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Kara Gelven

Broker / Owner





Investment properties, marketing, design, renovations, STR consulting, property management, buying and selling agent, luxury listings.

Meet Kara

Kara has been purchasing investment properties since 2016 and decided it was time to help others buy and sell their properties, wether it is their forever home, vacation home, or investment property. Kara property manages a collection of high design homes in the Grand Traverse area. In 2023, she got her associate brokers license.
Kara and her husband live in downtown Traverse City with their three young kids. They absolutely love downtown life and ease of walking to all the local beaches, parks, and restaurants.
In her free time, Kara enjoys stand up paddle boarding, searching for Petoskey stones on the shore of Lake Michigan, hiking the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and exploring all of Northern Michigan’s wineries and breweries. Kara is looking forward to helping you buy or sell you next dream property.

Work Experience

2020 - Present

2016 - Present


Kara got her real estate license after 5 years of buying and selling her own personal properties. She then got her associate broker license to continue her education.

Kara created Two Bay Stay, a local, hands on property management company for a select number of owners. Two Bay Stay also does STR and design consulting.

Kara's background is a bachelor of science in Nursing from Michigan State University. After graduation, Kara worked in the Emergency room in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City.

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