Karen Nelsen

Karen offers a lifetime of Bay Area experience and knowledge and provides customized real estate services for each client. With over 20 years in the East Bay, she can help you compare your options for home buying in different communities  and will provide up-to-date market analysis for sales in each neighborhood.

Learning the advantages of a wide range of communities and their options for transportation, schools and shopping helps buyers appreciate their choices. This knowledge also makes her especially effective in presenting homes for sale. She has lived and worked on the Peninsula, in San Francisco, Berkeley and Moscow and her connections with family and friends stretch throughout the region.


Known for her care and consideration of client needs, Karen’s attention to detail leads to successful transactions and satisfied customers. She appreciates the range of cultural backgrounds in our Bay Area communities and speaks Russian, French, German and Italian. Experience living in other countries and her own household moves make her very aware of what is like to manage major life changes such as buying and selling a home.


Karen’s experience with large and small remodeling projects can give you a vision of a property’s potential as you search for your future home. She is well-prepared to discuss the merits of remodeling vs. buying a new home and has a wealth of contacts and resources to offer.


Her communication skills are a combination of using technology to truly make each transaction easier and more efficient and of her commitment to being available to clients at times that suit their schedule. This often means extra care for those with challenging work schedules, living in different time zones or traveling during a sale or escrow.

Throughout her career, Karen continues to expand her knowledge of the industry and has earned a number of designations whilst doing so:
SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist)
CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist)
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
Green (Educated in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Living)


Karen has specialized training in seniors real estate, sales of distressed properties and an active broker’s license. Her background includes degrees in geology and Russian from Stanford as well as time in the Ivy League at Yale. Raising a family has developed her strong interests in education, film and international & adventure travel and has taught her new skills such as SCUBA and kayaking.