Kunkleman & Lucente, PLLC Delivers A Smooth Closing for Charlotte Agents!
Written by Nicole Langley
Photos by Kelly Klemmensen Photography
Sarah Lucente is a partner of Kunkleman & Lucente, PLLC, a small, boutique law firm that services residential and commercial real estate clients. Together, the team at Kunkleman & Lucente, PLLC seamlessly handles real estate closings, as well as other real estate related matters for their agent partners and their clients.
Upon graduating from Appalachian State University in 2005, Greg Kunkleman (now Sarah’s partner) hired Sarah for an intern position on his real estate team at a medium-sized Charlotte firm, Wishart Norris, Henninger & Pittman, PA. “I only imagined I would work with Greg for the summer,” Sarah remembers, “But then Greg asked me what I was planning to do the following year while I applied to law school, and he ended up hiring me for the rest of the year.”
Sarah was accepted at Elon University School of Law into their Charter Class of 2006. Upon graduating, Wishart Norris, Henninger & Pittman, PA hired Sarah as an associate attorney. “Having the opportunity to work alongside this team was a huge blessing,” Sarah smiles. “Greg has been a huge influence on my law practice—he taught me everything I know and gave me the confidence to practice law.”
Greg and Sarah soon opened their firm together, Kunkleman & Lucente, PLLC in January 2015. “With the support of my family (my whole family, since they all watch my kids),” Sarah jokingly says, “We have had six very successful years. We have a wonderful team which includes Mary Claire Lane and Holly Brown, who are the heart of our company.”
The firm stands apart by offering their agent partners and clients individualized service in an evergrowing and high volume industry. “As an attorney, Greg and I try to call every client to introduce ourselves and let them know we are available to them throughout the process,” Sarah notes. “We strive to put the REALTORS’® clients first and look out for their best interest. We are very dedicated and take each of the clients’ needs seriously—from doing a thorough job of searching titles, obtaining title insurance commitments, and working with all parties to ensure a timely and successful closing.” Sarah tells us that one of the most fulfilling aspects of her career is meeting each client and making people happy at the end of the day. “Knowing we did the best job we could have is incredible,” she smiles.
As with most businesses in the modern world, Kunkleman & Lucente have made great strides to incorporate technology into their practice. “I remember when I started in 2005 as an intern, I had to learn how to use a typewriter and a dictaphone…I would be fine if I never saw those two things again!.” exclaims Sarah. However, even though technology has increased, the team at Kunkleman & Lucente, PLLC feels real estate closings are still very much an in-person event. “Things have been streamlined and made much more efficient,” Sarah says, “But we still use a lot of paper!”
Sarah is married to Steven Lucente, who is also an attorney and practices commercial litigation. The couple has two children—Tommy (6) and Collins (3) As a family, the Lucentes enjoy spending time outside, going for walks, riding bikes, and going to the beach. When Sarah isn’t working or spending time with Steven and the kids, she enjoys running with her girlfriends. “I have run with FiA, Females in Action, for over seven years,” Sarah tells us. “I run with the most amazing group of women who are all highly motivated and very inspirational. We are all different ages, so it’s fun to learn from women who are 10 years my senior and also women who are 10 years younger. They all teach me how to be a better version of myself.”
Sarah believes that success is being content and happy with wherever you are in life and wants to be remembered for treating others with respect, kindness, and humility. “I believe you should always be challenging yourself to do better than the day before,” she concludes.
If you would like to get in touch with Kunkleman & Lucente, PLLC, please call 704.626.6799 or visit online KuLuLaw.com.