Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Traci Gares

August 30th, 2015
Realtor Traci Gares has joined the Windermere Real Estate SoCal Hillcrest/MIssion Hills office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor Traci Gares to the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor® Traci Gares to the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office, located at 265 West Washington Street in San Diego. Traci earned her license in 2013 and works with buyers and sellers throughout San Diego, specializing in the neighborhoods of Serra Mesa, La Mesa, Del Cerro, and San Carlos.

The real estate gene is strong in Traci’s family. As a teenager, she helped her parents remodel and build homes, giving her early exposure to the industry and the home makeover process. “I love all facets of real estate, which I discovered while working on our family’s housing projects,” says Traci. These experiences allowed her to develop an eye for interior design, something she applies with her clients to help them see the potential in a home they may purchase or enhance a living space to maximize its appeal to potential homebuyers.

Traci’s clients love her affable personality and dedicated work ethic, qualities she enhanced in her time as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. “As a mail carrier, you get to build great relationships with people since you see them all the time. As a result of my mail route experiences, I am able to quickly build a positive rapport with my clients and create a solid foundation for a great working relationship,” she adds. Traci’s time walking certain neighborhoods everyday gives her a strong understanding of the nuances within each community, something she shares with her clients when looking for the perfect neighborhood to call home. “I loved seeing the different home designs and variety of architecture within each neighborhood. From 50’s to Spanish to Asian-influenced, San Diego has a wide range of styles, which makes it really exciting to be in real estate here.”

In addition to her love of real estate, Traci is also passionate about giving back to her community, donating her time to Habitat For Humanity where she lends her creative eye to help new homeowners design their space; Build A Miracle where she assists in building homes for those who are under-sheltered; and Mesa Colony Community where she helps improve her neighborhood. “I love to volunteer any way that I can, especially with organizations that make a difference in other people’s lives,” Traci adds.

After hearing rave reviews about Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal offices, and from the encouragement of her friend who was already associated with the brokerage, Traci decided it was time to make the switch. “The close-knit, family atmosphere is great – everyone helps each other. I had met Kirk [Gregor, Managing Broker] before and thought he would be great to work with,” she concludes.

Says Kirk Gregor, “Traci is an excellent fit for our Hillcrest/Mission Hills office family. Her lifelong journey in the industry and sincere passion for helping others achieve great things through real estate set her up to continue her successful career with our brokerage. On behalf of everyone with our team, I would like to welcome Traci.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Windermere SoCal blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices proudly serving Orange County include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The 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 office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Devin Bagley

August 23rd, 2015
Realtor Devin Bagley has joined the Windermere Real Estate SoCal Little Italy office, located in San Diego.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor Devin Bagley to the Little Office in San Diego.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Devin Bagley to the Little Italy office, located at 1742 ½ India Street in San Diego. Devin’s passion for helping others reach their lifestyle goals through real estate makes her a hit with home buyers and sellers in Little Italy, Downtown, and throughout San Diego. She first earned her real estate license in 2010 in Florida.

Prior to entering the real estate field, Devin, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, worked as a caregiver in a nursing home. Her experience working with patients instilled in her many critical skills she applies to her real estate practice. “I worked with so many different people from all walks of life in my time in the medical industry,” she says. “Their diverse backgrounds and unique requirements challenged me to elevate my service skills and adapt to suit their requests. The same is true of real estate – each client is unique and comes with their own set of needs that I must to adapt to in order to successfully deliver them the ideal home or best offer. I thrive on rising up to meet those challenges.”

Devin believes in working closely with her clients, using an open, two-way communication style to fully understand what it is they wish to accomplish and then keeps them informed for the duration of the transaction process. “Communication is paramount to success in this business. I am up front and honest with my clients to not only gain their trust, but also set the tone for how we will interact for the duration of our relationship. That principle carries over into negotiations. I want to be fair to all sides and work toward creating win-win scenarios, and that starts with open lines of communication.”

In addition to her love for helping others achieve real estate success, Devin is also passionate about interior design and staging, working with her listing clients to enhance the emotional aspects of their home to appeal to buyers, and with homebuyers to envision the possibilities in a prospective new abode. “I am infatuated with interior decorating and staging, and enjoy sharing that obsession with my clients as an added benefit to the services I provide,” Devin adds.

Devin’s desire to make others’ lives better goes beyond her professional aspirations. In 2012, she co-founded The Kalos Foundation with her sisters, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing care packages and escapes for individuals who have sustained an unexpected and life-altering physical injury. The impetus to start the foundation stems from a horrific ATV accident that severely injured Devin when she was a teenager. “The healing process from my accident and fight for normalcy inspired me and my family to start an organization dedicated to helping others who face those same obstacles to forget about them, even for a moment, and see the beauty in life,” Devin says.

Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal was appealing to Devin because of the prime office location in the heart of Little Italy and the company’s harmonious culture. “The office is perfect for me and located in the highest-trafficked area of Little Italy. The agents and staff are all really good people, which creates a nice environment. When I interviewed with Kirk [Gregor, Managing Broker], we clicked right away and I knew this was the place I needed to be,” Devin concludes.

Says Kirk, “Devin’s strong dedication to helping clients find happiness through real estate and lofty business ambitions position her to do very well with our brokerage because we can provide her the right level of support to reach those goals. On behalf of our Little Italy office, I would like to welcome Devin to our family.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Windermere SoCal blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices proudly serving Orange County include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The 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 office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Deborah Harper

August 16th, 2015
Realtor Deborah Harper has joined the Carlsbad office of Windermere Real Estate SoCal.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor Deborah Harper to the Carlsbad office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Deborah Harper to the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Deborah earned her real estate license in 2004 and works with home buyers and sellers throughout San Diego County. She has completed extended education and specializations from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), including designations as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative® (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS), and Graduate, Realtor Institute® (GRI).

Prior to embarking upon a successful and highly decorated real estate career, Deborah honed her client service and sales skills in retail management for a major apparel retailer and business development for a staffing company. Her 35 years of combined professional experience equip Deborah with critical skills she applies to create an exceptional transaction process for her clients. “Whether you are providing staffing solutions to a company or finding the right real estate fit for a family, you have to be able to listen to a client’s needs and effectively match them,” says Deborah. “I love the thrill of connecting A to B and am passionate about helping others achieve their goals.”

Clients appreciate Deborah’s direct, honest manner of communication and respect her expert opinion and passion for real estate. Whether it’s a pricing tip to list a home or ways to navigate through the purchasing process, her knowledge of both sides of a real estate transaction is a boon for her clients. When mixed with her zeal for homes and helping others, she delivers a sturdy, dependable brand of service that leads to positive outcomes for her clients. As a result, she has built a solid referral base of business throughout San Diego. “Referrals are the best compliment because it means that my client was so happy with my process that they told their friends, family, and anyone else they know, about me.”

Deborah loves working as an advisor for sellers because of the marketing techniques required to attract the right buyer and the challenge of creating a win-win situation for all parties involved. As a part of the marketing process, she coaches her clients on ways to maximize the list price. “I will give tips on good investments that deliver a strong return on investment prior to selling, and how to de-clutter and stage to make the home appealing to buyers,” Deborah continues. She also enjoys working with buyers because of the “thrill of the hunt” for the perfect home based on her client’s needs, which she determines based on a custom checklist she fills out with each client. No stranger to moving, Deborah helps with relocation, offering her services to those who need to move to or from the San Diego market. “You need to be well-rounded in this business and combine an eye for analytics with creativity. I like being an agent because I get to exercise both sides of my brain,” adds Deborah.

As a compassionate member of the community, Deborah gives a portion of every transaction she completes to charitable organizations and non-profits, including the American Cancer Society, Wounded Warriors, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “It feels good to give back to these organizations and help them carry on the charge for their respective causes and issues.”

Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal was appealing to Deborah because of the brokerage’s boutique feel, marketing programs, and because it came highly recommended by a former colleague. “Windermere has the feeling of a specialty brokerage and carries an excellent reputation. After I did my due diligence, I was impressed with their standing in the industry and higher presence with marketing,” Deborah concludes.

Says Managing Broker Joe Wogoman, “We are excited to welcome Deborah to our Carlsbad office. She has built an impressive career in the industry already, earning major accolades with her previous brokerage, and it’s easy to see why. Clients love her integrity and enthusiastic approach to the business, and I know her style will fit perfectly with our Carlsbad office family culture.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Windermere SoCal blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices proudly serving Orange County include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The 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 office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere’s Jane Alcumbrac Participating In CDAR Leadership Development Academy

August 15th, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California Realtor Jane Alcumbrac is participating in the inaugural CDAR Leadership Development Academy.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Realtor Jane Alcumbrac is participating in the inaugural CDAR Leadership Development Academy.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Realtor® Jane Alcumbrac is participating in the six month Leadership Development Academy through the California Desert Association of Realtors® (CDAR).   Under the direction of CDAR Chief Executive Officer John Gronewold, the class is designed to cultivate existing talent within CDAR to assume more prominent leadership positions and help its members, which includes Realtors® and affiliated companies, gain valuable experience and skills for application both professionally and personally.

Jane, a member of the Education Committee, was recommended for the leadership program by the current Education Committee Chair and CDAR Board Member Diana Bernardi and invited to be a participant by CDAR President Beverly Fitzgerald.   This is the first year the program is being offered by CDAR.

Jane first became involved on the Education Committee because she relied so heavily on learning in her first years of being a real estate professional and CDAR provided that education.   Many CDAR members have had a similar experience and inspiration for joining a committee, however, the organization has always had participation on larger boards and committees from the same select group of members. The goal of the program is to foster strong leadership for the future of the Association. By grooming potential leaders for these expanded roles, they are preparing the next wave of industry thinkers and contributors to handle the duties expected of them in these larger roles with the organization.

“We are excited for Jane to be a part of this new program,” says Chris Anderson, Windermere Real Estate Southern California General Manager. “CDAR is offering program participants a valuable and rare learning opportunity. We wish Jane the best of luck with the program and look forward to continuing our enduring relationship with CDAR.”

Jane Alcumbrac earned her real estate license in 2005 and has been a part of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California family of real estate professionals since 2013. Based out of the Rancho Mirage office, located at 71691 Highway 111, she helps home buyers and sellers throughout the Coachella Valley achieve their real estate goals.

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 City, Rancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsBermuda DunesLa 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 Ranked On National Top Brokerages List

August 14th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, recently announced the release of the Q2 2015 Quarterly Market Report.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, recently announced the release of the Q2 2015 Quarterly Market Report.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, recently announced their regional brokerage eclipsed the $1.6 Billion sales mark through the first six months of 2015, and surpassed $2.4 Billion in sales last year. Bennion and Deville also announced the release of the company’s 2015 second quarter Market Report, which is available for download on WindermereSoCal.com, recapping the latest Southern California real estate trends city-by-city for the Coachella Valley, Orange County, and San Diego.

Says Steve Murray, President of REAL Trends, the nationally recognized source for real estate data, “Bob Bennion and Bob Deville’s offices, when included in our market rankings combining Riverside and Orange Counties, would place 2nd in transactions and 4th in sales volume for 2014 and rank 53rd in sales volume and 61st in transactions nationally for 2014.”

Says Bob Deville, “Our team has been hard at work in the Coachella Valley, Orange County, and San Diego County, producing exceptional results that place us as one of the best in the region for an independently owned and operated company. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication our agents have put in and are fortunate to have a phenomenal management team and support staff in place. Combined, they have all made 2015 the best year to date for our company.”

Recently, Windermere Southern California released its second quarter Market Report for select Southern California markets and communities. Included in the data are year-to-year and quarter-to-quarter comparisons, as well as a 10-year trend line to gauge the general direction of the market. New to the Quarterly Market Report is a supplemental Luxury Market Report, recapping the trends in high-end homes through the three major Southern California markets.

Based on numbers provided by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and analyzed through TrendGraphix, the Coachella Valley is a buyer’s market. The Southern California desert saw roughly 5% more homes listed over 2014 but a decrease of almost 4% in sales for the same period last year. Inventory levels remain at a healthy 6.3 months, with a normal market level at 6 months. “We are seeing the market make steady gains to get back to pricing and inventory levels close to the peak of the market back in 2006,” says Chris Anderson, General Manager. “The progress made over the last 18 to 24 months has given us, and consumers, confidence in the Coachella Valley real estate market.”

According to data supplied by the MLS and analyzed with TrendGraphix, San Diego is a seller’s market. Overall, the county saw just over 9% fewer homes listed than in 2014 but an increase of almost 10% in sales for the same period last year. Inventory levels remain at a scant 1.9 months, less than one-third of normal market inventory levels. “The San Diego market is very hot right now,” says Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker. “We are seeing homes get multiple offers within days of coming onto the market in some areas. The demand for homes continues to maintain a high level, even as home prices steadily climb.”

Orange County is experiencing the same housing market frenzy as in San Diego. MLS data analyzed through TrendGraphix indicates Orange County is a seller’s market. Overall, the county saw almost 12% fewer homes listed than in 2014 but an increase of just under 14% in sales for the same period last year. Inventory levels remain at a slim 2 months, with 6 months the standard market inventory level. “Orange County is in the midst of a massive market resurgence,” says Sandi Richardson, Managing Broker. “Homes throughout the county are in high demand, even as prices maintain a steady increase. We are seeing a lot of sellers finally cash in on the equity they have built into their homes over the last 7-8 years and either move up or downsize.”

Says Bob Deville, “As a Southern California real estate market leader, we are proud to release this important information to our clients and the general public so they can educate themselves on whether or not now is the time to sell their home or purchase that property they have been watching. Southern California is ripe with opportunity and our goal is to provide the tools to make the best decision and achieve the benefits that come with an enhanced lifestyle and financial success.”

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 City, Rancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsBermuda DunesLa 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.

Women’s Council of Realtors to Host “Cool” Event August 20th on El Paseo

August 13th, 2015
The Palm Springs/Desert Cities Women's Council of Realtors will be hosting an end of summer event at Pottery Barn on El Paseo on Thursday, August 20th.

The Palm Springs/Desert Cities Women’s Council of Realtors will be hosting an end of summer event at Pottery Barn on El Paseo on Thursday, August 20th.

The Palm Springs/Desert Cities Women’s Council of Realtors is hosting a free, “cool” event Thursday, August 20th from 6-8pm at Pottery Barn on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Members and guests are invited to “cool” down with celebrity designer and expert event planner Ken Fulk, who will treat attendees to a style class, featuring tips on how to take any hosted event to the next level. Event-goers will be refreshed with a “cool” margarita tasting from Laughing Glass Cocktails, as well as food and beverage samplings from local restaurants.

To RSVP, please click here.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Yvonne Lillo

August 9th, 2015
Realtor Yvonne Lillo has joined the Carlsbad office of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, a brokerage owned and operated by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor Yvonne Lillo to the Carlsbad office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are happy to welcome Realtor® Yvonne Lillo to their family of real estate professionals at the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Yvonne earned her real estate license in 2001 and works with buyers, sellers, and investors throughout coastal North County San Diego, including the cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, and Encinitas.

After a going through a turbulent transaction when she bought her first house, Yvonne was inspired to join the real estate profession to make sure others were spared from having the same experience. “I wanted to ensure that I do my part to make the process enjoyable and as smooth as possible for my clients,” Yvonne says. “Real estate transactions, whether buying or selling, can be stressful for everyone involved. My job is to shield my clients from that stress and guide them through from start to finish.”

Yvonne employs a sharp ear to pinpoint client needs, helping her to best meet those needs and create a positive transaction outcome. Clients enjoy Yvonne’s calming presence and patient approach, citing her friendly demeanor as a stabilizing force in their real estate experience. “I do not push my clients to make a decision or put pressure on them to settle on something they aren’t 100% sure is the right choice. Instead, I work with them until they find exactly what they are seeking. Over the course of this process, I arm my clients with as much critical information as possible and recommend things based on their needs, however, the final choice is theirs and I want to make sure they are making it with full confidence in the result,” continues Yvonne.

In addition to traditional home sale and purchase transactions, Yvonne works with investors, helping evaluate neighborhoods, home prices, and the status of the home to determine if the property is a good investment. “I enjoy working with investors and finding properties that can net a great return. Sometimes the homes need work, but that’s a fun angle to the process, too,” she adds. Depending on the status of rents in the neighborhood, Yvonne will advise her clients on whether they should hold onto the property and rent it or if it makes sense to sell the property after completing the renovations.

Yvonne decided to make the switch to Bennion and Deville’s Windermere Real Estate SoCal because of the Carlsbad office’s prime Carlsbad Village location. “I had seen the Carlsbad office and liked the area, so that sparked my interest initially. Once I stopped in to the office, I was greeted by friendly agents and staff who made me feel as if I had been there for years, even though we were meeting for the first time. The combination of culture, office location, and market presence made me comfortable to make the change,” Yvonne concludes.

“I am proud to welcome Yvonne to our Carlsbad office,” says Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker. “Her years of experience in the industry and dedicated approach to client service make her a great addition to our growing family and I know she will continue to thrive in our environment.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Windermere SoCal blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices proudly serving Orange County include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The 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 office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

CDAR Elects Windermere Real Estate Southern California Agents to Board

August 7th, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California will be represented by (From Left to Right) Commercial Agent Robin DuFault, Realtor Mary Funk, Broker Associate Scott Newton, and Realtor Carolyn Uhl on the 2016 CDAR Board.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California will be represented by (From Left to Right) Commercial Agent Robin DuFault, Realtor Mary Funk, Broker Associate Scott Newton, and Realtor Carolyn Uhl on the 2016 CDAR Board.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California, the Coachella Valley’s real estate market share leader, will be well-represented on the California Desert Association of Realtors® (CDAR) Board for the next 12 months. Windermere Southern California is proud to announce Commercial Agent Robin DuFault has been elected Treasurer, and Realtor® Mary Funk, Broker Associate Scott Newton, and Realtor® Carolyn Uhl have been elected to Director positions on the CDAR Board.

“We are happy to be represented by such outstanding agents on the 2016 CDAR Board,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “Having an established presence on the local Realtor® boards is vital to our business. The services provided by CDAR to its members give us a forum to network and discuss current business issues, provide opportunities for continuing education, and lobby for our industry’s interests in the local business community. By having active members in Board positions, we are able to do our part and provide a voice in ensuring all real estate professionals have a fair chance at finding success in the Coachella Valley.”

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome John Corby

August 3rd, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor John Corby to the Laguna Niguel office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor John Corby to the Laguna Niguel office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor® John Corby to the Laguna Niguel office, located at 27941 La Paz Road, Suite A. John leverages his training and experience developed in his law enforcement career to help buyers and sellers throughout South Orange County achieve their real estate goals.

Prior to entering real estate, John was an Orange County Law Enforcement Officer for 30 years, helping to make the local community a better place to live. Real estate is a natural segue from law enforcement because it allows him to continue to serve the people and improve their lives. “It is fulfilling to know I am making a difference in people’s lives, but in a different aspect than in my previous career,” John says. “Orange County offers an incredible lifestyle to its residents and I am excited to share those highlights with my clients. I have always been passionate about creating the best environment possible in Orange County, so to share that passion with others and help them fulfill their lifestyle dreams is an honor.”

John uses the skills he learned in law enforcement to help his clients. “I am able to read people very well and sift through the information to find the key pieces to analyze. As a result, I can negotiate effectively on behalf of my clients and diffuse potentially volatile situations by navigating through the process with the other side to come to an amicable resolution.” John’s attention to detail and honest approach to client service allow him to listen to a client’s needs and deliver the right fit, whether it’s the best offer on a seller’s home or identifying possible homes that meet a buyer’s lifestyle, budget, and taste.

John joined Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal because of the brokerage’s established roots in Orange County. “I wanted to work with a company with a strong presence in our local community. In addition, the resources they provide to their agents are a huge draw that many of their competing brokerages do not offer,” John concludes.

Says Managing Broker Sandi Richardson, “I am excited to welcome John to our growing family of real estate professionals in the Laguna Niguel office. His distinct skillset and people-oriented approach to real estate serves him well and I know he will be very successful with us.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Windermere SoCal blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices proudly serving Orange County include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The 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 office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Southern California Welcomes Tom Bogle and John O’Brien

August 1st, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California welcomes Realtors® Tom Bogle and John O'Brien to the Palm Springs Main office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California welcomes Realtors® Tom Bogle and John O’Brien to the Palm Springs Main office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, are happy to announce Realtors® Tom Bogle and John O’Brien, and their Encore Premier Group, have joined the Palm Springs Main office, located at 850 North Palm Canyon Drive. Tom and John have over 75 years of real estate experience combined, giving them a storied background to draw from in order to best meet the needs of buyers and sellers throughout the cities of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, specializing in golf course homes and the gated communities of Las Palmas, Vista Las Palmas, and Smoke Tree Ranch. The Encore Premier Group includes Tom, John, and Windermere Southern California Realtor® David Tallman.

Tom Bogle first earned his real estate license in Texas in 1980 when he was working in executive management for notable, nationally recognized businesses. “I have been involved in real estate throughout my life, whether it was buying and enhancing properties on the side or finally venturing into it full-time,” Tom says. “Real estate is perfect for me because I get to help others realize the possibilities in a home while applying my passions for property and architecture and design.” Tom has bought and restored more than 60 properties, arming him with a unique skillset and sharpening a critical eye he uses to examine every facet of a home.

Achieving business success prior to focusing on real estate full time has been a boon to Tom’s real estate career because it instilled critical instincts in him. “I have run sales departments of over one hundred people and my own companies with over thirty people. I have increased market share and profits for national corporations and built successful businesses from scratch. Regardless of the company’s size or industry, you have to have a vision for business and be able to guide your team or company in the right direction. My clients benefit from this intuition and my personal experience with real estate investment and restoration,” he adds.

Much like Tom, John O’Brien has always had a real estate career. Originally hailing from the east coast, John speaks passionately about the incredible lifestyle the Coachella Valley offers residents and understands how to help with the relocation process. “I visited Palm Springs as a teenager and realized that it didn’t require being a millionaire to live well. I was fascinated by the lifestyle and decided that I would make Palm Springs my home,” John says. His experience moving to Palm Springs gives him valuable insight for those who are looking to make the move fulltime or on a part-time basis.

As a complementary skill to Tom’s business intuition, John has instincts of his own – with clients. “It is vital to be able to listen to a client and understand what it is they are saying, both literally and implied. Taking into account budget and lifestyle is crucial, but the great thing about our community is that anyone can live well at any price point in any market; it’s a matter of finding the best match,” continues John.

After interviewing with several brokerages in the Palm Springs and San Diego markets, Tom and John decided to join forces with David Tallman and bring their distinct brand to Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “We bought a house through David and things just clicked,” says Tom. Tom and John also have a deep history with Windermere Premier Director Sven Vennen and jelled with Managing Broker David Cantwell. In addition to the personal connections with Windermere Southern California, the brokerage’s marketing programs and market share dominance impressed Tom and John. “I come from a marketing background and owned an advertising company, so I was excited about the support I can offer my listing clients and access to an exclusive international network,” adds John.

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 City, Rancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsBermuda DunesLa 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 Palm Springs Offices Help Fill Local Food Pantries

July 29th, 2015
From left to right - Melinda Tremaglio (F.I.N.D. Representative), Debra Comer (Acme Home Rentals, Sponsor), David Cantwell (Windermere Southern California Managing Broker, Palm Springs Main - 3rd Place), Ben Leaskou (Leaskou Partners - 1st Place), Denise Anderson (Windermere Southern California Managing Broker, Palm Springs South - 2nd Place), and Brian Loth (First American Title, PSRAR Food Drive Committee Chair)

From left to right – Melinda Tremaglio (F.I.N.D. Representative), Debra Comer (Acme Home Rentals, Sponsor), David Cantwell (Windermere Southern California Managing Broker, Palm Springs Main – 3rd Place), Ben Leaskou (Leaskou Partners – 1st Place), Denise Anderson (Windermere Southern California Managing Broker, Palm Springs South – 2nd Place), and Brian Loth (First American Title, PSRAR Food Drive Committee Chair)

The Palm Springs offices of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, including the Palm Springs Main office, located at 850 North Palm Canyon Drive, and Palm Springs South office, located at 2465 East Palm Canyon Drive, recently participated in a friendly competition through the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors® (PSRAR) to collect non-perishable food items and money, with all donations benefitting Well in the Desert, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing those in need with daily access to healthy and nutritious food. The Palm Springs South and Palm Springs Main offices placed second and third in the competition respectively, and combined to raise just under 6,800 pounds of donated food items. Overall, the PSRAR raised a total of 16,481 pounds of donated food and $3,000 from all participating brokerages.

Members of PSRAR present Well In The Desert with a check from the proceeds of the 2015 PSRAR Food Drive.

Members of PSRAR present Well In The Desert with a check from the proceeds of the 2015 PSRAR Food Drive.

 

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Palm Springs Main Managing Broker David Cantwell poses with Front Desk Administrator Ashley Sill. Windermere's Palm Springs offices placed second and third in the 2015 PSRAR Canned Food Drive.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Palm Springs Main Managing Broker David Cantwell poses with Front Desk Administrator Ashley Sill. Windermere’s Palm Springs offices placed second and third in the 2015 PSRAR Canned Food Drive.

“We are proud of our offices’ joint efforts to raise donations and money for an exceptional cause,” says Denise Anderson, Managing Broker. “David [Cantwell, Managing Broker] and I were impressed with the friendly fervor with which our teams went about collecting donations and opening up their pocketbooks to help.”

Says Windermere Real Estate Southern California Co-Owner Bob Deville, “I would like to congratulate the PSRAR on another successful food drive and commend all of our Palm Springs agents, managers, and staff for their charitable contributions toward the cause. Our family of real estate professionals does an excellent job of helping out those in our local community who may need a hand, and I know Well in the Desert is appreciative of our real estate community’s efforts to help re-stock their supply levels for the coming months.”

Windermere Real Estate SoCal Sponsors MARYAH Summer Solstice

July 26th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, recently announced a sponsorship of MARYAH's Summer Solstice, one of three major annual fundraisers for the organization.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, recently announced a sponsorship of MARYAH’s Summer Solstice, one of three major annual fundraisers for the organization.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, recently announced a sponsorship of the Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing (MARYAH) Summer Solstice event, taking place Thursday, July 30th at The Headquarters at Seaport, 789 West Harbor Drive, in San Diego. Summer Solstice, which is marking its ninth year, is one of three annual MARYAH fundraisers. Planned event activities include live music and entertainment, tastings from local restaurants at The Headquarters and Seaport Village, a live art show, and more. Tickets are $30 in advance at MARYAH’s website or a limited number of tickets will be available for $40 at the door.

“We are happy to be a Premier Sponsor of MARYAH’s Ninth Annual Summer Solstice,” says Bob Deville. “The services MARYAH provides to at-risk youth are critical to the local community in making sure they have access to basic needs and services to help them through a difficult time. I am proud of our brokerage’s active involvement level on the board, including representation by Managing Broker Kirk Gregor and agents Rosemary Snow, Meghan Riva, and Mike Paganelli. We wish MARYAH the best of luck on the upcoming fundraiser and look forward to our continued support.”

MARYAH is a group of Metro Area Real Estate Professionals whose goal is to provide additional funding for the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Youth Housing Project, which provides programs and low-cost shelter for at-risk and homeless LGBT youth. For more information on The Center, please visit their website.

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Windermere SoCal blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices proudly serving Orange County include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The 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 office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Welcomes Realtor® Bruce Dahnke

July 25th, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to welcome Realtor Bruce Dahnke to the Palm Desert San Pablo office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to welcome Realtor Bruce Dahnke to the Palm Desert San Pablo office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to welcome Realtor® Bruce Dahnke to its Palm Desert San Pablo office, located at 44-530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite 101. Bruce earned his real estate license in 2012, and brings over 30 years of personal experience in the industry, which he applies to help buyers and sellers throughout the Coachella Valley make informed real estate decisions. Bruce holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, holds a Green Designation from National Association of Realtors® (NAR), and is certified as a Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS).

Bruce’s path to real estate began early in life, when he helped take care of his family’s investment properties. After getting a taste of real estate, he fell in love, eventually buying and selling or renting his own properties, which included developing a condo-conversion project in the Milwaukee area. “Real estate was a creative outlet for me and an escape from my ‘day job’ in nuclear medicine,” says Bruce. “I really enjoy taking decades old properties and restoring them to their original glory and integrity, but with modern technology and appointments.”

Due to his decades of personal, hands-on experience in real estate, Bruce is well prepared to work with his clients and pass on his insights and vision of real estate as a long-term investment. “I know a good investment when I see one, and enjoy working with my clients to pass on that perspective. It is critical to set aside the emotional aspects and focus on the business side of purchasing a home. My goal at the end of the transaction is to make sure that my clients are happy with the outcome both from an emotional and a fiscal standpoint,” continues Bruce.

Clients appreciate Bruce’s attention to detail, intense preparation, and honesty. “I like to be well-prepared to work with my clients. I find out the history of each property, who the architects were, and the organic styling behind the design. Understanding these points gives me insight, whether it’s to get a home ready for market or help a buyer find the right abode, and allows me to best inform my clients so they can make the right decision.”

Bruce decided to join Windermere Real Estate Southern California because of his history with Managing Broker Dean Foster and several other Windermere colleagues. “In addition to having the chance to work with Dean again, I was drawn to Windermere because it’s the biggest and the best in the Coachella Valley,” concludes Bruce.

“I am excited to welcome Bruce to our family at the Palm Desert San Pablo office,” adds Dean. “His years of personal and professional real estate experience, genuine approach with his clients and peers, and affable personality make him an excellent fit and addition to our team.”

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 City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La 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 Real Estate Southern California Well-Represented on 2016 PSRAR Board

July 20th, 2015
Jim Webb, Realtor, and David Cantwell, Managing Broker, will represent Windermere Real Estate Southern California on the 2016 PSRAR Board.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is will be represented on the 2016 PSRAR Board of Directors by President Jim Webb, Realtor, and Board Member David Cantwell, Managing Broker of the Palm Springs Main office.

The Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors® (PSRAR) recently announced the results of their annual Board of Directors election. Windermere Real Estate Southern California will be represented by 2016 President Jim Webb, Realtor®, and Director David Cantwell, Managing Broker, Palm Springs Main office.

Jim Webb was elected 2016 Board President last year and served on this year’s board in the capacity of President Elect. David Cantwell has been active in the PSRAR since 1993, serving in a variety of roles, including his current Director position since 2002.

“We are proud of Jim and David’s contributions to the PSRAR and their excellent representation of our brokerage,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “The PSRAR’s active approach is vital to our industry’s success by ensuring real estate professionals have a voice in the local community. We look forward to our continued support of PSRAR and congratulate Jim and David on their respective positions on the 2016 PSRAR Board of Directors.”

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Rachael Torresdal

July 19th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor Rachael Torresdal.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor Rachael Torresdal.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Rachael Michele Torresdal to the family of agents at the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office, located at 265 West Washington Street in San Diego. Rachael’s outgoing personality, passions for design and helping others, and dedication to client services make her a hit with home buyers and sellers throughout San Diego County.

Rachael was introduced to real estate at an early age, and always wanted to make it her career. For her, becoming a Realtor® was inevitable. “I enjoy driving around neighborhoods and looking at the different architecture, and I love interior design,” Rachael says. “The best part, however, is knowing that I am helping my clients find a place to call their own and to build memories. The emotional role a home plays for a family is my favorite aspect of real estate.”

As a veteran of the food service industry, Rachael understands the pivotal role client service plays in the real estate industry, and has a natural magnetism that allows her clients to find comfort and trust in her character. “It is vital to communicate with clients properly in order to meet their needs. I enjoy talking with clients to explore what they are looking to achieve and then working diligently on their behalf to ensure that I deliver,” adds Rachael.

Real estate is attractive to Rachael because of the personal connection she creates with clients, but also because of the endless challenge and freedoms it offers to those who are part of the profession. “There is always something to learn, which keeps me stimulated and constantly tested, both from a data standpoint and working with clients. I enjoy the ability to be my own boss and help clients – and I don’t have to be behind a desk to make it all happen,” continues Rachael.

Rachael has a deep history with Bob Bennion and Bob Deville and Windermere Real Estate SoCal. Her Mom has worked with “The Bobs” since the beginning in Palm Springs in 2001. “The reason why I joined goes beyond my family connection. Bob and Bob have built a strong reputation within Southern California in a short amount of time. They have created a prestigious, classy brand that is fresh and progressive, and I wanted to be a part of that excitement,” she concludes.

Says Managing Broker Kirk Gregor, “Rachael is a great addition to our team. Her affable personality, dedication to her clients, and unending desire to learn and improve give her the qualities it takes to succeed with our brokerage and in this industry. On behalf of our family, welcome Rachael.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Windermere SoCal blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices proudly serving Orange County include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The 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 office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.