An authority on Austin real estate since 1990, Karen Cunningham’s intimate knowledge of local inventory, neighborhoods, and waterfront properties is only matched by her lifelong passion for helping others. Karen’s experience as a Registered Nurse profoundly impacted her subsequent real estate career, and she credits her exceptional listening ability to her work in medicine.
Genuinely focused on her clients, Karen strives to understand each individual’s unique needs, while delivering a personal and seamless buying and selling experience. She always puts the needs of her clients first, and she believes that listening is the key to building lasting relationships. An exceptional communicator, clients note Karen’s natural ability to negotiate win-win outcomes skillfully.
A Lake Austin resident herself, Karen is keenly aware of the intricacies involved in marketing and selling waterfront homes. She is tenacious by nature and proactively solves challenges by anticipating potential issues before they occur. Throughout her career, Karen has built a network of fellow professionals so that she remains informed of “coming soon” and pocket listings in Austin’s competitive real estate market.
Karen and her daughter, Sonya, are one of the most powerful teams in Austin real estate, backed by the prestigious Kuper Sotheby’s name. Together, they complement one another’s strengths and deliver a five-star experience to each client they serve.
At home, Karen and her husband enjoy lake living, traveling, cooking, being a grandparent, and reading. Several times a year, they escape to Santa Fe where they savor the area’s delicious food and outdoor activities.
Honors and Designations:
- Vice President, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty
- Past Member of the Austin Elite 25
- Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS)
"Sonya and Karen are above and beyond what you might hope for from a realtor. They truly understand that this is a more than a major life decision and that your investment should be as sound as can be. They are patient, kind, and extremely caring. They are the kind of realtor that you can ask any question of and it doesn’t matter where you are in your cycle of buying a home, they will find the answer and will follow through. I had questions after closing, and they were still willing to help me find the answer or even bring me a temporary solution if there wasn’t an immediate one; whether it was finding out where my mailboxes were located or trying to fix my ice maker. Not only that, they are extremely knowledgeable and have years of experience to back this up. Most of the time, they knew the answer, but most importantly, they would never tell me something without knowing for sure. The process of buying a home can be challenging, arduous, and tedious at times. Sonya and Karen worked tirelessly to make that process as smooth as possible despite the myriad of possible negative situations that could have left me discouraged and angry. They were a beacon of hope and pillars of support and reassurance through the rollercoaster of emotions that I felt during my home buying process. I am forever grateful for their resolve, resilience, and positive attitude to get me through some of those small hurdles that seemed like mountains at the time. My whole process took eight months of hard work and dedication and I am finally in the home I can call my own, a big part thanks to Sonya and Karen."
"Over the years I have bought and sold a number of properties. Some homes to live in, some houses as investments. Sonya and Karen Cunningham are number one on my list of realtors! Capable, bright, personable, caring...all top notch. Wish they were nearer at hand as the next chapters of living here and there unfold. Thanks plenty to them!"
"Sonya & Karen Cunningham are the THE BEST!"
Unrivaled. Unmatched. With over $1.8 Billion in annual sales volume and the backing of the Sotheby's International Realty brand, Kuper Sotheby's International Realty has positioned itself as the real estate powerhouse for Central Texas.