James B. McCarthy

James B. McCarthy

Mobile: (734) 864-2442
Direct: (734) 864-2442
Mobile: (734) 864-2442
Ann Arbor - Briarwood
555 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Get to Know James B. McCarthy

Realtor and Licensed Architect - Michigan

My goal is to make your Real Estate sale or purchase as stress free as possible. As a Residential Architect for the past 12 years, I feel that I can provide a unique perspective to the Real Estate experience. If you are determining...

• what renovation projects will net the most during resale
• what cosmetic improvements to make before listing
• whether to buy and remodel
• whether to acquire property and start from scratch for your primary, vacation or income property

...I am ready to assist you in any way possible.


Myth #1: "Discount brokers can do an adequate job selling real estate."

Truth: Expert real estate marketing strategies and promotional costs such as photos, virtual tours, brochures, MLS inserting fees, printing, floor plans, direct mail, yard signs and directional signs, multitude of internet websites, trained and experienced staff etc., are paid for by me at Real Estate One. Will the discount broker offer a complete market campaign? Does the discount broker have a staff to personally attend to your specific needs? Does he/she have a proven track record of success, or is he/she using the discounted commission to win your business? Does he/she have the expertise to guide you through problems that may develop during the home sale process and offer process? Remember that you only pay a commission if and when your property sells successfully; you owe nothing if James B. McCarthy, at Real Estate One, does not get results. The number of buyers who tour your home will be directly related to the exposure and the network of your Realtor.

Myth #2: "You should select a Realtor who says they can get you the highest price."

Truth: This is the oldest scam in real estate: Tell the seller what they want to hear and compliment the home to get the listing. Instead, insist on a written, well-researched, computerized market analysis to determine the realistic amount your home will bear in today's market and price accordingly. Select your Realtor based on their credentials, then decide on price. NEVER SELECT AN AGENT BASED SOLELY ON THE PRICE THEY RECOMMEND. To do so could result in the loss of thousands of dollars and contribute to many sleepless nights.

Myth #3: "Empty homes don't show as nicely as furnished homes."

Truth: The important consideration is whether or not a home is properly staged, that it is clean, in good repair and available to show. If you must move to your new home before your old home has sold, simply take measures to ensure it shows well empty; repair/replace worn carpeting, oil all woodwork, wash windows and clean the walls. In fact, it will probably appear larger without all your furnishings which will allow a buyer to envision their belongings in each room more easily.

Myth #4: "The condition of your property is not important to buyers."

Truth: Wrong!! A property in superior condition will sell faster and for more money than a home in average condition with a lower asking price. The condition of your property is more important in our current market than ever before. Sellers recognize this and repaint and re-carpet their homes in preparation for selling. These home sellers know that home buyers purchase value and will perceive a clean, fresh home to be far more appealing than an average, lived-in, forgive-the-mess home.

Myth #5: "Pricing a home for sale is a mysterious process."

Truth: Your home will sell for whatever the market will bear. To determine the range of value, you simply need to see what similar homes are selling for. Because every home is unique, your home will probably sell for a higher or lower range depending on its condition (See Myth #4 above.) James B. McCarthy, at Real Estate One, researches the Multiple Listing Service database to collect information to help you decide where to establish the price of your home. It is not an easy process, but it's not mysterious either.


Do you daydream about owning your first home? Is your family feeling a little cramped and in serious need for a little extra “elbow room” for your growing family? If so, now just might be the perfect time to consider buying that first home or move up to a larger home. Prior to finding your first or fifth home, condo or townhome, James B. McCarthy at Real Estate One will...

• Meet with you to discuss your needs and desires.
• Educate you about the entire real estate process.
• Ask you to fill out our "Home Buyer Questionnaire", to assist in defining your interests and needs.
• Explain Buyer Agency Relationship.
• Provide you with information about properties and sources of financing.

Upon the signing of a Buyer Agency Agreement, James B. McCarthy at Real Estate One will...

• Show you real estate properties, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses. Every local real estate market absolutely has its own trends and opportunities. This can vary greatly, even one neighborhood to the next. It's our job to steer you into opportunities and out of traps.
• Set you up on our "1st To Know" program, which will keep you informed of daily updates on newly listed properties that meet your needs.
• Ensure that I am available to answer questions, solve problems and explore details.

At the time of Offer, James B. McCarthy at Real Estate One will...

• Perform a market analysis of properties that you are interested in. What is the true market value of the home you are interested in? Is it priced too high? Is it a bargain that you should jump on? I will help home buyers make decisions like this every day and will make sure that you get the best value for your money.
• Disclose known facts about the area and property that could impact the value of the home you are considering. You should know absolutely everything about the property you are buying! You and I will view every home that you are interested in, together.
• Assist you in putting together an offer on the property. If you’re buying your first home understand this, negotiating with sellers can be stressful. I will help you negotiate, so that the final contract includes your best possible terms and conditions.
• Explain all real estate specific conditions and special clauses. Have confidence with signing documents. Contracts are full of complicated legal terms and clauses that can greatly affect your future life in your home. I will give you the full benefit of my extensive real estate knowledge and experience.
• Represent you in presenting the offer.
• Present the offer and handle negotiations until we have an agreement.

Feel free to call/contact James B. McCarthy at 734-864-2442 for a no cost, no obligation consultation.


Professional Designations:

2010 - Rookie of the Year

2011 - Most Improved

2012 & 2013 - Team Player of the Year

2012, 2013 & 2016 - Million Dollar Roundtable - Gold Award

2014 - President's Council of Excellence - Diamond Award