Recent reviews



10/04/2012 - user078451
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $75K in East Providence, RI.

We needed to sell a house upon the death of a close relative and John was highly recommended by my cousin.

To make a long story short, this property was very complicated and took many twists, turns, title searches, etc. Through out it all John never quit on us, even after a potential sale dropped out due to a very long wait for the title to clear. He was up front with us every step of the way, suggesting creative ways to improve the saleability of the property, suggesting we drop our original price twice along the way to better meet the market demand, recommending a highly capable realestate lawyer, and in general keeping both of us well informed as things progressed.

I would recommended John to anyone interested in selling their home, especially an estate sale.

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Response from The John on 10/08/2012

Mike and Kelvin, This was an opportunity to help and old friend and make a new friend. it was a journey, but we got it done. thank you for the kind words. John



09/17/2012 - user6412937
Sold a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $75K in West End, Providence, RI.

Any review I post here on Zillow will be woefully incomplete if I'm unable to upload my photo of John walking on water. Ok, maybe he didn't "literally" walk on water, but what he did pull off was equally impressive. John listed my condo as a short sale and within a week had a buyer in place. Fast forward a few months, as the bank-mandated deadline for closing approaced, the original buyer's financing fell through. With foreclosure and an auction looming John sprang into action once again. On the very same day the original buyer was released from the P&S he already had another buyer lined up and agreement in place. While the state of the market and my own health issues forced me into a short sale I didn't want, it was John's knowledge, tenacity, and support that made a difficult situation that much easier to endure. He had told me from our first meeting that his goal was to help me get on with my life and he's delivered on all counts. Thanks, John!

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Response from The John on 09/18/2012

Brian, Who could make this stuff up! It was my pleasure to work with you and help you move on with your life. A successful outcome makes the trials that we go through worthwhile. Please let the other owners in Potters School Condos know that there is a realtor out there that cares. All my best, John



08/28/2012 - Daniel Walsh
Bought a Other home in 2009 in Central Falls, RI.

OK... I'll start off with this... John was amazing, patient and extremely knowledgeable. We started out looking for rentals and John's picks were always right on point but after looking for a few days he finally spoke up and voiced his opinion that even though we'd seen some really terrific places at decent prices the best bet for me at that time and in that market was to buy. So we switched gears and started to focus on places to purchase. After about 15 or so we came back to a place that I had checked out on my own prior to working with John. It was his enthusiasm and knowledge that really helped me make up my mind and put in an offer. At the time the economy had just bottomed out and despite my strong financial standing the banks were just not lending as easily as they were just months prior. He worked tirelessly to guide me along, even helping me to put together a budget for my post purchase financial recovery since I had to layout much more than I had originally planned - which was a result of the tight lending atmosphere. As a first time buyer, I was definitely pretty clueless. John was always at the other end of the phone to answer any question - no matter how basic. Even months after purchase, when some things agreed upon with the seller still hadn't come to fruition one call to John and he stepped in and helped resolve the issues.

I have always listen to others talk about their first home purchase with amazement when they relate their horror stories, missteps and stress since I really never had to endure any of that with John's expert guidance.

Not much else I can say... John was fantastic and I'd work with him again in a heartbeat.

Thanks again John for helping me find my perfect home!

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Response from The John on 08/31/2012

Man, this sh** makes me want to cry, and if I wasn't so emotionally bound up, I might. Dan was really a pleasure to work with and his loft is very special. I am blessed to have people like this in my life.



08/20/2012 - user260251
Showed home in 2012 in Providence, RI.

Even though we didn't purchase a property through John, working with him was a great experience and education. He was always attentive and showed us properties that closely matched our interests and price levels. In the future, we would have no hesitation in seeking John's services or recommending him to others. Excellent experience!

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Response from The John on 08/21/2012

Thanks Jon - Our relationship was short but sweet. I look forward to helping you find that big loft that you and your wife can retire in. John



08/19/2012 - EmmaMorin7
Bought a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $125K in Lincoln, RI.

Well. Mr. John Risica is now on my "favorite people of all time" list. The first day my fiancee and I met him, he asked us to describe the perfect home and then found a large amount of homes that fit what we wanted. I am extremely picky and impatient and definitely tortured John all throughout this process asking to look at about 15 different houses (repeatedly) and he was nothing but enthusiastic, patient and helpful. He always was literally a phone call away, even answering my calls on weekends and nights (what an awesome guy!) Through all the paperwork we had to fill out, he described in detail exactly what everything was, recommended a great home inspector, was prompt in answering all of my questions, and made a long agonizing "short sale" much more pleasant. He also negotiated and got us a price lower than what I was hoping for! My fiancee and I love John and are so grateful for everything he has done for us! I really couldn't recommend a better realtor and I will recommend him to everyone I know!! This review doesn't even do him justice, he will find you your dream home! Also keeping his business card on my new fridge! Thank you John!!!!!!

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Response from The John on 08/21/2012

Wow guys, I can't even to thank you enough for this review. It is my goal to help people find and buy homes that they love, and along the way, treat them in a way that the process doesn't overwhelm. I look forward to seeing your new home once you've moved in. Thank you for this opportunity!



08/16/2012 - gtg903p
Found a tenant for a home.

John was able to rent my Loft in very short time that resulted in a phenomenal tenant that requested a 4 year lease. I especially enjoyed how promptly my phonecalls were returned (if not answered immediately). The experience was so positive that I have hired him as the property manager.

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Response from The John on 08/16/2012

Mike - Thank you for the opportunity. You are right, your tenant is a peach. Hopefully when the lease is up, we can sell and get you close to what you paid for the property. Travel safe.



08/03/2012 - user123304
Helped me rent a home.

On very short notice, John put together a complete real estate tour, from high to low, even though he knew we were likely renters rather than buyers...for now. Because as you can read from his website, John has the long view and really does care about developing a relationship with his clients. He knows the market and listens closely to your likes and dislikes. Plus he gave us a great local tour, so we have a better idea of where to find the kinds of places we like giving us a head start on getting to know Providence. And yes, John, we are joining Crossfit and will likely see you there at 6am! Thanks for helping us find a great apartment.

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Response from The John on 08/03/2012

Matt, it was a pleasure to work with you and your wife to find you a place for your upcoming move to Providence. I'm always looking for an excuse to eat at Gesualdi's, so that was just a bonus. Let's talk once you've decided to stay in Prov, I look forward to helping you find a permanent home. Thank you for this opportunity.



07/22/2012 - user578734
Found a tenant for a home.

Providence - The global village!

This is the story of an Austrian citizen making his way to Providence, Rhode Island to work for a major international corporation. As it happened I met a lady at the company whose parents lived in my hometown in Graz Austria. So what does that have to do with John Risica? Well, this lady owned a condo in Providence which she rented out when moving in with her boyfriend.The transaction was managed by John"s company "We love Lofts". So when my contract ended I wanted to rent out my own loft and contacted John Risica. From there on it was smooth sailing. John found me a great tenant, managed my move and helped me with all the red tape.

Excellent job! Thank you John!

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Response from The John on 07/23/2012

Thank you for this opportunity to help you, Gerhard. I wish that every transaction went this smoothly.



07/17/2012 - user501643
Helped me rent a Condo home in New Bedford, MA.

I met John through his loft-centric website, I found his passion and knowledge for loft living to be sincere, refreshing, and extremely helpful. He is personable, and delves into your specific needs as a buyer/ renter. I felt very comfortable with him, and also found his listings to be of the highest caliber. Whether it be an old dilapidated church, or the most high end modern loft- John can see the potential for an interesting live/ work space and knows a gem when he sees it. I am thankful for meeting John, because I now live in the perfect space for me, my family, and my art business.

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Response from The John on 07/19/2012

Tracy and Christopher embody the clients that best fit our ability to achieve our goals. We helped them find a home that they love and that fits their lifestyle. Tracy’s tremendous talent blooms in the environment that is her loft home. Working with this couple was a blessing.



06/22/2012 - user085322
Bought a home in 2012.

John was helpful in all aspects of my finding a building for my business, From finding the right location, ensuring I got the best price, to a fast and easy closing. John is passionate about helping people find the property they need to help realize their goals and dreams. Would definitely recommend him or use him again.

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Response from The John on 06/23/2012

Thanks, Dennis, for the opportunity to serve as your realtor and help you find a new home to expand your business.