Popular women’s publication StyleBlueprint selected Karen Rodriguez, exclusive listing broker for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, for this month’s FACES of Atlanta feature, which takes an inside look at a day in the life of Buckhead’s Condo Queen. Check out some of the questions and answers below, and read the full piece on StyleBlueprint.
You’re known as the Condo Queen in Atlanta. What is it about selling luxury condominiums versus traditional homes that you love?
I started selling condos in Buckhead in my early 20s to my friends, because at the time, that is what we could afford. I was touting the Buckhead city skyline before there was one, but I realized very quickly that I had found my niche and loved selling the glamorous lifestyle, incredible city night views and the levels of security that one finds in a luxury high-rise. These were all things that appealed to me and fit my personality.
Tell us about the most beautiful place you’ve ever sold.
Wow, there have been many! But I would have to say the newly finished Residences at Mandarin Oriental are very special. I had the privilege of working closely with the owner of the project, John Kubicko, and the architect and designers on the floor plan and finishes. Having buyers respond in the way they have when we took these to market was incredible.
Do you find there are any significant gains or challenges with being a woman in real estate?
I think that real estate is absolutely one of the most rewarding and lucrative careers a woman can have. At the end of the day though, to be successful, you have to be extremely disciplined and self-motivated, just like any entrepreneur, and be willing to do what it takes. No one is going to hand you business. I also love working with developers and being involved with buildings, from predevelopment to selling the building out. GROUP KORA really came to be because for years, I have been the go-to person for many of Atlanta’s developers for my opinion of their future projects, my market advice, etc. I realized it was time to finally begin to charge for all this advice I had been giving away for years for free!
Describe your ideal day or night out in Atlanta.
An aperitivo at Barcelona, followed by dinner at one of the many new restaurants in town, and home before midnight to snuggle on the couch with husband and my two fur babies, Brody and Saban. The night must end with a glass of red wine and possibly a little piece of dark chocolate!