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A Long Island real estate veteran since 1984, Fern Karhu has enjoyed a successful career that began in sales then ascended to the management level in 1989. Now as one of the Broker/ Owners of the Woodbury headquarters and the Nassau sales offices of Realty Connect USA, a brokerage firm which serves the entire Nassau, Suffolk and Queens marketplace, Fern has reached a new and exciting plateau as a partner and is recognized amongst Long Island’s top tier of real estate leaders.
Prior to embarking on this latest venture, Realty Connect USA, which is innovative in its thinking, training and business model, yet stellar in the tradition of upholding good old-fashioned quality service, Fern served as Branch Manager and Director of one of the most successful real estate offices in the Prudential Network - Prudential Douglas Elliman in Syosset.
Over the years, Fern has become well known as an active and passionate advocate for senior citizens on Long Island. She, along with long-time colleague Bart Cafarella of Realty Connect USA, have for many years been driving forces in the movement to provide Active Adults with suitable housing options. Their focus on senior housing advocacy inspired them to not only host a radio show entitled, “Seniors on the Move” which aired for 15 years, but resulted in their also becoming noted lecturers and television talk show hosts on the subject.
Raised on Long Island, Fern graduated from Nassau Community College, continued her education at San Diego State University, returned to Long Island and made real estate her lifelong career. She is very active in her field in both the Long Island Board of Realtors, as a Director and In-Coming President of the Nassau North Shore Division, and the Long Island Real Estate Group, plus she has served on the Board of her condominium development in Woodbury. Fern also serves as Co-President of Friends Assisting Nassau Seniors (FANS), which provides weekend meals on wheels to seniors. She has two grown married children and four grandchildren.