Kara Shuster - Testimonials

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Hands down, I'd recommend Kara to my very best friends.

We worked with her to sell an old house that turned out to need many more repairs than we were aware of, and Kara had the experience and connections to help us navigate tricky negotiations. She's honest, caring, tactful, and savvy. I'm so glad we had her by our side.

Melissa Binder (Client)

Kara was an amazing thinking partner throughout our decision to sell.

She helped with finding the right contractors to fit our needs and was our cheerleader as we prepared the house. She has an excellent sense of design and fantastic people skills which are such great attributes in her line of work.

Kate Sams

From our first meeting, my wife and I knew that Kara was going to be on the team that helped us find and buy our first home.

Kara impressed us with her market and process knowledge and put us at ease as she skillfully cut through the noise to help us focus on what was most important in our home search. When we got discouraged by a hot market  with low inventory, she offered much needed perspective. When we were overeager, she gifted us a dose of reality and encouraged patience. She has also built a fantastic network of brokers, inspectors and other vendors that operate with like-minded attention to detail and integrity. These are all traits of a skilled realtor, but where Kara really shines is in her tenacity. If it weren't for Kara's dogged efforts to make sure the selling agent saw our offer, it's likely we wouldn't be in the home we are today. If you're looking to buy a home, you'll want Kara in your corner.

Todd Van Osdol (First Time Home Buyer)

Kara was great to work with.

She’s knowledgeable of the area and the market, and was patient with our ever changing needs. Her negotiation skills enabled us to get the home we wanted with terms we felt good about, and her technical skills with regards to the process, made it go very smoothly.

Kristen Bruce (Real Estate/Property Manager)

I don’t know how Kara does it, but she is AMAZING.

She is quick to respond, extremely thorough and incredibly pleasant to work with. She gets just as invested as her clients in the process and offers support every step of the way. I could not recommend her more. Thank you, Kara!

Sabrina LaGood-Robinson

We couldn't be more thankful you were out realtor and our shepherd during our first home-buying experience.

From that first getting-to-know-you coffee to the craziness of closing during a pandemic, you've provided knowledge, a knack for problem-solving, and level-headedness. We're thankful for your technical and market knowledge, your tenacity and follow-through, and your deep sense of kindness. Thanks for guiding us through this adventure with integrity and a smile.

Rachel Rudwall and Todd Van Osdol

Kara, is a hard worker and one you can depend on to get the job done, quickly and professionally.

I’m very confident in her abilities and highly recommend her.


Kara is an amazing realtor, she took the time to explain the process was very patient and transparent with us.

She excelled in everything we requested. She went above and beyond what we could have asked and made our dream home a reality. Recommend Mrs. Kara Shuster to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Truly an amazing individual. Thank you from Chris and Alondra

Christopher osorio

Kara, I had high anxiety when we started our house hunt but once I spoke with Kara I felt taken care of.

She was so helpful and attentive. Very informative on the houses that we were looking at and in the process of getting the house. She made us feel comfortable through out the process. Would definitely recommend her and will look for her for our next purchase! 🙂

Carina Gonzalez

Kara has been on the ball from day one of our search for a new home.

She tirelessly made herself available whenever we had even the most minute of questions about the process. She focuses on the details and got us all the information we needed to make a great decision on our new home. I would certainly recommend her services to anyone in the market for a new house, she helped us find our home and I have no doubt that she can do the same for you.

Tory Robinson (Homeowner )

Kara is a knowledgeable and professional realtor.

She is very familiar with the Portland area, and it’s obvious that she loves this city and helping people sell/buy their home. She also made great recommendations about what we needed to do to get our house ready to sell. She will take time to help you asses your property, and explain anything that might be a little overwhelming during the buying/selling process. A very genuinely kind person.

Lesley DeKoker

Kara is a gem!

She is highly responsive, which is critical in this competitive market. She listened to our needs and helped us find our dream home. She helped us navigate every step of the process from finding our home through closing. She is very caring and supportive through the process.

Kelsey Kline

Kara went above and beyond, more than any realtor I've ever had dealt with.

She was always available to answer my questions and concerns. It was such a smooth and easy transaction. Kara was constantly checking in with me to see how things were going/how I was doing. Communication was A+. I will use Kara for all of my real estate needs.

Michelle Unger

We loved working with Kara.

She hung in there with us for over 2 years until we finally decided to move from our home of nearly 40 years. Then she went to bat for us to get the things we wanted in our new home. Although it was a long process, we are very happy with our new home. We especially appreciated Kara’s recommendation when we chose an inspector before we closed on the home. Kara was very professional and definitely had our best interest foremost in her mind.

Becky Fromhart

Kara has gone above and beyond for us during this stressful and exciting time.

She is knowledgeable and on top of the current market trends, offering accurate and extremely helpful advice. I would highly recommend her to anyone, especially first time buyers who need a lot of help and guidance along the way!

Michelle C. (First time buyers)

Kara Shuster helped us through the process of buying our first home.

Going into the process we thought we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted and what the process of purchasing a home looks like - but, it was not quite as simple as we had originally thought. Kara was patient, responsive, highly knowledgeable not only about the Portland area (she has lived here for many years and lived in several areas of the city), but also the Portland real estate market, and the ins-and-outs of buying homes. Additionally, she was incredibly flexible and accomodating in scheduling viewings. She was generous in giving detailed feedback and notes in reviewing contracts, pointing us in a good direction with lenders, helped set realistic expectations throughout the process, and guided us through every step of the home buying process. We are tremendously grateful for her guidance. She was professional and responded quickly whether by email or text and provided professional and courteous advice during the negotiation phase. We cannot imagine having a more positive experience and recommend her without reservation to anyone looking to buy in this market. Thank you, Kara! :)

Saam T (First-Time Home Buyer)

Kara does her "homework".

When determining a listing price, she researched the local market and also brought her team in for a comprehensive opinion. Kara is easy to work with and very responsive to any concerns brought up during the marketing phase of the sale, getting back to me with answers and advice within minutes. She instilled confidence, and took initiative when collaborating on the sale with other realtors. Her relationships with subcontractors made my house shine. And finally, her knowledge of the legal & the contractual side of selling makes her a star to work with. I highly recommend her as a realtor.

Laura Fisher (Homeowner)

Kara helped my Husband and I buy our very first home.

We interviewed Kara to ensure she was going to be a good fit for us. She was able to tailor her communication options to suit our needs. With each new house sent through, we discovered more what we liked and didn't like. With Kara's patience and expert guidance we were able to buy our first home in the neighborhood we wanted and at a price we were happy with. Kara was there every step of the way making sure we knew what was coming next! She went above and beyond in those last days of closing to get us the keys on time. I would recommend Kara in an instant as an honest, professional agent.

Sally Taleban (Teacher)

Man, I can't recommend Kara Shuster enough.

She went above and beyond in our home sale transaction. It was full of negotiations, lots and lots of research, weird paperwork, learning about relocations and what that entails.... She really looked out for her clients (us) the entire time. She's attentive to detail, easy to work with, responsive and so reliable! She' from the Portland area so she has great knowledge of the surroundings and the market. I appreciate how much she loves the real estate process and houses in general. And I love supporting a working mama! Kara gets it done and is awesome to work with!

Kara Messenheimer

It was great working with Kara.

She is very knowledgeable and anything she doesn’t know she will look into right away. We couldn’t have asked for a more responsive and diligent agent. She understood what we were looking for in a home and was friendly and fun as she and guided us through the whole process. As first-time buyers that was hugely important to us. We love our new home and would highly recommend her to friends and family looking for an agent!”

James and Kelsey (Clients)

Working with Kara was awesome.

She had great advice and helped guide me through the whole process from start to finish!

Jennifer Strider

Kara is amazing.

My husband and I decided to buy a new house while also trying to sell our old one -- a process that was very stressful to say the least. Kara has helped ease the transition from house to house, is very quick to respond to any questions or concerns, and made us feel comfortable moving on to each step. She definitely made me feel like there are no stupid questions! Her patience and knowledge is extensive. I could not recommend her more.

Sabrina LaGood-Robinson (Client)

Kara did an amazing job helping us buy our first home.

Her attention to detail and honest work ethic made our experience less stressful. We will definitely use her again when the time comes to buy another.

Michelle Chirdon (First time buyer)

Kara Shuster was great to work with.

She gave great advice as to what I could do to optimize my potential profit. Kara went above and beyond what I ever expected in a real estate agent. I appreciate her prompt response and attention to detail. I would never have expected to walk away with $30,000 above asking price, and Kara made that possible. If you are looking for a real estate agent who cares about you, your family and your future, Kara is the one for you!

Warren Tokuhisa (Previous Homeowner)

Kara was absolutely amazing.

I am a first time home buyer and she made the entire process easier than I ever thought possible. She was right there with us every step of the way. I had A LOT of questions and I felt that I was heard the whole time. I couldn't be happier with everything she did and would recommend her to anyone who is looking to have a good time buying a home :)

Sean Jordan (Entertainer )

When you think of a great agent, you probably have some idea of what you expect - let’s just say Kara is not just a great agent, but an exceptional one.

I have worked with many agents before but Kara surpassed even my expectations with her communication, expertise, negotiation prowess and dedication.

Mil Amirian (Senior Account Manager)

Kara is a super awesome woman and realtor!

The process of finding and closing on our new house was really fast and time sensitive. Kara was there the whole way through like a champ. Kara had a complete handle of the situation even when crunch times came up. She has a great pool of resources and tools at her disposal and I think we used almost everything she had. Kara is a true Gem if you are lucky enough to know her and use her talents.

Galen Teeman

Kara is professional, knowledgeable, personable and a delight to work with.

She is proactive and offers common-sense alternatives when appropriate. She understands the real estate market from both the buyer's and seller's perspectives. I highly recommend Kara to assist with all real estate needs!

Duane Fromhart

Kara went above and beyond to advocate for us in a broad area outside her primary focus.

As when she worked with my daughter, who Kara went to school with, she was adept and responsive throughout the process! 10 out of 10! Would recommend!

Carla Herb (Service coordinator, Cadc1, Qmha)

Kara made the entire process easier than I ever imagined possible!

She walked me through the process step by step, always taking extra time to answer my many questions in an easy to understand way. She coached me through options and I always felt supported in my choices. And she helped find a motivated buyer and the sale closed in record time! I couldn’t recommend Kara enough!

Averina Salveson

Kara is phenomenal.

She quickly understood exactly what I was looking for and narrowed in on the perfect house. She made the process painless and answered all of my questions easily. I highly recommend her!

Charlotte Redway

Kara is the realtor to find; especially in a market this fierce!

Her response is immediate and proactive with any inquiry, providing relevant and thoroughly researched answers. She is able to anticipate the market and provide intelligent ways to strengthen what I have to offer as a buyer. Kara’s resourcefulness and tireless dedication is necessary for my best chance at home ownership. Thank You, Kara!

Melanie (Buyer (Client))
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Average Rating
"Working with Kara to find our forever home couldn’t have been a better experience. From day one, she was communicative and patient with all of our needs for a home. Not only did she help us find the perfect home for our growing family, but she truly made the whole buyer experience easy and possible. I would 100% recommend Kara to anyone I know because she went above and beyond for us even after our offer was accepted."
5 /5.0
by JessicaMeyer41
"Kara is professional and helpful in all facets of a real estate transaction. She has assisted us with both purchases and sales and is very knowledgeable and thorough in helping with both sides. She offers reasonable alternatives and solutions as needed. We enjoyed working through these transactions with her guidance."
5 /5.0
by fromhart d
"Kara is a responsive, detail oriented realtor. Her knowledge and capabilities absolutely sold my home. In this tough market, she made the difference when it came to marketing and closing my home."
5 /5.0
by user7307688
"Kara is the person you want in your corner! For starters, she has deep knowledge of the Portland area markets and real estate processes, always at the ready with the right information to help put things in context and offer advice and counsel when faced with decisions. But, what made Kara a pleasure to work with was her ability to really listen to what was important to us, help us navigate the very personal process of finding the right place and then go to bat for us when it mattered. Entrusting someone with the responsibility of finding you a home is a tall order and I would absolutely recommend Kara to anyone. Consider yourself lucky if you have the opportunity to work with her!"
5 /5.0
by MattVan Osdol
"Kara expertly guided us through the process of buying a new home and selling our old home. She was available for all our questions, kept us updated during the process and helped us navigate the challenges of buying and selling. She was easy-going and patient, but also quick to action when it was needed. We highly recommend Kara!"
5 /5.0
by jlsmithpdx
"Kara is always on top of whatever she’s facing in real estate staying engaged with patience. She’ takes personal responsibility as if it were her own home. She’s active in making important investments she knows that will produce the best results. Coming from a commercial real estate background Kara carries the correct elements as in providing practical industry guidance, a great negotiator, thinks out if the box, constantly moving the deal forward, provides her customer with useful technology that keeps her customer constantly informed and responds to each and every customer questions efficiently and in a very timely manner."
5 /5.0
by Gianna Lupo
"When you think of a great agent, you probably have some idea of what you expect - let’s just say Kara is not just a great agent, but an exceptional one. I have worked with many agents before but Kara surpassed even my expectations with her communication, expertise, negotiation prowess and dedication."
5 /5.0
by amiriania
"Kara is wonderful!! Highly recommend her. Very professional, listened to our needs, always available and prompt in responding. Made our first time home buying a stress free experience. Was on top of everything and kept us in the loop. She went above and beyond our expectations!!"
5 /5.0
by carina osorio08
"Kara is a gem! She is highly responsive, which is critical in this competitive market. She listened to our needs and helped us find our dream home. She helped us navigate every step of the process from finding our home through closing."
5 /5.0
by kelsey c kline
"Kara was great to work with. She’s knowledgeable of the area and the market, and was patient with our ever changing needs. Her negotiation skills enabled us to get the home we wanted with terms we felt good about, and her technical skills with regards to the process made it go very smoothly."
5 /5.0
by Kristen Bruce
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