Animals have a special instinct for finding their way home. Humans tend to need a little extra guidance. For the two-legged variety, there’s Karen Gartz. A veteran Realtor with 20 years of experience, the Chicago native has a distinct talent for helping sellers stage, show, and market their homes as well as aiding buyers in finding off-market properties, navigating inspections, offers, and escrow. Call it intuition. Call it passion. Whatever it is, Karen has a proven track record for being a “miracle worker,” from Beverly Hills to the Bay Area. Truth be told, there’s a reason why her past clientele includes high-profile celebs, powerhouse entertainment industry elite, Forbes 400 List nominees, and even the CIO for the White House.
Never salesy, Karen loves helping people navigate the life-changing process of finding their place in the world. That includes every family member, including the four-legged ones. Passionate about animals, whether transporting pets to a new home, finding excellent vets or groomers, or locating the best hiking trails, Karen has all the answers. She takes special pride in ensuring that every real estate transaction is managed with the greatest care. The award-winning agent has a reputation for being an endless resource for clients and pets throughout their move, not just in the East Bay, but to and from all areas in the country.
Karen prides herself on building lifelong client relationships, which has been an integral part of her two-decade long career. A testament to her tenacity, endless energy, and constant communication, Karen’s testimonials are rife with anecdotes about her problem-solving, sale prep magic, and knack for negotiations. Whether you’re selling your home or purchasing a doggie door-clad duplex while on a short leash, rest assured that Karen will enthusiastically embrace the most challenging situations and deliver results when no one else can. –
"Can't Thank You Enough for the outstanding JOB"
Dear Karen, I can’t thank you enough for the outstanding job you did with selling my house. Your Guidance through the renovation phase to your recommendation for staging to finding the best buyer was invaluable. thank you so much.
– George Tutt
"You Are a MIracle worker"
Karen’s knowledge of the ever-changing California market was invaluable. Bay Area inventory is so scarce, at times we felt like settling, but Karen would not here of it. She would say, “Don’t settle, I know we can do better.” She was right! She found us the most amazing home. Her negotiation skills, guidance, and rapport with fellow agents ensured that our offer was accepted. Karen is a miracle worker.
– The Davis Family
"Karen Works Magic"
Karen works magic! She does not use a wand or pull rabbits out of a hat, but she creates the near impossible with a combination of intelligence, logic, excellent communication skills, calmness, knowledge of the local market, creativity, and always with good humor.
– Arlyne June
"NEGOTIATION SKILLS EXCEPTIONAL AND LEAD US TO FANTASTIC RESULT"
Karen did a fantastic job representing us both for a purchase and sale of our home. We had a complex situation: we needed to find a house in a tight inventory market and then quickly sell our existing home. Karen went above and beyond and provided excellent service every step of the way. For the purchase, she made sure to make a personal connection so we could buy the house we wanted. Karen was also instrumental in getting our house ready for sale to maximize the value we would receive. Her negotiation skills were exceptional leading us to a fantastic result. Karen did all of this with a great attitude and excellent communication skills. We highly recommend her to both buyers and sellers.
– Amanda McPherson
"a SPIRIT THAT IS VERY CONFIDENCE INSPIRING"
You have a great spirit about you that is very confidence inspiring. Congrats to your clients. Be sure and tell them their success is largely due to your skill as a presenter. In such a competitive market, the agent makes such a difference.
– Judy Cain – Real Estate Associate Broker
"MADE THE PROCESS EASY AND ENJOYABLE"
Thank you so much for all you’ve done to make my mom’s experience selling her house go so smoothly. This has been an emotionally fraught time, and your professionalism, enthusiasm, kindness, and patience have made the process easy and enjoyable. We are all so incredibly grateful. Warmest thanks.
– Aisha, Beverly Hills/Oakland – Television Celebrity
"SHE HAS BECOme A CLOSE FRIEND AND TO ME SHE IS THE BEST REALTOR IN THE WORLD"
This is our third transaction with Karen. She was our original realtor when we bought our house on Gravatt. Since then she has become a close friend, and to me she is the best realtor in the world! This sale in particular has been quite challenging, and there was only one person I wanted to have on my side: Karen! She’s truly a great professional, very knowledgeable, and just fantastic as a realtor and as a person! She guided us through the transaction, and never gave up, even though it was so difficult. She also made sure we never gave up! To make matters worse we were in Europe most of the time, and Karen was always available for a phone call, even in the middle of the night, and there were quite a few of those!We are very happy with the outcome, and that’s only due to Karen! I am happy to be a reference in any future transaction, and would recommend Karen to anyone.
An animal nut….
Karen’s passion for helping homeless animals began in the 90’s when she discovered hundreds of animals were being euthanized daily in shelters across Los Angeles County. Refusing to accept this heartbreaking reality, Karen jumped into action as a dog rescue volunteer and animal advocate.
During her successful, 20 year career in Real Estate, colleagues would often seek advice on the unique needs of pet owners. Uniting under a shared cause, Karen created a personal network of hundreds of agents across the country, enlisting her connections (and their connections) who share the same passion for helping both people and pets find their way home. And thus, Digs for All was born.