Realtor Philanthropy Supports Oro Valley | Business
Lisa Bayless, originally from Tucson, has worked in real estate in Northwestern communities for over a decade, but her main interest is people. These combined passions have led to his constant philanthropy after each sale, most recently sponsoring the Town of Oro Valley’s 4th of July fireworks display.
Ranking in the top 1% of the best real estate agents nationwide and at Long Realty in 2020, Bayless stood out from its peers with more than closed sales.
“I have always believed that the communities in which you do business, especially as a small business owner, [that] you rely on this community and, in turn, this community relies on you, ”Bayless said. “It’s a very intertwined relationship. The stronger these communities become, the stronger our business becomes. “
In addition to donating a portion of his commission on each sale to local nonprofits, Bayless has served on the board of directors of the Rialto Theater and is an active member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson and other non-profit organizations. While striving to stay connected to the ‘heartbeat of Tucson’, Bayless also recently donated to the Oro Valley Police Department, the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Canyon Del Assembly. Oro from God Food Pantry, as well as eliminating the $ 2,100 debt for the Oro Valley school lunch. public schools last year.
Thanks to this gratitude to the community that supported her business, she and her husband found a sense of fulfillment.
“Not only has the community embraced us commercially, but that’s where we live and on a personal level, the community has also opened their arms and hugged us,” Bayless said. “We want to do whatever we can to give back. “
After graduating from Green Field School in 1991, Bayless moved to Maine to attend Bates College where she received a degree in economics in 1995. Eventually, she moved to Boston in 1998 after a three-year stay. in New York, she met her husband Jeff Stitt. , a real estate developer. It was while completing a graduate degree in social work from Boston University in 2006 that Bayless discovered her passion for real estate.
“I started to realize that real estate is all about relating and communicating with people and understanding what they need and what their motivations are and helping them find a place to come home,” said Bayless said. “It wasn’t much different, in fact, from what I studied.”
The two returned to Tucson in 2006 to be closer to the family and with a little encouragement from her husband, she began to pursue her license in real estate.
Bayless said the key to being a successful real estate agent is communication and the ability to “solve problems and come up with creative solutions to solve problems and work with people and help them overcome obstacles.”
Currently “busier than ever,” Bayless said the housing market is the strongest it has seen in 15 years. With the sheer number of people relocating to the greater Tucson area, the “seller’s market” has completely adapted since the pandemic.
“What we rarely did two years ago, now we do it all the time,” Bayless said. “The buyers might not actually be here, so we’ll be doing them FaceTime across homes. It happens a lot. There are 3D virtual tours, I have increased the workforce to meet demand, it’s a different market than it was three years ago.
Considering the increase in remote work opportunities, a major change that Bayless has observed is that potential homebuyers who move from more densely populated areas are taking advantage of low interest rates, in addition to the increase in numbers. second home buyers.
“People come here, they love the environment, they love the outdoor lifestyle that we provide, they love the community, ”Bayless said. “So you know the price is part of that, but I also think they like the Arizona lifestyle.”
Keeping pace with today’s intense housing market, Bayless and her team embrace this new business reality and look forward to continuing to support the communities in which they live and work.
“We’re in that one for the long haul,” Bayless said.