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I Know The Territory

Karen Wilhelm
MBA, MRE, CRS, GRI, Broker
2000 REALTOR of the Year
1999 President, Vail Board of REALTORs

(970) 390-2480 (cell) . (970) 476-2482 (office)

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties
Karen Wilhelm ... rock solid in Service

Satisfied customers and clients are the heart of Karen's business. More than 75% of her business is repeat and/or referral. Here is what some of them have to say ...

"Karen Wilhelm did a marvelous job helping us to find just the right home in Eagle, CO and to sell our duplex in Vail. She advised us as we staged our duplex. She created buzz around the sale by previewing the property with selected brokers and managing the process. Karen has earned our highest recommendation." SH & SH, Englewood CO

"Karen listened to us and found exactly the house we wanted! This was very much appreciated, since we were traveling from another state to look. She carefully chose homes to view and consider in our selection process. She also spent a lot of time analyzing the market and took time to help us understand the price points and comps in the area we were considering. Thank you, Karen, for your professionalism and patience! You made it as easy as possible!" GBB & RB, Austin TX

"Karen Wilhelm is a top class broker. Our experience buying a property in Vail through Karen could not have been better. She went out of her way to support me through a grueling approval process required by the city of Vail. She joined me in planning commission meetings, design review board meetings and even offered to drive all the way to Denver for the closing. No matter what I needed, Karen was always there to support me and address any questions or concerns I had throughout the process. Even after I've closed on the property, Karen has continued to support me in finding contractors to do the work of building a new home. I cannot thank Karen enough for her support and look forward to working with her again. Thanks Karen!" SH, Denver CO

"Karen did a phenomenal job on all counts. Our online listing was excellent with a 360 degree photo presentation and she handled all the details with the closing. Thanks much." BF, Bethesda MD

"Robert is patient and never encouraged me to lower my sales price for a quick sale. He knows the market in Vail well and was confident that we had the unit priced appropriately and that we would find a buyer at close to asking price." KL, Houston TX

"Karen Wilhelm was very responsive to my needs and made great recommendations (such as offering the unit as furnished). She moved quickly to get the property on the market (per my request) and moved quickly and in a responsive manner when an offer was received the very next day. She kept me informed of all critical items, dates, activities, etc. during the entire sales process. Getting the unit on the market and the entire sales process was painless. Everything went quickly and smoothly, thanks to Karen's hard work and expertise. I'm a very happy client and would not hesitate to use Karen's services again. I would highly recommend her to others." DB and HB, Edwards CO

"Karen was great to work with. She has solid knowledge of the Vail valley. She understood our criteria and identified appropriate properties for us to view, which led to a quick search and sale that was handled as seamlessly as possible." B and BS, Denver CO

"Karen and Bob Wilhelm did a great job with our condo purchase. They are very responsive, knowledgeable about the area and familiar with the properties. We enjoyed working with them." BW and HF, Denver CO

"Karen has taken care of my families real estate needs in Colorado for years and has always done a great job." RM, Kilgore TX

"Very alert to my wife and I's special circumstances. Showed me several properties last summer that came close to our target. But my wife was working in London at the time and was unable to get to Vail. So we decided to hold off. But when [Karen] heard of a new listing that matched our goals almost perfectly, she took the initiative to contacting us. That led to the completed transaction." RK and JW, Sleepy Hollow NY

"Karen Wilhelm has helped us with two purchases and one sale. She is always available to discuss concerns or steps and we never felt rushed or overwhelmed. Karen is beyond meticulous on dates and followed up on emails to make sure we didn't miss anything. While we are hoping not to do any more transactions for a while, if we do, we will surely give Karen a call!" JP and NP, Avon CO

"Karen, Thank you so much for helping me purchase my new home and sell my old home. You went out of your way to help me and to help get everything ready. You made everything quick and easy and were so willing to change times/schedules/etc throughout the process. Thanks again!" LH, Vail CO

"Karen Wilhelm worked with me years ago on a previous transaction for a member of an HOA while I was serving as president of that HOA. Karen's professional follow-up during a challenging situation always stayed with me. I recall telling myself that if we were ever to sell our Vail property that I would need to get in touch with Karen. I did and she proved to be exactly the right choice for the sale of our property. Karen was traveling on vacation as we approached closing and was returning to the USA on the day of closing. She stayed in touch with this transaction throughout her vacation and her communication made sure all went smoothly all the way through closing. Karen was focused, paid attention to detail and kept her finger on the pulse of this transaction from beginning to end even while traveling. She didn't miss a beat! Karen is clearly well connected in the real estate community. She was an incredible agent throughout the entire process and worked in our interests and the interest of a successful transaction. We would recommend Karen to anyone interested in selling their Vail Valley property." KM and PT, Boulder CO

"Karen is highly competent and readily available to provide real estate information in the Vail Area. She is totally professional and is willing to assist the seller with all aspects of the sale." RH, Naples FL

"Always available, friendly and professional." AT, Guadalajara, Mexico.

"Karen Wilhelm was there for us. She was always on top of things and fought for us. She kept after the seller's agent as he was slow to get things done and at times acted irresponsibly. It was a true pleasure working with Karen and Berkshire Hathaway is lucky to have her as their representative. Without question, I will recommend Karen to anyone looking to buy or sell a property." PE and TE, Wellesley MA

"Karen Wilhelm is a terrific realtor and represented our issues perfectly! We had used Karen in the past, so we were very comfortable with her approach. She has EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!! She listens well, knows the market, plans very well, handles all details quickly and effectively, and gets to a successful conclusion quickly! Karen is the best!! JC and DC, Bloomington MN

"Very patient and understanding agent. We have known and dealt with Karen for a long time. She continues to be a very knowledgeable, prompt, and caring, successful realtor." SG and EG, Eagle CO

"Karen and Robert were great to deal with in finding us the right property. Their knowledge of the area is key. They took the time to understand our interests of what we were searching for in a property and how we planned to use it. Thru their advise on properties, locations, amenities, and future plans we were able to find the perfect place. They made the process feel easy. Thank you for all the help!" JP and LP Menomonie WI

"Karen Wilhelm was outstanding throughout the process. Always accessible, offering assistance and explanations the entire way. When we bought our last property in the Valley we used Karen and we were living out of state. Everything went so well we absolutely would not use anyone else." KO and PR, Avon CO

"I selected Karen as my Buyer's Agent because of my previous excellent experience with her. She acted exactly as I would have had I been doing the negotiations and processing myself. No pressure, very knowledgeable and delightful to know and work with." DS and JS, Great Falls VA

"Karen was incredibly thorough in our process to purchase a second home in Vail. Karen was professional, Excellent at understanding our needs, negotiating the purchase and handling every detail of the search, purchase and closing. Her local knowledge and attention to detail was critical. Karen Wilhelm's knowledge of the risks of working with out of town mortgage bankers was critical. Not sure our deal would've stayed on track without her tenacity. We would most definitely recommend Karen over any broker we have met. Even when she was out of town and out of country, she was more attentive and accessible than our previous experience. We have only positive things to say about our Buy team (Wilhelms). We appreciate your thorough, diligent and thoughtful guidance and support throughout the process. We're so glad we decided to buy in Vail! We know we'll have many years of wonderful family memories there. Thank you for everything you've done! We'll look forward to seeing her and Robert in the new year!" RL and KL, Mission Hills, KS

"Karen was so wonderful to work with. She was so knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way. She really knew what I was looking for and worked hard to find the right property. I was making the purchase by myself and honestly couldn't have done it without Karen. I am so grateful for all of her help and hard work and will recommend her very strongly to anyone I know looking for property. Thank you Karen!" HM, Edwards CO

"I sent emails to several companies based on a Web search. Karen was the only one who replied promptly and was willing to show us properties when we were coming in from out of town. Karen goes above and beyond for her clients. I have never dealt with a real estate agent who was so proactive in negotiation and so responsive with communication." CA and GT, Denver CO

"Karen and Robert were very helpful throughout our two year process of deciding on the right property to buy in Vail. The experience with them could not have been better. They know the Vail Valley very well and the pros and cons of each area. Karen was always quick to respond to phone calls or emails and would arrange showings quickly. Karen knows our condo complex well and was very helpful when I finally decided to buy. She understands the Vail market and was responsive and helpful all the way through closing." ... KL and CW, Houston TX

"Karen and Bob are very helpful providing step by step instruction to us. We knew what is needed next. They communicated very well. We will recommend them." BB and MB, Quartz Hill CA

"Karen was very professional, knowledgeable and courteous. We spent a lot of time on the internet before flying out to Colorado. Karen was extremely knowledgeable in this area. Once we arrived we felt like we knew the area and all that was For Sale. She helped narrow down our choices and upon arrival had a few showings and we purchased one. Having a short window to personally visit Colorado,she was ready to guide us to exactly what we dreamed of." RR and CR, Pensicola FL

"I only hope you know what a jewel you have in Karen. She is the most articulate, intelligent and energetic realtor I have ever had the good fortune to work with. She not only takes care of absolutely everything for her clients, but she does the most unusual from any realtor that I've worked with - and that is: she truly cares about you and the transaction. And I don't mean in just getting the job done. She goes far and beyond all that. The lady does many things above and beyond what you expect - all to make it easier for you her client. I feel truly blessed to have met and worked with Karen and to now also be able to call her my friend. was the best service I have EVER received bar none. And not only the best, but so far ahead of the #2 spot. To understand the impact of that statement, over the years I have had 15 "buyer" transactions, 13 "seller" transactions for a total of 28, utilizing 11 different realtors." DM, Houston TX

"Karen is a consummate professional. Her attention to detail is impeccable. She possesses every quality you would want in representing a buyer or seller. And she gets the job done!" SS, Ft Collins CO

"Karen Wilhelm is very organized, detail oriented and on top of deadlines. She is always friendly and professional and never loses her cool. She always made me feel like my transaction was the most important thing she was working on." PM, Des Moines IA

"Karen Wilhelm did a outstanding job for us - on understanding the community, finding homes for consideration and completing the purchase. She was a true pleasure to work with." SC and GC, Greenwich CT

"Karen's Web site is so easy to navigate. She just makes the process simple and enjoyable. Karen is a delight to work with. This is our second property she has closed for us. Karen helped to ensure privacy even in a small community which was essential during negotiations. Excellent all around !" JP and NP, Vail CO

"Working with Karen and Robert Wilhelm was an extremely positive experience for us. They have a very good understanding of the local market, are extremely attentive, detail-oriented, and pleasant to work with. They went above and beyond for us. We have worked with the Wilhelms on multiple transactions and highly recommend them." YM and MM, Vail CO

"Wow Karen, Working with a realtor to sell our house in Denver. We didn't realize how great you were until we worked with someone else. Hope all is well. You really are Top Notch!" VH and SH, Denver

"Karen, Thank you for the fantastic advice and service you provided us as our Vail realtor. Buying a home in a vacation market has many challenges but your help guided us through the learning and decision making process with ease. Most valuable of all, your ability to anticipate what we were seeking, and preview properties on our behalf, made the process of buying a second home from a distance a pleasure. Your market insights and negotiating skills allowed us to identify and purchase the perfect condo at an ideal price. We are fortunate to have had a Vail local recommend you to us. Having now worked with you, we now highly recommend you to others, as both a realtor and a friend." KV and SV, Denver, CO

"Karen, I have to tell you that you are one of the most organized, efficient and responsive Agent's that I ever deal with. You really are awesome!!" ... a Stewart Title escrow officer.

"Karen is a Rock Star! She took care of everything and was on top of every detail !" ... DC, Denver, CO

"On behalf of my entire family, I wanted to say thank you so much for all your help in selling my [daughter's] condo [in Avon]. All your hard work and attention to detail made the entire process so much easier for her. It was a pleasure meeting you. Your 'Colorado' hospitality was greatly appreciated." ... DL and WL, Hyannis, MA

"[Karen] did everything possible to make the sale of our property go smoothly and quickly. [She] performed way beyond the call of duty! Many thanks to you!" ... CVM, Colorado Springs, CO

"It is always a delight to work (and play) with you and the Wilhelms! Your organization and attention to detail is exceptional. I appreciate your thoughtful support of my search for a new home and the many hours spent on my behalf !! You are simply The Best." ... SS, Eagle, CO

"A couple years ago when trying to find a bigger house, we stopped by [Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lionshead Office] and had the pleasure of meeting Karen, who helped us every time that we were in Vail, until we found our dream house last December. She helped us more than was ever expected so we asked her to help us sell our townhouse also. [Karen's service was] excellent; we cannot thank her enough for all the help that she gave us - well beyond what could be expected." ... EG and TG, Tucson, AZ

"We used Karen because of her excellent reputation and help with our first purchase. Karen's previewing of properties was an invaluable service for out of town buyers. She read our minds. A time saver. Karen always kept our interests in mind." ... BB and DB, Longview, TX

"Karen was organized, extremely knowledgeable and wonderful to work with from the first meeting through the full purchase process - she and Robert went above and beyond." ... AM & AM, Denver, CO

"Karen always had a great attitude, was able to set up a day of showings with just a day or two of forewarning, knows all the neighborhoods and most of the properties on the market, has a great website and followed up my questions as fast as possible." ... DR & RR, Austin, TX

"Karen helped us bid on a condo before it went on the market. It really helped us keep our offer low. Her follow up was wonderful - we don't live in Vail. She really helped with all the details." ... DC & JC, Denver, CO

"Karen did a wonderful job showing us many properties in our price range. She was always prepared and was very patient in our search. Karen is very professional and worked very hard to find the right property for us." ... MR & JK, Mendota Heights, MN

"Karen is at the top of her game. She went over and above what I expected. She advised me and helped get the house looking right for the sale. I made 20% over my basis in this market." ... KA, Chicago IL

"Karen had a good web presence and I needed a knowledgeable broker - Buyer's Agent. [Karen was] very professional and attentive to the client and getting the deal done." ... AL & BL, Canandaigua, NY

"Karen and Robert helped me purchase originally in 2002 and I knew what a good job [they would do selling my property]. I can't think of anything [that could have been done better] she was there for me in every way - efficient, professional & friendly. Having Karen and Robert working together as a team enables them to give the best service. They are also just extremely nice people and outstanding representatives of Prudential." ... EC, Buffalo, NY

"Karen and Bob are the best. I have bought and sold real estate for a very long time and my experiences with them have been top notch - the amount of information provided, their negotiation skills and their market knowledge all make it such a pleasure to do business with them." ... JM, Centennial, CO"

"You did an outstanding job, definitely one of the most professional realtors I have ever dealt with, and we have done alot of buying and selling, you are amazing. I hope we get to work with you again in the future and I sincerely mean that, you are very good." ...BD & CD, Cornelius, NC

"We can't thank you enough for all you did for us throughout the whole process of buying our condo. We appreciate you so much." ...GG & GG, Avon, CO

"I think it is going to be a while for the markets to come back. We feel very fortunate that our place sold, thanks to our great agent!!" ...MG & SG, Santa Barbara, CA

"Karen Wilhelm was professional, competent, helpful and pleasant at all times. It was a pleasure to have her representing us and helping us." ...JC & JC Colorado Springs CO

"Occassionally in our professional lives we come across people who mean so much more to us than a simple business relationship. A 'thank you' does not amply express our appreciation for all that you've done for us. Thanks for being our realtor, but thanks so much more for being a true friend and touching our lives and hearts in a very special way." ... AB & SH, Edwards CO

"[We] appreciate the detail and thought which goes into Karen's work. I wish she was available for other parts of the Country." ...KC & JC Pasadena CA

".. to show our deep appreciation for the work Karen Wilhelm did for us in the purchase of our new home in Cotton Ranch. As new home owners, we could not be happier. There were many unforseen disasters involved with this particular transaction and Karen handled them all with the upmost professionalism, remaining true and fair to both parties. Without her the deal most likely would have fallen through. We were not surprised to hear that Karen was chosen as Real Estate Associate of the Year by her peers, and we highly recommend Karen to all our friends who might be considering a purchase soon. Congratulations to Karen, and to Prudential for having her as an associate." ... SH & RH Cotton Ranch CO

"Karen was absolutely fantastic. She went above and beyond on every detail of our transaction. We were constantly amazed at her energy and thoroughness. She sent us floor plans, videos and digital pictures in Kansas City when we couldn't be in Vail to see the property. Not to mention the many contracts we did via fax. Then she handled our closing, switched utilities and had our carpets cleaned. Her extra touches really made a difference. We loved working with her and made a new friend in the process." ... LB & TB Kansas City MO

"Everything went very smooth and very quick. Karen was very helpful and thorough. Enjoyed working with her. She is a kick!!!" ... JG & LG Littleton CO

"You were wonderful through the house hunting/buying experience, we are very grateful to have had your help and now your friendship. Our greatest thanks." JM & SM, Eagle-Vail CO

"Karen was very organized. When we came to Vail she arranged showings which were set around our timetable and she would take as much of her time as we needed. Our taste in condos (my wife's and mine) did not necessarily coincide, but Karen found one we both loved. She had a wonderful grasp of the business and really helped with the closing. She was also very firm with the sellers and followed through on his promises. Working with Karen was a delight!" ... MM & CM Lincoln NE

"Karen and Bob were great and made the experience very enjoyable." GG, Denver CO

"[We] wanted to thank you for all your hard work and the successful sale of our home. We realize it wasn't the easiest sell and we appreciate your perseverance, honesty and guidance. If we can ever be of help to you in the way of a reference, please do not hesitate to call. Likewise, if our path should ever lead us to Vail in the future, we would look forward to your assistance. It was a pleasure working with you, and again, our sincerest thanks." ... PC & TC Eureka CA

"[Karen] impressed us with her knowledge of the Real Estate market, her sincerity, and her devotion to service. As we searched the residential market, it happened that we ended up putting Karen in one of the most difficult situations a realtor can encounter. Our final choice was a home that was being built - and Karen represented the builder. We had several months of negotiations that had to be completed before closing. We never had any concern about Karen's position during the entire period. She was always up-front, and yet could be fair, but firm with both the buyer and the seller. All of our initial impressions of Karen were accurate. She has gone far beyond her responsibilities to us as buyers. She is our contact in the Vail community, and she is our friend. Each time we see pictures and articles from Prudential about Karen as Top Sales Associate, we are not surprised. We have nothing but praise for her knowledge, attitude and service. Her initiative and enthusiastic expertise allow us to recommend her, without reservation." ...DS & CS Anna Maria FL

"Karen was professional, courteous, organized and if ever running late - she would call!! You have no idea how important it was to me that she would return calls promptly, get questions answered quickly and always "call" if she would be late for a meeting. Anyway, I don't have to look any more for a person I want to work with for my future transactions. Karen Wilhelm will be it. Thank you Karen and thank you Prudential for having such a great person on your team." ...KF & RF Eagle-Vail CO

"[We both] miss the Valley so much already. You have been so wonderful to work with. We truly appreciate everything you did to help us sell our home. We hope our paths keep us in contact or cross again in the near future." JM & TM, Maple Grove, MN

"I simply wanted to thank you again for all you have done for me and my family. It's still a little strange to think of myself as a homeowner, but when I see I had you on my side it is not hard to realize whe the deal got done. It's hard to describe the sense of worth you have given me, but having done this for so many people I'm sure you have some idea. When people ask me about the realtor that helped me I can only tell them that I think you walk on water." ...AG Vail CO

"Karen Wilhelm was accessible, informed, quick to respond, assertive, honest and friendly. She did a fabulous job marketing and selling our home, a particularly tough market to sell. Thanks go to her." ... DN Boulder CO

"You did a superb job as our realtor and we feel so fortunate to have had you represent us. You are certainly getting our highest recommendation." ...ES & JS Noblesville IN

"We want to thank you again for your excellent work and help with purchasing our place [in Beaver Creek] - things went so smoothly and we know your expertise has much to do with that." ...BU & MU Bloomington MN

"Thank you for all of your help and for being such an incredible source of knowledge. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your assistance and kindness. Thanks again." ... a fellow REALTOR

"You were wonderful to work with and did a great service for [your customers]. I look forward to working with you again soon. Thanks!!!" ... a fellow REALTOR

"Congratulations [Karen]! We just love working with you. You are such a professional. We look forward to many more transactions with you." ... a fellow REALTOR

"Thank you for being so good at what you do! It makes my job so easy and fun. I look forward to our next closing. See you soon." ... a local title company representative

"Your performance during this past year placed you in the top 4% of all sales associates within the Prudential Real Estate network. I know that this accomplishment required a lot of hard work and extra effort on your part, taking valuable time away from family and friends and making it necessary for you to spend hours on the phone and in your car providing "Satisfaction and then some" to your customers. We, at The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., want to be sure you know that your hard work is both acknowledged and appreciated." ... John Van Der Wall, President, Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

Also see Marla Hillerich's Testimonials and Reviews

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