Long Realty’s Award Winning Affiliation

Long Realty is honored to be a part of one of the most admired and respected companies in the world, Berkshire Hathaway. Fortune Magazine recently ranked Berkshire Hathaway the 4th most admired company in the world and Barron’s ranked us 2nd most respected company.

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Long Realty’s Homebuyer Seminar

Are you thinking about buying a new home? You’re invited to the Long Realty Homebuyer Seminar. Hear from experienced Real Estate professionals as they answer questions on the complete home buying process. They will also be talking about the new ‘Pathway to Purchase’ program that could help you with a down payment and closing costs!

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Long Realty Welcomes Dominick Scala to the River/Campbell office

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Tucson civic leader, business executive and golf personality Dominick Scala—better known as Dom—has joined the Long Realty team of agents. Based at the company’s River/Campbell office, Scala will focus on representing properties in Sun City Oro Valley, in metro Tucson’s booming northwest corridor.

Scala is a recent arrival to real estate, but customer service is in his blood. His work life started at Eegee’s, Tucson’s home-grown restaurant chain, while he was in high school. More than 38 years later, he was still at Eegee’s, having risen through the ranks to become Director of Operations, responsible for 23 restaurants and 500-plus employees. Along with his business background, Scala said his strong suit is “my direct, honest approach, always telling it like it is.”

A native Tucsonan, Scala graduated from Catalina Magnet High School and studied business at the University of Arizona.

Community service is a big part of Scala’s resume. He’s held leadership positions with the Northwest Optimist Club and as a company organizer for United Way, and he’s a past Vice President of Canyon Del Oro Little League.

“Dom has an exciting future in real estate,” said Linda Moore, manager of the River/Campbell office. “He’s an excellent communicator, and he has very deep business skills and strong community connections. He knows Tucson, and Tucson knows him. We’re delighted to have him join us.”

For more information, contact Dominick Scala online at dominickscala.longrealty.com, at (520) 240-0152, or by email at nyyankees7@outlook.com.

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Dana McAlister Moves Up in Relocation Industry

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Because relocating should be a moving experience but not a traumatic one, Long Realty’s Dana McAlister has just earned the prized designation of Certified Relocation Professional. Of the many thousands of people working in real estate in Arizona, only 147 hold the CRP designation.

As the company’s coordinator of outgoing referrals, McAlister works with more than 600 brokerages around the country to help employees and companies leaving southern Arizona connect with relocation services at their destination. Many companies work only with CRP-designated relocation specialists, who are often employed in lending, insurance and transportation, as well as in the relocation industry itself.

“The CRP is highly regarded. It’s the gold standard of professionalism in the employee-relocation industry,” said Don Booth, director of business initiatives and relocation for Long Realty. “Dana has worked hard to earn this designation. It signifies her commitment to customer service, and to our industry through the arena of relocation.”

A Kansas native with years of customer-service experience at several banks in the Midwest, McAlister saw the challenges of relocation first-hand in 2008 when she moved to Tucson to join the Long Realty team.

Requirements for the CRP designation are stiff: At least a year’s experience in the field, taking a six-month-long course, and passing a three-hour exam. The exam, taken in person, is no creampuff—only two out of three test-takers pass. Recertification is required every three years. The designation is offered by the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, the industry’s trade organization.

No two relocations are the same. They may involve a single employee, a corporate division, or an entire company. And they are typically complex—moving families, dealing with tax and legal issues and corporate relocation policies, and understanding real estate appraisal methods and marketing strategies, to name just a few of the considerations. But the goal never changes: to help relocated employees become productive in their new setting as quickly as possible.

For more information, contact Dana McAlister at 520-918-2437 or DMcAlister@LongRealty.com.

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Long Realty’s Career Event: July 25, 2016

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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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Join Long Realty in Positively IMPACTing Our Community

Long Realty’s Houghton/Southeast/Vail office is supporting IMPACT of Southern Arizona by hosting a Peanut Butter and Cereal Drive for the months of June and July. If you’d like to help, please stop by the office with a 16 oz. jar of peanut butter or 1 lb bag or box of cereal and help make a positive difference to a family in our community!

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Long Realty Mobile App Features New Commute Time Search

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If knowledge is power, southern Arizona’s leading real estate company wants its customers to be the most powerful shoppers in the region.

Taking a big step forward in real estate informatics, Long Realty has rolled out a powerful upgrade to its mobile app that, for the first time, lets house hunters search for homes within their desired commute time to all of their important destinations.

The free app is available—in versions for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices—from any Long Realty agent. It can also be downloaded from LongRealtyApp.com.

Looking for a home that’s no more than 20 minutes from work at 8 a.m. or an easy drive to the gym at 6 p.m.? No problem! The app lets consumers input their important locations and time of day and generates an immediate screen showing what real estate is available that meets their needs. The Commute Time Search feature will even calculate the drive time from any listing.

Mobile devices have become a critical part of the real estate search experience. According to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORs, 66 percent of home buyers said they found the home they purchased with a mobile application. The Long Realty mobile app has become the real estate app of choice in Arizona, which was used more than one million times in 2015. Drawing on data refreshed every 15 minutes directly from Multiple Listing Service the app lets consumers and agents check on active listings, pending sales and sold properties; search by location, map, zip code, MLS number or street address; view real estate in the neighborhood using a live camera view; locate open houses; and much more. It’s GPS-enabled, too.

And once that dream house is located, an interactive mortgage calculator lets shoppers see how much it’ll cost.

“Long Realty is constantly looking for ways to improve the real estate search experience,” said Kevin Kaplan, Long Companies’ vice president for information technology and marketing. “Mobile has become such an integral part of how people get information. This app puts more information in the pocket of every buyer, seller and agent.”

The app is the front door to more than 220,000 Arizona properties, Kaplan said. “But it includes filters so you only look at properties you might want to see.”

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Long Realty Welcomes Susan Derlein to the Green Valley Office

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Long Realty is pleased to announce that Susan Derlein has joined the Green Valley office as an Associate Broker.

Susan, a licensed REALTOR® since 2001, specializes in residential real estate sales in the Green Valley market. Her primary focus is on custom home sites, townhouses, and single family homes as well as luxury residences and acreage all throughout the Green Valley and Sahuarita neighborhoods. In the past 15 years, Susan has become one of Green Valley’s leading real estate agents, consistently ranking in the top 5 percent as a REALTOR®.

Susan is committed to continuous education and involvement in both the Green Valley real estate industry and the local community. With a variety of professional designations under her belt, such as Associate Broker, e-PRO, AHWD, PMN and SFR, Susan also currently serves on the board of the Green Valley Sahuarita Association of REALTORS®, on which she has also previously served for a number of years. She also previously served as the local chapter president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and has served the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the board of directors for the Green Valley Performing Arts Center.

Prior to her career in real estate, Susan worked in Manhattan for 20 years in consulting, sales and account management for Fortune 100 companies. She has a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Susan said she chose to bring her years of experience to Long Realty because “I have always been impressed with the focus that Long Realty has on its employees and clients. Long Realty offers not only a local presence but a national and global presence through their affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway companies. Long Realty’s agent training is second to none and Long Realty’s clients can be assured of outstanding client representation. In addition, agents need leading-edge technology in order to compete and meet the demands of buyers and sellers. Long Realty invests in the technology that is required and is committed to providing the best tools possible.”

“Susan is an experienced and deeply knowledgeable agent with a passion for delivering the very best service to her clients,” said Lynn Robinson, branch manager of Long Realty’s Green Valley office. “We are so excited to have her bring her talents and expertise to our office.”

For more information, contact Susan Derlein at www.RealEstateGreenValley.com or 520-971-8781.

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Long Realty Welcomes Maria Anemone back home to Long Realty

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Long Realty is pleased to announce the return of Maria Anemone to Long Realty and the Oro Valley office.

After relocating to Tucson from the Brooklyn, N.Y. area, Maria became a licensed REALTOR® in 1993. Maria wanted to share her passion for the Tucson lifestyle with others and embarked on a new career specializing in estate homes and luxury real estate property. In her 23 years as an agent, Maria has become one of Tucson’s premiere real estate agents, consistently ranking in the top 1 percent of Tucson REALTORS®.

Maria chose to bring her years of real estate experience and passion back to Long Realty because of “the way that Long Realty takes care of its agents’ needs – which makes it possible for me to serve my clients with my ‘above the call of duty’ work ethic,” she said. “Long Realty is the best real estate company in the Tucson market, with the best market share – it feels wonderful to be back home.”

“Maria has a wealth of knowledge in the estate and luxury markets as well as outstanding negotiation skills,” said KC Woods, branch manager of Long Realty’s Oro Valley office. “We are extremely happy to have her bring her talents and experience back to Long Realty and the Oro Valley office.”

For more information, contact Maria Anemone at MariaA@LongRealty.com or visit her website www.MariaAnemone.com

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Long Companies Supports Tucson Pops Orchestra

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Long Companies agents and employees live, work and thrive in the communities we serve and for 90 years that outward-caring, community-supporting focus has helped Long Realty grow and prosper. Long Companies including Long Realty Company, Long Mortgage Company, Long Title Agency and Long Insurance Group are proud to once again join in sponsoring the gem of the Southern Arizona arts community, the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

Like the Tucson Pops Orchestra, Long Realty Company has a long history of dedication to the service of our community. That’s why, since 2002, the Long Realty Cares Foundation has given $2.5 million to a wide array of community groups. In 2015 alone, the foundation gave grants totaling $165,600 to 66 different local organizations focused on education, health, community services, the environment, and of course, the arts.

Under the leadership of musical director and conductor Laszlo Veres, the Tucson Pops Orchestra continues to excite us with remarkable music under the bright Tucson stars and amaze us with its commitment to our local community.

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 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and June 5th . All concerts begin at 7:00 pm and are free to the public. For more information, visit www.tucsonpops.org.

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