What can Katy do?

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It’s not enough to have a Realtor snap a few pics and throw your home up on the market. Here’s how Re/Max agent Katy Brahler can get it sold—right now. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio)

By Patricia Nugent

Several years ago the producers at HGTV were researching Cleveland Realtors to work with when their hit show Househunters came to town.

They said they selected Katy Brahler of Re/Max simply because her slogan stood out from all the rest.
So let’s break it down…

”Katy Can. Katy Will. Katy Did. Call Katy!”

Katy Can
After graduating from Kent State University in 1991 armed with a degree in finance and real estate, Katy put her sales skills to immediate use as a Realtor.
Though she boasts listings as far away as Kent and downtown Cleveland, this Bay Village resident likes to keep things close to home, with an abundance of homes for sale in Bay and Rocky River.

“There is just an unexplainable magic about these cities,” she says. “From skirting Lake Erie along Huntington and Wagar Beaches to the Nature Center, Bay Days and town parades, people want to be part of these close-knit communities.”

And as a busy mom of teenage daughters, she knows firsthand the excellence of the nationally recognized Bay Village school system and offers a unique homegrown perspective of the area.

Katy Will
“One of the things that I will always do is call clients personally,” she says. “I know a lot of Realtors just shoot an email or text to communicate, but I don’t work that way. I like to engage in real dialogues with people for the most effective results.”

And her clients report that the personal touch was just one aspect of what they loved about working with Katy.

Peter and Natalie F. of Bay Village say,

“She took her time with us, gave us honest feedback, shared her knowledge and expertise in order to help us understand everything, fought for us, and gave us access to the best of the best when it came to home inspections. But one of the characteristics we appreciate most about her is her responsiveness. She is on top of every little detail and will always go the extra mile for you.”

Katy takes fabulous photos of a home with a wide-angle lens before putting it on the market, to showcase it in its best light.

“With the age of online home shopping, the power of pictures is huge,” she says. “But less is more. Having 30 photos that are repetitive or of mediocre quality won’t sell your home.”

She also will work harder for you than some other Realtors because RE/MAX Realtors operate on a different pay structure, paying for all the advertising to market a home upfront themselves.

“This means we are highly motivated to sell quicker and more efficiently than other agents,” she says. “We will not take on a home unless we are confident we can sell it for what the seller wants.”

Katy Did
As a Multi Million Dollar Producer, it’s not surprising that Katy’s name tops a long list of awards from Re/Max and industry associations. Most notably, she is a distinguished member of the President’s Club and Executive Club of Re/Max.

When it came time to create her own dream-turned-reality home in Bay Village, she metamorphosed a 2,100-square-foot cottage into a modern marvel with an open floor plan that spans 3,300 square feet of abundant natural light. It went on to garner numerous awards and was featured in local and national design magazines.

Call Katy
Anyone thinking of selling a home within the next few months (and with historically low interest rates and a shortage of homes on the market, now would be a prime time) should take advantage of Katy’s free Competitive Market Analysis service.

“I’ll use comparable sold listings in the area to establish a home’s current market value and begin discussing marketing strategies for selling,” she notes.

And for busy buyers, Katy does the house hunting for you. She wakes up each morning and scours MLS listings and then emails potential homes that fit their criteria.

Katy’s Trusted Team
Re/Max mega Realtor Katy Brahler graciously credits much of her success to a tenacious support team of go-to guys. Here’s what she has to say about…

Eric Pfahl
Fifth Third Bank (NMLS#435999)

“I know of no one in the lending business more knowledgeable, faster, or competent than Eric. Even though he’s been in the mortgage business for 20 years, his motto is, ‘It’s not how long I’ve been in the business, but how well I navigate it now with all the new regulations and underwriting guidelines.’”


Joel Rickard

“Joel has an Art degree from the University of Akron and is also a fine artist, with several upcoming gallery showings. As the most meticulous painter in town, my clients always rave about his work. The right paint always spruces up a property, but even more important is a quality paint job. Joel always delivers that.”


Chris Zito


“Chris receives the highest accolades from my clients. He’s straightforward, well respected, and is just a wonderful guy to work with. His agency celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and his team meets its mission of achieving excellence and sustaining a competitive advantage through happy clients.”


Polcar, Brahler, Heil & Belden
Wealth Management

“As a financial advisor, my husband Gary Brahler is really the best. He has helped so many of my clients make shrewd decisions about how much cash to put down on a home and how much to mortgage. And he knows everything there is to know about managing capital gains, an important
facet in my business.”

Re/Max is located at 20006 Detroit Road, #201 in Rocky River, Call 440-333-1230, ext. 705. Her direct line is 440-724-4313. To view the Househunters episodes, visit KatyBrahler.com.

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