Karen Pitkin

Broker at Pitkin Szymanski Tallent

About Karen

I’m honored to have received hundreds of referrals and repeat business from my clients, resulting in more than 2000 successfully closed transactions in Bloomington and the surrounding area since 1995.  I was selected as the 2013 Realtor of the Year by the Bloomington Board of Realtors, and was honored with their Above & Beyond Service Award in 2015.

In January 2014, Zak Szymanski joined me at RE/MAX, bringing his years of experience & commitment to excellent service to our clients. In May 2014,  Krissy Tallent added her business savvy to our group, & quickly established herself as an able advocate.  In 2016, our award winning team produced $29,460,455 in closed transactions.  In May 2017, Kelly Tabereaux began working with me. She’s a Graduate of the Realtor Institute, and has been serving Bloomington buyers & sellers for over 16 years. You won’t find Realtors who work harder or wiser to benefit their clients than we do!

I’ve enjoyed teaching Ethics & Professionalism for theBloomington Board of Realtors (BBOR) since 2000, and building homes with Habitat for Humanity Women’s Crew for over a decade.  I’ve proudly underwritten our community radio station WFHB and the amazing world music Lotus Festival for more than 20 years.  My talented husband, Kurt Larsen and I have purchased & rehabbed 15 properties in the past 35 years, honing a well-qualified contractors list we’re happy to share with our clients.  Our creative son, Sam, shares our fondness for traveling, cooking, and music.  We cherish our diverse community and its amazing gifts.


Karen is the best real estate agent I have ever worked with. She was very knowledgeable and honest, which made the transaction smoother than it could have been. She helped to reduce our stress level by providing very helpful guidance throughout the process. She helped us to sell our home for more  than asking price and helped us to land the home of our dreams. I would recommend Karen to anyone wanting to sell or buy a home.

– William T.from Bloomington, IN


We loved working with Karen. She was referred to us by a trusted friend and she could not have been a better fit. Karen really knows her way around the Bloomington market. She was familiar with nearly every property we inquired about, and when she wasn’t, she made it her mission to see the home herself. Always handy with a flashlight, knowledgeable about the mechanical details, quick to discern the quality of windows, she makes it easy find the true value of any given home. Karen has great follow through, kept us in the loop throughout the process, and never lost her sense of humor. We would work with Karen anytime and highly recommend her services. 

– Gary S. from Bloomington, IN


I needed to buy a family property that had VERY deep emotions tied to it. I only had one shot at the purchase. I hired Karen specifically to make the purchase on the first try with no glitches. She went through every detail and came through flawlessly. I know of no-one else that could have done it. I have referred her onto many friends and business associates. She performed in the very same way. Karen IS the needle in the haystack of realtors. 

– Mark M. from Bloomington, IN

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