Born and raised in Richmond, Karen returned to Richmond after a long and successful career in marketing and advertising including 10 years at the Martin Agency before moving to California and working with Fortune 500 clients such as Apple Computer, Lexus, Jaguar and Porsche. Karen’s business skills coupled with her desire to advise and guide her clients through the home buying or selling process made joining the local firm of Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate an easy decision. Karen looks forward to working with you to help you make informed decisions that will result in lasting memories.
• Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Certificate in Interior Design from Interior Design Institute of So. California
• Married with one daughter
• Avid golfer and tennis player
• Volunteer at Altria, Dominion Energy Center, Dominion Energy Golf Classic
• Board Member of Jefferson Lakeside Country Club
• Attends Skipwith Methodist Church
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I would like to take a moment to recognize Karen Lavallee. I am writing to express my sincerest gratitude for her expertise, professionalism & tireless efforts, in the selling of my home. Prior to signing with Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville, I did interview an individual who said that Ashland was their bread and butter when it comes to real estate. My first question to the individual was: "What separates you from everyone else?" Their reply: "My communication." I think we know how the rest goes. The level of detail, communication, commitment to follow-through demonstrated by Karen, has been nothing short of superb. In all my dealing within the real estate industry, I can state, without hesitation, that Karen has checked all the boxes and then some. From the brilliant and elegant brochures to the tasteful use of verbiage to fully adorn the importance of selling a home, Karen is someone I will certainly continue to work with in the future. Karen's superior level of detail and communication, always touching base with insights, information, or updates was priceless during my experience. Additionally, Karen possesses an ability to connect with both her clients on both a personal and professional level, something that I think is extremely important in today's age. I thoroughly enjoyed working with and alongside Karen Lavallee during my home selling process. I would highly recommend not only her, but each and every person whom assisted and helped along the way from start to finish.
Based on my previous RE transactions, I never knew all an agent could/should do. Karen handled all inspections, meetings, arrangements before I ever even thought of it. It was wonderful to feel as if I was being taken care of. She always kept me up to date with excellent communication. She even advocated for me on issues that have arisen since closing. She has been stellar, and will always be my agent.