Honesty. Integrity. Experience.
Karen Arbutine is the realtor you want to have in your corner. Whether you are selling your home or buying your next house, you won’t find a Realtor that cares more about her clients than Karen.
“Our agent Karen Arbutine and her support staff at the RE/MAX Central are truly professional and top-notch in the real estate arena. They are very organized and very communicative in answering all of our questions during our buying process. Karen is a one-of-a-kind agent that takes her job very seriously and to the highest level. She is very kind, professional, intelligent, and very knowledgeable in the craft of real estate as well as negotiating real estate contracts.” , states one of Karen’s happy clients in their 2022 Google review.
If you are looking for a realtor that cares as much about you selling your home for the best price possible as she does ensuring that you have a smooth and stress-free experience, then look no further. Karen Arbutine believes that each and every client deserves concierge service and it shows in her countless letters of gratitude that Karen proudly displays in her Lake Mary office. Karen is a leading authority of Central Florida real estate Karen has been recognized and has received countless awards and accolades throughout her 20 plus years in real estate.
She has received the RE/MAX Platinum Club award from 2007 to 2016 and RE/MAX Chairman Club award from 2017-2022. The RE/MAX Chairman Club award is given to agents who close over 30M in volume per year and is the highest level of recognition that a RE/MAX agent can be awarded.
The high volume of production that Karen represents each year is not only something that she is very proud of but is also an accomplishment that benefits every one of her clients. “There is something to learn on every home and during every negotiation. The reason I know how to handle every situation is because I have dealt with literally thousands of contracts and I have become an expert from the real life situations I have handled for my thousands of clients.”, says Karen.
She believes that having that representing her clients professionally competently and confidently is the reason that over 75% of her business is from referrals from her past clients. “There is no bigger compliment I get than to receive a referral from someone that I worked before. It means that they had a great experience working with me and they trust me to treat their friends and family members with that same level of service.”
Great communication is a cornerstone of Karen’s business.
“We have all dealt with people that don’t return calls in a timely manner…and I can tell you that is a pet peeve of mine. Nothing is more important than getting my clients answers when they have questions.” professes Karen.
When your home is on the market or when you are trying to make an offer to purchase your next home- every minute matters and that is why Karen personally responds to calls 7 days a week to service her buyers and sellers.
Karen is sought out by buyers from across the country and abroad because of her impressive reputation.
Those that live in Central Florida are used to seeing Karen in the community , both as an active volunteer with multiple organizations and also as a Seminole County resident. Karen has built her career over the past 20 years and in this age of self-proclaimed ‘experts’ who have only sold real estate in a booming economy, Karen has remained in the top 1% of Realtors in every type of market.
“There are ways that you can still get a higher than average value when selling a home, in any economy. My job is to maximize every single dollar that someone has invested in their home.” This means that Karen does thorough research on each home that she represents and makes sure that the full value of each home is communicated through her professional listing photos and detailed list of home features when marketed to prospective homebuyers. Karen knows how hard her clients work to purchase the , often times, largest investment of their life- and she wants to make sure that when the time comes to sell, she nets them the highest sales price possible.
“I ask my sellers a lot of questions during my listing process. I want to know how much they want to net at the closing table and in order to net the highest value I need to know everything about the house. Some people are actually surprised that I spend so much time on this step of my process but they see that it pays dividends when they start receiving offers. I like to set new sales records, so I aim to get the highest price per square foot for that area when I take a new listing.”, explains Karen. “You can’t set records without a lot of work and due diligence. I do the heavy lifting upfront so that my clients can enjoy the benefits when it comes time for them to receive their proceeds on the day of closing.”
Karen holds the record for selling the highest priced home in all of Seminole County. Karen has many awards and records that she is proud to have accomplished during her career but this sale holds a special place in Karen’s heart. “ I have received a lot of press from many of the marketing campaigns I have run over the past 20 years, but this sale garnered attention from all across the country.” shares Karen.
This record-setting home that sits on the Markham Woods Road corridor, was written about by National news outlets, featured in several magazines and is something that Karen’s is still asked about often.
“People will comes up to me and ask how I was able to find the buyer for this multi-million dollar luxury mansion and I am always happy to share that my online marketing played a key role. Time and again I get contacted by buyers from outside of the Central Florida area because of my extensive digital online marketing campaigns.”
As this record demonstrates, Karen knows how to sell homes for the best price possible and she does this with such consistency that ,over the years, other real estate agents have contacted Karen to ask for her advice and mentorship. Karen is happy to share her knowledge with other real estate agents as she wants to see the entire industry continue to grow and improve.
In case you were wondering if Karen ‘only’ sells homes with a luxury price point- the answer is ‘no’. Whether your home is valued at 200K or 12 million, Karen treats all of her customers the same. She has developed such a specialized way of running her business that she refers to this concierge level of service as ‘Karen’s Luxury Experience’. She uses the word ‘luxury’ to explain the kind of feeling that she wants her clients to experience, and that treatment is equal for everyone. “I love working for first time homebuyers and with families with 7 figure budgets- and everyone in between.” states Karen. Karen uses the same thorough process of marketing, communicating, negotiating and closing with each and every person that she works with, regardless of their price point.
“I have a very detailed process that I have perfected over thousands of transactions and I firmly believe that every clients wants to be treated like their home is a castle- because to them IT IS.”
“My process so detailed because I want to make sure that my clients are kept in the loop every step of the way and that every person involved in the process is also updated and giving the buyers or sellers a GREAT experience. In fact, I only work with partners, mortgage companies, marketing professionals and title companies, that also believe in this same type of concierge service.” says Karen.
If you would like to be treated to a first-class experience when you are looking to buy a home or list your home for sale, Karen is ready to schedule an appointment (or ready to talk with you) with you today.
Karen Arbutine REALTOR®
Karen Arbutine is a luxury realtor with an eye for detail and a passion for helping others. She volunteers with Lab Rescue of Florida to help find homes for abandoned and lost pets.