Long Realty Releases Mid-Year Arizona Housing Reports

Long Realty released its “Mid-Year State of the Market Reports”, outlining current trends and changes in the residential housing markets in Tucson and Southern Arizona as well as Phoenix and Casa Grande.

Report Summary:

Improvements in consumer sentiment and a rise in interest rates in 2015 prompted more buyers to take action, resulting in an increase in closed sales activity versus 2014 across Arizona markets. Sales prices increased slightly from 2014 in Tucson and Phoenix markets while Green Valley and Sierra Vista continued with relatively flat pricing environments. Now may be an excellent time for potential sellers to bring their home on the market.

The full State of the Market Reports can be found online at LongRealty.com/market

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Rosey Koberlein Named to Most Influential Women in Arizona List

Koberlein_RoseyLong Realty is pleased to share that CEO Rosey Koberlein was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona by Az Business magazine.

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compiles a list of nearly 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, the list is vetted, narrowed down to about 150 women who the magazine feels are most deserving, and then the list is submitted to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety of industries — and they are asked to vote.

Koberlein oversees strategic planning and leadership for all of Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance. With 30 years of real estate experience, Koberlein has served in branch and senior management positions within Long Realty Company since 1991.

Koberlein serves on the board of directors of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and co-chairs their K-20 Education Committee; she also serves on the board of directors for the YWCA; is an active member of Women at the Top (WATT); Imagine Greater Tucson, and is a proud participant in the Long Realty Cares Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides a venue for Long Realty sales associates and employees to collectively contribute to enhance the quality of life in Arizona.

In 2004, Koberlein was awarded by Tucson Association of Realtors for her outstanding service, and in 2005, was recognized as one of Tucson’s “Women of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business. In March 2010, Koberlein was honored with the YWCA’s “Women on the Move” award for her achievements in the workplace and the community. In January 2014 and again in 2015, Koberlein was recognized by the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) Most Powerful People in Real Estate and ranked within the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Residential Real Estate Business in the nation.

Congratulations, Rosey!

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Long Realty Announces Support for Treasures 4 Teachers

Summer may just be starting, but Arizona educators are in the middle of back-to-school preparations.  Aiding in this effort, Long Realty Company is proud to announce its support for Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson.

Treasures 4 Teachers was founded in 2004 and has since been providing free and low cost supplies to teachers. Teachers spend up to as much as $700 of their own salaries every year on school supplies for their students. Treasures 4 Teachers’ solution is to bridge the gap between the great need of teachers and resources available in the community.

Long Realty offices in the Tucson area and Sierra Vista will be accepting donations for Treasures 4 Teachers during the month of July. Donations made to Long Realty Green Valley and Sahuarita offices will benefit the Sahuarita Unified School District. A list of offices can be found at www.longrealty.com.

Treasures 4 Teachers accepts new or used, but reusable, goods and materials to help teachers with their classroom projects while the students learn the value of recycling.  Items needed include art supplies, books, fabric, jewelry, beads, magazines, office supplies, PVC pipe, school supplies, small furniture and toys. For more information on Treasures 4 Teachers, or for a complete list of donation items, visit www.t4teachers.org.

“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. “Ensuring the education of today’s youth is critical to the vibrant future of our neighborhoods. Our teachers play such an important role in preparing our children that it is an honor to be able to support their efforts through Treasures 4 Teachers.”

All recycleables are donations to Arizona Children’s Alliance-dba Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson. Arizona Children’s Alliance is 501 3©. Donations are tax deductable.

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McKenna St. Onge Joins Long Realty Foothills Office

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Long Realty is pleased to announce that McKenna St. Onge has joined the Foothills office.

McKenna has been living in the Tucson and Oro Valley communities for the past 17 years. She brings a professional and high energy approach to delivering top notch service to her clients, in fact she was the #1 agent in her previous company’s office. McKenna employs an innovative marketing approach including the latest digital, online and video strategies – a perfect fit with Long Realty! McKenna has already qualified for Long Realty’s distinguished level of 1926 Circle of Excellence for 2015.

“I was looking for a strong focus on our local market – I found that and so much more with Long Realty,” said McKenna. “I use technology and cutting-edge marketing to help my client’s achieve their goals, with Long Realty’s excellent management and strong local expertise, I have all the tools I need to deliver the very best experience to my clients.”

“McKenna is a firecracker agent with a passion for delivering the very best service to her clients,” said Laura Mance, Long Realty Foothills Branch Manager. “We are so excited to have her bring her talents and expertise to Long Realty and the Foothills office.”

McKenna is a member of the Catalina Foothills School District Foundation Board and volunteers with the Eller College of Management. When not busy with her real estate and charitable work, McKenna can be found playing tennis or enjoying time with her husband and their three year old beloved Labrador, Brinkley.

McKenna’s focus is on the Foothills and Oro Valley communities with a special interest in active adult communities. For more information, contact McKenna St. Onge at RealEstate@McKennaAZ.com or visit her website www.McKennaAZ.com.

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Long Realty Welcomes Barbara Bardach to the Oro Valley Office

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Long Realty is pleased to announce that Barbara Bardach has joined the Oro Valley office.

After retiring to Arizona in 2000 from Silicon Valley, CA where Barbara enjoyed a highly successful 18 year career in hi-tech sales and business development and 7 years as a labor relations neutral, she became a licensed REALTOR® in 2005. Barbara had a desire to share her passion for the Tucson lifestyle with others and was compelled to embark on a new career selling gated and golf real estate property. In her ten years as an agent, Barbara, with the assistance of her transaction manager husband Stu, has become one of Tucson’s premiere real estate agents, consistently ranking in the top 1% of Tucson REALTORS®.

Barbara and Stu chose to bring their years of real estate and business experience to Long Realty because of “the strong local support through innovative marketing, technology and branding of our business,” said Barbara. “With the backing and experience of the local market leader, I am able to provide my clients with the best local service and support to maximize their investments.”

“Barbara has a wealth of knowledge in the gated and golf markets as well as outstanding research and negotiation skills,” said KC Woods, Long Realty Oro Valley Branch Manager. “We are extremely happy to have her bring her talents and experience to Long Realty and the Oro Valley office.”

Barbara’s focus is on gated and golf course properties and premier real estate throughout north and northwest Tucson. Barbara and her husband Stu are residents and Members of the Stone Canyon Club.

For more information, contact Barbara Bardach at Barbara@Bardach.net or visit her website www.barbarabardach.com

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Long Realty Welcomes Kim St. Onge to the Oro Valley Office

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Long Realty is pleased to announce that Kim St. Onge has joined the Oro Valley office.

Originally from the Chicago area, Kim has been living in the Tucson and Oro Valley communities for the past 17 years. She became a licensed agent in 2000 and has based her real estate business on her love of helping people with their dreams and goals.

Kim chose to bring her years of real estate experience to Long Realty because of “the advanced marketing tools and the overall vision and forward-thinking of the company,” Kim said. “It is my personal commitment to provide unparalleled professionalism, quality service, expertise and enthusiasm to my clients – Long Realty helps me make that happen.”

In her 15 years as an agent, Kim has become one of Tucson’s premiere real estate agents. She is a member of Long Realty’s Chairman’s Club, which places her in the top 10% of all sales associates at Long Realty Company.

“Kim is a superb agent with a deep commitment to providing her clients with top notch customer service,” said KC Woods, Long Realty Oro Valley Branch Manager. “We are extremely happy to have her bring her talents and expertise to Long Realty and the Oro Valley office.”

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NY Times Article Features Tucson Home

New York Times has featured a Tucson home, listed by Sue Brooks with our Long Realty Foothills Office.

WHAT: A desert house with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms

HOW MUCH: $1,195,000

SIZE: 4,946 square feet

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $242

SETTING: This house is on more than three acres of desert near the northeastern edge of Tucson, where development tapers off in the foothills of the Rincon and Santa Catalina Mountains. The land surrounding the house encompasses part of Agua Caliente Creek, which flows into the Agua Caliente Canyon. Trailheads pick up within a mile of the house.

INDOORS: The house was built in 1987 and renovated and expanded in 2002. Of split-face concrete block, wood and rock with a corrugated metal roof, the structure was originally imagined as a contemporary version of a 19th-century ranch house. Both the original section and the 2002 addition were designed by Frank Mascia of CDG Architects in Tucson.

The foyer, part of the addition, is a gallerylike space with a 20-foot-tall ceiling and clerestory windows. Floors in this part of the house are travertine with marble inlay; walls are white plaster. A hallway leads to the living room, which has brick walls, scored concrete floors and a fireplace made from hand-selected rocks. Floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall and on either side of the fireplace face the outdoors.

The living room steps up to a dining room, which leads into a kitchen with dark polished concrete floors. Kitchen fittings include custom mesquite cabinets, rough-edge granite countertops and appliances by Dacor and GE. The kitchen, living room and dining room all open to a broad porch that overlooks a Pebble Tec pool. The porch and much of the interior are wired for surround sound. Across a hallway from the living room, there’s a den with built-in cherry bookcases and a walk-in closet.

The master suite has a sitting area with a gas fireplace, and opens to a separate porch and a hot tub. Its bathroom has a soaking tub, a fireplace and a workout area. There are also two walk-in closets, one in a dressing area with an additional sink. The other two bedrooms share a bathroom.

Upstairs from the dining room, there’s a sitting room in a cupola-like loft with windows to the north and east. French doors here open to a balcony overlooking the creek bed. A breezeway off the house leads to a two-car garage. An additional four-car garage has an attached workshop, a bathroom and a patio.

OUTDOOR SPACE: Porch space totals about 1,700 square feet. The lot is 3.4 acres, with saguaro cactus and mesquite, walnut, sycamore and cottonwood trees. Two creeks cross the property, with an island between them.

TAXES: Approximately $7,242 a year

MLS #: 21430773

Contact Sue Brooks at (520) 270-6000 or visit longrealty.com to find out more about the house.

View the full NY Times article.

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HGTV contest features highest Tucson home

A Tucson house billed as “the highest home in the Catalina Foothills” is featured on the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt contest.

The 5,188-square-foot house, at 7300 E. Stone Canyon Drive, sits on 93 acres of secluded land bordering Coronado National Forest, said David Henry, the Long Realty agent who is listing the property.

The home’s altitude is 3,550 feet and it was built in the 1970s by the original landowner, who blasted through rock with dynamite to level part of the land and spent five years building the dirt road that leads to the property.

The view from the patio, from which you can see Baboquivari Peak to the far southwest of Tucson, is not for the acrophobic.

The layout of the home is grand, but not pretentious. It is a collection of nooks and intimate spaces designed by the current owners, who are both artists.

It is one of 100 homes chosen by HGTV for the online contest. The house has been on the market for 18 months with a price tag of $3.9 million.

The public can view the house — and vote in the $10,000 sweepstakes — by visiting hgtv.com and clicking on the Ultimate House Hunt link. The Tucson property is under “privacy, please.”

Other categories include waterfront homes, glass houses and homes with a history.

The Tucson home caught the attention of HGTV because of pictures taken by photographer William Lesch, Henry said.

He said the current owners, Fred Mackerle and Barbara Provus, bought the house 15 years ago from the original owners and upgraded the home and added rooms. The Chicago couple are seeking a smaller second home in Tucson, Henry said.

The three-story home has four bedrooms and an 862-square-foot guest house.

There are only 15 homes over $3 million on the market in the Tucson area, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Henry said he’s had five showings of the house, and that it’s a property likely to become a second home.

“It’s tricky,” he said. “It’s a pretty narrow market.”

When Fred Borcherdt and his wife, Lynn Taber, bought the property in 1970, they were considered the first neighbors in Ventana Canyon.

Borcherdt kept horses on the property and hunted deer and other game where homes and the Loews Ventana Canyon resort now sit.

The split-face block design of the house inspired the developers of the resort to use the same design to blend into the Santa Catalina Mountains, Henry said.

See longrealty.com to find out more about the house.


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Long Realty’s Career Event: June 29, 2015

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.

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Rosey Koberlein Named to 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives

Long Realty is pleased to share that CEO Rosey Koberlein was named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives by Real Estate Executive Magazine.

To select the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives, Real Estate Executive Magazine conducted a comprehensive analysis of the leading real estate companies in America. This recognition celebrates the service, dedication and hard work that these real estate executives put into building their companies and serving their agents and clients.

Koberlein oversees strategic planning and leadership for all of Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance. With 30 years of real estate experience, Koberlein has served in branch and senior management positions within Long Realty Company since 1991.

Koberlein serves on the board of directors of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and co-chairs their K-20 Education Committee; she also serves on the board of directors for the YWCA; is an active member of Women at the Top (WATT); Imagine Greater Tucson, and is a proud participant in the Long Realty Cares Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides a venue for Long Realty sales associates and employees to collectively contribute to enhance the quality of life in Arizona.

In 2004, Koberlein was awarded by Tucson Association of Realtors for her outstanding service, and in 2005, was recognized as one of Tucson’s “Women of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business. In March 2010, Koberlein was honored with the YWCA’s “Women on the Move” award for her achievements in the workplace and the community. In January 2014 and again in 2015, Koberlein was recognized by the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) Most Powerful People in Real Estate and ranked within the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Residential Real Estate Business in the nation.

Prior to joining Long Realty Company, Koberlein served as a branch manager at Mason McDuffie Financial Corporation in Northern California and Director of Employment and Training programs for the City of Cleveland, Ohio. Koberlein received her Masters of Public Administration from Kent State University and is a Certified Residential Broker.

A Pennsylvania native, Koberlein resides in Tucson’s Foothills area, where she enjoys cooking, walking her dog, Sadie, and taking pride in the success of her employee’s professional and personal lives.

Congratulations, Rosey!

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