THE PERFECT FIT
A history buff with a marketing degree and experience working as a tour guide, Kathleen Flaherty decided to make the pivot from math interventionist at an elementary school to real estate agent with KELLER WILLIAMS five years ago. The decision was kismet. “I always loved the industry, and throughout my entire adult life, I had friends and family members tell me that it would be the perfect profession for me.”
With a passion for helping people, Kathleen aims to make the process of selling or finding a home seamless. “I have life experience of selling my family home and it is extremely emotional, so I think my compassion and patience helps my clients tremendously when it is time to make that big move,” she says, whether they’re seeking their dream home or downsizing; Kathleen is committed to ensuring each transaction is done with professionalism and ease.
Kathleen holds a real estate license in MA, RI, and CT, was awarded one of Keller Williams’ top agents, and has single-handedly sold 25 homes in this past year alone. Zillow reviews praise Kathleen’s level of care, responsiveness, and professionalism. “My focus is on my client’s needs no matter what. I never think of the money during a transaction, but rather work as hard as I can to help my clients achieve their goal.”
“LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE”
Along with matching clients to their perfect home, Kathleen is a lifelong Rhode Islander, now living in Barrington, dedicated to helping people settle into the area. To express her Ocean State love, she started an Instagram blog, “The East Coast Rhody” four years ago with the motto of “Love where you live,” sharing local restaurants, events, and shops with her followers. “It’s critical to shop local. If we don’t support these unique places, these buildings would be vacant.” Now businesses reach out to Kathleen sharing their events and thanking her for the support, while visitors ask for recommendations and folks looking to relocate reach out about their real estate needs, too.
Growing up, Kathleen’s local love blossomed from spending her summers on Hog Island on the Narragansett Bay. “The moment school was out, my parents would load up the car and boat and take us to the island where we wouldn’t leave until the dreaded Labor Day weekend,” she shares. “We spent our summers barefoot, swimming, sailing, and quahogging. The island was magic and there was no place else I wanted to be but there.”
Kathleen has also hosted a Zac Brown Band pre-concert fundraiser, is an active member of the Bristol Christmas Committee, and wrote a children’s book, but at the end of the day everything she does comes down to family. “My family is everything to me,” she says of her four children and husband of 27 years. “I’m motivated by them to work as hard as I can to make our life the best it can be.” She achieves this through perseverance and an ever-present mindset of gratitude.
Her book, An Octopus Named Mom, was inspired by her own experience parenting young children and teaching them patience. “During those times, I would wish I had eight arms so I could get everything done at once, so no one would have to wait and we could have more time for play.”
Now, just as Kathleen grew up summering on Hog Island – where she learned to drive a boat at 10 and loved hopping on the Prudence Ferry – her own children are able to live the island life and create new memories. “Rhode Island is special. The people are special and when you grow up here, there is a sense of pride and community. This is home to me.”
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