Long Realty Company Receives Sponsor of the Year from SaddleBrooke Community Outreach

At the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Annual Volunteer Appreciation Meeting, Long Realty was acknowledged as Sponsor of the Year for their strong sponsorship of the annual Walkathon. For several years, Long Realty has been the presenting sponsor with a special banner at the Walkathon breakfast, and that support is also acknowledged for the Spring Home or Garden Tours.

Long Realty’s team also participates in that Walkathon. Anne Everett, SBCO Treasurer, is an Associate Broker with Long Realty. Sandra Valeton and Maren Seidler, also with Long Realty, assisted with the program.

Receiving the SBCO Sponsor of the Year Award was Jackie Malden, Long Realty’s Golder Ranch Branch Manager, along with Long Realty Company CEO, Rosey Koberlein.

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Long Realty Welcomes Al LaPeter and Sandy Kantor to the Oro Valley Office

Long Realty is pleased to announce that Al LaPeter and Sandy Kantor have joined the Oro Valley Office.

Al and Sandy moved to Tucson at the end of 2013 from Sun Valley, Idaho. They visited with multiple real estate companies in Tucson and felt that their best fit was with Long Realty “for many reasons,” Al said. “Being the leader in market share in the Tucson area, and having the most to offer in terms of training and support were contributing factors to ultimately selecting Long Realty.”

Sandy said “Long Realty is where I see the most opportunity for two people who bring a lot of experience to the table. The opportunities for floor time and open houses are definitely the best at Long Realty, and give us an opening through which we can begin to apply our skills and knowledge to develop a base of clients.”

“They have a wealth of knowledge and will be a great fit,” said K.C. Woods, Long Realty Oro Valley Branch Manager. “We are excited to have them on our team.”

With an extensive background in real estate, Al has been selling homes since the late 1960’s, owned his own brokerage, been involved in property development, has built many custom homes, and has managed and owned commercial real estate. Sandy has been a licensed agent since 2000 and holds her J.D. from the University of Texas Law School. In addition to being a REALTOR®, Sandy has been an investor in commercial real estate and plans to explore commercial real estate to purchase in the Tucson area.

Al holds his CRS, CRB, and GRI designations and Sandy plans to obtain her GRI in the near future. Al and Sandy specialize in residential and commercial real estate and look forward to helping people find their “place in the sun.”

For more information, contact Al LaPeter and Sandy Kantor at AlLaPeter@longrealty.com or SandyKantor@LongRealty.com or visit their website www.TeamAlandSandy.LongRealty.com.  

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Marilyn Joyce Receives 2013 Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award

Long Realty announced Marilyn Joyce from the Long Realty River/Campbell office is the recipient of the 2013 Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award.This award is presented annually to a sales associate or employee who has been affiliated with Long Realty Company for at least five (5) years and who best exemplifies a commitment to the values of community involvement to "service above self" and whose selfless acts inspire others to create a lasting impact on making our community better for those in need. A donation is made in the recipient's name to the University of Arizona Foundation for Student Scholarship.

Since 1998 when Joyce moved to Tucson, she has been involved in various activities in support of the community. Before she began working as a realtor in late 2001, Joyce was involved in organizations that primarily focused on the basic needs of people, primarily women and children.

• United Way of Tucson, 1999-2000

Joyce helped to redesign the program for the Loaned Executives who called on businesses. Joyce wrote scripts and training materials, which was used to conduct training for the Loaned Executives.

• Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, 1999-2000

Joyce served on the Grants Committee of the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona.

• Angel Charity, 1999 or 2000

For about three years, Joyce was a member of Angel Charity with a primary focus being that of soliciting auction items for the Angel Ball.

Joyce's major involvement in the Tucson community has been in the arts, both with the Tucson Museum of Art and the University of Arizona. Fortunately, as a founder member of Long Realty Cares Foundation, Joyce can continue supporting organizations that care for the needs of people in our community.

Tucson Museum of Art

• Joyce has been actively involved as a volunteer at the TMA since 1999.

The League is the principal fundraising organization. Since 1999, Joyce has served in many roles: as the Chair of our various fundraising events: Dinners a L’Art; Ready, Set, D’Art; Speaker’s Series for the Designer Showhouse, etc. She served in various positions on the Executive Committee, including being President of the League in 2004-2005. She is now a sustaining member and still supports the League.

Advisory Board was a group that interacted primarily with a former Director. Joyce served for a few years.

The Contemporary Art Society is a group that supports acquisitions and exhibitions of contemporary art. Joyce was one of the early Board members when it was founded in 1999 and is still serving on the Board. She has been chair of several committees, including being the Editor of the Newsletter for about 5 years, Membership Chair, Chair of the Nominating Committee, etc. She served as President for two years and was Volunteer of the Year at TMA a few years ago.

CRUSH Auction Chair, 2009-2013

For 5 years, Joyce chaired the Auction for the CRUSH Wine, Food, and Art Festival. In that role, Joyce, with assistance from others, raised almost $500,000. This Auction, which focused mostly on the art of local artists, enabled many local artists to gain recognition among members of the museum and the public, helping to advance their careers.

• Estate of the Art Dream Home Raffle

Every year the Museum raffles a house as a major fundraiser. For about 4 years, Joyce negotiated contracts with new home builders to build a house at a very favorable price.

• Board of Directors

For three years, Joyce was a member of the Board of the museum and held her role as President of two different support organizations.

University of Arizona

Joyce has been actively involved in various fundraising activities for UA since about 2004. Among them are:

• School of Art Advisory Board

For four years, Joyce served on the Advisory Board, whose primary role is fundraising for the School.

• College of Fine Arts Advisory Board (The Dean’s Board)

This year is the first year that Joyce is serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board. The Board's primary role is to attract donors to support the Schools within the College (Art, Dance, Music, Theater and Film) by encouraging members of the community to attend the performances and to become donors.

• Medici Circle in the College of Fine Arts

Medici Circle is a group of donors whose purpose is to support the arts in the community. Joyce and her husband have the opportunity to provide scholarships to Art students for special summer studies around the world.

Partners of the UA Museum of Art

Joyce has been involved in supporting the University Museum of Art through the Partners group that participates in bringing scholars and lecturers to the University to work with Art students and to provide lectures open to the public.

For more information about Marilyn Joyce, visit her website, http://mjoyce.longrealty.com or contact her at mjoyce@LongRealty.com.

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Sherie Broekema Receives 2013 Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award

Long Realty announced Sherie Broekema from the Long Realty Foothills office is the recipient of the 2013 Barrington Long Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented annually to a sales associate or employee who has been affiliated with Long Realty Company for at least five (5) years and whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of real estate, and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their professional peers, and whose pioneering spirit and leadership have repeatedly inspired others to excel.

Sherie Broekema obtained her real estate salespersons license in 1978, her Broker’s license in 1984 and joined Long Realty in 1997.

Sherie has been a pioneer in the field of real estate throughout her career. She was the first person to hire an assistant, realizing that her time was better spent with her clients and knew that the “back office” could be delegated effectively. She was an early adopter of the internet and had her website, www.TucsonHomes.com, in place in the early 1990’s.

Sherie earned her SRES designation when it first became available and is a tireless advocate for the senior community. Sherie has also served as a volunteer with Soroptomists, Health and Wellness, the Elder Care Council and the Tucson Association of Realtors as well as NAR.

Sherie is a perfect model for Long Realty Company’s strong emphasis on positive collaboration. She is described by her peers as “generous, honest, and professional” and she represents her clients and Long Realty Company with dignity, humor and passion.

For more information about Sherie Broekema, visit her website www.sherieb.longrealty.com or contact her at SherieB@TucsonHomes.com.

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Long Realty Opens in Yuma

Long Realty Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its Yuma franchise by new owner Elizabeth Carpenter, a veteran Yuma REALTOR® and branch manager who has been listing and selling homes in Yuma County since 1987. “I am so excited to become part of the Long Realty family. My business has always concentrated on providing a superior customer experience representing buyers and sellers across all of Yuma County. Long Realty’s focus on customer service and it’s strong history in Arizona truly enhance our goals of becoming one of the premier real estate companies in Yuma County” said Carpenter. Long Realty Yuma currently employs four licensed agents providing the entire Yuma market with real estate services that include listing, sales and property management.

“We have been looking for a top level real estate professional in Yuma for a number of years and Elizabeth possesses all of the right qualities to be our leader in Yuma.  I have the utmost confidence that she will represent the Long Realty brand and our mission to serve the real estate needs of Yuma and its surrounding communities at the highest level,” said Long Companies CEO, Rosey Koberlein.

The Yuma office officially opened on February 14, 2014 and is located at 10602 Camino Del Sol with plans to open a branch office in downtown Yuma in the near future. Elizabeth Carpenter can be reached by email at Ecarpenter@longrealty.com or by phone at 928-503-0110.

With the addition of the Yuma office, Long Realty now has 39 real estate offices in Arizona and into Mexico including 27 Southern Arizona offices and 7 offices in the Phoenix area.

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Long Realty Releases Special “State of the Housing Market” Report

Long Realty released its “Arizona Housing – State of the Market Report”, outlining current trends and changes in the residential housing market in Tucson, Phoenix and Southern Arizona, as well as projections for 2014.

Report Summary:
The housing market in Arizona continues to shift, most recently from a seller’s market to a more balanced one. Inventory of homes for sale has risen and prices have flattened. We expect the housing recovery to continue in 2014 at a slower pace of growth compared to the past 2 years. Buyers continue to look for value, forcing sellers to be very aware of asking price. This gap in perceptions between some buyers and sellers makes a review of pricing strategy prudent for sellers; especially at mid to upper price points and for those on the market for 2 months or more. Buyers need to accept the reality that the “foreclosure bargains” of 2012 and 2013 are few and far between.

The full State of the Market Report can be found online at www.longrealty.com/stateofthemarket.
For more information on the housing market or to schedule an interview with Long Realty’s CEO Rosey Koberlein, please contact Kevin Kaplan, Vice President Marketing & Technology, at kkaplan@longrealty.com or 520-918-3874.

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Kevin Kaplan Elected Vice President of Tucson Association of REALTORS® MLS

The Tucson Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (TAR/MLS) has announced its 2014 Board of Directors officers.

Congratulations to Kevin Kaplan, Vice President Marketing & Technology for Long Realty, on being elected 2014 Vice President of TAR/MLS. In November 2013, the incoming TAR/MLS president and 10-member Board was installed. Individual officers were then selected when the 2014 Board convened in January for the first time.

Jim Adams, IT Director for Long Realty, is also a 2014 TAR/MLS Board Director.

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Long Realty Returns to Douglas

Long Realty Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its Douglas franchise by new owner Angelica Garcia. The Douglas office opened its doors on January 15, 2014 on G Avenue (Main street) in downtown Douglas.

”We have a wonderful community in Douglas that recognizes Long Realty as an Arizona real estate leader. I am pleased to become part of the Long Realty family and excited to bring this wonderful brand back to Douglas. Long Realty’s focus on a superior customer experience and its strong history in Arizona truly enhance our goals of becoming one of the premier real estate companies in Douglas and across the southern boundaries of Cochise County”, said veteran Douglas REALTOR® and franchise owner Angelica Garcia.

“We are excited to bring the Long Realty brand back to the Douglas area”, said Long Companies CEO Rosey Koberlein. “The timing of this new office in its downtown location is perfect given the rebound in the Douglas housing market. I have the utmost confidence in Angelica to represent the Long Realty brand and our mission to serve the real estate needs of the community at the highest standards.”

The new office is located at 1015 G Avenue in the heart of downtown Douglas. Long Realty Douglas will serve Douglas, Bisbee, Elfrida, Pearce and other Cochise County communities near the Mexico border in Southeastern Arizona. Angelica Garcia can be reached by email at Angelica@LongRealty.com or by phone at 520-227-4421.

With the addition of the Douglas office, Long Realty now has 38 real estate offices in Arizona and into Mexico including 26 Southern Arizona offices and 7 offices in the Phoenix area.


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Rosey Koberlein Named to Top 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate

Long Realty is pleased to recognize CEO Rosey Koberlein as a member of the Swanepoel Power 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate. The Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) list is comprised of the most powerful and influential CEOs, Thought Leaders and Senior Executives in the residential real estate brokerage industry. The SP200 also ranks the “Power Players” into nine different categories: franchise executives, real estate brokers, educators, economists, technologists, media executives and association executives.

The rankings of the SP200 are “based on multiple criteria that take into account the individual’s personal influence, his/her tenure in the industry, the office he or she holds, the decision-making power of said office, the financial resources of the company or organization, the company or organization’s significance and contribution to the industry, the company’s geographic reach, and his or her recent activities, growth, and potential,” according to Rob Hahn, co-editor of the Swanepoel Power 200.

“We acknowledge the huge contribution to our industry by the SP200 Power Players and thank them for their role in improving the home buying transaction,” Swanepoel said.

Congratulations, Rosey!

For a full list of rankings, visit SP200.

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Charles Weasner Elected to the Hearth Foundation Board of Directors

The Hearth Foundation is very pleased to announce that Charles Weasner has been elected to the Board of Directors. Charles is an Associate Broker at Long Realty's Foothill's office. Charles truly understands Hearth Foundation's mission in providing safe, secure affordable housing for low income families. "He can help prevent our neighbors from spiraling downward to even more poverty and homelessness. Charles is very smart and thoughtful and will help guide Hearth in continuing their mission and projected growth," said Lynn Hellwig, President of the Hearth Foundation.

Congratulations, Charles!

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