- 402 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Getting Started in Traverse City Real Estate
Buying a Home
Whether you live in the area or you are looking for the perfect getaway, a first time homebuyer or looking for retirement home, I can help! I strive to continuously communicate with my clients from the initial home search through closing.
Selling Your Home
Did you know that over 90% of homebuyers start their search online? That is why web exposure is so important, and with a background in multimedia journalism and photography I have the skills to showcase your property, and bring the buyers!
The local real estate industry is important to me and to that end I have served as President of the Women's Council of Realtors Northern Michigan (2014), President Elect (2013) and VP of Marketing (2012). This is an organization committed to educating Realtors and raising the level of professionalism within our industry. In 2015 I will be chairing nominating and co-chairing sponsorship of our major fundraiser for Breast Cancer support, Bras for a Cause. I will also be serving at the Michigan State WCR as the Parliamentarian. I also participate in the local Realtor Young Professional Network, who are building the next generation of Realtors. In 2013 I was awarded the Traverse Area Association of Realtors Public Advocacy Award for my work in the industry and my township, Acme. In 2011, I was awarded the Coldwell Banker Schmidt Rookie of the Year award. To improve my education and participate beyond a local level I regularly travel to state and national meetings.
I live in the Traverse City area with my husband, Tim, a dentist and my Bernese Mountain Dog, Stout. In Acme township I serve as the Chair of the Acme Township Planning Commission and sit as the Housing and Community chair. My work on our Form-Based Code committee helped us win a Placemaking Award from the County in 2014. I am also a member of the Acme Board of Review. I am interested in everything that Northern Michigan has to offer, from the great outdoors to the restaurants and shops. I also love to cook, garden, work out, read, bike, boat, canoe, kayak, ski and hike- because variety is the spice of life!
Karly did an excellent job in marketing & selling our home in
Traverse City. She responded to concerns in a timely manner & kept
"Karly took some excellent photos of the property plus a video that was posted to various sites on the internet. Each week we were able to see the market report and see how many people viewed the listing. Karly was very instrumental in letting us know prior to the listing which items needed updating and which ones not to worry about.
There were several times where the buyers agent was not following through on items and Karly stepped up to the challenge & made sure the items got completed. She made sure the documents were signed correctly for both sides of the agreement. Karly also followed up to make sure the Earnest Deposit came in plus she kept tabs with the buyers lender to make sure all documents came in as scheduled.
She was helpful in finding an electrician to make the 1 repair from the inspection so that it could be completed within a week.
Karly went above & beyond to reduce our anxiety about this transaction. We would highly recommend her! If we get the opportunity to move back to Traverse City in the future, she will be our agent in finding a place to live." -Mike and Sue, Home Sellers, Summer 2014
"Karly was incredible. She helped us find our dream house, and she (appropriately) identified some flaws and talked me out of some properties that just weren't a good fit. She was responsive, respectful and fun. The fun part is important when you spend multiple days schlepping around to properties all over TC. I give her my highest recommendation. I was a little bit obsessive and spoke to a number of realtors before I found Karly, and she was head and shoulders above anyone else I found. Karly never pressured us and always had our best interests at heart. At the end of the day, she got us into a home we love and saved us tens of thousands of dollars." -Matt, Home Buyer Summer 2013
"My husband and I had recently moved to Traverse City, so we were not
very familiar with the area and certainly felt overwhelmed trying to decide on
the best "part of town" to purchase a home. Karly listened to
all the things that were important to us - schools, family friendly, close to
my husband's office, newer construction, etc - and she found us the PERFECT
place to call home. The home we ended up buying didn't actually make the
cut the first time I combed through the listings Karly provided, but Karly
understood what we were looking for so well that she insisted we take a look.
It was love at first sight! Karly also provided excellent recommendations
for mortgage bankers, insurance companies, etc. She knows her stuff and
will make sure you are her top priority! If you are looking for the best,
call Karly! She makes home buying easy and FUN!!" - Taryn, Home
Buyer in Traverse City 2012
"Couldn't have asked for a better Realtor. Karly went above and beyond to get me the right house. It was amazing to spend this birthday in my first home. Thank you so much for being so good at what you do. I plan on having an open house once the basement is finished." -Josh Smith, Home Buyer in Interlochen Summer 2012
" My wife and I would like to thank you heartily for the outstanding job that you did for us in arranging for the sale of our home in Traverse City. Frankly, after a six month listing with a competitor, which was one more in a series of bad experiences with that company, it was refreshing to have such a well versed, aggressive and motivated individual to represent our interests. Your attention to detail, creative marketing plan and dogged perseverance in the face of a number of puzzling set-backs heartened us as you worked 'magic’ in bringing us potential buyers when the market is flooded with undervalued properties. We were particularly pleased with your transparency and eagerness to communicate with us. You were quick to provide feedback to us and also quick to offer insightful advice and innovative changes to the marketing plan when it seemed that everything was stalled. Moreover, we did not have to contract you for a status on your work, but rather you contacted us regularly to inform us of what you were doing on our behalf. We can't tell you how appreciative we are of that type of customer service. right down to the closing, you provided the kind of support that helped reassure us that we had made a good choice by having you as our agent. Thank you, Karly, for a great job" -Iakovos Olechnowicz, Home Seller in Traverse City, Spring 2012
I have completed two bachelor's degrees from Michigan State as well as a Master's degree from the University of Michigan. I then went on to complete training for my real estate license, as well as several continuing education courses, both state and national, since obtaining my license.
M.S. Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
B.S. Geography, Michigan State University
B.A. Journalism, Michigan State University