Beauty may indeed be in the eye of the beholder, but Karen Peterson's discriminating taste has proven infallible time and time again. As someone who believes that no detail is too small, from the placement of guest bathroom towels to the lighting that must be used, this @properties broker overlooks nothing when readying a home for sale or determining if her client should consider it for a potential purchase. "My passion for homes and decorating came first," explains Peterson when recalling what prompted her to pursue a real estate career. The city of Chicago particularly motivated her to enter the industry. "The iconic buildings amid the small, intimate, exquisite neighborhoods and parks. The lakefront with its endless walking trails from Evanston to Hyde Park. When I moved to Chicago, that was it!" she laughs.
With nearly three decades of experience and career sales of more than $600 million, Peterson possesses an impressive repository of knowledge of what the city has to offer for the range of individuals she serves. As she explains, whether buying and selling condos, single-family homes or multi-unit investments. "There are many facets of this business, so an experienced broker can apply most of the same skills and knowledge in all types of purchases and sales." She adds that one primary approach she employs for everyone is avoiding a high-pressure sales tactic. Instead, she provides her clients with the education and shares her invaluable knowledge that will help them assess their investment from both livability and financial perspectives so that they know if and when a transaction makes the most sense. Peterson enthusiastically points out that her clients' happiness inspires her the most, so she makes certain they understand the intricacies of buying and maintaining a home as well as the potential viability for selling it in the future.
"It's not just about the sale; it's about their quality of life in the present and long-term future." An avid equestrian, you can find her riding her horse Hamish through the Forest Preserves or gardening at her home to re-charge and energize as a result of the timely and exciting demands of her fast paced career. Peterson says that she cares deeply about her clients, which is why she so diligently strives to be their advocate and champion.
"Consider me their warrior!"
Clients are saying:
"Karen is a true professional. We worked with Karen in both selling our condo and purchasing our new home. Karen's level of attentiveness really made us feel like we were her only client, which I know was far from the case as she was representing pretty much every house on the market in our neighborhood. She came in, did an assessment of our condo, and told us exactly what we needed to do to get it ready to sell. We followed her directions and had an offer in 3 days! This was our first time selling a home and while we were a bit nervous as the process can be cumbersome, she was so reassuring and guided us through every step making sure we were prepared. She worked with the Buyer's agent to make sure protocol was followed such as the inspection and appraisal, and kept everyone on a timeline to make sure we were able to close on time, which we did. She made the whole process so easy for us and we couldn't have been happier.
Now that we had sold our place, it was time to start looking to buy. We are so impressed with Karen's knowledge of the real estate market in Chicago as well as her knowledge of home construction and interior systems, such as water, heating/cooling, etc. It was so helpful to have her point out things that could be problematic in the future when we did our walk throughs as we definitely would have missed them and could have ended up making a costly mistake if we had purchased the home. Karen helped us narrow down our search and really hone in on not just what we thought we wanted, but what we really needed in a home for our growing family. After a month or so of searching, we found our perfect home. Karen helped us negotiate a good, fair price and made sure that every inch of the home was reviewed and inspected so we wouldn't have any surprises. The process moved quickly and again Karen guided us through every step so we felt very confident in our purchase. We are so thankful to have found Karen and highly recommend her!!"
"Karen really knows her business. She gives great advice and speaks from a deep base of knowledge and with integrity. She's a great agent for both buyers and sellers."
"Karen is the consummate Real Estate professional. Completely dedicated to her clients, unwavering in her commitment, steadfastly ethical and unflinchingly honest. She and her team are a singular pleasure to work with. Karen has represented me personally and my firm in dozens of transactions over the last decade in multi-million dollar deals as both seller's and buyer's agent. I wholeheartedly and unconditionally recommend her."
"Karen went above and beyond assisting us in the sale of our home. Our home sold sooner than planned and she helped find us a rental in the city during our search for a new home in the North suburbs. She had no problem making several trips from downtown Chicago to show us several properties in the suburbs. Thanks to her, our transition and closing went smoothly. Couldn't be happier with her. We highly recommend her as a realtor as she holds a wealth of knowledge in the housing market. Thanks Karen!"
"Karen was professional, and extremely knowledgeable on all fronts. She not only helped me sell my current condo which I loved (I needed to be out of a walk up and into an elevator building.), but helped me find and purchase another one that I loved every bit as much. Karen would not let me buy anything til I found something I loved. She went above and beyond her duties as a realtor to help me find my perfect place!! She is " hands down" the realtor to use whether selling or buying! Karen definitely has her hand on the pulse of Chicago real estate."