palm Valley Country Club. Barb was there at every step along the way to help me navigate the purchase. She was always available to answer questions and equally as important she offered suggestions based on her experience along the way. Barb is a professional in every way, not only knowledgeable but friendly and considerate. She is always positive and was as excited as I was when the escrow was closed.
Jack & Caren Kane
Hi Barb, Finally got a few minutes to let you know how much we appreciated all your help. We would like to thank you for all your great work to get our home sold. Selling a home is always emotional and certainly never easy, but we must say, you certainly took it as close to easy as possible for us. Your very personal commitment and process along with all that attention to those many many details from "start to finish" was really impressive. Some conversations that Caren and I have had on how to best describe our personal experience can be summed up with “Personal Touch, Smooth, and Always with a Smile.” Thanks for a job very well done!
Ron & Tanya Jamieson
We were incredibly impressed with our realtor, Barbara Merrill of Bennion Deville Homes. She sold our home in Palm Valley Country Club in one day at full price and helped us purchase a new home in Indian Ridge Country Club. She never left any questions unanswered and always responded promptly. She made sure as we moved forward that we were well informed and that we were in agreement with everything taking place. Barb’s professionalism, mentorship, knowledge, honesty, and hard work ethic are much appreciated. Results define the difference between a good verses a great professional.
Frank & Mary Carter
Barbara is the best realtor we have ever had! Our son is a realtor here in VA and he concurs. She did so much toward getting our house ready for sale since we were trying to do it long distance. We not only loved her doing it ......we became friends. Any time you need a referral we are here.
Linda and Pat Aldous
Barbara met us soon after our arrival to visit friends in Indian Ridge, Palm Desert. It wasn’t long after that, she was writing our offer on a sweet property that we are both so excited about. Barbara was very attentive and supplied us with much information and where to go and what to do in purchasing an American property by Canadians. We were very fortunate to meet Barbara, happy to give her our business and hope to continue our friendship!
Robert and Debbie Allen
We’ve owned a house in Indian Ridge for almost 12 years. It’s been listed for sale twice during this time and never sold. We’ve always ended up renting it. This spring we decided we wanted to list it for sale and we did not want to rent it. We asked Barbara Merrill to be our listing agent. Before she listed the house we discussed the market and a realistic sale price. We took her advice, and she sold the house in two months. Barbara is honest, communicative and a very hard and smart worker. She gets the job done. We were very pleased with how Barbara handled the sale from listing to closing and would definitely refer her. The Allens
Lee & Mari Kvam
We met Barbara at an open house, in the Indian Ridge Development. Her warm personality and professionalism made this a most positive experience. We highly recommend her for anyone looking for a place to call home. - Lee & Mari