Karen Dwyer - Broker, GRI, E-Pro
Karen has been an Austin resident since 1984 when she relocated from the East Coast. She periodically visits "Back East," but says "Austin is the only city in the U.S. I would even consider living in."
She was raised on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, where she cultivated a love of sailing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and subsequently earned a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the same institution.
Karen worked for Lockheed Austin and later for Lockheed Martin where she developed software mission planning systems for the Combined Air Forces. Her work there afforded her the opportunity to travel quite a bit in the U.S.A. and in Western Europe. Her knowledge of computers gives her an edge in the real estate business that is of great benefit to her clients.
She transitioned to Real Estate in 2001 after the dot com meltdown and has worked with several Real Estate brokerages in the Austin area. She's now associated with Sky Realty, and feels that the company gives her the best resources for helping others with their Austin real estate needs.
Karen owns two condominiums in Austin's Northwest Hills area. One is her residence, and the other is an investment property. She has also remodeled three of her own homes, so understands that process well.
Since she is uniquely qualified to serve this market, Karen decided to focus her energies on buyers and sellers of condominiums.
"I know this market from both an ownership and landlord perspective, and I love it. I want my clients to have all the benefits of my expertise and insights."
Karen is a licensed REALTOR® in the State of Texas (TREC license number 488892), and is a member of NAR, TAR and ABOR.
Testimonials from Our Clients
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"Our family is very fortunate to have Karen Dwyer as the “go-to-person” when purchasing properties in Austin. We have purchased two condos from Karen. She is a true professional who gives you detailed information about the properties you are interested in buying. Karen has the buyer’s interest at heart, and will explain to you the pros and cons on a property. She is greatly skilled in the Real Estate business. We have benefited from her professional expertise."
"I needed to buy a condo to house my two students at UT. Since we are out of state I did not have a realtor in Austin or much local knowledge. Karen was recommended to me as someone I could trust and someone who would make the transaction easy. She was very pleasant, was a good listener, and didn’t try to push me too much in any direction. She made the transaction extremely easy even though we are remote. She handled all of the documentation electronically which was a remarkably efficient process. I would recommend her, as my friend did, as someone you can trust and makes the process easy."
"We wanted to engage a full-time Realtor who had been in the field many years, specialized in condominiums, presented her listings attractively on the web, and would go the extra mile to help us sell our condo. Our web search resulted with Karen at the top of our list, and an hour-long interview convinced us that she was absolutely the best fit for our criteria. Karen is very personable and professional, and throughout the listing period she was always very accessible, both by phone and email, and responded to our questions and requests promptly and knowledgeably. We definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to sell their condominium."
Ron and Kim
"Happy Holidays Karen! I just want to let you know how much your kindness and professionalism has been appreciated! I love my new home so much. I thought this holiday season was not going to be as stellar as it has been with divorcing, moving, and trying to find my new home expeditiously. But you asked the right questions, which got me to think about what I really wanted, and you were tireless as an advocate for my new single self. It is a boon to have someone help you look for your home who cares so much that you get the right place! Many, many thanks Karen. I am delighted with your help in this very important decision, and will always point my friends and family in your direction. "
"Last year we were looking to buy a condo and were assisted by Karen Dwyer in our search. Karen was very efficient and extremely helpful in every way. She only showed us units that met our specifications. Admittedly we had very particular requirements and she worked with us going beyond the norm to get us the unit we wanted. Her cheerful smile was encouraging and her attention to details was beyond reproach. I do not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a reliable realtor who can do a great job."
"The reason I asked Karen to be my REALTOR® was because of her personality and knowledge of the Austin real estate market. She is not a pushy salesperson. She is always positive, trustworthy, and made so many extra efforts to make the entire sale process very easy. If I need a REALTOR® in the future, I won't consider anyone other than Karen."
"Karen helped us buy our first home in Austin, TX. Karen was extremely patient with us. In the beginning, we were planing to buy a condo in Farwest but later changed mind and decided to buy a house in Scofield Farms. Karen guided us and provided us valuable knowledge in both condo and house markets, and made us feel extremely comfortable throughout our purchase. She is also very knowledgeable in real estate contracts and offer negotiation. An outstanding listener, Karen respected our thoughts and truely placed our best interests in mind.
Karen works hard and is very responsive. At times she was busy but she always got back with us in a very timely manner. In our case, the seller lost the survey; Karen spent great time and efforts and finally located the survey in the title company's record. Karen also helped us in home design and remodeling, and provided great recommendations for AC service and painting contractor. Having Karen as our agent was a great blessing. We recommend Karen without qualification to anyone buying a condo or house in Austin Metro."
Winter Yao and Binbin Chen
"Keith and I would like to thank you for being our REALTOR®. As I have previously mentioned, I refer to you as a little “bull dog”. You took the information we gave you regarding our likes/dislikes in purchasing a home. You did not stop until you found us the perfect home. Furthermore, you were able to achieve this goal without being too aggressive, overbearing, and pushy – you performed the task with perfect balance. Despite the fact you have many clients, you made us feel like we were your only client. You were ALWAYS there for us, day or night. If Keith and I decide to purchase another home in the future, you will be our chosen REALTOR®. Thanks again!"
Keith and Beverly Prewitt
"Simply put, Karen was a lifesaver. My place needed a lot of work. She recommended contractors and landscapers and helped coordinate the work. There were other parties involved in the sale who were difficult to work with. She was kind enough to work with them in my place. She went way above the call of duty and made what could have been a nightmare a smooth and painless sale.
Thank you, Karen. I don't know what I would have done without you."
"Karen was the perfect REALTOR® for first-time home buyers. She educated us about every step of the process. Karen also worked diligently to help us find a place that was in our price range with patience and understanding. With her help, we were able to find a great condo in an area that fits our style and interests."
Keri and Rob McDonald
"We especially appreciated Karen's accessibility, honesty and the fact that she seemed to truly want to match us with the right property for our situation. She also went the extra mile, doing all kinds of things we didn't even expect. We have already recommended Karen to some friends who are planning to move here soon."
Carly Price and Josh Kimmell
"Karen knows her stuff! She patiently took us to see many homes and her advice was always honest and candid when house hunting. Karen found us several homes that we were interested in, and with her help we got a very good deal on a terrific home. We’ll definitely be calling her again."
Troy and Michelle Bryant