Karin Barlow

Real Estate in Victoria was part of my upbringing, and has always been a part of my life.


I want you to know how passionate I am about Victoria and Vancouver Island. Ocean, mountains, beaches, ski resorts, great weather and friendly people. What more could I have asked for when my mother chose Victoria and Canada as her new home from Denmark in her early 20's. Real estate in Victoria was part of my upbringing, and has always been a part of my life. My mother, Tove Barlow gets some credit for that. She successfully sold real estate in Victoria for 38 years. I followed in my mother's footsteps and started my real estate career in 1993 at Newport Realty. One could say that real estate is in my soul.

I feel most alive when I am exploring the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. I enjoy the rhythmic solitude of paddling my kayak down the Gorge Waterway. The crazy side of me loves kayak surfing during storm season at Long Beach and windsurfing at Nitinat Lake or mountain bike riding in the woods with friends. Every winter my family enjoys skiing at Mount Washington and every summer we enjoy boating trips to the local islands. We are truly blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am very thankful. Indoors or outdoors, I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. I have two energetic, beautiful children and I love exploring the world through their eyes. They make me look at our world differently. They have brought me such joy.

In harmony with my personal and family time, I am always accessible to my clients. In helping people to sell their homes, it gives me pleasure to assist people moving forward in their lives. I always ask my clients what their concerns and objectives are, and to list them in order of importance. I find this an effective way to address my client's needs early.

With home buyers, I love the look of excitement on a person's face when they have found the home where they will spend their future. I thoroughly enjoy the home-buying process -from educating first-time buyers about the marketplace, touring foreigners through our beautiful city to helping people achieve their investment goals. I always look out for my client's interests first and foremost. I listen to people's needs and will play the devil's advocate, pointing out features of a home that may cause problems in the future for resale. It is important to me that my clients' needs are met now and into the future. People like that I have a personable, honest and informative approach. I am respected for my professional conduct and I always try to be thorough and reliable.

Matthew Watson

"Karin showed absolute dedication to helping us and always kept on top of the market. We ended up with just what we wanted. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Karin again."

BOD Vancouver Island Health Authority

Daniel J. Sharp

"Great work and attention to detail"

CEO Western Allergy

Bruce McDiarmid

perfect house for our family. She was detailed, knowledgeable and very professional. Would not hesitate to highly recommend Karin."

Director at The Wickaninnish Inn

Pam Russell

"Karin has helped me with three properties and each time she proved her thorough understanding of the market and brought an unmatched energy that helped to sell these properties."

Senior Portfolio Manager at TD Waterhouse

Victor Pasta

"I have no hesitation in recommending Karin to anyone interested in exploring real estate either as a buyer or seller. She treats you with respect and is intuitive as she explores options to finalize a transaction that is a win/win for everyone. But mostly, she's just an easy person to like. A sense of humour always works for me, but never loses her professionalism."
Recording engineer & producer at Victor's Blue Room Recording Studio

Tirza Lowensteyn

"Karin has worked with us as a realtor when we sold and bought a house in Victoria BC. Her integrity and understanding of what we were looking for was commendable. Karin worked hard to find us the house we needed and was able to deal with the huge pressures we were under at the time. If we were to go out and buy and sell again I would most certainly seek her services again."

VP Professional Services at UNIT4 Business Software

Jim Alders

"Karin has acted as our agent on our first home purchase, as well as our current home sale and purchase of a lot. What could be a high stress experience has actually been enjoyable and we would highly recommend her to anyone."

Owner, CEI Architecture

JC Scott

"Karin is a second generation local realtor who started working young as a server at a busy restaurant while she was still a schoolgirl. She knows how to work, she knows service, she knows Victoria and she knows real estate. For me this makes a solid combination of skills."
Senior Design Partner at JC Scott eco DESIGN

Michelle Buchanan

"Karin was an exceptionally patient and helpful agent for us when we bought our house in the Fernwood neighbourhood of Victoria. She was always one step ahead of us in bringing to our attention all the aspects of the sale that we needed to consider. She brings to her work a lifetime knowledge of the area and is very detail oriented, responsive, and professional. I highly recommend her."
Experienced Freelancer

Barbara Bialokoz

"We recommend Karin Barlow, without hesitation, as a Real Estate Agent who listens, who is resourceful, and who has an excellent knowledge of the housing market in Victoria. None of this, of course, is entirely surptrising, as Karin grew up in a family who has been in the business for more than 50yrs. The fact that Karin found us two remarkable houses, both of which surpassed our expectations in location, price and suitability for our family and business requirements, is what you can expect when you work with Karin. She is patient, honest, very well-informed and will get you the deal you are looking for. We are so pleased with the house she found us 9yrs ago that we have no need to search further and I would without hesitation recommend Karin to anyone entering into the housing market, whether it is a starter home or a dream waterfront mansion, Karin will be able to make that move come true"

Owner, bbphysio.com

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