John McCarthy

Think Twice

In the past I have written extensively about what a homeowner can do to increase the value of their home. Just as there are projects you can take on to improve your home’s value there are “fixes” you may be doing (inadvertently sometimes) to decrease it.  A lot of...

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Hold On!

Just a quick public service notice. Please do NOT SELL YOUR HOME to anyone claiming to pay all cash, no fees, can close quick, no showings, etc. without talking to your local REALTOR®. You have seen their ads or received their letters in the mail. Simply put they are...

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Summertime is Here!

With Memorial Day behind us and hopefully nothing but good weather…SUMMER IS HERE!!! Its been great to go places and not worry if you forgot your mask, hopefully by saying that I won’t jinx anything.  While the summer real estate season is not quite as popular as...

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Step by Step Guide to Homeownership

Over the last few weeks I have had meetings with a number of first time buyers trying to break into this seller’s market. If we have heard this once, we have heard it a million times that buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. Not only...

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Don’t Change

In the past I have written extensively about what a homeowner can do to increase the value of their home. Just as there are projects you can take on to improve your home’s value there are “fixes” you may be doing that inadvertently lower your home’s value.  A lot of...

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Help for Buyers

The consensus among buyers, sellers, REALTORS®, mortgage agents and anyone else who is in real estate is that it is nuts out there. There is a huge lack of inventory and lots of qualified and eager buyers. Homes are selling very, very quickly. As a seller you are...

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Step by Step Guide

Over the last few weeks I have had meetings with a number of first time buyers trying to break into this brutal seller’s market. If we have heard this once, we have heard it a million times that buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. Not...

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Why Hire Us?

I was asked this very question the other day. Why should we hire you? Why should I list my house with you? What can you do for me? I can just put my house on the market and get it sold in this market! I get these questions quite a bit. The National Association of...

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Open House Etiquette

With inventory virtually nonexistent and interest rates continuing at all-time lows the amount of buyers out there is ridiculous. This past weekend we had an open house with over 150 people in 3 hours. In my 19+ years as a realtor I have never had that many people at...

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Is it Time to Sell?

When should we sell? Now? Next year? When the kids leave? Wait until the pandemic is over? According to the National Association of Realtors® people sell on average every 10 years. Sounds like a long time but I had a seller that was in their home for 68 years and many...

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