why carr long real estate

Carr Long is a professional Tahoe real estate partnership with over 50 years of combined experience helping families live and play in the North Lake Tahoe area. Carr Long brings a history of high productivity, a strong work ethic and a valuable office location to their family of clients and provides unique marketing opportunities that other companies in the area simply cannot offer.

Our focus is on you and establishing strong, long-term relationships based on trust and an uncompromising commitment to customer service. We love our work and have fun getting to know our clients. As a valued client, you can be assured that we will keep your best interests in heart long after the sale.

We know the Tahoe real estate market and are actively involved in the community. Our children attend local schools, we volunteer our time to community projects that are important to us and most significantly, we work and invest in North Tahoe communities so we truly have our fingers on Tahoe’s real estate pulse. We have access to the latest Tahoe real estate information that helps us negotiate and get the very best for our clients, every time.

don carr

My wife, Hale, and I lived in four different ski resort towns before settling in Truckee to raise our family. Our kids are now living the childhood of our dreams, skiing every weekend in winter and sailing and camping on Lake Tahoe in summer. What an amazing place for children to grow up, and for a family to play together. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I look around to make sure it’s not a dream that I actually live here.

I arrived in Tahoe in 2001, at the beginning of the renaissance of the North Tahoe region. Working in real estate has been a very rewarding way to be involved in some of these changes. It provides a constant source of opportunities to meet fascinating people, to see beautiful homes, and to help families create meaningful traditions of enjoying all the wonders of our region.

I saw the opportunity to join my professional talents with those of Tori Long as the ultimate no-brainer. I have never met a more profoundly gifted real estate agent in my life and am honored to have opened a real estate office with her as my business partner. We elevate each other’s attributes, and we both have strong support from our respective families.

Our mission is for our business to be extremely well regarded for caring above all about our clients, our real estate colleagues and our team at Carr Long Real Estate.

mobile: 530.448.6393
CA BRE# 01336974

tori long

I feel so fortunate to live, work and play in the Truckee -Tahoe area. Since 2002 I have had the privilege of helping over 100 families fulfill their dreams of owning in this wonderful mountain community and have met some of the most kind and generous people, many who have become dear friends and neighbors over the years.

I love that I am able to be an active participant in this beautiful area. Whether I am playing golf, skiing or simply taking a family stroll in my neighborhood, I am able to enjoy this special lifestyle. As an avid golfer, I decided in 2005 that Old Greenwood would be the ideal place to live and raise my family and have never looked back.

I believe this commitment to living and working in Truckee-Tahoe also helps my clients feel more confident in their decision to own in the area. My professional and personal experiences have ingrained within me a steadfast confidence and demonstrate my belief that the real estate in North Lake Tahoe is truly unique.

My respect for Don Carr’s abilities in the profession of real estate is unending. Don’s amazing ability to provide our clientele with supreme customer service, knowledge, expertise and repeatedly successful real estate negotiations continues to remind me of the amazing capabilities and talent Don brings to Carr Long Real Estate on an almost daily basis. It is with this deep respect for Don’s professional skills that I am so honored to be working with him. Ultimately, we bring a valuable and dynamic element to Carr Long Real Estate as we are motivated with an unbridled enthusiasm to perform in the North Lake Tahoe Real estate market.

mobile: 530.412.0176
CA BRE# 01372393

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Mark DiGiacomo

mdigiacomo@carrlong.com | CA BRE#01929813

I have always been outdoor oriented and gravitate to opportunities where I can work with people. I became a golf enthusiast during my high school years in Lebanon, PA. I played on the golf team at the University of Richmond and was team captain my senior year. On graduating from college I moved to Hobe Sound, FL to work in the golf business as a teaching and playing professional. After dedicating almost 10 years to the game of golf, I decided the time was perfect to reinvent myself in a new career and a new part of the country.

Tori Long and I have been lifelong friends. We grew up in the same hometown and our families have always been very close. We took family ski vacations together when we were younger and Tori has been a long time golfing buddy. Through her love and fascination for all things Tahoe, I became captivated by the attractions of living in Tahoe, where I could

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Lisa Smith

lsmith@carrlong.com | CA BRE# 01836562

Life is full of chapters and the one chapter that has remained constant in our lives is our love for Lake Tahoe and Northstar. Our first introduction to Tahoe was hours after the big quake of 89 that took out the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. My husband and I were currently living in Little Rock, Arkansas and staying in San Francisco for a convention. We were riding a double decker tour bus just having completed a tour of the Muir Woods. We had circled down by the wharf and dropped several families off at the World Series game and had ventured back up to Market Street when the ground started shaking, glass shattering, concrete dropping from tops of buildings. Our thoughts at first were simple – let’s get out of here. We rented a car and headed for Tahoe. Love at first sight! Lightning can strike twice!

Years later we packed our bags and headed west to the Bay Area, Danville became home. Just a short 3 ½ – 7 hours drive to Tahoe, depending on conditions. It was time for these southerners to learn to ski. David was such a sport taking on such an endeavor at the age of 44, I was 37, Austin 7, Amy 5. Our first few years were spent visiting the various mountains and ski resorts; Homewood, Alpine Meadows, Squaw, Heavenly and Northstar. The ski bag was always packed and ready. The kids would get so excited when the 4 wheel drive with ski’s perched on the rack would be waiting in front of school, ready for the weekend mountain adventure. The constant packing, unpacking, hunting for a place to stay got old. We knew we liked the Northstar Mountain and the talk of a new Village was intriguing. We stopped in at Tahoe Mountain Realty to find out more and instantly connected with Tori Long. Tori guided us through one of the best investments we made in our family lifestyle.

We soon became founding members of the Tahoe Mountain Club and owners of a home in the Village. The key word is home, no more schlepping through parking lots with gear, no more packing gear, unpacking gear, forgetting gear. No more racing out of a rental because our time had expired. Now we welcomed a Sunday storm, just call the school and stay another day in our Mountain home. The kids joined the Northstar ski team and became expert skiers instantly and as a super bonus, established life long friendships

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Linda Brown

I first visited Lake Tahoe when I was in middle school, attending summer camp at the Presbyterian Conference Grounds in South Lake Tahoe. That was the beginning of my love of the Sierra—the mountains, lakes, streams, wildflowers, and seasons.
When I married David Brown in 1972, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra, and I’ve lived at Northstar permanently since 1973! David was one of the first 5 real estate professionals hired by Fibreboard, the company that was the original developer of Northstar, so I’ve watched Northstar grow from a small, family-centered ski area into the world class resort and real estate development it is today.

Over the years, while David was selling real estate at Northstar, I was teaching high school English at Truckee High School. I was also the Activities Director and Yearbook Advisor for many years, and I loved working with the kids! I still run into former students all over town; some are local architects, realtors, sheriffs, business owners, and teachers!

Following my teaching career, I had the privilege of being a Founder and Past Chairman of the Excellence in Education Foundation. Begun in 1986, the foundation is a renewable resource that provides educational grants and programs, specifically benefitting students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. One day, one of our board members was contacted by Bill Hewlett’s lawyer (yes, founder of Hewlett-Packard!) saying Mr. Hewlett wanted to make a $1 million donation to our region to start a community foundation. Along with a handful of others, I was in the right place at the right time when his gift arrived, and I became a Founder and later Board Chairman as the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation emerged. Now the foundation is the leader in local philanthropy. Today I continue in an advisory role for both foundations.

My roots are deep in the Northstar/Truckee area, as I’ve lived here now for over 40 years. A dozen years ago I became a licensed Realtor. I was active for a number of years, took some time off, and now have re-entered the market in 2016. I am honored to be a part of the Carr Long Real Estate team. Not only are Don and Tori extremely knowledgeable, honest, and dedicated Brokers, they are also caring community citizens who volunteer in local non-profit and educational work. Because of their attention to detail and clients’ needs, they are one of the few offices that assists sellers with staging support which helps sellers realize the maximum value for their properties and provides buyers with beautiful turnkey homes! I love our community and working with people and, through my association with Carr Long Real Estate, I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your real estate goals!


In my business as President of the Residential Group at Kennedy Wilson, I have managed a number of complex real estate projects from a distance. My experience in each location has taught me the importance of local talent. In December 2012, I spearheaded Kennedy Wilson’s acquisition of the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.  This became the first hotel property owned by Kennedy Wilson and it is the most iconic property in any mountain community of California.

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in the California mountains, and selling its 23 Penthouse Residences demanded expertise on the highest level.

We immediately began assessing the marketplace in search of the best team of Realtors to handle the sales and marketing efforts of these unrivaled penthouses. Through my connections at the Ritz-Carlton I was turned onto the duo of Tori Long & Don Carr, who own Carr Long Real Estate. Their story is fascinating. As individuals, both Don & Tori had reputations as the top producers for the company that built the Ritz-Carlton. They had recently left the developer’s sales team to open their own brokerage. And the Ritz-Carlton VP Development & Residential Business had Tori right on the top of his list. Here’s how she was referred to me: “Tori would be a natural and great fit for the project. In addition to her sales excellence, and delightful personality her ability to create a trusted relationship with the prospects is second to none. Add to that her background and experience with the Ritz-Carlton brand and the project and it is a winning combination.”

As it turns out, what she and her partner Don bring to the table is hard to quantify because it is so encompassing. The Carr Long Team has elevated the atmosphere of the hotel by their presence. Each sale of a Ritz-Carlton Residence is significant, with many very demanding buyers. As we near sell-out of the Residences right on schedule, our experience with Tori and Don is one of a growing level of trust.

This is why I’m so pleased to write this review. I will recommend them to any buyer or seller with the knowledge that their clients’ interests will be served on the highest levels.

Stuart Cramer
President, Residential Group
Kennedy Wilson (NYSE – KW)

Stuart Cramer, President, Residential Group Kennedy Wilson (NYSE – KW) Owner Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe


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