Meet Karen Hickman

About Karen

As a native Texan, Karen Hickman’s passion and incredible drive have catapulted her to the top of the real estate field. Her achievements over the years have gained her national recognition and she was among the top 1 % out of over 38,000 agents in North America at her previous brokerage. Her move to Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in 2015 puts Karen in a position to combine her 30+ years of real estate experience with an unparalleled global real estate network, positioning her at the forefront of industry marketing and technology for the benefit of her clients.

With over 30 years of experience, Karen has worked in all kinds of real estate markets and has represented buyers and sellers in many different areas of the San Diego region. Her familiarity with the diverse neighborhoods, coupled with her enthusiasm and “can do” attitude, is an invaluable asset to her loyal clientele. There’s nothing Karen loves more than finding a dream home for her buyers or successfully completing a sale for one of her valued homeowners. It is not just about BUYING and SELLING houses - it is about representing you, the client! It is about ensuring that her customers are more than satisfied; it is about a career that she is PASSIONATE about! She chose real estate after a successful business career in the corporate world because of the people-to-people interface, variety, and flexibility. Her extensive training, years of experience, and varied background have provided Karen with the necessary skills to best represent her clients.

Karen centers her business on providing outstanding customer service and is often overheard saying, “It’s my pleasure to serve you.” Her energy is contagious and her work ethic unrivaled. Karen is proud to be affiliated with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, named the Best Real Estate Brokerage by the San Diego Union-Tribune and one of the fastest-growing private companies in San Diego County. When your home is listed with Karen, you have the power of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s 30 offices in San Diego behind you, as well as a global real estate network encompassing over 990 offices in over 72 countries and territories.

Her involvement with the community and the San Diego Board of Realtors ensures that she is in constant touch with the future of a rapidly changing region. Karen also believes that it is important to give back to the community. For many years Karen has been designated the Agent Champion of the World Housing Organization For the La Jolla office. She has made a donation on behalf of every closed sale to the Agents of Change program, which supports many families living in impoverished areas around the world. This donation contributes to the creation and building of a new home for a family in need.

With over 35 years of experience, Karen has worked in all kinds of real estate markets and has represented buyers and sellers in many different areas of the San Diego region.

  • Circle of Excellence Five Year Gold Award Winner in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 by the San Diego Association of Realtors and San Diego Union-Tribune

  • Named as one of San Diego’s “Five Star Best Realtor” in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 by an independent survey of over 30,000 recent home buyers in the San Diego area, and published in the San Diego Magazine

  • Ranked as one of the "Top Real Estate Agents 2019" in the Union-Tribune - San Diego Business Journal

  • Ranked in the "2020 America's Best" by Real Trends - by sales volume in California

  • Top producer and award winner year after year

  • Licensed Realtor since 1985

  • Member of San Diego Board of Realtors

  • Member, Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

  • Member of Real Estate Brokerage Association of La Jolla

  • Certified Relocation Specialist

  • Member of California Association of Realtors

  • Member of National Association of Realtors

  • Successfully coached by the nation’s top real estate trainers over the last 25 years

  • Residential property sales and exchanges, including fine residences and estates

  • Knowledgeable analysis of property values and market trends

  • Renowned credibility and expertise in resolving difficult transactions

  • Exceptionally skilled negotiations and astute business sense

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