Real Estate Services


SUCCESS STORIES
Karin's clients share their real estate experiences.

"My experience with Karin and her team (Peggy, Dawn, others) was exceptional on both the buying and selling side! Very professional, personable, and knowledgeable. With their resources, network of services, and well defined processes, our experience was very efficient and had an effective outcome. In the end, we were able to quickly sell our home in Avon Lake in less than 10 days at full market price and move to Vermilion into our dream home in less than 2 months. During the buying process, Peggy was quick to understand our family requirements and wishes. She wasted no time showing us the homes that fit our needs. I recommend you compare real estate agents, but I'm confident you'll get the best results using the Karin Vonderau team!" – Jeff & Yvonne Craigo

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"I have had Karin sell two homes I owned over the last 11 years. She listed and sold one home in nine days in 2005. The second home she listed for me this year, 2016, and it sold in 14 days!! Karin and her team know the market, and work well with her clients! Karin and her team are very helpful, responsive to her client's questions or concerns. They are with Karin's clients throughout the entire process and beyond. Karin checked in over the years with friendly calls and mailings. Having her help and support is very helpful!! I highly recommend Karin and her team for your real estate needs!!" – Eileen Spicer

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"We think Karin Vonderau of The Vonderau Team is THE best Realtor we have ever had and we have used numerous agents through the years. I cannot say enough positive things about Karin, she is wonderful to work with, always available, answers all your questions, gives great advice and recommendations, works so hard for you, always has your back, if you have a buyer she has a backup buyer just in case things don't go through with the first buyer. Karin Vonderau is very professional from start to finish but you also feel as if she is a very close friend!!! We highly recommend Karin Vonderau." – John & Sandra Lanigan

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"Karin and Dawn were fabulous to work with. They made the stressful process of selling a house seem easy. Any questions we had were answered quickly and Dawn was always available to help us. Once we received an offer on our house, the closing process was amazing! Karin and Dawn took care of scheduling everything with the other realtor and all we had to worry about was getting our belonging moved out." – Andrew & Courtney Hipp

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"Karin and her team lead us through yet another successful transaction. We are happy to have the sale closed, right on time and to have been kept in the loop all along the way." – Jim & Joni Marra

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"Karin handled the sale of our home and we couldn't be more pleased with the service that she provided. She was creative, professional, knowledgeable, and diligently aggressive (without being offensive). She listened to our concerns and she worked with us on issues in which our opinions differed; she was responsive and flexible. I would highly recommend Karin to anyone with a unique home - she worked very hard to make our home sale a success." – Kate Fenner

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"Karin helped us sell our home after we had purchased another. Karin proficiently handled all aspects of the sale on our behalf. She aided us in determining our asking price, the negotiation, and the closing. We were able to sell the house in a single day. Having a smooth transaction was worth everything to us. We highly recommend Karin and her efficient, friendly, responsive team." – Roger & Betsy McKinney

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"We enlisted the help of Karin in purchasing a For Sale By Owner home. This was prior to selling our current home with Karin. Karin expertly handled all aspects of the purchase on our behalf. She aided us in determining our offering price, the negotiation, and the closing. Having a smooth transaction was worth everything to us. We highly recommend Karin and her efficient, friendly, responsive team." – Roger & Betsy McKinney

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"My house sold in less than a week! Karin and her team were extremely knowledgeable and extremely helpful. They communicated regularly with me during the process. I would highly recommend Karin and her team!" – Paula Swiner

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"Karin and her team were a pleasure to work with during what is arguably one of the most stressful times in your life. Based on market conditions, we sold our home in a relatively quick period of time. There were many more homes on the market in our price range than normal, and we believe it was do to Karin's market knowledge, connections and marketing efforts that put us at the top of the list for prospective buyers. Karin and her team were always available for questions and assistance throughout the entire process. Once SOLD, closing was a breeze. We know we made the right choice for our realtor as we now sit in our new home without the worry of carrying two mortgages throughout the winter months. Thanks to you all Team Vonderau!" - Patrick & Melissa Sullivan

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"I have owned 7 homes. I have sold two and bought one home with Karin's help.  She is without question the most professional and responsive agent I have ever worked with. I would and have recommended her to anyone without hesitation." - Vince & Jennifer Ciolli

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"Karin and her team did a great job - marketing, answering questions, giving quidance - all around great!  Selected Karin Vonderau/Howard Hanna due to Karin's reputation and outstanding serice!" - T. Padney

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“Karin Vonderau was very helpful in many ways as were her associates. I knew from her track record she was knowledgeable but I also found her courteous and efficient. I would use her again in a heartbeat!” ~ Bev Allphin

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“Karin, is the "go to" Realtor for the sale of high value properties in the Westlake/Bay Village/Avon Lake area. Her process is well honed and very smooth. At her cost she paid not only for a home stager but also a professional photographer to come in and make sure that our house was presented in the best possible light.” ~ Anita Balic & Simon Ellett

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“Karin Vonderau did an amazing job selling my home. I very suddenly accepted a new job out of state and needed to relocate in a three week time frame. Karin sold my home as soon as it listed and closed in 60 days. More importantly, the process was easy and well managed by her, requiring very little time or effort on my end. Since I had so little time to plan a relocation, I really couldn't afford to spend time on the details surrounding selling house, and I ended up not having to. The entire process was as quick and efficient as possible.” ~ Hal O’Donnell

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“We only worked with Karin and her team for a short time--because we accepted an offer within one week of listing our home. From correct pricing to professional photos and spot-on advice along the way, Karin's (and her team's) assistance and responsiveness was terrific--I wholeheartedly recommend her!” - Rich & Rita Trickel

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“Karin and her team worked closely with us throughout the rapid process from the listing and sale of our home. We took to heart Karin's impressive market knowledge of the Bay Village area, carefully staged the house, and sold our home in 10 days for full asking price. Even when Karin was out of town, she or her assistant Dawn were only a ten minute phone call away. I can attest to the excellence of the Vonderau team and warmly welcome anyone to avail themselves of their expertise.” ~ Renato & Janet Carrettin

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“Karin was and is the consummate professional. She and her team had excellent attention to detail and worked in concert in all aspects of selling my home. From the initial contract, listing, pictures, showing and negotiations - I felt well represented! I would recommend Karin and her team to anyone looking to list and sell their home.” ~ Mark Maroon

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“Karin sold our home after only 20 days on the market. She and her team are excellent marketers. Her experience and contacts were very helpful to insure that our listing had the visibility needed to secure a bona fide offer. She was very responsive to our questions and concerns during the sale process. Karin was persistent insuring that things moved along as quickly as possible to insure a timely closing. I would not hesitate to recommend her and we would use her again if we had any real estate needs in her market area.” ~ Terry & Valerie Taylor

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“Karin and her team were very knowledgeable and efficient. Our house sold after only 2 days on the market. The whole process went very smoothly and we couldn't be happier with the results.” ~ Kent & Barb Garrard

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“Karin is the consummate professional, on top of every detail. My husband and I had a very challenging sale of our home and Karin handled each and every issue wonderfully. Her vast knowledge of the real estate industry put us completely at ease throughout the whole process. She came highly recommended to us and we highly recommend her.” ~ David & Margaret Hatala

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“Karin is very professional. She knew what we wanted and helped us get the right house. Though she is very busy she was always there for us whenever we wanted to see a house. She also followed up with us after we moved into the new house to make sure that we are happy. Her assistant Dawn helped us with the closing and explained everything we needed to know. Great team.” ~ Dr. Tamer Said & Samah Attia

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“Karin Vonderau and her team of associates were awesome!! They handled every detail with promptness and professionalism. If you truly want to sell your home, call Karin....she will deliver!! Karin was so spot-on in her marketing strategy that our home in Lakewood sold in 20 days!!” ~ Skip & Susan Jacobson

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“Karin and her team were great to work with. Whenever we had questions Karin and her team answered them almost immediately and helped us buying our dream house to the conditions we wanted. We highly appreciated that Karin kept us up to date along the process and explained to us every step of the way. If we are in need of a realtor again Karin will be our first and only call.” ~ Scott & Beate Smith

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“We had a great experience with Brenda and Karen. They were extremely responsive, fun to work with and followed up regularly, even after the purchase of our home, to make sure we were completely happy. I can't recommend Karin and her team enough!” ~ Jeff Dennis

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“Karin was very responsive to our individual needs and did a fantastic job of marketing and selling our home. She was able to get us within 3% of our asking price. Her team was very quick on follow up and answered all of my questions. I would absolutely recommend Karin and her team in the Northeast Ohio area!!” ~ Gordon & Melissa Stepchuk

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“Karen showed immediately her ability to help us sell our house. Her comments were insightful and useful. Karen is a busy person but when with us was focused upon our needs. Understandably, when I called her, I sometimes reached her voice mail. However, she was very responsive in getting back to me. When it was not strictly necessary to speak directly with Karen, her office staff were very good. They were always available and very knowledgeable as well. I would recommend using Karen to help sell your house.” ~ Stephen Blake

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“Karin was highly recommended to me by someone who’s judgment I truly respect----and she sure came thru for me. My house sold in less than one week----and I got more money that I had hoped and the buyer got me down a few dollars---so we were both happy.” ~ Georgia Laurie

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“Karin is very professional and personable. She thoroughly and patiently answered our questions before we put our mother's home on the market. She is extremely knowledgeable, and has an extensive marketing/ advertising network. We sold the home at asking price, and more quickly than expected. Karin skillfully helped us navigate the offers we did receive. She worked tirelessly on our behalf. I would highly recommend using Karin as your listing agent.” ~ Debbie Angle

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“Karin has great knowledge of the western suburbs of Cleveland. She did her research before recommending a listing price that we were comfortable with. She also helped us with some needed de-cluttering/staging before the first showing. Karin and her team (Dawn) were super-responsive to our questions/concerns during the selling process. In summary, transaction went smoothly and all parties are happy with outcome.” ~ Guatam Pathak & Shilpi Biswas

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“I worked with Karin on two attempts to sell our house, the first in 2009 in the heart of the depressed housing market and again this past November. In both instances Karin was tremendous. She and her team provided counsel on staging my house for the best possible result and not pushing me to do unnecessary things. The Vonderau Team also provided plenty of a timely feedback on all showings; something in my experience is a short coming of many realtors, but not Karin. Even though we were not successful in 2009 we had plenty of showings and Karin and team did everything that any seller would expect their agent to do on their behalf. There was just no one buying. In November Karin convinced me to list even though my inclination was to wait for a few months. What sage advice; the house sold in three days. Karin negotiated a very fair price for me and I think created a win-win for both parties.” ~ Craig Schurr

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“We were amazed that Karin Vonderau and her team were able to sell our home in one week! We were expecting that it would be on the market for several months. To our surprise, and great joy, we had a contract in one week! That aside, Karin and her team were very easy to work with, very kind and professional, responded quickly to any inquiries, and kept us in constant communication about the sale” – Ken & Elaine Gaughgan

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“Karin was easy to work with. Her and her staff were always responsive. She represented our interest, listened to our ideas about the house, gave us her honest opinion in a professional manor, and did not pressure us. We would highly recommend her and if the opportunity arose, use her again.” ~ Bill & Marie Hemann

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“Karin is one of the hardest working, most professional people I've ever encountered in any field. I switched to Karin when selling a home because of her immediate response among the several realtors I contacted. Her aggressive marketing resulted in a fast sale after the home had been on the market over a year with another realtor. Because of this success, I worked with her again on the sale of my next home, which sold in 5 days. I spent a long time searching for my current home, because I was looking for very specific features, and Karin was extremely patient. I like how she shows a home---she wisely stays in the background making very few comments, so as not to interrupt my train of thought in evaluating the home, but when asked for feedback, she offers her wealth of experience. Once I decided, she went into high gear to ensure I was the "winner" in getting this house that had several bids. You can't go wrong working with Karin to buy or sell a home.” ~ Linda Springer

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“Karin and her team consistently remained on top of the details and ahead of the curve to achieve the successful sale of our home. We are grateful for the team approach, and Karin's strict adherence to her commitment of: Straight Talk. Solid Service.” ~ Jim & Joni Marra

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“Karin and her team did a an exceptional job not only selling our home in a day but also in assisting in finding a new home that met our criteria. Karin's experience and professionalism are the true hallmarks of her success. My wife and I strongly and without hesitation recommend Karin.” ~ Timm & Becky Kalep

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“Karin and her team of real estate professionals were excellent! We had an offer within 36 hours after our listing went live, and a "done deal" shortly thereafter. It was pleasurable to have had the opportunity to work with someone as knowledgeable and professional as Karin Vonderau!” ~ Richard Keller

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“Karen is very qualified and knowledgeable in real estate in general and especially in the Westlake area. Our home was on the market in a very down time in real estate yet she had a number of open houses and quite a few showings.” ~ Herb & Sue Hausmann

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“Karin is an extremely knowledgeable and professional real estate agent. I chose to use her to sell my home due to her excellent reputation and the fact that she had quickly sold a condo that a friend of mine owned that had been on the market with another firm for months with no interest. My entire experience with her was first rate. We discussed pricing, decided on a listing price, and then she went to work. A realtor open house generated a dozen showings, the web site produced hundreds of hits, and my home sold in 3 weeks. After agreeing to the sale, Karin and her strong staff kept me up to date on the entire closing process, making everything as smooth as possible.” ~ Walter Johnson

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“Karin is the best real estate agent we've ever worked with. Our home purchase in Avon Lake was a difficult one, with the seller's negotiations being managed by both a realtor and a relocation company. To top it off, the sellers themselves did not make the process easy, especially following home inspection. Professional, calming, and thorough, Karin guided us through the whole process with an expertise that makes it obvious why she's one of the top agents in the State. She was great with value-added comments and wasn't shy when we asked for her opinions during negotiations. She seemed to think of things we needed, or even things we were worried about, before we needed them or voiced concerns. I would recommend Karin to anyone, and should we desire to sell this home someday, will certainly ask her to sell it for us.” ~ Richard & Andrea Sittema

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“Karin is professional, efficient, knowledgeable and overall fantastic. She helped us find our dream home after a long and patient search. She knew the houses in Westlake very well, and came to every meeting fully prepared.” ~ Dr. Diya & Summer Alaedeen

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“Karin did an excellent job helping us prepare our home for sale and in promoting it both to her clients as well as to other agents. The traffic was much higher than we expected and Karin did a fine job helping with the final negotiations. After the sale she also helped us find temporary housing while we continued to look for our new home. She knew the Cleveland area very well, and was patient and professional in helping us narrow our search and ultimately find our new home.” ~ Andy & Judy Dunn

“Karin came to the listing appointment with excellent information to help us set a realistic sale price (higher than I would have listed). House sold at full listing price on the first day. After sale, Karin and her team were totally on top of all aspects until the close. Always prompt with obtaining information and returning calls and emails. True professionals in every way. I would list with Karin again and again.” ~ June Damante

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“When I was ready to put my house on the market, I was looking for a Realtor with a good track record. I picked Karin because of her fine reputation. Karin and her team were better than I thought possible. I had showing's constantly, offers within a week and sold it in three. Amazing! She's what a professional is all about.” ~ John Navratil

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“Karin sold our house in 5 days (we tried by owner for 3 weeks with no success). I don't know what else needs to be said. She was prepared from the first moment she met with us; she had fantastic recommendations to prep the house for sale; and she was extraordinarily responsive (I knew that she would call/email back very quickly...you'd think we were her only clients). The only thing I would change is that I felt she could have been more active in the negotiations when we sold our house. But, we sold it in 5 days, so...not a whole lot to complain about! I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her.” ~ Chris & Kristen Johnson

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“Karin was wonderful to work with for the sale of my home. Not only did she come prepared to discuss the value of my home and what improvements I could make to have it show well, she was very informative about what I could expect throughout the process. Once the house was listed, the showing process was seamless. As questions arose, either Karin or Dawn (in her office) would get back to me immediately, which was much appreciated. Then, as offers (yes multiple!) came in, she helped me to negotiate painlessly. I would highly recommend Karin!” ~ Tiffan Clark

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“Karin was able to sell our home quickly and "painlessly." She and her staff always immediately responded to our calls, emails, and any questions or comments we had. She is a professional in every sense of the word! We made a decision to trust her advice because of all the years of experience she has in real estate, and we are so glad we did! On top of that, she was kind and a delight to work with. We are very grateful to Karin and her staff and are very happy to recommend her.” ~ John & Meredith Penhollow

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“Karin Vonderau informs the seller on points that are essential to know - she educates sellers on the current marketplace and the best way to prepare your home for showings and sales. Emails are answered within one working day with detailed information. I was amazed when my condominium sold within three months from listing. I was very pleased with all aspects of the service.” ~ Susan Pemberton

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“Karin and Dawn are a fabulous team. Their combined knowledge of the real estate market is incredible. I felt like I could trust them to take care of my home like it was their own. They constantly followed through on what they had told me.” ~ Karen Geiger

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“Karin and her team far exceeded our expectations. Karin was aggressive with the list price of the house, compared to other quotes we got. And, despite the aggressive price, we had a signed contract within a week of listing. The entire process went smoothly, from listing to closing, and it was a pleasure dealing with Karin and her team. When they were not available to personally answer a question, they were quick to respond to voicemails that we left. In the future, when we are in need of a realtor we will definitely use Karin and will highly recommend her to family and friends interested in buying or selling a home. We can't say enough about our experience!” ~ Gary Lynn

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“Karin Vonderau and her staff provided excellent service with the sale of our home as well as the purchase of our new home!!!! Could not have asked for better service!!” ~ Phil & Terri Vasilakis

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“Karin, was by far the best realtor we have ever worked with. Karin works 7 days a week and returns every phone call we made to her. She not only knows real estate but she is such a nice person to top it off. Her assistant Dawn was wonderful as well and also answers all your questions. They were great and I would recommend Karin and her team to anyone.” ~ Vince and Jennifer Ciolli

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“Karin was recommended to me by my new employer's recruiter who indicated that we would not do better for help buying a home on the west side of Cleveland and we were not disappointed. Karin helped showed us quite a few properties in a variety of west side neighborhoods introducing us to each. She was exceptionally responsive in answering questions, helping us through negotiations, etc. and was proactive in contacting to offer help even after we moved in. The home we found is a perfect fit for our family and we hope to be here many years but if we find ourselves in need of a west side realtor again, our first call will be to Karin and we heartily recommend her to others.” ~ John-Mason Shackelford

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“She knows her business, she is honest and trustworthy, and her support staff is fantastic. They are dependable, efficient, easy to talk to and just GREAT!” ~ Glenn & Michelle Detrick

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“Karin Vonderau has mastered her professional qualifications leaving no room for improvement as you cannot improve on something that is perfect. I was "blown away" with the way she handled the sale of the house that I purchased. It took 3 weeks from start to finish from the day I saw the house to the day that everything transferred into my name. Karin is a genius in her field!!!!” ~ Darlene Mulholland

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“We met with Karin and she came very prepared to give us advice on what to list our house at as well as what to do to it to get it sold. We listened to everything she said and she brought us two offers in 6 days in one of the worst real estate markets our country has ever seen. After that, she took a lot of time to show us other homes. We sold, bought and moved all in less than two months. She made the process seamless!” ~ Matt & Katie Daugherty

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“Karin and her team did an excellent job selling our house. She had a lot of information on current sales and how they influenced the marketing of our home. She and her team were very helpful looking after our house when we were away and the house was shown i.e. checking to make sure the house was locked up after a showing. She followed up with people who expressed possible interest after a showing. The process once we got an interested buyer went very smoothly.” ~ Tom & Joan Cochran

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“Karin was very responsive during our sales process. We listed with Karin twice. I have not met an agent that was more aggressive in selling a house. If we ever have the opportunity we would definitely hire Karin again.” ~ Brenda Burton & Sarah Price

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“Karin and her team were a great help in our home buying. We are the first time buyers, Karin is so responsive. All of our emails/questions got answered immediately, we could even get her reply during her vacation time.  She has strong negotiation skills. Very knowledgeable. Very helpful! She called us to follow up after we moved in. Highly recommend Karin and her team to everyone!” ~ Jing Liu

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“Karin and her assistant Dawn were wonderful to work with. Karin showed us several houses and always made us feel like her most important clients. When we asked to see houses on short notice and Karin wasn’t able to, Dawn took us even on her day off. Karin didn’t get discouraged about our search (even when we did) and she helped us find a home that is just right. Karin’s experience shows in her professionalism and knowledge. She is simply the best!” ~ Brian Widowski & Melissa Lewis

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“Karin was patient and always available to show houses. She remained dedicated to helping us find the right home (which took a couple of years!) and she remains dedicated to selling our old house. Karin is very knowledgeable of the current market and a master of the Westside of Cleveland. She is also warm, friendly and easy to work with.” ~ Sara Lozano & Ellen Bronder

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“When we met with Karin the first time she was completely prepared to put our home on the market. She had several different analyses of homes that have sold in our area to help us make a decision. We didn't need to wait for her to come back with any additional data. But most importantly, she asked for our business. She priced our home right and brought the right buyer. We sold our home in 3 days!!! We couldn't be more pleased with the professionalism of Karin and her team. Thank you to the Vonderau Team!” ~ Hank & Pat Wearsch

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“Karin is the most motivated, proactive and communicative realtor I have ever dealt with. From day one she worked tirelessly to get my house the maximum possible market exposure. Feedback to me was frequent and very timely. The additional support I received from her team, most notably Dawn Lenhard, was also invaluable. All in all, while selling your home is a stressful experience, Karin Vonderau and her team made it as painless as humanly possible.” ~ Bill Apar

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“I can't say enough about the professionalism and marketing efforts Karin and her Team put forth in selling my cluster home, particularly in the present difficult housing market. I received weekly updates on showings and phone calls from Karin to keep me aware of the activity in general. Karin and Dawn also did an excellent job in handling the sale process after my home was sold. I would highly recommend Karin to anyone buying or selling a home.” ~ Andrea Petkash

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“Karin is extremely professional and gets the job done. We sold our home within a month of listing with Karin and her exceptional team! Would highly recommend to others who want to sell their home quickly!” ~ Mike & Nora Smith

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“Karin is a market leader. She is professional, thorough and a pleasure to do business with. I believe the best realtor in the Cleveland market.” ~ Don & Nancy Maltby

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“Karin is exceptional. What is most impressive is her responsiveness. Whenever I had any questions, she typically responded the same day--that is if her team didn't beat her to the punch. I was also impressed at how much communication there was during the sales process--as I was waiting for showings to turn into an offer, she kept me updated with her perspective on how things were going and what to expect. If I ever need to make another move in the area, there is no one else I would choose.” ~ Ellen Beese - Young

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“Karin and Dawn were wonderful to work with. They were responsive to any questions and concerns and their marketing plan worked great. The internet listing, pictures and brochures were professionally done and the bottom line is that our house was sold well within the timeframe we needed!” ~ Al & Bev Alteri

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“We saw Karin's signs everywhere so we looked her up online and saw that she had great stats for successful sales. Karin was there for us 100%, gave us wonderful feedback on getting our house ready to sell, was professional and prompt in answering questions. We know she had more prestigious high dollar clients than us but we always got her undivided attention. She did a great job getting our house on the market fast and it sold in less than a week!!!” ~ John & Amy Fitch

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“After having our house listed for a year with another agent and receiving no offers, we listed our house with Karin. She provided wise counsel on how to market and price a high-end home in a challenging real estate environment, resulting in multiple offers within a few months. Throughout the entire process, Karin and her team provided exceptional communication with us, and the ultimate buyers of our home indicated that she was great to work with from their perspective as well. We would highly recommend Karin and her team to anyone looking to sell their home on the west side of Cleveland.” ~ Tim & Anne Swanson

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