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.