Karen Coffey
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Karen Coffey

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Here are some of the things I can do for you:


Sell Your Home

Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.

When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.

Find Your Next Home

You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home.


Would we be a good fit - keep reading to learn about me on a personal level?


I began life’s adventure on the northeast side of Chicago, (Edgewater/Rogers Park). When I was seven and my sister five, we moved to New Buffalo, MI. I graduated from NBHS. I received my undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Michigan State University and then, I moved back to Chicago for the next 20 years.

I graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law. After practicing law for three years, I decided to hang out my own shingle. To help build my law practice I started volunteering and serving on advisory boards.


 I soon realized I was having way more fun doing my volunteer work! Maybe it was time to try another field? Children and animals are my two favorite philanthropies so if I was going to take a substantial pay cut, it would need to be in one of those two areas.


Teaching it was! I was chosen into an accelerated teaching program at Northwestern University specifically geared to making a difference in the Chicago Public Schools. I received my teaching certificate and over the next three years I taught students between 3rd and 6th grade. At the end of my third year, I decided the money was not worth the stress and left.

In 2011, I returned to my roots by moving back to southwestern Michigan, obtained my MI law license and kept my IL law license. I continued my law practice and commuted to Chicago for the next five years where I handled Residential Real Estate Transactions and set up Estate Plans. These Plans usually included setting up Trust Deeds for my clients’ real estate, Power of Attorney for Heath Care, Power of Attorney for Property, Pour-over Wills, and Inter Vivos Trusts. The third area of my practice was Homeowners’ Foreclosure Litigation/ Settlement Negotiations. I represented homeowners only.


I eventually came to resent having to drive or take the train into Chicago when I needed to be there is person. I decided to come up with a new plan. No more commuting into Chicago!


MI residents rarely use an attorney in a residential real estate transaction. Most of the attorney work is handled by the title company and a little bit by the Realtor themselves. MI Residential Real Estate Attorney was out but MI Realtor was definitely a viable option. The MI foreclosure laws are completely different from those in IL so working in MI Foreclosure Litigation was not economically feasible.


In the end I decided to become a full time Realtor and set up Estate Plans – Michigan and Illinois laws are quite similar, upon request. I have been a southwestern MI Realtor for about five years now.

My RE/MAX office is in downtown New Buffalo and I live in Fair Plain with my three rescue animals. I have two cats, Thing 1 and Thing 2, (after the Dr. Seuss book) that I have had for about three years. And I have Maya, my fat, five-year-old Pit-mix. She has been a member of the family since Thanksgiving.


ReMax-New Buffalo
45 N. Whittaker St., Suite 200
New Buffalo, MI