Lauren was born into the real estate industry in Sun Valley. She was raised by one of the valley’s top producers, Linda Badell, and learned about the importance of relationship building, a strong work ethic, and the unwavering tenacity that the business requires at a very young age. The accomplishments of her young adult life speak to her deep integration of all of these qualities. She was accepted to care for her freshman year in high school and spent the next 18 years away from home, living on the mesa in Carpinteria for her teen years after which she followed the least linear trajectory possible to reach her inevitable yet unexpected return home in 2018.
Theater school in Manhattan, The Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, three years studying and living abroad in Italy, Berlin, and Paris, graduating with high honors and a pre-med degree from the University of Texas at Austin, working as a project and communications manager for a multinational technology company, all while teaching Pilates and Salsa dancing, volunteering at various non-profits, and mentoring women with alcohol and substance abuse issues taught her the importance of impeccable organization, time management, and caffeine.
Upon her mother’s diagnosis of bone marrow cancer, Lauren decided to return to Ketchum. She and Linda spent a grueling six months in Seattle, during which time she was not only physically caring for her mother, but also keeping the pulse on her real estate and luxury consignment business. Their strength as partners grew exponentially during this time and when she was finally discharged from the hospital with a clean bill of health, her decision to activate her real estate license and join their indomitable forces became undeniably clear.
She splits time between Sun Valley and Virginia Beach and the joy of her life is enjoying time with her husband and their son.
All of her life experiences make her extremely relatable and easy to get along with. Her strong marketing skills and familiarity with new technologies, as well as her quiet competence and stick-to-itiveness make her an exceptional real estate agent. Her partnership with her mother, Linda, ensures a meeting of minds and skillsets that is unparalleled. They look forward to meeting you and far exceeding all of your expectations.