why carr long real estate
Carr Long Real Estate brings together a team of high-caliber professionals with an unparalleled dedication to excellence. With a history of high productivity, a strong work ethic and valuable office locations, we provide unique marketing opportunities for our family of clients 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.
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.
I feel so fortunate to live, work and play in the Truckee -Tahoe area. Since 2002 I have had the privilege of helping over 200 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.
I have been fully immersed in the world of Tahoe real estate since 2012. As a highly productive team member and agent at Carr Long Real Estate, I have played a major role in helping to establish the firm as one of the top brokerages in the Tahoe market. My approach to work is thoughtful and diligent, and I have helped many families smoothly navigate the process of buying or selling a property in Tahoe. My clients are always at the forefront of my mind, and I am fond of each relationship that has developed.
Life is full of chapters. 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!
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.
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Like many East Coast transplants, the decision to move west was an easy one after laying eyes on the Sierra for the first time. The transition would prove even easier coming from the long winters endured growing up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. Prior to migrating, I had been living in New York City where I attended New York University. After ten years of many New York minutes I decided it was time for a change. I have now called Truckee home for about a decade and continue to find new aspects of this mountain lifestyle to enjoy with each year that passes. Whether it is the immediate connection to the outdoors, the community's natural proclivity for wellness, the quiet nights, or the clean mountain air, I would not trade this lifestyle for any other. In the wintertime I enjoy skiing as much as I can, and in the warmer months you will always find me running around the tennis courts or throughout the local mountain trails. I am proud to be a member of the Carr Long Real Estate team and look forward to helping others find their place here in Truckee.
I've been involved in real estate and land development for most of my life. Like father like daughter, I'm a second generation civil engineer turned real estate agent and investor. A career in civil engineering and years of managing family investments cultivated an appreciation for managing details, checklists, and timelines, as well as understanding the many nuances of real estate and development. Tahoe has been my playground since I was a teenager and where my husband and I have biked, skied, climbed, and flown paragliders down countless mountains and trails in the Sierra Nevada Range.
I came for the winters but I stay for the summers. I am very fortunate to call North Lake Tahoe my home. I’ve loved raising my family here. My husband and I ski as much as possible and we love living in paradise with our two daughters and our dogs. Our family loves traveling and enjoying the outdoors together. The Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe are truly a national treasure and the benefits of living here have enriched my life in so many ways. Joining the Carr Long Real Estate team seemed like a natural fit after working for the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, in many different capacities, for a number of years. I have helped many families navigate the luxury market and I am thankful to have my Carr Long family to collaborate with every time. I come from a teaching background and I love sharing my insider knowledge of the area and our unique real estate market with others. My passion is cultivating and nurturing lifelong clients, who want to experience an amazing Tahoe lifestyle. I enjoy getting to know my clients and assisting them in realizing their real estate goals and dreams. Many of them have become friends over the years. My approach is to make sure my clients feel well advised and supported during the transaction from start to finish, down to every last detail.
Growing up, I spent many summer vacations and winter weekends with my parents and siblings in Tahoe, always yearning to come back for more time in these mountains and crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. I was lucky enough to spend my full first winter in Tahoe in 1993, moving here full time in 1995 after graduating CU Boulder, and have called North Lake Tahoe and Truckee home ever since. After 5 years in the hospitality industry, I moved into Property Management, managing multiple Homeowner Associations – ranging from small condominium complexes to large luxury home communities. Learning the benefits and hindrances of various types of properties, Property Management proved to be an excellent jumping point for me to transition into Real Estate full time in 2005. I use my foundation in property management and customer service to provide clients with an experience driven by a strong work ethic, attention to detail, personal service and results.
I take pride in being an honest, trustworthy agent who continuously goes the distance to exceed my clients' needs and expectations. I have been successful in the industry since I started in 2005 because I work hard, have a likable personality, and always have my clients' best interests in mind. I have found my niche in real estate, and thoroughly enjoy the entire process from start to finish. I embrace the fact that every transaction is unique and requires multiple layers of skill, persistence, and positive flow.
It is a familiar story amongst many locals, I originally moved to Tahoe to ski and… stayed. After earning a BA in Economics at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, I came to Lake Tahoe and found employment as a patroller with the Squaw Valley Professional Ski Patrol that first winter in 1976. In subsequent years I brought the idea of an avalanche rescue dog to the forefront and had the first canine on full time duty at a ski resort in the western United States. The off-season from skiing was spent working in construction, soon as a foreman overseeing and coordinating into the mid 1980’s the building of numerous fine custom homes in the area.
Growing up in the beautiful state of Vermont, my love for the mountains started at a young age. I was lucky enough to have extended family in the Truckee-Tahoe area which prompted many family vacations out west. It was on these trips that I was first exposed to the beauty of the Sierras. While completing my degree at the University of Vermont, I worked at a non-profit and gained significant customer service, excelling in a role working directly with people. Following my undergraduate degree and these years in customer service, I moved to Truckee and started a career in the tech space working with property data. This experience lent me a unique understanding of property valuations, market trends and transactions both locally and nationwide.
From residing on the Puget Sound of Seattle, to the beaches of Orange County, I never thought I’d find a place that would lure me away from the oceanside. However, after years of living in the bustling San Francisco Bay Area, I packed my bags for the Sierra Nevada’s to enjoy the beautiful, natural landscape that Tahoe has to offer. Selling apartments and leasing commercial real estate in the city wasn’t for me. They are like a dime a dozen in the Bay Area. I found my true passion for real estate upon moving to Tahoe, where limited city constraints and stunning surroundings produce gorgeous architectural beauty. The enchanting mountain homes sparsely populated amongst the world-renowned golf courses, Olympic ski resorts, and the staggering Lake Tahoe can only be found one place on earth!
We have owned and enjoyed our home in Northstar for many years. Being a part of the fabric of the Northstar community, we have paid close attention to the real estate market for as long as we’ve owned our home. We’ve seen all the real estate signs come and go and we’ve gotten to know the players here extensively.
When it came time to pick the Realtors to be the listing agents for our home, we knew instinctively that it had to be Don & Tori. As we told them, they are our “inner circle”. They are the agents we have confidence in to be stewards of our multi-million dollar home. We trust them to be professionals at the highest level when it comes to security and safety. Our home is important to us. We have poured so much of ourselves into it and feel it is a privilege to be invited in. Don & Tori convey the spirit of exclusivity that we want. They have the tools to represent the home to prospective buyers in its best light.
Don & Tori’s firm, Carr Long Real Estate, has quickly become an innovator in the area for compelling and visible marketing efforts. They are also extremely collaborative and embrace opportunities to add our experiences into the presentation and marketing of our home.
We have known Don & Tori since they first arrived in Tahoe and have enjoyed watching their business succeed and grow. We are pleased to have them working on our behalf and will wholeheartedly recommend them to represent your interest whether you are a buyer or a seller of real estate in North Tahoe.
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