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John Cancro

John launched his career in 1986 as a commercial leasing broker, then as an associate for a public real estate fund, before heading west in 1994. John has also worked with high net worth individuals to developed strategy to acquire and manage large portfolios of real estate assets. Together with Lisa, John purchased Taos Properties in 1999, and currently is the Managing and Qualifying Broker of Taos Properties Real Estate Investments, Inc. 

Hi, thanks for visiting the site and taking the time to learn a little more about us. 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 in 1986 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 the detailed analysis I so enjoy today.

Our Road to Taos

Once Lisa and I started our family, our gaze drifted west. We knew only that we wanted to be a part of a community where we could both work and play. We explored extensively, but the stillness of the high desert, the ineffable sunsets and the expansiveness of the landscape, kept calling us to Taos. The best part for me personally however, was Taos’s world-class skiing!

In 1994 I landed here to begin my most balanced life as a happy husband, dedicated father, avid skier, faithful yogi and entrepreneur in this wonderful and diverse community.

A Family Passion

After four years working within Taos Properties, I purchased the business in 1999. From the start, Lisa has managed our agency. In 2004 she became a licensed broker herself. Lisa’s Bio

I’m biased of course, but I’m not alone in thinking of Lisa as one of the very best realtors in New Mexico. She’s also a serious advocate, volunteer and fundraiser for several local organizations. At present Lisa serves as President for Bridges a local non-profit dedicated to expanding educational opportunities to first generation and non-traditional college students.

For nearly two decades Lisa and I have helmed Taos Properties as a team. Our success is built on many years of hard work in a tight knit community that values effort and honesty. Our business — as well as our family focus — allows us to create intimate and enduring relationships. We’re proud to call Taos home.

The Full-Spectrum of Real Estate Proficiencies

From 2007 through 2015, I served as President of Cooke Street Investments, a 50M portfolio company for a private equity firm in New York. In that role 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. I have previously served as the President of the Taos County Association of Realtors during 2018-2019.

My life and work and play in Taos blends together. It’s fulfilling and rewarding. With over three decades of age and wisdom and experience I still find joy in this profession.

I also offer a broad scope of market knowledge and value the private and discretionary manner in which real estate transactions require and deserve.
The sum of all this experience is a thoughtful and intimate boutique real estate agency — our priority and passion is for maintaining the magic community we fell in love with so many years ago.

Kindest Regards,

John Cancro
Owner/Broker # 13374

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