John Harney

John Harney

Real Estate Broker

John Harney
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Salisbury
19 Main Street
PO Box 667
Salisbury, CT 06068

About Me About Me

John Harney is a veteran real estate broker in the Litchfield Hills.  John grew up in Salisbury.   His parents, John and Elyse, managed the White Hart Inn from the 1960's to the early 1980's.   His father later founded the internationally recognized Harney & Sons Fine Teas.  John has personally closed over 100 million dollars in real estate sales. His graciousness, honesty, and reputation for integrity makes him easy to talk to - and impossible to forget. John dedicates each day to his love for real estate, working diligently for clients, and enjoying the unsurpassed beauty of northwestern Connecticut.

After graduating from Williams  College, John served as an infantry officer in the United States Marines Corps. He later spent time in Denver, Colorado, working for an oil exploration company, and then worked with homeless and troubled youths throughout the west. In 1999, John returned to his family and hometown, and joined forces with his mother in selling real estate. After owning his own company for seven years, John joined William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, the largest Sotheby’s affiliate in the world, to offer the powerful reach of global connections to his local clients. John feels that each real estate listing deserves the power of top-notch marketing that extends beyond local borders.

John has earned a strong reputation for carefully handling each client’s diverse needs.  He can usually be found showing houses big and small, pulling deeds at town hall, walking land and farms, or hiking the mountains of NW Connecticut. John knows the Litchfield Hills like the back of his hand, and is the one to trust when considering a purchase or sale of real estate in Litchfield County.

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  • Born In Ithaca, New York
  • Lives In Salisbury Connecticut
  • Passion The Great Outdoors
  • Interests Canoeing, Photography, Cross-fit , Fishing, Skiing
  • Favorite Lyric "Don't Fence Me In"
  • Inspiration Joseph Campbell
  • Can't Live Without My Canoe
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Testimonials (29)

John was easy to work with and went above and beyond to help us. I can’t recommend him enough. He is genuinely a great person. I’m so grateful for all he did Kelly Pennebaker
Very professional and very well trained Elizabeth Mirante
This is the second time I’ve had the opportunity to work with John Harney on a real estate transaction. I can’t say enough about his professional and caring approach. I trust his judgement and expertise and would never use anyone else to buy or sell a property for me. He’s a gem!! Harriet Weiss Trustee of Harriet Weiss
I had a great experience with John Harney selling my property. I would recommend John, not so sure about the rest of the agency. Can't say what I don't know, but John is good, thorough. He responds quickly, was punctual, followed through. He was an honest agent. Tara Cafiero
Joh Harney is a star!!!! Emily Blair Stribling
John Harney's service, advice and expertise in selling 11 Woodland Circle, Lakeville could not have been better. As a person, I felt confident in his advice, I was content in his honesty and admired his humanity. I could not have asked for more. Wanda Flickinger Wanda Flickinger
John Harney was superior in all interactions. He was always available and creative and forward thinking in each detail and in all of the unexpected events that occur in an estate sale. My brother and I were selling our parents' home as we grieved their loss. John was sensitive to our feelings as he handled the entire sale of the house in a professional and expert manner. Estate of George Zeidenstein
John Harney was wonderful to work with!! Susan Goodrich
John Harney is one of the finest Realtors I have dealt with in my career. He has a deep understanding of the markets he works, shares information willingly, and is driven by his core values of integrity, honesty and a passion for helping his clients achieve their goals. William Betts
I would highly recommend John Harney Charles & Deborah Whelan III
John Harney, our realtor was a perfect fit for the property. Loved him! North Canaan Aviation Realty LLC
John Harney is amazing! He coordinated the purchase of our new home along with the sale of our current home with confidence and in record time. He has the talent to make complicated actions work smoothly, without a hitch. When working closely with him in all aspects of our home listing, he attentively listened, then put together a winning action plan. He booked the photographer on the only sunny day in a two-week period, made sure the write up describing our property sent the proper message and held our hand through the stressful period of listing to contract. He more than delivered what he promised by getting us competitive offers in under a week, while adroitly negotiating terms that enabled us to swiftly accept the one we favored and go straight to contract. We were fortunate enough to not only have John work with us as sellers, but we also got to experience his expertise when he represented us as buyers. We were clear with him where our price point was and again he was able to deliver a property that we loved within budget and with minimal negotiation, getting us quickly to contract. When you work with John you get the real deal plus the bonus of his strategic partner, MC. John and MC are not only experts in their field, they are smart, responsive, helpful and genuinely kind. Beth Greenberg & Beth Simon Beth Simon & Beth Greenberg
John is a trusted advisor. His honesty and thoughtful insights make the transaction an enjoyable experience. His deep knowledge about the area and the market make him an invaluable resource. His light and cheerful demeanor only add to the pleasantness of the experience. William Betts
John Harney is the absolute best! Highly recommend him for his professionalism and his kindness! Kimberly Gilman
Great job buying and selling. Paul & Elaine Watson
John Harney made this very stressful experience with this very crazy buyer so light hearted and humorous and yet John was utterly professional at all times, performed all of his responsibilities with extreme professionalism, and kept me laughing about the absurdity of this particular transaction, which he said he had never witnessed in 20 years. _Julie Rose Julie Rose
John Harney was a great fit! Super friendly, knowledgable and was set on finding the RIGHT fit for me and my dog! Kamaren Suwijn
John is great to work with William Bassett
John Harney was unequivocally the “best” realtor to get the job done. His professionalism, experience, dedication, compassion and sensitivity in identifying and bringing the “right” buyer for the property to the table was unsurpassed. His accessibility to a vast selection of potential buyers through “Sotheby’s” played a key role in finding the perfect match between buyer and seller. His unwavering commitment to his clientele is extremely commendable and he is highly recommended to anyone who is in the process of buying or selling real estate. Joyce Mavromatis
John is a great friend and the most important by getting all done to a perfect T Boyce Billingsley
We bought our house ONLINE because of the virus, and relied, therefore, on our realtor, John Harney, to recommend a house and help us through the process. He did everything for us -- I mean, everything -- from selecting the best houses for the price from our short list to mowing the lawn and having our house cleaned before we arrived. We relied on him completely and could not have made this move at such a difficult time without him. He was candid, prompt, good-humored, and enormously helpful, and he seems to work incessantly. We are very grateful to him, and we feel fortunate in having gotten a house we love. Linda Austin & Martin Wallen
John and MC did a wonderful job getting our house on the market. They were always available when we needed to talk through any issues. They were proactive in suggesting we do certain repairs and tests prior to listing. They invested in the listing by paying for a quality photographer and other costs which helped to show the house to its best advantage during the pandemic. Thanks to them, listing to closing took only 5 weeks. Douglas & Suzanne Tween
John Harney is an excellent broker and the epitome of what one hopes to find when working with a real estate professional. He is knowledgeable, steadfast, devoted and personable while representing ones interests in all aspects of the transaction. John found us what we needed to fulfill our family needs in a home and through the process made us feel welcome and instantly part of the community” Past Client
Working with John Harney was a pleasure because he is skillful, experienced, and very gracious. He knows everyone needed to do the necessary inspections and the rules of the game so everything works smoothly. John helped us throughout the process of selling my mother's home & land in ways that were above and beyond our expectations and sold our family home at a good price in a difficult market. In business today many people are out for themselves; John Harney totally working for you.” Past Client
John Harney is a realtor of distinction. He is an experienced professional who goes far beyond the business of real estate to the heart of finding a home. He always has a ready smile and an ease of manner that is encouraging to the client, and it dispels the tension of this complicated business. We came to John with the difficult task of selling our poorly situated house and relocating us to another house in the same town. We didn’t have much hope of this happening smoothly, but John was always reassuring. In three months he had done both. On the same day we closed on the sale of our house and the purchase of another. Through it all John was positive and hopeful, a factor that we came to appreciate through each step of the twin deals. We highly recommend John Harney and his dedicated associates. Other colleagues in the real estate business that we talked with also had great respect for him. In short he is a qualified, experienced realtor who is most of all genuine.” Working with John Harney was a pleasure because he is skillful, experienced, and very gracious. He knows everyone needed to do the necessary inspections and the rules of the game so everything works smoothly. John helped us throughout the process of selling my mother's home & land in ways that were above and beyond our expectations and sold our family home at a good price in a difficult market. In business today many people are out for themselves; John Harney totally working for you.” Past Client
My family and I had a wonderful experience with John. He was everything you could hope for in a realtor - honesty, integrity, professionalism and fairness. His open and easy manner were a pleasure to be around and his optimism and patience were welcome attributes during what can sometimes be a stressful process. He was always available to answer questions and demonstrated a thorough understanding of all aspects of the transaction. It was also immensely helpful to work with someone with deep ties to the community. If you work with John not only will you be working with a professional and knowledgeable broker but you'll also have the opportunity to meet a truly lovely person Home Owner
“Working with John Harney was a pleasure because he is skillful, experienced, and very gracious. He knows everyone needed to do the necessary inspections and the rules of the game so everything works smoothly. John helped us throughout the process of selling my mother's home & land in ways that were above and beyond our expectations and sold our family home at a good price in a difficult market. In business today many people are out for themselves; John Harney totally working for you.” Anonymous
“John Harney is an excellent broker and the epitome of what one hopes to find when working with a real estate professional. He is knowledgeable, steadfast, devoted and personable while representing ones interests in all aspects of the transaction. John found us what we needed to fulfill our family needs in a home and through the process made us feel welcome and instantly part of the community” Anonymous
“John Harney is a realtor of distinction. He is an experienced professional who goes far beyond the business of real estate to the heart of finding a home. He always has a ready smile and an ease of manner that is encouraging to the client, and it dispels the tension of this complicated business. We came to John with the difficult task of selling our poorly situated house and relocating us to another house in the same town. We didn’t have much hope of this happening smoothly, but John was always reassuring. In three months he had done both. On the same day we closed on the sale of our house and the purchase of another. Through it all John was positive and hopeful, a factor that we came to appreciate through each step of the twin deals. We highly recommend John Harney and his dedicated associates. Other colleagues in the real estate business that we talked with also had great respect for him. In short he is a qualified, experienced realtor who is most of all genuine.” “Working with John Harney was a pleasure because he is skillful, experienced, and very gracious. He knows everyone needed to do the necessary inspections and the rules of the game so everything works smoothly. John helped us throughout the process of selling my mother's home & land in ways that were above and beyond our expectations and sold our family home at a good price in a difficult market. In business today many people are out for themselves; John Harney totally working for you.” Anonymous

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