About Karen Wertz

North Shore Savings & Loan 1976-1984
Positions Held: Teller, Customer Service
Representative, Branch Manager, Regional Manager

Republic Capital Bank (Currently TCF Bank) 1984-1994
Positions Held: Regional Manager, Vice President Branch Administrator.

Shorewest Realtors, Federated Realty-Shorewest Realtors - 1996- Present

BSS Management - Cardinal Stritch University

Married 42 years, my husband Jeff and I have two grown sons.

I am a life long resident of the North Shore. I am familiar with all communities in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties. I have worked in the service industry for over 32 years.

I love working with people! I am commited to providing quality customer service by assessing the needs and wants of my customers and working with them to achieve their goals of buying or selling. There is nothing more exciting than handing the keys over to a buyer's dream home or placing a SOLD sign for sellers who are anxious to move on.

I am also a Certified SRES, Senior Real Estate Specialist. This certification gives me the knowledge, expertise and resources to counsel folks 50 years+ through lifestyle transitions.

I have been selected as a Five Star Real Estate Agent by Milwaukee Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015.


We would highly recommend Karen Wertz as your next real estate agent.  We got to know Karen while visiting several open houses in our neighborhood.  When the time came to speak with a professional, when our family outgrew our current home, we knew exactly who to call.  Karen is always a pleasure to work with and her knowledge of the real estate arena is extensive.  We called on her numerous times for top notch home inspectors, basement specialist, radon inspectors, etc.  Her knowledge regarding local village/town building inspectors as we completed the sale of one home and the purchase of another was very valuable.  Karen’s attention to detail is extraordinary and we never felt that anything was being overlooked.  In fact, my wife and I were momentarily concerned about some documents and we looked at each and said, “Karen will take care of it”.  Sure enough, at our next meeting, Karen had the documents we needed.  We would use Karen again as our real estate agent in a heartbeat and we would recommend her to anyone in need of a top notch professional." 

February, 2013.
John, Loretta, Amanda and Samantha

"Karen presented us with a clear marketing strategy for selling our home based upon her knowledge of the north shore market and deep experience selling homes in a tough market place. We followed her lead and as a result we received multiple offers and sold our house in 1 day for over asking price! In addition she's extremely personable and a pleasure to do business with. I would highly recommend working with Karen if you are serious about selling your home quickly and profitably."
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Brian and Teather Fricano 2012
"We were pleased to work with Karen Wertz as the lister of our unique home.  She was sensitive to our needs as absentee owners that required a special approach and followed up with essential details after the closing to ensure our satisfaction."
September 27, 2011
Chris and Laurie Covert

"Karen Wertz has been a pleasure to work with in finding our home and negotiating the final price.  She was proactive in searching for homes that fit our needs and matched our criteria.  She made us feel like we were her only clients by answering our phone calls and emails within record time.  We even called her on a weekend and she left a family picnic celebration to write an offer for us.  Karen?s knowledge of real estate transactions was above and beyond what we experienced with other real estate agents from previous sales and purchases we made.  There are sales people and there are real estate professionals, Karen is definitely a real estate professional who takes pride in her work.  We highly recommend Karen for your real estate needs."
September 12, 2011
John and Kim Caviggiola

"Karen has sold two homes for me. Each time, she's done an excellent job in all phases of the sale process (including managing my expectations)! I would recommend Karen to anyone desiring to purchase or sell a home in the Milwaukee, WI area."
February 10, 2011
Daniel Galligan

"When I needed to sell a house in Thiensville, WI from 2000 miles away, I did intensive online research to find the best agent in the area. Karen was my top pick--and I am so glad to have chosen her! She is one of the smartest, savviest, and hardest-working real estate agents I've ever met, regardless of location. Karen knows the market, communicates wonderfully, has great instincts, and follows through on details large and small. From market analysis and staging advice to showing the property and closing the deal, I could not be more pleased with Karen's professionalism and competence. I only wish she would open shop in San Francisco so I could recommend her to more people!"
December 31, 2010
Elise Malmberg

Jim and I weren’t planning on purchasing a house at the time but we saw a beautiful home on the Shorewest website and thought we’d check it out.  We knew that meant having to get our house sold in the current market and we weren’t too optimistic.  We called Karen and she came to our house and spent a couple of hours helping us decide how we wanted to go about getting our dream home.  The entire process was seamless as we went from selling our home within two months to purchasing our new home.  She worked so hard and was always in contact with us to let us know what was going on.  She had such a perfect balance between moving forward to get the job done and making us feel at ease with our decisions.  She was never pushy nor absent in our selling and purchasing process.  We would and will recommend Karen to everyone.  She truly made all of our dreams come true.
Andi Winkle & Jim Stanek

We were very pleased to have Karen Wertz as our Realtor. Karen provided a summary of recent home sales that proved helpful in selling our home in less then a month - unique in todays fickle housing market. She was very thorough in explaining details and prompt in stopping by when something needed to be signed or decisions made. Karen is very personable and hard working. I would not hesitate to select Karen Wertz as Realtor."
Nancy Lizzeta Berlin


"Selling and buying a home turned out to be far more emotional than we had anticipated. Not only was Karen a great Realtor, she was very compassionate in helping us deal with the stress that came with selling and eventually buying a home, especially when it involved our three little kids, dog and cat. Karen never pushed and paced the process so that things went smoothly.

Communication is key in a Realtor and Karen was always available. When I called, she answered not matter what time of day. If I left a message, she called back right away.  She also followed up after the closing and even weeks later to make sure things were going well. 

Karen lives and breathes her job and did her very best for us on the buying and selling end. She knows her markets and is straight forward and honest. I wouldn't hesitate to use her again."
Joel and Suzanne Riesen

"Karen Wertz sold my Mother’s home in less than a week and got a full price offer!
This was only the beginning of our journey together.  My Mother is 81 years old and lived in her home for 42 years.  She made the decision it was time to move on.  I did my best to prepare her for what happens when you sell a home now a days.  Well my Mother was not prepared and when the inspections started and repairs were required she became furious and decided not to sell.  Karen assured me she understands and feels very comfortable working with the elderly.  I let Karen handle everything with my Mother from that point on.  My Mother not only liked Karen but she respected and trusted her.  Karen had a very calming effect on my Mother.  Issue after issue Karen was able to explain what was happening and why and assure my Mother no one was taking advantage of her.  If it wasn’t for Karen I really don’t think my Mother would of sold her home.

Having worked with many agents myself, I never found one than impressed me like Karen did.  Karen went above and beyond.  Not only is she very hard working and detailed she is kind and understanding.  Karen proved to me over and over again she does understand the elderly and really cares about what is best for them.  I guess that is why my Mother and I tell everyone we know about her."
Thank you Karen,
Patty Groeschl

"My wife and I have called Karen Wertz over the years to tour a house we like or just to get information. Always professional and expedient, we count on her for the facts and her opinions. She's a straight-shooter who will work hard for you. That's why we also chose Karen to list our house for sale in January 2008 - during a housing market recession. It was the right choice because it sold on the first day."
March 3, 2009

"Karen was a pleasure to work with. She always met us with a smile, had great ideas and very good insight. She helped us find a wonderful home."
Wendy Goetz

"My husband and I had the opportunity to work with Karen when recently purchasing our Fox Point home. Karen was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was proactive, honest and alway on top of the market changes and trends. I would recommend partnering with Karen without hesitation."
Mina Aiello

"Karen helped my husband and I buy a house one year ago. It was such a pleasant experience for both of us. We were first time home buyers and Karen was very good at explaining everything. She took the time to really help us without being pushy. She was honest and trustworthy through the whole experience. We love our home and if we ever have to move we would definetely work with Karen again."
Barbi Barder

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