Getting to Know Shear Realty’s Caroll Yule

Prominent businessperson Caroll Yule, of Shear Realty, has been helping people find “Home” for over 19 years. This phone interview finds out how she got her start, what matters to her today, and what “keeps her going.  

Q/A: Where are you from?

Owatonna, Minnesota a town of 13,000 people the home of Don Laughlin (Of Laughlin, NV fame) and Dan Gainey, Gainey Ranch (Scottsdale spa/resort).  

Q/A: What year did you arrive in the Victor Valley?

I’ve come and gone from here three times now: In 1985 my husband was the regional manager for Yellow Freight in Barstow. That’s how I found myself here, following my husband’s work moves through California, Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona. I worked for Bob Sher at Spring Valley Lake from 1987 to 1990. From 1990-92, I was in Los Angeles with my husband and Yellow Freight. In 1985 while living in Apple Valley, I had taken up golf. Back then I could walk 18 holes and carry my bag! While living in L.A., we used to come up every weekend to play golf at Spring Valley Lake and stayed with friends. They were great friends! My husband got transferred to Texas in 1993. In 1995 Bob Sher was expanding his real estate business, and asked us if we’d like to buy-in. Established in 1980, he was now taking over other real estate offices and bringing them in. On February 1, 1996 I became the manager and broker for the Spring Valley Lake office. In 1996 we bought out Bob Sher when he retired.  

Q/A: Where is your business located?

Currently I manage Shear Realty locations in Apple Valley, Spring Valley Lake, Jess Ranch, Rancho Cucamonga and a Commercial Division.  

Q/A: Why did you start your business?

Shear Real Estate is a corporation and I became a shareholder. I absolutely fell in love with real estate in 1987 on my very first day, as it was apparent success was based on hard work and providing quality service.  

Q/A: Who was instrumental in helping you (mentors)?

Helen Bartkowski, Ellen Lutes and Lynn Lameroux; excellent Realtors willing to share info and wisdom with a rookie.  

Q/A What has been your biggest challenge?

The market crash in 2007/2008  

Q/A: What is your biggest victory?

Surviving and keeping the doors open.  

Q/A: Of college or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?

When still in Minnesota I received a scholarship to Macallester in St. Paul, MN. I was pre-med, but it wasn’t a match for me so I dropped. I earned a B.A. in Business Organization & Management from LaVerne University at the age of 61. I say it’s a combination of the two. We can’t know everything, so stay engaged in education and stay knowledgeable of trends. Experience brings you communication and problem solving skills. Age brings wisdom, where you can deal with stressful situations more calmly.  

Q/A: What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?

Interpersonal Skills. Continuing to have interpersonal skills is important. We have such a reliance on technology it’s important to retain face to face and written communication skills. .  

Q/A: If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Family reunions when all my parents and in-laws were living.  

Q/A: How do you define business success?

If what you do provides you with a sense of purpose and a feeling personal satisfaction I think that is success. Measure of profit is not the measure of success. The business reality, however, is that you must meet expenses while doing it.  

Q/A: How do you define success in your personal life?

Wonderful marriage and a healthy child  

The Proxy Q:

Houseboat or speed boat? A: SPEEDBOAT  

Q/A: How do people get ahold of you?

My cell number is (760) 964-7585, office is (760) 243-3803, or email me at: ——————————————- Proxy Says… “Caroll Yule was a pleasure to interview: insightful, humble and heartfelt. She had a few more thoughts on life. She was surprised recently to learn from some friends at a reunion that Minnesota has the largest population living in their home state. She never expected to leave Minnesota, but has since lived in Iowa, California, Arizona, Kansas and Texas. When answering the “Proxy Question” she started by saying…’Well I was very much a speedboat gal in my 20s, 30s and 40s, but know floating around on a houseboat…oh, who am I kidding…SPEEDBOAT!’” Thanks Caroll for the great interview! ——————————————- Look for more People of Interest by The Proxy in future print issues of Desert News Post, or check often on our website at

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