Karen was raised on a farm near Hinds and attended Hinds Primary School and Ashburton College. She left school to work at the Ashburton County Council for three years before moving to Christchurch to work in a personnel consulting firm. Karen then commenced work at Canterbury Brewery as a Personal Assistant in the Sales & Marketing Department for five years.
Karen began work in the office of Hastings McLeod in 2002 before joining the Sales team in 2005. In this time she has successfully helped many clients buy and sell their homes. She provides ongoing communications and personal contact, giving the best possible experience for buyers and sellers, ensuring that the whole process is smooth and as stress free as possible. Karen was awarded Top Residential Agent for Mid Canterbury, Top Overall Residential Agent South Island and in the Top 20 Property Brokers Agents nationwide for 2013-2014. She was awarded Top Residential Agent for Property Brokers South Island for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 years.
Karen enjoys walking, boating, water skiing, tennis, golf and catching up with friends in her spare time. She is a mother of two sons (Cameron – 23 years and Ryan 21 years) and is currently a Volunteer for the Ashburton branch of The Cancer Society. Karen is also a member of the Ashburton Golf Club’s Promotions Committee.
“I would recommend Karen to anyone wishing to purchase a home. She really goes out of her way to meet your needs. She is honest, reliable, friendly and really puts your best interests first. Thanks to Karen, we have the house of our dreams.”
“Thank you for listening to our needs and requests which was important to us, and keeping in contact with us so we knew what was happening at all times during the sale of our home. We appreciated the outstanding service which was very professional. Karen, you’re Simply the Best!”
Glenda & John Vivian
“In the last few years we have had the pleasure of using Karen McRae's services as a real estate agent on numerous occasions. She has always made the transactions hassle free and always exceeded our expectations. Thank you Karen for all of your hard work and we would highly recommend you to anyone considering buying and selling property.”
Rod and Emma Smith
"Karen was thoroughly professional throughout the tender process arranging convenient open home times and subsequent separate inspections by interested parties. We were appreciative of the programme Karen arranged for the sale of our property. She also impressed us with her caring and sensitive negotiation skills throughout the successful sale process.
Julie and Garth Madden