Luxury Representation


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About Karen

With over a decade of experience, Karen is a seasoned broker at listing and selling properties including luxury homes, new construction, townhomes, condos, view properties and investment properties across the Eastside, Mercer Island and Seattle.

Karen is passionate about helping others through planning, research, expert consultation and negotiation. As a Managing Broker, she holds the highest certification as a real estate professional.

Before establishing herself as a premier real estate broker, Karen was was the Director of Development for the domestic violence non-profit, Rainbow House. She holds a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Karen served for almost 3 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador teaching environmental education, organizing conferences for adolescent girls to plan their careers and attain scholastic scholarships.


  • Member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America  (AREAA)
  • REALTOR, National Association of Realtors Member
  • Member of Seattle/King County Realtors
  • Member of the NAACP

Education and Experience

  • MA, Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University
  • United Nations HABITAT, Research Intern, Brazil
  • Scholarship, Peace Corps Fellow
  • Peace Corps, El Salvador

Languages spoken

Some Spanish and Portuguese


Top rated

Karen is a 5-Star rated agent on Zillow


Community Involvement & Non-profit's supported

Acres of Diamonds

Assistance League of the Eastside

Attain Housing

Backpack Meals

Bellevue Lifespring

Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue

Eastside Academy

Eastside Baby Corner

Escape to Peace

Farms for Life

Financial Beginnings

Friends of Youth


Imagine Housing

Issaquah Community Services

Issaquah Food Bank



Mamma’s Hands

Pantry Packs

Royal Family Kids Camp

Ruby Room F-Factor


Village Theater

Youth Eastside Services

Professional designations

Certified Negotiation Expert


Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist


Green Certified Real Estate Professional

for Green Leadership

Certified Distressed Property Expert


Luxury Marketing Specialist


Certified Home Buying Instructor

of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Managing Broker

Based in Kirkland's Yarrow Bay office

Licensed Real Estate Broker

in Washington State since 2007

Certified Real Estate Analyst


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Clients are saying...

"Karen was not only a joy to work with, but saved me $20,000 and got me a wonderful home I loved living in for 3 years."

–  VANESSA H.  (bought and sold a condo in Kirkland)

"We had specific requirements and Karen was relentless at finding us the perfect home meeting all of our must-haves."

–  ASTHA & RAHUL  (bought a home in Snohomish)

"Karen 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!"

–  ADRIAN & BURCU  (bought a home in Lower Queen Anne, Seattle)

"Karen is honest, professional, knowledgeable, an outstanding negotiator, and  has excellent communication skills."

–  SHARON C.  (bought a home in Capitol Hill)

"Karen explained the entire process of buying a home to me, gave me numerous resources, and was great at listening to what I was looking for in a new home. She was supportive and I honestly could not have purchased my home without her!"

–  LIAT F.  (bought a condo in Mercer Island)

"Karen was the one positive constant there by our side the entire time."

–  JOHN C.  (bought a home in High Point, Seattle)

"What really separates Karen from anybody else is her honesty, integrity, kindness, and willingness to help with every portion of the home buying process."

–  JOHNATHAN C.  (bought a townhouse in Lynnwood)

"Karen's extreme attention to detail, high availability, sharp negotiation skills, and insights into the market made us extremely happy to have her on our side."

–  ALICE L.  (sold a home in Kirkland)

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