Suzanne is a native Charlottean and found her calling when she became a Realtor®® in 2000. After graduating from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she spent several years in marketing and sales before joining GTE as an Economic Forecaster. That experience has been especially valuable in helping her determine solid pricing strategies and consumer confidence for buyers and sellers for the past 20 years. She joined HM Properties in 2020.
She truly loves sharing her expertise of the various areas and neighborhoods while acclimating newcomers to the Charlotte lifestyle, schools and amenities. She is committed to helping clients sell their home for the highest price, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of inconvenience. To accomplish this, she will help you get your home in top showing and photo condition and provide personal and online marketing to put your home in front of as many qualified buyers as possible. Managing the process from listing to close, she uses her extensive knowledge in marketing, promotions and finance to ensure client’s homes are properly priced and visually prepared to negotiate top dollar. She earned a Luxury Home Certification and has an extensive marketing plan to target affluent buyers in Charlotte and worldwide while providing creative ideas to get the best market value for your home.
Suzanne especially enjoys helping buyers find their ideal home at the best price while taking care of all the details. With high energy and enthusiasm, her services are tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and she is committed to servicing all your real estate needs for life: Buying, Selling, Closing and Beyond.
Suzanne loves her hometown and chooses to live a purposeful life. She believes in helping her neighbors improve their economic mobility and self-worth. Her involvement with Charlotte Family Housing and Roof Above helps fulfill this dream and a portion of each of her closings goes to these organizations. She was featured on the TV show, Charlotte Today, and discussed how to help sellers prepare their homes for the spring market. She was also on the cover of the “Real Producers” magazine which highlights the top 200 area real estate agents in the Charlotte region.
Suzanne and her husband, Jeff, raised four children and are now grandparents and empty nesters. They live in the SouthPark area with their Golden Doodle, Sadie and understand the importance of finding the perfect haven. Her love for entertaining makes their home the center of family celebrations, dinners with friends and impromptu parties. Purchasing, renovating and renting investment properties is helping them reach their retirement goals. Jeff is a licensed General Contractor and his company, JSC Home Connection, specializes in renovating and restoring homes. He is also a licensed real estate agent and helps support Suzanne’s buyers and sellers with all their real estate needs. He performed full-time as a keyboard player in Detroit for 10 years and continues to play in various area bands.
Karen is simply an honest and reliable person to work with. My husband and I currently live out of the U.S. However, we are planning to build our dream home in North Carolina. Karen helped us through the process of securing a piece of land in a gated community. She has the right personality to assist any customer. She made the process seem flawless even though we were not physically there. I would recommend her any day to any friend or colleague.O. S
We can't thank Karen enough for guiding us through the sale of our lot. She was always accessible, thoughtful and able to answer all our questions and if she didn't have an answer she would find out from other sources. We would definitely ask her to be our REALTOR® in the future if we were to need one and would recommend her to others who are looking to buy a home or property.K. and K. C
We are so grateful to have worked with Karen. As first-time buyers, it was an intimidating process. But Karen's ability to explain all details we needed to know in ways that we understood helped us feel prepared and assured. She was always available when needed and was perfect for us.L. and C. D
Many said we were crazy to try to buy a house in this market because of the competition but we were ready and decided to give it a chance. Karen listened carefully to our wants and needs and sent us houses that fit the bill. She also prepared us for what it would take it to get an offer accepted in this sellers market. Not only did we buy a home but we bought one that checked ALL of the boxes for what we wanted. And we did it within a few days of engaging with her. Karen returned every message and email and answered all of our questions immediately. She worked hand in hand with our lender, she made great recommendations for us on the offer and was with us every step of the way. Not only did we buy the perfect home for us in this competitive market but it was the most seamless home purchase we've ever had! I would recommend anyone to consider Karen for your home buying and home selling needs. She is knowledgeable, responsive, personable and made the process fun for us in what could have been a very stressful time. Thanks Karen!A. S
Karen Brunelle has been extremely helpful during a time when my husband was being transferred across the country for work. During this stressful time houses were coming on the market with so many offers being presented and accepted within the first hour of going live. Karen provided many alternatives of traditional real estate shopping. From phone to text, to email and Facetime calls she was able to show us some prospective properties to consider. Her help has been invaluable during this transition process of finding a home while we are over 1,000 miles away. Never in our wildest dreams would we have considered purchasing an empty lot and building a new construction without being there in person! But with Karen's help and consistent attention to the details, we felt comfortable doing just that. Without Karen, this whole process could have been a disaster. In the end, we put a deposit down on the perfect lot and the perfect home of our dreams!
We would absolutely without a doubt recommend Karen to assist any of our family or friends in their pursuit of moving to the Carolinas. I know we can trust her to treat them with the same kindness and excitement towards purchasing a new home as she showed us. We also would not hesitate to ask for her help in any real estate needs in the future. She went above all our expectations and made the whole process fun and exciting. We are thrilled with our choice of working with Karen and excited to move to the Carolinas.E. and M. M
I received Karen's information through a referral. I chose Karen because she was familiar with and from the area where I was selling my home. I figured, who better than someone who lives here to sell here? I was also in a unique situation where I was going to be putting my first ever home up for sale while being out of state looking for a new home. Karen went above and BEYOND to help me get the place ready for sale quickly. She made herself available at any time when I was unable to be present in the home - at one point she even came over on short notice on a Sunday afternoon dropping the personal stuff she was doing just because I needed something. Karen was responsive, helpful in explaining all steps and documents (since it was my first time selling a home), and was very willing to entertain any and all questions I had - and there were many! Honestly, the thing that I really loved most about her is that she made sure that both the buyer and I were getting what we needed even though the buyer was not her direct client. The fact that she looked out for him, was fair, and thoughtful about anything we needed to work through really showed me that she is a person of integrity and cares about people. Anything that came up was resolved or answered quickly; she has a masterful way of getting through any problems with ease. That attention and expertise is critical to this process feeling so seamless. I have already told everyone that I can that when they are looking to buy a house she is the person to go to. I was able to trust her knowing that she had my best interests in mind, she was able to get me everything I hoped for (and more!), her guidance was invaluable, and her personality made this whole process run so smoothly that I was not an ounce as worried, stressed or nervous as I thought I would be! Karen - I sincerely thank you for all that you did for me!! You are a wonderful person and agent and I am so happy that you were the person to help me sell my first home!D. O
I would highly recommend Karen Brunelle if you are buying or selling a home. She was a pleasure to work with. She never left any questions unanswered and responded promptly. Our house went on the market during the pandemic craziness and we felt completely at ease with her recommendations and safety measures. Thanks to her expertise we had a qualified buyer the first day.M. and J. S
I worked with Karen Brunelle in April of 2019. I wasn't sure if I was ready to purchase but did want to see what the market had to offer. She was on board to work with me to lend assistance. After showing properties in excess of twenty, she still showed up at each appointment with a smile. She found listings she thought I was interested in and welcomed the properties I found online. Never disregarding my choices, she'd schedule an appointment and off we'd go. She's thorough, efficient and is in tune with the buyers needs. I will say, our first outing in April I was shown what is now my forever home. I didn't know it at the time but the journey continued. After looking at those twenty plus homes, we circled back and in June we put an offer in and the rest is history. I would recommend her to any of my friends as she's a knowledgeable, personable and caring REALTOR®.Y. G
There are many reasons why we would recommend anyone interested in buying or selling a home to work with Karen Brunelle. These are a few of them: Karen is a trustworthy, hard working, ambitious and a very competent person. One of Karen's top qualities is her conscientious ability to "follow up." She never let us down and always got back to us right away on questions, concerns and ideas she had for us. Karen never pressured us, but instead wanted to make sure that we found just the right house. She always made us aware of homes and condos that may fit our needs and budget. She would even tell us the minuses of houses that we were interested in and why we may "want to think it over." Her concern was always our concern and needs. Since we were living in Florida at the time, we did not have the opportunity to go out with Karen to review homes for sale. She diligently just kept sending us emails and pictures of homes that may be of interest. She went and looked at homes we felt were promising. It took a long time until we found the right one, and actually ended up building a home in Carolina Orchards. This was proposed to us by Karen and turned out to be the right choice. Karen would call and talk to us often, and once we decided against many of the homes, she finally helped us narrow it down to our specific need which was to live a certain distance from our daughter and son-in-law in Charlotte and to close proximity of Lake Wylie. She found the community of Carolina Orchards. It also had to allow for installing a pool and hot tub. Once the building process began, Karen was quick to volunteer to run over to the new home and take pictures or do face time. She also met up with vendors if needed as we were not in town. She consistently watched over what was being done and to see if it met with our contract and guarantees. We felt someone was always watching out for us. She recommended that we had the house inspected and gave us names of preferred vendors that were needed. We feel that Karen was not just our realtor, but became our friend. This friendship has continued and once we are beyond Covid, we hope to get to know Karen and her family more. If we were to move again or recommend a REALTOR®, we would always point to Karen. We never felt like she was trying to sell us to make a commission. In any case, she deserved whatever she made on our sale. For these reasons and many more, we would highly recommend that the REALTOR® you want to call on for your real estate needs would be Karen Brunelle.B. and N. U
I have to say that your tireless commitment to this sale and solving the issues helped us to make top dollar at closing. We want you to know that working with professionals like you and Jeff made us feel comfortable even in the face of problems.Paige C
Suzanne has an impeccable understanding of the Charlotte area real estate market and provides excellent customer care. Suzanne understands the stress of trying to buy or sell a home, especially in this economy, and works diligently to make it as smooth a process as possible.Kelly C
Suzanne was determined to get us what we need. She showed professionalism in getting our offer and repair request accepted. All of our needs were met every step of the way and continue to be.Happy C
We appreciate all you have done for us. This has been quite a seamless experience. Thank you for your professional & personal advice. We are excited to keep in touch through the years.Robb & H
Suzanne confidently and calmly handled everything. We have worked with her before and will always work with her in the future because she is excellent at what she does and a wonderful person.Happy C
Suzanne is a true professional and a warm caring person whose presence and expertise kept us calm and confident through the entire selling process. Her team is committed to providing the same experience. I would highly recommend you contact Suzanne whether you want to sell or buy
Suzanne Cowden is the most thorough and effective real estate agent with whom I have ever had the pleasure to interact! She is an excellent communicator and really works hard to make buying a home easy for her clients. I recommend her highly!Dave Y
Suzanne Cowden, went above and beyond my expectations as a real estate agent selling my home. My first meeting was held at my home for assessment and Suzanne’s recommendations of touch ups that needed to be done to put the house on the market. Within one week we did needed repairs with contractors. Suzanne then listed the home on the market and sold it in 2 hours. We had a line of buyers that wanted to see my place but Suzanne did an amazing job with her recommendations for touch ups, upgrades and decor and staging ideas it was gone in no time. Her knowledge of the real estate industry is amazing. She was very professional, always responded to my requests and questions right away and made me feel so comfortable with the whole selling process. Thanks Suzanne for the incredible job well done. You will be getting all of my referrals from friends, coworkers etc. who are seeking to buy or sell a home.Bryan P
Could not recommend Suzanne and her team more highly! She sold our “unsellable” home with multiple offers and was a pleasure to work with. Simply can’t go wrong with her!Laura M
Suzanne was able to sell a house co-owned by my ex-wife and I after it had been on and off the market several times over a several-year period. She succeeded when other agents failed, and she did so with true professionalism. This was the second home she had sold for us, and I only wish we had used her for the first house many years ago. She works hard, is thorough in her preparation and execution and communicates in a timely fashion. Simply put, Suzanne is simply the best real-estate agent in Charlotte.Lee M
We started working with Suzanne in July 2013, looking for our dream home as we made the move from St. Louis to Charlotte for work. Suzanne and Giancarlo worked diligently with us over the period of almost two years. I tip my hat to the team for having the patience and tenacity to see us over the hurdle. I am sure that by know you have figured out that we are picky buyers. Relocating and staying in an apartment with two teenagers’ is no easy feat; however we did not want to rush into something that we would regret. Over the two year period, there were several occasions where I was extremely frustrated with the market and simply wanted to pull the trigger on the next one. Suzanne’s professionalism, expertise and acumen in her field steered me away from the poor decisions. We have been waiting for this day for a very long time and are finally in a home that we absolutely love and is perfect for our family. We are forever grateful for everything that Suzanne and Giancarlo did for us, in making our dreams come true.Sanjay& Dipali S
Suzanne was an absolute pleasure to work with. From start to finish she was very responsive, kind, and a constant professional. I look forward to the opportunity to work with her again.Ryan C
It’s been our sincere pleasure working with Suzanne Cowden at Allen Tate. Suzanne understands her clients very quickly, knows exactly their requirements and works extremely hard to fulfill their demands and make the buying/selling process as smooth as possible. She is very patient with her clients, highly knowledgeable, reachable and always serves with a high degree of professionalism. We strongly recommend Suzanne for your potential real estate needs. She is the right person without any hesitation. Also, her suggestions and recommendations can be completely relied upon. We are so fortunate to know and work with Suzanne Cowden.Monali P
Suzanne is an amazing person and wonderful realtor. Last Spring we decided to put our home of 30 years on the market. Suzanne made several suggestions for updates and we followed her directions. Our home went on the market and in 7 days we had an offer from motivated buyers who had been preapproved for a mortgage. How perfect is that! What followed was fit for a mini series on HGTV. The inspection revealed surprises. Suzanne held the offer together. She found qualified contractors who were reasonably priced, professional and efficient. The offer held, the closing went smoothly. We are now enjoying our retirement and a young family are enjoying our former home. She is amazing!Debbie W
I recently had the pleasure of working with Suzanne Cowden from Allen Tate through my company relocation to Charlotte. Right from beginning, Suzanne was extremely responsive and had great suggestions for homes to view based on what I was looking for. She understood what all factors were important for my wife and myself and gave a tour of the entire area highlighting the factors that were important to us all throughout the process .She was was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. What is most important, from initial search through escrow closing, Suzanne watched out for our interests and I would gladly recommend Suzanne to anyone in the Charlotte area who might be looking for a real estate agent.Bibin A
“It is a pleasure to write these comments, Suzanne is such a joy to work with. We couldn’t have asked for more, she exceeded our expectations in all ways. When we began the process of meeting with Suzanne, she came prepared with comparable market information and made suggestions on what needed to be done to our home before listing it. We did all she suggested. The photographer that Suzanne used for the listing pictures did a wonderful job. Suzanne listed our home, and had a thorough, expansive marketing plan. We had many showings the first week and in 10 days it was under contract. Her contract negotiation skills were amazing and kept us calm and heading in the right direction. As the buyers continued to raise questions through out the period of time to closing, Suzanne handled them professionally with amazing aplomb. She clearly knew her real estate law and what was required of all parties. She was constantly in touch with us throughout the process and her extra care assured the closing went smoothly. An exceptionally well done job.DeeDee L
My experience with Suzanne was exceptional! She was supportive during the process, kept me informed frequently when necessary and was interested in making for a smooth transition. She explained steps in the process, helped coordinate resources to facilitate the move. I would and have recommended her to others. I know why she is one of the top realtors in the area. Thank you for a job well done. A happy client!Sallye B
Suzanne Cowden did a superb job of preparing, marketing and selling my townhouse in Charlotte. She is very resourceful and organized in her approach. My home was sold and closed in under two months of listing. I could not have been happier with the result. Thank you Suzanne for a great real estate experience!Ruth R
I would have to say that Suzanne is responsible for Allen Tate getting all my business from the referral of insurance to the mortgage. She is a great asset to your company. I am in the automobile business so I know a thing or two about customer service. Like Suzanne, I thrive on making clients
Suzanne did a superb job from the initial discussions concerning the sale of our home in April to the closing in October. She was constantly updating us via text message, email, and phone calls concerning the details of our sell. We received good feedback from the various showings. Her positive attitude was evident in every step of the sale process. She reminded us of the property value and that one day someone would fall in love with our home. We were priviligeded to benefit from her excellent expertise in negotiation with the potential buyers to reach a great compromise on the final sale price. We rate her excellent in all phases of the sale process. Thank you Suzanne for making the sale of our home a wonderful experience.Herman & Renee J
I had the pleasure of working with a young couple along with Suzanne. Her knowledge, demeanor, and caring touch put these first time home buyers at ease and secured a great house at a great price. She is a top notch professional who is committed to her customers.Mark M
We enjoyed working with Suzanne Cowden during the process of selling our house. She helped us get access to people who would work on our house to get it ready to put on the market and gave us wise advice as far as what needed to be done to make the house marketable. She was always responsive to our needs, concerns and questions. We would use her again and recommend her.Warren & Judy S
Simply stated, I would not have gotten through the process of selling my house without Suzanne. She not only handled the numerous legal and industry requirements for listing and selling my house with professionalism but kept me focused and “happy” until the mission was accomplished. Lorie and Jeff were also both valuable resources for me in this process. I am very appreciative of all their expertise and patience. Thanks so much!Jinny C
I would give Suzanne five stars! She was wonderful to work with. Everything went very smoothly and she always got back to me quickly.Susan C
My wife and I relocated to Charlotte from Austin, TX for job related reasons. We gave Suzanne our wish list and she checked every box in finding us our new home. This was all accomplished as COVID-19 was starting to accelerate. Suzanne managed our New home walk through via FaceTime and held the builder accountable for making the house perfect for our move in. All through the process we felt as if we had the right subject matter expert on our side who was fighting for the best home at the best price. My wife and I are very satisfied clients.Kevin O
We had such a great experience both buying a home & selling one a few years down the line with Suzanne. She’s so knowledgeable and goes the extra mile! She kept us calm & sold our house very quickly, even during a pandemic.Katie G
Suzanne did a phenomenal job helping navigate thru the journey of selling our home. She was very engaged, accessible, and a true partner throughout the process. Suzanne managed all the little details that can make a difference in the process and she helped from start to finish. Also, Jeff, Suzanne’s husband is an excellent resource for any work, remodeling (new and old) you need performed on your current house or new one. High quality work and attention to detail. Thanks Jeff.Jeff K