The History of 828 Real Estate

The 828 Real Estate team of North Carolina realtors and brokers.

How We Started

828 Real Estate started as a dream, in fact, a decade long dream. Our owner, Sarah Long, joined the real estate world of the High Country in 2007. Formerly a theatre arts teacher in Charlotte, NC, she was told she “had the personality of a real estate agent.” Not long after, she found herself in the industry in Boone!

After 10 years of working with other agencies, Sarah started 828 Real Estate in 2018 with Susan Stelling and Corrinne Loucks. The three wanted to create an environment that was unlike the rest: an environment built off community.

Our Environment

828 Real Estate strives to foster a community between not only their clients, but with each other. It is important for us to know the stories of our co-workers and what is going on in their lives. We don’t just sell homes, we build relationships.

We all love it here in the High Country! We want to share that love with our clients and provide them with the best chance of finding their dream property.

Watch Our New Video Series

In order for you to get to know us more, check out the red YouTube logo beneath each of our team member’s names to hear their story, or you can go directly to our YouTube Playlist.

We would like to thank C-Squared Productions for all of their hard work in putting this together!

About the Author

Lauren holds strong roots to the Appalachian region. Having grown up right down the mountain in Bethlehem, North Carolina, she has a love for the culture of this area. Her family is tight-knit and all have big hearts for dogs, especially their three poodles. With two brothers as musicians, she also plays piano, guitar and clawhammer banjo and is an avid vocalist. This love for music has inspired Lauren to continue sharing the traditional music and dance of the Appalachian region with others.


She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with two degrees in Public Relations and Journalism in addition to a minor in Appalachian Studies. When not traveling, she spends time fishing, cooking and hanging out with her standard poodle Bentley! 


Lauren feels so fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful area, and she is excited to be the newest addition to the 828 Real Estate family! She is eager to help you with whatever your needs may be.