Long Realty Cares Foundation Joins Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness Project

For more than 30 years, Habitat for Humanity has built homes for impoverished Tucsonans, but Habitat for Humanity Tucson does so much more than new construction! Long Realty Cares Foundation (Long Cares) is again joining Habitat for Humanity Tucson as the title sponsor for the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), which includes the A Brush with Kindness projects.

The goal of Habitat for Humanity Tucson’s A Brush with Kindness projects are to help families maintain the exterior of their homes while bringing volunteers and neighbors together by helping a homeowner in need. Through exterior home repairs, individuals can live in safe, decent homes and restore hope and pride to their community.

Long Cares is not only donating funds, but will also be providing volunteer agents and employees for Habitat’s annual 9/11 Building Freedom Day kick-off, as well as for a variety of A Brush with Kindness projects throughout various Tucson communities.

This year on 9/11, Long Cares agents and employees will be repairing several existing homes throughout Tucson via the A Brush with Kindness program. Additionally, each of our twelve Long Realty branch offices will provide volunteer agents and employees for their own day to work on an A Brush with Kindness project. The agents and employees will go out to a homeowner in need, oftentimes someone elderly, disabled, or a veteran, to work on exterior repairs.

“We are honored to once again join with Habitat for Humanity Tucson by providing volunteer agents and employees as well as support funds which will so positively impact our Tucson community and the people living in it. Long Realty supports local community efforts, and we know that Habitat for Humanity projects are some of the most effective ways to see community growth,” said Rosey Koberlein, CEO of Long Companies.

This has been an incredibly successful program that is very meaningful to the homeowners and positively affects the surrounding neighborhood. Last year, Long Cares helped Habitat directly impact 96 individuals through the A Brush with Kindness projects. These individuals have in-turn helped others, and their neighbors have been inspired to improve their homes, making the ripple effect wide-reaching.

Since its inception in 2002, Long Cares has donated over $2 million to more than 170 local charitable organizations. For more information on the Long Realty Cares Foundation, please visit www.longrealty.com/pages/longrealtycaresfoundation.

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Long Realty Company Appoints Rebecca Borgesen Marketing Manager

Long Realty Company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. is pleased to announce Rebecca Borgesen as its marketing manager. In the role, Rebecca will be responsible for the company’s marketing strategies, communications, brand management, media relations and marketing partnerships.

“Long Realty has a long track record of bringing innovation to marketing,” said Kevin Kaplan, vice president of marketing and technology. “The addition of Rebecca to the team will help drive our company to new heights and bring cutting-edge marketing and advertising programs to both our clients and agents.”

Borgesen brings nearly a decade of strategic marketing experience to the company. Prior to joining Long Realty Company, Borgesen was marketing manager for the Phoenix office of Grant Thornton LLP as well as the marketing manager for the Phoenix office of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. She also brings marketing experience from her time with both Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC and Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, PLC, respectively. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University.

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Long Realty Supports Trees for Tucson Initiative

Summer may be winding down, but the temperatures outside are still hotter than ever. In an effort to add more shade trees to our communities, Long Realty Company joined Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild in his campaign, in partnership with Tucson Electric Power, to plant 10,000 trees in local schools, neighborhoods, businesses and homes for 2014. Long Realty offered to donate 1,926 trees in honor of our company’s founding in 1926.

Long Realty offered clients, friends and partners the opportunity to have a free tree delivered to their home or business at no cost. Participants chose among Velvet Mesquites, Blue Palo Verdes, Sweet Acacias and Red Push Pistaches.

Long Realty Trees were distributed through the Trees for Tucson program from October 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Long Realty’s participation provided nearly 2,000 additional trees to the community. Of the approximately 9,600 trees disseminated under the Mayor's 10,000 Trees Campaign, Long Realty was responsible for nearly 25% of them.

“Helping our local community is part of Long Realty’s Core Values of Integrity, Excellence, Compassion, Leadership and Teamwork”, said Rosey Koberlein, Long Companies CEO. “Planting trees increases the value of our homes, the livability of our neighborhoods, and encourages a sense of pride in our communities. Long Realty is proud to lend support to the Mayor’s campaign and watch Tucson’s trees grow.”

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Long Realty’s Career Event: August 18

Considering a Career in Real Estate?

If you or someone you know is considering a career in real estate sales, come to Long Realty’s Career Event and hear from industry experts to find out more. RSVP to Colleen Rafferty at 520-918-3869 or careers@longrealty.com.

Monday, August 18th, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Long Realty’s Home Office: 900 E. River Road.

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Long Realty Welcomes Suzie Corona to the River/Campbell Office

Long Realty is pleased to announce that Suzie Corona has joined the River/Campbell office.

An Arizona native, Suzie became a licensed agent in 1999. Suzie chose to bring her years of real estate experience to Long Realty to be a part of “the industry’s leading company with excellent marketing, resources and tools,” Suzie said. “It was important for me to give my clients the best service and maximize each of their investments.”

Suzie has recently partnered with Nate Grobstein, at our River/Campbell office, to form the Long Luxury Team. Together, they bring a vast amount of knowledge, support, experience and genuine care to the clients. “We understand how to use the latest technology in order to provide excellent service to both buyers and sellers,” said Suzie.

“Suzie has a wealth of experience in the luxury market,” said Linda Moore, Long Realty River/Campbell Branch Manager. “We are very happy to have her in the office.”

Golf course properties, luxury real estate and vacant land are Suzie’s specialty markets. Suzie has participated in over $130 million in real estate transactions in Stone Canyon alone and looks forward to participating in many more. “With Long’s innovative business plan, I know this will be possible.”

For more information, contact Suzie Corona at Suzie@longluxuryteam.com or visit her website www.longluxuryteam.com.   

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Victor Rodarte Receives NAHREP Recognition

Long Realty is pleased to announce that Victor Rodarte has been recognized on the NAHREP Annual List of the Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents in America. Elite Hispanic agents lead the way in serving markets critical to the long-term national housing recovery.

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has released its 2014 report on the top 250 Latino real estate agents in the United States. NAHREP is the leading trade association among Hispanics in the housing industry and is comprised of 21,000 members in 40 chapters around the United States. 

Among the nation’s top 250 agents was Victor Rodarte of Long Realty. Rodarte was noted as number 100 on the Top 250 list for achieving 64 transactions in 2014. The NAHREP Top 250 will be recognized at the NAHREP 2014 National Convention & Latin Music festival in Los Angeles, California on October 14, 2014. 

These hardworking professional men and women are having a powerful impact in their communities, facilitating home ownership and educating consumers. The NAHREP, a non-profit 501c6 trade association, is dedicated to increasing the homeownership rate among Latinos by educating and empowering the real estate professionals that serve them. Based in San Diego, NAHREP is the nation’s largest trade organization for Hispanics.   

Congratulations, Victor!

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Long Realty’s Career Event: July 9th

Considering a Career in Real Estate?

If you or someone you know is considering a career in real estate sales, come to Long Realty’s Career Event and hear from industry experts to find out more. RSVP to Colleen Rafferty at 520-918-3869 or careers@longrealty.com.

Wednesday, July 9th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Long Realty’s Home Office: 900 E. River Road.

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David Winter to Manage Long Realty’s Dove Mountain Office

Long Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, is pleased to announce associate broker David Winter, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, has accepted a promotion to become the full time branch manager of the company’s Dove Mountain office.

David brings with him over 30 years of experience in retail and real estate management, a clear understanding of real estate contracts, laws and rules, and outstanding customer service skills in support of his agents. Licensed in 2001, David also excels in training agents, new and experienced, to build their businesses, earn more money and reduce risks inherent in this business. Most recently David was the sales manager for the company’s River Campbell office.

“The Dove Mountain and Marana areas continue to experience growth and David, in his new role, will provide leadership to help our office and sales associates meet the expanding real estate needs of the  community,” said Rosey Koberlein, CEO Long Companies.

“It’s an honor to lead such a professional and talented group of agents,” said David Winter. “I look forward to building upon our market leadership position and creating new opportunities for our agents, while delivering the highest level of service to our buyers and sellers.”

For more information, contact David Winter at Winter@LongRealty.com or 520-665-3101.

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Long Realty’s Michele O’Brien Completes 2014 Boston Marathon



Long Realty’s very own Michele O’Brien, Associate Broker with the Oro Valley Office, participated in the 2014 Boston Marathon and shared her experiences through an interview with Oro Valley Branch Manager, KC Woods. She discussed her experience with the 2013 Boston Marathon and how it compared to her recent 2014 run.

KC: This is not your first “rodeo”.  How many Marathons have you done?  How many have you done in Boston?  
Michele: This was my 26th marathon and 5th Boston Marathon.  I started long distance running when I joined Long 13 years ago, and I still remember freaking out in Bob Semple's office at the thought of running my first 13.1 mile event.  Sometimes you can really surprise yourself…

KC: Tell us about your 2013 Boston Experience?
Michele: Boston 2013 started out as my most difficult marathon because I was trying to run with a not-yet-healed torn hamstring. (Yes, distance runners are stubborn and not always bright!) Although I told myself that this would be the year that I just enjoyed the experience and "took it all in", the truth is I was annoyed and grumpy that I was running so slowly.  But I was going to finish, no matter what!  As I went under a bridge near the 25.5 mark, I was stopped by the hysteria of some fellow runners. As word spread of what had happened, runners panicked in fear of what may have happened to loved ones waiting for them to finish, as well as just general fear over what was happening. The police did not stop us there, and the runners ahead had not yet turned back. But when you see and hear the terror in people around you, it stops you in your tracks. Word quickly got to us that there had been a bombing at the finish line. No one really understood what that meant for us yet. In my overtired, dehydrated, and definitely not logical mind, my first thought was, "Well that's too bad. But I'm close and there's a medal up there waiting for me." But no one was going anywhere. Soon other runners were turning back and we were all bottle necked. The neighbors in the area quickly stepped up and brought us water and blankets. I waited about 45 minutes, not sure if they would let us finish, but the cold finally convinced me to head back to my hotel room. (I was really glad I splurged on a hotel room close to the finish line!)

It was surreal walking back. The streets of Boston were deserted except for police and emergency vehicles. It felt like a war zone. The spectators were amazing, offering help and encouragement. A police officer gave me a blanket and pointed me in the right direction. I couldn't be more impressed with the people of Boston. They were compassionate and ready to do whatever they could to help. Once I was back in my hotel room (which was considered a part of the crime scene, so protected by heavily armed police officers), I saw the news coverage and realized just how awful it was. I was so grateful that all of my group was safe and unhurt, but so horrified for all the people who were not.  And we were all wondering if it was over, or if something else was going to happen.  But rather than feeling scared, I really felt shocked and numb.  
I decid
ed to return to the next Boston Marathon before I left. I was angry that anyone would mess with Our Marathon, probably the most beloved marathon for competitive runners. I was angry that I couldn't cross the finish line. I was determined that fear would not keep me away, and that I could reclaim my favorite marathon and a city that is so special to me. Clearly I was not the only one who felt that way, as record numbers applied to get in.

KC: Did you have any reservations about returning? How did your friends and family feel about you returning?
Michele: I didn't have reservations about returning but a little bit of anxiety about how it would feel to be back. As confident as I was that it would be safe and secure, I couldn't bring myself to bring my kids. I didn't want to worry about anyone else's safety. So I suppose in the back of my mind, it was still a bit fresh.  

KC: How was BM 2014 different than BM 2013?
Michele: The security for the 2014 race was unlike anything I had ever seen. But so was the enthusiasm. It felt like the whole community–of Boston– but also a larger community of runners and many others, had risen to take back this marathon and bring back the joy that it had always brought to the city and those who run there. We all had a mission to make this an amazing experience, no matter how fast we ran. And the survivors were such a huge source of inspiration. It was very moving.

KC: How did it feel when you reached the exact point in the marathon that you were stopped at last year?
Michele: I was very fortunate to run the last 4 miles with my close friend Kathy Stoehr, who had been just seconds from crossing the finish line last year when the bombs exploded. It was great to have her with me when I went under that bridge again, and I think she was grateful that I was with her when we got to the place where she was as well. I was thrilled to get to finish this time. To run down Hereford and Boylston, down the gauntlet of screaming spectators, and to see that amazing finish line. Physically I was drained and exhausted. Emotionally, I couldn't have been happier!

KC: How about the finish line 2014?
Michele: I crossed the finish line hand in hand with Kathy. Having a volunteer put the medal around my neck was about the best feeling I've had at any finish line. It was joyous, victorious, and not at all upsetting or fearful. It was just how it was supposed to be.

KC: Fondest Memory of the Boston Marathon?
Michele: I love everything about Boston. It's such a unique opportunity, to be able to participate in a premier event with the most elite athletes of the sport. As strange as it might sound, the best part of running Boston for me, was qualifying. It took years to be fast enough, lots of trial and error with training plans, nutrition, and lots and lots of miles. But that first time I qualified was one of the highlights of my life.  Proof that if you work hard enough, the most challenging goals can be within reach…

Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment and a special experience, Michele!

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Long Realty Companies Proudly Supports Tucson Pops Orchestra in 2014

Long Realty Companies is proud to continue its support of Tucson’s music and arts community by sponsoring the Tucson Pops Orchestra in its 58th year of outstanding service. Like the Tucson Pops Orchestra, Long Realty Company has its own history in the Tucson area. Since 1926, we have assisted hundreds of thousands of Southern Arizonans to achieve their unique real estate goals.

Long Realty Companies and Tucson Pops Orchestra invite you to enjoy this year’s Spring Concerts Series: Music Under the Stars at Reid Park on May 11, 18, 25 and June 1 and 8. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm and are free to the public. For more information, visit www.tucsonpops.org.