"When we began looking for a home to purchase, we were very vague as to what type of home to buy, when it would be best to buy, and how to negotiate for the best price.
When we hired Kari, not only did she accurately assess our needs, but she also helped us understand our needs in greater depth. She helped us arrive at the type of home we needed, the appropriate neighborhood, and a price range that was unique (and affordable) to our situation.
Once our needs were assessed, Kari did all the work from searching for homes that met our criteria, to helping us hire reliable contacts she had an established relationship with (i.e. mortgage brokers, home inspectors, lawyers, etc.).
We've now been in our new home for over one year, and couldn't be happier with it. We are very comfortable recommending her to anyone looking at purchasing a home - whether you're purchasing an investment property, are relocating, or are a first time buyer (especially a first time buyer). Kari surpassed our expectations in finding the perfect home for a price we can afford."
- Regina O'Grady
"My wife and I met Kari at a conference about revenue properties, where some people we knew introduced us to her.
Because of the excellent things we heard about her, and by talking to her a few times, we felt confident that she was the right agent to work on our behalf.
In a process that lasted about a month, Kari was able to find a home that was suitable in quickly finding renters.
What I appreciated the most about Kari was that she was not looking out to make money; she was looking out for our best interest. Several times there were homes we were interested in that were more expensive than the one we eventually purchased. The reason we did not purchase those is that Kari veered us away from them because of problems she saw with the properties that we did not. She was great in educating us in what was going to bring us the most return with the fewest headaches.
Once we purchased a property, Kari helped us hire competent and reliable trades - ones we still use. As soon as renovations were finished, we were able to rent the home!
I'll be more than glad to refer Kari. Feel free to ask for my contact information."
- Murray and Carol Doneff
Kari helped me buy the home I just sold, she helped me get the permits needed to develop the basement suite. She helped me find the builder to do the work and helped me find good deals on everything for the basement. She helped me with the paperwork to rent it out and was always there to help years later with any questions I had. She helped me sell my home for over list price, she worked hard to get it sold fast and smoothly. I would recommend Kari Howell to everyone. I will be calling her when I am ready to buy again.
I have been so fortunate that you have guided me through the ups and downs of selling my house. I had complete confidence in your capabilities. Thank you for your expert advice.
I look forward to your assistance in finding a new place.
Thank you again
- Shelagh Fleming
“Recently had the pleasure of having Kari sell our property. In the turbulent waters of the real estate market today, it was a treat to sit back and have someone truly passionate about their work take the helm. Kari was on top of her game and successfully navigated our transaction through some rapids with admirable confidence and poise. She offered valuable advice that kept our interests at the forefront and had the experience to draw upon. There is no question, we definitely picked a winner! Susan S.
- Sue Shenfield
"My sister and I had not thought about buying a house because we did not think we could afford it. Plus we feared the upkeep work that might be needed and our inability to afford that either. Nevertheless, Kari was relentless in encouraging us to think about buying instead of renting, and finally talked us into at least seeing how much we would qualify for together. We were very surprised to find out that we actually did qualify, so became more open to Kari's suggestions. When she emailed me a list of houses in our price range, I went out with her to have a look. Then my sister became interested as well and we spent the next two weeks with Kari looking at houses every night! Kari would drive us around every evening after work, meet us for supper, email me daily with more houses to look at, and constantly brainstormed with us about what we were looking for, which helped us to narrow it down to what we liked and did not like. As it turned out we ended up buying the first house I had looked at with Kari within two weeks. Kari helped us to go back to that same house three times in order for us to make up our minds. Kari suggested a mortgage broker, a house inspector and a lawyer, all of whom we used. When our money did not come in time to pay for the deposit, Kari lent it to us. Kari's humor and encouragement is what kept us going despite our constant anxiety. Kari attempted to make us aware of all the costs; although it did become more than we had thought in the end. Kari did help us negotiate the best price, then made the suggestion of being first home buyers and adding the needed renovations onto the mortgage, which was great. Once we signed for the house, Kari approached the previous owner to get permission for us to get into the house a few times before we actually got possession so we could measure and plan for the renovations. We love the house we bought and we have been planning for our future buys thought Kari, as she continues to give us suggestions and keeps us up to date with what the market looks like. I trust Kari completely and know that she will do everything she can with integrity and honesty to help people find the house that they want. Kari goes well beyond the extra mile. I highly recommend her as an agent to everyone.
- Jackie Armstrong
We’ve bought and sold a few homes over the years but Kari was far and away the most integrated and thorough realtor we’ve ever had. She went above and beyond - from lending her valuable expertise on all aspects and tiers of the sales process to helping organize our current tenant. Because we are not local, our purchase had to rely considerably on the eyes of our agent and she couldn’t have been more comprehensive. In fact, it’s been over a year since our close date and we still receive follow ups about warranties, insurance and general status updates as owners. This is an experience that would be hard to top and we highly recommend Kari for all your Real Estate needs.
David and Monica
- David/Monica Dudder
"I got to know Kari years before I found myself needing a realtor. Her passion for what she does, combined with her honesty and work ethic made her an instant first choice.
When I acquired her services, I was going through a separation and was under a great deal of stress. I could no longer afford the home I owned; I needed to sell it and purchase a smaller one. I'm so glad Kari was around. She continuously reassured me that selling my home and getting into a more suitable one was not going to be impossible.
Kari made herself very available and consistently got back to me with speedy responses. In fact, she stayed in touch with me on a daily basis (sometimes several times a day). She continuously informed me on feedback from prospective buyers, and answered endless amounts of questions I had on the homes I was viewing.
Kari was a very proactive listener, and always made sure that she was on the same page that I was on. She did the majority of research for me (homes that met my needs), and all the listings she gave me were within my specifications.
I was unfamiliar with the process of selling or buying a home, and which parties to use. Kari led me through everything - from lawyers, to mortgage brokers, to carpet cleaners. All of the parties she helped me hire were very reliable and helpful.
Because Kari is so easy going, yet reliable, she greatly reduced my stress levels. She is so friendly and so supportive. She goes the extra mile in everything she does - she even let my dogs out once when I couldn't get home in time for a viewing.
I'll tell you what: if you want a realtor you can trust and rely on, make sure you interview Kari - I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Not only did she sell my house in a reasonable time frame, she also helped me get into a home I could afford that meets all of my needs. I'll gladly refer Kari to anyone I know who is either trying to sell their home, or get into a new one."
- Susan McKay
In the 18 years I have known Kari, I turned to her each time I needed a home because she works harder than most realtors. She takes the time to understand the need, provides great options and specific insight from her broad experience. It was great working together to find my new home in 2021! Found the perfect condo
- Charles Coleman
"When I hired Kari, I was looking for my first home. Before I hired her, I had been researching for homes on the Internet, but never found something that would meet my needs.
Once Kari thoroughly assessed my needs, she immediately started looking for homes that met my criteria. On my first day out with Kari, I found the home I wanted!
Kari helped me in every step of the way. She helped me write a proposal, and represented me in negotiations with the home owners until a price was derived that both parties agreed to (the initial price was lowered).
At moments, I was quite stressed out, but Kari was incredible in relieving my stress by helping me put things into perspective. She continually reassured me that everything would work out, and it did!
Throughout the process and after the sale, Kari helped me immensely through her contacts. She helped me attain a mortgage with an excellent mortgage broker, helped me hire a forthright lawyer, as well as hiring reliable home inspectors, and competent trades people. I am very pleased with all the services I received.
It was very exciting getting into my first home - I absolutely love it! I have since referred Kari to many of my friends and co-workers, and will gladly refer her to you. Feel free to contact me with any questions."
- Marlene Juss
When dealing with you....You where helpful and pleasant to deal with never made us feel like it was a problem and always a pleasure to talk to...
If we ever where to look for another home we would definitely want you..
- Donna Baxter
"A friend referred me to Kari in a time where I needed to get into a home right away, as I had a two week deadline to move out of the place I was currently living in. Due to timing issues, it was a stressful situation, but Kari really helped me out by doing all the searching for me until we found a home that met my parameters.
Kari referred me to an excellent lawyer, and helped me purchase a home that met my unique needs for a price I could afford.
I don't know how she did it, but she was able to quickly get me into a home that I am very pleased with. I've referred Kari to other friends, and will continue to do so."
- Dean Verhoeven
I worked with Kari Howell on the purchase of a personal home as well as an investment property. Each process went smoothly, even though my spouse and I were very picky - we viewed a lot of homes! 6 years later and we're still very happy with both of our purchases.
Kari was excellent every step of the way and guided us through every step of the way - a real pro! We've referred Kari to others since then because she's just the best!
- Peter Harrison
"I'm one of Kari's repeat customers. Because of the excellence carried out in her services combined with her high standards of integrity while selling my previous house, I now utilize her services in purchasing houses in need of renovations, and have her resell the home(s) for a profit once renovations are made.
Before purchasing my first home (for the purpose of reselling it for a profit), I was quite indecisive on the type of house to purchase. Kari was great in helping me conclude which type of purchase would return the greatest profit in the shortest time frame possible.
Upon agreeing with her on the type of home purchase that should be made, she sent me weekly e-mails of potential properties along with her recommendations. She was incredibly patient and insightful; not once did she try to push me to buy a certain home. She always provided unbiased and objective advice as she was always looking out for my best interest. After viewing about 30 different homes, we finally came to a decision, and a profitable one! During the whole course of the project, she maintained consistent contact with me to make sure things were running smoothly. She even visited the site on several occasions to give recommendations on how to increase the value of the home.
I'll gladly refer Kari to anyone looking to either purchase or sell a home. She is not only a very gifted realtor, but a classy person as well."
- Kim Mark
I would highly recommend Kari Howell to sell your home, but also to invite on a journey looking for a home.
Kari did a great job of navigating my daughter and I through the selling process when my daughter's father passed away.
Neither of us had ever sold a house and she provided us with tips on how to prepare his house for the market.
I found myself looking for properties and reached out again to Kari. This time, it was just me looking, as I entered the "empty nest" phase of my life.
She was very intuitive and helpful in finding my current home, which I found with her help in just two days.
I would recommend Kari if you are selling or buying a house.
She goes above and beyond as a Realtor
- Liesel Borisenko
"I new Kari before she became a realtor. Once, on a casual conversation I mentioned that I was looking for a house to rent. Kari mentioned that I should consider buying a home instead, and make my money work for me instead of for someone else. I agreed, however, I did not think I would qualify for a mortgage. However, I agreed to sit down with Kari to see what my options were. After going over my finances, she helped me discover I could indeed buy a home! The only problem was that I did not know what I wanted.
Kari was great in assessing my needs, and was able to pin point exactly what I needed. Throughout a two-month process, Kari continually searched for homes that met my criteria, until she found something that was the perfect match.
Because of my nature to worry about things, there were times I felt very overwhelmed. Kari was awesome in getting me get down to an even keel. Her calm personality and reassurance that things would work out made the process smooth and rewarding. However, I was very stressed when I did put an offer on the home I wanted, and it was rejected. Kari then assessed the market value of the home (the amount the current owner bought it for, and how much it had increased in value due to market conditions). She assured me that I could get the home for a lower price, and that she was going to fight to make sure I got that home for the right price. She indeed did fight for me, and got the home for the price we asked. I couldn't believe it!
Kari was also very resourceful - she helped me with lawyers, carpet cleaners, and reliable trades people. Every single person that is part of Kari's network was very competent and extremely helpful.
I have to say that I absolutely love the home, and I'm so glad Kari was there to show me that I could indeed own a home. She was there in every step of the way to make the process smooth and rewarding. I will gladly refer Kari to anyone who is searching for a home."
I got into real estate in 2002, and have absolutely loved it ever since. Real estate is such a passion of mine that it doesn’t feel like a job. Of course I have to pay my bills, but few things excite me more than when a client of mine finds a house that they absolutely love, and they get it! It is a rush that never gets old, and I have built some great relationships over such transactions. Often, when my clients are preparing to move into their dream home, I count down the days with them because I am just as excited as they are!
Due to my passion with real estate and the integrity I carry out in my day to day tasks - making sure that my client’s best interests are carried out - coupled with working with talented individuals, I became the #2 selling realtor in my former organization in less than 2 years. All this happened while having another full time job teaching kids with learning disabilities. Because I love what I do, I am able to release the stress of my clients whether buying or selling their homes, and make the process fun!
I now belong to First Place Realty to take advantage of some strategic partnerships. I also took the leap to full time work in real estate many years ago, and have hired gifted marketing and online experts – all which are bound to increase my rate of success.
Of course, almost everybody will speak well of himself or herself, but it is important to hear the unbiased opinions of others. Therefore, I have many testimonials of what my clients say about me.
I wish you the best of luck, whether you are buying or selling your home. May you get the most out of your decision.
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