Jon Karlen
Team Leader - BSME, CNE, SFR, MRP, CPE, ASME, member USEF

Hi!  This is Jon Karlen with Finish Line Realty.  If you are reading this, you are probably wanting to know a little more about me.  So here goes...

Education, Designations and Training:  I've been licensed and working full time in real estate for over 25 years and have lived in Kentucky my entire life.  I'm a graduate from Christian Academy of Louisville and have my Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  I have a variety of real estate certifications and designations that are helpful for my clients some of which include:

Certified Negotiation Expert Louisville KentuckyCertified Negotiation Expert (CNE) - It doesn't matter if you are Buying or Selling, a strong negotiator can make you more money.  I graduated from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute and was awarded the CNE designation.  Put my years of experience and training to work for you...and more money in your pocket!

Military Relocation Professional Louisville KYMilitary Relocation Professional (MRP) - Not only do I have my MRP designation, I am also a former U.S. Army Officer that completed 4 overseas missions. Whether you are military or not - if you are relocating to our area, I can make the transition smooth and easy. You can be confident that I will represent you professionally and honestly.

Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource - SFR - Louisville KentuckyShort Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) - Are you a home owner that needs help dealing with the banks so you can sell your home?  Let me help.  I am a certified short sale and foreclosure professional and I can help you through the entire process of getting your home on the market, negotiating with your lender and getting your home sold to stop the harassment.

Certified Client Protection Expert (CPE) - Part of my job is making certain that my clients are protected from potential issues and problems when they are purchasing a home. I received my Certified Client Protection Expert designation from the Home Inspection University. This training requires proficiency in home inspection standards and practices, home warranty coverage issues, and general risk reduction practices for clients regarding property condition issues. I am happy to provide the names of home inspectors with whom past clients have had a good experience - and I never receive any type of incentive, rebate or kickback from any of the vendors that I suggest to my clients.

Engineer Real Estate AgentI graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  Rose-Hulman has been consistently rated as one of the top engineering schools in the country according to U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of colleges and universities.

I have been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for over 25 years.



Louisville - REMAX to Finish Line Realty


Work Experience:  After being with RE/MAX Properties East for many years, I left to co-found our independent brokerage Finish Line Realty in 2011.  Professional and career accomplishments include everything from selling the first Walmart Supercenter in Louisville, all the way to representing a professional athlete in the NFL that purchased a farm here in Kentucky.   I have extensive experience in all aspects of real estate.  Whether you are relocating to the Louisville metro area, wanting to purchase a Luxury Horse Farm, a 1st time home buyer, an investor wanting to purchase bank owned properties, or just wanting to downsize from your current home to something more manageable - I'm ready and able to help you make that happen.

Specialties:  Horse farms and equestrian properties are a specialty!  I owned a horse boarding facility that I custom designed and built on 30 acres that featured a 10 Stall Barn with 1400 sq.ft. of living quarters and a 100' x 200' riding arena.  I understand that every horse owner has their own special needs - and you want nothing but the best for your 4 legged friends.  Whether you ride English or Western, want a Breeding Facility, a Competition Farm, or just a place to be able to go out on some hacks - I can help every step of the way to get you a perfect equestrian property for YOUR needs!

Kentucky Horse Properties
Jon's Custom Barn Home

Here are some of the questions that your equestrian agent should be able to answer:
• How many acres do I need?
• What types of grasses do I need to AVOID for a Breeding Facility?
• What is the best type of fencing to use?
• What size stalls do I need?
• Can I easily convert a Saddlebred barn over to a Hunter Jumper facility?  What about the other way around?
• Who pays for the fence on the property line - you? or do you split the costs with your neighbor?
• What types of wood are commonly used for Kentucky style 4 board fence? Why?
• Why is Kentucky style 4 board fence normally painted black?

Equestrian Horse Properties Realtor


*** If you are an equestrian that needs a realtor that knows more than which end of the horse gets the hay, I'm your agent!!! ***

Kentucky Horse Farms For Sale


I am happy to provide recommendations for Barn Builders, Farriers, Vets, etc.   I'm also a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Real Estate Agent United States Equestrian Federation


Personal:  I was nationally competitive in Chess in high school - going undefeated in the National Championships JV division with 5 wins, 2 draws and tieing for 4th overall in the United States.  I also was a Governor's Scholar.

Real Estate Agent Governors Scholar



Personal Life and Hobbies: Equestrian sports, international travel, snow skiing, and cooking as an amateur chef.

Summary:  I have a strong technical ability that gives me an advantage in analyzing statistics, pricing, and values during negotiations.  This allows me to make certain that my clients get a great deal when I represent them any time they buy or sell a home.

Who you are to me!  Clients are more than a transaction to me - they are a relationship.  You can be confident that I will use all of my experience, knowledge, and expertise to represent you as my client, and I will make the entire process smooth and easy.

Be sure to check out some of my Testimonials from Past Clients.


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Hopefully that gives you some insight to who I am and I look forward to helping you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  I'm always happy to help!

Thanks and have a fantastic day!

Jon Karlen
Louisville Home Pros team at Finish Line Realty
Celebrating over 25 years in real estate!

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