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John Cancro

Owner/Broker # 13374

Hi, thanks for visiting the site and taking the time to learn a little more about me. If you are interested in learning about the Taos community and our real estate market, I am here to assist.

I started my real estate career over 30 years as a commercial leasing broker with CBRE in midtown Manhattan. After finishing a Masters in Real Estate from New York University in 1991, I moved to Greystone Realty Corporation, an asset management firm owned by NY Life. During my time at Greystone, the company managed a portfolio of over 120 buildings valued over $1.5B. My position as acquisition analyst and asset manager for the commercial portfolio helped prepare me for the practices of detailed analysis I so enjoy today.

As our family grew, we began to consider other environments that would be conducive to raising a family and keep us together. We explored the West extensively, but something about Taos kept calling us back. It may have been the stillness of the high desert, the consistent and ever incredible sunsets, or the vast expansiveness of the landscape. It may have been the family-oriented community filled with artists and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. It may have been any one of these things… but anyone who knows me well will tell you it was mostly for the world-class skiing twenty minutes from my office (and the bluebird days that accompany it). So in 1994 I moved to Taos in order to continue my passion for a full life as a husband, father, skier and yogi in this wonderful community.

I purchased Taos Properties Real Estate in 1999, after working in the company for four years. My wife Lisa helped manage initially, and then became a licensed broker in 2004. We have been running the company together as a team every since. There are many benefits as well as challenges to owning a small business in Taos. Our success is a result many years of hard work in a tight knit community which respects effort and honesty. Our business, as well as our family focus, has allowed us create intimate relationships and to integrate into the lives of families and friends we now call our community. 

In addition to my position at Taos Properties, I have had the opportunity to work with many high net worth individuals and families. From 2007 through 2015, I was the President of Cooke Street Investments, a portfolio company for a private equity firm in NY. During that time I helped create and develop a long range acquisition strategy for a portfolio of properties across several asset classes, in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Currently, I serve as the President of the Taos County Association of Realtors.

My time in this community has been fulfilling and rewarding. With over 30 years of experience and a broad scope of knowledge about the real estate market, I will say with confidence that I can help you with all of your real estate needs. I have found most importantly that clients appreciate the private and discretionary manner in which our philosophy is based. At the end of the day we are a small business in a small community, dedicated to helping our clients find their little piece of Taos magic, just like we did almost 23 years ago.



Kindest Regards,
John Cancro
Owner/Broker # 13374
Call or Text: 1.575.770.0724

Lisa Cancro


Welcome to our website! Most importantly, welcome to Taos, our cozy town nestled in the mountains of the Land of Enchantment. I have been a member of this community for twenty-two years now, relocating from New York with John and our two daughters Alexandra and Olivia, who are now in their early-twenties and living in Seattle, WA.

Over the years Taos has presented countless benefits and opportunities for my family and myself. The sense of community is palpable, and throughout time I have built strong connections with the people and businesses. Being a small-business owner in tandem with raising our family in northern New Mexico allowed John and I to be heavily involved with the community, and has given us a sense of security, comfort, and well-being. Although the population is small, we are surrounded by a vast nature reserve. In the winter we spend most of our time on the slopes of Taos Ski Valley. The summer months are filled with tennis, gardening, mushrooming, hiking in the mountains and entertaining with family and friends during the magical evenings. Most recently I participated in a Michelle Cassou painting workshop at Mable Dodge Luhan House here in Taos.

Taos has been a significant change from the bustle of Manhattan, where I worked for seven years at the sales promotion agency Siebel/Mohr after graduating from Syracuse University in 1984. Once our daughters were born, we moved from the east coast (stopping in Wyoming for a few months) and landed in Taos. While helping establish my daughters’ grade school- Yaxche Learning Center- I co-founded and became director of the Taos School of Cooking. The TSC was created in 2001 as an ongoing fundraiser that raised student scholarship funds for all children. The cooking school offered themed classes hosted by celebrity chefs to create a positive learning environment for adults and kids to engage in the art of culinary cooking. This fundraising project helped me learn how to cultivate and sustain a business, and most importantly give back to a community that has given me so much. My love of cooking continues today and is nourished through Taos Properties, 'What's Cooking" campaigns. Photographing clients' kitchens and pairing themed recipes is an effective & fun promotion to highlight our clients’ homes.                                                                   

My husband and I have worked together since we established Taos Properties Real Estate Investments in 1999. Initially, I served as the office manager, until 2001 when I became a Realtor & then a few years later a Qualifying Broker. When I began working with clients to assist them in buying a home or making an investment in real estate, I recognized the depth of this decision and its many components. I understood the economic and emotional investment it took to purchase real estate. As I continue forward using my expertise and commitment to my clients, I strive to make this process seamless paying close attention to the details, listening to my clients concerns & criteria, staying in constant communication and keeping current with market conditions. My goal is to make your transaction smooth & stress-free.

SELLING A HOME can be an exciting time too… during this process my creativity and sense of style shines. 'First impressions are the most lasting’ and we do everything to make your home stand out in our market. We start by taking the time to properly stage each room, evaluate & decide on the list price according to market data & finally use the newest technology to photograph & video your property. Each of these tools are combined to market your home effectively for an immediate sale.

I love my profession and take pride in the successful transactions I have accomplished in this community. My client recommendations are my best form of advertising so please take the time to read their comments. I look forward to working with you & your family to help with your real estate needs. Please feel free to call or email me so we can discuss the best approach to help you move forward.

Kindest Regards,
Lisa Cancro
Owner / Qualifying Broker #17832
Call or Text: 575-770-7824

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Randy Phillips

Associate Broker

Thanks for giving me the chance to tell you a bit about myself. I love life in Taos and find the real estate profession exciting, personally and professionally. I always look forward to the opportunity to assist old friends and meet new ones. If you, or someone you know, have real estate needs; from selling a property, to finding that perfect vacation home, to settling in Taos for the long term, I hope you will give me the chance to work with you. I have extensive experience, particularly in the 2nd home arena, including short-term rentals, and have been a part of the Taos community since 1995.

After years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, my wife, Sondra, and I started coming to Taos in the 80’s and immediately fell in love with this quirky little town. The pace of life and general outlook made a welcome change from the more than thirty years I spent in advertising and public relations. I understand the “leap of faith” some of us take making the decision to relocate to a new community. I can help walk you through the process here in northern New Mexico because I’ve been through it myself.

I am an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Taos and a board member of MarkeTaos. I have served on several state and local boards including Boys and Girls Clubs, Shakespeare in the Park, The American Cancer Society, and currently, on the Board of Trustees at The Millicent Rogers Museum.

Call me directly @: 817-228-4640