Katie Karczewski, Owner & President ~ 616.291.3552
Katie Karczewski’s numbers speak for themselves: she consistently ranks in the top one percent of agents statewide. A partner at Keller Williams of Grand Rapids East, Grand Rapids North, Holland, and Traverse City, Katie also holds membership in the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Michigan Association of Realtors. Her dedication to hard work, integrity, creativity, and her passion for people and the business are key factors in her ability to help clients buy and sell homes.
Despite her accolades and accomplishments, when clients work with Katie, they get so much more than numbers and accreditations. Katie loves working with clients and takes a very personalized approach to real estate. She believes that when it comes to choosing a home, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all.
The most important part of the home buying process for Katie, and her team, is understanding how clients live and helping them find the home that’s the best fit for them, whether that’s on multiple acres in the woods, in a close-knit neighborhood, on Lake Michigan, or elsewhere. The Katie K team works tenaciously to find clients the home they’ll love. More than once, they’ve used their knowledge of the market and local connections to help clients purchase homes that weren’t even on the market.
The first girl born into her father’s family in 5 generations, Katie grew up with 6 brothers and learned to stand her ground and negotiate early on. She carried those lessons into adulthood. Clients can count on Katie to be honest, pragmatic, offer guidance, and negotiate the best deal.
One of Katie’s favorite things about Grand Rapids is the culture of philanthropy and the generosity of its residents. She loves helping newcomers find opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Katie’s been involved with the community in numerous ways, including (but not limited to) the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Junior League of Grand Rapids, and Broadway Grand Rapids. She’s also a Trustee on the Foundation Board for St. Mary’s Hospital.
Originally from Traverse City, Michigan, Katie raised her three sons in East Grand Rapids, where she feels they received an excellent public education that prepared them well for college and their eventual careers. Now grown, her sons and their families remain an integral part of her life. She’s a proud “KK” to her grandchildren and she loves to visit them at their homes in California, New York, and Vermont.
In her free time, Katie’s committed to staying active. She enjoys both summer and winter sports, the beauty of Lake Michigan and the magnificence of the Colorado Rockies.
Tanya Craig, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Listing Specialist, & Buyer’s Agent ~ 616.813.2946
With over 20 years in the real estate business, Tanya brings exceptional knowledge and experience to her role on the Katie K team. A dedicated team member, Tanya has received her Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), the Graduate of Realtors Institute (GRI), her Real Estate Broker’s license, and was the designated trainer for all Grand Rapids area Keller Williams agents in 2011.
Tanya’s role is multifaceted and she helps the Katie K team internally as well as working with clients. Internally, she provides accountability and helps set, maintain, and track team goals. Her diligence extends to working with clients, as she provides market analysis, strategizes marketing plans, coordinates staging, communicates regularly, and works hard to make sure every listing gets the best of the Katie K team.
A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids and graduate of Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Tanya loves sharing her native city with newcomers, helping them discover the area’s close-knit neighborhoods, great schools, wonderful boutiques, and vibrant downtown.
In her downtime, Tanya enjoys reading murder mystery fiction, traveling, and, in the summer, camping throughout Michigan. Tanya, her husband, and their three sons have hosted international exchange students from as far away as Madrid and Brazil. She believes hosting is a fantastic way to introduce her children to other cultures, provide perspective, and help them understand the similarities and differences in the way people live around the world.
Molly McManus, Realtor ~ 616.485.9941
Molly has always been interested in real estate but, prior to joining the Katie K team, she was a trial lawyer with Grand Rapids’ largest law firm for 23 years. During those years she developed fierce client advocacy skills and excellent attention to detail, expertise she puts to work for clients every day in her role as Realtor.
Molly’s passionate about her real estate career and works hard to add value to every single client’s experience. She loves that her job is a little bit different each day and finds it rewarding to get know her clients, advise them, and work with them toward a home sale or purchase.
From negotiating great deals (which, as a former trial lawyer, she has a lot of experience doing) and helping clients navigate inspections, to helping clients find a preschool or house painter, Molly enjoys advocating for her clients in every way possible.
A lifelong resident of Michigan, Molly has lived in the Grand Rapids area for over 25 years. Originally from Leland, Michigan, she grew up along M-22 in a home that’s now a bed and breakfast. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and then earned her law degree from the University of Chicago.
Molly and her husband Joe live in Ada with their son and twin daughters. When she’s not working, Molly enjoys spending time with her family, reading voraciously, writing fiction, and spending time outdoors. Her husband grew up on Old Mission Peninsula and their family still spends time together “up north” during the summers.
Barb Soljan, Team Office Manager ~ 616.575.0119
After more than twenty years in the corporate world, Barb was ready for a new challenge. She decided to shift gears and joined the Katie K team. Every day since, both clients and the entire Katie K team have benefitted from her commitment to excellence and superb attention to detail.
While Barb is incredibly efficient, she’s also compassionate and loves getting to know each client’s specific situation. Her goal is to help them have a positive experience as the Katie K team works with them to find the house that best fits the way they live.
A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Barb graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with a bachelor’s degree in social work. After graduation, she worked in the adoption and mental health field for many years before beginning her corporate career. She developed and honed her management and people skills in those roles and is thrilled to be using them as part of the Katie K team. She loves the intricacies of the business, the beautiful and varied architecture of West Michigan, helping new clients, and being part of such a hard-working, good-natured team.
When she’s not working, Barb enjoys spending time with her nearly-grown daughter and her husband, whom she met when he was an exchange student from Bosnia at GVSU. As a family, they spent many years watching their daughter compete on the Michigan Quarter Horse show circuit. Barb also enjoys reading, boating, going to the beach, and spending time with good friends.