Risky Business: An Expert Team
Whether John and Rich Harty are helping clients find a new home or custom build, renovate, or consult on a home being built by another contractor, their clients depend on the integrity of John G. Harty, Ltd. and The Harty Realty Group.
Photography by Ashleigh Martinez
The process of building a home can be overwhelming. For many homeowners, it has become a nightmare. Issues range from budgets, extras, scheduling, poor quality, or simply not receiving what has been promised. Often homeowners simply have no idea where to turn for help when these issues are not resolved.
As their clients will confirm, John and Rich Harty are the experts to call when the project is not going as planned. “We serve as the homeowner’s agent,” explains John. “Our first choice is to work with the existing contractor and trades that have been contracted for the project.” Recently hired to complete a residence under construction on the North Shore, John and Rich found they had to literally take apart key elements of the home. “In order to move forward, we had to go backwards.” John continues, “It was necessary to dismantle and rebuild many areas of the home in order for us to get the project on track.”
Companies like Harris Bank and Chubb Insurance often rely on John G. Harty, Ltd. to facilitate mismanaged construction projects. “We are hired to supervise a project from concept to completion,” John says. “We establish the budget, and make sure it’s maintained throughout the entire project. We lead all members of the team, from the architect to the landscaper.”
The most important elements they bring to their projects are a high level of trust, organization, and workmanship. “All contractors pay the same price for materials and finishes,” John explains. “The primary difference is the quality of workmanship. It’s an important distinction. A simple $3 piece of flashing, not properly installed, may end up costing thousands of dollars worth of damage.”
Assisting many clients with property acquisition ultimately led John and Rich into their third venture, The Harty Realty Group, an exclusive buyer agency. As exclusive buyer’s agents, the Hartys utilize their vast construction knowledge to help clients make an informed decision. “By simply looking at the fits and finishes of the mechanical room, the story of the home’s workmanship is revealed.”
According to John and Rich, their construction expertise not only prevents homebuyers from making a mistake, it also helps them negotiate a better offer.
The Hartys bring a unique skill set to the real estate industry. “We educate our clients about the quality of a home,” says Rich. “Our construction knowledge puts our clients in a much stronger position when they’re buying a home or property.”
“It all boils down to putting your trust in someone,” says John. “Our promise is to deliver unsurpassed quality and maintain our uncompromising standards.”