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For over 33 years I have been effectively engaged in the real estate field, including residential and commercial sales, appraisals, and consulting.  After obtaining my broker's license in 1993, I was affiliated with Smothers Realty Group and Baird & Warner in LaGrange.  In 2005 I formed Landmark Realty Group ... a real estate brokerage firm specializing in the sale of residential properties in historic Riverside and the surrounding areas.  I initiated and closed the purchase of the Arcade Building, written to be the first shopping mall in the country.  This transaction commanded the highest price paid for a property in the immediate area.  In 1998 I formed Victory Lanes, Inc., saving a vintage six-lane bowling alley.  I not only handled the renovation of the building but managed and ran this successful business for several years while continuing to sell real estate.  

Clients and fellow real estate brokers respect me for my consistent professionalism, honesty, and knowledge of the market.  I have proudly established a distinct expertise with my effective pricing and negotiating skills.  Having the gift for good design and attending Harrington Institute of Interior Design enables me to prepare and market my clients' homes in the best possible light.  

I have been a Riverside resident for the past 30 years and reside in a new modern, mid-century ranch in North Riverside that I designed and built.  My two grown children were raised in Riverside and attended the public schools.  




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Karen went above and beyond in helping us find our home. We were looking in several different areas and Karen was very patient helping us explore each until we finally found the perfect home. She has a great eye for decor and how the space can be used in addition to identifying hidden issues. We highly recommend Karen.

- Trish and Jim McGill

I have known Karen for over 20 years and when it came time to buy my new home and sell my existing house, I did not have to think twice who I would have be in charge of representing my interests. I found Karen to be a highly attentive agent, easy to talk to, good at listening, easily available, and at all times quick at returning our calls or to respond to our queries. I appreciated the dedication and hard work she did for us: negotiating the contract, finding us a good lender, and securing an inspection to get us through the process as smoothly as possible. My experience working with Karen was great adn I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor in the area.

- Donna Jones

When we decided to put our family home of 34 years on the market, it was an emotional time for us. After interviewing several realtors, we chose Karen because she provided support, suggestions, and all the information we needed every step of the way. I also felt she was the only one who listened to us when we told her what we wanted. She held our hand when it was needed, and patted us on the back when we needed encouragement. Karen was with us every step of the way, no matter what issues popped up. She handled all of the behind-the-scenes things, and kept us fully informed as we went through the process. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone.

- Pat Dragisic

We found Karen to be professional, competent, and hard working as our real estate agent. She did an outstanding job applying her knowledge and expertise in various ways - such as helping us decide what to focus on and what not to focus on in terms of repairs, decor, etc. We sold our home in one week while we were in Europe. This happened because we were priced right and made the right investments in fixing certain aspects of our home. Karen handled all the details of ordering inspections, finalizing documents, etc. and kept us informed while we were in Spain. We sold during a low point in the housing market and while others said it couldn't be done, Karen got us our target price!

- Roxane and Paul Falk

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