Realestate By Design
Karen is married and has two children, Jackson and Gemma, at Glendowie Primary Montessori. She was born in Wellington, educated in Wanganui, with qualifications from The Graduate School of New South Wales (Logistic’s management) and Auckland University. She moved to Auckland’s eastern suburbs 26 years ago and now resides in Glendowie.
Karen has a broad depth of commercial experience having worked for a family business, multinationals and large corporates, across numerous industries. She has had her own business, started spin off businesses from corporates, worked behind the entrepreneurs to grow their businesses’ and led teams to over deliver on profits results.
“My focus through all of this has been understanding my customers. What makes them tick, what’s important to them, asking questions and listening – seeking to understand first. Whether playing to my teams’ strengths so they can deliver, or understanding my key clients’ needs and finding a solution that works
Karen’s journey to becoming part of the UP team is the result of her being a UP client both as a buyer and seller, and also a result of the relationship we built with her over the years she was responsible for the Herald Homes section of The New Zealand Herald.
As a result, she has had the unique experience of the real estate industry from a supplier side and personally as a seller and buyer.
“I have brought and sold real estate in the eastern suburbs (both homes and investment properties), but it was the experience as a buyer and seller with UP that made me feel like I was their most important customer and I came away from those experiences being delighted at every turn. It was the team culture of UP that impressed me. They genuinely work together in a transparent manner to deliver the best results for their customer. Their fierce commitment to deliver a quality experience is never compromised. Their values echoed my own”.
Karen’s history adds a blend of commercial understanding and life experience that is a valuable addition to the strength of our brand.
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We had appraisals completed by a number of local real estate agents, Karen was thorough, asked careful exploratory questions and provided a detailed and thoughtful appraisal, from that point there was never any question that we would choose Karen and UP to sell our property. Due to current health complications we are somewhat vulnerable clients, Karen took our particular challenges in her stride and provided stellar support and valuable expert advice throughout the process, she was unceasingly patient and gentle with us. Karen wore many hats: variously; counsellor, industry adviser, canny and skilled negotiator, social worker, but most importantly she was a powerful advocate who took the time to understand and prioritise our needs above everything else.
Our house sold within a week of listing with Karen which was amazing but even if it hadn’t we trusted that Karen genuinely had our best interests at heart and was working diligently in the background on our behalf. In so many ways the service we received from Karen was far above and beyond our expectations, she is superb at her job and we would hardheartedly recommend her to everyone in the Eastern Bays\Central Auckland region looking for a warm, highly capable and unstintingly professional agent.
Wai O Taiki Bay