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About Karen

Karen is a seasoned Managing Broker with over 15 years of local expertise selling luxury homes, new construction, townhomes, condos, investment properties, and view and waterfront properties. Karen and her team are passionate about exceeding their client's expectations. They work collaboratively through all stages of planning, research, expert consultation, property marketing, and negotiation. They specialize in selling homes in Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Clyde Hill, Medina, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Mercer Island, and Seattle.

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 an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Karen served for almost 3 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador teaching environmental education, and 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

Languages spoken

Some Spanish and Portuguese


Top rated

Karen is a 5-Star rated agent on Zillow


Karen's 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



About Wayne


As a Bellevue-based real estate agent helping both buyers and sellers, Wayne considers it his mission to listen to you, ask the right questions, and truly understand your motivations and preferences. He’s here to help, whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned real estate investor.

Originally from Chicago, Wayne has lived in five states and is now happy to call Bellevue home. Wayne has always been drawn to real estate, buying his first home at 26 and his first investment property the following year. After that, he continued as a real estate investor with a focus on renovating and flipping houses, in addition to being a property manager for fifteen years. His career in real estate continued as a mortgage broker, before he was inspired to become a broker after buying his home in Bellevue.


About Kristine

Administrative Assistant

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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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