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.