Crye-Leike Benton

The timeless quote “Home is where the heart is” serves as a great reminder of how important a house is to a family. When it comes to buying and selling your family’s home, picking the right realtor can make or break the experience. And for Crye-Leike’s mother-daughter team of Karen Crowson and Angie Johnson, there is no higher priority than providing top-notch service for their clients for the past 20 years. 

As Saline County residents since 1981, Karen and Angie know the area well. When asked what they appreciate most about living in the area, Karen responded, “Benton was recently recognized as one of the top places to live and we agree. Saline County is uniquely located in Central Arkansas and provides a quality lifestyle for families.”

With two decades of experience under their belts, Karen and Angie offer their clients a wealth of knowledge on the local community. Karen obtained her real estate license as a sales agent in 1987 and earned her broker’s license in 1995. Angie obtained her sales agent license in 2003 and her broker’s license in 2011 and is now the managing broker of Crye-Leike Benton. They formed their mother/daughter team at Crye-Leike in May 2003. 

For years, Angie and Karen focused their efforts on Saline County. In 2019, Karen and her husband Mike Crowson moved to Hot Springs Village. After a couple of years of daily commuting, Karen honed in on the Hot Springs Village market, and assists buyers and sellers there. Angie focuses her efforts in the central Arkansas area. She also has extensive training in negotiations and is a Real Estate Ninja. All of this is in addition to leading and serving as a knowledge resource for the Benton Crye-Leike office. 

Angie and Karen have both served as President of Arkansas Realtors Association, Karen in 2006 and Angie in 2019. Angie is currently the president elect of the South-Central Arkansas Realtors Association. She is also serving on the National Association of REALTORS Broker Engagement Council as the Arkansas Representative. Karen served as a Real Estate Commissioner for 6 years and was elected as President of ARELLO (the international Association of Real Estate License Law Officials). Both Karen and Angie have consistently been recipients of annual top level selling awards.

When asked what makes their real estate agency special, Karen and Angie agreed, “Crye-Leike is a regional firm in the Southeast part of the U.S. Nationwide, Crye-Leike REALTORS are currently ranked #4, with more than 110 offices and over 3,200 agents. We have a worldwide referral network of top producing agents across the globe. We offer a Military on The Move program to put money back in the pockets of our military and first responders who buy or sell with us.”

In addition to all of that, this mother/daughter duo offer a “one-stop shop” for their clients. “We can assist clients with buying or selling, help them choose a home inspector and title company, and connect them with a qualified and local lender,” said Karen. “We do have service providers that are also co-owned by Crye-Leike and they always take care of our customers’ needs. This ensures clients will have priority service working with one of our agents,” said Angie. 

When asked why they are passionate about real estate, Karen responded, “Ownership in real estate is proven to create strong communities. We want to do our part in promoting Central Arkansas to those who want to enjoy the same quality of life we enjoy every day.”

One of the many advantages of working with a well-respected company like Crye-Leike is the connection to other markets. Angie and Karen are connected to agents across the world through their professional positions and can assist with moves into or out of the central Arkansas area. 

In today’s day and age, realtors work to address a lot of unfounded myths and fears. Karen is quick to share that she’s “seen it all in 37 years.” In fact, when she started working in real estate in 1987, interest rates were between 11 and 12%. She said, “Even at that level, people still bought and sold homes. They are still buying today. For the ‘move up buyers’ this may be the perfect time to make that move.”

When asked what advice they can give to buyers and sellers in today’s current market, Karen and Angie make these recommendations: “Find a trusted advisor to assist you in the process. We always want to be that for our clients. Being your ‘Realtor for life’ means we want to be involved in your real estate decisions always! Just like needing an attorney you can trust, your realtor can assist you in preparing market reports so you can keep up with the value of your home.”

If you are looking to buy or sell a home this spring, look no further than the team of Karen Crowson and Angie Johnson at Crye-Leike in Benton. They have built a business putting their clients’ unique needs at the forefront of their minds, and decades of expertise guide their daily practice. And they know firsthand that your home is where your heart is.