Meet the Team

Lara Kingshipp Carter and Team 

(From left to right: Becca, Lara, and Sarah)

Lara Kingshipp Carter - REALTOR and Partner

Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower REALTORS

(o) 814.238.8080 ext 3311 (c) 814.270.0129

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I grew up in Wisconsin, not quite a Midwest farmer’s daughter, but loved life in the north nonetheless.  I cherished the beauty found in the changing seasons, found myself at home with the authenticity of the local people and devoted my lifelong allegiance to the Green Bay Packers.  After graduating high school my family moved to Texas – it was a return home for my parents – but not a place that I would naturally call home.  After 10 years I found my way out of the south and gratefully returned to land of trees, rolling hills, and seasons.  We chose State College as our new home because of the community.  It is a great town to live in – a perfect place to raise a family. I’ve been in Happy Valley for 11 years now. My husband, Shawn Carter, and I were married October 2017 and our family grew to an exciting 7!  Our 5 children range in age from 8-18. They are the joy of our lives, they challenge us, encourage us, and give us great purpose. When my hands are not busy in real estate, we love to cook together, watch football, hang out with our kids and travel when possible.    We are thankful for our church home at Grace Hills Church in Grays Woods.  Some of my favorite things include; live theatre, summer festivals, NYC, snow, football, kettle corn, laughing, dancing and sunshine.  

Why Real Estate? After years blessed as a stay-at-home mom, I began exploring the next chapter of my career.  Several impactful people in my life suggested that I should consider real estate.  It was appealing to me – I love people, I like details and I’ve always had interest in homes.  After a bit of research and talking with a few local experts I decided it was a rather good fit.  My first 5 years in Real Estate were spent learning, questioning and growing as I advocated for over 200 clients during their real estate transaction as a supporting agent.  The exposure to unique situations, both challenging and rewarding was priceless.  I met incredible people.  I made dear friends and was able to make a small difference in their story by helping them through their transitions with confidence and integrity.  In 2015 I stepped out and launched my own real estate business.  Real Estate gives me the opportunity impact lives and this community, one relationship at a time.  I am honored to use my gifts and passions to help others achieve their dreams.  I celebrate the flexibly that my career affords me and take seriously the responsibility given me by my trusting clients.  I find great reward in what I do, I believe I am making a difference and I am thankful that I have the privilege of doing what I love. 

Sarah Pensyl Jones - Buyer's Agent

Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower REALTORS

(o) 814.238.8080 ext 3353  (c) 570.492.1183

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Sarah Pensyl Jones, Buyer's agent, grew up in Elysburg, PA and studied education in Nyack, NY. She and her husband, Don, moved to State College in 1999 for Don's job, during their first 6 years here they bought their first home and found the State College market to be a fantastic investment. Their adventures in life took them to Berlin, Germany from 2005-2016 when they returned to State College to settle in. Don and Sarah have one middle schooler and one high schooler who keep them busy with sporting events and other such fun! The Jones family has been hosting an exchange student from South Korea for the past 2 years and enjoys the time they get to spend with him learning about his culture and sharing all there is to love about  the State College Area! Sarah loves spending time with her dog, Flora, including hikes in the woods. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and exploring new places near and far. Sarah joined the Lara Kingshipp Carter team in 2019 and has been helping Buyers dicsover their next home. A hardworker and compassionate profressional, Sarah works diligently to find the right house for our clients and helps them to enjoy a seemless journey to their new home! 

Becca Ziegler - Client and Detail Coordinator, unlicensed

Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower REALTORS

(o) 814.238.8080 ext 3311

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Becca, Client and Detail Coordinator, moved to State College in grade school and comes from generations of Penn Staters! She studied Voice at Penn State and remains an active singer in the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers. After having lived in New York for a time, the return to trees was a welcome home! Becca loves spending time with her dogs, Lillylulu and Molly, either at her home in the mountains or at her family's weekend cottage in Spruce Creek. She embraces the beautiful nature of our area and loves sharing it with clients new to Happy Valley. On fall Saturdays you'll find Becca cheering on the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium; a long standing family tradition! Becca also loves to cook and bake and is thankful to live in a place with such great access to farmer's markets and local farm shops! Having come to our team in 2017 with a background in marketing, Becca enjoys using her attention to detail/organizational skills and creative talents to tackle both the administartive and marketing aspects of her job. Watching clients settle into their new home or head out to their next adventure brings Becca great joy and makes her love this work!