Over the past several years I have worked with Karen to sell two houses and buy one. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the real estate business were instrumental in the fast sales and purchase of these properties. I have all the confidence and trust in the world in Karen for all my future real estate needs.

Sincerely, Steve Gordon


My husband and I began our search for the perfect vacation home a few years ago. We were so lucky to have Karen guide us on that search in finding the perfect spot on Lido Key! We have purchased and sold several homes and always found that our real estate brokers were sub-par. Karen far exceeded our expectations! We live and work in Maine so trying to find a home from thousands of miles away was not an easy task. She always made time for us anytime we were in town to show us properties. Continued to be patient with two years of searching until we find “the one”. That’s when she really went to work for us! From being on top of the lender, inspectors, title company, etc. She kept everyone on task and communicated with us every step of the way to be sure we had a smooth closing. She was a true professional in addition to being a genuine, honest, kind person. Cannot say enough good things about Karen!

05/19/2018 – Shelby Hamilton
Bought a Condo home in 2018 in Lido Key, Sarasota, FL.


We wish to commend the excellent service we received from your agent, Karen. Since January 2015 she has doggedly pursued our interest in buying a home in Sarasota. Both from long distance and in several personal visits during these seven months we travailed the ups and downs of Sarasota Real Estate with offers and counter-offers until we finally completed a purchase at Essex House. She was always helpful in chasing down loose ends and even was on the phone from Canada for last minute details of our purchase.
We hope as we do that you appreciate her qualities as an agent in your office and reward her with the accolades she deserves.

Tina Gomez and Mark Hopson





Karen helped us sell and buy a home. She came very well prepared for the listing and her in depth research of our neighborhood paid off as we came up with a very competitive price. The property was under contract in 6 days. She listened to our needs and delivered on the houses she showed us. She was very patient, understanding and knowledgeable of the area helping us make an informed decision about the right property for us. We closed on both properties within 8 days of each other. Karen is knowledgeable and professional and we would highly recommend her to anyone and would surely use her services again. Karen is 5 stars all the way!!!

R. Papaluca


Karen was extremely professional and friendly. She went above and beyond with advice, support, and communication. She sold our home in just 3 days and I know her prep work before the listing made this possible. Also, she was very patient and helpful in finding our new home. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in this process. Thank you Karen.

Lisa Linton

Bought a Single Family home in 2020 in Parrish, FL.

When you’re a RE/MAX Realtor licensed in MD and VA and wish to move to a state 1000+ miles away, you need to choose and depend on another Realtor to handle all aspects of the purchase. You know what’s important and the skills necessary for your choice in that Realtor. You need a Realtor who has excellent communication skills, who is timely in returning all calls, texts & emails, who has intimate knowledge of the local market and has the knowledge of real estate and the skills to negotiate the transaction. My wife and I interviewed several Realtors and then we decided Karen MacKinnon of Coldwell Banker was our ‘go-to choice’. While in Florida searching for homes, Karen (on very short notice) met with my wife and had homes to view the next day. After viewing one that ‘checked all the boxes’ we wrote a contract and settled shortly thereafter – for $34,000 under original list price with an additional credit of $2,000 at time of settlement. We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice of Karen or our home choice. My wife and I highly recommend Karen and will utilize her services in the future when our need arises.
Thomas Thayer