"I love turning people on to a new neighborhood and I love to find people exactly what they want." This passion has served Karen and her clients well.
Karen spent 5 years working in the kitchen and bath design business, where she developed a keen sense for understanding her clients' likes and needs and searching out properties that fit the bill. Much of her current business, in fact, comes from referrals from satisfied clients. Whether you're looking to buy or sell a condo, a multi-unit or a single family home, the experience that Karen brings to the table promises a smooth experience for you.
"When I hear from an interested buyer, I immediately put them in touch with 'my team.' I have mortgage brokers, attorneys and inspectors who I know will provide the highest level of service and support to make the entire process as easy as possible. Then, we sit down to get to know each other, so I can really focus my search."
Having rehabbed several houses of her own, Karen knows her way around home ownership. If you plan to market or buy an older home, Karen is savvy at assessing floor plans and helping clients understand changes that can be made. Karen grew up in the family construction business and its worn off in the most helpful way. Her work doesn't stop at closing. She is always available to consult when the improvements get underway. She has a list of service providers from plumbers to fireplace specialists that will help pull your project together.
Karen has consistently been a top producing agent since starting her real estate career in 1994. She is among the top 6% of realtors in Chicago and is dedicated to providing her clients with the best service possible. To that end she has both the GRI (Graduate of the Real Estate Institute) and ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) designations and is a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors, as well as the National Association of Realtors and is a member of The Edgewater and Anderonville Chambers of Commerce. She is also a member of The Edgewater Historical Society and The Womens Council of Realtors.
When Karen's not helping homeowners and would-be homeowners with their real estate transactions, you can find her at the lakefront with her dogs Walter and Parker, riding her Vespa, searching out new neighborhoods, or in her workshop creating a new piece of furniture.
I feel that Karen worked very hard finding the loft for us 4 years ago. We worked hard together to find that perfect place. When we decided to sell there was no question who we would turn to. Karen did the same exceptional job selling and marketing our left. I would definitely recommend her! --Steve Wachinski
Karen Holt is a knowledgeable, wise, understanding, and very patient realtor. I was a first-time homebuyer, and she was successful in helping me find the perfect condo on the north side. Her endless energy, positive attitude, and sense of humor made house-hunting excursions something I looked forward to! I highly recommend Karen. --Karla Kate
As a first-time buyer in 2005, I couldn’t have been happier with Karen’s knowledge and care in helping me select my first condo. She encouraged me to take a look at a new construction which I was not at all interested in. I fell in love with the place and made an offer immediately! After two wonderful years in my first condo I moved out of state and Karen sold it quickly and profitably. After moving back to Chicago a few years later I was again looking to buy and Karen came though for me, finding a perfect condo in the heart of Andersonville. She helped me find exactly what I was looking for at a price I was comfortable with. When it comes time to sell and move on to another home I know that I can count on Karen to negotiate a great deal and help me find my next perfect home. --Terri Horning
As a first time home buyer, Karen made the whole process very positive. With her experience and knowledge of the various neighborhoods, she helped me find the perfect home for me. Not only was I able to stay within my price range but she helped me find me something that offered a little more. I love my home and I am confident that I have made a very good investment. --Mary Simpson
Karen Holt makes real estate fun. Her enthusiasm for every aspect of the job keeps the energy positive even when the going gets rough. Karen can can talk with anyone and generally charm them with her sunny disposition but she can be tough when she needs to protect your interests. --Margaret Weber
Karen was a pleasure to work with. She is very knowledgable about properties in our area and offered up many good suggestions to help us attract a buyer. We are impressed with how quickly and easily the entire sale went. We are really happy! --Jackie and Nate Krupko