Terry McCarthy
Coldwell Banker Realty

Client Reviews for Terry McCarthy

Review by Clare de Zengotita

Recognizing your experience and professionalism going into this, I had confidence that you’d be great to work with, but the efficiency and thoroughness that you showed in a short closing period was really exceptional. And I loved that you kept me informed of everything going on while recognizing seamlessly what needed my consultation and what did not. You engineered a great result with as little effort and worry on my part as possible. 

Review by Shelley Griffin

Terry was incredible to work with. We were out of state while selling our home which can be a challenge. Terry stepped right in and handled projects beyond the scope of being our realtor. She is friendly, responsive, and very knowledgeable. Thanks to her hard work, we sold our home in one weekend. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

Review by Monica Lesar

My partner and I were new to the homebuying process and were totally intimidated and overwhelmed. Terry came highly recommended by a friend and almost immediately was able to demystify the process for us and helped us get started. She understood our needs as homeowners, guided us through open houses with an expert eye, explained complicated legal and real estate matters, and ultimately helped us close on a property we loved. Her experience, knowledge, and professionalism were amazing assets through the whole homebuying experience. She always made herself available and was quick to reply to all our calls and messages. We are going to recommend Terry to all of our friends and family who are interested in buying or selling a home.

Review by Sharon Vanderslice

Terry is a truthful, no-nonsense, down-to-earth agent who was especially helpful to us as a former member of the Belmont Historic District Commission. As such, she was articulate about both the benefits and responsibilities of owning a home in an historic district in discussions with both buyers and their agents. Before we hired her, she did extraordinarily extensive research on comparable properties in our town AND in surrounding towns, calling and interviewing other agents about properties they had represented. She has a large number of local contacts. After we hired her, she was extremely helpful in staging our house--at no expense to us. She hosted no less than eight open houses. She even paid for a cleaning service to make our home sparkle before the final buyer walkthrough. Lastly, she succeeded in getting our home and its history featured on the front page of our local paper. We could not ask for anything more from a real estate agent.

Review by Dana Gould

One of our coworkers highly recommended her to us as we were beginning our home search and we could not be more grateful. He had purchased two homes with Terry and it's easy to see why. I would work with Terry again in a heart beat. She is dedicated, responsive, and will work hard for whoever she is working with. She helped us navigate a first home purpose, always a daunting process but especially so in the Boston market right before the interest rates began to increase. Beyond that, she was an absolute delight to spend our weekends with touring the Boston neighborhoods with her. As we were setting up our home, she even helped us find contractors and plumbers. We truly felt supported throughout the process. 

Review by Mary Lee

Terry is just the absolute best! I can't say enough about her combination of total professionalism, integrity, and attentive personalized care. You know immediately that you can trust her to take care of you. She steered us seamlessly through the process of selling our home of almost 40 years. Everything was done calmly, thoroughly, and with good humor, which is key during a potentially stressful time. Terry has longstanding relationships with every person you need to prepare for a sale, including those you don't know you need till the last minute--packers, stager, painter, electrician, donation haulers, etc. There is no way things would have gone as smoothly without her expert guidance and reliable contacts, particularly with our tight timeline. Such an absolute pleasure to work with, every step of the way! Terry deserves the highest recommendation possible, and then some!! 

Review by Peggy Eysenbach

Terry is an extraordinary professional. Every step of the way, Terry was there to give advice, foresee issues and make the preparation and selling process as successful as possible - which it was! Five years before we were ready to move, as we were simply exploring the idea, Terry gave generously of her time and evaluated our house for suggestions of improvements. Impressively she also provided names of excellent workmen who could upgrade our house. We enjoyed another 5 years in our upgraded house, and when ready to sell, Terry was there at every step of the process. Staging, marketing, market analysis, selecting movers, finding lawyers, someone to haul junk - Terry helped with it all and all in a low stress reasonable cadence to not overwhelm and leading to top notch results. You would be incredibly fortunate to have Terry help you sell your property.

Review by Lizzie MacArthur

We are so grateful for your help finding—and getting!—a house in Arlington. It was a pleasure working with you. You had infinite patience for our dogs, kids, and mortgage challenges, and I appreciate the way you always cut to the chase. We will recommend you to all our friends!

Review by James and Angel Hardy 

Since 2009, Terry McCarthy has been our “family” realtor. She is a hard working professional, with nonstop energy who has guided us and several family members through multiple home purchases and sales. Terry has a keen eye for reading the market. Terry is a knowledgeable agent with experience who works tirelessly so that you can maximize your home sale or purchase. It is comforting to know that during the stressful time when selling or buying your biggest life investment, Terry is on your side.

Review by Dann and Paula Cotter

Last fall my wife and I decided to sell our home after 30 years and began the quest to find a new home to suit our changing needs. On the recommendation of a friend who, Terry had represented in selling their home, we contacted her. We were incredibly impressed with her knowledge of the real estate market in New England and her professionalism in representing us in the staging, marketing and presentation of our home to garner the maximum result while at the same time using her expertise in helping us find our new home. We couldn’t be more happier with the results.

Review by Christopher Potter

We have worked with Terry twice (once for our first home purchase in July 2009; and with a recent sale and purchase June/July 2020). In sum: She is the best! As noted above, we started working with Terry in 2009 when we bought our first condo in Arlington. She was amazing and helped us get through our first home purchase. Come 2019, we were planning on selling and buying a new place in Arlington, MA sometime late Spring 2020. Then, COVID hits and while under quarantine, we realized how much we really needed to get a bigger place. We reached out to and Terry in April/May 2020 to see if this was even possible. We ultimately sold our condo and bought a townhouse in July, 2020. This was already a difficult task in a highly competitive market, but adding COVID restrictions and worries, made the task that much more difficult. Terry was amazing in helping us through this. First and foremost, during this unprecedented time, Terry was always up to date on the ever-changing MA COVID safety protocols. She provided clear guidance and expectations to all involved, as well as ensured all involved adhered to said MA COVID safety protocols throughout the entire process. We all stayed safe and healthy throughout the process. Second, Terry has thorough knowledge of all aspects of buying and selling a home in Arlington. Her knowledge, attention to detail, and negotiating counsel made her a great person to have in your corner. We literally could not have done this without her. Lastly, this is a beyond full time job and requires lots of time and energy to sell and buy property, especially with contingent upon sale agreements like ours. Terry's commitment to us was unsurpassed in my experience. She was literally always there when we had a question or concern. Not only that, she guided us through a pretty stressful event during a global pandemic. What more can we say other than, we will be using Terry for any future every real estate transactions we may have and I recommend you do the same. Thanks again Terry! The Potters

Review by David Hasselback

Terry was the best part of our home buying experience in Boston. She really took the time to understand what my wife and I wanted - maybe before we had really figured it out. She is a Boston native and had really invaluable insights on market cycles and the current state of demand for different types of properties. Maybe best of all, she dedicated the times and stuck with us through lots of offers and and a couple "almost" deals until we finally found our new home. Couldn't recommend Terry highly enough!

Review by Jie Zhang

Terry is simply a top professional in the business. We highly recommend her to anyone who is buying or selling houses. You definitely will not regret it! We met Terry at one of her open houses and were immediately impressed by her knowledge, professionalism, kindness, and excellent presentation skills. We decided to have her as our buyer's agent right away and that turned out to be the best decision. Terry has great listening skills and is highly intelligent. She has a deep understanding of the market and was super fast at grasping our particular needs. She very quickly helped us narrow down the choices and found our dream house. She is a super hard-working agent, and a great negotiator. She made the whole buying process appear so easy, but deep down we know it's all owing to her intelligence and diligence. Remarkably, she was always there for us, responding to our questions and needs without any delay, and meeting us in person whenever we needed her. She is honest, caring, patient, and is great at problem-solving and getting the job done fast. We now live happily in our lovely new home. We feel so luck and grateful to have met Terry!

Review by Mike Muller

Terry supported our family through a relocation to the Boston area. She introduced us to the area - good and bad, and helped us find the best place to settle and guided us through tasks like school enrollment. Terry coordinated an unusual home purchase, in that the home was taken off the market but she engaged the selling party to come to an agreeable sale. We appreciate her honesty and perseverance in getting us to our new home.

Review by Peter Guthrie

My wife and I worked with Terry McCarthy for almost a year. She helped us both find a condominium and sell our house. I can’t imagine a better experience or a better realtor. At the beginning of the process, Terry took the time to get to know us and find out what we were looking for in a condo. She also did an in-depth analysis of our house and the current housing market for us. In the end, Terry steered us to a condo that is just right for us. She also gave us great advice about how to get our house ready to go on the market, advice that ultimately helped us to get ten offers that were all well over asking price. Terry is not only the consummate professional, she is also warm and easy to work with. She understood our ambivalence about leaving the house where we’d lived for almost 20 years and raised our kids, and she never pressured us. Whenever we had a question or problem, Terry was there to answer it or solve it. And she has a great sense of humor as well. If you’re looking to buy or sell a property, we strongly encourage you to contact Terry McCarthy.

Review by Scott Stevens

We can't say enough about working with Terry. We asked Terry to sell our home and help us purchase a condo. Besides having a great personality and easy to work with, Terry is a good communicator throughout all of the stages of selling and buying. She provided good, solid counseling when we needed it. She was always early to all appointments and well prepared. We certainly would work with her again and recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy or sell.

Review by John Dooley

We recently sold our home in Belmont of 20 years. We chose to work with Terry McCarthy for a few key reasons. She is very well respected in Belmont. She knows the details and trends of the Belmont real estate market very well. We knew of a few families that worked (bought and sold) with her and they only had great things to say about working with her. She is very honest and straight forward. We trusted her on our first meeting and throughout the entire sales process. She was a true professional from beginning to end. She was critical in helping us to better understand the dynamics of the Belmont and surrounding real estate market and was a great asset to helping us prepare/stage the home for sale. We put the on house in a slow time (against her advice) but Terry worked tirelessly to market the home and engage buyers. She is very capable of working with buyers and their agents to move things along. As well, very realistic. This was invaluable as we proceeded thru the sales process (with a few less serious buyers) Terry was great at keeping us informed (and realistic) throughout the process. We would only use Terry in any future real estate transactions. Only positive experiences and excellent results working with Terry. We consider her a friend after helping us sell our home in Belmont.

Review by Rebecca and Mike Zimmer

Terry was absolutely great to work with. She was very patient as we tried to find a home in a very difficult market for buyers. She gave us good advice and helped us think through our options. She looked at over 20 houses with us, and really helped us get to know the area. We couldn't have been happier with her work for us.

Review by Derek Chawalit

Terry helped with the purchase of our new home, and we couldn't be more happy. She took the time to understand the criteria and boundaries we needed/wanted, she gave great advice every step of the way of our purchase, and she always kept us well informed of where we were in the process. After working with Terry in our purchase, it was a no-brainer that I would ask Terry to help with the sale of my condo. For my sale, Terry came to me with a well-thought-out market analysis, while also giving insight on how to properly stage my condo as well as what home improvements were absolutely necessary. Then when it came time to review offers, she walked through all the pros and cons of each, which greatly aided me in my decision.

Review by Mike Reynolds

Knowledgeable, honest, and direct. Exactly what we needed in a realtor. We went through someone else at first who was a terrible fit. Terry helped us through the entire process to buy our first home. She knows the market and most of the seller brokers and can pinpoint how to win a deal.

Review by Rusty Stieff

I downsized from my four bedroom home in Belmont to a condo in Cambridge and Terry was a godsend in helping me with both transactions. She was very knowledgeable, incredibly helpful and responsive, and overall a terrific person to work with. In fact, I couldn't have done it without her. I hadn't bought or sold in 40 years, and never by myself. With her advice, my bid was accepted out of 11 offers for the condo I purchased, and she knew exactly what to do to bring out the best qualities of the house I was selling. It sold immediately. She was so easy to work with--great on all the details, highly professional, very warm. I wholeheartedly recommend her.

Review by Roma Kelley

Terry was wonderful to deal with throughout the entire process - from start to finish she was a true professional who anticipated every detail and walked us through each step. She is extremely knowledgeable about the market and really knows her stuff!!

Review by Anne Shullenberger Levy

Terry not only helped me buy a new home but escorted and supported me through the entire process of selling my beloved home and finding a new property to buy in a seamless sequence so that I could save money from not having to rent a place for me and one child as well as storage space for the belongings of my other children. I put her to the challenging test of looking in an area new to her and me both, parts of Boston that I could afford. She offered not only professional advice but emotional support and encouragement all the way through the summer months of getting my house ready for open house visits, sifting through stuff, packing all the family heirlooms and mountains of books, taking my youngest child off to her first year in college, and negotiating with the seller's agent on the condo I decided to buy. She found me a handyman, mover, real estate lawyer, and mortgage lender, all of whom were impeccably professional and delightful to work with. When the person who bought my house refused to honor the clause to reimburse me some rent money (I rented the home I sold while waiting for my purchase to finalize), Terry and the real estate lawyer went beyond the call of duty to give me part of what was due, out of their own pockets. Terry is THE BEST. I will always remain grateful to her.

Review by Sameer Sawe

Terry helped me sell my condo unit in Cambridge, MA in the spring of 2015. She was very professional throughout the process. I lived out of state and was renting the unit to tenants at that time. Therefore, Terry had to take a number of additional steps to work with the tenants to coordinate all efforts. She was great with working with them, kept me well informed, and maximized the opportunity to obtain the highest sale price for me. She was very responsive to all my requests, handled any issues that came up efficiently, and negotiated well to obtain a high sales price. I give her my highest recommendation.

Review by Elena Graceffa

Terry was easy to work with, and tailored her advice and help to our needs. We never felt pressure to act one way or another, but we always felt supported in our decisions. Terry was knowledgeable and responsive. We couldn't have asked for a better experience! A truly kind and trustworthy person, with strong knowledge of the market in the Greater Boston area.

Review by Paola_Uccelli   
Terry is a truly outstanding agent. She helped us sell our home and buy our new house. We could not have been in better hands, and a year later, we could not be happier with the outcomes from both transactions. Terry understood what we wanted and understood the market very well. She was strategic, always available, very well informed and highly professional in every step of the process. In addition, Terry has a charming personality and she knows the area very well. We loved working with her and we highly recommend her as a top agent.

Review by Kate

We really enjoyed working with Terry, we have recommended her several times and will continue to do so!!! She really takes her time to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Review by Anne

Terry is a fantastic agent. She is a great listener, and was really helpful with all steps of the process, letting us know ahead of time what might be coming on the market, getting us in quickly to see it, giving great advice as we looked, and helping with the bargaining process.