Longtime St. John Realtor, Appraiser Joins Island’s Oldest Real Estate Firm
Holiday Homes of St. John is excited to announce their newest real estate agent, Karye Carney. Carney’s name is a familiar one on the St. John real estate scene. She got her start selling real estate on island in 1988, working with a few firms before eventually buying one of her own. In 2013, Carney founded Sold on St. John, a web-based real estate business where she aimed to build relationships with potential clients before they even set foot on island.
Then, in 2017, Hurricane Irma struck the island of St. John, and in its aftermath, Carney and other local real estate agents found themselves together at the Holiday Homes office at The Marketplace, one of the few places on island with limited generator power and internet.
“We all found ourselves supporting one another and working together,” Carney recalls. “I realized I really missed having a support team and I felt like Holiday Homes has a great energetic crew who can lead the charge and provide a backup system, allowing me to focus on what I do best—listing and selling.”
Carney brings with her a vast bank of knowledge pertaining to local properties, a perfect addition to the oldest real estate firm on the island. Holiday Homes was founded in 1960 by the late and beloved Sis Frank, who retired in 1972 to focus her efforts on founding the St. John School of the Arts. For the past 58 years, Holiday Homes has been the leading real estate company on the island. The firm’s agents and brokers have worked with developers, homeowners, and visitors, and they helped found the St. John Board of Realtors and the St. John Multiple Listing Service.
Holiday Homes broker Abigail Schnell-O’Connell shared her excitement at bringing Carney on board.
“We’ve been presented with an incredible opportunity for growth as we continue serving the real estate needs of all our clients with the highest quality of service,” Schnell-O’Connell says. “As we transition into our new home on the first floor of the Marketplace, we are expanding our energetic team, technology, and marketing.”
Carney’s decades of real estate experience and her role as one of the few licensed appraisers on island has acquainted her with countless properties from Cruz Bay to the East End and everywhere in between.
“I’m familiar with most all of the properties on St. John,” she said. “I can help my new team members with the history of the homes.”
Holiday Homes recently moved into their brand new office on the first floor of The Marketplace, across from Starfish Market.