Founder • Realtor®
Blending business strategy with market savvy
Karen is a seasoned business professional with over 35 years experience in real estate and the financial services sector. Successful years with Re/MAX Aboutowne, Oakville and a proven record has earned her a place in the RE/MAX Hall of Fame; Sales team leader for #1 Re/MAX Team in Canada in 2001; One of the top 5 RE/Max Teams in the world 1997-2002 and Founder of VHM at Re/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp., Brokerage, beginning in 2002.
At VHM, Karen offers clients a superior level of knowledge, expertise, proven success, and a broad based business network which is perfectly augmented by RE/MAX’s unmatched global reach and market share in most markets they occupy. Local and worldwide brand recognition. The best of both worlds.
A graduate of the Univerisity of Western Ontario, Karen’s career success in management with leading organizations such as Merill Lynch Canada and Dynatec Mining Limited has given her a deep understanding of the corporate world and its affect on our markets. Her direct approach and warm personality are a part of every client interaction and clients trust her to act with integrity.
Although experienced in all Oakville neighbourhoods and happy to do so, Karen’s varied and long term experience and expertise has led her to specialize in the higher end of the Oakville market. She has lived in Oakville for over 35 years and chooses to work only in Oakville/ Burlington (vs GTA) and uses her extensive experience in custom building and land development to its best use, south of the QEW.
Over the years, Karen has committed to the community by supporting local charities including, The Heart and Stroke Foundation; Kerr Street Mission; Lighthouse Foundation; Salvation Army and Halton Women’s Shelter; past long-term sponsor of The Oakville Center’s Christmas tradition, The Nutcracker; and past advisory board member of Silver Sherpa. This interest in and commitment to her home community is a direct result of strong family values and was modeled by her parents but in particular, by her late father Vic Holmes, a Broker/Owner and 45 year veteran of the real estate industry.
Karen originally hails from North Bay, Ontario and was raised in a family who owned one of the most successful real estate firms and was the last independent real estate brokerage in the city. She is uniquely poised to introduce you to North Bay and help you buy either a vacation property or a permanent home. Only 3.5 hours from Toronto, this city offers a more relaxed pace, two gorgeous lakes and is a welcome change and respite, especially during these challenging times. Like the city's slogan says, North Bay is: "JUST NEAR ENOUGH TO BE PERFECT".
Karen’s dedication to her profession and clients, shows. Ninety eight percent of her business is derived from personal referrals.
Her reputation speaks for itself.