Pat Carleton is a distinguished Real Estate Agent based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Carleton currently works with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, where she is a leading agent in the buyers’ market of the greater Phoenix area. A former lawyer with more than forty years of real estate experience and a fearless disposition, Ms. Carleton's industry-leading negotiation skills and warm, friendly client service have earned her recognition from TOP AGENT Magazine, among other honors.
Carleton’s professional career path has been a multifaceted one. Holding Master's degrees in anthropology and urban planning alongside a law degree and real estate licenses in multiple states, Pat’s professional and educational background is impressively wide in scope and has enabled her to thrive in several disparate fields. While pursuing her Juris Doctor at Georgetown University in 1976, Carleton served as Chief Environmental Officer for the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) in the Ford Administration and subsequently practiced at her own law firm, Carleton & Carleton, where she specialized in real estate law.
Though she didn’t initially pursue a career in real estate, she first cultivated an interest in the industry as a law student. As she tells it, that interest grew into a passion during the condo and co-op craze in the eighties:
I grew to love everything about real estate—buying and selling it, renovating it, and building it. Being one of two women in a class of eighty-four men in law school toughened me up. I was young, I had a lot of energy and ambition. I also love people and am a workaholic. So, after I converted a couple thousand apartments for others as a lawyer, I realized that I wanted to take a different path—I wanted to do it for myself.
Carleton flourished as one of the pioneers of the co-op market in D.C. for almost fifteen years before deciding to relocate to Arizona in 1994. She began working for the renowned Russ Lyon Real Estate company where she continues to work as a highly trusted and respected agent to this day. Especially proud of her ability to match people with properties and persevere during critical times, she has attracted an equally loyal and robust clientele. Whether dealing with single-family residences, condominiums or townhouses, Carleton’s work ethic and insight have consistently made her one of the Phoenix area’s top producing agents.
As a leader in her field, Carleton keeps a close eye on prevailing trends in the Arizona real estate market. In particular, she has been interested in the impact of housing costs on domestic migration patterns, especially as they affect the needs and preferences of "baby boomers," who continue to be attracted to Arizona as a place to retire and for its vacation homes. She noted:
I keep a close watch on what the baby boomers are doing. I like to see how costs and location and amenities affect their preferences and desires since I myself am a baby boomer. It’s very interesting, especially here in Arizona, as there are many who are coming from other areas of the country to retire but still want to stay active in their communities.
Additionally, Pat has noticed how international health scares—notably the Zika Virus and the media's reaction to it—have the potential to affect real estate markets:
Most recently, I’ve started thinking about Florida and how I believe that it may see a market shift because of the reportage on the Zika virus. I think people are going to think twice when wanting to move and look for property, given the way news is being transmitted. The media emphasize all the dire consequences because that's what makes it "news." If they don’t also make efforts to reassure the American public, these health scares could have significant repercussions. It’s the world we live in and I think that means that even people in Arizona are going to become more cautious.
Beyond her career in real estate, Pat is a dedicated member of her community and a devoted humanitarian and animal lover. Before attending graduate school, she spent five months in Africa with Operation Crossroads where she helped build science labs for schools. She has been a long time fundraising member of the equestrian community, giving back to the hunter-jumper sport, in which her daughter excelled for many years. She has also enjoyed being a part of the world of dog shows and is very proud of her #1 French bulldog's participation in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
After nearly half a century dedicated to real estate, Carleton shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, she hopes to build on her achievements. Exhibiting as much integrity and ambition as she did at the beginning of her career, Pat continues to set the bar higher for herself and provide her clients with the superlative service they need and deserve.
Detailed Career Information
Education & Certification
Georgetown University (J.D., 1976)
University of Cincinnati (M.A., Urban Planning, 1971)
New York University (M.A., Anthropology, 1970)
Washington University (B.A., Anthropology & Sociology, magna cum laude, 1968)
Real Estate Licenses in Washington and Arizona
Professional Associations & Community Involvement
Scottsdale Association of Realtors • National Association of Realtors • Arizona Association of Realtors • United States Hunter Jumper Association
Awards & Honors
Russ Lyon Realty Elite Level • Featured in TOP AGENT Magazine (July 2015 issue)
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