It isn’t hard to figure out the eventual career path for a kid that spends her play- time building imaginary cities in a vacant lot behind her home. Sure, real estate was in her future, but, like most agents, other stuff happened before that realization set in.
Kara Werth grew up in St. Paul, one of four children raised by her widowed mom. “We lived in a split-level right off of White Bear Avenue and Hudson Road,” she recalls, “and I still remember our home. There was a huge hill on a vacant wooded lot behind it. That’s where I spent most of my time playing with neighbor kids.” This was also the setting for her cities, complete with “obstacles that we would drive ‘cars’ through,” she says, laughing.
From phone wench to Realtor
Kara started working at age 13. “My first job was as a phone wench at Domino’s, taking customer orders and folding pizza boxes,” Kara explains. She spent her teenage years in a variety of jobs, in fact, going from slinging pizza to working for Target and greeting guests at the Lobster Shop. Somewhere in that whirlwind of employment she worked a short time for a Forest Lake real estate brokerage, as a receptionist. This was Kara’s first taste of her future.
Eventually, Kara went to work for a couple that owned a small mortgage company and they sent her to real estate school to become licensed. By this time she was 18 years old. Before leaving the firm Kara learned the marketing end of the business as well as loan processing.
When the housing market crashed, Kara learned the unhappy side of real estate: dealing with distressed homeowners, negotiating short sales and bank-owned properties.
It’s not all business
Kara and her husband Adam are the parents of Preston, a little guy she refers to as “my sunshine.” The three of them are members of the Lino Lakes campus of Eagle Brook Church where she volunteers in the nursery as often as possible.
The family also enjoys walks, bike rides and hanging out at the park. They’re in the process of building a home so that project consumes much of her leisure time and energy.
We asked Kara what she brings to the real estate table that a consumer can’t get with another agent. She reminded us about her mortgage experience, her expertise with distressed property sales and that she worked with new construction for a time.
In the end, she told us, it all comes down to being able to communicate and to relate to what her clients are going through. “We sold our townhome in less than two weeks on the market,” she said. “Let me tell you how stressful it is to sell a home with a husband, child and a dog! I can absolutely relate to what my selling clients are going through trying to keep the house clean for showings and open houses!”