About Us | Chisum Realty Group
We believe in living where you love and loving where you live. Our passion is sharing our mountain communities with you!
Based on the belief that we are all more successful if we strive toward a common goal rather than our individual interest, our CEO, Tara Chisum, fully embraced the Keller Williams’ team model and brought a new level of Real Estate service to Northern New Mexico. When you hire Chisum Realty Group, you’re hiring a team of specialists advocating for you in every step of the transaction. We’re the only team based agency in Northern New Mexico with dedicated Buyer Specialists, Seller Specialists, a Marketing Director, Listing Manager and a Contract-To-Close Manager. Our team based approach allows your transaction to be as smooth as possible while allowing us the bandwidth to provide the attention, experience and local expertise your goals require. Come experience the Power of Teamwork with the Chisum Realty Group.
Tara Chisum | Owner & Sales Director
Known as a straight shooter and an accomplished business owner, I bring a strategic yet personable approach to real estate. 2019 marks my twelfth year in real estate. I’m honored to work with absolute best people in the industry and contribute our successes to our team-based approach. Combining a strong inner drive with a passion for learning, I believe there is always room to improve. A refreshingly straight forward approach, high integrity, and extensive knowledge are keystones to my business. I love all things about the Enchanted Circle and am astounded by the beauty on a daily basis. My thirst for outdoor adventures originated in the Enchanted Circle as a child and is currently fulfilled by skiing, mountain biking, and camping with husband, John, and our dog, Ruby.
Jim Merritt | Director of Marketing
From photography, videography, to destination marketing strategies, it’s my job to make sure your home looks the best and new home buyers are discovering the Enchanted Circle. I’m originally from Wisconsin then attended Middle Tennessee State University, obtaining a B.S. in Production and Technology. I started my career as an audio engineer but quickly gravitated towards the camera. I moved to Colorado in 2009 where started and ran a Video Marketing company, honing my marketing and video production skills. I then found Angel Fire and fell in love with the amazing summer weather, New Mexico culture, abundant activities, breathtaking views, and downhill mountain biking! After 2 successful years as Angel Fire Resort’s Manager of Marketing and Promotion, I moved to Chisum Realty Group to be more hands on with production as well as strategy. My favorite hiking partners are my beautiful blue-eyed wife, daughter and puppy.
Jodee Thayer | Operations Manager
“If there’s not a system in place, she’ll create one,” is a common sentiment expressed about me by those I have worked with. Constantly on a quest for understanding and streamlining processes, the Operations Manager role is a natural fit for me. I’m a planner with a practical attitude and have over 25-years of experience in operations and management. I bring to the table expertise in project and process management and strive to continuously improve our systems and processes in order to make every real estate transaction as smooth as possible.
I’m a native New Mexican and have also lived and worked in Europe, Hawaii and Virginia. I earned a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science while living in Europe and now I call Red River, New Mexico home. I am an avid snow-skier and horsewoman. When I have downtime, you’ll most likely find me winding the wonderful trails of the Sangre de Cristo mountains with my horse, Fred.
Kate Schoepfle | Director of Client Relations
Justin Webb | Seller Specialist
Matthew Billingsley | Seller Specialist
I am a highly passionate person! From biking and skiing, to composing and performing music, and now — helping you reach your real estate goals! I apply enthusiasm to all aspects of my life. I am a Seller Specialist, which means I work and advocate solely for the Seller; at all stages of the deal, I am on your side. I have a Bachelors in History from Texas Tech University, and have been in Angel Fire since 2014 working as a medic on the mountain. I bring the same level of care to helping you sell your house as I would a patient who needs medical attention. I look forward to assisting and working with you as we partner together to actualize your goals.
Sloan Covington | Seller Specialist
My focus is exclusively on sellers and my goal is to get you the most value from your assets. After graduating with a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University I made the Red River my full-time home in 2009. In the years since, I have developed a passion and deep knowledge for both the town and surrounding areas. In 2018 I was elected to Red River Town Council where I have been able to advocate for our locals and tourists alike. I own and operate a retail business in town – selling is in my DNA. I embrace challenges and pride myself on creative problem solving. I will use these skills to advocate for my clients throughout the entire selling process.
In my free time you can find me in the rivers, on the mountains and everywhere in between – usually with my dog Carson trailing close behind.
John Cornish | Seller Specialist
After living in Florida and Texas for the last 40 years, my wife and I were lured by the beauty of the Enchanted Circle and moved to Taos. With a BS in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, and 25 years in medical device start-ups, I decided to make the transition into real estate. As a Seller Specialist, I focus only on maximizing my clients return on the sale of their assets, with the cooperation and support of my team members. I like to ski, fish, bike, cook and hike with my dog, Lucy.
Amanda Tafoya | Buyer Specialist
Working with Amanda Tafoya is like having the home field advantage. She was born and raised in Taos and is familiar with the unique aspects of Northern NM. Her involvement with the community extends to serving on the board for Taos Little League, Governing Council for Taos Charter School and UNM Taos Education & Career Center Board. After staying home to raise her four children, she was employed as a nurse at Holy Cross Hospital. Wanting a different kind of experience, she co-owned a paint business and worked with home construction, including developing homes. Her main focus was helping people with interior design aspects, including colors, tiles, paint, and appliances. She excels at finding the right fit for her clients. As a Buyer Specialist, she is able to combine the two things she loves. Taking care of people and Real Estate.
Robban Reynolds | Buyer Specialist
Robban Reynolds has lived in Taos since 1995 and found it to be a natural place to nurture a love of HOME. After 20 years of Taos living, Robban understands the numerous intangible benefits of life in New Mexico. She attributes much of her success to her passion for the place she calls home.
With a degree in Journalism and Advertising, and a lengthy background in graphic design, her attention to detail and strong sense of composition and style are a perfect combination to sell or help find your new home. Robban’s creative, enthusiastic, and caring nature is perfect for matching each client’s desires as well as skillfully featuring a home’s unique presence and character, matchmaker at large!
Let Robban the Realtor be your match maker and match your dream home to you!
Carrie Barr | Buyer Specialist
Renee Kuharski | Buyer Specialist
Choosing Angel Fire was easy– I had family here and came to know a great group of community-minded people. I first came to Angel Fire in 2004 and through the years realized what a special place this is. With advanced degrees from Colorado, and an undergrad from Wisconsin, I first worked for the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski School training department while living and playing in Vail, Colorado. I next worked in higher education for 20 years at Colorado Mountain College, retiring as the Assistant VP for Career & Technical Education in 2017. Additionally, I am the designer and creator of fun, colorful dog beds (and even some for cats) at Rowdy Dog Beds. Bringing a love for the mountains and resort lifestyle, but in the laid-back Angel Fire way, I have found my home! I love to ski and golf, get the dogs out on a hike and climb mountains. As a Buyer Specialist I can bring my experience to the best of both worlds, finding your perfect home and sharing my love of the area.
Chasity Bonney | Listing Assistant
I am the Listing Assistant which means, I gather all the information about your property as well as make sure all the local brokers have everything they need to show your property. I also manage showing instructions and schedule appointments to show your property.
I am the “Mom” of the team. I am a very detail-oriented team player. I want to learn and be challenged daily. It is important for me to make sure the job gets done!
I am originally from Mora, New Mexico. My family and I spend our time between Mora and Angel Fire. We have five wonderful children who keep us busy with all their activities such as basketball, baseball, Girl Scouts, skiing, fishing, dirt biking and whatever else comes along! We love the mountains and small town life!
Baylee Thayer | Lead Transaction Assistant
The lead transaction assistant role suits my innate desire to meet customer needs. Known for high levels of empathy and sincerity, my background in logistics and natural tendency for order all combine to help me and our team serve our customers and meet their real-estate goals.
Prior to moving to Angel Fire in 2018 I spent 10 years working in the Department of Energy industry in Virginia. I grew up in Colorado but am a native New Mexican and love this area because of the mountains, the art, culture, and the proximity of family.
Sheray Garofalo | Client Care Specialist
A New Mexico native who attributes her passions to the rich culture of this enchanted state. I am the wife of a great man whose career as a Game Warden has afforded us the pleasure of residing in Angel Fire.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology at the University of New Mexico because my greatest passion in life is advocacy. It brings me great joy to lend an ear and voice to others. Being a Client Care Specialist allows me the opportunity to be the first person the client communicates their needs to. Then, I can present information to the agents that clearly and carefully states the client’s expectations. I am dedicated to thoroughly completing any goal or task that is set before me. It would be my pleasure to help you begin the journey to your new home.
Our team proudly supports the following community organizations.
- Annual RED Day – Renew, Energize and Donate
- Angel Fire Proud
- Girl Scouts Troop 3222
- Angel Fire Sustainability Committee
- Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
- National Veterans Wellness + Healing Center Angel Fire
- Shuter Library of Angel Fire
- Angel Fire Garden Club
- ArtUP New Mexico
- Music from Angel Fire
- Moreno Valley High School
- Eagle Nest Elementary and Middle School
Give us call at 575-377-2321 or Contact Us to get started on your Real Estate goals!