Chris Karas, President and Founder of The Karas Group, Co-Founder and Owner of Launch Real Estate, has distinguished himself among real estate professionals in Arizona as a talented and ethical agent whose expertise is matched only by his incredible sensitivity to the unique needs of his clients. Assembling a team of likeminded agents to form The Karas Group, has allowed Chris to focus on providing a full service and highly responsive approach for his clients. His professional, educated and organized method yields not only a strong return on investment, but a pleasant experience for his clients.
This process has resulted in over half a billion dollars in completed transactions and has ranked him in the top 0.1% of successful realtors nationwide. Chris’s vast knowledge of the Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley real estate markets and the Arcadia and Biltmore neighborhoods, coupled with his honest-to-a-fault demeanor, have made Chris the perfect agent for professional athletes, entrepreneurs, investors and families alike. While the homes purchased and sold by Chris often exceed $1 million dollars, Chris enjoys the challenge of buying and selling a wide variety of homes – there is no project too large or too small for The Karas Group.
Using his in-depth knowledge of the market, Chris has cultivated an educational approach to residential real estate. He provides an updated market overview that is available on the Karas Group’s website, www.TheKarasGroup.com. These market overviews are available to clients and the public alike. Rooted in facts, up to the minute statistics and personal expertise, these quarterly market overviews provide readers with an insight into what can be expected of the market in the coming months.
A Chicago native and a graduate of Brophy College Preparatory and The University of Arizona, Chris has cultivated relationships with local, national and international brokers. Those relationships, together with his years of experience in his niche markets – Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and the Arcadia and Biltmore neighborhoods – have allowed him to become a true expert of these areas. Chris’s success has not only been enjoyed by his clients, but noticed by other professionals as well. He is a frequent guest speaker on luxury residential real estate and has been interviewed for documentaries regarding real estate investment.
Chris has also had recent speaking engagements with stars of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing: New York and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles. In addition to professional engagements, Chris and his wife Jennifer are active members of the Phoenix community. Chris is a member of the Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club, a non-profit organization that benefits children’s charities in the greater Scottsdale area, while Jennifer is the President of PANDA - People Acting Now Discover Answers, a non-profit organization that benefits the Steele Children’s Research Center at The University of Arizona.
BedBrock Developers is the premier luxury home builder in Paradise Valley, Arcadia and Scottsdale, Arizona as well as Coronado, La Jolla and Laguna, California. BedBrock originally built its sound reputation on magnificent Italian, Spanish, and Santa Barbara style homes. As styles have evolved and changed, BedBrock is now leading the trend for modern homes in Arizona with styles ranging from Mid Century Modern to Ultra Contemporary. “We are excited to present the latest trends and designs for our custom homes in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale,” says Rich Brock, owner of BedBrock Developers. “It’s been enjoyable to ‘go back to modern’, back to the 1950’s to build today’s timeless homes. Our modern homes have an organic feel in the design and finish materials and we embrace it with the same attention to detail and quality that we are known for. In many respects, modern design exemplifies true desert living at its finest.”
Rich Brock has been developing, building, and remodeling homes in Paradise Valley, Arcadia and North Scottsdale, Arizona for the last 25 years. His interest in authentic architectural design began during his extensive travels throughout Europe. He fell in love with the picturesque homes, which were built during the renaissance with today's modern accoutrements. Rich, who had already launched two successful businesses (one of which was purchased by a Fortune 500 company) decided to combine his business and marketing background, his degree in Engineering, and his passion for classic architecture, to create BedBrock Developers.
Rich has an Arizona Residential Contractors License, Arizona Commercial General Contractors License and a California General Contractors License. He assembled a "best-in-class" team of designers, architects, and contractors. Together they deliver extraordinary luxury homes, with the architectural authenticity and attention to detail not seen anywhere else in the Valley.
Since opening its Scottsdale office in 2015, Drewett Works has rapidly become one of the most prolific and awarded architecture firms in the area. A boutique architectural firm with a luxury focus, DW specializes in the upper end of both residential and end-user commercial building projects. With a detail-focused team and extensive exposure to the use of high-end finishes, they are eager to spread their creative boundaries on every project.
Drewett Works projects have been featured in The Robb Report, Phoenix Home & Garden, Luxe Interiors, Modern Luxury Scottsdale, AZ Foothills Magazine, Western Interiors, Trad Home, and AZ Golf Insider. Awards won include 7 Gold Nugget Awards, 4 Silver Awards (The Nationals), and six Best in American Living awards among others. The Drewett Works-Bedbrock Developers-Ownby Design project “Outside In” was named Home of the Year at the 2019 Best in American Living awards. Most recently, Kachina Estates, another Drewett Works-Bedbrock Developers project, was awarded a Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Residential Detached Collection of the Year.
Claire Ownby is one of the most sought-after designers of luxury residential interiors and the founder of Ownby Design, LLC. Part designer, part innovator, part visionary, Claire draws inspiration from her studies, her extensive travels and her affinity for fine food and wine. With her unique fusion of minimalism and lavishness, Claire’s designs transform the spaces of everyday living into one-of-a-kind indulgences.
Claire received her education in Interior Design from Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College. While serving apprenticeships with Scottsdale based residential and commercial design firms, Claire refined her talent and passion for luxurious interiors, and decided to start her own interior design firm in 1998.
She specializes in modern minimalism aesthetic, with a keen eye for detail. Her firm has received numerous awards from ASID and the Valley; the Ownby Design team has been recognized with numerous industry and community awards throughout the past several years for residential designs in both Arizona and the Hawaiian Islands.