Your Neighbor: Meet Karin Head
Published 12:05 am Thursday, July 8, 2021
By Mandy Haggerson
For the Clemmons Courier
Karin Head learned from an early age that hard work yields desirable results. A well-respected athlete and student, she grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. The middle child of three siblings, Head played volleyball, tennis, basketball, and also swam. When it came time to choose a college, given where she grew up, the University of Tennessee was a no brainer to earn her degree in marketing and communications. “I began working at a radio station when I was 19 through some contacts that knew my dad. I really got to see the ins and outs of the business and had a lot of fun too” mentions Head. Her work ethic allowed her to pay her own way through college.
After Head received her degree, she began working for the Tennessean newspaper. “During this time, I met my future husband, Darryl, in 1995 while working in advertising sales. We got married three years later in Brentwood, Tennessee,” explains Head. She gained valuable work experience during her time at the newspaper. However, in 2001 Darryl was offered a job opportunity that they couldn’t pass up in Raleigh. “We lived there from 2001-2008,” says Head. “It was in Raleigh we expanded our family with my son, Reed (19) and our daughter, Hayden (16). I decided at that point to stay at home with the kids full time. Being a stay-at-home parent is harder than any job that requires you to go into an office,” laughs Head. “It’s very humbling and so rewarding all at the same time.”
The Head family moved to the Winston-Salem area in 2008 for Darryl’s job. “Our kids were starting to get older and we recognized that a second income would be very helpful. With my background in sales, real estate seemed like a great fit. Of course, in 2009 the bottom fell out right when I started. I’m the kind of person that saw it as a challenge. The harder the better in my mind,” says Head.
Head’s positive mindset helped her navigate the most challenging time to sell houses and land on top. “I love everything about the experience. It’s not just selling houses to people. It changes their lives because you deal with a lot more than anyone has a clue. These moments are brought on because of divorce, death, you’ve moved up or down in your life, a catastrophic or happy event, you name it. When you get someone to their goal it takes 1,000 steps and having an experienced and qualified team is absolutely critical. Showing houses is easy, the rest of it is the hard part,” notes Head. She is one of the first real estate agents to embrace the concept of a team and not just as an individual in the Triad area. “That is a newer concept started about six years ago. However, to do it right, it ensures that you don’t drop any balls, so our clients have someone anytime they need something at the higher level,” informs Head. Her grasp of the importance of teamwork has landed her into the top 1% of the nation with the Karin Head Team at eXp Realty.
Head’s success allows her to help others which is a huge passion of hers. “Nothing is more rewarding to me than training an agent on best practices and coaching entrepreneurs on how to build a profitable business. Life skills and tools that make a difference in the long run matters,” reveals Head. “I’ve also set my focus on helping to build churches in poverty-stricken areas of the world. I believe that’s why God allowed me to be successful, so I can do what he wants. I’ve been blessed with a life I don’t deserve thanks to Jesus.”
Head also appreciates the blessing of her family adventures, especially after the pandemic. “We’ve missed regularly traveling and am looking forward to resuming it. With the kids also working when they are not in school, we still make sure to have fun on and off the clock,” mentions Head. “When we go to a new place for vacation, I love to walk around and just talk to the local people about the best places to explore and visit. We’re hoping to do that more this summer.”
As the Head family embraces the work, life, and play balance, our neighbor continues to appreciate the journey.