Real Estate Services

Karin's customers share their real estate experiences.

“Karin and her team are just super. They made our house search and purchase easy, pleasant and successful. Karin was quick to learn our needs and guided us through a long list of houses and advised us as we narrowed down our search to the right type, size and house configuration we needed. She was quick and prompt to the extent that she would arrange for us to see a house within a few hours from our request. If you are looking for a professional who would take care of your needs, is prompt, knowledgeable of the local market and the market trends Karin and her team will be a great asset in making your needs and dreams come true.” - Salah Ahmed & Magda Sharafeldin

 “Karin’s service was exceptional – she responded promptly to every need and handled every aspect of the sale negotiations with the utmost professionalism. Her reputation caused us to call her for a consultation. We chose Karin because she was “BY FAR” the most prepared with facts, comparables, etc of all the Realtors we spoke with.” – Phil & Donna Ardire

 “We met Karin while looking a a house she was the listing agent of and we really liked her.  Not only was Karin professional but extremely friendly and made the whole process personable.” – Glenn & Michelle Detrick 

“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

"Karin is a Realtor who performs consistently far beyond all our expectations! We have gone to her four times in the last five years for home sales and purchasing and received fast, thorough and very satisfying results on every occasion - and in one of the absolute toughest housing markets our country has ever seen. It has been our good fortune to have gone to her initially - and stayed with her. We strongly recommend Karin over anyone as your closest partner and advocate when it comes to selling or buying a home!" - Gary & Linda Yingling

"Professionalism is one way to decscibe Karin's work ethic." We at Progressive Radon Inc, truly appreciate and enjoy conducting business with Karin and her team. Prompt, reliable and friendly." - Michael Khmelnitsky, Radon Specialist, Progressive Radon Inc.

"Karin is an exceptional Realtor and as a result, most people on the westside of Cleveland know her name. We have hired Karin twice to sell our homes and both times she has been great about marketing our home and really getting buyers in the door. I would recommend her as a Realtor to anoyone looking to sell." - Felipe & Kim Diaz

"We hired Karin to sell our home in Westlake and help us find our new home three years ago. We were impressed with her exceptional service, approach and her willingness to listen to our needs and expectations.  We would and have recommended Karin to our friends and family. When we are ready to move again, Karin will be our first Realtor to call!" - Tom & Trudie Mandilakis

"It is always a pleasure with Karin and her team. Experience and professionalism is a winning combination!" - Tim Atkinson, Sr. Vice President - Mortgage Loan Officer - First Place Bank

"Being a home inspector for the last two decades, I have worked with Karin Vonderau on many real estate tranactions. Many times, I would find conditions in a home that would require a repair or taking the next step. Karin would make sure the next step was taken and furthermore, would make a serious effort to keep the seller and buyer fully satisfied. Karin is a well known real estate professional, a great negotiator and professional." - Marko Vovk, Home Inspector, Ambassador Constructions  Consultants LLC

"Karin provides first class service to her clients. She works hard to make a real estate transaction come together. Karin provides results while maintaining the highest level of integrity. She is an outstanding agent to have during difficult markets." Rod Newton

"I chose Karin because of her professional reputation and mailing in the community.  Karin and Dawn were prompt, responsive, efficient and PROFESSIONAL and got the job done!” – Laurel Nickels - Smith

 “Karin’s reputation of a good sales history and professionalism.  I loved her from my first meeting with her!  Karin and her team are always available with exceptional service and advice. Dawn also is quite exceptional ~ a true asset.” – Andrea Petkash

 ”Karin aggressively got my listing out to potential buyers. Follow-up was exceptional. Kept me informed through the entire process. Dawn was also very efficient and very personable.” – Bill Apar 

“Karin gave good, clear information on the state of the market during her listing presentation.  Karin and Dawn were helpful during the selling process and brought many potential buyers through the home and ultimately THE buyer for our home!” – Rob & Barb Goudie 

“I chose Karin because of her successful sales reputation.  Karin and Dawn returned my calls promptly and answered every question.  They were wonderful and I wouldn’t want them to change a thing! “ Claudia Hook 

“We picked Karin because of her exceptional reputation.” – Mike and Nora Smith 

“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 processionally done and the bottom line is that our house was sold well within the timeframe we needed.” – Albert and Bev Altieri

“Karin was wonderful to deal with. She was professional, understanding of our concerns and the follow up provided by her office keeping me up to date since I live out of town was awesome. The best part was she got the word out fast about the fair price listed on my mother's condo AND IT WAS SOLD IN 5 days. Needless to say, I was very impressed. She was recommended to me as an agent that would work hard to sell our property and she did.” – Art Reitz


“Karin was wonderful as we went through the home-buying experience in Avon Lake, OH. She was able to help us find the right home for the right price. She was helpful right from the start and kept in touch with us even after we had moved in. We would absolutely recommend her to other home buyers.” – John and Meredith Penhollow, Cleveland Browns

 “My wife and I had the pleasure of dealing with Karin in the November 2010. Karin was great in working with us as self-represented buyers and was able to negotiate a deal that was fair to all parties. We closed on our Westlake home in November and Karin has been great about following-up with us post-purchase. We appreciated her professionalism and her responsiveness in light of the fact that she was traveling overseas during a portion our closing. This was our 4th move in 9 years and by far the most hassle-free. We would recommend Karin to anyone especially if your time horizon is limited.”  – Bill & Laura Kress

“If you are looking to buy or sell a home...look no further than Karin Vonderau! Karin was very professional, extremely knowledgeable of the housing market, and also very kind! She made us feel like we were her only client and was always so attentive to our needs. She sold our house in Westlake within a week (it was a miracle considering the bad market!) and helped us find the house of our dreams within the very same month!! We highly recommend Karin to anyone who is in need of a stellar real estate agent!” – Dr. Fadi & Janine Khoury

“Karin is a true professional. She is experienced, hard working, and straightforward. Her entire team was always on top of things and was always in communication. In a difficult market, she was calm, and reassuring. Her knowledge and strategy resulted in multiple showings, and we had our house sold in 2 months. Highly recommend without reservation.” – Dr. Tim & Kristen Barnett

“What I liked best about Karin was her very aggressive marketing, excellent communication and always making the seller feel that their interest is the only interest that matters! We would absolutely recommend Karin to all of our friends!”  - Dr. Madappa & Dr. Roshini Kundranda

“Karin listed and handled the sale of our Westlake home in the fall of 2010. We found her and her team to be the ultimate professionals. We especially appreciated the high level of communication both by phone and email. We were made to feel that the sale of our home was their primary responsibility, even though we knew that Karin had many other more expensive homes on the market. The team was incredible in making the close was painless as possible. We highly recommend Karin and her team.” -  Roger and Almira Hercl

  “Karin, Dawn, and Amy were dedicated and tirelessly helped us navigate and succeed in a very difficult market. Their knowledge and techniques, along with attention to detail were key in working through and accomplishing our goals above all other competition.” – Rob & Mimi Kuehn 

“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 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

 “In the midst of a truly awful environment for selling high-end real estate in Westlake, Karin and her team got our house sold in four months. We had it listed with another agent for 12 months and received no offers. With Karin, we got four offers in four months.  While Karin and Dawn excelled at all aspects of the process, they were truly exceptional in converting “interest” into offers and proactively communicating with us every step of the way. We could not be happier with how they managed the process, and our only regret is that we didn’t sign up with them soon!” – Tim and Anne Swanson

  “What I liked best about Karin was her very aggressive marketing, excellent communication and always making the seller feel that their interest is the only interest that matters! We would absolutely recommend Karin to our friends!” – Drs. Madappa & Roshini Kundranda 

“I chose Karin based on her reputation as a leader with Howard Hanna. Karin was able to price the house correctly. I liked the weekly updates and comments. I would recommend Karin to my friends and family.” – Another satisfied seller

 “Karin and her team are wonderful!  Karin was the listing agent when we purchased the home.” – Bryan & Lauren Scott

 “Karin and Dawn were always available, always responded in a timely fashion.  They kept us updated each step of the way. They helped & guided us both through the selling and buying process.” – Michael & Carol Tessmer 

”Thank you Karin for the first class work you did as our agent even during the difficult and certainly emotional market. Money can always be recaptured but good people are rare; we consider you a truly honest and good person in a tough business world. May you enjoy much success based upon such virtues.” – Rod & Deb Newton

 “After having no success with a previous Realtor, a friend of ours told us about Karin and they were right!  Karin and Dawn kept us in the loop at all times.  If we needed a questions answered or advice they were prompt in their response.  They got the job done quickly when others could not – I see nothing in their service that needs improvement!” – Joe and Camille Ceccacci 

 “The information Karin provided along with her professionalism gave us all the reasons we needed to list with her.  Karin and Dawn did an excellent job in communicating the sales process to us after our home sold in 4 days!” – Robert & Debbie Kaiden 

“Karin’s description of how she works sounded perfect to what I needed to sell my home.  She was pro-active to the market and had the contacts with doctors and sports figures.  Karin was excellent in communicating with me throughout the entire process – from feedback from showings to organizing the closing details. Karin and her team did a great job throughout the entire process!” – Linda Springer

 “I chose Karin because of her experience.  I appreciated how everyone pitched in during the final days to get the deal done.  I will absolutely recommend Karin to others!” – Jim Valenty

 ”We chose Karin because she was honest, aggressive and knowledgeable about the market.  Karin and Dawn had excellent communication and follow through.  All questions/concerns we had were answered/addressed quickly.” – Puneet & Gitika Dham 

“Eleanor and I are delighted with all of the services provided by Karin and Dawn in the search for and purchase process!  Great Job!” – Abe and Eleanor Klassen 

“Karin and her team professionally sold my home when other agents could not.  Her performance and track record speak for themselves.” – Dan Haas 

”Karin has sold a home previously for us.  She is very competent and trustworthy.  Her assistant, Dawn, is very responsive, reliable and thorough.  Karin and Dawn gave great advice and were exceptional with their responsiveness and advice.” – Gary and Linda Yingling

 “Karin quickly understood our needs and wants.  She swiftly steered us to properties that met our criteria.” – Abe and Eleanor Klassen 

”Karin and Dawn were very prompt and accommodating to our needs.” – Anil & Poppy Biswal  

“We have used Karin previously for buying and selling and had positive results.  Their communication and marketing strategy is great!” ~ Jeff and Karen Ghezzi 

“We chose Karin because she was very knowledgeable on the market, results oriented and conscientious.  Karin and Dawn got right to the task at hand and were very responsive and sensitive to our needs.  Our house sold in less than a month and there really is little need for improvement with these results!” ~ Hugh and Marilyn Meabon

 “We chose Karin because of her aggressive sales, always available and always accessible when you need her!    Karin and Dawn kept us on an even keel during the sales process.  They were our therapists in a time of great family stress/relocating/new jobs out of state.  They remained optimistic throughout.  Their communication was excellent.” ~ Tom and Sue Robinson 

“Karin Vonderau was wonderful.  Very knowledgeable, professional and much experience.” – Sheila McNally 

“Karin came highly recommended to us by a friend.  Also, she presented an exceptional presentation at our original meeting.” – Bob & Barbara Hopkins 

“ We met Karin at a home she had listed and we liked her personality and asked her to list our home.  Karin was very knowledgeable about the business and instrumental in getting the house sol with the potential buyer.  Dawn was also a pleasure to work with and the fliers she designed were great.” – Felipe & Kim Diaz  

“Karin helped us buy our home.  We were very impressed by her knowledge, organization, and efficiency.  Karin and Dawn made our buying the house very easy and enjoyable.  We had the same expectations from them when we decided to sell our house and they helped every step of the way. We strongly believe that helped us sell our home so quickly.” ~  Vikas and Samta Gupta  

“Karin and her team did an excellent job of updating us on feedback and keeping in touch with us on a regular basis.  We will highly recommend Karin and her team to others.” – Bill and Dana Hennings 

“Karin and her team have now sold two houses for us and we wouldn’t think of using anyone else!  They were consistent in e-mailing us feedback after all showings.  They also were always available whenever we had a questions or concerns.” – Luci Urbancic 

“After speaking with Karin, We knew she was focused on “our” job which was to sell our home.  She also told us her proactive ways of finding buyers which gave my and my wife confidence.  Karin and Dawn were very good at communicating and keeping us informed of the entire process.  We have bought and sold seven homes in seven markets and they are the best with which we have worked.” ~ Peter and Julie Greene

 “Karin did an exceptional job of helping us find our new home, so we felt she would also do a great job in helping us sell our home.  Karin made us feel like we were her only client.  She would always respond to us in a very timely manner.  She also kept us updated and was always friendly.  Thank you so much Karin!  We love our new home and we have you to thank for finding it for us.”  ~ Dr. Fadi and Janine Khoury 

“Not only was Karin wonderful to work with during the buying/selling process, but Dawn was terrific to work with as well.  We researched which agents were selling the most homes in the area.  We really liked Karin after the first time we met her.” ~ Anthony and Sheryl Rini

 “It has been such a pleasure working with you… you are excellent at what you do and you are such a great person as well!! I’m so happy I found you that one day over in the Estates! I was very lucky that you were the one showing me those houses!  Now look at us!  I would highly recommend you to anyone!!!” ~ Dr. Fadi & Janine Khoury 

“We choose Karin as our Realtor because of her great reputation!  Karin and Dawn were very organized and always returned our phone calls/emails promptly.  They made us feel from the start that they would/could sell our home – priced it correctly even though it was hard to hear.  We would absolutely recommend Karin to all of our friends and family.” ~ Lew and Peggy Lenkaitis 

“Karin was 100% correct through the entire process – from what we could get for our home to our offer on our new home.” ~ Steve and Allison Jackson

 “My family relocated to California and vacated the property prior to listing the home; Karin and Dawn were so helpful to me during the process.  I could not have asked for better service.  I am truly grateful for their help.” – Amy Hazel

“Karin has helped us previously buy and sell property.  Her familiarity for the area was a plus.  She is very professional and the follow up and updates are very timely.  ~ Dan and Shaoping Cai 

 ”We chose Karin on the basis of her personal presentation.  We were impressed by her professionalism, preparedness and candor.  She marketed our home aggressively and communicated effectively throughout the process.  Without question we would recommend Karin to our friends, neighbors and business associates.” – Cathy Burgett & Drew Peretzky

 “We chose Karin for her reputation as an aggressive sales agent.  The turn around on feedback and response time to question was wonderful.  We would gladly recommend Karin to anyone that asks.” – Len and Marianne Jardine

 “Karin’s reputation said it all!  From the moment we met with her we were impressed with the knowledge of the current market conditions and mortgage industry.  Karin and her team had excellent customer service. “ – Tom and Trudie Mandilakis

 ”We chose Karin and her team for their professionalism, experience, and their persistence and commitment to sell our home at the best price.  Karin and her team communicated with us every step of the way.  They kept our best interested in mind and counseled us on the best courses of action.” – Brian & Denise Romanchok 

"Words cannot describe how happy we are with the thorough, professional and personalized work that Karin, Dawn and her entire team have delivered.  We got engaged a few months ago, and, selling our respective homes.  We both had numerous experiences with real estate agents on various properties in both good and tough markets.  My fiancée suggested using Karin to sell her home for two reasons: 1) she used Karin to sell her previous home in 2001, also a difficult market, and Karin did an outstanding job then, and 2) as we considered Westside agents who were active and actively closing, it was clear that Karin was still making things happen.  There are four things that are important characteristics I look for in an agent: 1) they know the buyers and the market (which only comes from experience), 2) they have a hunger to get the job done, even in a difficult market, 3) they view you as a personal relationship at an important emotional time in your life, and not as just another "transaction", 4) they have the demeanor and personality to help you and the other side maneuver through the negotiation with as little difficulty as possible.  Karin and her team embody all of these qualities.  If you think I am beaming, you should talk with my fiancée." - Professor Scott Fine, Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Dept of Banking and Finance


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