Chrissy Karasavas-Meisterheim

A Realtor for the past eight years, Chrissy Karasavas-Meisterheim joined The Kondo Group—operating under the umbrella of Compass—in 2017. After earning her marketing degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chrissy spent 14 years in the fashion business working as a sales manager in New York and Los Angeles before transitioning to the real estate industry. She lives in Rolling Hills Estates with her husband, Jeff, and their son, Loukas, and daughter, Effie.

What is the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic for your business?

“A very tough and scary time has given people the insight to make decisions that will benefit their families and lives long term. I believe the most interesting thing that came out of this pandemic was people reevaluated their lives. Many of my transactions this year were based on clients looking deeply at their priorities and making life changes. Two of my recent listings were for sellers who realized that they wanted to move closer to their families. The pandemic reminded them how important their support network was.”

Where do you find your inspiration?

“My mom has always been my inspiration—in life, motherhood and work. She taught me to never feel sorry for myself, not to focus on the negative or waste energy with worry. Instead, have faith and be strong, keep trying and look for the positive in each situation. I lost her last year, and now more than ever I strive to continue to make her proud and do my best to live by her advice.”

Has motherhood made you a better entrepreneur?

“Motherhood was the reason I changed careers and pursued real estate. I was working in fashion—traveling and rarely home. It was a lucrative career, but I knew as a new mother I would miss out on watching my son grow up. I decided to pursue real estate when he was just 3 months old, and I didn’t even realize then what a blessing it would be. It allows me to be a present parent. It’s so important for me to be efficient in my job and utilize effective time management. ‘Working smarter not harder’ is my mantra because of my kids.”

How does your business provide clients a competitive advantage?

“I’m proud to be a part of The Kondo Group—a team of 12 amazing and accomplished Realtors. We are diverse in our overall expertise and niche, so we advise and accommodate all types of clients, properties and needs. There is an expert on the team for each unique situation.”