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Kara Markley

Real Estate Salesperson


Philadelphia Magazine 2023 Top Real Estate Producer 


Buyer's agent, Listing agent, Landlord


Wake Forest University - B.A, Economics
Client Testimonials

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"Wow! Kara is truly a gem and I can't recommend her enough. She combines her past experience as an economist with incredible industry knowledge, people skills, and tireless work ethic. She made every step of the process seamless and a pleasure. She is very well connected and always happy to refer, but we never felt pressured to take her recommendations. She was able to negotiate a great deal for us. Can't believe how lucky we were to have had her as our realtor." 

"Kara is fantastic. An outstanding realtor. I really don't think she could be any better."

"Excellent real estate agent for any type of buyer. I was a first time home buyer, and she was incredibly patient, helpful, and thoughtful. Even a month after I bought my place, she continues to help me find a plumber, electrician, and everything else I need for the place! She is very professional as well as personable. I would recommend her to anyone."

"We have worked with Kara since 2018 and she has facilitated 3 transactions for us (2 purchases and 1 sale). Kara is incredibly professional, communicative and overall a joy to work with. She simplifies a complicated process and always goes above and beyond. Would absolutely recommend her to anyone in need of a realtor."

"Kara was referred to my husband and I by mutual friends and we could not have gotten a better referral. It took time for my husband and I to narrow down the area we wanted to live and Kara was so patient throughout the entire process. She wanted us to find a house we loved, and helped us to see what that was. The pandemic has been a crazy time to search for and buy a home, and Kara was with us every step of the way. I would 1000% recommend Kara to anyone looking to purchase a home in the Philadelphia area."

"It's hard to put into words how great an experience my partner and I had with Kara as our real estate agent. Kara is extremely knowledgeable about the market and the entire home buying process -- her previous experience as an economist really comes through! She is open and genuine when discussing the pros and cons of certain properties, and really seemed to "get" what were looking for. Never felt pressured or rushed into making any decisions. Finally, she has a great set of recommendations for everything else you don't think of at first -- painters, mortgage agents, cleaners, home inspectors, you name it. If you're considering Kara as a real estate agent, I can't recommend her enough!"

"My husband and I were recommended to Kara and she has been such a pleasure! I loved that she responded to ALL of my many questions, as well as her attention to detail. She kept us informed of everything regarding our transactions (both selling and buying homes in the same year). I would work with her again in a heartbeat!"

"Kara helped me tremendously through my first time home buying experience! She was able to help me understand everything I never needed to know before and educate me about a very hot and intimidating market. I felt supported by her and that she was very tactful with how she helped me navigate through the hot market and eventually settle on a place I now call home! She was great to talk to and level with while also maintaining professionalism and keeping our wants/needs in mind. I would strongly recommend!"

"Kara is the absolute best (person and realtor)! With her help, I was able to buy a home at a time I was least expecting it, and I will be forever grateful. She gave me confidence when I needed it and encouraged me during moments of uncertainty. A few things that stand out about Kara: knowledge and passion for real estate (and numbers!), responsiveness and attention to detail, honesty and putting clients first, and her overall positive – and realistic - approach to situations. Buying a home on my own was daunting but with Kara by my side, walking through the process together, I felt supported and never alone. I cannot recommend her enough, so if anyone is looking for an outstanding, exceptional realtor, Kara is the agent for you!"

"Kara is exceptional. Throughout the entire process of purchasing our new home, Kara considered our every concern and was immediately responsive on all our communications. We knew with certainty that Kara had our best interests in mind. She went through great lengths to ensure that we were prepared for the whole process, and encouraged us not to settle for anything less than the perfect place for us. Kara is a true professional, with a clear passion for the industry, and was able to offer us invaluable insights into the market. Her advice was accurate and extremely useful throughout the process. I would recommend Kara to anyone looking for their dream home."

"I was an acquaintance of Kara’s as she was getting her real estate license. Knowing her as a enthusiastic and reliable person who gave everything 110%, I knew that when the time came for me to move, I would be seeking her out. I did, and my experience could not have been easier. Kara made sure to understand what I was looking for and clearly had my interest in mind on both the buying and selling side. She was responsive to even the most unimportant question, explained things in terms I could understand, and gave great recommendations. Her insight on how to stage my house undoubtedly was a big factor in it going under contract in less than 24 hours! I would recommend Kara to everyone and will certainly be seeking her services again."

"Kara has made our dreams a reality! My husband and I will be eternally grateful for her positivity, patience and boundless optimism as we searched for and (finally!) found our forever home. Her professionalism, expertise and proactive communication on both legs of this journey - buying and selling - were invaluable. We couldn’t offer a stronger endorsement - anyone working with Kara is extremely lucky to have her in their corner. We can say with confidence, we (literally!) wouldn’t be where we are today without her!"

"As a first time homeowner, I did not know what to expect when entering this process. Kara was so kind and patient with me. She explained every detail in full, and her knowledge of Philadelphia real estate is unmatched. Not to mention, she is a ton of fun to work with! I have nothing but the best things to say about Kara, and I recommend her 100%!"

"If you are looking for a real estate agent, I would highly recommend Kara Markley. Kara helped me buy my first home and was there for me the WHOLE time. A true professional, she laid out the process and guided me through it. She paid attention to what I was looking for and always kept me in the loop. She is patient, understanding, and supportive. During the intense times of the pandemic, she was there with me even until closing. Enthusiastic and positive, she is always happy to help."

"Kara truly put her Mark on our transaction. From the very beginning Kara went out of her way to walk us through the beginning stages of prepping the house. During the showings, Kara continued to show her professionalism as she guided us through closing in these crazy times. Although we were not present at the closing Kara never left us in the dark and we appreciated every text, email and phone call. Kara Markley Rocks!!!"

"Working with Kara was a great experience. As a first time home buyer, I had a lot of questions and Kara patiently and kindly walked me through each of them and helped me navigate an unfamiliar process in a way that made everything really easy. We ended up finding something fairly quickly and Kara made sure it all fell into place seamlessly!"

"PHENOMENAL! Working with Kara was a great experience from the beginning! I never felt pressured at any point and her patience working with me could not be compared. She was able to learn everything I wanted in a very short time, went to work and found a perfect match for me. As a first time home buyer, the process was quite complicated and Kara guided me throughout. I could not recommend a more dedicated agent/friend."


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About Kara
With no shortage of enthusiasm and energy, as well as a knack for efficiency, organization, and communication, Kara is eager to show you that your first...or next...real estate transaction can be gratifying, and even fun! Kara graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Economics and worked for 16 years as a Federal economist. Her work with labor market statistics sharpened her expertise in trend analysis and data visualization, as well as her knack for simplifying and distilling information--all incredibly valuable skills she puts to work daily in the data-driven world of real estate. Living and working in Philadelphia for 20+ years, Kara knows the city and its neighborhoods, particularly South Philly, very, very well. She currently lives in Passyunk Square, and would be as eager to provide a dinner recommendation as to show you a house! Kara also has practical experience with finding and analyzing investment properties, small- and large-scale renovations and being a landlord in Philadelphia. Kara’s greatest passions are homes, dogs, and finding homes for dogs. Kara and her rescue dog, Atlas, frequently foster pups on their way to their 'furever' homes, and she leads annual marketing and outreach campaigns for Philly Loves PAWS and The Mutt Strut. She also chairs the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s Step of the Month program, recognizing beautiful home fronts in the neighborhood! In her free time, Kara loves hiking in the woods, biking around Philly, paddleboarding at the beach, doing yoga on the roof, crafting home decor out of repurposed materials (ask about her log tables), and (obviously) looking at real estate!

Kara Markley’s Listings

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