As a young man, Carl was a skilled heavy equipment operator and also worked four years for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system. After working the pipeline, he returned to his home in Seattle, and through his entrepreneurial drive and leadership, he became the owner of two successful construction companies
Carl began purchasing desert properties in the mid 90's and fell in love with our desert paradise, and made a permanent move here in 2000. With his extensive background in all facets of construction, paired with his interest in real estate, it just made sense to put that expertise to work selling real estate.
As a top producer, Carl has represented countless satisfied buyers and sellers throughout our Desert Valley, with concentration in La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Indio. He is intimately familiar with our country clubs and gated communities, together with valuations, club memberships, amenities, etc.
When representing either a buyer or a seller, Carl is devoted to all the "details" involved in a real estate transaction. Outstanding customer service is his hallmark, and it continues long past close of escrow. He believes in a straight-forward and honest approach to market analysis and contract negotiation, and he works hard to maintain a tradition of trust with clients and colleagues.
Carl has assembled and enjoys a great team of real estate professionals who embrace his concepts and standards. Teresa Craven manages most of the "paperwork" in a transaction, and she is also licensed. Teresa built her professional reputation as a paralegal managing a For Sale By Owner division in a Minneapolis law firm, negotiating and managing real estate transactions and assisting clients in the marketing of their properties. She also has worked in the biotech industry negotiating contracts for cancer clinical studies. In addition to Teresa and other transaction coordinators, Carl has a very close working relationship with a variety of contractors from many trades who have assisted him with remodeling, repair, and landscaping needs for his clients, bringing the slogan "full-service realtor" to a much higher level!
Carl continually explores and incorporates proven and professional state-of-the-art techniques in the marketing, listing and selling of residential properties.
Carl's clients are "clients for life", and he is dedicated to the development of long-term relationships. You can rely on his commitment to honesty and integrity in representing "you", and putting "your" interests first.
Buying a vacation property in Palm Springs was a relaxing and seamless experience thanks to Carl! Carl's vast knowledge of the Palm Springs area added incredible value to the property search. He took the time to get to know us and what we wanted in a vacation home. We've referred Carl to a couple of our close friends and will continue to do so. Thank you, Carl, for making out Palm Springs dream a reality!
Gord and Michelle Peters
Calgary, Alberta Canada
I recently sold my home in Rancho La Quinta after living there for 15 years. I've known Carl for all that time as a neighbor and friend. I have always been aware of his outstanding reputation as a real estate agent. What I didn't know, however, was the amount of energy he puts into his commitment as your agent. He literally goes "above and beyond". I have never heard of any agent that does what he does for his clients. He helped me get repairs done to the house - he arranged "everything"! Most importantly, he kept me informed up to the minute on every detail of the transaction. No question in my mind that Carl is indeed the most competent agent in the Coachella Valley.
Carl has been our agent for a number of years, but we consider him more a friend, even family, than real estate agent. Having worked with all kinds of residential and commercial agents in over 50 years in the business, one can find few agents, if any, more conscientious, thorough, or committed. The detail, extra service, patience, and gracious manner of his service has made us feel fortunate to have worked with him. It has been our pleasure and joy.
Dick and Carol Gatley
It has been our pleasure and privilege to have found Carl and used him as our agent in 2011 for selling our existing home and finding our new home in La Quinta in 2012. You can always rely on Carl as he was readily available to help us through the selling and buying process. In addition, he set up meetings with contractors and all we had to do was make the final decision to go ahead with remodeling the home we bought from him in La Quinta. When we returned in the fall of 2012 from Canada, our home was ready to take possession without any problems. Carl is dedicated, conscientious, determined and a valuable asset for anyone needing real estate assistance. Carl is a stickler for details, and as we all know, details can make or break any project or deal. With Carl, there are no surprises. Thank you again, Carl, for all you have done for us, and looking forward to our next BBQ together.
Brian and Judy McConaghy
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Carl is the rare realtor who combines a professional attitude with a fun-loving approach to finding you a new home. He listens to what you want, and then tailors his search for a home accordingly. He is patient if you really want to look at a variety of houses before deciding, or you can give him parameters on your search and he will show you only the houses that fall within your guidelines. Carl has listed (and sold) houses for us and was also instrumental in finding us the perfect home for our family. With each sale or purchase, we were kept up-to-date, and all of the required paperwork was handled in a timely and efficient manner. As Canadians shopping in the U.S., he took all of the guesswork out of it for us, and we strongly encourage anyone to use him as your realtor!
Bernie & Marg Brown
Okotoks, Alberta Canada
Carl has represented us as both buyers and sellers. In a tough market, he sold our house in less than two weeks at a price we were very happy with. He not only found us our dream home, but also oversaw the renovations while we were in Canada. To say that he goes the extra mile would be an understatement. It would be impossible to not want to maintain a friendship with Carl after any real estate dealings with him.
Wendi & Doug Varley
Vernon, B.C. Canada
Carl always went beyond what is necessary and what most agents do for their clients. We used him in two transactions and always found him to be very professional.
Lawrence & Alice Ellefson