June 3, 2008(TUCSON, Ariz.) – – The Long Realty Companies today announced its expansion into the Catalina area, opening a new residential sales office at 15883 North Oracle Road, formally occupied by Windermere Real Estate, which has ceased real estate operations. Long’s new branch office will be overseen by Jim Vernon, who also manages the firm’s Northwest branch. Long brings the 23 sales associates previously associated with Windermere Real Estate Catalina onto its team.

"Windermere has decided to focus on their property management business and to leave the residential sales business," said Long Realty Companies CEO Rosey Koberlein. "We have been looking for expansion opportunities into the Catalina area, and this was a perfect match."

Long’s new branch office will position sales associates near the burgeoning communities of northern Pima County as well as southern and central Pinal County-in keeping with Long’s desire to penetrate growth areas.

"This provides us with an opportunity to help buyers and sellers in a growth area," Koberlein said. "We welcome the new agents from the Windermere office, and we are excited to extend to them-and our buyers and sellers in that region-all the services and tools of The Long Realty Companies."

The new Long Catalina branch also points to the company’s continued vertical movement, in spite of relatively soft market conditions.

"We are in a growth period," Koberlein noted. "We are making a concerted effort to expand the influence and efficiency of this company. This new location will allow us to better serve northern Pima County, the SaddleBrooke area, and the nearby communities of Pinal County that are developing rapidly."

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