Mark Carmien - Maple and Main Realty, LLC


"My siblings and i were trying to sell our deceased parents unique property which had a grandfathered second small home that was being used as a rental unit. The property had been on the market for 8 months and we decided to switch to a new agent when the agreement was going to run out with the current agent we were using due to a number of factors that left us wanting. We got a reference to Mark from an RE Agent that was a friend of a friend of ours. Even on the phone interview with Mark i could tell that i wanted to work with him. His unassuming and straightforward manor of communication was a welcome change from the previous agent. After signing on with Mark, we had a number of bumps along the road, but nothing due to Mark. In fact Mark was helpful in smoothing out each bump, explaining each bump, and providing all the information we needed to navigate over or around each bump. He was also extremely considerate of the tenant that was still in the rental unit in regards to both the pandemic and about all inspections that had to take place for the sale. Mark was good with using email, phone and texting where appropriate for timely matters which fit perfectly with my style of communicating. Mark also had references to professional contractors, two of which we hired to take care of a few issues on a timely manner and were very pleased with the work done. We felt extremely lucky to have met and had the pleasure to work with Mark. He worked really hard for his pay. And he deserved it."

251 Pelham Rd, Amherst, MA 01002

Mark was very helpful in helping us decide on when to put our property on the market, and arrive at a listing price, and understand how much to clean out the property, as we were offering to sell it furnished, if desired. We sold our property in January, at a time when we were going to be out of state, and were not planning to return to the area while it was on the market or for the closing. Mark took care of a lot of little final details that were really above and beyond what was required, or what services real estate agents usually provide. In addition, he was always very pleasant, helpful and respectful in our dealings with him, and with the process. Our property sold very quickly in the middle of the New England winter, thanks to Mark’s expertise.
Susan and Geoff Woglom

Mark is a patient, effective real estate rockstar. Our family has used Mark as a sellers agent in the sale of multiple properties after death of a parent. The last was a land sale, and was complicated (to say the least). Mark represented and counseled us throughout the process in a professional, and dependable manner. The end result was very satisfactory. I recommend Mark with out reservation
christian Dauer

Mark was great to work with start to finish in the process of selling our condo. He talked us through our best options, helped us stage the house beautifully, and timed the listing in a way that generated multiple offers above list price within the first weekend. Our sale turned out to be extra complicated due to factors outside anyone's control, and Mark repeatedly went above and beyond to work with us, make sure we had what we needed, and ultimately got us a great price (above list price) for our home. He stuck with us and was always, always responsive, clear, available, and communicative. We felt he had a great sense of the overall landscape of the market, and the process, which made us feel reassured as we made important decisions along the way. We highly recommend Mark!

Steven Wilco
62 Pine Grv, Amherst, MA 01002
Steven Wilco

I have worked with Mark to sell a house and to purchase two. He has extensive knowledge of the area, is very responsive with excellent follow through, and got back to me promptly regarding any questions or concerns that I had during the home buying or selling process. I was very happy with how I was represented both in the buying and selling roles and would recommend Mark to anyone in the market for a personable and reliable real estate agent.
Jenn L

Mark has worked with our family through several transactions with our family first with our father and then with my brother and I. He has earned and maintained our trust through out the years and is a committed real estate agent for buyers and sellers. His knowledge,integrity and timely follow through during the transactions made our transactions as smooth as they could be even when working at times from a distance. His use of technology eased the signing of documents and gave a visual listing that attracted buyers. I highly recommend him to prospective buyers and sellers as his positive work ethic and personal attention to his clients has earned our respect.

Matthew Duer

"Mark is a patient, effective real estate rockstar. Our family has used Mark as a sellers agent in the sale of multiple properties after death of a parent. The last was a land sale, and was complicated (to say the least). Mark represented and counseled us throughout the process in a professional, and dependable manner. The end result was very satisfactory. I recommend Mark with out reservation."


Mark was an excellent resource for me as a first-time homebuyer. He patiently explained everything I needed to know and helped me find a great house!
- MDurant, Hatfield, MA

We cannot imagine finding a more wonderful person to work with than Mark Carmien. First, Mark listened to our needs and wishes very well, and he worked doggedly to find us a home in Northampton that met our goals. He ended up finding us a home that exceeded our expectations--we are so happy in our new house. Second, Mark genuinely cared about US and not just about making a sale. He patiently showed us as many homes as we needed so that we could refine our preferences and eventually find the perfect home. He also helped us find contractors and vendors that we needed both before and after the sale. Finally, Mark was warm, attentive, professional, caring, and determined from the first day we met him until our closing to take care of us and make sure everything went smoothly. He made the process feel comfortable, positive, and fun.
Amy Stein

Mark found a buyer for me in very short order, helped negotiate a fair price and moved the sale through very quickly. I would highly recommend him and his team.
John S

Mark was/is a super seller's agent. His knowledge of market trends, local resources, and proactive communication was invaluable to the successful sale of our family home. (I can only assume his skills transfer to assisting buyers as well). I recommend Mark without reservation to anyone interested in purchasing or selling a home.

Christian D

Mark did a great job for us. He was very friendly and knowledgable. He definitely did work for us, like finding old records of the house we ended up buying. I was definitely very satisfied, and in the end we got exactly the house we wanted, for what I think was an excellent price.
Larry Parnass

Mark was so great in so many ways. He started out being my very patient, very helpful buyer’s agent. And after finding a house, Mark led me through the process beautifully. He then gave me great advice on showing my house in just two weeks. My house was on the market for just a few weeks this Fall. The timing worked beautifully. Mark knows a ton and is super helpful.
Anne R

"Mark and I met through a recommendation by another broker (who had helped me previously and had since retired). It took a couple of years before I was ready to sell the piece of property which he just sold for me. He was never pushy, always available. Helped me think about things as I made my decision. He came up with a particular strategy for selling my house--a good price, an open house, an immediate sale (I would have thought that selling mid-winter wouldn't be smart--he persuaded me it was an excellent idea--and he was right.) At every step along the way, Mark made suggestions for things I might do to prepare the house for the sale, the people I could hire to help do those things, and he also remained clear on what priorities I should focus on. I did. I followed his suggestions carefully. I listened to his feedback about certain things. Every step of the way he was responsive and thoughtful. And the fact that he has a sense of humor was extremely good news. I would recommend him without the remotest hesitation!"
Micala Sidore

Mark Carmien is truly a knowledgeable and experienced professional. He did an incredible job negotiating on my behalf to purchase a home. We had a few surprises along the way and in the end we had a very fair agreement. He walked me through every step and was a clear and prompt communicator regaurding strategies, documents and potential issues. Always accommodating and a pleasure to work with. He has my highest recommendation
Jessica Accorsi

"Mark was recommended to us by our long time mortgage officer who told us that he was not only an excellent real estate agent, but that he was well liked and trusted in the Northampton market and other agents enjoyed working with him. That quality made so much difference in our more than a year long home search. The cooperation from all the people involved was superbly orchestrated, and that really made our trek to our new home easy. Being successful in the Valley can be very tricky, and Mark knows the market and knows what to do in each situation, his ability to discern what may motivate a seller or their agent is impressive, and is what enabled us to close on our home when there were other bidders. Communication was always prompt, and Mark's patience with our long search was greatly appreciated."

Rich and Michelle
Rich and Michelle, Williamsburg

"Mark and I met at several Open Houses and I was immediately impressed with his professionalism and knowledge of the local real estate market. When it came time for me to find a Buyer's Agent, I did not hesitate to call Mark. He listened to my criteria and helped me find the right place at the right price in the right location. It felt like the whole process was a whirlwind but Mark walked me through each step. He anticipates and quickly responds to any delays, questions, to do's and he made the whole home buying process appear seemless. He is very knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him either as a Buyer or Seller's Agent."
Mary Lou Meddaugh

"Last fall we put our house on the market with a different agent. We were not pleased with the process or the result. Our experience with Mark was the exact opposite. He quickly became a strong ally and friend who was tremendously helpful every step of the process. He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and fastidious about detail. He gave us very specific feedback on exact steps to take to make our house as marketable as possible (e.g. touch-up painting, treatment of the outside aspects of the house, minor repairs, and thorough cleaning). He was very helpful at guiding us to our final asking price. We ultimately had multiple bidders and received $7000 above our asking price and we felt very good about the price at which we began. Mark was constantly available and responded to texts, calls or e mails promptly. It always felt like Mark was happy to go "the extra yard" for us. In summary, Mark is a most pleasant, extremely conscientious and helpful real estate agent. We have no doubt that his input and ongoing guidance made a huge difference in the ultimate outcome of our home sale. We give him the highest recommendation possible without any reservations."
Fred and Joanna Bogin

There should be more stars. Mark was such a pleasure to work with, he went above and beyond my expectations of what an agent would do. I truly felt he was on my side and watching out for me every step of the way. He kept negotiations moving, always responded quickly to any correspondence, kept me informed of every step along the way and without a doubt the force behind the reason I have my new home. If you are looking for a realtor, Mark is the one. He takes the time to find out what you want. Thank you Mark,
Sue H.

Mark has helped me to sell two homes and purchase another. He always goes above and beyond in the world of real estate. When you are buying, his main concern is to ensure that you find the right home for you. When you selling, he gives wonderful advice to make sure your home looks wonderful for all your showings. I have recommended Mark to friends and family and I will do so again if the opportunity arises.
Joanne Hoyt

We sold a house and bought a house with Mark within a year of starting a search with him. As buyers and sellers, we cannot recommend him enough. From the start, Mark listened to us, asked questions we did not even know to consider, and educated us about the many stages and nuances of selling and buying real estate. He developed a clear, informed picture of what we wanted in our new home and guided us through each and every step of selling our other property. He embodies confidence and expertise, albeit with an unassuming ease, patience, and reassuring approach. While we are pleased to be beyond our selling and buying phase, we'd call Mark without hesitation in the event we were compelled to do it all over again. We recommend him with confidence; he is terrific and we are grateful!
J. Chandler

I lived in Eastern Massachusetts and although my daughter lives in Florence I needed a realtor who could work somewhat remotely. We had a conversation over on he phone where he asked me pertinent questions and I gave him as detailed information as to what I was looking for. We set up a time when we could look at multiple homes in a single day-due to my travel and work schedule. When we met, he took me through the homes and listened to my assessments without judgement or pressure. He then tailored his next viewings with my comments in mind. I wasn't sure myself exactly what I wanted because I wasn't familiar with the area. Mark figured out by my comments exactly what would be perfect and negotiated for me, set everything up including a fabulous local attorney, reminded me of what to do about utilities and provided me with phone numbers. This was all done while I continued to work back home AND sell my own home. The coordination that he managed to do was amazing and everything was flawless. Even at the walkthrough when small things were noted, he took care of everything before I moved in. I have not regretted one single part of this experience!
Janet Miller

Mark was a great friend and realtor to work with. He was very detail oriented, following up on the many facets that are involved in selling a house, and buying a new one too. There is a lot to juggle and he talked me through all the steps with patience and ease.
Alan Dorman

Mark Carmien handled both the purchase of our new home and the sale of the old one. In both transactions he was very energetic, on top of all the details. Our lawyer commented appreciatively on his "attentiveness," steering even inexperienced people to the correct procedures. Most admirably, when our first home was slow to sell, he really put himself into it, scheduling extra open houses, even rounding up furniture and decorations to make it more attractive, and bringing them in his truck, since our moving out had left the place rather bare. He had a good sense of the prevailing market, of good timing, and in general of what would work and what wouldn't. We highly recommend him to other buyers and sellers.
Tom Derr and Linda Vincent

Mark sold our condo and when we were ready after renting, he helped us buy our new home in May 2015. Mark knows his business - he was on top of everything all the time. He has a keen knowledge and understanding of the Valley. He took the time to get to know us and understand our needs, and became our keen advocate as seller and then buyer. He always made himself available to us with a short response time. We would never work with anyone else!
Alan Weiner

Mark worked with us not only to sell our condo, but to buy our future home. He was extremely patient in both processes and took the time to explain all details of buying and selling. He was always available to answer any questions, and more than willing to seek out ones he did not know. We felt that Mark was a vital piece of this very complicated process and could not have done it without him. We have recommended Mark to all of our family and friends in the area who are in the market to buy or sell as he is the best asset to have on your team when making these huge decisions. I would not hesitate to welcome Mark into your home as his knowledge, honesty, and integrity will put your mind at ease during this process
Barrett and Meg Mully

I was impressed with Mark's knowledge of the market and his attention to detail. He provided me with a number of good suggestions for preparing my house for sale to increase my chances of getting top dollar. He had a proven strategy which in the end led a viable offer within two weeks! I would highly recommend Mark to anyone in the Pioneer Valley looking to sell their home.
Ann Bourbou

Mark helped me buy the house of my dreams. Better than my dreams. We met at an open house he was giving for another house - I ate all his cookies and gave him a hard time - and then he graciously helped me find and buy the perfect house - quiet and beautiful. We are neighbors with Mark and, in addition to being a wonderful and very helpful broker he is also a lovely neighbor. I could not recommend him more highly. And - in addition to all that he guided me in the negotiations and prevented me from going too high too soon. So we got the house for less than I was ready to pay - and then he put us in touch with the ideal g/c to do the renovations - a lovely man named Hobie Iselin - whom I also recommend most highly for anyone considering doing work after the house purchase
Jim Prevey

Mark made this process very understandable and he has an incredible grasp of the housing market. This was our second time buying a home but it was a night and day experience due to Mark's expertise and command of the process. Mark worked very hard for us on all fronts to ensure we got exactly what we wanted. Looking back I am very happy that we chose to work with him and would do it again in a heartbeat
Dave and Ellen Catrambone

Mark helped us buy our first place a few months ago, I am so glad we decided to go with him. He walked us through every step of the process and remained in close contact the whole time. I cannot recommend him enough!
Mike Dean and Scott Lemme

Mark was referred to us by good friends who had a great experience
with him. Some of the things that make Mark stand out is he is very detail-ori ented, incredibly knowledgab le about homes, and in tune to the needs of his clients. We were selling our home and looking for a new house, which can be a very stressful process, but Mark took us through each step with care. He had lots of suggestion s and recommenda tions for making things happen both on the selling and buying end of things and that made all the difference . If you are looking for a realtor who is attentive, smart, and great to work with, Mark is your guy.
Sandra and Brett Costello