CCIM, Designated Broker
Jim received a Master’s Degree in geology in 1975 from the Univ. of New Mexico and conducted worldwide mineral exploration for major companies such as US Borax, RTZ and Phillips Petroleum Company for many years. When geologists were not in high demand, Jim worked as a realtor in Phoenix, AZ (1984 to 1987) and in Reno, NV (1992 – 1994) where he developed expertise in investment sales and apartment brokerage. In each company, Jim quickly led the company with total gross sales and number of transactions.
In 1998, he joined RE/MAX Commercial Investment in Scottsdale, AZ – and subsequently formed the Kasten Long Apartment Team with his long-time friend Jan Long. With the addition of several additional excellent apartment brokers, the Team achieved national and international awards from RE/MAX Commercial – and between 2003 and 2007, was always ranked in the top five commercial teams for RE/MAX worldwide.In 2009, keeping the same core of talented agents, Jim formed the Kasten Long Commercial Group – still with a focus on apartments / investments.
In 2011, he merged his Group with several equally talented and highly respected agents with expertise in sales and leasing for office, medical office, and retail. To complement the growing expertise, the Group further expanded with highly successful agents to cover industrial and land, so that the Group is now a full service, real estate brokerage serving primarily the greater Phoenix area.
The ethics, analytical process and dedication that Jim learned in geology have permeated his career in commercial real estate and are principles that each of the Kasten Long Commercial Group practice. The highly skilled personnel within the Group have an intense dedication to knowing every aspect of their particular commercial real estate expertise and have an unequaled dedication to providing the best service possible for their clients.
I have known and worked with Jim Kasten since I joined IPX1031 in 2003. Since that time, I have had many opportunities to work for Jim’s clients and facilitate their 1031 exchanges. I have always […]
—Jim Miller, Attorney, Manager for SW Region, IPX1031
Jim is highly knowledgeable in the Commercial Real Estate field, and he is very accountable to his clients and referral partners. He has a very inquisitive personality, which helps him in business and personal relationships […]
—Candis Creel, Account Manager, American Title Service Agency
I have personally worked with Jim Kasten, Owner and Broker of Kasten Long Commercial Group, for eight years. During the course of our business relationship, I have found Jim to be a “master” at leading […]
—Terry-Ann Shepstead, Commercial Real Estate Senior Escrow Officer
Jim is professional, thorough, analytical but above all he cares about his clients. He takes the time to understand and develop relationships. His advice is on the money. He is trustworthy, honest and amiable. Jim […]
—Greg Burckle, VP, USA Mortgage Corp
Jim Kasten is a very hard working, commercial expert who has substantial knowledge of the Phoenix, multifamily market. Jim is also very good at telling a client his views on whether a subject property is […]
—Ladd Cameron, CEO/Broker, National Funding
Not your typical broker. Jim is as honest as they come and places his clients needs first and foremost. No pressure to sell or list. Focuses on a long-term, quality relationship. He delivers outstanding service […]
—Edvard R. Richards, hired Jim as a Real Estate Agent in 2001
I have had the great pleasure of working with Jim in the real estate field. We are a real estate law firm and have had an opportunity to evaluate matters with Jim and use his […]
—Dax Watson, Owner, Mack Drucker & Watson
I have dealt with Kasten/Long for upwards of 15 years or more, through perhaps a dozen purchases and sales of apartment complexes. The pre-eminent feature of their service, unlike any other broker I have dealt with, is that the firm does far more than just show up to collect a check at closing. Jim and his team stick with you AFTER a purchase to develop the property, increase income and profitability, or he often says, “re-position the property for resale.” He will search out a good buy, not just any buy. Jim views clients as not passing acquaintances, but as long term investments; the client prosperity is his goal. If they prosper, so does he. I would recommend the firm to anyone in the investment real estate business.
CCIM, Assoc Broker
Arvle always puts forth an extra effort to get the job done, and is a great person to work with.
—Chris H., Owner, High Profile Realty
Arvle lives his life working to help people and to serve all around him. During the last few months he worked hard to help me sell my home, and connected me to really great people […]
—Steve B., Founding Distributor Team, SISEL International
Arvle has been a great client of mine for years. We have known each other via the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and he has not only been a client but within our Chamber group he […]
—Ely Delaney, Owner, Knight Tymes Designs
I have known Arvle Knight for more than ten years, and he has been a strong supporter of our business community and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. He is involved in a number of Chamber […]
—Don Rinehart, President/CEO Glendale Chamber of Commerce
Scott joined the group more than ten years ago, shortly after he and his wife purchased a 42-unit apartment community from KLCG and moved their very successful real estate business from Colorado to metro Phoenix. Scott has consistently been one of the Groups TOP producers, having closed more than $100 million in apartment transactions since 2003. Scott has more than 20 years experience in investing and working with investors to identify and acquire exceptional investment properties. He earned his CCIM designation in 2005 and has a strong aptitude for 1031 tax deferred exchanges.
Scott has owned and operated multiple apartment communities – giving him strong knowledge into how to maximize income and minimize expenses and is happy to share this insight with many apartment owners. Using the same skills, he has also been able to actually “raise the bar” for the highest price obtained for his owner client’s properties by showing a new buyer how a property can perform better than the previous owner.
Scott is the guy to get your property sold! I’m sure no one else could have gotten a higher price – and if you’re not sure about negotiating – let Scott do it for you. We were thrilled!
With the assistance of Scott Trevey, the Myers Family Trust has been very successful with the purchase, repositioning and re-sale of multiple properties over the last ten years. We credit this success to the Kasten Long Commercial Group for the understanding of their client needs, the perseverance of their quest to perform, and the professionalism they execute to achieve this process…. Great group of people, thank you very much.
-Robert Myers, Vice President Avante Garde
CCIM, CCSS, CCLS
Walter has 19 years’ experience in Commercial and Investment Real Estate and has sold hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial properties in greater Phoenix, Tucson and across Arizona. Walter is also a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) – a recognized expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. He has a strong sense for “client service” and his market knowledge, both locally and throughout Arizona, is unmatched. In addition, many lenders have relied on Walter’s value estimates of all types of commercial real estate across Arizona. To-date, he has completed several hundred Broker Opinions of Value (BOVs).
Walter was formerly a very successful business owner/manager in the US, Australia and Austria. He is fluent in multiple languages (German & English) and continues to demonstrate exceptional track record for closing escrows with minimal surprises. Experience the difference between Average and Expert! Walter prides himself on “out-servicing” his competition and his creative instincts often make the difference to getting a property sold at a great price.
Angelessa (Angie) Ritchie
Operations Manager, Real Estate Agent
Angelessa (Angie) Ritchie
Katherine is a long-time Phoenix resident in one of the City’s historic districts. She brings to the Group over 25 years of commercial construction experience in Greater Phoenix, including everything from tenant improvements and complete renovation/remodeling to design-build. Her focused interest in commercial adaptive reuse projects and her ability to see how older buildings could be revived led her to become an associate broker in 2015. With her substantial background in construction as informed by her previous years with an S & P 500 insurance brokerage firm specializing in the hospitality industry, she now helps individuals, entities, investors and non-profits realize their visions by locating and transforming oftentimes forgotten gems into energized contributors to the City’s lifeblood. Her understanding of HUD non-profit low-income multi-family is especially invaluable as Phoenix pushes for more downtown workforce housing.
Katherine’s many years of commercial construction experience also benefits clients through her extensive contacts in that industry as well as those earned with integrity and trust with the City and its stakeholders, especially in the areas of land use, use permits and liquor licensing. Her word is her bond.