To Owner Karen Curtin, starting a Home Watch Company in Florida felt like she was stepping into something she had been preparing for all her life. Her background is in design, decorating, real estate, visual consulting, and organizational management. Starting Coastline Cottage felt like a natural progression.
Owning, buying and selling six homes along the East Coast that ranged from new construction to 30-year-old property in need of full reconstruction, Karen had no choice but to learn and work with contactors hands-on to achieve the results she wanted. With each location (Massachusetts, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, and Florida) came many challenges as with any home, but also brought some valuable lessons. From those lessons, she was able to sell each property at a profit.
After thirty years of visiting Southwest Florida, Karen and her husband bought their second home—their piece of Paradise. It is no longer feasible to leave such an investment in the hands of well-meaning hands friends and neighbors. Karen and her husband found this out after several disappointing returns, the last resulting in $4,000 in damage. The smallest oversights can turn into major disasters. Karen’s goal is to help her clients maintain and care for their homes and investments as they would. When her clients return to enjoy their vacation spot, it is exactly as they left it. Should problems arise, she is there to report them to her clients, as well as to discuss how to handle every issue.
Karen feels that teaming up with NHWA is the best backing she could have; it lets her customers know that she takes Coastline Cottage Home Watch very seriously. Karen has earned the designation of NHWA Certified Home Watch Professional and is a graduate of the NHWA’s Home Watch Boot Camp. She looks forward to helping her clients have direct access and follow-up on their cottage, condo, or home on the Coastline.
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A little about the National Home Watch Association: The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org).