Karen Anderson & Leigh Hanisee

  • The Prestige Team
    Keller Williams L.A. Harbor

  • Address

    28901 S. Western Ave. #139
    Rancho Palos Verdes

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  • DRE #

    01224307 (Karen)  |  01891085 (Leigh)

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    Realtor® Leigh Hanisee (left) and broker Karen Anderson

  • Special Section

    Women in Business

Karen Anderson started her career in real estate in 1997. In 2017 she joined Keller Williams L.A. Harbor and formed The Prestige Team. With nearly 40 years of combined experience, Karen and Realtors Leigh Hanisee and Jonathan Ramirez have been named the Top Producing Group in their office since 2011 and are recognized as Top Listing Agents.

Tell us about a unique feature of your business.

“Everyone says they are unique because of the service they provide, but we really do walk the walk. We work tirelessly to make sure that no matter what goes on behind the scenes, everything our clients see is completely seamless.”

What changes have you made due to COVID-19?

“We have had to modify how we do things as opposed to when we’re in a ‘normal’ environment. We’ve always been big on marketing and presentation, but today we need to give buyers an experience that is just as good as being there in person. Since most buyers are looking on the internet for homes and are used to shopping via open house, we need to bring the open house to them. This has inspired us to be very creative. Social media has been an important tool—generating literally thousands of views and giving us much additional exposure.”

Tell us about a recent success story.

Karen: “We had a unique home we were preparing for the market right as COVID-19 hit. Our client had just retired and was on her way to Nevada to search for a home when the shutdown stopped us in our tracks. We used our marketing expertise to showcase the house and sold it in the first week—over full price! I was proud of how my team stepped up to the challenge and got this done! None of us ever stopped working, despite the pandemic. I couldn’t be prouder of our wonderful team.”

Has motherhood made you a better entrepreneur?

Leigh: “Motherhood teaches us patience and understanding—two traits that are very important in real estate. Mothers are also good at juggling multiple things at once, and we have to be prepared for whatever curveballs are thrown at us. This is something we are constantly doing in real estate … every single day!”

Take a risk or play it safe in business?

Karen: “I’ve always been a risk-taker. Every decision we make involves some risk. The defining issue is knowing that failures happen, but it’s what you learn from those ‘stumbles’ that makes you grow. In our current climate, there’s a lot of uncharted territory—we’re all learning and adjusting to a ‘new normal.’ We have to just keep moving forward and doing our best every day.”