About Me - Karen Wardle

Hi and welcome to my website. My name is Karen Wardle and I am a real estate agent with Ray White Bateau Bay, NSW.

I have created this website primarily to provide property owners on the central coast of NSW relevant, up-to-date information regarding buying and selling property that they can access at their own pace without any pressure.

Many home owners that I meet worry that their questions are silly. But for the most part the majority of owners have similar questions. They are inexperienced with the terminology and the process of selling yet they are embarrassed to ask questions. 

I hope to help alleviate the stress that is often experienced by sellers. In life we feel more confident when we have experience or knowledge of a particular subject or process. Selling property is no different. The more knowledge that you acquire about the process the more comfortable you will feel when the time does come for you to sell. 

Many owners or would be sellers are reluctant to contact an agent for fear of being pressured or coerced into putting their house on the market  before they are ready.

I hope this site answers your questions, and if not, feel free to get in touch with me online or give me a call on 0424143520.

A Little About Me...

I have always had a strong interest in anything to do with real estate and property.

Back in the 80’s at the age of 17, I purchased a block of land. Two years later at 19 I bought my first home.

From my mid-teens I devoured as much information about anything ‘real estate’ as I could get my hands on. While my friends were reading magazines and Jackie Collins novels I was reading property investor magazines. I read book after book on renovation, investment, developments and sub divisions. 

Karen Wardle - Bateau Bay Real Estate Agent

I was like a sponge and even spent weekends visiting exhibition homes when, at the time, I was nowhere near financially ready to buy.

Over the years I acquired several properties including my own homes and investment properties. By most peoples standards I had a lot of real estate knowledge and experience in both buying and selling real estate. I don’t say this to ‘toot my own horn’ or to brag. I am sharing my experiences to help you to understand why I decided to become a real estate agent in Bateau Bay. 

My Experience of Real Estate Agents

I found that most agents that I dealt with did not take the time to answer my questions or to provide me with the information I requested to help me to make decisions. Their follow up was often non-existent and at times I was made to feel that they were doing me a favour instead of the other way around. My biggest concern was that I didn’t feel 100% at ease most of the time. My belief is that an agent should show empathy for sellers. 

Selling (and buying) a property is a life changing event and it is not something that we do that often. An agent should respect this. They should follow up and should keep you in the picture as to not only what is happening now but what is due to happen next. The majority of agents that I dealt with were very blasé about the whole process. Although transacting deals on a weekly basis is the norm for any decent agent, the majority don’t seem to appreciate that this is a huge deal to any owner (and rightly so)! 

When I started selling real estate I made a promise to myself that I would treat all sellers the way that I had wanted to be treated when I was selling (and or buying).

My first foray into real estate and I was working very long hours – about 70 per week, most weeks. With a 3 year old child this began to take its toll. I absolutely loved my job but I felt that I was being half an agent and half a mother. I was being pulled in two different directions but the agent was never going to win against the mother.  After 14 months I made the decision to resign and leave the industry altogether.

I decided that I would put my real estate aspirations on hold until my daughter was older. In 2010 (the year my daughter turned 18) I decided to re-enter the industry.

I approached a number of offices in the area. After speaking and interviewing with a number of offices I received several job offers.  The office of my choice was Ray White Bateau Bay and fortunately it was a win/win situation as they wanted me too. They are a great team, I love my job and I have met the most amazing people through my work.

I do what I love and I love what I do!

Karen Wardle - 2261's Trusted Agent

Ph: (02) 4334 3556 or Mobile: 0424 143 520

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