New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Heather Holder

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Heather Holder to our West Vallet Office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Heather Holder hails originally from a quaint town nestled in Central California, where her family tended a small vineyard. Yearning for adventure after her second year of college, much to her parents’ surprise, she charted a new course by enlisting in the Navy to explore the world. Throughout her service, she not only obtained her BS in Information Systems Management but also honed a diverse array of skills, mastering the art of navigating challenging and often high-stakes situations.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Heather veered away from the path of federal employment, opting instead to pursue a career as a realtor. This decision has proven to be a rewarding one, driven by her unwavering commitment to providing clients with top-notch service characterized by expertise, honesty, integrity, and an unyielding work ethic. Continuously immersed in the ever-evolving real estate landscape, Heather keeps herself abreast of national and local market trends, a key factor contributing to her success.

Aligning herself with Sotheby’s International Realty, Heather leverages cutting-edge marketing strategies and the esteemed reputation of the Sotheby’s brand to optimize outcomes for her clients, whether they are buying or selling property. Relocating to Arizona with her husband to be closer to family, Heather finds immense joy in the boundless opportunities that the state offers. In her leisure time, she can often be found embarking on adventures such as hiking, golfing, CrossFit workouts, off-roading in her Jeep, or savoring culinary delights at recommended eateries alongside her husband, Matthew.

Embracing the mantra that life is too short to stand still, Heather remains dedicated to expanding her knowledge of Arizona and its myriad offerings. Whether you’re relocating nearby or across the country, Heather is poised to manage all aspects of your real estate transactions with precision and ease, alleviating the pressures and timelines so that you can focus on your next chapter. With Heather, you can trust in service delivered with excellence.

We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to Heather Holder! With a wealth of experience and a proven track record, Heather brings additional expertise to our extensive team. Her dedication and passion for assisting both buyers and sellers align seamlessly with our values. We are honored to have her on board, representing our brand and contributing to our continued growth in the West Valley. Welcome to the team!

Cindy Smith, West Valley Managing Broker
Significant Sales

SIGNIFICANT SALES: January 2024

Throughout the state of Arizona, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has been proud to represent and participate in the following sales for January.


We refer to these as ‘Significant Sales.’ While all of our transactions are genuinely significant, we hope you enjoy discovering these unique homes based not only on price but also on their architectural, cultural, and geographical significance, as well as those involved in the journey.

Enjoy!

Seller Representation:


485 Windsong Drive | Sedona
Sold for $1,460,000
Seller Representation: Jacque Weems
232 Arrow Drive | Sedona
Sold for $1,100,000
Seller Representation: Jim French & Anne French
2563 S Velvendo Drive | Gilbert
Sold for $1,100,000
Seller Representation: Stacie Neumann
702 E Hopkins Road 22 | Gilbert
Sold for $860,000
Seller Representation: Stacie Neumann

4150 S Iron Horse Rd | Kirkland
Sold for $4,150,000
Seller Representation: Josie Pakula & Dave Pattison
8281 E Leaning Rock Rd | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,000,000
Seller Representation: Will Foote, Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker, & Mike Holder
3 Alegria Rd | Tubac
Sold for $725,500
Seller Representation: Gary Brasher
9414 West Chino Drive | Peoria
Sold for $650,000
Seller Representation: Bobbi Martin

18829 N 89th Avenue | Peoria
Sold for $530,000
Seller Representation: Lori Reiland & Lindsey Shoultes
6246 E Hillcrest Boulevard | Scottsdale
Sold for $5,600,000
Seller Representation: Hans Horchler
8912 N 65th Street | Paradise Valley
Sold for $4,225,000
Seller Representation: Michelle Wolff & Rod Wolff
9402 N 43rd Place | Phoenix
Sold for $3,500,000
Seller Representation: Josefina Knoell
9844 N Red Bluff Drive | Fountain Hills
Sold for $3,400,000
Seller Representation: Susan Pellegrini & Tony Pellegrini
5808 N Loft Lane | Tucson
Sold for $990,000
Seller Representation: Robin Kaiserman & Melissa Henderson
11253 E Mesquite Drive | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,700,000
Seller Representation: Cheryl D’Anna
6434 E Military Road 101 | Cave Creek
Sold for $940,000
Seller Representation: Monique Pacurariu
77 Sahuaro Ct | Tubac
Sold for $622,820
Dual Representation: Gary Brasher & Daniel Ledwidge

8519 W Behrend Drive | Peoria
Sold for $630,000
Dual Representation: Lori Reiland & Lindsey Shoultes
6161 N Camino Padre Isidoro | Tucson
Sold for: $1,100,000
Dual Representation: Susanne Grogan & Matt Grogan
897 W Placita Luna Nueva | Oro Valley
Sold for: $1,075,000
Dual Representation: Christina Tierney, Frank Lococo, & Sarah Sowders
4952 E Asa Carr Way | Tucson
Sold for: $980,000
Dual Representation: Judy Smedes, Kate Herk, & Marta Harvey
7482 E High Point Drive | Scottsdale
Sold for $1,400,000
Dual Representation: Courtney Woods Olson, Stacy Paluscio, & Darcy Whalen

Buyer Representation:

  • 156 Coronado Court | Sedona
    • Buyer Representation: Nancy Read
    • Sold for $900,000
  • 6900 N Stage Line Trail Lot 43 | Prescott
    • Sold for $685,000
    • Buyer Representation: Debbie Dunbar
  • 1457 E Valley View Road | Prescott
    • Sold for $763,000
    • Buyer Representation: Molly Auman
  • 4020 S Emery | Mesa
    • Sold for $795,000
    • Buyer Representation: Stephanie Petka
  • 7240 E Desert Spoon Lane | Gold Canyon
    • Sold for $727,000
    • Buyer Representation: Danny Baker, George Fried
  • 24802 N 91st Street | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $4,634,761
    • Buyer Representation: Patti Gonzales
  • 16495 N 113th Way | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $3,750,000
    • Buyer Representation: Lois Zapernick
  • 20439 N 88th Lane | Peoria
    • Sold for $575,000
    • Buyer Representation: Wendy Boyce
  • 8003 N 75th Street | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $4,800,000
    • Buyer Representation: Lisa Roberts
  • 37595 N 104th Place | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $4,216,101
    • Buyer Representation: Patrick Rice
  • 39868 N 102nd Street | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $2,815,000
    • Buyer Representation: Lonnie Lopez
  • 5404 E Duane Lane | Cave Creek
    • Sold for $1,895,000
    • Buyer Representation: Erika Willison
Uncategorized

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Alex Schatz

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Alex Schatz to our Sedona Office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Alex is a distinguished alumnus of the prestigious University of Cambridge in England, where he honed his keen attention to detail and developed a profound appreciation for craftsmanship. His journey into the realm of real estate began at the tender age of 21, when he embarked on the ambitious task of constructing his own home, meticulously overseeing every aspect from initial dirt work to the final touches of trim. Through astute management, he not only transformed his property into a thriving rental venture but also undertook subdivision and successful sale endeavors, showcasing his innate talent and entrepreneurial spirit.

Over the years, Alex’s ambitions have soared, propelling him to serve as a trusted representative for buyers and sellers alike on a global scale. With unwavering standards of excellence, he has garnered a diverse clientele spanning various industries, from esteemed professional athletes to visionary movie producers and shrewd businessmen from across the globe. His ethos revolves around the notion that luxury transcends mere materialism; it embodies a commitment to service rather than a singular focus on the final sale price.

In his pursuit of providing unparalleled service, Alex adopts an inclusive approach, welcoming questions and concerns from his clients at any juncture of the transaction. His overarching goal is to ensure that every interaction culminates in a five-star experience, characterized by transparency, trust, and personalized attention. By intuitively understanding the unique needs and preferences of his clientele, Alex orchestrates swift and seamless closings, where exceptional care and a memorable real estate journey converge harmoniously.

Alex has got a very unique background in education and spent some extensive time in the UK. All of that brings a very educated and unique perspective to his potential clients. An asset that I am sure others will recognize very soon! We are thrilled to have him join our team.

 Tod Christensen, Managing Broker
Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Names Kevin Gonzales as Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Gonzales brings 27 years of real estate experience to the role, all within the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty umbrella.

Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the internal promotion of a long-time team member to a critically important role.

Kevin Gonzales was recently promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. Gonzales brings with him 27 years of expansive experience at the luxury brokerage, and he most recently served as the company’s vice president of operations. Gonzales’ passion for real estate began in 1996 when he started with Russ Lyon Realty Company. A consistent top producer, Gonzales decided to step away from the sales side in 2007 and accepted a position as the Branch Manager of the Russ Lyon Realty Pinnacle Peak Office.

In 2019, Gonzales was promoted to Vice President of Operations for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, where, in addition to continuing to manage the Pinnacle Peak Office, he was given the additional responsibilities of supervising all areas of operations, which included overseeing the managing brokers of each branch as well as the operations departments, which is comprised of the firm’s marketing, relocation, IT, training, and agent development functions.

“Kevin Gonzales has been a tremendous asset to our brokerage since he joined us in 1996. There is probably no one more seasoned or better at overseeing so many diverse areas of our operations than Kevin. Between his vast knowledge of real estate, his leadership and his great ability to work with people, we couldn’t be prouder to continue to elevate Kevin here at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty,” said CEO Todd Gillenwater of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Gonzales assumed the Chief Operating Officer role on January 1st, 2024. In addition to the responsibilities noted above in his capacity as Vice President of Operations, Gonzales will be more involved in expanding the brand and sourcing new technology and systems to add additional value to the firm and its agents.

“Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is a special place,” said Gonzales. “I am especially grateful to this incredible organization and committed to assisting all of our branch managers, department heads, brokers, agents and back-office personnel to offer our clients the highest level of service and success in the industry.”

In addition to the promotion of Gonzales, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has had several other noteworthy personnel changes. 44-year veteran of the firm, Deems Dickinson, recently announced his retirement; he was most recently in the role of Designated Broker for the state of Arizona. Attorney and Broker Bret Lamberson was promoted from the role of Managing Broker to replace Dickinson as the firm’s Designated Broker.

New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Chandra Bailey

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Chandra Bailey to our Southeast Valley Office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

With a background in the medical field and customer service, Chandra’s genuine empathy and compassion for others makes building connections with her clients, easy and rewarding.

Chandra got her license in 2023, but through hard work and experienced connections in the Real Estate industry, she has become knowledgeable and confident in her area of expertise, specializing in residential properties throughout the East valley.

Chandra’s strengths include being highly attentive, and responsive to her clients, working in a timely and organized manner. Chandra is dedicated to making sure her clients have a stress-free and enjoyable experience, while going the extra mile in helping them achieve their dreams and goals.

Outside of real estate, Chandra is a mother of 2 young boys. She was born and raised in the small town of Globe, Arizona with a large family, spending most of her time doing outdoor activities. She enjoys spending time with family, working out, popcorn movie nights, camping, and making memories with her kids. Chandra is also a beauty and holistic healing enthusiast.

Chandra Bailey is a very passionate individual. She loves helping others and is very kind and also extremely detailed. Her smile lights up the room, We are grateful to have Chandra as part of our SEV award winning team.

Cathy Green, Managing Broker
Uncategorized

IN THE NEWS: JANUARY 2024

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Your Valley: Scottsdale-based firm names chief operating officer

Your Valley: Historic Scottsdale land parcel hits the market

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New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Lisa Ramos

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Lisa Ramo to our Camelback Tower Office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Lisa Ramos is dedicated to prioritizing client satisfaction above all else. With a business philosophy centered around service, Lisa firmly believes that her success is only complete when her clients are genuinely happy.

Drawing from years of experience in the industry, Lisa has cultivated a wealth of knowledge that enables her to adeptly address a diverse range of real estate needs. Whether you are on the quest to find your dream home, secure the optimal loan, or maximize the value of selling your property, Lisa Ramos stands ready to guide you through every step of the process.

As your trusted real estate advisor, Lisa is committed to making your journey seamless and successful. Her focus on open communication ensures that your needs are not only met but exceeded. Should you have any questions or require assistance at any point, Lisa encourages you to reach out, as she is devoted to providing personalized and attentive service.

Lisa Ramos is more than an advisor – she is your dedicated guide, ready to transform your real estate aspirations into reality.

Knowing Lisa professionally and personally, I’m happy to put my stamp of approval on this fine real estate professional joining our brand. She not only brings a wealth of knowledge, but an extensive background in service and customer care. Lisa is a respected colleague in the industry and we are so excited to watch her business flourish under the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Interantional Realty brand!

SHERRI MONTEITH, MANAGING BROKER
New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Emily Cunnington

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Emily Cunnington to our Camelback Tower Office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Emily Cunnington, a true Arizona native with an intimate understanding of the region. Born and raised in the heart of the desert, Emily specializes in the vibrant communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and the iconic Biltmore area. Beyond her roots, Emily brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the real estate world, coupled with a dynamic background in marketing.

With an impressive track record, Emily has collaborated with renowned clients such as General Motors, Stryker, and Abbott Laboratories in the realm of marketing. Her skills in strategic promotion and effective communication have proven invaluable, making her a trusted name in the industry. Drawing on her marketing prowess, Emily seamlessly translates these abilities into the realm of real estate, ensuring her clients receive top-notch service.

What sets Emily apart is not just her professional achievements, but her genuine passion for the Arizona lifestyle. When she’s not navigating the real estate market, you’ll likely find Emily showcasing her athleticism on the pickleball court or conquering new heights on a challenging mountain hike. Her adventurous spirit doesn’t end there – Emily also has a keen eye for hidden treasures and can often be found scoring the best deals at antique auction houses.

Emily’s commitment to excellence extends beyond her personal pursuits. In the realm of real estate, she is dedicated to making the transaction process as seamless as possible for her clients. Whether you’re buying or selling a property, Emily Cunnington is your trusted partner, ensuring that every step of the journey is met with professionalism, expertise, and a touch of Arizona charm.

For those seeking a real estate professional with a deep connection to the local landscape, coupled with a proven marketing background, Emily Cunnington is the name to remember. Experience the difference of working with someone who not only understands the intricacies of the Arizona market but also brings a passion for excellence to every transaction. Emily Cunnington: Your guide to unlocking the best of Arizona real estate.

To see a younger generation not only coming into the real estate profession, but choosing to align themselves with a brokerage that has an unbeatable reputation, training and branding is a wonderful thing. Welcoming Emily into our brokerage was an easy choice because of her disposition, her obvious hunger to learn and her desire to provide top notch service.

Sherri Monteith, managing broker
New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Jamie Leal

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Jamie Leal the Tucson Office. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Jamie Leal has called beautiful Tucson, Arizona, home for 30+ years. She began her career in education and left the teaching profession to grow her new family; she has three amazing kids with her husband. Eager to get back into expanding her career, she became a Mortgage Loan Officer. She spent 5 years in this profession, which led to her sharpening her professional skills and gaining valuable knowledge and experience in the real estate market. During her time as a loan officer, she found herself being more interested in the real estate side of the business. It is here she found her passion for buying and selling homes.

Jamie has grown into a passionate and dedicated real estate agent and has found her true calling to serve and help clients buy and sell homes. Her unwavering commitment to her clients and the home-buying process makes her an exceptional choice for all your home-buying and selling needs!

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Tucson office is proud to announce that Tucson native, University of Arizona graduate Jamie Leal has joined our Team. With her background as a school teacher and years of experience in the mortgage industry will be an added benefit to her clients.

Will Rose, Managing Borker