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Tickled Pink! An article in my local paper about what I do

Real Estate Agent with Access Homes NC

I am honored and tickled pink that there was an article written in my local paper about my niche in real estate and what I do. The title is "No barriers to a dream home".  They even interviewed my  past and present clients Hopefully this will bring some more business but as the article says, "It's very rewarding; it's not about the money. It's more about helping people find the right home that's going to work for them."


This is a link to the article.




 See I do, what I do because it comes from my heart. I have always been around people of "different abilities". My sister was born deaf and due to the effects of Rubella she was more fragile than most kids plus she could not speak their language. When she died in 1983, I threw myself into work in the Deaf community. I learned to respect their culture and love their language. It is sad to say but my signing skills improved all the more after she died. I was the best signer in my family but when I went to her school, I have vivid memories of saying to her friends "Say it again, slowly". Immersing yourself in a culture teaches you quickly. I owe a lot of who I am today to my sister Susan and my experiences growing up with her.

Susan & I at Austine School for the Deaf (her home away from home)


Susan, in some way, prepared me to be Joshua's mom (my youngest son). Joshua has autism. He is high functioning and fully included in school, but he will always struggle with his autism, social things and emotions. There have been times in his life when he exhibited classic autism: not talking till the age of 4 1/2, flapping his hands, biting himself, talking to himself with rote scripts, ect. He also has incredible gifts to share. He is very gregarious for someone with autism and the kids in school genuinely like him. He is not afraid to stand up in front of a crowd and do his thing. You should have seen him at his poetry slam at school last year. He ROCKED the house.


Joshua showing off his award in Language Arts

Yes I am a proud mom.

Albert Einstein once said, "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing it is stupid."


I do what I love: helping people and being of service to the WHOLE disability community and the "aging in place" community around their real estate needs. It seems to have served me well....ten fold.




Comments (4)

Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

How exciting, Karen, a free public write-up!  You must be very well respected and known in your community.  And as for your son, you have every reason to be the proud Momma!

Sep 28, 2011 10:35 AM
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

Karen, Congratulations on the recognition and I love your story.  Hope things are going well for you in Cary!

Sep 28, 2011 10:48 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Karen you have and will continue to bless so many people with your heart and gifts. It isn’t always easy but you are deeply needed by so many. Best wishes as you continue on your journey.

Sep 28, 2011 11:03 AM
Karen Barbour
Access Homes NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC ePro

Thank you Linda! Your comments mean so much. You are right I am a proud mom. My oldest son Jeremiah make me proud too.


Beverly I never saw myself as a blog writer but if you find your heart and write about what is important to you that is half the battle!


Thank you David. It is a journey and a good journey it is! Attitude is half the battle sometimes. Staying positive is key.


Sep 28, 2011 12:48 PM