Karen J. Sotomayor

    Karen J. Sotomayor

    My Client Testimonials

    It's always good to work with a realtor who doesn't make it seems it's all about the sale. It takes a true agent to understand that a home is something more than a purchase to someone. It's a place to call home. Being patient and always being responsive is what made working with Karen a good experience. ~ Fabio Leonardo - Perth Amboy NJ
    Working with Karen exceeded any of my expectations. As a first time homebuyer, I was not familiar with the terminology or the best process people to involve. Right away Karen was incredibly friendly and took time to sit down with my partner and I to determine what would be a good fit for us. She even recommended a lending agent in the area, which we ended up using and greatly appreciated. Karen is knowledgeable, approachable, personable, endlessly patient, and incredibly generous with her time (including mornings, evenings, and weekends over the course of several months). She answered every question and explained every form and every part of the process clearly and thoroughly. Buying a home in this market is challenging, but working with Karen made it as painless and straightforward as possible. We highly recommend her. The listing agent was not such a pleasure to work with, her lack of communications delayed the closing date for almost a month ~ Jecenia Polanco, North Brunswick NJ
    Karen was absolutely wonderful throughout this entire process, and made our first-time home buying experience a great one. She took our list of wants and wishes to help us find potential houses to view. She made sure to communicate with me regularly and keep me posted on everything, whether we were waiting to hear about a showing, or just to touch base and let me know if any new houses came onto the market. I love how she treated us like friends rather than clients. She was so patient with us while we looked at home after home until we found the right one for us! Once we decided to make an offer, she made the process so easy and shared recommendations for mortgage providers, lawyers, and inspectors. Thank you again! ~ Kelsey Bowen, Matawan NJ
    Karen was absolutely the best! She was very helpful ~ Yousef othman 3 Caldwell rd
    My agent (Karen Sotomayor) knocked on my door and everything started from there. Karen is the reason I allowed Century 21 Sylvia Geist Agency to represent me in the sale of my home. Karen was very professional, attentive and friendly. She took excellent pictures of my home, provided suggestions on how to present the property more attractive and even helped me recommending home service vendors, handyman, contractors, installers. She helped me to select the new back splash and counter top for my kitchen at a place where she goes. Her background in interior design really paid off and is evidenced by the sale of my home. Karen did and excellent job marketing my home... She was with me and on the phone speaking with the buyer... Karen acted as a dual agent and was deserving of her full commission. Karen is a consummate professional. She's friendly and takes a personal interest in securing the best possible price for one's home. Customer satisfaction is very high on her priority list... Karen... Congratulations, and Thank You for all you've done to provide a wonderful and satisfying customer experience!!! ~ Audrey D., Edison NJ
    Karen Sotomayor won me over after she was the forth realtor to knock on my door do to a For sale by owner sign on my lawn. She was the only one who didn't come off either to pushy or not interested in helping me get close to what I was looking for. She followed up 2-3 weeks later eager to help with connections to get my house sellable even though she had yet to get me to commit. I then realized I could not do it on my own and she was so friendly and knowledgeable I trusted she would do what it would take to sell my home and accommodate my expectations to the best of her ability. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone looking to sell their home. You guys have a strong and essential team member on your side Century21 ! ! Thanks again for all your hard work Karen Sotomayor! ~ Ineabell Florencio East Brunswick NJ
    I am so pleased and happy that I choose Karen to be my agent. This is my first home and she made it happen so easy. She was on track and we closed in less than 3 months. I will forever be thankful and grateful for this experience. Thank u Karen u have a new friend now. ~ Patrice Morris Woodbridge NJ
    Karen is a great person. She helped me with everything from directing me to a lender to get qualified, to negotiating a great deal for the house, to recommending good contractors for estimates, to negotiating for me again and helping me to get to the closing table. She truly cared about me as a person and understood my circumstances and was very patient. She is an amazing agent. I highly recommend her. ~ Adriana Ahmad, Keyport NJ
    The whole experience was fun and a learning process which for me made it even more satisfying. Working with Karen was the best part the way she dedicated herself to find the best house for us and just how she was always there for us to answer any questions and find answers to questions we had regarding the property. Karen with out a doubt make the process quick and easy for us. ~ José María New Brunswick
    Karen was very helpful with me for the years that I have been wanting to buy a home. She was always ready to show me a house even when I was very picky in finding one. Finally I found the house that made me and my family happy. We thank Karen Sotomayor for all her help and we would recommend her to all my friends and relatives. ~ Hilda Diaz, Piscataway
    Karen thanks for helping my family and I to obtain our first home. We appreciate everything you did including your patience, time, and how understanding you were. Thank you for giving us 6 months of your time just to help us. You are the most marvelous person we could have work always had a smile to come show us homes. If anybody needs a broker, there is no one better then you. You will give your time and patience to whoever. Keep being the person you are and you will go very far in your career. Gracias Karen. Por su tiempo , paciencia y siempre dispuesta a enseñarnos casas. Ud fue la mejor broker que pudimos haber conseguido. Nosotros le agradecemos por los 6 meses que nos dedico para conseguir nuestra casa. Ud es la mejor. Si alguien necesita comprar una casa no dude en llamar a Karen . Que Dios la colme de Bendiciones. Familia. VERA-SILVA ~ Elena Vera, Monroe New Jersey
    I was very satisfied with Karen's service. She gave me the necessary information for the purchase of property. She was very kind and very helpful. I recommend it 100% and if in the future I buy another property it will be my first choice. ~ south amboy 08879 nj
    Karen is a great realtor. As first time home buyers her patience and availability really made the home search and buying process better. Karen is really responsive and helped us communicate with the seller and their agent. Karen is really professional and her years of the experience helped us get a perfect house for us. I've already recommended Karen to friends and relatives who are interested in purchasing a property! She's truly the best! ~ Rosa J., Fords
    She had come to visit our home, so she made herself available. A very good quality about her is that she persisted patiently for us to keep her in mind when we were ready to sell. Karen definitely is a positive asset to your company. She really was a motivator in this whole process for this big decision in our lives. We are so glad we chose her to sell our home. Karen handled my paperwork very well. ~ Susana Roman, Perth Amboy
    Karen Sotomayor is a very professional, knowledgeable, and skilled realtor. She knew exactly what was worth updating at my property and she has many connections to local businesses to help get the updates done. Karen was very helpful giving us tips to save money on renovations and even helped pick out cabinets and countertops. She is very skilled in creating schematic drawings for the kitchen and she even called around for pricing. Her listing price was higher than I had originally anticipated and within a week on the market, I had 4 offers on the property. Unfortunately, the property came in a little underappraised since there were no other comparable units to my completely revevated condo. However, the buyer Karen steered us torwards offered more than what the property appraised for because the she didn't want to potentially lose the property. Karen was able to negotiate a reasonable median that both parties would be happy with and the buyer accepted. I would definitely recommend Karen Sotomayor and I look forward to working with her in the future. ~ Kristy, Helmetta
    She was always able to answer my questions and encourage us to get our requirements to qualify to get a loan approval. Karen helped us to pick a good area and to suggest a house price to our needs, to keep according our income . She always was there able to answer our concerns and help us in a professional way and friendly. In particular dealing with Mrs. Sotomayor was a good experience and to be a first time buyer. ~ Salvador A. Alvarez, Middlesex NJ 08846
    Our family would recommend Karen Sotomayor, she was helpful, patient and such a kind person. She helped us out through everything and went beyond what we thought she would do. ~ Tapia family
    Karen is a pleasure to work with ~ Nachman Taub
    Karen thank you for you help sales my house. Muchas gracias amiga. ~ Norberto Caraballo
    I would highly recommend Karen Sotomayor as your real estate agent. She is very knowledgeable in the housing market. She will take you to see all the house you request, will show you many listings for you to select from. She has negotiating skills to get you a good price and make the necessary recommendations for the services required to buying or selling a house. She is pleasant and very accommodating, serving you and your needs. ~ Virginia Hutchinson, Highland Park, NJ
    working with Karen, is like working with your mother who is trying to find what is good for you. ~ Abu, south river NJ
    once again great experience working with Karen! ~ Nachman Taub
    Karen was a real pleasure to work. Patient, diligent and honest ~ Nachman Taub
    I cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts on my behalf in the sale of my Mother's house. The clichés "110%" and "go the extra mile" fall far too short in describing all your efforts and sustained work. I can easily say that my faith in humankind has been brightly rekindled. You have exemplified the role of a most helpful "Agent" beyond all expectations. For others considering a real-estate agent, allow me to give some details: When my Mother died, I found myself in possession of her house and home in New Jersey, while I live in Washington State. Through the fog of my grief, enters Karen. I was immediately impressed with her grasp and knowledge of the housing market and all that it entails. From this moment she became my "agent extraordinaire"! I trusted her judgment, her suggestions and expertise. She did not disappoint in the least, in fact - far exceeded any expectations in every respect. I could list and sing the praises of her work from here to eternity, but here is my simple, whole-hearted endorsement: Karen Sotomayor is an extraordinary person and agent. Gregory S. Polgar, Highland Park
    Karen was personable yet very professional. She understood fully my difficult situation, and that I lived out of state. Because of this, Karen was flexible and creative in how she handled this sale. She was very responsive to questions and the usual snafus that come up in the sale of a house. She was great to work with and the sale of my house was a smooth, easy, and pleasurable experience. David Singer, formerly of East Brunswick
    Karen Sotomayor is a very professional, knowledgeable, and skilled realtor. She knew exactly what was worth updating at my property and she has many connections to local businesses to help get the updates done. Karen was very helpful giving us tips to save money on renovations and even helped pick out cabinets and countertops. She is very skilled in creating schematic drawings for the kitchen and she even called around for pricing. Her listing price was higher than I had originally anticipated and within a week on the market, I had 4 offers on the property. Unfortunately, the property came in a little underappraised since there were no other comparable units to my completely revevated condo. However, the buyer Karen steered us torwards offered more than what the property appraised for because the she didn't want to potentially lose the property. Karen was able to negotiate a reasonable median that both parties would be happy with and the buyer accepted. I would definitely recommend Karen Sotomayor and I look forward to working with her in the future. Kristy, Helmetta
    On behalf of my family and myself, I'd like to thank Karen and the Sylvia Geist Agency for your wonderful work and successful efforts in selling our home in East Brunswick. In particular I want to express our special gratitude to Karen for all her efforts. Within a few days Karen visited our home and met with me and my brother Dan. The next day she sent us an email with a summary of initial improvements needed to enable the house to become more marketable. Not only was Karen correct with each of her recommendations (and future recommendations) - she also provided us with a list of contractors for each of the improvements. Although we obtained quotes from other contractors - in each case we wound up using the contractor Karen had recommended in the first place. These included contractors and suppliers for: removing the oil tank and converting the furnace over to gas supplier of kitchen cabinets and countertop exterminator-inspector plumber who installed new sink in basement carpenter who replaced damaged wood on the large enclosed porch painter and all-around repairperson - Nelson Basden, who became a key person in completing all the home improvements required. Simply put, our family feels blessed to have had Karen as our realtor. With her genuine modesty, Karen will say she was just doing her job. But there is so much more for which we thank her. Chris and Bob were very helpful in their suggestions to us. They also made us feel comfortable from the very first meeting at their office. Karen arranged to have a beautiful living room and a family room set of furniture displayed as part of staging the house. The new furniture was effective during the open house dates and for the on-line photos. Karen re-swept the floors prior to taking the photos...we'd done an OK job but Karen made sure everything appeared its best. Karen was excellent in their communications with usletting us know in advance when there would be showings taking place and bringing the feedback. We originally listed the house for $420,000, although Karen had suggested listing at $400K to attract more buyers. After two months of interest but no offers, we lowered the price to $400K. Within one week we had two families who submitted offers for the house. It was clear to me that both families, their realtors and lenders trusted and respected Karen. What can I say? Karen guided us through the bidding process and communications with the buyers' attorneys the way a great conductor conducts an orchestra...she truly did. The result was one family making an offer for $410K which they said they'd honor even if the appraisal came in at $400K...which it did. Karen guided and encouraged my family through all the preparation we completed with the house. My family has great respect and admiration for Karenand we are especially grateful to her. She's a wonderful person and we know were were very fortunate to be able to work with her. Paul Jetter, Founder and Executive Director; Safely Back Home. Website: http://safelybackhome.org
    I would highly recommend Karen Sotomayor as your real estate agent. She is very knowledgeable in the housing market. She will take you to see all the house you request, will show you many listings for you to select from. She has negotiating skills to get you a good price and make the necessary recommendations for the services required to buying or selling a house. She is pleasant and very accommodating, serving you and your needs. Virginia Hutchinson, Highland Park, NJ
    Karen is a great realtor. As first time home buyers her patience and availability really made the home search and buying process better. Karen is really responsive and helped us communicate with the seller and their agent. Karen is really professional and her years of the experience helped us get a perfect house for us. I've already recommended Karen to friends and relatives who are interested in purchasing a property! She's truly the best! Rosa J., Fords
    Karen presented herself in a very professional manner. She clearly knew the local market and was very prepared when we scheduled our first meeting with her. She had already done her due diligence and presented a strong marketing plan and explanation as to the proposed sale price for the house. Overall Karen was great. Very professional and knowledgeable about the local market. She was warm, extremely friendly and extremely patient throughout the entire process. . It was a pleasure to work with her. I would definitely recommend her to anyone trying to sell their home. Eric Navarro, East Brunswick
    She is very professional and friendly and lovely. Karen thank you for you help sales my house. Muchas gracias amiga. Norberto Caraballo, Perth Amboy
    She had come to visit our home, so she made herself available. A very good quality about her is that she persisted patiently for us to keep her in mind when we were ready to sell. Karen definitely is a positive asset to your company. She really was a motivator in this whole process for this big decision in our lives. We are so glad we chose her to sell our home. Karen handled my paperwork very well. Susana & Miguel Roman, Perth Amboy
    Our family would recommend Karen Sotomayor, she was very helpful, patient and such a kind person. She helped us out through everything and went beyond what we thought she would do. Tapia Family, South River
    Karen was very helpful with the sale of my house. The two previous agents couldn't sell it and I was very disappointed, I even tried to sale the house myself but couldn't. She helped me with a lot of things to prepare the house and even recommended a few handyman and licensed professionals for the CO. She always communicated what what's going on and was very involved in providing solutions to problems that came up. I highly recommend her to be your agent if you are thinking of selling your house because she will actually get it sold and do everything possible to get to the closing. Sislyn Carter, Perth Amboy
    Karen did a great job researching the comparable homes in the area in order to come up with a competitive price. She was influential in affordable upgrades that would attract buyers. Overall she is very efficient and trustworthy. I was very fortunate to have her as my realtor. Michael A Serrano, Edison.
    Karen listened to all my needs and tried to meet them for me, which she did, to accomplish the sale of my house. She was very knowledgeable, understanding and trustworthy. With her help, I got the house ready to put it up for sale. She would always communicate with me to let me know what was happening. I recommend her as a person and a good friend that will help you. Angel Diaz, Fords
    Karen was great to us and has a great personality, we couldn't had ask for anyone else to help us find our first home. Margarita Guillen, Perth Amboy
    It was a pleasure to work with Karen Sotomayor. .She was always very kind, understanding and listening...She knows how to handle a difficult situation and pressure. She was always very polite and respectful. Thank you Karen from the bottom of our hearts. Pedro & Joselyn Montero, Fords
    Karen did an outstanding job, we are happy we had Karen as our agent. She is an asset to your company. I highly recommend Karen Sotomayor! I Recently bought a 2 family house with her as my agent. Karen was very professional, knowledgeable & helpful. She did an outstanding job! She's the best!. Bryan Bennett, East Brunswick
    Karen sotomayor was exellent she is very professional I was asking to many questions and she always knew the answer with a lot of knowledge. She worked around my schedule. We definitely recommend Karen. Our experience was 100% customer satisfaction. Herbert & Roxana Vasquez, Linden
    Karen was very patient, professional and easy to deal with. She helped us with everything to get our first home. Emile & Elna Paulo, Fords
    When Karen came to my neighborhood looking for my neighbor, I just happened to coming home. Karen asked me about my neighbor, and we started talking. We discovered we sort of knew each other, as Karen's brother and my daughter graduated Highland Park HS together in 2002. We had an instant connection, and I knew I had my broker when I Was ready to sell my house. I found Karen very helpful and kind. She was a very big help to me. I became very fond of Karen throughout the process of selling my home. I would trust her with just about anything, I not only consider Karen my realtor, but my friend. I would recommend her to anyone who needs to sell their home. Madeline Maccarone, Highland Park
    Karen did a Good Job in selling my house - I liked that she spoke spanish because there were a lot of buyers who spoke spanish. She also handled the situation with the tenants very well. I would highly recommend her to sell your home. V. LaFazia, North Brunswick
    Karen was a real pleasure to work. She is very Patient, diligent and very honest and got my houses sold and got me more than what I was hoping for. She met all my expectations and then some. Nachman Taub, East Brunswick & Fords
    Karen was very helpful and excellent and patience at helping me with the process of buying my first home. She helped me with every detail and remind me of stuff i would forget because of how busy I was , that's why I highly rate Karen. She was always available to answer any questions and or concerns. The process of buying a house could be very stressful and as a first-time home buyer i was a little concerned about dealing with the right agent and agency, and choosing Karen Sotomayor was a pleasure to work with. I am very satisfied with the whole process and service. -- Carlos Kozak - Highland Park NJ

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      • I have been in the real estate business for 7 years and now that the market has improved a lot; there are more buyers looking to purchase a home.
      • I am a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR)
      • I was honored with the Circle of Excellense Sales Award
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