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"Karen Nelsen was outstanding – completely professional and responsive. I provided a glowing referral about Karen back to my relocation company. I would specifically conduct another transaction with Karen Nelsen again.
"I’ve been on the buyer’s side a couple of other times, but this was the first on the selling side. Karen made sure I did the right things at the right time to ensure a smooth transaction. Karen Nelsen is a real pro who knows the market, plays straight up with clients, stays on top of things, and solves problems without losing perspective on achieving the overall objective.
"This was a very emotional, sometimes very challenging process – selling my (deceased) mother’s home, Karen made many difficult moments so much easier to bear. Karen was everything I could have hoped for and more!
"Karen is an amazing realtor! I have had the pleasure of working with her through a house purchase in a very competitive market and later a house sale. Karen was most generous with her time, patient in teaching me the area so I could make wise choices and knew how to present my offer to be the successful buyer. When selling, and I was relocating, Karen went extra miles marketing my house resulting in multiple offers and a phenomenal final sale. Karen is a wonderful person and the best, most knowledgeable real-estate person with whom I have ever worked!
"Simply, Karen Nelsen was fantastic! She was helpful, patient, and was always anticipating and preparing us for the next step in the home buying process. I really appreciated her use of technology - we mostly conversed via email and texting. We were also able to complete almost all of our paperwork digitally. This was very efficient for us, as we have a toddler-aged daughter. Karen has an amazing attention to detail, and has an excellent knowledge base about what to expect.
Karen offers a lifetime of Bay Area experience and knowledge and provides customized real estate services for each client. With over 25 years in the East Bay, she can help you compare your options for homebuying in different communities and will provide an up-to-date market analysis for sales in each neighborhood.
Learning the advantages of a wide range of communities and their options for transportation, schools, and shopping helps buyers appreciate their choices. This knowledge also makes her especially effective in presenting homes for sale. She has lived and worked on the Peninsula, in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Moscow and her connections with family and friends stretch throughout the region.
Known for her care and consideration of client needs, Karen’s attention to detail leads to successful transactions and satisfied customers. She appreciates the range of cultural backgrounds in our Bay Area communities and speaks Russian, French, German, and Italian. Experience living in other countries and her own household moves make her very aware of what it's like to manage major life changes such as buying and selling a home.
Karen’s experience with large and small remodeling projects can give you a vision of a property’s potential as you search for your future home. She is well-prepared to discuss the merits of remodeling vs. buying a new home and has a wealth of contacts and resources to offer.
Her communication skills are a combination of using technology to truly make each transaction easier and more efficient and of her commitment to being available to clients at times that suit their schedule. This often means extra care for those with challenging work schedules, living in different time zones, or traveling during a sale or escrow.
Karen has specialized training in seniors real estate, sales of distressed properties, and an active broker’s license. Her background includes degrees in geology and Russian from Stanford as well as time in the Ivy League at Yale. Raising a family has developed a strong interest in education, film, and international & adventure travel and has taught her new skills such as SCUBA and kayaking.