My clients tend to see me as their "go to resource” long after an initial sale has been completed. I'm proud to say that 95% of my clients are referrals, which means that prior clients have benefited from our real estate relationship and feel confident recommending my services to their family and friends. As a veteran real estate agent, I can provide special insights about Tucson's vast real estate opportunities, including the luxury market. Please consider joining my list of loyal clients.
Experienced: I am familiar with all of Tucson and the surrounding area, and am a specialist in the Catalina Foothills, Oro Valley, and University areas. I represent buyers or sellers of luxury and distinctive homes, second homes, townhomes and condos, gated communities and retirement communities. I have listed/sold properties in Pima Canyon Estates, Ventana Canyon, La Paloma, Sin Vacas, Rancho Vistoso, Dove Mountain, and many more. I also work with first-time home buyers, professionals and University faculty/staff, seeking properties near the University and other desirable in-town neighborhoods. This flexibility enables me to serve the variety of clients referred to me.
Resourceful: I can provide you with” One-Stop Shopping" by helping you: determine the value of your home; find your dream home or investment property; refer you to a lender for the best rates; arrange for a title company that closes on time, suggest appraisers, inspectors, handymen, painters, designers, remodelers, contractors, moving companies with excellent reputations; and, even suggest good restaurants.
Business Focused: I am noted as a savvy negotiator; a pro-active marketer, and a good facilitator, working seamlessly with other entities in making a deal happen (agents, lenders, escrow officers, city/county officials, etc.) I enjoy good communications with clients and other professionals.
Enjoyable: By simplifying the process and handling the details, I am able to let my clients relax and enjoy the experience of buying/selling real estate.
Noted as a creative marketer of my listed properties (internet, print, personal contact)—everyone knows that my listings are "For Sale" in their first week on the market!
Noted as a focused researcher of properties to meet my clients' needs. In this buyer's market, I help my buyers select from the huge inventory now available— and, most importantly, get their desired home for the right price.
Noted for providing my sellers and buyers with in-depth information relevant to the properties so they can make informed decisions.
Kim Johnson, Chicago-"Having used Kelly as my realtor on two home transactions, I couldn't be happier with her professionalism, knowledge and responsiveness. As a Tucson native, Kelly knows the area extremely well and has many local resources who can help with preparing your home for sale and complying with inspection requirements. She thinks creatively to ensure the best deal, whether representing the buyer or the seller."
Nathan and Erica, Tucson-Kelly made home buying a pleasurable experience, even for first timers! My wife and I were nervous about the whole experience, but Kelly took extra time to walk us through each and every step. She went out of her way to make sure we were always well informed and prepared for the next step. We highly recommend Kelly’s services, and we plan to contact her for our next purchase!
Kathy and Dennis, Palo Alto-Kelly, thank you for assisting us in our Tucson home search. On our visits to Tucson you were organized, efficient, knowledgeable, and focused on our home requirements. It was clear you were our advocate and put our needs ahead of your own in the sometimes stressful search for the right home. Your honesty, calm support and integrity gave us confidence in your evaluations and opinions. And while not an essential requirement, you are a really nice person - in the end that made all the difference to us.
Davin, Tucson-Thanks so much for everything! I'm really happy with the way things turned out, and it was definitely a wonderful thing to have you by my side every step of the way. I feel like it made the process much more bearable and enjoyable for me, knowing that I could trust in your counsel and entrust so many important details to you; I certainly wouldn't have felt as comfortable doing the same with somebody else. Thanks for looking out!!
Charles, Tucson-"Kelly, just wanted to let you know that I recommended you to a friend. Please see below: Pam,I just had to tell you about a good experience I just had.I replied to an e-mail this morning from my agent, one where she said 2 weeks ago (tomorrow) that she was going to go by the house that day and check on things. As you know, she still hasn't. But that's not the experience I am talking about.As you know, tomorrow the house is getting painted. (If you don't - I got an e-mail from her saying "See below" (Yes, that was her entire e-mail to me!) and what was below was an e-mail from the sellers realtor to my agent saying the house would be painted Friday morning. Well, based on the lack of response I get from my agent and the lack of effort, I decided to write the sellers realtor (and I copied my agent just to be legal) asking if she (Kelly Button) could further define the arrival time of the painters. I wrote my e-mail at 7:04 AM. Kelly responded at 7:20 AM saying she would get with the sellers/painters and ask (letting me know she received my e-mail). Then, at 7:28 she sent another e-mail saying all she could get was "mid morning" so she suggested I be there about 10. - thus, she jumped on it right away. I responded to her saying "Thank You" at 7:29 and she replied to my Thank You with a No Problem at 7:34. THAT'S the kind of realtor I think my friends should deal with. I have been totally impressed with her and would recommend her to anyone. Pretty funny that I am the buyer, but am recommending the seller's realtor. But when I get good service, I want others to know about it.
Interests & Background
I'm a Tucson native and active in the Tucson community.
Prior to Real Estate, I worked at a financial brokerage company, and taught in the UK.
I volunteer for Pima Prevention Partnership; a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youth, and have volunteered extensively in the art community.
I have a BA and an M.Ed from the University of Arizona.
I am married with two children and I love spending time with family and friends.
I work very closely with Melinda Diebolt, our Long Mortgage consultant, Eleanor Ortega, my Title Security escrow officer, and Brandon Natarra, our researcher at Long Title. Our super support staff includes the office Administrator, Holly Robnett; our Listing, Escrow and Sales Coordinator, Heather Martin; and our Receptionist, Dee Brown. It is because of the close working relationships that I have with all these competent people that I can provide excellent service to you.
About Long Realty
Long Companies is a Home Services of America Company, a Warren Buffet Company. The residential real estate brokerage, mortgage, title and homeowners insurance firms that comprise HomeServices of America are among the very best in the nation. Each enjoys strong brand name recognition and is a leader in their industry and their market.
Long Companies has a commitment to being Southern Arizona’s single source for all services and products needed to complete the homeownership life cycle. Therefore, we provide not only Real Estate services but also Mortgages, Homeowner’s Insurance, and Title services. Even though these services are available, clients can, of course, work with any lender or insurance company they choose!
Long Mortgage, backed by Wells Fargo, is a company committed to providing exceptional service to clients throughout the entire home buying experience. Working as a partner with Long agents, and located in each Long Realty office, they take the time to listen and use a vast network of loan programs to put each client in the right program for their specific situation. They communicate with clients and agents throughout the process so everyone understands the steps they are taking to close on time.
Long Insurance is an independent insurance agency offering a variety of Property and Casualty insurance products with many different carriers. They pride themselves on providing prompt and courteous service while continuously offering the professionalism and one on one attention that our clients deserve. They want to be part of “Your Home Team” and take the time and worry out of insuring your new home.
Since the title examination process and the acquisition of title insurance is an integral part of buying or selling a home, Long Title plays a key role in the real estate cycle. Long Title has an underwriting relationship with Old Republic Title Insurance, a top title insurer, and a relationship with excellent escrow companies including Title Security Agency and Lawyers Title. We also have 1031 Exchange Services available for investment properties.
Long Realty has a history of supporting community organizations. Now through the Long Realty Cares Foundation we have expanded our philanthropic activities, providing a venue for individuals and our company to collectively enhance the quality of life in Arizona. As Long agents, we contribute to the Foundation and volunteer for some of the organizations that the Foundation supports. We treasure our connection to the community!