Meet the Rosie Rourke Team

Top Real Estate Team in SE King County & Top 1% Nationally!best real estate agent near me

Why did we form a team instead of just being a single agents?

With a team you can expect the highest level of customer service from every member. With our defined roles we operate as a well-oiled machine. I’s are dotted, T’s are crossed, and as one of our clients you will experience a stress-free real estate experience because of our team culture and work ethic. Nobody helps more buyers and sellers in the south end than The Rosie Rourke Team - Voted Renton's Best Real Estate Team in 2018, 2021, 2022, and 2023! 

We must be doing something right; our team continues to grow, and we help hundreds of local western Washington residents buy and sell homes every year.

Meet Our Team Members

All of us live, work, and play in SE King County! 


Rosie Rourke

Managing Broker & Team Leader

Hi everyone, here is a little bit more about me. I reside in Renton and am part of the Fairwood Community with my supportive husband Mike and my two sons, Jordan and Tony.

As a proud member of Fairwood Golf & Country Club, I love interacting with my neighbors and I am proud to call many of them my friends and clients.

I am a native of Seattle and graduated from Kennedy Catholic High School. I am sibling #5 out of 6 children and have a passion for family and helping real estate dreams come true for my clients. I literally wake up every day and get to help people, and I am now working with second-generation clients!

Melissa Hudson

Licensed Broker & Lead Listing Agent

Real estate agent Melissa Hudson

Hi everyone, Melissa here. I grew up in Renton and graduated from Lindbergh High School. I currently live in Fairwood with my husband Josh and my three kids. Both Josh and I have deep community ties in Fairwood, Renton, and Maple Valley.
Because of this I understand the unique King County area and the complexities of each neighborhood. I’ve helped families from Redmond all the way down to Tacoma buy and sell homes, and everywhere in-between. I'm proud to say that our team helped 210 families in 2021... and 98 of those families were my own clients! 
I also believe in giving back to the community. I am involved in the local schools, charity organizations, and both the Kent Chamber of Commerce and the Renton Chamber of Commerce. I will put my unique talents to work for you in finding you the perfect home or listing your current one!

Karen Hake

Licensed Broker & Listing/Buyers Agent

Karen Hake

As a member of the leading Rosie Rourke team, I have been an integral part of a team with solid results. In 2021, we closed 210 transactions; 55 of those were my own clients! I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and have lived in the Fairwood community since 1988, where my husband and I raised our three kids. We continue to be deeply rooted in the community and I have a long history of involvement in our local schools, scouts, and theater, currently serving on the Kent Schools Foundation board. My husband is a local business owner, and we both love to travel, exploring the globe, both locally and afar! As a real estate broker, I feel incredibly privileged to work with clients, helping them with one of the largest financial decisions they will ever make. I am committed to providing exceptional service every day and know that each client is unique and deserves my best . When you do what you love, results show and I’m grateful for the trust invested in me by so many clients!. Having worked all over Puget Sound, I strive to be a trusted resource for all things home related and am confident that my experience can help you with your home buying/selling journey too!

Lexie Alloway

Licensed Broker & Buyers Agent

Lexie Alloway

Hello everyone, I'm Lexie. I grew up in the Fairwood community and have always loved the area. While I was at Lindbergh High School I did running start through Green River and received my Associate’s degree. In 2019 I graduated from Washington State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree.
I became interested in real estate at a young age as my parents were always remodeling our homes. From this I was able to see the house flipping process as well as the buying and selling side as a client. I consider myself to be an organized and detailed person who loves working with others. 




Shawna Crotty

Licensed Broker & Buyers Agent

As someone who has been aware of Rosie and her success for over a decade, I couldn't be more thrilled to finally be a part of her amazing team!
I've had a fascination of real estate, for as long as I can remember. Prior to having children, I was a licensed realtor, but didn't quite have enough time before starting my family to really dedicate myself. Now I can truly feel that the sky is the limit!
I grew up in the Kent area, and now live in Fairwood with my husband, Keth and three daughters, Ashlan, Everly and Brooklyn. I'm also the owner of my own candle business, Honest Candle Collective. Hand pouring my own candles started as a hobby and quickly grew into a successful business that I absolutely love and am so proud to own.
As often as I can I also enjoy volunteering at our elementary school and collaborating to raise money for various local charities. 
I'm very much looking forward to helping you with your real estate journey!

Liz DeSmith

Licensed Broker & Listing Manager

liz desmith real estate agent

Hey there everyone, I’m Liz. I was born and raised in Renton, WA and I am a third generation graduate from the historic Renton High School.

My connections with the local community run deep. My husband Chuck is a Captain in the Renton Fire Department and we have two great kids together. I am very active in schools and community events when I’m not on listing appointments and servicing our clients.

Joanne Johnson Cox

Licensed Broker & Home Concierge + Designer

I’ve taken on a new and exciting journey. I was an owner/operator of a painting company for over 25 years. I raised two beautiful and talented children, and in turn, I gained a son in law and daughter in law and two incredible grandchildren. I lived in the North end for over 38 years. I made the decision to make my way to the South end to be near my daughter, grandchildren and my sisters. I received a call from my sister Rosie wanting me to join her fabulous real estate team as their Field Operations Manager, Event Coordinator and Team Assistant. My sister, Sandie, also works with the team – I couldn’t resist such an opportunity to be with my sisters, and to learn another trade was something I really didn’t need to think twice about.

I’ve always enjoyed real estate and design so this seemed like a great fit. Rosie’s team is incredible, we’re a force of encouragement and support working and helping clients through the world of real estate, selling and buying can be so stressful, but Rosie’s approach to catering to her clients makes the experience more enjoyable. I’m learning the business from a great leader and mentor and I’m proud to say I’m part of this dream team!

Stephanie Akkir

Licensed Broker & Transaction Coordinator

Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am the licensed Transaction Coordinator for the team. I’m a Renton resident with 16+ years real estate experience. I began my real estate career as a Broker Services Representative and with that experience, I learned first-hand the complexities of the industry, and this helped me fine-tune my skills and gain a comprehensive understanding of the contract-to-close process. I am detail-oriented and I love assisting clients in achieving their real estate goals and dreams.

I love all things Seattle, most especially our Seattle Sounders! When I’m not cheering them on, I’m supporting our local restaurants, breweries, and museums. I also love to travel and spend time with loved ones.

Rachel Lott

Licensed Broker & Director of Operations

I grew up in the San Francisco/Bay Area & moved to Washington 15 years ago with my husband, Jim. Since that time we have lived in the Fairwood neighborhood for the last 10 years and welcomed to the world our two amazing daughters, Madison & Ava. Like most of us on the team, I was a client of Rosie’s before I was offered the Operations position and have since also obtained my Broker’s License.

I am passionate about helping community and find a variety of ways to give back. In addition, I have a certification in Nonprofit Management from UW.

Prior to joining the team, I was a Program/Project Management consultant and A Director of HR/Operations for Sila Solutions Group, a Management & IT Consulting firm.

In my free time, I enjoy the theater, concerts, trying new restaurants, hiking, avidly reading, completing puzzles, spending time with friends & family, & traveling the world.

Josh Hudson

Director of Business Development & Marketing

Hi everyone, I'm the marketing director and the first ever male to be on the Rosie Rourke Team!  Rosie always said she wanted to higher man, just was just waiting for the right one, me! As a graduate of Washington State University in 2005 with a degree in political science, I planned on attending law school sometime in 2006. I decided to pivot and join my family's photography business and help my dad Bruce Hudson run the company. My passion for the family business grew and my eagerness to assist with all aspects of the studio’s operations continued to grow my knowledge of the day-to-day operations. I also was able to put my marketing skills to work helping grow Hudson's Portrait Design into a top 1% portrait studio. I also was a sought after speaker in the photography world on business and marketing, and I traveled all over the US and Canada teaching photographers how to be better marketers. 

Fast forward to 2009, I decided to start my own creative market agency with my wife Melissa (Rosie's lead listing agent) called H5 Creative. I've worked with fortune 500 companies as well as local businesses helping them navigate the ever changing marketing landscape. This is where I first met Rosie! She hired us to help her with her marketing. Fast forward to present day and I am now a part of the team! 

I co-wrote a book called The Relationographer, The Art of Relationship Marketing and have been in featured in numerous national publications including Bill Glazer's Outrageous Multi-Step Marketing Campaigns and Dan Kennedy's Monthly Newsletter. I bring a wealth of knowledge from outside of the real estate world and help our team market our client's homes like no else in the industry.

When I'm not doing my marketing thing I love spending time with my 3 kids (Natalie, Reese and Wyatt), golfing, cooking, traveling, and sipping on a nice glass of wine! 



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