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Karen Gaylord is a Realtor and Team Leader of The Gaylord Group with Cummings & Co. Realtors. Gaylord began her career in real estate in 2001 and joined the company in 2017. Under her leadership, Karen manages The Gaylord Group, a team of top notch realtors who offer a first-rate real estate experience.
As a result of Karen’s undeniable drive to succeed, her ability to negotiate and close deals has consistently landed her in the top 10 realtors of Harford County, as well as the top two percent of Realtors nationwide over the years. In 2014, Karen was a featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine as an accomplished agent in the state of Maryland. In 2015- 2019, she was named a top 10 agent in Maryland for Client Satisfaction by The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals.
Gaylord is deeply immersed in the Maryland real estate circuit having served on the Board of Directors at the Harford County Association of Realtors, and on the Board of Governors for the Million Dollar Realtor Association of Harford County.
Prior to real estate, Karen worked in the financial services industry as VP for Sales Training at Merrill Lynch, Sales Manager at Mutual of New York and as an auditor at New Jersey Housing Finance Agency, and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. Her previous career expertise has enabled her to provide quality financial guidance and advice to her clients throughout the buying and selling process.
Karen graduated cum laude from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She and her husband love boating and traveling to Key West. The apple doesn’t fall far from her tree, as her son Jeff and daughter Jennifer work by her side as realtors for The Gaylord Group.
“ Karen and her team successfully listed and sold my parents house in Edgewood, MD. She did an amazing job working with me to help my senior aged parents navigate the home selling process. She was a wealth of knowledge when it came to timing, market value, buyer demographic, and overall staging of the house to drive the best potential offer. As it turns out, we ended up selling the house on the first day that it was listed - an outcome that exceeded our expectation given our pricing level. To identify the right realtor for our family, I called the top realtors in the Hartford county area and interviewed all of them for their approach, pricing strategy, and overall ability to personally manage the process (not some other team member). Many of the other successful realtors have an associate answer and field calls, but not Karen - she personally answered my calls. From our initial discussion, it was clear that Karen is knowledgeable, professional, and very successful at what she does. From the first phone call through the settlement process, Karen was proactive and made herself available throughout the process to both me and my parents. I would HIGHLY recommend Karen for her competency, but her outgoing and personable approach make it a slam dunk. Thank you Karen and team!”
” Buying your first home can be stressful! I had no clue what I was doing. But Jen went over and beyond! She made me and my husband feel at ease. She made what could have been a stressful experience to a fun time! Jen treated us like we were family! The Gaylord team is the way to go!” – L. Pearson
“Karen is truly an exceptional realtor. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy, organized and thorough. In addition, Karen is down-to-earth and sincerely FUN and upbeat to work with. My spouse and I are a bit "hard to please" (not a good trait, I'm sorry Karen). We have worked with Karen on several occasions, as both buyers and sellers, and we have never been anything but thoroughly impressed with every single aspect of every dealing. We are fully aware that Karen has many clients, but I have sincerely felt as if we are her only client when working together, due to her responsiveness, attention, and complete dedication. Karen, you set the bar high, and we are honored to work with you now, and every opportunity in the future.” - Melissa J
“We have called Karen numerous times over the last 7 years. She helped us with the sale of our home and the purchase of our new home. Recently she helped market and sell a home that had been in our family for almost 60 years. She also helped my father sell his home and buy a condo in the Bel Air area. I wouldn't call anyone else other than Karen if we had family or friends looking to buy or sell a home. In fact, we have recommended her to a number of friends. She had excellent ideas regarding upgrades and staging the homes we have sold. Her website presentation and brochures of the home were professional and very well done. She is readily available (even answered calls and messages while on vacation) and answered all of our questions - was with us every step of the way to include sitting through closing. Extremely glad that we have a trusted person to call with any of our real estate needs” - Mark & Mary
“I have worked with Karen on several real estate transactions including selling, buying and renting homes. Karen is honest and forethcoming. She responds to all questions and concerns in a timely manner. I have recommended Karen to several of my friends. Those that have used her were very happy! She is well respected in the community and has a good understanding of the real estate market as well as the financial issues involved with buying and selling a home.”
“Karen has been a pleasure to work with when selling 2 house's, 1 an estate and 1 personal property. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail is second to none. I would recommend Karen to anyone who want's a professional to handle their Real Estate needs.” – R. Hodges
“I cannot say enough good things about our interaction with Karen! Karen helped us from beginning to end and without her I think my wife and I would have lost our minds. In fact she even assisted the sellers in the 11th hour of the transaction to get the deal done. If you are looking for someone that is knowledgeable about the market and will dot every I and cross every T, then you need to hire Karen. I promise you, you will not be disappointed!” Tom T.
“Karen not only showed her knowledge during the negotiation and sale of my house(s) but the professionalism in her getting each house READY to put on the market was definately a cut above the other realtors that I personally know. She goes above and beyond the scope to which you would expect a realtor to display.” Johnny T.
“Karen has helped my husband and me with the purchase of 2 homes and the sale of 2 homes. I cannot say enough about her professionalism, honesty, integrity, patience and persistence. Buying and selling real estate is often stressful, but Karen has a special way of making everyone feel calm through the process. Her relationships with other realtors is solid and she seems well-respected among her peers. Karen always listens closely to our needs and always gives us the feeling that she "has our backs." I have recommended Karen to friends and family and they have had similar experiences. I will continue to use Karen for all of my real estate needs in the future.…
“Karen's high level of professionalism, knowledge, and integrity were evident as early as our first meeting. She provided a comprehensive market analysis, as well as repair and staging recommendations designed to minimize time on market and maximize profitability. Her professional background in finance and accounting is a bonus for clients, and easily complements her real estate expertise. She guided me through my first-time home-selling experience with patience, understanding, generosity, and kindness. Karen is very communicative, and responds very quickly to inquiries. Her dedication led me to the settlement table merely 90 days after she listed my townhome. (Average time on market was 120 days in spring 2012.) I have recommended Karen to other sellers, and will continue to do so without hesitation” – R. Adams
“Karen is very energetic and motivated to help her clients. She has sold 2 homes for us in a very short period of time. She is very professional and very personable. The one thing she is really good at is she returns your call immediately. That is piece of mind.” – Joe D.
“The only way to describe Karen as a realtor is "Wow". We were absolutely delighted with every aspect of our dealings with Karen. She got us 4 full price offers on our home within 72 hours of being on the market. Karen got us more money for our house than we expected. I would highly recommend Karen as a realtor without any reservation. You can not ask for a better realtor or a nicer person. Karen is a true professional.” – J. Murphy
<p.”When I purchased my property, Karen was excellent throughout both the searching process and the negotiations. She has a vast network or friends and colleagues which compliment her extensive knowledge of the local real estate market. Karen has always kept my best interest in mind. I will always trust her judgement and I would be glad to work with her again in the future.…
”Karen is an outstanding agent. She helped me sell my townhouse in 7 days back in 09 !!! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful in ever step of the process. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to buy/sell their home!!!!”
”Wow! When we decided to sell our home a friend recommended Karen. That was a blessing. The first time she came to our house she brought all the information about our house, the area, comps, the whole package. She had done her homework. You just don't get Karen, she comes with a team of professions. A stager who gives you suggestions on how best set up your home for showing, a photographer who takes great photos, a professional brochure and much more. When you have Karen you have the best.” – W. Miller
”Karen Gaylord helped my family find our home over 10 years ago and now she is helping me find a home in order to move out on my own. Her knowledge of the area and attention to detail is outstanding. She works with you to discover the traits you most want in a home and patiently waits with you until you find the home of your dreams. Most importantly, Karen keeps your best interest in mind and you always feel like her most important client. I would recommend Karen to anyone looking to buy a home!!” – Catherine K.
”It has been a pleasure working in a business relationship with realtor Karen Gaylord as she represented us in the sale of not one, but five residential properties in Harford County within the past two years. Karen Gaylord provided outstanding, personalized and detailed attention to our real estate goals. Her marketing strategies and state of the art advertising proved most successful, resulting in expedited sales of our listings. Karen Gaylord took client service to a heightened level—she lightly staged the homes, met with appraisers at the property, and provided effective communication throughout the entire settlement process, just to name a few. If any sellers or buyers want to work with the best Harford County has to offer, we highly recommend Karen Gaylord!”
”My wife and I needed to find a new house for our growing family. We were lucky enough to meet Karen to help us in our search. Karen was very helpful in our housing search. She took the time to understand what we were looking for and then guided us through our search until we found what we wanted. Her valuable insights and knowledge helped us to find and buy a house we love. We can’t recommend her highly enough.”
”Karen Gaylord has to be the best agent anyone could hope to have. She is on top of everything and leaves nothing undone. We were very fortunate to have contracting her for the sale of our home. I have recomended her to my daughter and son in law. We can't say enough nice things about her.”
”Karen's detail and research even prior to signing the agent listing was very impressive. I have sold at least three properties before and never experienced this attention to detail and information. My house sold quickly and Karen's response was immediate through the entire process. She is very professional, very knowledgeable, and very well respected and known in her field. I would HIGHLY recommend her services. She definitely earned her commission!! Highly likely to recommend” – T. Mcbride
”Karen is by far the best agent I have ever worked with; her attention to detail is incredible and is available all hours of the day. I received email updates from her as early as 5:30 AM. Her knowledge of the area and professionalism are outstanding and most important, if she says she will do something, it gets done. She walked me through the entire process and was always willing to answer any questions I had with patience and understanding; truly a blessing for me to have found her.”
”Karen was very professional in the way she handled every aspect of the sale of my home. She began by providing accurate ideas about the value, and strategies I should consider when ready to sell. When the time came to pull the trigger she knew exactly how to stage the home to get the highest value. The staging involved not just placing a few objects around the house, but staging by being 100% ready to hit the market at the right time, with all the marketing pieces in place to generate cross selling opportunities. When we finally launched the home for sale, we had an offer within 4 days. The sale closed within one month. She was tireless in following up and constantly kept me updated on what was happening. Let me put it this way; I am a commercial real estate broker and deal with large complex commercial transaction on a daily basis. But, when it came time to sell my own home, I listed with Karen. I wanted to make sure I had the best.”
”Working with Karen Gaylord has been an excellent experience! Her professionalism is outstanding and you can tell she works extremely hard to do the absolute best for her clients. Not only is Karen's real estate knowledge amazing, but her overall financial background provides her with a great sense of understanding how best to work with you to appropriately price your home. Prior to selecting an agent, Karen met with my husband and I to walk us through how she manages her business...and it is a fantastic approach. It was quite evident prior to listing our home and throughout the showing process that Karen had an eye on all aspects of selling our home. We felt that was a huge advantage since there were no mis-communications along with way. I will strongly be recommending Karen...she gets the job done!” – Steve S.
”I have worked with Karen for many years on several sales and we are working on a purchase currently. She is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of real estate and finance. I have recommend Karen to business associates, friends and family on many occasions and will continue to do so. I trust and appreciate her advice and opinions.: - J. Drecher
”I want to start off and first apologize to both of you for not writing back in an early time frame, but as you both know it was a crazy sixty day period. Just wanted to say that it was great working with you both on the sale of our home. From the first time we met until the settlement date you both have done everything and more to get the deal done. The time frame was crazy (66 days from start to finish) but we made it work. Karen/Chrise, you both could not have been more helpful and proactive and reactive at the same time. It has been a pleasure working with you both and sad to say that our sales time is over but hopefully not our friendship. If i come across anybody trying to sell their home your names will be the first i throw into the ring. Once again both Pam and i are grateful for all of your help and hard work on this project. We wish you both the best and thanks for your gift as Pam and i will put it to good use in our new home.”
“For the past 20 years, I have been in the new home construction arena. When you sell a person a new home it is imperative that they are able to get their existing home sold. For this reason, I have relied on Karen Gaylord to get the job done. Karen brings her attention to detail, expertise in the Real Estate market, and innovative marketing skills to every home owner she represents. Hands down, my recommended Realtor!!”
“Karen was thoughtful and prompt in her search for my home and my specific needs. She was thorough in her knowledge of the area and honestly, made a very stressful process as easy as it could be. Should i need to move again, i would not hesitate to contact Karen for my real estate needs.”
“When we made the decision to sell our home, we interviewed three highly respected agents and selected Karen Gaylord. From the moment we met her, her professionalism and expertise were evident. She came to the initial appointment with detailed information about the current real estate market including numbers about days on the market, sales in our price range, and comps that demonstrated her in depth of knowledge of our neighborhood and those that are similar. One of the most useful services she offered was that of hiring a talented stager who came into our home and offered valuable advice on furniture placement and neutralizing our home, including help with choosing paint colors. I think the help of the stager was very valuable in getting the house ready to go on the market. Karen also hired a professional photographer whose pictures greatly enhanced the online listings where so many people find homes. The photos were also used to create a fine brochure for people who came through the house and an electronic file that was sent to other agents and potential buyers. Her marketing skills are superior. We did nearly everything that was suggested to prepare our house. We got a solid offer within a week of listing. I cannot say enough good things about Karen Gaylord.”
“We used Karen to market several of our properties and I found her to be extremely diligent and professional. She responded quickly to any questions and worked well with the buyers to make for smooth and easy transactions. I would highly recommend her to anyone.”