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So Nice to Meet You!

Lara Kingshipp Carter
REALTOR, Partner
[email protected]
814.270.0129 (c) 814.238.8080 ext 3311 (o) 

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 7-17. 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. 


Shawn Carter
Administrative Support, REALTOR
[email protected] 
814.238.8080 ext 3351 (o)