Kerrie's Blog: Keeping it Fresh with Lenn Harley

Keeping it Fresh with Lenn Harley

This week's Keeping it Fresh is brought to you by Lenn Harley

How long have you been in business?                              

I have been in the real estate business for 34 years.


Describe your style.

My style is what ever is appropriate for the type of property the buyer is seeking.  It may be jeans and tough shoes if we're looking at acreage and climbing fences.  Or, it may be Eileen Fisher for casual.  Or, it may be simple Calvin Klein if the buyer is going to be "suited".   Comfortable shoes are a must because those steps must be climbed.


What outfit do you own that makes you feel invincible?

My jeans.  However, I carry a Gucci file bag.


What is the biggest fashion faux pas you've made?

Not carrying rain gear and showing homes soaking wet.


What celebrity is your style doppelganger?

Kathryn Hepburn.

Best Fashion Advice?

Follow your buyer's lead.  For sellers, they're at home so dress comfortable for the location.






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Comment balloon 51 commentsKerrie La Guardia • October 02 2012 12:02PM


I think we should pay close attention to Lenn's advice!

Have an outstanding week!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie ... I am not able to use the "message" system in Active Rain .. what is your email?   pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 6 years ago

Pippa - My email is

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago


Good advice from cannot argue with success and she is success personified. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 6 years ago

letting your clients set the lead is great advice.  Don't remember where I first heard it, but have been using it for years.  Have a closing tomorrow with a seller lady who is super professional and always in a suit, so I will be too.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 6 years ago

Lenn's style is classic. She is a smart cookie and a smart dresser. Period.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

HA!  You know that her favourite accessory is a 20-gauge shotgun?

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 6 years ago

I love Lenn.  She is always full of great advice.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 6 years ago

Lenn is looking sharp as a tack!! I  bet she didn't even have to google that "doppelganger" word, either!! ;)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Lenn makes sense..her advice is always right on! I especially like "Follow your buyers lead"...goes with Barbara's post today about being a chameleon!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 6 years ago

Thanks Kerrie.  I had forgotten about this entry.



Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Lenn's style in combined with her enthusiasm for proper fitness and her choice of healthy eating.  She's the real deal when it comes to style, which emanates from within. 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 6 years ago

 Very cool, you can't go wrong with Kathryn Hepburn as your style doppelganger.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I have always admired Lenn. She is old school with a touch of tech and class...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 6 years ago

Lennis right on the money with her dressing attire.  Suit and tie (or dress) for out in the woods only shows your ignorance.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 6 years ago

Funny, I don't imagine Lenn in jeans.  And I agree that one should dress appropriately for the type of property being shown.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 6 years ago

Lenn you are beautiful

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 6 years ago

Lenn does have it going on, and is right there if some one messes up. I speak from experience

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

I style and profile in Tommy Bahama an d jeans or dockers.  If I go out to sell land in the country I switch to jeans and boots just in case. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago

What cools posts Kerrie.  Lenn is a terrific inspiration here in the Rain.  I totally agree with comfortable shoes..we do A LOT of walking lol :)!  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago

As always, Lenn's advice is sound and grounded in the client's needs.  She is a great inspiration for all of us.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Lenn is a classy lady that does not pull punches back.. . she is an inspiration to all of us.

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 6 years ago

Kerrie~oh what fun!  Fresh AND sassy--that's our girl, Lenn! And variety IS the spice of life...she's doing that with her sense of style, changing it up accordingly. And Kate H--she and Meryl Streep are my all-time favorite actresses.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 6 years ago

Kerrie ~ What a nice way to get to know Lenn, one of our favorite bloggers here at AR! 

GO YANKEES!! Oops, had to slip in that comment ...

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie you interviewed one of my favorite members and did a great job.

GO YANKEES .......... and that wasn't an accident ..... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 6 years ago

Lenn is indeed one person others need to listen to. I love reading her posts!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 6 years ago

Whoooo-Hooooo, Go Lenn and Kerrie.  Nice post.

PS, Kerrie, I saved this comment for you....this one is the comment that gives me 200,000 points for commenting!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 6 years ago

Go Lenn, GO YANKEES, GO AR, Go Suzanne!  What a fantastic group we have here!  Love it!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

so, a little bit Country and a little bit Rock and Roll.


Very nice.


Posted by Jack Snyder, Loan Officer, San Clemente, Orange County, Califor (Loan Officer in Orange County for Omni-Fund Inc.) over 6 years ago

Kathryn Hepburn is one of Chief Cook's idols, too.  She has read several biographies on her.  She also thinks Audrey Hepburn is stylin', too, Kerrie.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 6 years ago


I knew way back in my infancy stages of AR that Lenn was an ICON.

Isn't she amazing!

I consider Lenn to be a true leader in the Real Estate Industry and I look up to her.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 6 years ago

Can't believe I missed this one. So now I know.. what you see is what you get.. .and that's Lenn.   Perhaps that's why she says her Doppelganger is Kate Hepburn.. my all time favorite. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Great post Kerrie. Lenn is an inspiration to many of us for sure.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

I have learned through the years from following Lenn's blog...she is a shooter - literally and figuratively.


Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Great post Kerrie!  Lenn definitely has the right style going on!                                                                              

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 6 years ago

Lenn is spot on....a buyer's lead and appropriate attire for the excursion adds an aire of comfort to the whole relationship/transaction.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago
With Lenn, What you see is what you get. A brilliant professional, a smart business woman and always in style. I am so proud when Lenn joins our AR gatherings always dressed for the occasion. Margaret
Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 6 years ago

Lenn is a huge part of what ActiveRain is all about, and when she gives advuice, the wise will listen to her!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 6 years ago

I saw your post over on Kathys round up...glad I stopped over to see it...Enjoy your sunday GO PACK GO!  I am not sure how long you are doing this feature fyi, but I will try to get mine to you next week?

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 6 years ago

Lennspeak....I learned to speak it a couple of years ago and my personal post stock went up considerably...There are two ways to meet Lenn...either in the healthy Real Estate "mix" arena  (highly recommended) or stumble into the gray areas and the NO ZONES like copy right infringement (highly discouraged)...Lenn is mightier than the pen.... (or post)

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 6 years ago

Kerrie:  Never ceases to amaze me that you can always learn more about someone.  Even someone as well-known and admired as Lenn Harley ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 6 years ago

I love this!  I especially love the photo of Lenn!  So glad Kathy shared this so I didn't miss it!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 6 years ago

  Thanks for the Ah-ha moment!
Featured you in my Weekly Post!

Ps..loved Alan's comment about the 20guage shotgun. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Love that photo!  I have to agree, I can do just about anything in jeans and my sneakers!  

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, there is always something going on here in the Rain....enjoyed learning something about Lenn.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 6 years ago

Kerrie:  It sounds like Lenn really knows her fashions.  I don't always agree with what Lenn's opinions, but I must say that I love all of her ideas as far as dressing for success.  Everything is sensibly done, yet very classy.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 6 years ago

Can Lenn be my doppleganger?  She is definitely a role model for business women!  Thanks for "interviewing" her.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

I have know Lenn from day one on A/R and she is one classy lady. Back in the ole days she helped a lot.

Posted by Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, you've really captured Lenn here.  But what about her designer shot gun?

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Thanks for focusing Keeping it Fresh this time on Lenn Harley, she is a winner.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, where have I been? This "Keeping It Fresh" series is lots of fun. I love Lenn's sense of appropriateness.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago