Alpine realtor organizing variety show starring realtors

Alpine resident Carey Guthrie, a realtor and past president of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors with an office in El Cajon, is again organizing PSAR’s sixth annual PSAR Un-Fashion and Variety Show.

With a cast of 40 people, the Un-Fashion and Variety Show is two hours of entertaining song-and-dance routines and comedy skits performed by members of PSAR, which operates an office in El Cajon.

Since the show’s beginning, Guthrie has overseen talent selection and choreography. Rehearsals have been underway for two months. This year’s theme is “America’s Realtors Got Talent.” The show’s lone performance will be on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, in Mission Valley. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. Admission tickets to the show cost $65 per person or $600 for a table of 10 seats. For more information, visit

Proceeds will benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation. Over the past five years, the PSAR Un-Fashion and Variety Show has raised more than $30,000 for the military nonprofit.

“It’s a fun show that people look forward to year after year,” Guthrie said. “We say that it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever seen on stage and the planet’s greatest performance. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you’ve got to see it to believe it.”

By any standard, Guthrie’s 27-year real estate career has been highly successful. Her personal motto is: “You can always do more than you think you can.”

She has opened or managed more than a dozen real estate offices. Guthrie was a top-producing sales agent for several companies before she switched to management, “I’ve worked in the trenches so I know what it takes to succeed,” she said. Currently, she is managing two Coldwell Banker West offices in La Mesa at 8277 La Mesa Blvd. and in El Cajon at 2382 Fletcher Parkway. The two East County offices have more than 160 agents. The company operates six offices with more than 640 agents.

A turning point in Guthrie’s life that led to her real estate career occurred when her 13-year-old son Ty was riding his bicycle at Mission Trails Park and was hit by a car. Doctors told the family that if Ty recovered he might never walk or talk again. After missing his first two years of high school, Ty eventually made a full recovery and today he works for a property management firm. However, during Ty’s recovery, money was tight due to a recession, the family relocated to a rental home and Guthrie took a job cleaning model homes. She often took Ty on the job with her. In 1991, when a new homes sales agent yelled at her to leave before the sales office opened, Guthrie decided right then to get her real estate sales license. “I knew that I could do better at that job than that person,” she said.

Guthrie grew up on Bonita Mesa Road in Bonita. At age 17, as a senior attending Bonita Vista High School, she got married to a professional motorcycle racer at the time. They were married for 28 years and raised five children together. Her husband later became a contractor, and the couple built and sold custom homes.

Today, Guthrie is married to Lon, whom she first saw as the 14-year-old boy on a bicycle in Bonita. About 120 people attended their wedding in 2008 held at their home on Lake Martinez in Yuma, along the Colorado River. Carey and Lon Hooper were married dressed in pirate outfits and barefoot.

In her spare time, Guthrie exercises by running on hiking trails around her Alpine home. And, she loves to spend time in her garden of succulents.

“I feel so blessed in life,” said Guthrie, 57. “I have many, dear friends who are always eager to help me and get involved in PSAR events. I consider many PSAR members as members of my family. ”