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Karen Stang, Carriage Realty

A Lake Elmo Realtor will be nationally recognized by her peers next week.

Karen Stang, broker and owner of Carriage Realty in Lake Elmo, will be one of three Realtors nationally to be inducted into the National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame on Nov. 8 in San Francisco.

Carriage Realty is also celebrating its 25th year in business.

Stang said she was surprised and touched by the nomination.

“It feels great to be recognized by my peers...for the years of hard work and effort of being a small business owner,” Stang said.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated and chosen based off of their dedication to client needs, buyer presentation skills, commitment to the advancement and practice of buyer representation and community involvement in the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council.

Stang’s father started Carriage Realty in December, 1993. She was in college, working a full-time job in banking, when she acquired her Realtor license. She worked as a Realtor part-time in the evenings. At the time, Carriage Realty was fully family-run; her mom was the receptionist and her boyfriend, now husband, installed the “for sale”sign posts. Stang became a full-time Realtor in 2001, she said.

Today, Stang manages a team of four seasoned agents who all grew up in the area, she said.

“A lot has changed,” Stang said. “There’s only five of us and to be recognized is huge.”

Outside of her day-to-day, Stang is involved in the community of real estate agents as well as local organizations.

Locally, Stang is a member and past board member of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. She’s also a member of the Main Street Independent Business Alliance, she said. Carriage Realty staff also frequently volunteer for nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, Valley Outreach and Youth Advantage, she said.

Professionally, Stang serves on the Minnesota Association of Realtors Professional Standards committee. Additionally, she’s a volunteer speaker for the Minnesota Housing Finance Administration’s Homestretch courses in Washington County and St. Paul. Homestretch courses educate people on the home buying process. Stang said she also enjoys advocating for first time home buyer programs.

“I love helping people and being an advocate for home ownership,” Stang said. “I’m not really selling houses, I’m selling homes.”

Contact Kim Schneider at kim.schneider@ecm-inc.com

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