"Karen has been remarkable to work with, she exceeded all my expectations and made the whole process enjoyable rather than stressful. Her intelligence, experience, and overall attitude made her not only the perfect agent, but also a friend for life, I'd recommend her to anyone."

Amanda Morales,

Choosing a Realtor®

What do you look for when choosing a REALTOR®? A REALTOR®'s commitment to continuing education and the achievement of recognition in the field are good places to start.

In my case, I have been awarded the ACCREDITED BUYER REPRESENTATIVE(ABR), the CERTIFIED LUXURY HOME MARKETING SPECIALIST and the CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST(CRS) designations. I was also runner-up for the TXCABA's "REALTOR® of the Year" award in 1995. What does this mean? First, it highlights the fact that I have taken the time to become the best real estate professional I can be through continuing education and training. Second, it shows that I have received recognition as an outstanding REALTOR® from other real estate professionals.

The CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST designation is awarded only to those individuals who have a significant mix of experience and documented volume of closed real estate transactions. Only after completing rigorous advanced courses in finance, technology, and marketing, and upon successful completion of the required test is this designation bestowed. Fewer than 5% of REALTORS® in the United States are able to claim the right to be called a CRS member.

The ACCREDITED BUYER REPRESENTATIVE(ABR) designation requires extensive classroom training, a formidable written examination, and substantial experience in buyer representation. I am one of only 10,000 REALTORS® in North America who have earned the ABR designation.

The CERTIFIED LUXURY HOME MARKETING SPECIALIST designation is my way of letting you know that I am trained by experts in the special requirements of this unique area of the market.

Being one of three finalists for the TXCABA "REALTOR® OF THE YEAR" award in 1995 was one of the high points of my career and a clear indication that other real estate professionals recognize and appreciate my skills.

When you mix specialized training, industry recognition, and high ethical standards with over a quarter of a century of experience it adds up to one thing... a winning combination for superior service! Now, to answer the question: How does one choose a REALTOR®? Easy, just call me at (512)345-1030.

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Karen MaCarty
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