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 Houston Heights, originally from the Texas Golden Triangle, Robyn Newburn embodies the essence of Southern hospitality and caring. Her friendly openness, honesty and straight forward 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 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 to Bolivar Peninsula where the Newburn’s own a 2nd home.
For sellers, Robyn utilizes her Certified Home Marketing Specialist designation and proven marketing plan to assure her seller’s get the best results.
Active and deeply rooted in the Gulf Coast neighborhoods she loves, Robyn has fun curating gifts and home decorating treasures for her small co-op space at AG Antiques on 19th street in the Heights. An active member of the Heights Women’s Association, she stays connected with community businesses and volunteers. 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.
Shilpi Saha Seals
Shilpi Saha Seals is a longtime Houstonian with a B.A from the University of Houston in Business Administration. She also studied architecture and interior design at the Art Institute and University of Houston. In fact, architecture and well-designed homes are her passion. That passion led her to travel extensively in the Middle and Far East, Europe, Mexico and of course, the U.S. Some of her favorite cities for architecture include Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and Dubai.
With almost a decade experience in selling residential real estate, Shilpi loves getting involved in renovations and new construction; you may see her at the Houston City planning commission meeting taking notes and continuing to learn whenever she can. She’s done renovations herself in both Austin and West University here in Houston; experience many of her clients appreciate. Historic districts and village municipalities make up some of the most desirable neighborhoods in Houston. Whether you buy in one of these areas or a best-kept-secret up-and-coming neighborhood, Shilpi’s knowledge of her hometown will serve you well.
Shilpi Saha Seals is a multimillion dollar producer with a long list of satisfied clients in the Cypress Fairbanks area, Heights, West University, Montrose, Downtown and the exciting Washington Corridor. Her investor clients have enlisted her help all over the greater Houston area including the suburban northwest and Clear Lake. Besides her full-time real estate career, she devotes her time to helping homeless companion pets, especially larger breed dogs. She supports several Gulf Coast area rescue organizations, including Jurassic Bark. Follow her on Facebook and you’ll see, she has a kind heart and takes action whenever she can help these special souls looking for a forever home. When she’s not helping her clients or furry friends find homes, Shilpi enjoys fishing with her husband who she married in 2015 in Puerto Vallarta. She loves introducing Houston friends to Indian cuisine and culture and has performed with several classical Indian dance companies including Kalaangan.
Edye Leppard Baldwin
Edye Leppard Baldwin has worked in the real estate industry for over a decade. Born and raised in Houston, she is dedicated, hardworking and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that her clients find exactly what they are looking for. She grew up in and around many of the neighborhoods she now sells in, including West University, Oak Forest, the Heights, Timbergrove, graduating from Lamar High School and attending the University of Houston. Besides Houston’s most desirable close-in neighborhoods, Edye is involved in the several Bay Area communities including Seabrook where much of her family now resides and Friendswood.
Edye leads an active lifestyle with her husband, Derek, and two children, Noah and Ella. They love to camp, watch baseball and softball games, and love lazy Friday family movie nights. Her two yellow labs, Sunny and Jessie, complete her family. About her career, Edye shares, “I still love looking at houses. Its is so much fun! This is the reason that I went into real estate over ten years ago and the reason that I still do it today I enjoy seeing the potential in remodel as much as I admire a brand-new Viking kitchen. There is also something so fulfilling about seeing a buyer excited about having found their new home or an excited seller now capable of making the next step in their life. I just love it!”
See what Edye’s clients say about their transaction with Edye Leppard Baldwin:
“Edye was the best realtor we have ever used. She kept us grounded through the process and helped us make the best decision for our family. I strongly recommend her!” Oaks of Inwood Buyer and Seller
“Edye went above and beyond to help us when we were in a huge time crunch to find a place. She was so helpful and knowledgeable.” Montrose Client
“Edye is excellent! She’s been my advocate since day one. As a first-time home buyer, I needed a lot more attention and support and she met my expectations. Also, she’s a great communication—she kept me informed throughout the entire process, and made her thinking visible which was essential for me. I would strongly recommend Edye as your realtor!” First Time Buyer in Midtown
“I can not say enough good things about Edye Leppard. She as very professional but not stiff. Very personable to me and my family. I feel very fortunate to have had Edye sell my home in Houston and help me buy my new home and property in Marlin Texas.” Shepard Park Plaza Seller
Specializing in the North and Northwest areas of the Greater Houston Area including Montgomery, Waller and Grimes counties, Traci will find you the home you really want. Whether you want new construction or just the easy suburban life, she has complete knowledge of the area. The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Cypress, Champions, Lakewood Forest, Spring and all the lovely new developments in the North/Northwest. Karen Derr Realtors invites you to take a guided tour with a native. Utilizing her background in marketing and advertising, you will find Traci's approach to finding your dream home innovative and fresh.
Having marketed and sold homes from West University Place to Magnolia horse properties Traci realizes lifestyle is a very personal choice and loving where you live is one of life's most important goals. She and her family have done it all when it comes to styles of homes and neighborhoods. Now she and her husband Paul have decided they want it all, choosing to live in a home on over an acre just behind The Woodlands. Nicely wooded, on the golf course, a pool, their home is large enough to accommodate their family gatherings in style when their children and her adorable grandson are home. Sound like something you'd like? Traci can make it happen!
A skilled negotiator with an eye for details, Traci is your go to resource for both market knowledge and transaction management. Isn't that what you're looking for in a realtor?
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.
It’s always great when your hobby becomes your career! Friends and family will tell you Ashley has been passionate about real estate and great properties, first as a buyer and now as a realtor, for most of her life. She became a homeowner and real estate investor in her early twenties. Now as a valuable member of the Karen Derr team, she has the resources at her disposal to insure her clients make informed decisions about their most important investment - their home.
Born and raised in Beaumont, Texas where her parents still live, Ashley loves to go home to catch up with her large family. She learned at an early age the importance of having a place to gather and recharge. She attended Texas A&M and is a proud Aggie. After college she pursued a career in teaching. As a fifth grade teacher on the near northside of downtown Houston, she was awarded teacher of the year at her school multiple times, but her first love kept tugging at her heart. She was a HAR.com junkie and she spent her spare time searching out homes that she thought would be great investments for family and friends. Ashley really is the perennial ambassador for home ownership. She bought her first home in a reasonably priced neighborhood that she thought would appreciate. Her intuitions were spot on. That lead her to invest in other rental properties, all before the age of thirty.
When Ashley obtained her real estate license she joined Karen Derr Realtors’ Houston Heights office. Broker Karen Derr personally selected her for intense one on one training and mentoring. She completed two transactions in her first month as a full time agent. Her energy and can-do attitude delights her clients in a market where the inventory of available homes at the right price can be tight. Her keen ability to “crunch the numbers” is invaluable, whether you’re pricing your home for sale or considering the feasibility of a purchase. In keeping with all the reasons why she got into real estate, she loves working with first time buyers.
Besides real estate, Ashley enjoys travel, dining out and cooking. Whether it’s fine dining or exploring new casual spots, Ashley loves being out on the town in Houston and you’ll find she’s an avid contributor to the Houston Foodie Group on Facebook. If you’re looking for a recommendation, just ask and she’ll point you to a great dining experience. She’s an avid traveler and lived in Mexico for the summer. Ashley loves to explore new places and new cuisines but where does she return again and again? Dana Point, California keeps drawing her back and she manages to go there a couple times each year. You can bet she checks out the real estate while she’s visiting. Closer to home, she enjoys walking in Memorial Park with her dog, Duke and she gives a portion of her closings to K9 Angels Rescue right here in the Heights. Since Ashley offices in the Houston Heights, she is committed to staying involved with neighborhood groups and causes that support and improve neighborhood quality of life.
Whether you’re buying or selling you’ll find Ashley Eddins both energetic and knowledgeable and that’s a recipe for success where ever your home search leads you.