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Streamlining real estate transactions all in the family

Arizona mom, dad, son team guide home-buying process virtually

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Transaction coordination is a family affair for Karen, Chuck and Chris Drebes, a mom, dad and son, respectively, who join the concept of the family business with the most modern of concepts: the online real estate transaction. Three years ago, Karen Drebes began specializing in shepherding real estate transactions from contract to escrow using online platforms. Early this year, the Scottsdale, Ariz., virtual assistant became the victim of her own success. "I was working 12- to 17-hour days and I reached the point where I could go no further," Drebes explained. She and her husband of 33 years, Chuck Drebes, did a projection and decided to build and expand the business – with Chuck coming on board. "Chuck was leaving a partnership in the printing business and the timing was perfect," explained Karen Drebes. Their son Chris Drebes joined the business shortly after that. "Chris was a business owner in his own right a few years ago," Karen Drebes said. "We all come from a...