About Sam Kuhn

Owner, Broker-In-Charge

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.

That said, in my experience as a Newton-Conover and Catawba County real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs.

This "client first" philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I've found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I've always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They've also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.

As a native of Catawba County, I believe that I can provide knowledge of the the area that more recently landed agents will take many years to acquire. 

So when you decide that you'd like to buy or sell a home in the Newton-Conover or anywhere in Catawba County, please contact us.

About Shuford Abernethy

Real Estate Broker

Shuford Abernethy has been a licensed real estate broker in Catawba County since 2007, and joined First Choice Realtyin 2008.  He is currently involved in marketing Abingdon Glen Village, Hickory’s only gated active adult townhome community for adults ages 55 and up.

Shuford has worked primarily with the senior adult market since 1986 and has been certified through the National Association of Realtors as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist since 2010. He has assisted hundreds of adults ages 55+ in buying and selling homes.

 Shuford has an extensive knowledge of Catawba County and its cities having grown up in the area himself.  He is a graduate of Newton-Conover High School in Newton and Catawba College in Salisbury where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics.

About Tracie Kelley

Tracie has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 2013, and joined First Choice Realty in 2016. She is a Caldwell County native, presently resides in the Newton area.


About Carol Schaubert

Carol, originally from Ohio,  is a real estate broker with over twenty years of experience in Catawba County.  She joined First Choice in 2017 and has experienced in all facets of real estate and resides in Conover.


About Cecelia

Cecelia is originally from Lima, Peru so that being bilingual is a unique addition to our staff, offering full service to the Hispanic community.  She resides in Newton.