Karen Ranquist, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Meet Karen Ranquist, Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


One of my Divorced Girl Smiling trusted professionals suggested I reach out to Karen. She said Karen would be a wonderful addition to our trusted professionals group, as she refers many clients to Karen, and all have had glowing reviews. After our initial conversation, I easily understood why. Karen is delightful. She is smart, experienced and truly energized when talking about her career as a real estate broker. I am so happy to welcome Karen!


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Karen’s Bio:

Karen Ranquist started her real estate career in 1997. Prior to that, she worked for five years as a licensed social worker in Chicago Public Schools. She became a full service agent in 1999 and was instantly recognized as a Rookie of the Year at her initial company. Since then, she has worked her way to the top of the ranks in Chicago’s competitive real estate market. In addition to being a broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, Karen was the primary real estate broker for a highly regarded builder of custom properties in the city. This extensive insight gives her an unparalleled background in home construction, materials, and design, in addition to her thorough knowledge of the Chicago housing market.

Karen’s expertise lies in working with contemporary single-family homes, condominiums, row homes, and new construction projects throughout the city, with a focus in Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Ukrainian Village, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview neighborhoods. Decades of experience have taught her the value of superior brokerage and impeccable customer service. Karen has been an annual Top Producer throughout her 20+ year career, is consistently a top producer in the Chicago Association of Realtors, and has been a Hall of Fame member at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago for the past 7 years. Among being honored by a variety of awards and in publications detailing her distinctive success, in 2018-2020 she has been honored by Crain’s Custom Media as “Most Influential Residential Real Estate Broker” and featured “The Who’s Who in Chicago Real Estate” by Chicago Agent Magazine. She has remained active in the community and served seven years on the Chicago Association of Realtors Grievance Committee and as former Vice President of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

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“Karen was recommended to us by a neighbor that helped sell their home. Karen has an exceptional awareness of the current market conditions and helped us price our home while keeping us aware at all times of the feedback she had received at showings, open houses and through calls with interested parties. She was professional and available to answer questions and advised us every step of the way. One of Karen’s unique strengths was in her marketing of our home and the various networks to feed into. Without giving up trade secrets, Karen’s wisdom in this area attracted many prospective buyers which was able to help us gain multiple offers. I’m sure you’ll be very happy with your experience with Karen as we were.” – Chris

“It was such a pleasure to work with Karen. She knew the market and the geographic area we were interested in and set everything up in the short amount of time we had to look. She was very patient with as we tried to make our decision and gave us all the information we needed to figure out our best option. She went above and beyond helping us with any question we had, not only about real estate but about Chicago in general as we were from out of town. Karen made the should process go so smoothly and she’s not only a fantastic real estate agent, but a wonderful person!”

“We worked with Karen on the sale of our place in the city. We listed in a difficult season coupled with escalating interest rates. Karen’s stylistic attention to detail, strategic and tailored marketing plan and connection to credible buyers positioned our unit to sell over ask with multiple offers. Karen accommodated our difficult schedules with showings and protected our interests throughout the entire process. Karen was always accessible and easy to communicate with. Without a doubt we would use Karen again and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a trustworthy, reliable and knowledgeable agent to work with on the sale or purchase of a property.”

“Karen was a great partner throughout the sale of our home. She guided us through a shifting economy, rising interest rates and inflation with her many years of experience. She’s strategic in her approach when it comes to timing, staging, pricing, open houses and negotiating. With her help, we were able to sell our home much quicker than expected. We have worked with Karen previously when buying our previous 2 homes and could not recommend her enough, both on the buy and sell side. She knows the area well and has a strong network, which her clients benefit from.”

“Karen assisted us with both selling our condo and finding a new home. She was very responsive and provided expertise/guidance throughout the process. On the buy side we appreciated her insights into the market conditions, advice on homes we viewed together, and drive to find us the perfect home. On the sell side she gave us great tips on getting our condo ready to list, specifically on how to stage. We were so happy with how good our home looked in the listing/for open houses, ended up with multiple offers, and sold for more than we expected. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend working with Karen.”


Karen Ranquist - Broker Associate at Berkshire Hathaway Chicago


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