Lisa Karson

McGuire Partner & Top Producer
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  • McGuire Partner

Lisa Karson epitomizes integrity, hard work and a creative spirit.  She is involved in every detail of your Real Estate transaction.  Lisa grew up in the Burlingame Area and started her career as an optician in 1990.  In 1997 Lisa purchased and refurbished her first home.  This experience changed her life and her career path.  Lisa has won many awards for sales representing both buyers and sellers.  Lisa has a passion for Real Estate and works every aspect of the industry including handling the Estate Sale, donations, staging and marketing your house.

Lisa has an unparalleled professional track record and high ethical standards.  Lisa's exceptionally loyal clientele, relationships with other realtors, personal referrals and repeat business have formed the foundation of her career.

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2435 Summit Drive
Hillsborough, 94010
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,870 SqFt

MLS# 484524

Sold For: $4,300,000

2435 Summit Drive
Hillsborough, 94010
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,870 SqFt

MLS# ML81750049

I just have to say I could not have been happier that my brother's and I went with Lisa to sell the house when my Dad died. She knew just what to do from the moment she saw the place and was on it from day one. She got the place ready and had the right strategy to show it. We had a large number of offers from day one and escrow went as smooth as glass. I would definitely recommend that if you're going to sell your house or you're looking to buy you should give Lisa Karson a call!

– Stuart Bell

The best agent we have ever worked with. Extremely knowledgeable with our local housing market and super fast turn time in responses. She not only helped us to sell our house at a very good price but also helped us to get into our new home at a very good deal. Buying a home is never easy in the Bay Area, especially in the peninsula. Lisa made the whole process effortless for us. We give her a two thumbs up.

– Nathaniel Zhu Sr.

Lisa Karson is the best real estate agent we have ever dealt with, and we have dealt with many! We were new to buying in the highly competitive Bay Area market. Lisa helped us through the entire process and was always very responsive. Even after she found us a property, we can still contact her and ask for advice. Her background in building/renovation, flipping houses, knowledge of community resources, and selling set her apart. Lisa understands that the Bay Area buyer’s situation can change quickly and keeps “what would it be like to sell in two years” in mind when preparing an offer. She is friendly, easy to approach, and work with. Sellers made comment about her very professional approach, and how the presentation of the offer on our behalf would allow us to be considered in the bids. Lisa also tried to help us with securing a new tenant for the rental property we were leaving. As I said, she goes way beyond what is expected, and is always interested in our needs. We cannot thank Lisa enough for all her hard work and the effort she put in to getting us our house, and re-leasing our previous one

– Lisa Norman

Sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Birds, Foster City, CA. • Local knowledge: • Process expertise: • Responsiveness: • Negotiation skills: Lisa is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable realtor. She knew exactly what needed to be done and had people on tap who did what was necessary to get the optimum price in a short amount of time. Since the property she sold for me was in demand I was confident it could be sold but Lisa certainly expedited the process and netted for us more than the offering price. Thanks to her and her team.

– Milton Takahashi

Lisa Karson is an outstanding professional that is dedicated to her clients. We recently sold our home in San Mateo and purchased a new one also in San Mateo and could not have asked for more from a realtor. She is honest and upfront through each step of the process. Not only did she sell our home in 3 weeks (in this market!), but she guided us through a tough short sale process on our new home and made both transactions as enjoyable as possible. If you want a realtor that will go the extra mile to get the job done right and you want to hear the truth about pricing, home staging, offer quality, etc., then Lisa would be a good fit for you.

– Jenny

I can't express how grateful we were for Lisa's services. She went above and beyond for us when my wife and I were selling our house. I wish there was some way I could give her more than five stars in the "Process Expertise" and "Responsiveness" categories. Our sale wasn't easy due to some unique issues. We believed that we might not be able to sell at all based on previous advice given to us by more than one other agent/real estate professional. Not only did Lisa set us straight on exactly what we needed to do to sell and give us peace of mind that what we wanted to do was possible, she immediately began making it happen. She knew the right way to get our sale done, and she brought in the right people to help us do it. And "Responsive" doesn't even scratch the surface of the customer service Lisa provides. She communicated a sometimes complex situation to us completely. She went out of her way to help us with preparing the house for sale. And she made sure our sale kept on track despite that complicated process and even some additional unforeseen bumps in the road. We couldn't have been happier with the way our transaction went, and I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone without reservation.

– Michael White

My husband and I lucked out when we met Lisa Karson. She happened to be the realtor of a property we were interested in back in 2008 and after meeting her in person to view the property, we decided she was the agent for us. We have now purchased two homes through Lisa and couldn't have been happier with her as a realtor. Everyone I have ever recommended her to absolutely loves her and feels she is excellent at both navigating the housing market and showing them homes that fit within their budget. As a person Lisa is very down to earth and hard working. She will move her very busy schedule around and visit home after home to ensure that you find the perfect fit. I can't say enough positive things about her and I highly recommend her to anyone interested in purchasing a home

– Colleen

Mom recently passed away and, since Dad had pre-deceased her, my brother and I needed to sell the house in order to settle our parents' estate. Lisa Karson was recommended to us by a mutual friend who had not previously used Lisa's services but knew her to be outgoing, funny and interested in people. When I first met with Lisa, she had definitely done her homework! She had a comprehensive proposal package that included multiple neighborhood comps with photos (in color yet!). We told her that we needed to sell the house that our parents had lived in for over 50 years so that we could settle their estate by the end of the year (we met in October) - we closed escrow in mid-December with an over-asking price, all-cash, no-contingency, 5-day close sale. Throughout the process of getting the house ready for sale, Lisa remained positive, upbeat and encouraging. She was very detail oriented and always, but always, kept us in the loop of what was going on and what was going to happen next - offering us options whenever possible. She respected our decisions (even if she didn't necessarily agree with them) and kept the whole process on track. We are really happy with the house sale and were very impressed with Lisa's knowledge of the local housing market and how to position our parents' house to take advantage of the then-current seller's market. Lisa was a constant source of support - a part-time cheerleader, a part-time timekeeper and a part-time laborer. She went out of her way to help us clear out the house and spent many long hours on tasks I would not have attributed to a realtor such as, coordinating donations, organizing and publicizing and conducting a weekend-long garage sale including pricing some of the more interesting items, handling hazardous materials pick ups and disposals, scheduling a general contractor to clean up the house's interior and paint the exterior to enhance the house's curb appeal prior to releasing it onto the market, and working with the stager and photographer to present the house in a more modern style. Anyone seeking an experienced realtor who is personable, responsible and dedicated should definitely consider engaging the services of Lisa Karson!

– Janice

Lisa is a dynamo real estate agent. She's great at finding the properties that meet your criteria, very friendly and respectful of schedules, ready to go the extra mile to make sure the client is happy, but also honest about setting expectations and explaining what you need to do if you really want to get your dream home. A case in point, she explained to me that while we can check out locations on the weekend when it's convenient for me, the best chance of getting a property is to be ready on short notice during the week as soon as it goes on the market, before the weekend masses. Lo and behold, one Tuesday morning she called me to say that something just came on the market that met all my criteria and price range but that I needed to be ready right then and there to check it out if I wanted to be among the first to look at it. As it turns out, I was the first to arrive, fell in love with it immediately (it was everything I could ask for) and was the first to place an offer. Within minutes after placing my offer, the owners received nearly a dozen other offers, but thanks to Lisa I got ahead of the pack. Fast forward one year later and I love my home even more than when I bought it. I would recommend her to my family and friends. She found my dream home and I'm sure she can help you find yours. Thank you for everything, Lisa!

– David

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