Karen Marti Hale
A client's young daughter calls her the real estate angel sent to help find the family's dream home. The Texas Real Estate Commission calls her service superior and above and beyond the norm. And North Texas home buyers and sellers call her their best advocate in a competitive market.
Meet Karen Marti Hale, a dedicated Realtor who has consistently earned rave reviews from all realms of the industry since launching her distinguished career nearly 23 years ago.
"In every endeavor, whether that involves serving her clients, her industry or the community, Karen demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and expertise," says Sheila Rice, President of Virginia Cook, Realtors. "Add her genuine concern for the well being of all those with whom she comes in contact, and it is easy to see how she has become one of the top performing Realtors in our market."
Not afraid to take on any challenge, Karen serves a diverse base of clients in a broad market that spans the entire North Texas area and every property type from luxury estates and sprawling farm and ranch properties to charming first-time homes. "It is important to me to exceed the expectations of my clients as well as strive to set the highest standards of professionalism among my peers," explains Karen. To continue a high level of service for her clients, Karen and Gayla Lowke (founding Associate of Virginia Cook, Realtors) partner together and have combined over 43 years serving clients on a local, national and international level.
In fact, her commitment to being a role model for the industry earned her accolades from the industry's own watch dog, the Texas Real Estate Commission. In a rare action, the Commission commended Karen's service and expertise in a formal citation presented to her company.
But just as memorable to Karen is the young daughter of a family she served who was certain that "God sent her to help us find and buy a new house."
"Helping others achieve their dreams in the continuously changing environment of real estate is a challenge," says Karen. "But it is a challenge that brings the greatest enjoyment and rewards to me."
To ensure that she is fully prepared to efficiently and effectively handle every real estate transaction, Karen has been in a continuous state of learning since receiving her Texas real estate sales license in 1993. As a result, she holds a staggering number of professional designations including the Accredited Buyers Representative, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, the Certified Residential Specialist, the Graduate-Realtors Institute, the Certified-Consumer Real Estate Consultant, the Referral and Relocation Certification, Certified International Property Specialist and GREEN Designation. She is a graduate of Towson State University and has completed the Leadership Denton program and Leadership MetroTex.
Within the industry, Karen is equally respected for her hard work and contributions has served as a director of the Collin County Association of REALTORS and was vice president of membership of the Collin County Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS. She also has served as Chair of CCAR's Professional Standards Committee. Karen served as Texas Co-Chair Sponsor of the Women's Council of Realtors, and served as Chair of the Certified Residential Specialist Programs Committee. She is a member of the National Association of REALTORS Business Issues Committee. She has served on the Texas Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee and as an Ambassador the State Association. Karen is also a Metrotex Leadership Graduate.
Her business ties are further strengthened through her active involvement with the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, Top Producer Forum and Life Launch-SOS.
"Karen is a business woman who never ceases to amaze those around her with her ability to get things done, and get them done the right way," says Virginia Cook, Founding Partner. "The respect she has earned in our industry and community is surpassed only by the loyalty of her real estate clients."
Gayla Lowke has spent the past twelve years helping families and individuals not only find a home, but feel at home within the Metroplex.
"Being able to offer up-to-date information on our communities and area events and activities is so important when working with buyers," says Gayla Lowke. "Whether you are single, married or have children at home, there is a fundamental need to feel a sense of belonging and fulfillment. I work hard to help my clients answer this need."
A member of Virginia Cook, Realtors' North Dallas office, Ms. Lowke's comprehensive approach to her work has earned her a following of loyal customers as well as the respect of her peers.
"Gayla is an expert at reading between the lines and reading people," says Virginia Cook, founding partner of Virginia Cook, Realtors. "Often clients come in not really knowing what they want in a new home, or setting goals without realizing all of their options. Gayla helps them focus on their priorities and other relocation requirements."
A native of the Metroplex, Ms. Lowke enjoys introducing newcomers to the many lifestyle opportunities available within Dallas-Fort Worth. Her own personal background has been particularly helpful in assisting young or single business professionals find their special niche within the community. To continue a high level of service for her clients, Gayla and Karen Marti Hale partner together and have combined over 43 years serving clients on a local, national and international level.
Prior to entering real estate, Ms. Lowke worked in corporate office furniture sales for 10 years. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors' Leadership program. She is also a Young Lions Graduate and has earned the Accredited Buyers Representative and Relocation Specialist designations.
"Gayla is an extremely knowledgeable and talented Realtor," says Sheila Rice, Executive Vice President and founding partner of Virginia Cook, Realtors. "I have had the pleasure of witnessing her every step in real estate sales since 1995, and I am deeply impressed by her integrity and the personal commitment she makes to each of her clients."
"When I entered the real estate profession, I never dreamed that it would be so rewarding," says Ms. Lowke. "There is tremendous satisfaction in working with people and helping them reach their goals. But this satisfaction doesn't come from how I feel," she adds. "The true pleasure comes when my client walks away from the closing table with a smile and excitement for the future."