Thank you for visiting my profile page, and for taking the time to get to know me better. I have been in Real Estate for over twenty years... after a nine-year career as a Junior High School Teacher.
My Career is unique in that the latter half of my years in real estate has been as a Realtor and a Broker, while the earlier half was as an on-site New Home Sales Representative for several national homebuilders in three different national markets... Cleveland, FortWorth/Dallas, and Northern Virginia/DC/Maryland.
My Life is currently being shared with my lovable black and white kitty of twelve years... Miss Mollie T Cat. Mollie and I have been together now for over twelve years... and have formed quite a team.
I began as a Realtor and then became a Broker in the Northeastern Ohio real estate market. I then moved to the D/FW Texas market. At first, since I did not know the market and did not have a "following" or a sphere of influence, I became a New Home Sales Consultant.
After working for several national new home builders in the Fort Worth/Dallas area, I gradually learned the market, and developed a fair-sized sphere of influence. With that in place, I re-acquired my real estate license. I have been active in the Fort Worth/Tarrant County real estate market, concentrating on both New Homes and existing re-sale homes for the past eleven years.
I have found that having experience as both a Realtor and a New Home Sales Consultant has been very beneficial for my buyers... since knowing the in's and out's of New Home Selling has really helped in my negotiations with Builders on behalf of my New Home Buyers. I have found that the greater Fort Worth area... and all of Tarrant County... is such a great place for anyone who would want a new home.
There is so much open land that is availabe in the northern, the western and the southern parts of Tarrant County, and that land, being relatively less expensive than many areas in North Dallas... gives the typical new home buyer some really awesome choices... at some really great, and very affordable prices.
After graduating from John Carroll University, a Jesuit Catholic university in Cleveland, Ohio with a major in Psychology, I taught at the Junior High level in the Cleveland Ohio Catholic Schools for nine years. It was truly an incredible experience. It was long ago, but it feels like it was just yesterday.
With all this Catholic education, you'd think I would have perhaps entered the convent ? (LOL) No... I decided to become a Realtor instead. <silly grin>
I think it is very true that "once a teacher, always a teacher." I also think I have proven this to be true by my approach to real estate with my customers and clients. I have been told many times that having Karen Anne Stone as their Realtor has truly been a "learning experience." With me as your Realtor, I'll even "help you with your homework."
One of the things I have found very useful, is being able to discuss some of the tax advantages of owning real estate with my buyers and sellers. Obviously, I can never give "legal" advice, and I always suggest that my buyers and sellers consult their own "tax professional" for advice, but I have found that the fact that I have attended the same Sixty-Six hour Tax Prep course that H & R Block gives their tax preparing associates has helped me greatly.