My drive and motivation has always been doing things that make a positive impact on my community. All my previous jobs have had that in common. My approach to real estate is different in that I meet each client, understand their needs and together, craft a personalized plan that is right for you. Through transparency, education and advocacy, my purpose is to support you to make informed decisions while simplifying a complicated process and reducing the stress involved in a transaction.
My experience in working on a large team with many clients at one time, has taught me that I prefer to, work with less clients who are motivated and be involved in every step. My goal is to expose your home to as many potential buyers as possible and bring out the full potential of your property. If you are looking to buy, we will make sure you have the tools to choose the right house for you and not just any house and the ability to get the home you wish for in a competitive market.
Homes for Heroes was a way for me to come full circle by helping heroes not only become educated about the process but also being able to help financially and give back to those who serve our community.
Karen has over 15 years of experience in real estate. Karen started her career in Architecture before transitioning to real estate sales, where she produced over $120M in sales in only 4 years, mostly in Montgomery county. She was #15 and #11 agent in Maryland according to 20Best Real Estate Agents in America" by Real Trends and the Wall St. Journal. She co-managed the Maryland market for a national brokerage during its peak growth where she mentored and trained many agents and helped them grow their careers.
Karen's main strategy for success is transparency, education, and advocating for her clients.
Karen's most recent endorsements
encourage us to ask questions if there's anything we're not clear. If she doesn't have the answer for us at that moment, she is quick to find out for us and get back to us promptly. She's always reachable anytime of the day. And in the event she missed your call, she's quick to return your call as well as answer your emails. As already mentioned, we're first time homebuyers and our experience with Redfin, especially with Karen, was great! We didn't feel like we were lost on the process. Karen and the rest of the team made our home buying experience a great and memorable one. Paolo B, Adelphi, MD– Karen Parnes
Karen was very knowledgeable about construction, architecture and houses in general. She gave us great advice all through the process and wanted us to be happy with our purchase. I was surprised when Karen would give us negatives as well as positives about the houses we saw. I was very happy that Karen was our agent. Manav K, Gaithersburg, MD– Karen Parnes
Over the past few months, Karen has done an amazing job at stepping us through the home buying process as first-time homebuyers. She has always been incredibly prompt and available. Our home search was perhaps atypical, fraught with many unforeseeable problems. Karen helped us through them all, including a disastrous home inspection (necessitating a breach of contract), sellers who were unwilling to release our earnest money deposit, a faulty home appraisal by our lender (they "missed" two bedrooms and one bathroom, undervaluing the house by about 20%), switching lenders just days before the financing contingency, etc. We cannot recommend Karen's services enough. Evan S, Potomac MD– Karen Parnes
Karen makes the process of selling a home as easy as possible. She is extremely knowledgeable about the market and properties and has the appropriate recommendations and suggestions to move the property through to a successful closing. Robin D, Derwood MD– Karen Parnes
We came in touch with Karen after we had the house and offer in mind. Karen took care of everything from there. During this process, Karen was meticulously following up with us on every steps toward the closing. She is knowledgeable, full of resources, warm and friendly. We were impressed with her professionalism and touched by her kindness and understanding. Holden C, Potomac MD– Karen Parnes
Karen is a great agent. She is knowledgeable about the things a buyer needs to look out for in purchasing a home and offers valuable insights. I like that she is actively looking at the home with you while you tour, pointing out things that may be of interest. This is not our first home purchase so even though I feel like we have a basic idea of things to look for, I definitely appreciate the effort that Karen puts into the home tours and I feel that she adds a great deal of value to the experience. Sabrina A– Karen Parnes
Karen Parnes has given me a completely new outlook on real estate agents. I meet Karen and we discussed my thoughts on the property and she rolled up her sleeves and got busy. I admire Karen for her ability to keep in mind a win win situation for the buyer and seller because it really made the deal. I'm not a person who wants to take advantage of others but I do want to get the best deal possible. This was a $400k property that the sellers were trying to get $450. Karen rolled up her sleeves and got right to work and 3 weeks later we closed and I'm holding the keys for $380K with credits at closing. Karen is a very diplomatic communicator who will present your wishes/intentions to the seller and get the best possible results. She is very down to earth, up front, and a pleasure to deal with. I would recommend Karen Parnes to friends and family without hesitation. Totally 5 stars and will exceed your expectations. If I need to sell or buy a house Karen will be the first person I call. Thank You Karen! David K, Derwood MD– Karen Parnes
Working with Karen exceeded our expectations. Based on other customers' review, we personally requested to work with her. With the quick responses, helpful recommendations and flexible schedule, Karen made our first home buying purchase quite painless. Kerry and Jane C, Rockville MD– Karen Parnes
Karen and team were very helpful during the whole process. She knew what needs to be done at every step and guided us along the way to complete the transaction. We would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home. Thanks Karen. It was wonderful working with all of you. Alok C, Bethesda MD– Karen Parnes
We love your dedication and concern for what we wanted and needed. You were always there for us when we needed you. We will highly recommend you to anyone we can. Jody W– Karen Parnes
Working with Karen was a fantastic experience from beginning to end. Our home buying process had lots of strange twists and turns, but Karen was the perfect combination of advocate and ally throughout it all. She is dedicated and very accessible. I would recommend everyone I know to work with Karen. Maria W, Derwood MD– Karen Parnes
As a first time buyer, I felt lucky to have Karen as my agent. She is very helpful, responsive and patient in explaining every step in the procedure. She worked really hard and was willing to go extra mile to close the deal in the most favorable terms for me. Kim N, Rockville MD– Karen Parnes
Karen was a pleasure to work with. She provided valuable insights throughout each step of the homebuying process. She was always quick to respond to any questions and kept us informed through the whole process. And to top it off, she is a lovely, congenial person. Brian G, Bethesda MD– Karen Parnes
Karen is a professional and ethical realtor. Her architectural background also helps with respect to her ability to identify potential problems. Highly recommended! Aidan H, Kensington MD– Karen Parnes
Karen was very helpful during our home buying process. Karen was especially helpful in her accurate preparation of the many documents (including contracts and home inspection notices). We also greatly appreciate Karen's checking in with various seller agents per our request before we toured potential homes to make sure they met our restrictions of being pet and smoker free due to our allergies. Overall, we really appreciated Karen's help and strongly recommend her. Vasant D, Kensington MD– Karen Parnes
All I want to say is "Thank you so much, Karen!" We are not only first-time home buyer, but also new to America. We've felt so lucky to have Karen as our agent. We started to work with Karen since our first home tour, which was five months before we finally found the house we liked. However, our home purchase experience turned out to be very bumpy, especially with an extremely unqualified lender. Without Karen's hard work, patience, commitment, good judgment and expertise, we couldn't have got the house in the end. Top three reasons why we'd recommend Karen to every one: first, Karen always puts client's interests first. Over the last half year, we have developed 100% trust in Karen as our agent, which is so important in buying a house. Second, Karen is a great communicator and she can explains things very clearly and efficiently. Last but not least, Karen has a wide variety of expertise -architecture, mortgage and real estate - and these are all very valuable information for home buyers. Ailun Y, Rockville MD– Karen Parnes
After we had signed all the paperwork and closed on our new home, my wife and I sat dazed and alone in our parked car. We were not sure what we had just taken on by buying a house, but we were sure of one thing. "I'm going to miss Karen," my wife said. "Me too," I replied. We enthusiastically and without reservation recommend Karen Parnes. To say she is excellent is to understate the breadth and depth of her abilities with a hackneyed and tired phrase. Karen is honest, patient, accommodating, and very smart. She knows the industry and the local housing market better than most in the business with whom we have come into contact, and her judgment on real estate matters is sound, reliable, and, in my experience, without parallel. In the past, I have worked with other realtors who would tell me whatever they thought I wanted to hear or else not fight for my position -- all so that, presumably, they could get their commissions as quickly as possible. Not surprisingly, I had given up hope of ever being able to rely on a realtor's advice or negotiating skills again. That all changed once we started working with Karen. What is so refreshing about Karen and her team is learning that a real estate agency can prioritize customer service and still thrive by aligning its interests with the interests of its clients. My wife and I completely trusted her advice and believed she fought like a bulldog to get us the best deal possible. We loved working with Karen and we have no doubt you will too. Brooke W, Bethesda MD– Karen Parnes
We were very pleased with Karen's service for the purchase of our condo. She was helpful and knowledgeable at every step, very good at follow up and follow through on all our questions and the back and forth negotiations with the sellers and their agent. We never felt like we were pressured by Karen to close the deal, each topic that came up was always discussed from the vantage of what we wanted. So often real estate agents put a positive spin on everything that arises, motivated more by closing the deal than customer satisfaction. We welcome the opportunity to recommend Karen to anyone. Lee P, Chevy Chase MD– Karen Parnes
Working with Karen was a great experience. She had to work through some difficult issues with some difficult people, and did so remarkably well. I had complete confidence in her representation, and am very pleased with the result. George R, Bethesda MD– Karen Parnes
Karen was fantastic! She responded immediately to our concerns as they came up, she was shrewd and savvy when it came to negotiating, and always had our back. She followed up with every detail of our complicated sale and worked with us to come to a great outcome with a difficult seller. We would love to work with her again. Catherine EK, Kensington Md– Karen Parnes
My wife and I worked with Karen for approximately 6 months trying to find a home that fit our budget and needs, saw several houses and finally found a home that was what we wanted, where we wanted. She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable throughout the process in the buying climate, expectations, home tours and with our specific financing needs (VA loan). It was a pleasure and we would highly recommend Karen as a consummate real estate professional. Neal P, Rockville MD– Karen Parnes
I absolutely loved working with Karen. She demonstrated a very calm, professional demeanor throughout the whole process. She was so quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns, by phone, email or text. We felt she was at our fingertips at all times. She lead us through the home buying process and we had complete confidence in her as our agent during the negotiation process. I recommend working with her without hesitation. Nicole D, Bethesda MD– Karen Parnes
I have nothing negative at all to say about Karen. From start to finish I found the home-buying process smooth and understandable whereas before it always seemed intimidating and complex. Seeing homes with Karen was enjoyable and educational and my wife and I never felt rushed or unduly influenced. Karen was always informative about houses without being overbearing or indicating a bias. When it came time to make an offer and throughout all the steps afterward, I never had any doubt that Karen was on top of things. She recommended several lenders and inspectors to work with and in both cases her recommendations proved to be excellent. There were never any problems along the way and now we live in a beautiful home that met all of the criteria we had in mind from the beginning. Ricky V, Rockville MD– Karen Parnes
Karen went beyond expectations for an agent. She was available for anything we needed. My wife and I were able to close in less than 30 days which was amazingly helpful b/c we had our first children(twins) the day after closing and had the entire house moved in by the time they left the hospital. thanks again! Rachel F, Bethesda MD– Karen Parnes
We worked with a few different agents and Karen is by far the best. Once we wanted to go above list and she stopped us saying that we should first see if there were other offers. We were about to get the house and at the last minute the seller's agent took another offer without informing Karen. Karen was so upset, she was lost for words when she told me. That day I knew we were being "represented". She "felt" how we felt. Representation is not easy. If you want someone to look out for your point of view, you need to pick Karen. Kumi E, Gaithersburg MD– Karen Parnes
We both bought and sold a home with Karen, and she was a pleasure to work with during both experiences. Karen was honest and open and was never pushy during either process. She was willing to accommodate personal requests during the selling process and provided valuable advice when it came time to evaluate offers. In working with her, it became clear that she was interested in more than just making a quick sale. She truly cares about her clients and works for their best interest. She was able to sell our home at a price that we felt comfortable with when another agent said that price was too high. During the buying process, she was very patient and gave her honest opinion on whether houses we were considering were priced fairly. We never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision while working with her. Karen is also extremely accessible and responsive. She responded to all of our communications very quickly and at all hours of the day. Her calm and confident demeanor helped put us at ease during this stressful time for us. We loved working with Karen and cannot say enough good things about her. We would highly recommend her to anyone! Julia S, Gaithersburg MD– Karen Parnes
Karen was awesome. A real pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable. A last minute hitch threatened to put a halt to our sale going through, but Karen was prepared to do whatever was necessary to prevent that from happening. Thank you Karen! Bryan S, Silver Spring MD– Karen Parnes
I can't speak highly enough of Karen Parnes - I would insist (even higher than recommend) anyone wanting to buy a house work with her! She was our buyers agent for a tricky short sale property that ended up going to foreclosure. Despite the challenges, she helped us close within one month (unheard of!). Karen conducted her work with a high level of professionalism and extraordinary customer service. Karen is highly responsive, available, thorough, and always followed-up with any action items or requests immediately. We really felt we had a friend supporting us and going up to bat for us whenever the seller's agent or 3rd party bank gave us a hard time. She cared that we get the house! The level of communication, attention to detail, and persistence are Karen's top qualities. She was able to coordinate multiple showings on very short notice when we needed contractors to view the house in order for us to apply for a rehab loan. She was patient with us as we triple checked we did everything that was required. Every aspect of the process went smoother than expected and we felt very informed along the way thanks to Karen and her team. She is an absolute gem! Rachel L, Kensington MD– Karen Parnes
We worked with Karen Parnes when selling and buying our home. She is wonderful! Always accessible and knowledgeable. She has a wonderful sense of her clients and their needs. She is patient, extremely helpful and a great communicator. We felt so lucky that we had her as our representative during the negotiation process. We give her our highest recommendation. Nicole P, Bethesda MD– Karen Parnes
Well I'm not sure where to start or if my words can be enough to express how thankful and happy I am to have worked with Karen . She's amazing , professional and vey knowledgeable . You rarely come across real estate agents like her , she truly cares and is very much dedicated . I've talked to few agents but no comparison. Karen made me feel like she's friend that I can trust . She responded to my texts and emails right away and boy I did send her tones of emails and asked her billion questions . I was really blowing away by the experience she delivered . It took me months before I found a house but she never gave up and was always supportive. If you happen to come across her profile and read this look no further she will help you in every way she can with the same smile from start to finish no matter how long the process will take. I am referring family member to her who will be working with her soon!! Thank you Karen for everything you did . You are an asset to any company you work for :) Chiraz S, Germantown MD– Karen Parnes
As a fellow Realtor who recently worked the other side of a sale with Karen, I think she is a terrific professional who represented her client incredibly well. This transaction wouldn't have happened without her savvy and persistent communication. I hope we can work together again soon! Ann M, Gaithersburg MD– Karen Parnes