Karen Goodell
    ERA Distinctive Properties℠

    Karen Goodell

    Associate Real Estate Broker
    Satisfaction Rating An agent's star rating is the average of all the ratings of their service.
    Vacation home and primary residence home sales.
    General and vacation home real estate development.
    Consulting on home design, resale possibilities, and construction.
    Condominium or co-op conversion.

    My Client Reviews

    (32 reviews)
    Overall star rating: 5.0
    Past 3 months: N/A

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    Richard gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen knows the Chautauqua market and has many contacts. She, and her team, get the job done.
    Art gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen is an outstanding experienced, knowledgable and respected professional. She worked diligently to close our deal, with attention to every detail and communicated necessary information to all parties to close the deal on schedule. When problems arise, she proactively works to resolve them. Most importantly, her many years in the business provide her with the insight to structure the right offer for a particular situation, which often is the difference between winning and losing the bid. We believe we would not have won the bid for our house without Karen's experienced hand guiding us and structuring our offer. We recommend Karen 100%.
    Robert gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen did an excellent job of selling my unit. She set the pricing perfectly, helped me with staging, made suggestions to better attract buyers and got the job done. we were under contract in a very short time and the transition went smoothly. I would recommend Karen highly for both sales and as a buyer's agent. she clearly knows the Chautauqua Market,
    David gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    I recently bought my 18th residence through Karen Goodell. My wife and I have worked with many good, recommended Realtors in diverse locations. They were all good people. But, good or even excellent performance is still measurable. Karen Goodell sets the "Gold Standard" for customer service. Her personal standards for advice, integrity, market knowledge, communication and timeliness are at the highest level. Her accommodation of, and concerns for every detail of your search, transaction and settling are precise and personal. All that in addition to a delightful personality that is very involved with all aspects of her community, result in an exceptional buying or selling experience. Karen, along with her great team, are the best Realtors I have ever worked with.
    Karen gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    I cannot imagine having a better realtor on our side when we asked Karen Goodell to help us sell our lakeside condo and purchase property for our next homesite. She was so helpful to us! She was professional, always responsive, and just a pleasure to work with. She knows the real estate market, and was in complete control of our purchase and sale process. Her assistant Nicole helped to make the paperwork process a breeze, not only efficiently managing whatever documentation we needed to review and sign, but also patiently explaining processes that were unfamiliar to us. Karen advised us at every step of the way, and did whatever she had to do to help us list and sell our home quickly! I would recommend Karen to anyone even thinking of selling or buying a home.
    Barbara gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    I am a first time real estate buyer since we built our home 50 years ago. Karen led me through the process efficiently and helped facilitate the sale by contacting the home owner and telling them I would do renovations and wanted to use the unit in 2021. They had rented the unit for several weeks of the 2021 season. She told them that rental would be a "deal breaker" and they canceled all the 2021 rentals.
    Dave gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen and Nickcole, were great to work with. Being an out of state buyer they helped me through the nuances of New York real estate transactions.
    Warren gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen was wonderful. She has a detailed knowledge of the area and the market and was able to help us find a house that met our needs. She is patient and thorough, and went above and beyond to allow us to put in the best offer.
    Daniel gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    I have sold a number of pieces of real estate over the last few years, and Karen was, by far, the best realtor with whom I've worked. She didn't just go the extra mile, she went the extra 100 miles to sell our home! She couldn't have been more informed, helpful and proactive. She is always professional, incisive, and forward thinking. I simply can't say enough good things about her and the great job she did for us. Would I hire her again? ABSOLUTELY.
    Melinda Ann gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen is simply fabulous. My home purchase was a bit complicated - there were lots of questions to be answered about the current and potential issues and how much it will cost to resolve them. Karen went above and beyond to turn over every rock and get me all the information I needed so I could make a smart decision and feel good about it. She did not have an agenda about my decision - but worked tirelessly and used all her contacts and resources to help me understand everything I needed to know. You will be VERY fortunate to work with Karen!
    Jim gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen was extremely helpful in the selling of our Chautauqua cottage. With years of experience, she knows the market well. She helped establish a realistic price. She facilitated excellent staging. She provided important feedback from other agents and prospective buyers. She diplomatically told us of minor things needing change – things that were part of our personality, but not what the perspective buyers were looking for. We listened, made the changes, and they worked. She was always available for quick exchanges of information as the process progressed. A key part of this was capable backup support throughout from Karen’s assistant Nickole. This all lead to a successful sale at a reasonable price after a reasonable amount of time. Go with Karen and her support at Team VP!
    Scott gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen provided our estate with professional service that made the process of selling a home 500 miles away possible. She staged the home to bring out the best in my parents pride and joy. Thank you Karen
    Anne gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen helped my brother and me sell our parents' vacation home, so it was an estate sale complicated by the fact that the house is in NY, but we live in MA and PA, and my dad lived in NJ. We trusted Karen to do pretty much everything for us as we could not go out there personally to do anything. She staged the house beautifully and sold it quickly. Karen was always easy to get in touch with, responded to all of our questions and concerns, and handled all of the many many details professionally and completely. Thank you Karen for making our complicated situation as easy as possible!
    Bob gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen met and exceeded all my expectations as our realtor. She brings a great combination of professionalism and timeliness together with charm and friendliness. Selling a property is never "fun" but Karen handled all the details, kept me well informed and offered extra services that greatly reduced the stress. Of course, Nicole was also a valued member of the team and handled her role very well.
    Gavin gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen was fantastic to work with. Very knowledgeable of the local market and offered invaluable feedback throughout the process. We highly recommend her and her team.
    Jane gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen was so helpful in every step of this process. She was considerate of our every concern. She brought over several of her own personal items to complement our furnishings and made great suggestions as to how we could enhance the appearance of our property. She was always responsive to any questions we had. All in all this was a very pleasant experience.
    Deac and Jane gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen is the best real estate agent I have had the chance to work with in my 60 years. She is efficient, direct, creative, thorough, hard working and diligent. I don't know when she sleeps as she makes you feel like you are the only one she's working for. A truly great professional.
    Stephen and Carol gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen was the listing agent when we sold our family home in Chautauqua. Karen is extremely knowledgeable about the local market. Karen and her assistant Nickole were responsive, helpful and hard working. We would highly recommend Karen for any real estate transactions.
    Clare gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen did an amazing job for us! From the first minute she walked into our house she was extremely professional and had a plan to market our home to help us maximize our selling power. She, with the help of her assistant Nickcole, moved quickly and listed our home with gorgeous photos. She was able to promote urgency with interested buyers and then advise us soundly when the offers came in. Everything about doing business with Karen was professional, pleasant, and efficient. We highly recommend her!
    John gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    It was a tremendous pleasure to work with Karen and her team. I assumed responsibility for the sale of our family vacation home, and Karen eagerly helped me through the sales process. Being unaccustomed to real estate deals, I needed a shepherd. Karen was very patient and went the extra mile at every stage of the sales process. Her associates pulled together and sold our house!
    Karen gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen always answered my questions promptly and handled all the details of the sale of my home extremely professionally. I have bought and sold 6 homes over my lifetime and I would rate Karen A+!
    Bree gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    I have known Karen for years - through mutual acquaintances/clients at first and then when she represented my parents in a couple of sales. I began working with her directly in a casual, keeping my eye out way a couple of years ago, but only seriously focused on buying in the summer of 2019 when an opportunity dropped in my lap. My first instinct was to involve Karen for a realistic assessment of the property, of my reaction to it, and for a plan to move forward. Karen provided me with exactly the combination of professional and personal support and information I needed including going above and beyond to set up a conversation with a third party who had intimate knowledge of the property. This was a small transaction, but Karen was all in on all aspects of it. I would strongly recommend her for her complete skill set (notice I checked all the "strengths" boxes below).
    Richard (Helen) gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen was very responsive and helpful. She went beyond simply listing our home, but she worked with the property manager and others to make sure everything went smoothly.
    James gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    She did a great job & I enjoyed working with her.
    Richard gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    To state it quite plainly, Karen is a superb agent. Her knowledge of the Chautauqua real estate market is quite comprehensive on both the buy and sell sides. In our experience she was very attentive to our interests, alert to our concerns at every step of the sale process, and her participation and guidance was excellent from our first conversation right through the actual closing of our sale. In addition to her professionalism, she is personable, conscientious, prompt and detailed in her communications, and was more than willing to extend herself to go the extra mile to make the entire experience as comfortable and smooth as possible. She is a delight to work with and I recommend her without reservation.
    Georgia gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen Goodell is fabulous. She not only knows how to get property sold in our community, she is a delight to work with.
    John gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen was most helpful in recommending dropping the initial asking price to a reasonable price that resulted in the sale. She was also helpful in workout out buyer concerns with regard to the condition of the property. I was a seller and not a buyer.
    Sharon gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen Goodell is an exceptionally bright, talented and a highly experienced and accomplished realtor whose commitment to her clients goes "above and beyond" the actual purchase or sale of a property. We have sought Karen's expertise for over a decade now, including the purchase of our 'dream' cottage, after over four years of looking, to the emotional sale of my mother's house after she passed. With each real estate need, Karen was the consummate professional in every instance, exceeding our expectations on every front. Karen's market knowledge is extensive and deep, enabling her to provide superb guidance on pricing/negotiations, insightful analysis of "comparables" and the tradeoffs of the various market options. Her passion for architectural design and insights into the pros and cons of investing in renovation or redesign is incredibly helpful on walk-through evaluations. Equally as important, Karen is a pleasure to work with, being incredibly attentive to her clients' real estate needs and goals, always upbeat, honest, responsive and genuinely committed to client satisfaction. She has also helped with numerous contractor/service professional referrals including landscaping over the years (she knows everyone!) We give Karen Goodell the highest possible rating! She is an exceptional realtor who is genuinely committed to helping you optimize your real estate outcome. You will truly enjoy working with her.
    Erica gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen is reliable, knowledgeable and professional. I would recommend her services without any reservations.
    John gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen did a great job in a challenging real estate market for a seller. She was supportive and patient during some frustrating times while my Chautauqua property was for sale. She provided objective guidance regarding pricing and property presentation. Karen clearly represented me as the seller and was responsive to my questions and concerns throughout the process with constructive suggestions regarding pricing and sales strategy. She also assisted with property rental demands balancing them with property sale requirements. Overall, Karen was accessible and easy to work with and I recommend her to persons interested in selling their property.
    Pam gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Karen's professionalism, genuine kindness and knowledge of properties is beyond excellent! She is patient and trustworthy. She truly wants what is best for you (a trait that is not necessarily a common one in real estate). Her connection to the people she works with doesn't stop when you sign the papers, she makes sure your journey continues. She makes your home, your community, your neighbors where the heart is. I would recommend her 10 times over!
    Carol gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Over the past 30 years, Karen has provided us with an array of real estate consulting services. We are tremendously grateful for her willingness to help us navigate the complicated ownership of a 130 year old cottage in Chautauqua Institution. Most recently, our decision to lift and winterize our house required numerous careful considerations, and Karen was the perfect person to rely on for discussions and solutions. Her expertise is invaluable to us and to the community within the Institution and surrounding Chautauqua Lake.
    Carol gave Karen 5 stars out of 5
    Over the past 30 years, Karen has provided us with an array of real estate consulting services.We are tremendously grateful for her willingness to help us navigate the complicated ownership of a 130 year old cottage in Chautauqua Institution. Most recently, our decision to lift and winterize our house required numerous careful considerations, and Karen was the perfect person to rely on for discussions and solutions. Her expertise is invaluable to us and to the community within the Institution and surrounding Chautauqua Lake.

    My Experience

    • Co-Founder of Vacation Properties
    • Partner of Chautauqua Restorations from 1998-2007
    • Associate Broker with ERA Team VP in Chautauqua County. Real Estate concentration is on Chautauqua Institution and Chautauqua Lakefront
    • Full time real estate professional since 1982 with majority of business from referrals and repeat business.
    • Multi-million dollar producer for 30+ years and a top listing agent since 2005.

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • Top Agent in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties for Overal Sales Volume 2021
    • Chautauqua County Board of Realtors, Inc. Presidential Award Winner since 1999
    • Diamond Presidential Award 2009-2010, 2012-2015, 2017
    • Platinum Presidential Award 1999-2005,2011, 2016, 2018
    • ERA Leaders Circle 2009-2010, 2012-2015,2017,2018
    • ERA Circle of Achievement 2011, 2016
    • New York State Association of Realtors Member

    My Community Involvement

    • Serve as a Director of the Chautauqua Foundation at Chautauqua Institution
    • Served as a Trustee of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute
    • Board member of the Chautauqua Dance Circle
    • Class of 2000 Graduate of the Chautauqua Literary and Science Circle
    • Chautauqua Institution Home Owner
    • Advisory Board for the Association to Benefit Children, in New York City

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