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In Her Own Words: Kim Kraft

As told to Angie Fenton

I am a realtor and a registered nurse. I have been in the medical field since I was 18 years old. I’ve been a phlebotomist, lab tech, and medical assistant. After I was divorced, I felt like it time to go back and get my (nursing) degree. Nursing is a tough job, but it’s very fulfilling. Real estate is too. I’ve always loved real estate and kept getting drawn back to it. Even if I wasn’t looking for a home, I always tried to keep up on the market. I finally decided I wanted to expand on that and help people find their perfect home.

My sons, Cole, 16, and Dylan, 12, are very supportive of my jobs. They know I’m a single parent, and it takes a lot to support them – though I’m in real estate because I genuinely love it and not because I have to. They’re really good kids and said, “Whatever makes you happy, we want you to do that.” Doing everything by yourself is tough, but it’s been a wonderful journey. I love spending time with them. We love to travel; we’re adventurous. With two boys, you have to keep up. We zip line, bike, we went to the Dominican Republic – just the three of us.

I live in Jeffersonville and graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1992. I love the growth of Jeff. The east end bridge project and the growth in the surrounding area are great. There’s going to be growing pains – I’m there out with the roundabouts – but I know when everything opens up and there’s not orange barrels everywhere, it’ll be great.

I’m always the optimistic person. You have to be. As soon as you give up, the world will collapse around you. As soon as you start giving up, everyone around does too.

As a realtor, I’m dedicated and driven. The clients I’ve had say, “You’re accessible.” Customer service is number one. I don’t expect any less from how I treat clients than I would expect for myself. I’m honest, dependable, hard working. I’m loyal to my clients, I don’t pressure people and I listen to their needs. I can take you out and show you 100 houses, but if you tell me what you want I’ll find what makes you happy.

My ultimate dream is to be licensed in Kentucky and expand into commercial real estate.

“Don’t give up” is the greatest advicde I’ve ever received. I’ve never had anything easily handed to me. I feel like everything I’ve worked for, I’ve had to fight for and that was the best advice – just don’t give up, because it’s easier to rather than fight for your dreams, but that’s not who I am. I’m not a quitter.

You can contact Kim Kraft, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Parks & Weisberg, at Kimkrafthomes@yahoo.com, Kimkrafthomes.com or by calling 812.989.7469.

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