Why Work With Us?
Here's what our satisfied customers are saying about us:
"Working with Julie was a pleasure. She is friendly, down-to-earth, and incredibly responsive. We relocated to the Pioneer Valley and she made the process as smooth as possible for us. She is a longtime realtor who lives locally, and it shows. She had a number of helpful, "insider" recommendations when we were viewing listings, negotiating, closing, and getting settled in our new home."
Houzze, Northampton MA
"We have had multiple great experiences with Julie Starr. First, with a house that had problems upon inspection that ended up not being the right fit for us. Ultimately, she helped us buy a house we absolutely love, and was always there to answer our questions and guide us through the process. We also recommended Julie to our family when they moved to the area, and she recently helped them purchase their first home. There simply aren't enough stars for us to give — Julie goes above and beyond."
Bri Hermanson, Northampton MA
Mark Carmien handled both the purchase of our new home and the sale of the old one. In both transactions he was very energetic, on top of all the details. Our lawyer commented appreciatively on his "attentiveness," steering even inexperienced people to the correct procedures. Most admirably, when our first home was slow to sell, he really put himself into it, scheduling extra open houses, even rounding up furniture and decorations to make it more attractive, and bringing them in his truck, since our moving out had left the place rather bare. He had a good sense of the prevailing market, of good timing, and in general of what would work and what wouldn't. We highly recommend him to other buyers and sellers. – Tom Derr and Linda Vincent
Mark Carmien helped me buy the house of my dreams. Better than my dreams. We met at an open house he was giving for another house - I ate all his cookies and gave him a hard time - and then he graciously helped me find and buy the perfect house - quiet and beautiful. We are neighbors with Mark and, in addition to being a wonderful and very helpful broker he is also a lovely neighbor. I could not recommend him more highly. And - in addition to all that he guided me in the negotiations and prevented me from going too high too soon. So we got the house for less than I was ready to pay - and then he put us in touch with the ideal g/c to do the renovations - a lovely man named Hobie Iselin - whom I also recommend most highly for anyone considering doing work after the house purchase. – Jim P.
I was impressed with Mark Carmien's knowledge of the market and his attention to detail. He provided me with a number of good suggestions for preparing my house for sale to increase my chances of getting top dollar. He had a proven strategy which in the end led a viable offer within two weeks! I would highly recommend Mark to anyone in the Pioneer Valley looking to sell their home. – Anne Bourbeau
Mark Carmien was referred to us by good friends who had a great experience with him. Some of the things that make Mark stand out is he is very detail-oriented, incredibly knowledgable about homes, and in tune to the needs of his clients. We were selling our home and looking for a new house, which can be a very stressful process, but Mark took us through each step with care. He had lots of suggestions and recommendations for making things happen both on the selling and buying end of things and that made all the difference. If you are looking for a realtor who is attentive, smart, and great to work with, Mark is your guy. – Sandra and Brett Costello
Mark Carmien made this process very understandable and he has an incredible grasp of the housing market. This was our second time buying a home but it was a night and day experience due to Mark's expertise and command of the process. Mark worked very hard for us on all fronts to ensure we got exactly what we wanted. Looking back I am very happy that we chose to work with him and would do it again in a heartbeat! - Dave and Ellyn Catrambone
Mark Carmien worked with us not only to sell our condo, but to buy our future home. He was extremely patient in both processes and took the time to explain all details of buying and selling. He was always available to answer any questions, and more than willing to seek out ones he did not know. We felt that Mark was a vital piece of this very complicated process and could not have done it without him. We have recommended Mark to all of our family and friends in the area who are in the market to buy or sell as he is the best asset to have on your team when making these huge decisions. I would not hesitate to welcome Mark into your home as his knowledge, honesty, and integrity will put your mind at ease during this process. – Barrett and Meg
Mark Carmien sold our condo and when we were ready after renting, he helped us buy our new home in May 2015. Mark knows his business - he was on top of everything all the time. He has a keen knowledge and understanding of the Valley. He took the time to get to know us and understand our needs, and became our keen advocate as seller and then buyer. He always made himself available to us with a short response time. We would never work with anyone else! - Alan and Mary W.