By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Karen Cota, the principal broker of At Home Real Estate, feels well-equipped to help her clients because she’s lived through the tough times herself.

She and her family had built their dream home on five acres in the Coburg Hills near Eugene when the bottom dropped out of the housing market in 2009. When she had to sell the home, it was devastating but she feels the lessons learned have made her a stronger broker.

“The things I have gone through have helped me ask the hard questions on everything from owning properties to managing rentals,” said Cota, who opened her new office at 4131 River Road North in May.

Even through the tough times, Cota maintained her membership in the local Multimillion Dollar Club for brokers with more than $1 million in sales annually.

“A broker has to know the most important information – if someone is behind on their payments, for example – so that we can build a good, solid understanding of where the clients want to go.”

As much as she’s interested in her clients’ immediate needs and desires, she wants to be able to place a home purchase in a larger picture of what her clients hope to accomplish.

Now in Keizer, Cota is looking for new clients with homes to sell, buyers looking for a new place to call home and even property management opportunities. She would also like to bring additional brokers into the At Home fold.

“I like helping people succeed, whether it’s someone buying their first home or a broker in their first year. That gives me energy,” Cota said.

For an appointment, call 503-990-6600.