Karen M. Downs
Karen’s extensive knowledge and experience in residential real estate investing provides her a unique view of the Hampton Roads real estate market and market trends that she is able to share with her clients to help them make the best decisions for their needs and desires. Karen’s unique ability to locate and negotiate true “deals” on the purchase of property also makes her well suited to find the best purchase values for owner –occupant buyers, as well.
Based in Norfolk, Karen is the expert to help you with all your primary home buying and selling, as well as the repeat buying and selling needs of today’s investors. Karen, and her team of investor-experienced agents, work in all the Southside cities (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, & Suffolk) as well as on the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and Poquoson).
Specializing in finding rehab and cash-flow properties, Karen has the expertise necessary to assist her clients as they realize their real estate goals. Karen truly understands the dynamics of the Hampton Roads, Virginia real estate market and is an expert at educating her clients so they can make the best decisions for their needs.
Karen uses the latest internet technologies to market and find homes at an expert level. She is so proficient at connecting her buyers with the opportunities they are seeking, the process of home buying seems effortless.
Karen earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marist College that provided the solid background on which her career is built. Additionally, Karen completed advanced education is 13 areas of real estate investing and believes that education is paramount to success, She has completed extensive training covering a variety of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to negotiating contracts and helping sellers in danger of foreclosure.
Karen is a member in good standing of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association, the Virginia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors in addition to the Multiple Listing Service. Karen is a long-time member of the Ocean View Democratic and Social Club, a social organization located in her neighborhood area. Most proudly, Karen is a Life Member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars where she served several years as Vice President, and served as President of the Military Order of the Cootie Auxiliary.
Karen helps the community by her lifetime commitment to the Veteran of Foreign Wars, and her fundraising efforts in support of Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center as well as the Ryan Academy in Norfolk. She donates to Habitat for Humanity. To date, Exit Realty has donated over $2 million to the charity and built more than 15 Habitat Homes.
Having lived in many parts of the country such as Jacksonville, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama and Denver, Colorado, she has a strong ability to relate to and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and understands the needs and concerns of clients who are relocating.
Karen is a warm and approachable person who communicates in a straight-forward, easy to understand manner. She always has the best interests of others at heart, be it her extended family, her clients, or any person or animal in need. She can’t wait to make your real estate dreams come true.