Testimonials

Karen gets my 5-star rating for: Local knowledge: Process, Expertise, Responsiveness & Negotiation

I bought my first condo five years ago with Karen's help and she was extremely thorough and patient as she explained the process to me. She was always optimistic when it came to believing that I could find the perfect home for me. She was also honest when it came to expectations. This is a good balance that is invaluable when going through the sometimes stressful process of buying a house. Karen also helped my wife and I sell our place this year (2014). Again, she patiently guided us through the process of selling. She knows how to price a home and we ended up getting multiple offers and closed within 30 days. It could not have gone more smoothly. I can't recommend her highly enough. Plus she's fun to go house shopping with!

We highly recommend Karen Balkin

My wife and I were very impressed with Karen's conscientious and responsive approach that she took during the buying process when we purchased our new home in North Redmond.

We have no hesitation in recommending her to other prospective buyers or sellers, as we know she will do a first rate job for them.

Her approach is such that we continue to keep in touch, and will definitely use her in the future, should we need to sell or buy a property in Washington State.

She made my condo purchase virtually stress-free

I was a new home buyer and rather overwhelmed by the policies and procedures of buying.

Karen helped me every step of the way and carefully explained the reasons for a particular action in the process.

She was able to provide a smooth transition from living in an apartment to buying my condo.

Karen's an expert negotiator through a short-sale

Without Karen we would not have been able to purchase our wonderful condo unit in Press Condos. She helped us through the long and arduous process of a short sale. She provides great advice, is a masterful negotiator, and was able to make the sale happen even when it seemed to be falling apart. The condo she helped us purchase is still our home. We couldn't be happier with Karen as a Realtor, or as a person. She is just great!

Thanks Karen for helping us purchase our dream home!

Karen helped my wife and me find our new home. This was the first home purchase for us, and Karen's guidance and explanation of how everything works were indispensable. She was very patient with us as we learned how to look at houses, figured out what we wanted, etc. And she helped us find a dream home in just three weeks!

I'm so glad my colleague recommended Karen to me

I was referred to Karen and had a great experience working with her as a first-time homebuyer. She patiently helped me through the process of finding a townhome that matched my tastes and budget, and then gave sound advice during the negotiation phase with the builder. She also introduced me to a loan officer who was very thorough and made sure my mortgage was ready by closing. Once we entered contract, Karen prepared a calendar for me explaining what needed to happen by when, including the home inspection, final walk through, and close of escrow. After the sale was over, she gave me helpful tips for the moving process and answered some questions I had while setting up my utility accounts. To top it all off, she recommended a few nearby restaurants and gave me a housewarming gift!

Karen did a great job helping us into our first investment property

Karen Balkin helped us buy a condominium in Seattle as an investment property . The process from beginning to end was a positive experience. She has the qualities we believe are necessary in a successful real estate agent. She is honest, professional, knowledgeable, an outstanding negotiator, and has excellent communication skills. We looked forward to our meetings, as she listened thoughtfully to what we were looking for, quickly found properties to show us, educated us about the process along the way, and when it was time, negotiated an excellent deal for us. She always responded quickly to all of our questions which is invaluable during a real estate transaction. Since then we have referred several people to her, and all of them were extremely happy with her professionalism, efficiency,communication,integrity, and the properties she helped them purchase. We have complete confidence in Karen Balkin and will use her for all of our real estate transactions in the future and highly recommend her.

A solid advocate

Karen proactively worked on our behalf to find a great home to rent. She was very professional and knowledgeable of the area and marketplace. I would not hesitate to leverage Karen again.

We highly recommend Karen

Karen is a pleasure to work with and really exceeded all expectations for two separate property sales with us. Her extreme attention to detail, high availability, sharp negotiation skills, and insights into the market made us extremely happy to have her on our side.

We loved working with her and highly recommend anyone looking for a real estate expert

We were in the house hunting market for a while when we met Karen and since then we never looked back. She helped us buy our very first home. Karen is professional, extremely patient and considerate about our ever-changing busy schedules. We loved working with her and highly recommend anyone looking for a real estate expert with a touch of class :) Wish you good luck Karen!

Karen is a realtor who stands for her clients.

Karen is a realtor who stands for her clients. She makes the buying process fun, systematic, and painless. Karen always knows the next step and when there is a problem she has multiple solutions to make sure things go smoothly. Karen’s knowledge of real estate and the process is second to none.

She is a very professional , very friendly and very patient

When I wanted to buy this house, Karen was the first agent to be able to serve me immediately. Fist of all, she is a very professional , Very friendly and very patient especially people like me who are not very good at English, she can help Solve all the problems, she not only help me buy a horse, she can even help me find a rental house people . as well as housing insurance and something else etc..... I am very happy to know her.

Karen brings together a winning combination of experience, focus and patience.

If you’re looking for your dream home then look no further than Karen Balkin. Karen brings together a winning combination of experience, focus and patience. Karen helped us navigate the complexities of a new market and a constantly evolving target home. Her ability to act fast and stay calm at all times was truly remarkable.
If you’re looking for a genuine and empathetic realtor to help you realize your dream then look no further than Karen Balkin!

She is everything you should look for in a Real Estate Agent

I really lucked out working with Karen Balkin. She is everything you should look for in a Real Estate Agent. Karen is patient, experienced and her positive approach made me feel comfortable and confident during the process of purchasing my first home. Whenever I had questions, Karen was quick to respond in a manner that was easy for me to understand.
I would highly recommend Karen Balkin to any of my friends or family who are currently looking to purchase/sell a home.

She genuinely works for your best interests

Karen helped me purchase my new home. There was a lot of work needed to be done around the purchase as things came up, but Karen quickly worked to have them resolved. She genuinely works for your best interests. She had a wonderful report with the listing agent, which made it easier to deal with the issues as they came up.
Karen has now helped me purchase 2 homes and sell one.

Karen was fantastic to work with!

Karen was fantastic to work with! As a first-time home buyer in Seattle, I was amazed at how easy the process could be with a great realtor like Karen. She truly went above and beyond to help. Karen performed multiple live video tours so that I could see homes while living in a different city, and she was extremely knowledgeable about the market, especially when it came to writing competitive contracts in multiple offer situations. Karen worked hand-in-hand with my lender from Prime Lending and was fully engaged and a quick phone call away for all of my questions throughout the process. I would highly recommend Karen for your home-buying experience!

She made the process smooth and it went super quick

Karen helped me purchase my condo 2.5 years ago and recently helped me sell it. She made the process smooth and it went super quick. We had my place ready to go on the market in just a week after I moved out. It was staged beautifully and she suggested several things I could do to remove barriers to getting offers. She worked diligently during a holiday week and in the end, I received multiple offers above list. She kept me constantly appraised of the status of the deal and was with me when I signed the closing papers.

We would highly recommend Karen to anyone who is looking for help to either buy or sell house

Karen is the best real estate professional we have ever worked with. Not only she has all the knowledge, experience, and skills to get job done but also her exceptional logic and systematic way to manage the whole process really makes everything smooth and enjoyable. We would highly recommend Karen to anyone who is looking for help to either buy or sell house

She made buying home really painless

Karen helped us buy our first house. She the best agent one can find. She was always on top of things and was always ready to answer any questions we had. She made buying home really painless. She is extremely knowledgeable and provided her valuable opinion when required.
I would definitely work with her again and strongly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an expert in real estate.

Karen has truly exceeded my expectations, and I will highly recommend her

It has been an amazing and joyful experience working with Karen. She helped me buy my first home in Issaquah. She's a highly skilled negotiator! She put my best interest first; and saved me lots of money while closing the deal.
Karen is tech-savvy; and she has been incredibly proactive in everything she did throughout my home buying journey. She guided me in every step of the way and made me feel comfortable by always being highly responsive and available to answer any questions related to the purchase.
Karen has truly exceeded my expectations, and I will highly recommend her to my friends and anyone looking to buy or sell a home!

Karen was very professional and efficient

Karen was very professional and efficient. She helped us evaluate different market areas and homes. Her process helped us make good decisions and quickly close on a new home. You can't go wrong working with Karen and her staff.

We highly recommend Karen

Bought a house where she was the selling agent and that made us decide to use her to sell this one. Her responsiveness and energy are excellent. She had us use an escalator clause in our offer, and we needed that to get the new house.