Karen has been a top selling Chicago real estate broker for over two decades and a thirty-year long resident of the North side. She utilizes her intimate knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods to provide exceptional service to her clients and customizes your experience to meet your individual expectations and requirements.
As an experienced kitchen and bath designer, Karen excels at staging homes to accentuate each property’s inner beauty to maximize its appeal to potential buyers. She leverages this unique skill set, along with the cutting edge marketing tools available exclusively to @Properties agents, to achieve a total sales volume of over $150 million, which ranks her amongst the top 5% of all real estate agents in Chicago.
Karen is an avid house flipper and a self-professed rehab guru, with expertise that extends to historic Chicago homes and buildings. She is savvy at assessing architectural plans and helping her clients identify potential DIY fixes to accentuate an older home’s underlying beauty.
Her services don’t stop after closing, Karen is always available to consult with you on home improvements and can recommend trusted service providers and specialists to help achieve any of your construction needs.
As a testament to Karen’s above and beyond approach to customer service and support, most of her new business comes from referrals by satisfied clients. Whether you’re buying a condo, selling a multi-unit building, or looking to purchase your first single family home; Karen and her expert team of attorneys, inspectors, and mortgage brokers will make sure your experience with @Properties is effortless and exceptional.
Karen studied Interior Design at Northern Illinois University and Columbia College Chicago, where she specialized in kitchen and bath design. She worked as an award-winning designer for six years prior to becoming a Realtor.
Karen’s passion for real estate and dedication to providing clients with remarkable service has led her to continue her education and seek additional accreditations and affiliations in her field; including the following:
- Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI)
- Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR)
- GREEN Designated Realtor®
- Member of The Edgewater and Andersonville Chambers of Commerce
Karen owns a historic American Four Square and has lived in Chicago’s North side Edgewater neighborhood for over thirty years. In her free time she enjoys gardening, rehabbing found furniture, hiking with her Coon Hounds, Parker and Gus, and exploring neighborhoods on her 1981 Vespa scooter.
Clients are saying:
"I was truly delighted with the service that Karen provided during my condo sale. The marketing plan was well developed and the photos of my condo looked terrific. Most of all, though, Karen made me feel very comfortable as a nervous first-time seller. She went out of her way to respect my time and made sure my every concern was addressed. Through the entire process she treated me as a valued friend. I would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone contemplating a move. Thanks, Karen!"
"Karen was wonderful to work with. As a first-time buyer, I relied on her humor and tenacity. She listened closely to what I wanted, remembered what I responded to while we were looking, and respected my price and floor plan preferences. She's found great places for my close friends, and I'm pleased to join her group of clients!"
"Karen Holt provided great insight and support in our first foray into purchasing a home. She was available nearly at times and showed patience and considerable competence from initial showings through to closing. I recommend her without reservation."
"Karen has a great positive attitude and knew the neighborhood well."
"Karen was kind, caring, thoughtful, pleasant, good-humored and very much available to me whenever I needed information or advice. She was great about coordinating with lawyers and other agents, and never refused to provide assistance when asked. She also is a great resource for finding trustworthy and reasonably-priced professionals to help with repairs, financing, moving, design services, et al. My interactions with her were always positive. Her lawyer and lender team managed to navigate some rough waters along the way with good collaboration and communication. Karen is clearly a creative and caring person who wants to have a positive impact on her clients' lives, and I really appreciate that about her."