Windermere’s Linda Novick Brightening Lives In Sun City

March 28th, 2015
Linda Novick, Windermere Broker Associate, gives back to the Sun City Palm Desert Community

Windermere Broker Associate Linda Novick is actively involved in Sun City Palm Desert.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Broker Associate Linda Novick, who works out of the La Quinta office located at 47-250 Washington Street, believes that the more you give, the more you get. Linda and her husband have become an integral part of the Sun City Palm Desert community, participating in just about every group imaginable and holding board positions, giving their time and resources to help make Sun City a more vibrant place to live. Currently, she is intimately involved with the Rainbow Club, promoting an event coming up on April 18th that features the combination of two exceptional desert activities – barbecuing and golf.

Linda and her husband were proactive in getting the Sun City Rainbow Club approved 10 years ago while Linda’s husband was on the HOA Board. The Rainbow Club supports the LGBT community and places an emphasis on family and friends. “We currently have over 90 members in our club, and growing,” says Linda. “We get together once a month for different events, including bowling outings, bocce, and tapas and wine nights where we participate in solving mentally challenging puzzles, play games, or watch a current event movie. Everyone has a lot of fun and genuinely enjoys getting together and meeting new people. The success of our club starts from the board, down.”

Currently, her club duties have her helping to organize a barbecue scheduled for April 18th, which will feature a putting contest and other fun activities. “We are excited about our upcoming barbecue. Anyone interested in attending or joining our club can go to our website for more details.” Membership is open to Sun City Palm Desert residents and is only $10 for the year.

In addition to her Rainbow Club duties, Linda volunteers for the Neighbors For Neighbors program, offering residents rides to the doctor, supermarket, and other destinations, as well as a hand around the house when needed. She encourages her clients to participate in the program, the largest in the nation. Linda helped start the Jewelry Club in Sun City, was the Ladies’ Golf Tournament Chair for 2 years, the Treasurer for the Couples Golf Club for 2 years, and an active member of the Emergency Preparedness Program for several years. When asked why she is involved in so many activities, Linda’s answer is simple. “I love giving back. You meet the best people doing volunteer work.”

“We are proud of Linda’s deep roots and philanthropic efforts in the Sun City community,” says Chris Anderson. “Linda’s sincere interest in her clients and passion for helping others embody the remarkable quality that we look for in a representative of our brokerage. On behalf of everyone, I would like to wish her a successful April event and a prosperous 2015.”

Linda and fellow Windermere Broker Associate Gayle Pietras work together, specializing in Sun City Palm Desert and Shadow Hills real estate. Linda has been in real estate since 1972, a Broker since 1979, managed an office for a large Orange County firm, and has owned her own firm here in the Coachella Valley. Linda was also the #1 agent in production in 1980 on the Anaheim Board of Realtors.

For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. Stay up to date on the latest community and real estate news by following us on social media, @WindermereSoCal.

Join Windermere For Easter Egg Hunts On April 4th

March 27th, 2015
Windermere Southern California is proudly sponsoring and participating in 3 egg hunts on April 4th in La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella.

Windermere Southern California is proudly sponsoring and participating in 3 egg hunts on April 4th in La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California will be sponsoring and participating in three Easter Egg hunts Saturday, April 4th, in La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella. All three of these events are free and an egg-cellent way to have fun with the entire family!

The La Quinta Easter Egg Hunt is put on by the City of La Quinta and will take place at La Quinta Park, located on the corner of Blackhawk Way and Adams Street. Planned festivities include: 6,000 eggs for four age groups of kids, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, a jump house, as well as a chalk drawing contest with Gloria Rodriguez of KMIR News judging the contest. For the 19th year, Windermere representatives will be on hand to give out balloons and say hi to the egg hunters and their families. The hunt starts at 9am sharp and will be over in less than 5 minutes, so make sure to get there early to get in on the action!

Windermere, in conjunction with The Desert Recreation District, is hosting Eggstravaganzas in Indio and Coachella for the fifth straight year. In addition to the egg hunts, both events include exciting activities like face painting, potato sack races, hula-hoop contests, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and more. Windermere will have a booth at both parks and will be handing out balloons, candy, and holding coloring contests. The Indio hunt will be held at Indio Community Center Park, located at 45-871 Clinton Street, and the Coachella hunt will be held at Veterans’ Park, located on 4th Street between Orchard Street and Vine Avenue. Registration for the Easter Egg hunts starts at 10am.

Windermere invites you to join in on the fun and enjoy these free events.

PSRAR Isn’t Fooling Around With “Fools Follies Fundraiser” April 1

March 25th, 2015
The upcoming Fools Follies Fundraiser, put on by the PSRAR, will be heavily attended by Windermere representatives

Windermere will be well represented at the upcoming Fools Follies Fundraiser, put on by the PSRAR.

The Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors® (PSRAR) will be hosting a fundraiser on April Fool’s Day (April 1, 2015) at the Saguaro Hotel, located at 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, starting at 8 in the morning. Titled “Fools Follies Fundraiser,” the event benefits this year’s selected non-profit organizations: Well in the Desert, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, and Desert Escrow Scholarship Fund. No laughing matter, the event is expected to be a major contributor to the PSRAR’s annual charitable donations and should raise several thousand dollars.

The planned fun will include a basket and dessert auction, with awards presented to the two baskets that are deemed to be the most creative and have the best theme. Due to the popularity of the fundraiser, all participants and attendees are encouraged to show up before 8am for donation set up and early review of the goodies.

For more information on the fundraiser, please visit the PSRAR website.

Windermere Sponsors Coachella Valley Inve$t

March 25th, 2015
Bert Garland will be representing Windermere at his year's Coachella Valley Inve$t.  Windermere Real Estate Southern California is a proud sponsor.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is a proud sponsor of this year’s Coachella Valley Inve$t. Bert Garland will be representing Windermere.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to be a sponsor of Coachella Valley Inve$t, taking place March 26 and 27 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa and featuring a variety of events to showcase the Coachella Valley as a viable place to invest in commercial properties. Windermere will be represented by Bert Garland of the Desert Area Commercial office, located at 44-530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite 101 in Palm Desert. Planned events for Coachella Inve$t include a golf outing and cocktail party at BIGHORN Golf Club, bus tours, a tradeshow, and an investor symposium hosted by Ben Stein, one of the most dynamic speakers about economics and public policy in America.

“The Coachella Valley presents a unique opportunity for real estate investors,” says Windermere Southern California Co-Owner Bob Deville. “With a variety of properties at exceptional values, our beloved Southern California desert is a gem for those looking to make smart investments and experience the exciting momentum we have felt over the last few years. We are proud to sponsor this premiere event and glad to know that Bert Garland, a standout professional, is leading the charge on our behalf.”

Please visit the Coachella Valley Invest website for full details and to purchase tickets.

Windermere Offices Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 23rd, 2015
St. Patrick's Day was celebrated across Southern California by Windermere Agents and Staff

Windermere Agents and Staff celebrated St. Patrick’s Day across Southern California.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville’s Windermere Real Estate Southern California offices celebrated St. Patrick’s Day across the region, with themed office meetings, potlucks, and plenty o’ fun to go around.

On the coast, Managing Brokers Joe Wogoman and Suzanne Drace of the Carlsbad office held a potluck with all of the traditional fare, and Director of Managing Brokers Sandi Richardson turned the usual Orange County Tuesday office meeting into a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

In the Coachella Valley, both Palm Desert offices, Branch Manager Randy Wiemer’s Portola and Managing Broker Dean Foster’s San Pablo, enjoyed corned beef with an office potluck for side dishes and desserts. The La Quinta office had an Irish lunch, with corned beef and vegetables provided by CV Escrow’s Donna Grosso, and dessert and beverages provided by Managing Broker Sandy Beakey.

Windermere Real Estate Welcomes Ken Schwartz

March 21st, 2015
Realtor® Ken Schwartz has joined Windermere's Palm Desert Portola office.

Windermere proudly welcomes Realtor® Ken Schwartz to the Palm Desert Portola office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to welcome Realtor® Ken Schwartz to the Palm Desert Portola office, located at 73993 Highway 111. Ken, a Coachella Valley resident for over 20 years, applies his sterling client service skills crafted over a 36-year career in the hospitality industry and intimate firsthand knowledge of the local community to provide professional real estate solutions for his clients. He has extensive knowledge of “the heart of the valley,” working primarily in Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Bermuda Dunes, however, he will work anywhere a client is looking to buy or sell a home.

Operating several high-profile hotels as a General Manager for major companies over the course of his hospitality career, Ken learned invaluable client service and negotiation skills that translate perfectly into real estate. “The most important thing is to do whatever it takes to exceed the expectations of a client,” says Ken. His experience also suits his clients, and fellow agents and their clients, because he can create a “win-win-win” scenario: All parties, and the outcome of the transaction, walk away feeling satisfied. Ken’s desire for exceptional client service stems from his innate love of making others happy. “When I was in the hotel business, I could make 1,000 people happy simultaneously with a well-produced event. Real estate gives me the opportunity to continue passing on that happiness, one client at a time.”

Ken’s love of real estate and architecture prompted him to pursue it as a second career upon retiring from the hotel business. “I always had fun with real estate over the course of my 22 personal transactions. What I really appreciated was having a Realtor® who helped me with the process and making the best decision. I saw what a positive impact that service has on people’s lives, and I wanted to do the same,” he continues. Ken also has a keen eye for architecture and interior design, a vision he perfected overseeing hotel remodels. “I can walk with a client and see the potential in a house, and show them that potential. That is a very important skill to have, especially when looking at how to modify an older home into a more modern living space.”

Ken operates with a sense of immediacy, always showing respect for others’ time and committing himself to be as responsive as possible to his clients. When looking for a brokerage to join, Ken found that same sense of urgency in Branch Manager Randy Wiemer, who apologized for taking two hours to call him back. “Windermere’s professionalism and high standards were appealing, and working with Randy puts it over the top. I know Randy and the rest of the support staff are here 100% of the time for me. Windermere gives me the sense that they are honored to have me work with them, and not the other way around.”

“Ken’s strong background in client service, negotiations, and detailed knowledge of the local market sets him up to be successful at Windermere,” says Randy Wiemer. “On behalf of everyone at our Portola office, I would like to welcome Ken to our family.”

About Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Founded by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville in 2001, Windermere Real Estate Southern California quickly rose to prominence as the Palm Springs area market leader, consistently listing and selling more homes than any other real estate brokerage. As real estate agents themselves, “The Bobs” know what it takes for agents to successfully satisfy their clients in today’s ever-changing marketplace, providing exceptional services and support to help to make all transactions as smooth as possible. Windermere Southern California proudly serves the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio.

The Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the Coachella Valley’s finest homes and estates, maximizing each property’s exposure and impact worldwide through exclusive international partnerships. Launched in 2014, the A+D program, or Architecture plus Design, pays tribute to the rich heritage of design, innovative vision, and iconic modern architecture born in the Coachella Valley. A+D embraces homes that have architectural or historical significance, an inherent reflection of the style or period they represent, or are originally created/designed by noted architects and designers, and thus provides a unique platform to give these one-of-a-kind homes the proper presentation they deserve.

Bennion and Deville have created an extensive network of agents, clients, and partners, the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of an invitation to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and acting as the exclusive local affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®.  For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit us on the web at WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Proudly Welcomes Jim Tate

March 21st, 2015
Jim Tate has joined Windermere's Indian Wells Main office.

Windermere is proud to welcome Jim Tate to its Indian Wells Main office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California proudly welcomes Jim Tate to its team of real estate professionals at the Indian Wells Main office, located at 74-850 Highway 111. Jim has had his real estate license since 1982, and is licensed in Kentucky, Tennessee, and California. He is well versed in serving a variety of real estate needs, including traditional transactions, home and agricultural property auctions, and commercial and residential development packages. He works with buyers, sellers, and investors all over the Coachella Valley, and consults with clients across the United States on commercial transactions.

With family roots in real estate, Jim broke into the business when he was 18. He went on to get a B.S. in Real Estate and Urban Development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, giving him a formal education to go with a wealth of firsthand industry experience. “Growing up, my family had a business conducting real estate auctions to help liquidate estates, which is where I began my career,” says Jim. “Over time, I have expanded my realm of expertise to include traditional residential purchases and sales and putting together land acquisition packages that include engineering, permitting, and overseeing all aspects of the process until close of transaction.” Jim is also a certified Master Appraiser through NAI.

Clients continue to go to Jim for many reasons, starting with his laid back approach and ability to jive with any personality. “I am able to click with all of my clients and demonstrate my industry knowledge, which creates a level of comfort and trust in me to handle the transaction process. I also make sure that I am accessible and I return all calls promptly,” Jim adds. His affable approach and steady ability as a real estate professional have allowed Jim a great deal of success and lead to many positive outcomes for his clients.

Since 2004, Jim has been practicing real estate in the Coachella Valley, working with buyers and sellers on a wide range of property types and locations. The constant through all of those experiences has been Jim’s ability to understand the situation and work with his clients toward the best solution possible, even coaching them on improving their ability to get a loan. “I have experience consulting with my clients who may need help with their credit in order to qualify,” continues Jim. “I can help folks get qualified so they can get into a house and improve their lifestyle.”

As a real estate professional with a lifetime of experience who knows the ins and outs of the business, Jim chose Windermere Southern California for a few reasons. “I felt comfortable with the philosophies of ownership and management. Having owned and operated my own real estate companies before, I understand the qualities that make a company succeed and attract the best in the industry. Windermere Southern California is wired properly with a cohesive group of professionals and, even though the company is large, they do a great job of making you feel special.”

“We are excited to have Jim join our real estate family at the Indian Wells Main office,” says Charlie White, Managing Broker. “His lifelong background in the industry and extensive business knowledge coupled with his mellow Southern demeanor set him up to make clients happy and loyal for life.”

About Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Founded by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville in 2001, Windermere Real Estate Southern California quickly rose to prominence as the Palm Springs area market leader, consistently listing and selling more homes than any other real estate brokerage. As real estate agents themselves, “The Bobs” know what it takes for agents to successfully satisfy their clients in today’s ever-changing marketplace, providing exceptional services and support to help to make all transactions as smooth as possible. Windermere Southern California proudly serves the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio.

The Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the Coachella Valley’s finest homes and estates, maximizing each property’s exposure and impact worldwide through exclusive international partnerships. Launched in 2014, the A+D program, or Architecture plus Design, pays tribute to the rich heritage of design, innovative vision, and iconic modern architecture born in the Coachella Valley. A+D embraces homes that have architectural or historical significance, an inherent reflection of the style or period they represent, or are originally created/designed by noted architects and designers, and thus provides a unique platform to give these one-of-a-kind homes the proper presentation they deserve.

Bennion and Deville have created an extensive network of agents, clients, and partners, the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of an invitation to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and acting as the exclusive local affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®.  For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit us on the web at WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere’s Tianna Woods First In Valley To Earn RESA-PRO™ Home Staging Designation

March 14th, 2015
Tianna Woods of Windermere recently earned the RESA-PRO Home Staging Designation.

WIndermere’s Tianna Woods recently earned her RESA-PRO Home Staging Designation.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Realtor® and RESA® (Real Estate Staging Association) member Tianna Woods recently earned the prestigious RESA-PRO Home Staging Designation. Tianna, who has had her real estate license since 2007, has been a RESA® member since 2014 and involved in interior design since the late 1990s when she attended design school. This new designation legitimizes her status as a home staging maven and broadens her opportunities to work with clients on staging and selling their homes throughout the Coachella Valley.

In order to become a member of RESA®, applicants must meet five requirements, including passing an ethics exam, agreeing to a code of ethics, and having a minimum of one year in business as a professional home stager, among others. “RESA® is the only third-party organization for home stagers, so it lends additional credibility to me as a professional within the field and sets me apart, especially since I am the first person in the Coachella Valley with this designation,” says Tianna. “The high ethical standards set by the organization legitimize what I do and protect my clients and my business because of the strict guidelines they set for qualifying members.”

According to Tianna, professional staging is a “strategic marketing process that is aesthetic in nature. I love that I can take an average-looking home and turn it into the ‘shiny penny’ on the block. Professional home staging is not decorating and has nothing to do with personal styling choices; rather, it is about highlighting the home’s best features and helping buyers to envision your old home as their new inspired lifestyle. Plus, buyers view staged homes as better maintained.” Studies indicate that homes that are staged spend less time on the market and show better through photos placed in print and online, giving the home a greater visual impact.

Since earning the RESA-PRO Home Staging Designation in January, Tianna has already experienced additional interest and a bump in demand. “What was a complementary service to my real estate business is now a full-service operation that I run in conjunction with my duties as an agent, consulting with my fellow Realtors® and clients on getting their spaces staged,” concludes Tianna. “I love making things look nice through furnishings, the art of organization, and creating a functional living space. By doing this for my clients, I am opening new doors for them and creating additional opportunities to sell their home, and for the maximum sales price possible.”

“We are proud of Tianna earning this designation and congratulate her on this accomplishment,” says Chris Anderson, Windermere Southern California’s General Manager. “Home staging is a vital component of any listing, especially because it creates an appeal to a buyer’s emotional desire to live in the home and see what’s possible with the space. By furthering her credentials in this realm, she diversifies herself from the rest of the pack and helps her carve out a nice niche within the Coachella Valley market.”

About Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Founded by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville in 2001, Windermere Real Estate Southern California quickly rose to prominence as the Palm Springs area market leader, consistently listing and selling more homes than any other real estate brokerage. As real estate agents themselves, “The Bobs” know what it takes for agents to successfully satisfy their clients in today’s ever-changing marketplace, providing exceptional services and support to help to make all transactions as smooth as possible. Windermere Southern California proudly serves the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio.

The Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the Coachella Valley’s finest homes and estates, maximizing each property’s exposure and impact worldwide through exclusive international partnerships. Launched in 2014, the A+D program, or Architecture plus Design, pays tribute to the rich heritage of design, innovative vision, and iconic modern architecture born in the Coachella Valley. A+D embraces homes that have architectural or historical significance, an inherent reflection of the style or period they represent, or are originally created/designed by noted architects and designers, and thus provides a unique platform to give these one-of-a-kind homes the proper presentation they deserve.

Bennion and Deville have created an extensive network of agents, clients, and partners, the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of an invitation to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and acting as the exclusive local affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®.  For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit us on the web at WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Recognize Agents For Contributions to Community

March 8th, 2015
Windermere SoCal Realtors® JoAnne Bowers and Katie Alfrey donate their time and resources to the Friends of the Women's Resources Center in Oceanside.

Windermere SoCal Realtors® JoAnne Bowers and Katie Alfrey donate their time and resources to the Friends of the Women’s Resources Center in Oceanside.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to recognize Realtors® JoAnn Bowers and Katie Alfrey for their dedication and philanthropic efforts on behalf of the Friends of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Oceanside. The WRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support services to women, children, and men threatened by domestic violence and sexual assault. Recently, JoAnn and Katie helped organize a luncheon fundraiser for the WRC at Shadowridge Country Club in Vista, which was sponsored by Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal. The luncheon raised $6,100 and served 105 guests, with a keynote speech by Rebecca Leo, an author who chronicled her experiences raising a family in an abusive marriage.

JoAnn and Katie were drawn to the Friends of the WRC because of the general cause and focus of the auxiliary organization: Helping provide “normalcy” to the lives of children living with their mothers in the 2-year transition home. “All of the money we raise goes toward providing services for the children, including counseling, events and experiences, and extras, such as cribs, diapers, and Halloween costumes,” says JoAnn. Adds Katie, “We try to bring joy to the kids through museum art projects, giving them the opportunity to go to plays and to the movies, and other fun activities children enjoy.” JoAnn chaired the recent event and Katie helped organize the donations for the opportunity drawing and silent auction.

Managing Broker Joe Wogoman and Branch Manager Suzanne Drace represented luncheon sponsor Windermere SoCal

Windermere SoCal sponsored the luncheon and was represented by Managing Broker Joe Wogoman and Branch Manager Suzanne Drace.

The Friends of WRC is an auxiliary organization comprised of 125 members who support the WRC through donations, with 25 members participating in an active role of volunteering their time and resources to put on the fundraisers and work with the Residential Housing Director at the WRC directly to ensure that the center’s needs are being met. JoAnn took an active role 9 years ago when a client introduced her to the organization. She attended the first ever luncheon and has been a part of the organization ever since. Katie got involved because of the WRC’s local roots that span over 35 years in San Diego County.

“We are proud of JoAnn and Katie for their commitment to this worthy cause,” says Managing Broker Joe Wogoman, who attended the event with Branch Manager Suzanne Drace. “The services that the WRC provides are critical to our community. It is a safe resource for victims of domestic violence to seek and we are happy to support any way that we can.”

For more information on the Women’s Resource Center, including how to volunteer or donate, please visit their website.

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Windermere Real Estate SoCal has been serving San Diego and Orange counties since 2010, with offices throughout Southern California. San Diego County offices include Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy, with an Encinitas office opening soon. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. Windermere’s Premier Properties program lists and showcases some of the finest properties available on the market, maximizing exposure of high-end luxury homes to qualified buyers across a variety of mediums and channels.

For the location of the Windermere Real Estate SoCal office nearest you, please visit our website at WindermereSoCal.com. Stay up-to-date on the latest trends in Southern California real estate by following us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Southern California Welcomes Sabryna Scholte-Gamboni

March 7th, 2015
Sabryna Scholte-Gamboni has joined Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Windermere Southern California is welcomes Realtor Sabyrna Scholte-Gamboni to its family of real estate professionals

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is pleased to announce Realtor® Sabryna Scholte-Gamboni has joined the Palm Desert Portola office, located at 73993 Highway 111.  Sabryna has been investing in real estate since 2012, and uses her own successful experience, attention to detail, and passion for homes to help her clients achieve their real estate dreams.  She currently specializes in Palm Desert residential properties.

Sabryna became interested in real estate after deciding that she wanted to invest her money in something that offered monthly and long-term returns.  After words of encouragement from her friends, she began purchasing single-family homes and making upgrades to maximize appeal, increase market value, and create a steady monthly income stream. “The best part about joining Windermere as a professional Realtor® for me is that I get to use my passion for real estate to help others,” she says.

Prior to moving to Palm Desert, Sabryna worked for many years in the Hollywood film industry in international sales and marketing and owned a film and entertainment company with her husband in the Netherlands. She is detail oriented, organized, creative, and uncompromising when faced with a challenge.  “I have an eye for potential, which helps my clients.  I understand balance and structure in a home and living space, and help my clients see it too.”

Sabryna is genuinely interested in her clients’ wellbeing, looking to match each with their perfect home.  Through it all, she thoroughly enjoys the thrill of the hunt. “I think it’s really important for homebuyers to fall in love with a space, whether it’s turnkey or something with great potential. There are so many possibilities in the Coachella Valley with the large variety of housing styles. I want to find the right fit based on my clients’ desired lifestyle.”

Sabryna joined Windermere Southern California after talking with several people who are also Windermere Realtors®.  “A few of my friends told me about the support they receive and the level of camaraderie that goes on within the organization.  I met with Chris Anderson [General Manager] and did my interview with Randy Wiemer [Branch Manager] and committed to join based on those conversations, the company’s philosophy on supporting its agents, and tremendous presence in the Coachella Valley.”

Says Branch Manager Randy Wiemer, “We are very excited to have Sabryna join our family at the Portola office.  Her enthusiasm for real estate and desire to apply her direct knowledge to help others gives her the qualities she needs to be successful.  On behalf of everyone here, I would like to welcome her to our family.”

About Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Founded by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville in 2001, Windermere Real Estate Southern California quickly rose to prominence as the Palm Springs area market leader, consistently listing and selling more homes than any other real estate brokerage. As real estate agents themselves, “The Bobs” know what it takes for agents to successfully satisfy their clients in today’s ever-changing marketplace, providing exceptional services and support to help to make all transactions as smooth as possible. Windermere Southern California proudly serves the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio.

The Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the Coachella Valley’s finest homes and estates, maximizing each property’s exposure and impact worldwide through exclusive international partnerships. Launched in 2014, the A+D program, or Architecture plus Design, pays tribute to the rich heritage of design, innovative vision, and iconic modern architecture born in the Coachella Valley. A+D embraces homes that have architectural or historical significance, an inherent reflection of the style or period they represent, or are originally created/designed by noted architects and designers, and thus provides a unique platform to give these one-of-a-kind homes the proper presentation they deserve.

Bennion and Deville have created an extensive network of agents, clients, and partners, the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of an invitation to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and acting as the exclusive local affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®.  For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit us on the web at WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Southern California Welcomes Judy Koubek

March 7th, 2015
Judy Koubek has joned Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Windermere Southern California is proud to welcome Realtor Judy Koubek

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is pleased to announce Realtor® Judy Koubek has joined its team of real estate professionals at the Palm Desert San Pablo office, located at 44-530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite 101. Since beginning her real estate career in 2013, Judy has wowed her clients with an elite level of service and passion to help them achieve their real estate goals.

Prior to breaking into the real estate industry, Judy was an Owner/Broker of an insurance agency for 37 years. This experience sharpened her client service skills and understanding what it takes to keep a client satisfied throughout the sales process. “Providing client service is the same, regardless of the industry or product,” says Judy. “By offering personalized service and doing what you say you’re going to do no matter what, you build trust, respect, and a client for life. My clients expect me to take care of them and follow through on my promises, which is exactly what I do.”

Real estate has always been a passion of Judy’s and she is thrilled to take that passion and penchant for client service to help others. “I am happy to be working with new clients and meeting new people. It is so exciting to fulfill their dreams and help them achieve the lifestyle they want.” Judy built her insurance business by referral, and she is looking to accomplish that same feat in real estate. “I want people to refer me and my services to their friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else they know. Building that rapport is crucial in this business. A client referral is the best review possible.”

Windermere Southern California was appealing to Judy because of their reputation for professionalism, outstanding presence in the Coachella Valley, and to follow her mentor, Dean Foster, who recently made the switch. “Windermere is the premiere real estate agency in the desert and I am proud to be associated with the name and brand. I also wanted to go where Dean went, and trust his judgment when it comes to establishing a professional association with a company.

“I am thrilled that Judy joined our San Pablo family,” says Managing Broker Dean Foster. “Her impressive client relationship-building skills and passion for helping others gives her the credentials and intangibles to be successful. I look forward to continuing our mentor-mentee relationship and wish her the best of luck.”

About Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Founded by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville in 2001, Windermere Real Estate Southern California quickly rose to prominence as the Palm Springs area market leader, consistently listing and selling more homes than any other real estate brokerage. As real estate agents themselves, “The Bobs” know what it takes for agents to successfully satisfy their clients in today’s ever-changing marketplace, providing exceptional services and support to help to make all transactions as smooth as possible. Windermere Southern California proudly serves the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio.

The Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the Coachella Valley’s finest homes and estates, maximizing each property’s exposure and impact worldwide through exclusive international partnerships. Launched in 2014, the A+D program, or Architecture plus Design, pays tribute to the rich heritage of design, innovative vision, and iconic modern architecture born in the Coachella Valley. A+D embraces homes that have architectural or historical significance, an inherent reflection of the style or period they represent, or are originally created/designed by noted architects and designers, and thus provides a unique platform to give these one-of-a-kind homes the proper presentation they deserve.

Bennion and Deville have created an extensive network of agents, clients, and partners, the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of an invitation to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and acting as the exclusive local affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®.  For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit us on the web at WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

CAR Vice President and Chief Economist To Speak At PSRAR

March 6th, 2015
Leslie Appleton-Young, California Association of Realtors® Vice President and Chief Economist, will speak to PSRAR Members Wednesday, March 11, 2015

California Association of Realtors® Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young will speak to PSRAR Members Wednesday, March 11, 2015

California Association of Realtors® (CAR) Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young will speak to members of the Palms Springs Regional Association of Realtors® (PSRAR) next Wednesday, March 11, starting at 8:00am at the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. The cost is $3 and includes breakfast, which will be served at 7:30am. All in attendance are encouraged to show up early.

Visit the PSRAR website for more information.

Windermere Honored With Nomination For “Best Large Business”

March 5th, 2015
Windermere Southern California recently sponsored the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Dinner.  Realtor® Marilyn Bauer was installed as President of the Chamber's Board.

Windermere Southern California recently sponsored the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards of Excellence ceremony. Realtor® Marilyn Bauer was installed as Chairman of the 2015  Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California was recently nominated in the “Best Large Business” category by the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce at the 2015 Installation & Awards of Excellence ceremony. The Chamber is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Windermere was a major sponsor of the event and sent 10 representatives to mix and mingle with Rancho Mirage’s finest and most prominent business professionals and to show support of the Chamber. In addition, Windermere Realtor® and Premier Director Marilyn Bauer was installed as Chairman of the 2015 Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce.

“We are proud of Marilyn’s role with the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce,” says Windermere General Manager Chris Anderson. “Her dedication to furthering the Rancho Mirage business community and fostering mutually beneficial relationships is impressive, all while maintaining an excellent reputation as a real estate professional and successfully working to accomplish her clients’ real estate dreams. On behalf of our entire Windermere family, I would like to congratulate Marilyn on her installation and wish her a successful and prosperous 2015 as Chairman of the Board.”

“It was a great night filled with an excellent ceremony and representation from some of our community’s highest-caliber professionals, all befitting of the prestigious legacy the City of Rancho Mirage has built,” says Windermere Real Estate Southern California Co-Owner Bob Deville. “We are honored to have been a part of the event, and to be nominated with the other well-deserved businesses that are lucky enough to call Rancho Mirage ‘home.’ We look forward to continuing to be an active member in the Rancho Mirage community and congratulate the Chamber of Commerce on 60 years of excellence.”

Windermere SoCal Has a Ball At Tantrums And Tiaras

March 4th, 2015
Members of Windermere SoCal recently attended the Tantrums and Tiaras fundraiser, with proceeds going toward the LGBT Center in Hillcrest.

Members of Windermere SoCal recently attended the Tantrums and Tiaras fundraiser, with proceeds going toward the LGBT Center in Hillcrest.

Members of Bob Bennion and Bob Deville’s Windermere SoCal Hillcrest/Mission Hills office, located at 265 West Washington Street, recently attended a fundraiser for the LGBT Center called Tantrums and Tiaras. Bartenders from establishments in the Hillcrest area competed in a beauty contest, which raised $40,000 for the center. Managing Broker Kirk Gregor and Realtor® Shane Stewart from the office attended to show their support for the center, with tickets going for $50 and additional contributions given at the event, including a donation of $200 by Kirk.

The event took place at the Observatory Theater (formerly known as the North Park Theater) and received rave reviews. “It was a really fun event and very well put together,” says Kirk. “The sets, costumes, and dance numbers were nicely done, and they even figured out a way to get a horse on stage. It was a great night for an even greater cause.”

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Isabel Bond

March 1st, 2015
Realtor® Isabel Bond has joined Bob Bennion and Bob Deville's Carlsbad office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville welcome Realtor® Isabel Bond to the Carlsbad office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Isabel Bond to the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Isabel utilizes her passion for real estate, personal success with investment properties, and exceptional service skills to help her clients find the right real estate fit for their needs. She specializes in North County San Diego, serving Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, and San Marcos.

Isabel has always found real estate interesting and appealing. Her success in purchasing single-family homes, making improvements, and renting them out furthered this interest until it became something she endeavored to pursue professionally. Says Isabel, “I have always had an interest in real estate and found out I have a knack for it. I carry this personal passion for homes and architectural design to help my clients find the perfect match for their lifestyle.” From her personal experiences, Isabel is also well versed in working directly with contractors to oversee projects, something that she uses to assist her clients who are looking to update their homes.

Prior to becoming a real estate professional, Isabel owned and operated several small businesses, which taught her valuable skills such as time management, reading and evaluating trends in the market, budgeting, and awareness of what’s going on in the surrounding community. She also uses her strong background in floral design to evaluate color usage and presentation within a space, which she employs to create an appealing staged home.

Understanding what it takes to run a successful business, Isabel is dedicated to providing superior client service. Her insight into the community allows her to give recommendations on areas based on the surrounding schools, points of interest, and local conveniences. “Listening to a client is the most crucial aspect of providing personalized service. Once I understand their lifestyle needs, I can better identify a solution for them using my knowledge of the local area and penchant for finding the right home,” she continues.

In addition to her commitment to creating a customized real estate experience for her clients, Isabel is also committed to creating a better life for others. She has donated her time and resources to help Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children with physical deformities through the gift of reconstructive surgery and other related healthcare services.

Isabel, who resides in Carlsbad, chose “The Bobs’” Windermere SoCal because of the location of its Carlsbad Village office and the support provided by the staff. “Having an office in the heart of Carlsbad Village is a tremendous opportunity and a geographical advantage. Plus, the office staff is so friendly and helpful,” she concludes.

“We are happy to welcome Isabel Bond to our Carlsbad family,” says Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker, “Her personalized approach to client service, knowledge of the local communities, and creative background set her up to enjoy success with Windermere.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Windermere Real Estate SoCal has been serving San Diego and Orange counties since 2010, with offices throughout Southern California. San Diego County offices include AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy, with an Encinitas office opening soon. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. Windermere’s Premier Properties program lists and showcases some of the finest properties available on the market, maximizing exposure of high-end luxury homes to qualified buyers across a variety of mediums and channels.

For the location of the Windermere Real Estate SoCal office nearest you, please visit our website at WindermereSoCal.com. Stay up-to-date on the latest trends in Southern California real estate by following us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.