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.
President, Residential Group
Kennedy Wilson (NYSE – KW)