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Like another reviewer I had the challenge of assisting my sister transition from her condo in SB where she lived for 35 yrs. ,to where I live in St Paul over the Spring-Fall of 2017 . Selecting a good realtor was one of the first things on my list of things to do . I did a comprehensive realtor search and inquiry online and Karen rose to the top of the list based on all of the factors that were important to me. We visited with her & signed a listing agreement . Our goals were clearly communicated to Karen, a fair price that was competitive and would sell the property ; an allowance for reasonable cosmetic improvements that would be needed in a home that someone has lived in for 35 years , no surprises or crisis moments throughout the process , a smooth and efficient sale and closing , and good communication . She gets a 10 on all of these factors and then some. She helped us set , and the condo sold for, a price we were very satisfied with that was fair to both seller and buyer , she anticipated problems and dealt with them before they became distractions , cosmetic upgrading was done by competent contractors at reasonable cost, reliably and promptly , and the property sold about 10 days after going public. Closing was seamless and efficient . Most important to me ,being 2000 miles away , she always responded to my email ,text, or verbal inquiries & questions in a matter of minutes/ hours, I was never kept waiting . Less than 60 days after going public ,the new owner was in the condo and the sale proceeds were delivered to my sister. Can’t ask for or expect better service that we received from Ms. Spechler.

T.S

Buying or selling you need the most experienced, knowledgeable professional in the business. Karen is dedicated to providing her clients extraordinary service. Karen sold my property for more than the asking price and closed the deal in under 30 days. That is service. If you are looking for a person to give you the truth about price and market conditions then look no further. Karen is your trusted professional. You will thank her for the considerate and timely communication throughout the process. She could not have done more.

P.N.

I chose Karen as my realtor after she was recommended to me by several friends. I feel so lucky! I wanted to buy a condo and her knowledge of the market was exceptional. She helped me through all the steps of the purchase and I felt she really had my best interest at heart. She was willing to stick with me, explain forms, and help me adequately assess the property I ended up buying. She was always available to me and responded to my calls, texts and emails usually within hours. She is also an amazing resource for connecting with tradespeople. I can’t recommend her highly enough. I’m now going to use her help to sell my former condo.

M.K.

I have worked with Karen Spechler on several houses since I purchased my first house from her in 1985. That time I was buying and I greatly appreciated how she listened to what i wanted and each house she showed me got closer and closer to my dream house – proof of listening. She did not pressure me, rather supported and helped me in any way. She was always on my side. That was the luck of the draw, a recommendation, and a wonderful recommendation. But the fact that I then looked her up when I needed to sell a very challenging property in my area, demonstrates my esteem for her prowess, local knowledge, tireless get-it-done-ness, and competence. The sale was complex and she is also a very good educator and mentor regarding: the million processes and necessary steps. I always knew that if this could be done, that Karen could do it. And she did, down to the last detail. In record time. I recommend Karen Spechler for your real estate transactions. She is honest, efficient, expert, has lifelong local experience, can negotiate, everything needed. She also has a great sense of humor, which helps at times!

G.K.

Karen has helped us with several real estate purchases and the selling of three properties for us. I can’t say enough about how well informed she is about current market conditions. She is so well respected in the real estate business that many other brokers come to her the market or get into MLS. She helped us buy two homes before the hit the market and that allow us to be in the sole position of negotiating with the sellers without any competition.

For numerous consecutive years, she has been top agent with the most closed escrows. She is extremely professional and quite frankly the best agent in the Santa Barbara market.

R.R.

Can’t recommend Karen more enthusiastically. I had the challenge of living in NJ with the responsibility of selling my parents’ home is Santa Barbara and Karen took charge of the process from beginning to close. That included identifying and overseeing contractors who got the house ready for sale and a company to stage the house so it looked its very best. Karen also proactively managed and solved all of the inevitable “bumps in the road” that can occur during a house sale. My parents’ house sold quickly and at a fair price and that was due to Karen’s knowledge, professionalism and the care she gave throughout the process.

B.C.

Karen was the sole reason I was able to get into the home I ended up purchasing. Her team spent many hours showing me around properties and after a couple of weeks hunting was able to setup a showing of a property a couple days before it hit the market. She worked with the seller to get an accepted offer before the flood of other offers came in when it hit the MLS. Karen is incredibly well networked in the community and an absolute straight shooter. Could not ask for anything more in an agent. If you have not yet committed to an agent give Karen a call!

J.Z.

Karen was very organized and professional from the beginning. I asked her to sell our condo because she came prepared with information on the her sales history with other properties, and other units in our complex and knew what it took to get our condo well marketed and guided us through our listing preparation. Most importantly she stayed in contact and responded quickly to emails and calls. I asked Karen to help us find a house for our growing family a few weeks later when our current agent wasn’t able to get us anything for several months and she found us a home within a less than a month! And just like how she was with the sale of our condo, she was professional and extremely efficient. I believe Karen has a very thorough understanding of the real estate market and can easily navigate through the selection of properties to find the right home for anyone.

S.A.

A friend in commercial real estate recommended Karen Spechler to us for residential property because of her experience and very high volume of closed transactions. Karen was a huge help with vetting properties, weighing options, and navigating the very complicated processes associated with real estate sales. She listened carefully to our needs, and immediately honed in on the right properties without wasting our time. Other agents, as well as the broker, lender and title reps involved with our purchase had high regard for Karen, which was helpful for moving things quickly and resolving problems. She compensated for a far less experienced selling agent, who made some poor choices and wasn’t entirely responsive. Her knowledge of the market and quick responses were instrumental in securing an excellent property for us. Karen Spechler is a highly personable and knowledgeable professional who would be a tremendous asset to anyone seeking an excellent deal and smooth transaction.

J.K.

Karen did an outstanding job on the sale of our upscale condo. We found her by internet search, in which Karen stood out as the most successful agent in Santa Barbara in our price range. She did not disappoint, bringing in our sale within two weeks, despite unexpected problems. The first buyers to sign backed out after three days, then the second couple to sign up asked for a large number of concessions. This is where Karen really stood as a complete professional. Rather than toss the problem of the concessions to us to resolve, she negotiated hard, quickly, and effectively on our behalf, including lining up another interested buyer as a backup. In the end we wound up with a lesser price reduction than we feared, and made the sale within 99% of the original list price! Did I mention she was also pleasant and easy to deal with?

G.G.S.

We’ve known Karen since she sold us a condo 17 years ago, and would have no reservation in recommending her. She works with you as a friend and as a realtor and is genuinely interested in how you are dealing with the changes that any move involves. Her assistance meant that we got top price on our house, the deal being closed only 4 days after the Realtor’s tour.

J.V.M.

Karen was instrumental in expediting our sale and escrow processing for our move. She was professional in communicating with the new buyers and their delegates, and with us of course. The associates at Karen’s office were also capable and efficient in all their dealings. Berkshire Hathaway Realty is better because of Karen. The only disappointment was that Karen did not play her cello for us.

T.M. & D.M.

We contacted Karen Spechler to sell a house in Goleta, CA. She moved very fast to get the agreed upon improvements to the house completed and the house listed. Karen has extensive experience in the real estate business and knows a large network of professionals including contractors, loan officials, planners, escrow officers, and realtors. She was always professional and answered our questions and concerns promptly.

K.I

We wanted to formally thank you Karen for your outstanding assistance with the recent sale of our home here in Santa Barbara. We liked the fact that you returned calls promptly and explained anything that was unclear to us. Your Pleasant manner was a pleasure to deal with and you kept your cool even when we got a bit “tense.”

S. & K. B.

I’m sure you know this, but Karen Spechler is a Gem! We are thrilled with our new house and with Karen’s exceptional service and attention. We are so proud to call her our friend and our real estate agent!

M. M. & J. B.

Given the emotional and stressful nature of selling and buying at the same time, Karen lent a professional and calming hand during every step of this dizzying process. Beginning as clients, and ending as friends, we will always be grateful to Karen Spechler as we begin to enjoy our most pleasant new home.

C. A. C.

I can’t say enough good things about my realtor, Karen Spechler. From our first telephone conversation through closing, her knowledge of the market in my area, her thoroughness and her cheerfulness helped reduce any anxiety I was feeling. She responded immediately to my calls and e-mail, and her presentation of my home helped it sell very quickly. She knew the market and my area, and her recommendations regarding pricing, staging and closing were exactly what worked!

M.H.

 

Karen Spechler surpassed our expectations during the process of selling our home. We are extremely pleased with her knowledge, vast experience and expertise. We were aware that she is highly respected in Santa Barbara, which was one of the reasons we chose her to represent us. We trust Karen , her judgement and recommendations. Her integrity and work ethic is clearly evident, she worked hard on our behalf. She really is the best .

A.N.

We had the pleasure and good fortune of Karen’s representation in both selling a one bedroom condo and purchasing a two bedroom condo within just a couple of months of each other. Our goal was to effectuate a tax deferred exchange and when an issue came up that prevented us from acquiring a particular property, thanks to Karen’s access and wealth of information we were able to find another property to purchase and easily complete our exchange within the designated time requirements. Karen’s professionalism and diligence in addressing matters that come up ensures all goes smoothly and there are no surprises. We highly recommend Karen to anyone who is considering selling or buying a home or condo.

T.V.A.

Karen helped us to purchase our first condo in 2010. We reached out to her again to both sell that same condo AND purchase a home for our growing family. Karen is a true professional and helped make our home buying experiences as low stress as possible.

G.S.

Karen Spechler surpassed our expectations during the process of selling our home. We are extremely pleased with her knowledge, vast experience and expertise. We were aware that she is highly respected in Santa Barbara, which was one of the reasons we chose her to represent us. We trust Karen , her judgement and recommendations. Her integrity and work ethic is clearly evident, she worked hard on our behalf. She really is the best .

A.N.

Selling my home through Karen was simply an excellent experience. The entire process was straightforward and smooth. Honestly, the smoothest real estate transaction I’ve ever done…Karen got me a full price offer the very first day my home was listed. She was extremely efficient throughout the escrow process, and I felt very comfortable that she “had my back” and my best interests at the forefront throughout the sale. I highly recommend her. She’s a great agent and a great person. It was truly a pleasure doing business with her.

B.W.

I have worked with Karen several times and each time she has impressed me!! I am not super patient and slightly needy at times and Karen always texted or emailed me back within minutes. She has provided me with stellar service, takes care of every detail and stays on top of everything and everyone to ensure that each transaction stays on schedule and goes smoothly. I always recommend Karen’s knowledge and expertise to anyone I know looking to sell or buy!!!! She is great!

J.L

From the moment we first spoke with Karen, she was totally devoted to selling our condo in Goleta from engaging the right people to promptly paint, carpet and fix things to creative marketing to keeping us informed at every step of the way. Since we were not in the area, her communication was essential and it was always clear and direct. Every part of her work was professional and outstanding. We recommend her very very highly.

B.K.

I live out of town and Karen took care of all our problems with selling my condo. I would highly recommend Karen. She answered all my telephone calls and e-mails immediately. Helped me get a gardener to clean up my yard and a person to do the needed
repairs. She is a lovely lady.

C.C.

Karen was wonderful to work with. Her knowledge, expertise, professionalism, communication, follow-through and warm personality are exceptional. I highly recommend working with Karen.

L.S.

Karen was a consummate professional. She handled both us (buyer) and the seller’s transaction. Her reputation preceded her as others had provided information about the quality of her services. Karen was great to work with, honest, forthright and made our real estate transaction smooth with expediency.

C.C.

Karen was simply superb! She arranged subcontractors to improve our property. She found a buyer immediately. She got the price we wanted. She was available, pleasant and professional. Karen has my highest recommendation. Thank you!

D.M.C. MD

have worked with Karen with three real estate transactions over the past 14 years, she helped me find my first condo to buy, then sell it, buy another one then sell that one. She is fabulous – can’t recommend her highly enough.

M.P.

Karen, you really are a fantastic, dynamic agent, as well as a wonderful person. Personally, we think of you as a friend, and professionally we think you are exceptional.

M. & V. M.

Karen, I am glad that I got to know you better, and that’s a gift! I always felt that you had heard me and had my interest at heart and you always know what was going on and what was possible and always called back. I am delighted to have participated in your success.

T. R.