Shannon McCarthy

Residential Broker Associate
Allen Tate / Beverly-Hanks, REALTORS®
North Asheville
cell: (608) 345-7685
office: (828) 251-1800
team member since 2020

About Me

I grew up in Minneapolis and got my bachelor's degree in theatrical design, tech, and research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before entering the world of real estate, I owned a salon studio in Downtown Asheville.

My hobbies are varied, to say the least. I love to create, especially with my hands, and dabble in all kinds of media and materials. The natural sciences fascinate me. I'm a member of a caving club and love spending muddy, adventuresome days exploring the remarkable underground. I'm also an amateur entomologist and avid photographer specializing in macro images of insects. I raise giant silk moths for study and conservation. I love to write, and sing, and make costumes, and brew mead, and cook, and try new things, and I never go a day without spending time outside.

I have two insolent and adorable free-range house rabbits and a big orange tomcat who has no idea that he actually belongs to the neighbor.

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Experience

I am very fortunate to help people buy and sell homes in a place that offers so much, and that is so close to my heart.

I've lived in Asheville since 2011 and have found more to love about this area every day. As an ardent explorer and creative influenced primarily by the beautiful natural world, everywhere I look around here provides a new source of inspiration and amazement.

My background is in entrepreneurship, design, and finance, so I can provide perspectives on both aesthetic and practical aspects of real estate. I love where form meets function. Houses make me happy.

I'm professional but never stuffy, and my clients say they appreciate that I make them feel at ease. When you work with me, you'll notice that my hallmarks are finding creative solutions, clear and reliable communication, and tireless commitment to your satisfaction. I enjoy being able to share in your excitement while still providing sound and objective guidance.

Everyone is welcome with me. It would be my pleasure to help you realize your real estate goals.

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Testimonials

Shannon is nothing short of amazing! Selling a home can be stressful, but she made it easy for us. Shannon is skilled at the many aspects and stages of home sale. Her communication and attention to detail is on point. Though perhaps more importantly, she brings warmth, trust, patience, and genuine care to the process. We felt that we could completely trust her with the process of our sale and to simultaneously guide us through the experience of each step. Shannon is truly dedicated to her clients and we would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a stellar real estate agent!

Laura Riddle, Fletcher NC

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Shannon was just fantastic! She gave us so much of her time, especially because we were not in the area. She handled all the inspections and really went above and beyond for us. Her negotiating skills helped us get this house. She's very professional and does everything by the book. Shannon seems to have boundless energy, and her personality is fantastic! We can't recommend her highly enough.

Allison & Bob Fentress, Sterling, VA

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Shannon was just a delight to work with. She was knowledgeable about the market and had excellent suggestions throughout the process. Shannon was very communicative and answered all my questions at each step of the process. I was very impressed with her responsiveness and attention to detail. Shannon remained professional while being patient and kind with me during the process. I was going through a very stressful time and she was very reassuring and helped me to stay calm and informed throughout our working relationship. I would recommend her 100% to anyone looking for a realtor.

Anne W. Asheville, NC

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Wonderful timely clear communication. Never failed to return a call, text or email. Was happy to go over details as many times as it took for me to grasp. Chased subcontractors like a terrier (a polite but determined terrier), Excellent attention to detail. Dotted every I and crossed every T. I cannot recommend Shannon McCarthy highly enough.

Carrie Hot Springs

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Shannon McCarthy did a truly incredible job for us under some fairly trying & unique circumstances. I was acting as realtor power of attorney for a dear, elderly friend who needed every kind of help selling his property. The property itself had its challenges. And I had absolutely no experience in selling a home. Shannon worked tirelessly to gather solid information & help us make good decisions for my friend. Almost as…if not more!… importantly, she was 100% patient, positive & just downright lovely with what had to be a challenging job. She was highly responsive & the one time she was not immediately available, she gave us over a week’s notice… plus a reminder! I truly canNOT recommend Shannon McCarthy enough!

Caroline Pitts & Bill Gray, Madison County, NC

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Dear Shannon ... you have been such a Doll during this whole process. Tom and I have had much experience with buying and selling houses, but I have to honestly say, as far as realtors go, you have been the best.... truly that's how we feel! We have never experienced the amount of time and energy you spent with communicating with us and all others during this process. I would love to have your writing eloquence, not to mention your energy!! We are beholding to you for making this such a smooth transaction. Charlie and Sam are very lucky to have you as a friend! Thank you for all you did to accomplish all the steps needed to be taken (and are still doing). I would have never known you were fairly young in the business, you come across as a well seasoned pro, only better!! Debby Arzberger

Debby Arzberger

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Shannon was incredibly helpful throughout the process! She was available and responsive. Her understanding of the market and the construction of houses was valuable. She's a breeze to deal with and really understood what we wanted!

Nick and Valeria

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Shannon is a dream agent. She is brilliant and she is FAST. She's astoundingly quick with communication, from forwarding offers as they come in to talking to agents to communicating with the folks she represents. Moreover, she's not just fast, but she's also accurate. She goes out of her way to make things easier for people, from running across town to meeting locksmiths to making deliveries to offering to help load a lawnmower (!). Shannon is a true professional: her emails are always clear, she's always exactly where she says she'll be when she says she'll be there, and she had our best interest at heart from the start. On top of all of that, she is kind, generous, and not one bit pretentious. She is real, honest, and hardworking; she gets the job done and gets it done right. Look out real estate world, because Shannon McCarthy is blazing a path.

Erica Abrams Locklear, Candler

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We were looking to buy a relatively inexpensive home with our son in what was a difficult buyer's market. Shannon was patient with us and always optimistic that we would find something. She worked hard to meet our needs and represent us. She was flexible and always willing to go the extra mile. It paid off as we did find the right home thanks to Shannon's intelligence, kindness, and effort.

Virginia, Asheville NC

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From the Beverly Hanks brochures about what a broker was to do, Shannon went well beyond that to get the house sold. She followed up on all the buyer's requests and called many of the contractors to complete the list of things noted from the inspection. I have always said that the seller always wonder if the house could be sold for more and the buyer wonders if the price could have been lower.. Over-all I have been satisfied

GeorKroncke Ashevillege

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Interests

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Collecting/Appreciation
  • Dance
  • Theater/Film
  • Cooking/Dining
  • Reading/Writing
  • Music
  • Bird Watching
  • Gardening
  • Hiking and Camping
  • Travel

Testimonials

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Shannon is nothing short of amazing! Selling a home can be stressful, but she made it easy for us. Shannon is skilled at the many aspects and stages of home sale. Her communication and attention to detail is on point. Though perhaps more importantly, she brings warmth, trust, patience, and genuine care to the process. We felt that we could completely trust her with the process of our sale and to simultaneously guide us through the experience of each step. Shannon is truly dedicated to her clients and we would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a stellar real estate agent!

Laura Riddle, Fletcher NC

verified

Shannon was just fantastic! She gave us so much of her time, especially because we were not in the area. She handled all the inspections and really went above and beyond for us. Her negotiating skills helped us get this house. She's very professional and does everything by the book. Shannon seems to have boundless energy, and her personality is fantastic! We can't recommend her highly enough.

Allison & Bob Fentress, Sterling, VA

verified

Shannon was just a delight to work with. She was knowledgeable about the market and had excellent suggestions throughout the process. Shannon was very communicative and answered all my questions at each step of the process. I was very impressed with her responsiveness and attention to detail. Shannon remained professional while being patient and kind with me during the process. I was going through a very stressful time and she was very reassuring and helped me to stay calm and informed throughout our working relationship. I would recommend her 100% to anyone looking for a realtor.

Anne W. Asheville, NC

verified

Wonderful timely clear communication. Never failed to return a call, text or email. Was happy to go over details as many times as it took for me to grasp. Chased subcontractors like a terrier (a polite but determined terrier), Excellent attention to detail. Dotted every I and crossed every T. I cannot recommend Shannon McCarthy highly enough.

Carrie Hot Springs

verified

Shannon McCarthy did a truly incredible job for us under some fairly trying & unique circumstances. I was acting as realtor power of attorney for a dear, elderly friend who needed every kind of help selling his property. The property itself had its challenges. And I had absolutely no experience in selling a home. Shannon worked tirelessly to gather solid information & help us make good decisions for my friend. Almost as…if not more!… importantly, she was 100% patient, positive & just downright lovely with what had to be a challenging job. She was highly responsive & the one time she was not immediately available, she gave us over a week’s notice… plus a reminder! I truly canNOT recommend Shannon McCarthy enough!

Caroline Pitts & Bill Gray, Madison County, NC

verified

Dear Shannon ... you have been such a Doll during this whole process. Tom and I have had much experience with buying and selling houses, but I have to honestly say, as far as realtors go, you have been the best.... truly that's how we feel! We have never experienced the amount of time and energy you spent with communicating with us and all others during this process. I would love to have your writing eloquence, not to mention your energy!! We are beholding to you for making this such a smooth transaction. Charlie and Sam are very lucky to have you as a friend! Thank you for all you did to accomplish all the steps needed to be taken (and are still doing). I would have never known you were fairly young in the business, you come across as a well seasoned pro, only better!! Debby Arzberger

Debby Arzberger

verified

Shannon was incredibly helpful throughout the process! She was available and responsive. Her understanding of the market and the construction of houses was valuable. She's a breeze to deal with and really understood what we wanted!

Nick and Valeria

verified

Shannon is a dream agent. She is brilliant and she is FAST. She's astoundingly quick with communication, from forwarding offers as they come in to talking to agents to communicating with the folks she represents. Moreover, she's not just fast, but she's also accurate. She goes out of her way to make things easier for people, from running across town to meeting locksmiths to making deliveries to offering to help load a lawnmower (!). Shannon is a true professional: her emails are always clear, she's always exactly where she says she'll be when she says she'll be there, and she had our best interest at heart from the start. On top of all of that, she is kind, generous, and not one bit pretentious. She is real, honest, and hardworking; she gets the job done and gets it done right. Look out real estate world, because Shannon McCarthy is blazing a path.

Erica Abrams Locklear, Candler

verified

We were looking to buy a relatively inexpensive home with our son in what was a difficult buyer's market. Shannon was patient with us and always optimistic that we would find something. She worked hard to meet our needs and represent us. She was flexible and always willing to go the extra mile. It paid off as we did find the right home thanks to Shannon's intelligence, kindness, and effort.

Virginia, Asheville NC

verified

From the Beverly Hanks brochures about what a broker was to do, Shannon went well beyond that to get the house sold. She followed up on all the buyer's requests and called many of the contractors to complete the list of things noted from the inspection. I have always said that the seller always wonder if the house could be sold for more and the buyer wonders if the price could have been lower.. Over-all I have been satisfied

GeorKroncke Ashevillege

verified
 
 

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Is there a best time of the year to buy a house?

When it comes to buying a home, there are pros and cons for each season. Generally, the best season to buy a home is in late summer or fall. There are still plenty of homes for sale, but without the intense competition found during spring. Sellers are also known for being a bit more flexible this time of the year. Zillow reports that the highest number of listings with at least one price reduction are found August–September. However, the deeper buyers venture into fall, the less choice is available. If you value choice, and you want more buyers competing for the home you are leaving, spring could be your best season. Ultimately, the best time to buy a home is when you’re financially ready to do so.

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