Living and Loving West Central Lakes Area

Growing up on West Battle Lake, lakeshore lifestyle is engrained in Karen Zell-Verhelst’s DNA. With over 1000 lakes to explore just in Otter Tail county, Karen became an expert in lakeshore properties and rural communities, including Fergus Falls, Dalton, Underwood, Battle Lake, Vining, Henning, Otter Tail, Perham, Pelican Rapids, Erhard, and Elizabeth. With a flair for design, Karen also provided interior painting services and home staging for friends and clients.

Before becoming a licensed realtor in 2008, Karen worked in restaurant management in the area, and owned a popular eatery from 1994 to 2008, establishing extensive connections. Working together with realtor husband Tom Verhelst, support staff and professional marketing, the couple established and grew the Homes and Lakeshore brand. Karen is a top selling agent for units sold in the six state North Central Region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming).

Sadly, we lost Tom Verhelst on October 24, 2022, after a tough battle with cancer.

Karen says: “Tom taught me to always do the right thing.  I am looking forward to continuing the legacy that we built.”

Please visit Tom’s Memorial Page HERE.

Making a recent move to join Trilogy Real Estate, Karen embraces the company values of Community, Contribution and Collaboration.  Putting her decades of experience and extensive contacts to work for buyers and sellers is enhanced by Trilogy’s group of agents who believe in helping each other and collaborating together. Trilogy clients have an advantage when the whole team supports them.

Karen Zell-Verhelst, Trilogy Real Estate

Karen Zell


Community Involvement

Karen is active in the community, including with the Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity, supporting local foodbanks, and Zion Lutheran Church of Amor.

She shares her real estate knowledge, providing free webinars, answering questions of buyers and sellers. She also has provided training for new real estate agents.

If you have further questions about the home buying or selling process, contact Karen Zell-Verhelst at info@homesandlakeshore.com.