Longtime area Realtors expand to new offices as home sales suggest signs of improvement

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The future of Kyrene Corridor home sales gained evidence of new optimism with the opening of a nearly 7,000-square-foot office by Hunt Real Estate ERA, Lucas Division, at the recently redesigned McClintock Fountains center in south Tempe.

Officials of the 10-year-old brokerage say the new digs eventually will house as many as double its current staff of 75.

“We’re actively growing and looking for (real estate) agents who want to get in on a promising profession in a growing market,” said Randy Goff, one of the company’s partners.

“Despite what you hear in the national media, the local market is getting better; homes are once again moving.”

The new office replaces the company’s location at Ray and McClintock, which it occupied for the past six years. The move was necessary, according to Goff, because “we were running out of space.”

That’s a result of a recent rush by both new and experienced Realtors to position themselves for what many see as a returning home-sales market, Goff said. “Our company offers what these people want: a full range of support services, including training, and easy proximity for those whose primary workplace is the home office.”

The building’s interior design features a ring of conference rooms and offices that create what Goff describes as “a very open and collaborative environment for our agents.”

Added to the appeal is access to 21st Century technology, which includes a strong Internet presence and computer services that allow agents to “do their job on the run, whenever and wherever they want.”

If the past 10 years are evidence, the company’s strategy seems to be working. Said Goff:

“By utilizing the latest technology, coupled with a strong community presence, we have been able to maintain high name recognition in the area.”

Goff said real estate careers have gained new advocates in the current economy, including those who have been displaced by downsizing in other sectors.

“For people who are tired of uncertainty in their lives, this allows you to manage your own destiny. We train people and integrate them into our system,” he said.

“We allow people who never thought about succeeding in real estate to actually excel.”

Lucas Realty Group was established 10 years ago by Goff and his wife Erika, and father-in-law Jeff Lucas. The company merged with New York-based Hunt Real Estate ERA two years ago.

The new offices are at the northeast corner of Warner and McClintock in Tempe. Phone number is (480) 603-3310.

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