A Knowledgeable Realtor Helping Clients Buy, Sell, and Invest in Mountain Homes in Tahoe-Truckee
Carina Cutler is a relationship-oriented realtor specializing in helping sellers enhance their properties to get top dollar in the Tahoe-Truckee region of Northern California. With over a decade of experience working with clients in Truckee and the surrounding area, the Cutler Team offers seasoned and well-rounded professional real estate services. Though Carina's expertise in aiding both buyers and sellers through the transaction makes her an incredible asset, it’s her dedication to the people she works with and love of her locale that make her stand out.
“[I enjoy] identifying the strengths in a home and figuring out how to creatively market them to potential buyers.”
Born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay, Carina is a California native. After Carina studied architecture in grad school and her then-fiancé, Jeff graduated from law school, they moved to North Tahoe, but had not expected to stay permanently. To their mutual surprise, both he and Carina secured professional jobs in Truckee within the first week. Now, having established a life and raised their sons in this natural wonderland with easy access to the forest, plentiful snow, and a small-town mountain lifestyle they’ve come to adore, the couple can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Establishing Roots in Tahoe’s Real Estate Market
While Carina always loved houses and meeting new people, she hadn’t considered leaving her job in architectural design to pursue real estate until after she had children. Her husband had already transitioned from land-use law into the real estate field, but the flexibility the job allowed and the opportunity to turn her passions into a career were enough to convince Carina to take the leap herself.
As the child of an immigrant family and longtime resident of a culturally diverse state, embracing people’s unique perspectives comes naturally to Carina. So, it comes as no surprise that her love of real estate is also anchored in the people she works with. “People don’t move up here by accident,” says Carina. “People usually have a pretty specific dream or goal in mind,” she continues, describing the Tahoe community.
Carina is inspired by her clients’ dreams and appreciates the ability to match them with incredible homes; show off the region’s unique neighborhoods and good schools; highlight the area’s recreational opportunities; and share savvy investment strategies with new residents. She blends passion and experience to find the perfect homes for her clients and craft winning offers that resonate with the sellers.
Since Carina loves the whole process of working with her clientele, she enjoys helping people on both ends of the spectrum. From finding the perfect homes for buyers and helping them submit an offer to setting a listing up for success by bringing in natural light and sprucing up the home’s large surfaces, Carina excels at it all.
“When I help people sell homes, I really enjoy preparing the house for sale and seeing how much more value we can create with some simple changes. It’s an interesting mix of creating a blank palette that someone can then transform into their own vision while simultaneously making the home look more human and inviting. We like to leave a hint of how a space can be used and a dash of the latest sought-after design trends.”
But her expertise doesn’t end there; with Carina's architectural background, relationships with top-notch photographers, use of cutting-edge technology, and extensive network for marketing properties, the Cutler Team is well-rounded. Jeff and Carina skillfully craft offers, negotiate terms, and ensure communication all throughout the transaction. Whether that means speaking with the engineers to make sure new homeowners have a good picture of what they’re walking into, making sense of inspections, or helping clients determine what repairs to do, the Cutler Team is adept at navigating the real estate process from start to finish. They appreciate everything that comes up during the sale and enjoy celebrating clients’ successes well after the real estate transaction closes.
“Keep your eye on the big picture. When you’re making a decision this big, it can be hard to keep a cool head. By listening to you and taking care of the details, we help you keep your eye on what really matters. We’ll deal with the complexities of the transaction so you can focus on the important things.”
“Part of what makes this business so satisfying is that our clients keep in touch with us long after the sale is complete,” Carina notes. “We stay on as trusted advisors, remaining accessible for whatever questions may surface down the road, and lending a helping hand when needed.” In turn, clients frequently share fresh perspectives and outside world experience with the Cutler Team. "We consider ourselves lucky to have such an interesting and sophisticated clientele," Carina continues. Often what starts as business carries on as friendship.
Building Community in the Tahoe-Truckee Area
When Carina isn’t assisting real estate clients, she’s basking in the local scenery—by paddleboarding on the lake, hiking in the woods with her dogs, and skiing on the snowy slopes—enjoying Jeff’s masterful cooking, spending time with her family, and giving back.
No matter what season it is, you can find Jeff and Carina outside, lending time to lift up the community. You might see them on the sandy beaches cleaning up litter with neighbors on summer mornings or working as volunteer timers for Far West’s youth cross-country ski races in the winter. “It’s helpful, and it’s how we socialize in a small town,” Carina explains.
The Cutler Team also donates to a variety of local organizations, including Sierra Watch, Tahoe Community House, Trout Unlimited, Far West, and Nevada Nordic. They have proudly invested in local employee housing, and are happy to share their experiences and investment strategies. In addition, Carina is a Women of Winter ski coach, teaching women the technical skills required on the hill, creating space for them to connect with one another, and empowering them to feel confident on and off the mountain.
Carina Cutler, Chase International Real Estate, Tahoe City, DRE# 1947108
Jeff Cutler, Chase International Real Estate, Tahoe City, DRE# 178582