Karen believes education is the key to everything in life. A fully educated seller and buyer can ensure a successful transaction without anyone feeling misled. A buyer or a seller needs to be out in the "fluid" marketplace that is constantly changing and be aware of variables that may become obstacles. The behind the scenes work Karen does, makes a difference in the ease of the transaction. Properties need to be accurately represented and answers to questions need to be absolute. An overwhelming process can become easy, quick, and pleasurable with knowledge.
Areas of Expertise
Karen has come across just about everything in her 23 years as a residential realtor. Her expertise is in Chicago's North Shore communities. She has sold vacant land, commercial properties, condos, townhomes, multi-unit buildings, and single family homes. Her passion is creative marketing.
Elected Village Trustee of Lincolnshire, Illinois (2009 & 2013)
Served on board and active in government relations for JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Active volunteer in Lincolnshire school districts
Village Liaison to Park Board (2010 & 2013)
Participant in Village Club
Served as Village Liaison to Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce (2010)
Active fundraiser for Orphans of the Storm
Karen started her career in Real Estate in 1990. She grew up in Chicago proper and spent the last 35 years on the North Shore. She speaks both German and Spanish in addition to English, which has served her well in the years of summering in Europe. She attended Loyola and DePaul University and did research at the University of Chicago Psychology department. Her dedication to her studies in Research and Psychology (4 published journal studies) has awarded her with many honors from the university and the knowledge gained lends itself to her career, marketing, and data analysis. Researching the properties and market conditions she is involved in is her key to performing the best transaction.
Karen has also worked on the trading floor of Chicago's Board of Trade and CBOE. This experience helps her in the act of price discovery as well as the knowledge of how markets work. The detail needed to be successful there, while handling large sums money, speaks to her character, responsibility, and personality.
Currently, Karen serves as a public servant in Lincolnshire as Village Trustee, a four year term (2009) and (2013). This experience has given her insight on how local governments work and any upcoming plans involving multiple communities as well as negotiation strategies. She does not take the honor of holding people's trust in her lightly. Honesty and Fairness are her motto. She represents her clients as she represents the residents she was elected by.
Karen lives in Lincolnshire with her husband, 3 kids, and Brogan ( 4 yr old Irish Wolfhound). She is a self-professed Artist, Gardener, & writer and prides herself on being creative. Her children have taught her the need for patience and attention. Listening and time are gifts she gives freely to ensure successful transactions as well as future referrals.
Ask for a list of prior clients to contact for comments on her outstanding service. Clients claim the Karen "seems to know everybody!" and "her honesty is a breath of fresh air."...... "Her guidance through an emotional and financial process is priceless. Her marketing is creative and her strategized negotiations are unique."..... "Karen is often seen shoveling walkways to her open houses in the last 23 years!"
English, German, Spanish