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A career spent working in service-oriented industries has led Karen Scott to believe that pleasing clients is priority #1. That, in the end, is the cornerstone of her business. 

Insightful advice, compassionate listening and business savvy have earned Karen the loyal respect of her clients. As a tireless worker, she is one step ahead of market changes, sharing information, so that her clients know as much as they can in order to achieve their real estate goals. 

Karen believes that if something is worth doing, it’s only worth doing well. She is passionate, honest and forthright in her representation of clients and places their interests above all else. Karen won’t hesitate to tell you, for example, the good news as well as the bad news. It is that kind of integrity that has formed the foundation of her business. 

As testimony to her professionalism and unwavering dedication to her clients, Karen’s business comes through referrals from former and current clients, friends, even colleagues across the industry. She considers it a great honor that clients call her whether they are upgrading, downsizing, relocating or simply need sound real estate advice. 

Karen is approachable, has creative solutions to all problems, and is extremely diligent. It is Karen’s reputation, extensive market knowledge and expertise in negotiation that has set her apart from her competition. 

Buyers: As a dedicated, full-time real estate professional, Karen receives updates through strategic networking with other agents; she often knows of properties before they hit the market. What this amounts to for you is a better edge on competing buyers, and a higher probability of both finding a home that matches your search criteria, and negotiating successfully for that home. 

Sellers: When listing your property with Karen + KMS Partners, you receive the benefit of Karen as the dedicated lead agent plus the advantage of the entire KMS team of ideas, spheres of influence, marketing expertise and breadth of local knowledge. 

Karen has been a partner with KMS Partners since 2003 and is a partner of the founding Compass Westport team. It is experience such as this that marks Karen’s representation and delivers results. Since Karen’s real estate beginnings, she has received numerous accolades and is consistently ranked in the top tier of agents + teams across the country. Additionally, Karen + KMS Partners have been recognized for REAL Trends Top Sales Professionals & Wall Street Journal. 

Community Involvement: Karen has served on various boards including Westport Soccer Association, Westport Young Woman’s League and Westport PTA. She also volunteers for the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pink Aid and ElderHouse. Karen’s intimate knowledge of community organizations make her particularly adept at helping newcomers settle in quickly. 

Personal: Karen resides in Westport with her husband Bob. Their sons, Michael and Jack, are proud products of the Westport school system. After starring in various sports at Staples High School (where Karen was a constant presence on the sidelines), they achieved great success at the University of Michigan. Karen enjoys golf, skiing, racket sports, travel and learning to play bridge. She is an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoys Big 10 college sports.

~ Q & A with Karen ~

Why did you choose real estate as a career?

I would say, real estate chose me. My agents, who became my mentors, encouraged me to become a Realtor. When I moved to Westport, my agent was relentless with me to get my CT license and as they say, the rest is history!

What is your most memorable real estate transaction?

That’s a tough one, as there are so many! And just when you think you have experienced it all, another transaction closes and leaves you with one more memorable experience. For me, it is personal...knowing you really helped a client with one or some of the biggest financial decisions of their lives.

What do clients love most
about working with you and
the KMS Partners?

They love the personalized attention of their lead agent and the service they receive from the supporting cast. We are all different in our personalities, but we share the same client-centric goals. In the end, our clients realize how beneficial a team is for their successful real estate transactions. And we are fun to work with!

What is your favorite outing in the main communities
served by KMS Partners?

Westport—anything centered around the beach, in any season—long walks, sunset dinners/cocktails, paddle boarding, ice skating.
Weston—the most gorgeous town in the fall to hike, bike ride, or take a country drive.
Fairfield—Dogwood festival in the spring. The Greenfield Hill blooms remind us how beautiful this area is.
Norwalk—golf along the water at Shorehaven Country Club
Wilton—the great outdoors and finding treasures at the annual springtime Minks to Sinks sale

And for your
selling client?


If you could give one short piece of advice to your buying client?

Location, location, location! And embrace doing “some work.” In the long run, that may be a better investment. Also trust your Realtor—we know a lot more than Zillow.
You decided to sell your home...it is now a house. Embrace ideas to change your home into a “house for sale”—de-clutter, de-personalize, stage, listen to buyer feedback and be patient. We all want a successful outcome!

How have you seen the market change in
your time as a broker?

Like many trading markets, there are ups and downs, trends, outside factors, climate changes, etc. They ebb and flow. The wealth of public information clients have is incredible and continuously increasing and It impacts decision making more than ever. The plethora of information can be daunting and paralyzing in making decisions or it can be informative and reassuring. I’m grateful to have the client base I do. It is my pleasure to help my clients navigate the prevailing winds in today’s real estate market.

What do you wish you
knew when you sold
your first home?

What do you wish you
knew when you bought
your first home?

Our first home is still my favorite home, no regrets there. We were young and listened to our agent, mortgage lender, the professionals and they all guided us well. I also knew the minute we walked into the door that we were buying that home. I wasn’t afraid to “trust my instinct” and let emotion take over.

I didn’t know much, so I am thankful we had Debbie Scully, our agent, guiding us! Just like buying our first house, we listened to her on pricing, timing, prepping for sale, etc. I practiced what I now preach! We always sold our houses, in a day, with multiple offers. Luck? Good timing? Maybe. But grateful for the spot-on advice that set us up for success.

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