If you have started the process of looking for a home and/or selling a house, you already know just how
stressful it can be. Even if you are trying to quietly search the market on line to get an idea of feasibility
of a move you are quickly inundated with contacts from realtors. I recently went through this
experience and I want to share with you just how lucky I was that John McMurray was the first realtor to
reach out to me.
I immediately responded to John telling him my current home wasn’t even on the market and I had a
home and sailboat to sell before I did anything. John politely let me know he understood and made the
offer if I needed any help, he would be here to help me. We spoke one time very briefly and I continued
to quietly get a feel for the market.
Other realtors aggressively kept sending me emails and texts despite my letting them know exactly
where I was in my process just as I had told John. One Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning my
husband and I sat down to review the pile of listings I had printed off the web. We eliminated many
because of various issues and I was questioning whether the move would work for us. To my surprise
the very next morning the “perfect house for us” came on the market. I saw the listing at 7AM and at
8AM I called the one realtor that had given me space to breath and ask if he was busy or if he could do
something for me. He was available until 10AM so I asked him to go the home and verify a few things
for me. Within an hour I had measurements of two areas of concern, and I ask if there was any way we
could tie this house up without selling our home. John advised I contact my current home lender and
seek out a bridge loan. There had been other buyers looking at the same house when he was there, and
they were talking offer.
Within twenty-four hours we contracted for the home beating out the other offer, we had preliminary
approval for both our bridge loan and mortgage on the new home and we were on our way, an eight
hour drive from out of state to do our walk through on the home we are buying. With John’s help we
closed on the loan in three weeks and we are moving in to our new home and starting to put the old one
on the market. We could not have done this without John’s help. His approach to me with the first
contact was to keep an arms-length away from my process but to let me know he would be there when I
needed his help. He answered immediately when I called and dropped everything to go to the house for
me or there is no way this house would be our new home. He was knowledgeable about current
financing options and told me exactly what to ask for from my lender and got all paperwork processed
The next day John flew away on a much-needed vacation, but he left me in good hands and returned to
help me through a wonderful closing. Without John’s professionalism and knowledge, we would not be
new residents in Hayden, Idaho. If you want a wonderful real estate experience, I suggest you put your
trust in John McMurray, we feel very lucky he found us.
Catherine & Gordon Bilyard
John McMurray was invaluable in helping me sell my mom’s home in Dalton Gardens. From helping me find a handyman to recommending a good carpet cleaner. He was never too busy to help me with whatever new obstacle came my way. I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking of selling. But most importantly it wasn’t just about selling the home. He still contacts me and checks in on my mom in her new home! Thank you John!
John has been our realtor for more than 15 years and has helped us achieve all of our real estate goals. His many years of experience combined with his dedication to his clients makes him the obvious choice time and time again. After all these years of working together, John has become a trusted friend who treats us like family!
With a hospitality and customer service back ground it is both a blessing and a curse that I can’t help but recognize exceptional service and when someone is being authentic, helpful and honest. Right off the bat I knew John McMurray harnessed those qualities. Moving from another state can be daunting however John not only helped me find an amazing home, he also introduced me to an articulate lender, inspector, where to get great snow tires, and favorite hamburger joint. I bombarded John with a lot of questions, and he was always so pleasant and truthful with his answers. John armed with me with all the information I needed to make important decisions and then walked me step by step through every option. He was considerate with my time and was ALWAYS available when I needed him. I had such a positive experience that I would not hesitate to recommend John McMurray to anyone who seeks a professional realtor. In fact I have, two of my sisters and niece. The best part of working with John is John himself. He is definitely a man you can count on.-Saundra Efron
As first time buyers, the anticipation of starting the home buying process was both daunting and stressful. We have known John for a long time and he was incredibly helpful through the whole process. We had many, many questions as well as a scattered schedule. John made himself available for all of those questions and early AM showings. We absolutely love our home however if we were to ever look again, John would be the first person we would call.Bryan & Haley Arndt