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Kathy O'Brien, Burlington VT Real Estate Agent “I have a passion for travel, new experiences, and challenge,” says Kathy O’Brien. “These are in my blood and at the root of my work.”

Back to Vermont

Kathy O’Brien’s experiences around the world as a contestant on CBS’ Survivor were another extension of her love for adventure. O’Brien was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and later made a home in Boston, Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and San Diego, plus a stop-over in Providence where she studied the arts at Rhode Island School of Design.

O’Brien has called Vermont home for the past 20 years, raising her son Patrick on the Vermont lifestyle. She currently works as a Realtor with Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty in South Burlington, Vermont. She relishes in helping her clients find their own special slice of Vermont. “Vermont is such a unique place to live. I take great pride in supporting the connections that my clients build to this incredible state,” says O’Brien.

O’Brien has always been a self-starter. As a small business owner for 10 years, she drove the success of both a boutique retail establishment and an event planning business. O’Brien sold her businesses to sell Real Estate, a career choice she hoped would provide a more secure lifestyle for her son Patrick.

Kathy's Survivor Experience

At 47, O'Brien realized she needed more from life - it was time to follow her dreams. O’Brien competed and finished in third place on CBS’ Survivor: Marquesas in 2001. Two years later, returned to compete against former Survivor contestants in Survivor All Star. Survivor changed the course of O’Brien’s life.

Auditioning and competing on Survivor was the instigator O'Brien needed. She discovered her own strength, courage, perseverance and insight. She became empowered.

O’Brien now tells her story to women across America through speaking engagements. She wants to impart the importance of taking risks to liberate and empower self. To further her cause she began The Real Foundation, to helping women to gain self-confidence through the inherent risk and challenge of outdoor adventures. Most recently, she co-founded R3, to encourage and inspire corporate teams and individuals through an outdoor adventure with the goal of testing their skills of communication, consideration and cooperation.

O’Brien’s love for the outdoors is evident in the hobbies she lives by. She loves to hike, ski, sail, road bike, and mountain bike. In 1998, O’Brien biked across the United States over 48 days from Seattle to Washington DC, for the American Lung Association as a dedication to her father. She raised over $4,000,000 for the cause.

With a history of adventure, determination, dedication, and extremes in a personal challenge, Kathy was prepared for success in Real Estate. With Kathy on your team, you are bound to have the real estate adventure you're hoping for. Contact Kathy today!