Windermere SoCal Proudly Welcomes Barbara Whisenant

January 26th, 2015
Windermere SoCal is proud to welcome Barbara Whisenant to its Carlsbad office.

Windermere SoCal is proud to welcome Barbara Whisenant to its Carlsbad office.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is proud to welcome REALTOR® Barbara Whisenant to its family of real estate professionals at the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Whisenant began her real estate career in 2000 and brings a diverse skillset, including a background as a paralegal, which allows her to service a broad spectrum of clients and guide them down the right decision path.

Barbara began her real estate career after moving to San Diego, working as a licensed assistant for the REALTOR® she met through the purchase of her home. By working as an assistant, she gained invaluable knowledge and insight into running a real estate business and how to interact and provide exceptional service to clients. “I learned how to be more sociable and how to keep client relationships for life,” says Barbara. “Almost every one of my clients has become my friend. I take a genuine interest in them and want what is best for them, both in real estate and in life.”

With a professional background as a paralegal, bookkeeper, and running non-profit organizations, Barbara’s diverse experience makes her an effective real estate agent. “Due to my knowledge of reviewing and understanding contracts, I am able to advise my clients by explaining all available options and guiding them toward the right decision for them. Plus, I have never had a contract rejected because I help my clients understand what the forms mean,” she adds. Barbara also has great business instincts, with a keen foresight on where the market is going and putting her business squarely at the forefront.

Barbara has achieved a wealth of professional designations, including SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource), and is a Certified HAFA Specialist. “I have found a great niche working with seniors who are looking to downsize or sell their home before they enter care facilities,” continues Barbara. Barbara is also a five-time recipient of the Five Star Award for Real Estate Agents, from 2010 to 2014, placing her among the top 7% of the local industry for performance and client service satisfaction.

As a professional REALTOR®, Barbara takes a keen interest in her clients and helping them achieve their desired lifestyle. That passion for helping others is seamlessly woven into her personal life as well. She has worked for and with non-profits, including a literacy program to teach people how to read and write, and organizations that advocate for abused senior citizens. She also helps to collect food and clothing for local shelters for battered women every year.

Windermere SoCal came highly recommended by a friend who had made the switch. “Windermere SoCal takes a real interest in agents as individuals, not as a number to boast sales force figures, and wants us to succeed personally and professionally. Their marketing support programs and the tools they offer to help agents achieve success, including educational opportunities, were enticing,” she concludes.

Adds Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker, “We are thrilled to welcome Barbara to our Carlsbad office family. Her professional achievements and track record of success make her an excellent addition to our team. We look forward to working with Barbara and establishing a strong professional relationship.”

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.

Bennion & Deville’s Windermere Real Estate SoCal Primed For A Great 2015

January 26th, 2015
Windmere Real Estate SoCal is poised for growth in 2015 and beyond, including a new location off of El Camino Real in Encinitas.

Benin & Deville’s Windmere Real Estate SoCal is poised for growth in 2015 and beyond, including a new location off of El Camino Real in Encinitas.

Since entering the coastal markets of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010,  Bob Bennion and Bob Deville have established itself a company that provides an exceptional level of service, supplying agents with the tools and support needed to successfully produce for their clients in the evolving real estate landscape. “Building upon a strong 2014, we are poised to continue a steady climb in 2015 by sticking to its proven formula for results – give its agents the tools and support needed to succeed in an evolving industry and get out of the way,” says Bob Bennion.

"When I look back over the last couple years of my career, it is obvious why my numbers have grown so dramatically since making the change to Windermere SoCal. Bennion and Deville offer the freedom to properly brand myself, true expertise a phone call away and an internal marketing machine available to advise about expanding and growing my business. If you add that expertise to the most supportive, available and knowledgeable Managing Broker and voila, career growth!" - Patrick Turner, Little Italy REALTOR®

“When I look back over the last couple years of my career, it is obvious why my numbers have grown so dramatically since making the change to Windermere SoCal. Bennion and Deville offer the freedom to properly brand myself, true expertise a phone call away and an internal marketing machine available to advise about expanding and growing my business. If you add that expertise to the most supportive, available and knowledgeable Managing Broker and voila, career growth!” – Patrick Turner, Little Italy REALTOR®

As real estate agents themselves, Bob and Bob know how and where to support REALTORS® so they are able to perform at a peak level for their clients. By offering state-of-the-art marketing and technology tools, a team of professional designers to create a unique brand for each agent, and a full support staff at every office location, Windermere SoCal has set up the ideal environment to get deals done and satisfy clients. In addition, agents are able to leverage the power of print advertising and digital media to promote properties and find the right fit for their clients through Windermere SoCal’s advertising programs and exclusive real estate network. There are those who say print advertising is not a necessary tool. To this the Bobs strongly disagree, as proof of their broad network and advertising distributions. “You need some of everything to get your clients’ properties in front of the right audience,” says Bob Deville. “And we have our agents, and clients, covered on all fronts.”

“As Branch Managers, we are here to service our agents so they can best serve their clients, first and foremost,” says Managing Broker Kirk Gregor. “Bob and Bob, as well as my fellow Branch Managers, understand the daily challenges that real estate professionals face when trying to put together a deal for their clients. Our job is to base our support and services around our agents’ needs so they can make the whole process as smooth as possible for their clients. That attitude and penchant for service-first that our clients see starts at the top with the Bobs and permeates through the organization.”

"I chose the Bobs’ Windermere SoCal because of the level of sophistication of the brand and the full-service agency support. I feel secure knowing that in addition to a full-time support staff, my office has many experts to bounce ideas off of and to seek advice from in specific cases. For these reasons, Windermere SoCal meets the criteria I look for in a real estate agency." Julie Dartt, Carlsbad REALTOR®

“I chose the Bobs’ Windermere SoCal because of the level of sophistication of the brand and the full-service agency support. I feel secure knowing that in addition to a full-time support staff, my office has many experts to bounce ideas off of and to seek advice from in specific cases. For these reasons, Windermere SoCal meets the criteria I look for in a real estate agency.” Julie Dartt, Carlsbad REALTOR®

Bennion and Deville are bringing their proven blueprint for success to Encinitas this year, opening a new office off of El Camino Real in the heart of North County San Diego. With six offices already open in San Diego County and two in Orange County, “The Bobs” have an established stronghold on the coastal Southern California market, with more locations planned for the future based on client, and agent, requests. “Our desert offices complement our coastal offices much more than we ever anticipated,” says Bob Bennion. “We knew there was a large referral opportunity from desert to coast, but never as much as our agents currently enjoy.”

“We are excited for 2015,” concludes Bob Deville. “By expanding our agent and client acclaimed programs into Encinitas, we are making a strong push to become the go-to real estate solution provider in North County. We already have a local and highly experienced Broker/Manager on staff for our soon-to-open Encinitas office who is ready to lead the charge. I know that our clients and agents will benefit from an even greater presence in Encinitas and the surrounding communities. We are looking forward to continuing our positive influence in the local community and improving the lifestyles of our clients, in Encinitas and throughout Orange and San Diego counties.”

"I am independent and like doing business in my own style. The philosophies of ownership and management by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville made me comfortable. Plus, I get the support and brand recognition that comes with the Windermere name, one of the biggest real estate companies on the West Coast. This is truly a win-win." - Neil Libin, Carmel Valley REALTOR®

“I am independent and like doing business in my own style. The philosophies of ownership and management by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville made me comfortable. Plus, I get the support and brand recognition that comes with the Windermere name, one of the biggest real estate companies on the West Coast. This is truly a win-win.” – Neil Libin, Carmel Valley REALTOR®

For more information, including the location of the Windermere SoCal office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in real estate, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere SoCal Welcomes Linda Alvarez

January 25th, 2015
Windermere SoCal is proud to welcome REALTOR Linda Alvarez to its Carlsbad office.

Windermere SoCal is proud to welcome REALTOR Linda Alvarez to its Carlsbad office.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is proud to welcome REALTOR® Linda Alvarez to its Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Linda’s skills developed over a career as a Director of Marketing and Graphic Designer, as well as her focus on building lasting client relationships, key her success in real estate.

Real estate was a logical career choice for Linda based on her personal drive and desire to continually challenge herself while helping others. “I have always welcomed the challenge to persevere in untapped personal territory,” she says. “I never stop digging and trying to advance, which is what made real estate appealing in the first place. My hard work and diligence is rewarded.”

Linda takes a long-term strategy in regard to client relationships, seeking to become a trusted advisor and someone her clients are comfortable referring to their friends. During the course of a real estate transaction, she develops a bond with her clients. “There is a natural progression to my client relationships,” she adds. “The reason they approach me is because I am a real estate expert, so I consult with them and help achieve their goals. Over time, as we get to know each other, a friendship forms.”

Linda acquired many of the skills she needs for a successful real estate career from her time as a Graphic Designer and Director of Marketing, especially in regard to client service. “As a designer, you have to really listen to what the client is looking for and fully grasp their wants,” she says. “The same principle applies to real estate. Any proposed ideas need to match client expectations, whether they are seeking a particular location, style of architecture, or both.”

Linda joined Windermere because it came highly recommended by many of her friends and also by colleagues from another real estate company. “It is all about the people you surround yourself with, and I wanted to be with my friends at Windermere.”

Says Managing Broker Joe Wogoman, “I am impressed with Linda’s strong motivation and desire to work on her clients’ behalf. Her background in design and upper management experience equipped her with the aptitude for listening to what is needed and presenting the best possible choices while coming up with a solution. On behalf of everyone, I would like to welcome her to our Carlsbad family.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

Windermere SoCal offices are located conveniently throughout San Diego and Orange counties, with additional office openings planned in the near future. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy, with an Encinitas office opening soon. For the complete list of office locations, visit www.WindermereSoCal.com.

Windermere’s La Quinta Offices Donate Time, Resources to Oasis Elementary School

January 24th, 2015
Windermere Southern California agents and staff visited with 4th graders at Oasis School in Thermal at the holidays, bringing them gifts and spreading holiday cheer.

Windermere Southern California agents and staff visited with 4th graders at Oasis School in Thermal during the holidays, bringing them gifts and spreading holiday cheer.

Since 2007, Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s La Quinta offices, located at 47-250 and 47-350 Washington Street, have been donating their time and resources to the 4th grade classes at Oasis Elementary School in Thermal. Continuing this annual commitment, Windermere agents and staff visited the kids before Christmas to brighten their spirits and spread some holiday cheer. Many of the children at the school are underprivileged and come from families with little means, making the donations and support that much more critical and meaningful, especially during the holiday season.

Windermere began working with Oasis Elementary School 4th graders after learning that only one of the four classes was receiving support. As a result, agents and staff began visiting three 4th grade classes and the special needs children three times a year (at the beginning of the school year, during the holidays, and at the end of the school year) with the items given to each student varying based on the season. The bond between the students and Windermere representatives grows strong, with the kids referring to them as their “Fairy Godmothers and Godfathers.”

This year at holiday time, the 96 children received goody bags, which included a toothbrush and toothpaste, and presents; Barbie dolls for the girls, Hot Wheels for the boys, and small toys and soccer balls for everyone. In addition Windermere agents and staff handed out juice and cookies. The children sang “Mele Kalikimaka” to send off the agents, and wrote notes thanking them for their gifts.

“The kids are so amazing and it is such a rewarding activity for everyone involved,” says Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker. “Our joy is to be able to give back and spend time with each child. They don’t ask for anything and are so grateful to receive these gifts. A few of them rewrapped their presents to give to a sibling and saved their goody bag so they can share it with their family.”

To raise the money to pay for the donations given throughout the year, La Quinta agents and staff come up with creative ways to generate contributions. “We hold all kinds of auctions and drawings around the office for things like gift cards to various local restaurants, with the purchase of each ticket or auction item donated to our fund. We also have a yard sale every year and rent parking spaces, with the proceeds going toward the fund. In addition, we do a book drive for the kids, where our goal is to be able to provide at least two books to each student for summer reading,” continues Sandy. “We ask our dentists to donate toothbrushes and someone is kind enough to donate 250 tubes of toothpaste two times a year. The amount of generosity that pours in is simply amazing.”

When Windermere first began working with Oasis Elementary School, it was on a dirt road with no heating or air conditioning and few resources. Now, the school is growing, including a new music room for the children to enjoy. Windermere donated a piano, violin, drumsticks, and drums to help start the music program. “We love coming to the school and interacting with the kids. It is a very moving experience to know that we are making such a big impact in their lives. Our partnership is special, and we look forward to continuing to visit for years to come,” Sandy concludes.

“The La Quinta offices have done a remarkable job of building something truly extraordinary with Oasis Elementary School,” adds Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “We have always tried to give back and partner with members of our community, especially those who may need some extra help throughout the year. To know that through our efforts, the lives of many are bettered is a tremendous feeling and a great accomplishment that makes us proud of all involved. Bob Bennion and I would like to congratulate Sandy and the La Quinta offices on their successful support of the 4th graders at the school, and encourage them to continue to be advocates for these children.”

Windermere SoCal Carlsbad Welcomes Julie Dartt

January 18th, 2015
Windermere SoCal is pleased to annonce REALTOR® Julie Dartt has joined its Carlsbad Office.

Windermere SoCal is pleased to annonce REALTOR® Julie Dartt has joined its Carlsbad Office.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is proud to welcome REALTOR® Julie Dartt to its Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Since 2002, Julie has been specializing in North County San Diego real estate, establishing herself as an expert and serving the community at large.

Real estate has been in Julie’s family since she can remember. Her grandparents were involved in buying land along “The Miracle Mile” in Los Angeles and her grandmother taught her how to review real estate contracts. “From a very young age, I have been around real estate and seen firsthand all that is involved in the transaction process,” says Julie. As a result of her early exposure to the art of real estate contracts, Julie is well versed in negotiations. “I have a deep understanding of how to put together deals so that all involved parties feel good about it at the end of the process. I believe real estate should always be a positive experience.”

Julie, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from USC in Communication and Philosophy, is also passionate about marketing, combining technology and old school techniques to acquire new clients and sell homes. “I am willing to do the legwork to be successful, even if it means walking neighborhoods and introducing myself. Instead of sending emails, text messages, and friend requests, I believe that an old-fashioned face-to-face meeting is the best way to network. With the technology that we have at our fingertips, we often forget that the most critical component to this business is the interaction between people. I make sure that my clients receive that personal interaction from the beginning of our relationship,” she adds.

In addition to her professional diligence, Julie works just as hard at home to support her kids in Cub Scouts, Ecke YMCA Indian Princesses, and at school. This past October, she was the lynchpin in her Cub Scouts’ Den fundraising efforts, taking charge to organize where and when the boys would sell their product. As a result, her Den raised money for their camping trips and other activities.

As a real estate veteran, Julie understands the value of having a strong company backing her efforts and a brand with esteem her clients can identify. “I chose Windermere because of the level of sophistication of the brand and the full-service agency support. I feel secure knowing that in addition to a full-time support staff, my office has many experts to bounce ideas off of and to seek advice from in specific cases. For these reasons, Windermere meets the criteria I look for in a real estate agency.”

“Julie’s storied background and expertise in North County is a boon to our office,” says Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker. “Her can-do attitude and impressive work ethic has already earned her respect and admiration from her peers. On behalf of everyone at our Carlsbad family, I would like to welcome Julie.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

Windermere SoCal offices are located conveniently throughout San Diego and Orange counties, with additional office openings planned in the near future. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy, with an Encinitas office opening soon. For the complete list of office locations, visit www.WindermereSoCal.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere SoCal Welcomes Lucienne Lastovic

January 18th, 2015
Windermere Real Estate SoCal is pleased to announce REALTOR® Lucienne Lastovic has joined its Carmel Valley office.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is pleased to announce REALTOR® Lucienne Lastovic has joined its Carmel Valley office.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal proudly welcomes REALTOR® Lucienne Lastovic to its family of real estate professionals in the Carmel Valley office, located at 12925 El Camino Real, Suite J27. She plans to relocate to the Encinitas office when it opens this year. Lucienne has been in real estate since 2009, and credits her educational background, exceptional interior design eye, and love of real estate for her success as a listing agent.

Lucienne has a storied background in corporate sales, where she has been awarded internationally every year, and in teaching, and carries over vital skills from these experiences to best serve her clients. “Experientially, both teaching and selling have been great foundations in real estate because there is always such a tremendous learning curve for both me and for my clients in the selling, marketing, technological, and valuation processes in the industry,” says Lucienne. “I will always be a lifelong learner, as well as a teacher at heart, so I am so excited about the vast, innovative, and constantly evolving marketing resources here at Windermere Real Estate.” Lucienne believes her job is to smooth out the real estate process, and uses her nurturing and caring personality to achieve the goal of creating an exceptional client experience. She also wants to build an enduring relationship with her clients and make them happy repeat clients for life.

In addition to her background in teaching and sales, Lucienne has a passion and knack for interior design. She owned and operated a home décor boutique in the Cedros design district in Solana Beach. This sharpened her skills and allows her to create perfectly staged homes for each listing. “I help my clients get market-ready through staging, even if that includes light landscaping and de-cluttering. Each home is personalized based on the colors, themes, and characteristics, and all of these elements are enhanced through the use of high-quality photography and virtual tours. My job is to capture the lifestyle of each home so buyers can envision themselves living in the space,” she adds.

As a long-time Carmel Valley resident, Lucienne is an expert in the area and knows each neighborhood intimately. She also specializes in the coastal communities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, and Carlsbad, as well as Escondido.

“We are very excited to welcome Lucienne to our Carmel Valley office,” says Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker. “Her impeccable background in sales, passion for learning and teaching about our industry, and mastery of creating appealing lifestyles for her listings makes her a truly unique talent and a great addition to our family. We look forward to working with her and creating a lasting professional relationship.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

Windermere SoCal offices are located conveniently throughout San Diego and Orange counties, with additional office openings planned in the near future. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy, with an Encinitas office opening soon. For the complete list of office locations, visit www.WindermereSoCal.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Welcomes Managing Broker Dean Foster

January 17th, 2015
Dean Foster has joined Windermere Real Estate Southern California as Managing Broker of its Palm Desert San Pablo office

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is pleased to announce Dean Foster as its new Managing Broker of the Palm Desert San Pablo office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is pleased to announce the addition of Managing Broker Dean Foster to their Palm Desert San Pablo office, located at 73993 Highway 111. Dean enhances an already strong management team at Windermere, bringing an impressive background in a similar role with another local brokerage and his exceptional experience in coaching and developing talent honed over a more than 20-year career in the hospitality industry.

Dean started his real estate career in 2003 as a REALTOR®, eventually getting his broker’s license and working his way to becoming a Managing Broker, where he coached agents, co-managed the local marketing budget, and recruited talent. As a Managing Broker, he was instrumental in guiding agents down the right path to achieve their goals, a skill he sharpened from his time as a Director of Sales and Marketing for hospitality industry leaders such as Hilton and Kimpton Hotel Group.

“I have a collaborative management style,” says Dean. “I enjoy working with agents to identify their needs and helping them set goals. I then support them any way that I can and hold them accountable to those goals, offering guidance and assistance throughout the process. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to management, so I craft my approach to each individual by getting to know what it is they are looking to accomplish and helping them achieve it.”

Dean also preaches an intimate level of service when it comes to sales. “I strongly believe that education plus service equals sales. This was the philosophy I used to approach clients with my own real estate business, and it is what I teach my agents to help them become successful. Just like in the hospitality industry, you need to be able to identify a client’s needs and then match those needs to a service you offer and are extremely knowledgeable about,” he adds.

Windermere Southern California was appealing to Dean because “Windermere is the gold standard for real estate in the Coachella Valley. The Bobs and their team are always tweaking and improving the way they service their agents and clients. They never rest on their laurels and have set up a model that is agile and adaptable to changes in the markets locally, regionally, and nationally,” he concludes.

“We are thrilled to have Dean join our Windermere family,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “His exceptional background in real estate and philosophies on talent management and the sales process make him a true asset to our team. On behalf of everyone at Windermere Southern California, I would like to welcome Dean and look forward to working with him.

About Windermere Southern California:

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the Palm Springs market leader, consistently listing and selling more than any other local real estate brokerage. Bob Bennion and Bob Deville founded Windermere Real Estate Southern California in 2001. “The Bobs” established principles ensure that each agent and location provides superior, professional real estate services to their clients in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. Windermere’s Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the valley’s finest homes and estates for maximum impact and worldwide exposure.

Windermere’s extensive network of agents, clients, and partners is the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of its 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 www.WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere SoCal’s Sari Ward and Sue Turner Earn Five Star Professional Awards

January 16th, 2015
Windermere SoCal REALTORS® Sari Ward and Sue Turner earned Five Star professional awards for 2014.

Windermere SoCal REALTORS® Sari Ward and Sue Turner earned Five Star professional awards for 2014.

Windermere SoCal is proud to announce REALTORS® Sari Ward and Sue Turner have been named 2014 Orange County Five Star Real Estate Agents. This is the third year Sari has won the award and fourth year in a row for Sue. The Five Star Home Professional Awards are given to real estate professionals in the Orange County area who deliver outstanding service and client satisfaction. The winners of the awards are determined by a third-party research team, who factor in submissions from clients that rate an agent’s performance on several criteria, with no more than 7% of professionals in each category receiving the award.

Sari Ward earns her third Five Star Award in a real estate career that started in 2010 after 10 years in business at one of the fastest growing technology companies, Salesforce.com, and after obtaining her Masters in Business. Sari has positioned herself as a professional on a steep ascent to the top of the Orange County market. “I am so honored that my clients felt strongly enough about the services I provide to take the time to fill out the survey and provide such positive feedback,” states Sari. In a relatively short period of time, Sari has created an exceptional name for herself in the real estate industry while working alongside her mother and brother on Team Orlando. “I am grateful to be working with my mom, who has been an agent since 1986, and have her encourage me throughout the process. To have her pass the baton to me and for me to be able to carry on that family legacy is such an amazing feeling.”

Sari takes a personal approach to the business, providing top-notch service to her clients while building lifelong relationships with them. This approach has led to her early success, and a key reason as to why she finished as the top producer in the Laguna Niguel office. “There is a couple I worked with three years ago on a lease for their first place. A year and a half later, they bought their first house with me after they got married, and earlier this year, we moved them into a bigger home because they had a baby and outgrew their first home. Those are the types of relationships that I strive to keep and truly value, both personally and professionally,” she adds. With a knack for customer service and a wealth of experience that delivers results, Sari is poised to continue her meteoric rise.

Sue Turner has been a recipient of this prestigious award for four consecutive years, a true testament to the level of customer service and results that she provides to her clients. “It is really nice to get this recognition and a great compliment from my clients,” says Sue. As a result of her consistent track record with clients and ability to develop lifelong relationships, the majority of her business is now by referral. “I consistently stay in touch with my past clients as often as I can to see how they are doing. For instance, this holiday season I delivered poinsettias to as many as I could to let them know I am thinking about them and to spread some holiday cheer.”

Sue has been successful in real estate because of her exceptional ability to work with clients and make the real estate process as stress-free as possible. “My job is to take the stress off of a client and manage their expectations, with an open line of communication being a critical component to the service I provide. I also treat others the way that I want to be treated. This philosophy coupled with my proactive approach to the business ensures that my clients have the best experience possible,” she concludes. Sue’s diligent work ethic and decorated credentials keep her in high demand throughout Orange County.

“We are so proud of Sari and Sue on such a remarkable achievement,” says Sandi Richardson, Director of Managing Brokers for San Diego and Orange County. “The Five Star Award is an incredible validation of the level of service they provide their clients and the quality of relationships they have cultivated through their hard work and genuine concern for their clients.”

“I am pleased to recognize Sari and Sue on another tremendous and well-deserved Five Star Award appointment,” adds Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate SoCal. “The prestige that comes with the Five Star Award is an exceptional statement for two exceptional agents. Congratulations on a job well done.”

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.

 

Windermere Welcomes Steven Wesenberg to Rancho Mirage Office

January 10th, 2015
Windermere Southern California welcomes REALTOR Steven Wesenberg to its Rancho Mirage office.

Windermere Southern California welcomes REALTOR® Steven Wesenberg to its Rancho Mirage office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to announce REALTOR® Steven Wesenberg has joined their team of real estate professionals at the Rancho Mirage office, located at 71691 Highway 111. Steven earned his real estate license in 2001 and has a background in a variety of transactions, from land acquisition and development to commercial and residential resale. He has narrowed his focus and specializes in the residential luxury market, working with high-end clientele to achieve their real estate goals.

Steven has been a resident of the Coachella Valley for over 35 years, giving him an incredible background on the local area and insights into each neighborhood in which he serves, including Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Rancho Mirage, where he currently resides. The combination of his business experiences and dedication to providing world-class service gives him the real estate knowledge and business acumen to work with a select group of clients seeking high-end residences. “Most of my clients are luxury buyers and sellers, including entertainers, musicians, professional athletes, and high-net-worth individuals,” says Steven. “I believe that the service level needed for this particular group of clients starts with personalization. I listen to their needs and tailor my services around them, making sure that our lines of communication are open and that if the phone rings – regardless of the time of day – I am there to answer it.”

With an impressive business background, Steven has a keen professional skillset sharpened over the course of running his own businesses and his duties as an executive in a development firm. His combined experiences make him a true one-stop-shop for his clients, giving him a deep arsenal to conquer any challenge. “I was drawn to real estate in part because I love to come up with creative solutions for clients. With determined action, most problems can be solved. I love the challenge and the gratification that comes with meeting that challenge, knowing that in the end both parties were successful in their real estate dreams.” he continues.

Windermere appealed to Steven because of the company’s professionalism, community support, and genuine concern for its real estate agents. “I was drawn specifically to the Rancho Mirage office because it shows well to high-end luxury clients. In addition, when you look around at the activity in the valley, Windermere leads the way. They are the company to be with because they have such a strong presence and provide the best opportunity for my success,” he concludes.

“I am very excited to have Steven join our Rancho Mirage family,” says Don Rossignol, Managing Broker. “His exceptional background and niche in the luxury market make him a true asset to our team and a wonderful addition. On behalf of everyone, I would like to welcome Steven to Windermere.”

About Windermere Southern California:

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the Palm Springs market leader, consistently listing and selling more than any other local real estate brokerage. Bob Bennion and Bob Deville founded Windermere Real Estate Southern California in 2001. “The Bobs” established principles ensure that each agent and location provides superior, professional real estate services to their clients in Palm SpringsCathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio. Windermere’s Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the valley’s finest homes and estates for maximum impact and worldwide exposure.

Windermere’s extensive network of agents, clients, and partners is the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of its 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 www.WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Proud to Welcome Cheryl Thoresen to La Quinta Office

January 10th, 2015
Windermere Southern California welcomes REALTOR Cheryl Thoresen to the La Quinta office.

Windermere Southern California welcomes REALTOR® Cheryl Thoresen to the La Quinta office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is pleased to announce REALTOR® Cheryl Thoresen has joined their team of real estate professionals at the La Quinta office, located at 47-250 Washington Street. Thoresen utilizes contacts made from her experience managing a tennis club in the Coachella Valley to develop business and grow her client base.

“I am very active in the tennis community, playing many tournaments a year. Through that experience and my time managing a local tennis club, I have fostered lifelong relationships with friends who are now my clients,” stated Thoresen. “I love working with people and take pride in my people skills. Client service is my top priority and what motivates me to do so well.”

Thoresen’s background in real estate includes time working with her husband on the development side of the industry and as a Windermere Agent in the Seattle area. “I assisted with sales and worked with cities to get permits,” Thoresen added. “I understand the development process and what goes into building a home. As a result, I can use my knowledge of the development side to help my clients on the resale side.” Her time as a resident of La Quinta has made her an expert in the area; however, she is knowledgeable about the entire Coachella Valley.

In addition to her time spent developing a client base from the tennis community, Thoresen also finds time to give back to the community. She is a member of the Aunts Club at the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center where her husband John serves as Director and Executive Officer. Her donated time includes teaching cooking classes to children as part of the Teen Self-Esteem Program. “It feels amazing to see the transformation in these girls and boys from the start to the end of the program. The changes they go through are so inspiring.”

Thoresen decided to join Windermere because “Windermere is a fine company, the best in the industry. It has a great reputation with quality people who embody high ethical standards. It makes me proud to be part of such a great company.”

“I would like to welcome Cheryl to our La Quinta office family,” stated Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker. “Her wide social network and dedication to her clients puts her in position to continue her successful career at Windermere.”

About Windermere Southern California:

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the Palm Springs market leader, consistently listing and selling more than any other local real estate brokerage. Bob Bennion and Bob Deville founded Windermere Real Estate Southern California in 2001. “The Bobs” established principles ensure that each agent and location provides superior, professional real estate services to their clients in Palm SpringsCathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio. Windermere’s Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the valley’s finest homes and estates for maximum impact and worldwide exposure.

Windermere’s extensive network of agents, clients, and partners is the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of its 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 www.WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Proud to Welcome Frank Holback to Rancho Mirage Office

January 10th, 2015
Windermere is proud to welcome REALTOR Frank Holback to its Rancho Mirage office.

Windermere is proud to welcome REALTOR® Frank Holback to its Rancho Mirage office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to welcome REALTOR® Frank Holback to its team of trusted real estate professionals. He is based out of the Rancho Mirage office, located at 71691 Highway 111. Holback uses his diverse experience in the real estate industry to help his clients make the best decision possible and understand the potential in every home.

Holback was a partner in a kitchen and home remodeling company in the Midwest, training his eye to pick up the potential in every living space. “I give advice and consult on possibilities for remodeling with clients. I like to guide my clients through the process and show them what is possible. It gets them excited about the property and breathes new life into a space,” states Holback.

Holback has been in real estate his entire life in various capacities and, in addition to his eye for remodeling, has an extensive background on the financial side. He was President of a securities firm that bought and sold the final handful of units from a developer and either sold or leased them. Holback also worked for 30 years as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). “I can help in every angle of the deal, including the financial aspects. I enjoy helping people and making sure that they are making the best possible decision for their future.”

Windermere was appealing to Holback because “everyone I ever met from Windermere seemed to be at the top of their game and dedicated to their clients. That just doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it must be nurtured by an influential and highly effective management team. I joined Windermere because that perfect storm is rare.”

“I am thrilled to have someone like Frank join our Rancho Mirage office,” adds Don Rossignol. “His impressive background in the business allows him to help clients from all angles of a deal. He can be a one-stop-shop for his clients, which will present many great opportunities for him to succeed at Windermere.”

About Windermere Southern California:

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the Palm Springs market leader, consistently listing and selling more than any other local real estate brokerage. Bob Bennion and Bob Deville founded Windermere Real Estate Southern California in 2001. “The Bobs” established principles ensure that each agent and location provides superior, professional real estate services to their clients in Palm SpringsCathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa Quinta, and Indio. Windermere’s Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the valley’s finest homes and estates for maximum impact and worldwide exposure.

Windermere’s extensive network of agents, clients, and partners is the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of its 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 www.WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Proud to Welcome Janet Fields to Rancho Mirage Office

January 10th, 2015
Windermere welcomes REALTOR Janet FIelds to the Rancho Mirage office.

Windermere welcomes REALTOR® Janet FIelds to the Rancho Mirage office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to announce REALTOR® Janet Fields has joined their staff of real estate professionals at their Rancho Mirage office, located at 71691 Highway 111. Fields began her real estate career in 1994 and specializes in working with traditional buyers and sellers, as well as probate and trusts.

Fields started her real estate career over a summer when she was in college. “I was working for a local developer and he encouraged me to maximize my free time by getting my real estate license,” laughs Fields. “I guess real estate has always been in my blood.” She enjoys tackling the unique challenge each transaction presents. “I love that no two deals are the same and at the end of it all, I am helping people.”

In addition to experience as a buyers’ and listing agent, Fields has a background working with clients dealing with probate and trusts. “It is a niche that I fell into, but I absolutely love it,” she continues. “I help families sort out the terms and divide things up, often working with them immediately after their loved ones’ passing. I am used to dealing with trustees and know how to handle what can be a tough situation. It is nice to bring resolution and create a positive experience in a time that can be dark.”

Fields chose Windermere because she “loved that Windermere had an excellent reputation and a strong community presence.” As a member of the Mission Hills Country Club, Fields specializes in serving all of Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.

“Janet is a great addition to our Windermere family,” says Don Rossignol, Managing Broker. “Her traditional real estate transactions experience is fantastic, but her unique expertise working with trustees and dealing with probate is a true asset that sets her apart from the rest of her field. We look forward to working with Janet and we welcome her to Windermere.”

About Windermere Southern California:

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the Palm Springs market leader, consistently listing and selling more than any other local real estate brokerage. Bob Bennion and Bob Deville founded Windermere Real Estate Southern California in 2001. “The Bobs” established principles ensure that each agent and location provides superior, professional real estate services to their clients in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. Windermere’s Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the valley’s finest homes and estates for maximum impact and worldwide exposure.

Windermere’s extensive network of agents, clients, and partners is the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market, leveraging the power of its 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 www.WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Proud Supporter of The Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 6th, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to sponsor the Palm Springs International Film Festival, running now through January 12, 2015.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to sponsor the Palm Springs International Film Festival, running now through January 12, 2015.

Over the last 13 years, Windermere Real Estate Southern California has grown deep roots in one of the Coachella Valley’s premier annual events – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). The PSIFF, one of the major economic drivers for the surrounding region, puts the international spotlight on the Coachella Valley for roughly two weeks every winter, attracting thousands of visitors, including “A-List” stars, entertainment press and industry insiders, and media coverage from around the world. Windermere is in the second year of a three-year, $100,000 sponsorship of the PSIFF.

“We are incredibly proud to support the Palm Springs International Film Festival and look forward to the event each January,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California and a member of the PSIFF Board of Directors for 13 years. “The amount of buzz our beloved Coachella Valley receives every year from this marquee event is unrivaled, and the timing couldn’t be better to enjoy everything our communities, golf clubs, and surrounding natural landscapes have to offer. Not only is the festival a critical component of the valley’s economic health, it enhances the appeal and prestige of Palm Springs as a premier international destination and positively places us in the global limelight.”

The 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival runs from now through January 12th. For more information on the festival, please visit psfilmfest.org.

Suzanne Branson Listing Agent For Giants Outfielder Hunter Pence’s New OC Home

January 5th, 2015
Windermere SoCal REALTOR Suzanne Branson recently sold an oceanfront property to San Francisco Giants All-Star Outfielder Hunter Pence.

Windermere SoCal REALTOR Suzanne Branson recently sold an oceanfront property to San Francisco Giants All-Star Outfielder Hunter Pence.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal REALTOR® Suzanne Branson recently sold a beachfront home in Newport Beach to San Francisco Giants All-Star Outfielder Hunter Pence for $3.8 Million. The 4 bed, 3.25 bath 3-story home boasts features that make it an entertainer’s dream, including a rooftop deck with sweeping panoramic views of the California coastline, the Newport Pier, and Catalina Island.

For a full review of the details, check out this article by The Daily Pilot.

Karen Stearns to be Installed as 2015 President of Women’s Council of REALTORS®

January 5th, 2015
Windermere Southern California's Karen Sterns will be installed as President of the 2015 Women's Council of REALTORS Palm Springs-Desert Cities chapter at a luncheon on January 8th.

Windermere Southern California’s Karen Sterns will be installed as President of the 2015 Women’s Council of REALTORS® Palm Springs-Desert Cities chapter at a luncheon on January 8th.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California REALTOR® Karen Stearns will be installed as the President of the 2015 Women’s Council of REALTORS® Palm Springs-Desert Cities at a luncheon January 8th, taking place at the Mission Hills Country Club from 11:30am until 1:30pm. California State Women’s Council of REALTORS® President Linda Lee will be installing the 2015 board. Palm Desert Portola Branch Manager Randy Wiemer will also be installed on the 2015 Board as the Program Director. The luncheon is part of a kickoff to Modernism Week, with J.R. Roberts, Managing Director, Architecture and Design Center Palm Springs Art Museum, giving the keynote speech.

Windermere Southern California's Randy Wiemer will be installed as the Women's Council of REALTORS Program Director at a luncheon on January 8th.

Windermere Southern California’s Randy Wiemer will be installed as the 2015 Women’s Council of REALTORS® Program Director at a luncheon on January 8th.

Karen first got involved with Women’s Council of REALTORS® Palm Springs-Desert Cities in 2006, serving in different capacities including Education Committee Chair and Vice President of Membership. In 2013, she was elected by the general membership to become the 2015 President. “It is an honor to serve in this capacity. I aim to bring value to our members through quality educational, leadership, and networking opportunities, which I hope will translate into increasing our membership base next year and beyond,” states Karen.

The local network of the organization is beta-testing a new format in 2015. In lieu of monthly luncheon events, the group will hold four large events and two fundraisers throughout the course of the year, with smaller events and mixers added to the schedule as needed. “We are expanding our strong team to achieve our new objectives for the year. Our network wants to embrace the change in the market so we may grow and provide deeper value to our members,” she adds.

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® Palm Springs-Desert Cities network is one of the nation’s largest chapters, focusing on providing its members with education, networking, and leadership opportunities. The group is open to both women and men. For more information on the local network, please visit their website.