Jean Karlsson

After some years working for large corporations in the San Francisco Bay area, my husband and I moved to Siskiyou County in 1989.  We initially purchased a 44 room motel and ran that business for 5 years.  After selling it, I passed the real estate exam and started in this business with the now defunct Artisan Realty. Upon the retirement of that Broker, I hung my license with another brokerage until I was recruited by Washington Mutual to initiate loans. Washington Mutual was a great lender, and as you can imagine, this is valuable additional knowledge for the real estate business.  When it became apparent that the loan business was going down hill,  I returned to real estate with Heritage Properties in 2004.

Since 1989, my husband and I have lived on 134 acres north of Yreka, with 2 cats, several deer, hundreds of birds (including hummingbirds and golden eagles) and other wildlife. We have purchased and renovated several homes, some of which we have kept and some have re-sold.  

I have a depth of knowledge that encompasses owningyour own business, owning, renovating and managing rentals, putting together loan documentation and buying and selling real estate.  During the 25 years that I have been involved in this business I have represented clients buying and selling single family homes, manufactured homes, land, the occasional ranch and commercial property. 

Throughout the time I have lived in this County, I have been involved with several volunteer efforts.  I served on the board, and was President, of the Siskiyou County Associated Chambers organization.  I was also on the board and President of the Siskiyou  County Visitors Bureau, when it was operating as part of Associated Chambers.  For a short time I served on the board to establish a Visitors Center on the Klamath River, and for many years I was on the board, and eventually served as President of Friends of the Yreka Library, during the time when it changed from a County staffed library to a, mostly, volunteer organization.  I remain on the Board of the Vestal Foundation, a foundation that supports the work of all 12 of the Siskiyou County library branches.  

I have bowled (not well) for many years with a friendly group of women on Wednesday mornings.  I enjoy the camaraderie of this great group of gals, and would encourage anyone who has thought about taking up bowling to give me a call for info.  My husband and I also like to travel and have visited many places in the world, most recently India and China in 2018 and a reverse passage of the Panama Canal in early 2019.  One of my pet sayings is that I work to travel.

Having told you something about me, I would like to hear from you, regarding your real estate aspirations.  If you are looking to buy a home or investment and would like to Mt Shasta Winter brainstorm with regard to your goals, please give me a call at (530) 598-4528 or e-mail me at I have worked with first time home buyers as well as seasoned owners and investors.  I am always learning something from my clients and hope they learn something from me too.  Talk to you soon…..