Get to Know Our Realtor Executives
...think of it as shopping for your own Real Estate Guru!
Karen Derr is a native Texan who has been involved in real estate for most of her life. Her high-touch style of service and her on-call attitude when responding to customer needs have made her a multimillion dollar producing Realtor for over 20 years. From country homes to urban oases and historic homes, Karen Derr prides herself in knowing great neighborhoods. From 1994 to 2008 Karen Derr owned a successful brokerage firm headquartered in the Houston Heights. She was the founder and broker for Karen Derr and Associates Realty, a firm that was listed in the top 25 residential real estate companies in the greater Houston area according to the Houston Business Journal. The firm closed over $150 Million in annual sales. She and her husband sold that company in 2008 and she stayed on as a top producer until 2015 when she founded Karen Derr Realtors The real estate market is evolving and so is Karen’s practice. Today, she and a small group of choice agents make up the Karen Derr Team. While paring down her company, she is broadening her range of service. She is now a member of TXLS listing service and the Austin Board of Realtors. While the Houston Heights and surrounding area is still an important part of her business, she is now helping clients buy and sell in Central Texas, including Austin. "Selling in Austin and the wonderful central Texas towns between Austin and Houston is a dream come true for me," Karen confides. "With offices in both markets and a home in Fayette County as a base of operation for country transactions, we're right at home and ready to serve clients who are as diverse in their interests as we are."
A resident of the historic Houston Heights, originally from the Texas Golden Triangle, Robyn Newburn embodies the essence of Southern hospitality and caring. Her friendly openness, honesty and straightforward communication style makes her a pleasure to work with as a Realtor. Leading up to her career as a real-estate professional, she owned her own home accessory and gift store for 8 years in Beaumont Texas. Utilizing her creative abilities and eye for design, she followed her passion for home décor and became an interior decorator. She also worked as a professional event planner before earning her Real Estate license. This background has proven to be a great benefit to her clients, whether she’s staging their home, helping make selections for a renovation project, or planning and hosting an open house event that draws prospective buyers. Robyn has been part of the Karen Derr team since 2009.
Robyn and her husband Michael Newburn enjoy the small-town atmosphere inside the big city that the Houston Heights offers. She understands the excitement and challenges of relocating to a new hometown. The couple lives in a circa 1920’s home they’ve lovingly renovated, but Robyn also loves mid-century modern architecture and décor prevalent in many of the close-in neighborhoods she specializes in.
Not only will Robyn help you find your dream home in the Houston area, she also can help you find your place in the sun in Galveston or Bolivar Peninsula where the Newburn’s own a 2nd home.
For sellers, Robyn utilizes her Certified Home Marketing Specialist designation and a proven marketing plan to assure her seller’s get the best results.
Active and deeply rooted in the Gulf Coast neighborhoods she loves, Robyn and her husband Mike also enjoy their involvement in the Galveston Krewe of the Knights of Momus, as well as his Aggie alumni events. Her expertise in the ins and outs of these historic and eclectic communities has come in handy for many of Robyn’s clients over the Years.
Whether you’re buying or selling, Robyn’s experience, involvement and passion will prove invaluable in reaching your real estate goals.
Rene Camiba Ibarra
When realtor Karen Derr and educator Rene Camiba Ibarra were volunteering with the Houston Heights Association Education Committee in 2010, they never dreamed they’d be working together in real estate in 2017. Much less would either imagine they’d be working together at a Karen Derr Realtors office in Austin. Karen Derr, Broker at Karen Derr Realtors, thinks it’s a match made in heaven. Rene has lived with his husband Troy Campa in Austin’s eclectic Eastside for five years now. The couple own Camiba Art gallery and lead art travel tours with a devoted following of both dear Heights friends and Austinites to destinations including Cuba, Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende. In fact one art tour client loved San Miguel so much, on her first visit she decided to sell her home in Austin and relocate there permanently. The Karen Derr team in Austin handled the sale in record time for a record price and Rene was able to refer the client to an agent in Mexico. Rene, who is fluent in Spanish, also helped her with visa details, etc. “Rene is one of the friendliest and most caring people I know and that carries over in his work,” says Derr, who experienced first hand one of the Camiba Art tours to Oaxaca in 2016. “Troy and Rene are living their dream and it’s contagious! It makes sense that Rene offers real estate services for friends and referral clients seeking to achieve their own goals.” Rene Camiba Ibarra is a vital member of our team of real estate professionals relocating clients in Houston, Austin , Galveston and Central Texas.
A valued member of Team Karen Derr, Realtor Jonathan Ryan offers assistance to our clients in Austin and Central Texas. He serves as our Manager at our Austin office at 701 Tillery #12. Working in real estate since he was a student, Jonathan knows first hand that busy buyers and sellers often need more than robust representation. They need help with the many details that make for a smooth relocation. He’s ready to roll up his sleeves, from moving furniture to stage a home to getting bids for repairs. His can-do attitude impresses both buyers and sellers.
His years working directly with Broker Karen Derr has afforded him experience and know how that only a seasoned professional can offer. Their team approach to service assures you’ll get the results you’re looking for and enjoy the process.
In Austin, Bastrop, Fayette County and points beyond, Jonathan has many happy clients who have relied on him to help them achieve their real estate goals. New construction or historic homes, urban chic or home in the country, Jonathan Ryan is your go-to resource for real estate services focused on achieving the lifestyle you seek.