Karen Stephany

    Karen Stephany

    Energetic. Caring. Professional.

    I believe the client's needs are my number one priority.
    My goal is to be available to my clients and work with their best interest in mind - all the time.
    As a 20 year resident of the area and very involved in our community, I feel I have good experience with what the North Iowa area has to offer.
    In addition, I have 15 years experience as an elementary teacher. Communication skills grew during those years!
    I am a wife and a mother of 3 wonderful children and a resident of Clear Lake.
    With my well rounded background, it is my goal to help you with your real estate needs!

    I look forward to visiting with you!


    My Client Testimonials

    Overall, Karen was an amazing realtor to work with. She understood everything we were looking for in a house and she was able to show us many houses that fit our criteria in the area due to her local knowledge. Karen handles herself very professionally and is someone we trust. We highly recommend her as a realtor! ~ Jacob & Aleya
    Karen Stephany is someone that our family has known for many years. When it came time to sell my mother's condo we turned to her for guidance. She was knowledgeable, patient, and trustworthy through the entire process. ~ Kent Shultz
    Karen was amazing to work with! Her timely communication and her knowledge of the market were extremely valuable to us as first time home buyers! She was very respectful to us and our wishes throughout the entire process and always willing to meet our needs. I would recommend Karen to any of my family or friends ~ Matt and Lauryn, Mason City
    We were looking for someone friendly and knowledgeable. Karen went above and beyond our expectations on every occasion where the opportunity presented itself, and we are extremely grateful for that. Karen did an outstanding job from the initial meeting to the signing. She was knowledgeable and patient. She knew what we wanted out of a home and was able to efficiently recommend homes. We were fortunate to be able to work with someone as excellent as Karen. If you're looking for a character flaw for Karen then you would be disappointed, because you won't find one. We could not be more satisfied with our experience. ~ Chandler, Mason City
    Karen was approachable, kind, helpful, and a wonderful person to work with throughout this process! I couldn't ask for a better person to work with to buy a house! Karen Stephany deserves a raise! She goes above and beyond! Karen seems as though she is genuinely a great person and deserves 5/5 Stars! ~ Michael Mefferd 301 26th Ave South Clear Lake Iowa
    Karen was absolutely amazing, she went above and beyond for us. She understood us and helped us every bit of the way without seeming annoyed once, unlike a few others we had to deal with along the way. She was a safe haven during this process. We found her by just randomly calling the office to find out about a house and we loved her honesty and loyalty. The only thing I know I can comment about is, Karen was always ready and willing to answer any question I threw her way and honestly at that. She made sure to also help explain things before hand too. I would recommend Karen to anyone I know that is buying a house because she listens to the things you want in a house and goes above and beyond helping you search for that house. She walks into the house with you as if she was the one buying it and tells you her honest opinion. Karen takes time to get to know you and actually cares. I know we all said at the end, we are glad that the closing is done and we found the perfect house for us but we are going to miss her. ~ Gannon Fenske, Charles City, IA.
    Karen did a wonderful job! She was super helpful and very friendly. I will definitely use her if I move again! Karen did great - she answered all my questions any time of the day. She was wonderful and super helpful! ~ Katie Hewett, Northwood
    Karen Stephany Helped me with all my questions. If she was unsure she would find out and answer in a timely fashion. ~ Richard Springer-Creston, Iowa.
    Karen was outstanding. Instantly trustworthy, proactive, knowledgeable and personable. As first home buyers in the Clear Lake/Ventura area we did our due diligence, asking numerous people for first hand recommendations. Time and again Karen¿s name was top of that list. And for good reason. Having now worked with Karen on the successful purchase of a home, we are happy to add our names to the list of people in the area who will unreservedly recommend her to others. Trust was essential for us. We were in a relatively unique position in that we were purchasing the property from overseas. Karen¿s instant trustworthiness really set her apart. She was tremendously flexible with our special circumstances, talking with us late at night or early in the morning with the 13 hour time difference, and also coordinating with our family members who live in the area so they could be present at the home viewings. We couldn¿t help but have high expectations for Karen given her strong reputation. She more than delivered. Not only did Karen spot issues we would not have even known to ask about, she consistently delivered solutions, leveraging her extensive network of local contacts to do so. There were many times when the sale might have been derailed, yet with Karen it felt like smooth sailing throughout, with no problem being too big. Last but perhaps most importantly, what really sets Karen apart is that she listens and works to help you realize *your* dream. She never pushed us to proceed with a property that wasn¿t perfect for us. Her honest, candid feedback throughout the process was truly refreshing. If you are looking for an agent who is not just extremely competent but is someone you will genuinely enjoy meeting and working with, we could not recommend Karen highly enough. ~ Paige Marquard
    Karen was wonderful to work with. We moved here from another state, and had a really difficult time finding a home that really fit us. She stuck with us and was awesome the entire time. We could tell that she really cared about us as people and genuinely wanted to help us find the right home. I would recommend her to anyone, and have to several people already! ~ Jake Fisher, Nora Springs
    Karen was so patient with us and very flexible with her time. We would often text/call her with houses that we wanted to see that had come on the market within hours and she would drop everything to get us in the house. She made us feel as if we were her top priority even though we are aware she has many other customers. Karen went above and beyond to search and visit with owners of houses that fit our bill even if they were not on the market and got us through the door. Karen was very approachable to my husband and I. We felt as if we were fast friends with Karen and she made us feel comfortable sharing our interests when it came to locating the perfect home. ~ Brittney Jacobson, Clear Lake, IA
    Karen helped us buy a land lot next to our home. She was very timely and kept us informed as to the process of purchasing the lot and helped in all steps to make the purchase happen. She was professional and timely with her communications. We'd recommend Karen to our family and friends! ~ Bridget Herrick, Mason City
    Karen was simply AMAZING to work with! Her attention to detail and work ethic is truly second to none! I was able to contact her whenever anything came up that needed attention. We are very grateful that we had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful person! We can not say enough good things about Karen, she is truly one of the rare ones! Thank you so much for everything! ~ Matthew and Emily Steding
    Karen was polite, helpful and patient while I looked for my house. I appreciate how she answered my questions and the knowledge she shared of the house hunting process. I appreciate how honest Karen was and her flexibility with scheduling house tours since I was living outside of Mason City. ~ Luke Reis
    Karen was very communicative and very helpful throughout the entire process. Very pleasant and knowledgable to work with ~ Tom
    Karen was amazing to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and goes beyond expectations even after the sale. I would recommend her 100%! In fact, she was in a car accident within the hour of our closing and still made it to our appointment. She is truly dedicated to her clients and we could not be more appreciative! ~ Jennifer Bicknese
    Karen made the process of selling the house very easy. She had suggestions on staging, advertised in many locations, and kept us informed all the way through. I think that you can't go wrong with her. ~ Lee Hansen, now in Minnesota
    Karen Stephany was a pleasure to work with! She was very accommodating, especially with us living far away and having to make different arrangements to close on our house. She always had a quick response time when we would contact her, was very kind, and had our best interests in mind. She always went above and beyond and answered any questions we had as first time homebuyers. She made buying our home a very easy process. We would recommend Karen to any of our friends and family looking for a home. ~ Bridget Herrick, Mason City
    Karen is knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy and became a friend. ~ Linda Marino
    Muchas gracias por tu servicio Karen Stephany eres una exelente vendedora que siempre tengas mucho trabajo ~ Josefa v Días
    Thanks so much Karen! It was so easy and seamless that I think we forgot sometimes that we were buying A HOUSE! Thanks again. ~ Jacob Hanse, Clear Lake IA
    Karen worked so hard finding us the perfect house. She was knowledgeable with the area and kept us informed through the process. She made looking for and buying our home a very pleasant experience! I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in buying and/or selling! Thanks, Karen! ~ Ron and Sheryn Drewelow
    We were somewhat nervous on moving day with some technical issues and Karen helped us with a phone call and some reassurance. Thanks Karen! It's been a pleasure to work with you and wish you well in your future house selling endeavors. ~ Michael Johnson, Heather Johnson, 814 N. 7th St. Clear Lake, IA 50428
    Karen provided excellent professional advice and services and understood our concerns for a rapid sale of the property. Would strongly recommend her services to others. Roger and Marilyn Ritter Promoted the positives of the property. Every aspect of the sale transaction was professionally handled. ~ Roger Ritter, Clear Lake, IA
    Karen was wonderful through the entire buy/sell process. She was always available when we needed her and she thoroughly answered all questions we had. She helped to make a stressful time enjoyable and easy. Wed highly recommended Karen! ~ Amanda Clear Lake
    Karen was a joy to work with. She was always there for me. She is the seventh realtor I have sold a home/property with, and was the best I have ever dealt with. ~ Marsha BRunsvold, Clear Lake, Iowa
    Karen was very professional and easy to get to know. One first meeting was a random referral from a mortgage company, and right away we were happy to continue working with Karen. This was our first home purchase and Karen offered good advice that helped us evaluate potential issues on a few homes we looked at. Later we decided to push pause on the house hunt, and Karen was patient and kind. When we began looking again, Karen was prompt and quick to respond as usual. We found a home our whole family loved and Karen continued to check in on us the whole journey to closing and even afterwards. ~ Nathan Martin, Mason City, IA
    She is a family friend, and I felt very comfortable asking her anything. That was very important to us! Karen was professional in every aspect, and I cant think of one thing that she did not do well. She was always available to answer questions and took the time to listen well. We felt very well taken care of. Karen was great through and through. My wife and I will recommend her to other people! Our overall experience was great. We were very happy to work with Karen. There were many aspects of our home buying experience that were crazy and hectic, but Karen was someone we could count on. She was always there and willing to help making sure that we got the best house for us. ~ Jackson and Emily Abbas Northwood, Iowa
    I would recommend Karen to anyone that I know or meet. Her knowledge, communication, diligence and everything Id look for in a realtor she did perfectly...but what was more impressive was she even exceeded what I already thought amazing. Throughout the process I knew she had my best interest top of mind and understood what I was looking for and the time frame. Being 1200 miles away, I was a little concerned at how little I could physically be involved but Karen did everything that needed to be done to make it pain free and made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. This experience was smoother than buying a house that was only a few miles away! Karen is absolutely amazing and I cant thank her enough for her work ethic throughout my buying experience and anybody would be lucky to have her as a realtor!!!! ~ Michael Stille, Tempe, Arizona
    We chose Karen in helping us find a home because she has been a longtime family friend. We knew we could trust her in helping us make important decisions. Karen was very professional and knowledgeable about the whole real estate process. She always kept us updated on how sale was going and returned phone calls in a timely manner. Karen was always accommodating to house viewing, signing documents, and house closing. Thank you Karen! ~ Becky Chizek
    As this was my first house, Karen Stephany did a great job explaining everything in detail and understandable! Couldnt have gone any better. Karen Stephany is one of the nicest people I have ever met also! ~ Zach Hayden, Northwood Iowa
    Karen Stephany was very helpful and flexible when it came to showing properties. I would and have recommended her due to these reasons and also how well she did with my children as well. ~ Chris Belcourt Mason City
    Very knowledge, kind and understanding of my situation. Losing my father was the worse thing Ive been through and Karen went above and beyond to help me. ~ Jessica
    Karen was the absolute BEST. She was patient, communicated well, and super knowledgable. Would recommend her to anyone in the Mason City/Clear Lake area. She made the process FUN! ~ Emily Dunbar, Mason City
    Karen was the first and only person we called to handle this transaction. She guided us through the process in a professional and caring manner. ~ Steve and Kelly Schnieders, Clear Lake
    Karen Stephany paid attention to detail, was timely in all communications between buyer, seller and brokers and accommodating in every way in promoting the sale to a Buyer who would be a good steward to our property. ~ Todd Allbee, Clear Lake, Iowa
    Karen Stephany is such a wonderful woman. She was always kind and patient with us during our whole process. She was always on board with showing us any house we were interested in, did showings on weekends or when she was supposed to be having dinner with her family. I can definitely say she went beyond any expectation we had of just your typical realtor. She helped our family so much. We are forever thankful to her. She helped us learn about to whole process and different kinds of housing and what to expect with every different one. Karen knows her information to the T. We trust her 100%. I hope sometime in the future we can help a family member or friend have the best home buying experience by recommending Karen. ~ Deondrea DeBell, Clear Lake
    My experience was a very good one because of my agent, and yours Karen Stephany. ~ Dan Grunwald, Ventura, IA.
    Thank you for everything you done for us! We really appreciate your hard work and determination to help us sell and buy our new home. ~ Dave DeLacy, Clear Lake
    Karen Stephany's positive and upbeat attitude really made her stand out for us. She did a wonderful job helping us find our home and sell our previous home. We were very pleased with her honesty and integrity she demonstrated throughout the entire process. She was never pushy and always listened to our needs and what was important to us as buyers and sellers. We will definitely recommend Karen to our friends and family. ~ David and Paige DeLacy, Clear Lake, IA
    Karen Stephany was a great director in leading my wife and I to our new home. Karen was exceptional around every turn she helped us keep our focus forward even when did not get the houses we put offers in on. She was always looking out for us as well as always giving us our space when we need to discuss things to determine weather or not to put in an offer on a house. I would recommend Karen Stephany to any one purchasing a home, she did a great job. ~ David & Cristy Napp, Thornton, IA

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