Consumers are checking their financial stability, unlike years past.
Joseph McCarthy, a sales associate at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Warwick, was recently recognized with the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle award.
He is also a recent recipient of the bronze award from the Greater Providence Board of Realtors. McCarthy has more than 16 years of experience in his field and has been trained as an accredited buyers representative, a certified residential specialist and a certified mediator. McCarthy currently serves as president of the Greater Providence Board of Realtors and is an active volunteer who serves the Housing Network and Coldwell Banker Cares in Rhode Island.
PBN: Tell our readers about the recent awards you received. How are the recipients selected?
MCCARTHY: The International President’s Circle award is given to the top 5 percent of sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system. The 2012 president of the Greater Providence Board of Realtors bronze award is a result of my active participation in the organization.
PBN: You volunteer your time with Housing Network and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares. What kind of work do you do for these organizations?
MCCARTHY: For over a decade, I‘ve provided resources and information to members of the Housing Network. My involvement with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares started a few years ago when [I assisted with] a fundraiser for The Travelers – an outreach for the homeless – now called Crossroads Rhode Island. As co-chair of the first and very successful event, we raised more than $50,000 for Crossroads. I earn a living from housing and it’s only right that I give back to those who have a need for a home.
PBN: What recent trends have you seen in the local housing market?
MCCARTHY: Consumers are checking their financial stability, unlike years past. Energy pricing is dominating and leading to effective and timely transactions. The appointments that a home offers are essential to make it more desirable to a buyer. A home that has not been updated since the ’80s versus a home that has been freshly painted, well-maintained, updated throughout and energy priced oftentimes results in multiple buyers who tell me, “What do I have to do to get this home?” •