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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


Lisa Cancro loves Taos, lives for her family and labors for the community.

But she doesn’t just say so — she shows it.

As a real estate broker Lisa is renowned for her tenacity and thoughtful attention throughout the entire real estate experience — she takes her clients through the process with confidence. And likewise, for over 25 years Lisa has relished her role in building Taos Properties, alongside John, as a truly satisfying business and lifestyle for their family.

As a mother, Lisa has long experienced Taos through the eyes of her daughter’s Alex and Olivia (Taos High graduates!). Lisa remains in perpetual awe of the tri-cultural community, deep heritage, natural beauty and world-class artists and artistry all found here in northern New Mexico.

As a member of this community, she’s beloved for her efforts advocating for young people and non-profits — a legacy that extends back decades to her early foray as one of the founders of the Yaxchi Learning Center. Many here still remember when she broke ground (and raised capital) with her Taos School of Cooking annual fundraising event.

Lisa continues to honor her volunteer spirit as President of Bridges, a non-profit dedicated to expanding educational opportunities to first generation and non-traditional college students.

A credit to her parents and New York upbringing and education: Lisa’s work ethic, compassion and mindfulness for others make her an ideal guide for connecting clients with their ideal real estate investments.

Take the time to read through the client recommendations and you’ll quickly glean that Lisa is exceptionally gifted at folding creativity and intuition into the process of selling a home or buying a home.

Be sure to also check out Lisa’s property profiles over at “What’s Cooking” to see for yourself how Lisa blends her joy and passion for life with professional innovation.


The sum of the evidence is this: You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone better than Lisa at staging a home to yield the most lasting impressions. And likewise, it’s Lisa’s intuition and deep listening that prove again and again to be a super power for connecting people, their goals, lifestyle and personality with the homes and properties that best align. 


Kindest Regards,

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

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Pennie Herrera Wardlow

Associate Broker

Pennie Herrera Wardlow is known for her extensive market knowledge and her unmatched devotion to her clients. Pennie’s success is based almost exclusively on positive referrals. As a Taos native and seasoned real estate professional, Pennie recognizes the value and trust her clients place in her and strives every day to exceed their expectations. Pennie has been a valued local Realtor in Taos for almost three decades, working to serve our clients interests. 

Pennie’s experience has been:

• Purchasing and renovating homes
• Founding a non-profit 501 C3 animal organization (Four Corners Animal League)
• Former member of the New Mexico Animal Shelter Board (by appointment of Governor Bill Richardson)
• Former member of the Taos County Tax Protest Board
• Former member of Animal Cruelty Task Force, with New Mexico Attorney General Gary King
• Former board member of Taos Integrated School of Arts

Pennie has also been frequently nominated by the New Mexico Veterinary Board to be on the shelter board and assist in setting standards for al shelters in New Mexico, and was awarded the Taos County Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award and has received numerous Century 21 awards.

Here’s what Pennie’s clients have to say about her:

“I’ve purchased numerous properties over the years and Pennie Wardlow is by far my favorite agent. She’s personable, kind, ethical, and understanding and knows Taos so well, and is helpful and attentive at every stage of the process. I couldn’t be happier. I’d recommend her to anyone and anytime. She’s just fantastic.”

Michael Cobb, Taos, New Mexico

“Pennie went above and beyond the call of duty in selling my house including even picking me up to take me to closing because my road was closed down. An excellent person and agent.”

Stephen Plyler, Taos, New Mexico

“Pennie was great to deal with. She helped us through what might have been a difficult process and made it fast and easy. We will use Pennie for all of our future real estate needs.”

Scott and Alita Randolph, Taos, New Mexico  

Jennifer Rice

Associate Broker

With a reputation for her diligence, tenacity and track record of success, Jennifer Rice introduced herself to the world of real estate when she remodeled and sold her first house in 1996. Buying, remodeling and selling houses in New England and New Mexico since then, she knows the intricate details of the local real estate market.

Jennifer raised her family in Taos and has forged lasting relationships throughout the community. Working closely with a diverse array of clients, from out-of-state to first-time homebuyers, Jennifer strives to make each transaction effortless and enjoyable while also consistently generating superior results.

Jennifer has an uncanny ability to connect with a spectrum of personalities and styles — and brings value and inspiration to the real estate transaction. Listening attentively to the wants and needs of her client, Jennifer grasps both the big picture and the small details in order to advocate effectively.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has utilized natural compassion and her astute problem-solving skills to build a successful business and long-lasting relationships. Jennifer is known for her clear, consistent communication, transparency, and integrity.

Expect care and experience from Jennifer when you’re on the hunt for your dream home. 

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