Member Spotlight: Meet Karen Skala

Karen Skala

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Whether a buyer or seller, every client has different requirements. By listening and understanding each person's unique goals, Karen Skala ensures that her client's needs and best interests are always protected and held as the highest priority. Karen knows that each buyer and seller has different needs and expectations and she listens to everyone individually.

Being a longtime resident of Bayside and Northern Queens Karen brings with her a highly qualified level of expertise in residential areas as well as the commercial aspects of the Northern Queens and Long Island business districts. Her extensive customer service and business background have inspired her to draw on her skills and relationships, and develop a flourishing career in real estate.

Here, Karen gives insight into how she got to where she is in the real estate business and her favorite client stories so far.

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How did you get to where you are today? 

I started my real estate career in Pennsylvania in 2006 specializing in vacation homes. I worked in the North Eastern area of P.A. in areas like Wayne and Lackawanna county. In 2008, I decided that I would like to branch into the New York real estate market. Many of my clients looking for vacation homes came from New York, and I was born and raised in Queens. So, I began working in Northern Queens eventually incorporating Long Island and the rest of Queens County into my business. I held a dual license for a while, however, in 2011 I moved full-time to New York and began my career in earnest here. Ever since I have been building my reputation and clientele. 


What is your biggest success story to date? 

 I recently sold a home in Shoreham. The sellers thought it was time to sell their vacation home, and I was more than happy to help. However, there were permit issues and housing violations galore. Yet, we were able to get the house sold in a way that satisfied both the sellers and buyers. It was a tough deal, yet I made it work!


What makes your market unique? 

I work in a market that I grew up in and know completely. I am able to give potential buyers recommendations on everything from restaurants to parks to visit in the area. This is an asset to not only buyers, but sellers as well because I understand the beauty and value within the neighborhoods I do business.


What is one of your favorite client stories? 

My favorite client story begins in 2008. These clients were a young couple to whom I sold their first home, a co-op in Bayside. They were a lovely couple to work with. In the past year, I received a call from them that it was time for them to purchase a new home. References are amazing, but when a client returns to me fourteen years after a purchase, I know I am doing my job correctly. 

Karen Skala is the exclusive agent representing the North Shore, Long Island, real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View all of her listings here.

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