From a young age, Karen Baldwin knew she wanted to see the world beyond the border of her native Canada. She could never have imagined nor have foreseen how that desire would translate into a life full of travel, education, career achievements and experiences, surpassing even her imagination. The year was 1982 and Canada was in an economic recession; interest rates hovered around eighteen percent. Karen's parents owned and operated Baldwin Realty Corporation, and it was the summer before she was to attend the University of Western Ontario. With her parents struggling to keep the doors of their company open, it became apparent, Karen would need to provide her tuition. A friend suggested she run for The Miss London Pageant and although reluctant, it was quickly identified as a solution to the tuition dilemma. An application was submitted and within nine months Karen progressed from Miss London 1982 to Miss Canada 1982 and was ultimately crowned Miss Universe 1982 in Lima Peru. Karen was eighteen-years-old, one of the youngest in the history of the Miss Universe Pageant, to win the coveted title. During her tenures as Miss London, Miss Canada, and Miss Universe and throughout her career following those years, Karen had the opportunity to travel and work in over forty countries. These experiences provided her with an extraordinary practical education, aiding in the development of international business experience and endowing her with highly honed communication skills. Karen works well with all cultures and comfortably adheres and conforms to required business etiquette. Coming from a business family, it was a natural choice to become a real-estate professional; therefore, creating a financial backbone as Karen was raising her teenage daughters. For over twelve years Karen has successfully negotiated millions of dollars of real estate transactions of luxury homes, equestrian estates and ranches, estate homes within golf course communities, land and mixed commercial use properties and luxury estate auctions. Karen's clients value her warm demeanor and her commitment to making the real estate process as smooth as possible. Karen began working at Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, in Murrieta, CA where she was awarded the International Diamond Society Award for Production. Karen then relocated to Calabasas, Ca where she and her partner Serena Scott Thomas work at Ewing and Associates Sotheby's International Realty. The Baldwin Scott Thomas Team is in the top tier for sales production volume in the company. Karen has two grown daughters and currently resides with her husband Nicholas Karazissis, a legendary equestrian horseman and owner of Far West Farms in Calabasas, California.