Landavazo Group Supports Redlands Bicycle Classic

May 5th, 2015
Windermere Southern California's Landavazo Group supported the 2015 Redlands Bicycle Classic.  Team members handed our bags of popcorn and greeted racing attendees.

Windermere Southern California’s Landavazo Group supported the 2015 Redlands Bicycle Classic. Team members handed our bags of popcorn and greeted racing attendees.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Landavazo Group, based out of the Redlands office located at 104 East State Street, Suite C, recently supported the Redlands Bicycle Classic with a booth and giveaways. This year was the group’s first year of participating in the event and, based on the experience, it looks forward to playing a role in the 3-day race for years to come.

“We gave away bags of popcorn with our business card and a note that said, ‘The Real Estate Market is Popping, enjoy some popcorn on us,’” says Realtor® Stephanie Landavazo. “We had a huge response of positive feedback and have had a number of people who stopped by our booth at the race reach out to us to help with their real estate needs. We try to participate in as many events as we can in the immediate area and Inland Empire to show our community support.”

The Redlands Bicycle Classic is the longest continuous running bike race in the nation. What started as a Memorial Day tradition in 1985 has turned into a true cycling spectacle, with competitors who have gone on to participate in the Olympics, Tour de France, and World Championships. Half of the city shuts down for three days every year to take in the action and support the supreme athletes in the competition.

The Landavazo Group, spearheaded by Stephanie Landavazo, works with buyers, sellers, and investors across a wide range of property price ranges and styles, as well as leasing and rentals, throughout Southern California. With over 25 years of combined experience, the Landavazo Group has the knowledge and experience to make any transaction process go smoothly and efficiently. To contact Stephanie or for more information, please visit the Landavazo Group website.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Keith Zacharski To Carlsbad Office

May 3rd, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce Realtor Keith Zacharski has joined the Carlsbad Office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce Realtor® Keith Zacharski has joined the Carlsbad Office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Keith Zacharski to the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Keith, who holds a B.A. in Real Estate and an M.B.A., has had his license since 2007 and is teaming up with his wife, Windemere SoCal Realtor® Shaina Zacharski, to form Keith and Shaina Realty Group. With a solid background in entrepreneurship and photography, Keith blends his business and creative experiences to help his clients around coastal North County San Diego, including buyers, sellers, and investors, make the best real estate decisions possible.

Keith began his real estate career in 2007, working for a developer as a Buyer’s Agent for a 55+ luxury condominium community. That experience instilled in him a passion for helping others and the primary reason why he chose to get into real estate professionally. “I love making my clients’ dreams of home ownership a reality,” he says. Keith’s zest for assisting his clients is evidenced by his high-energy, positive approach and enthusiasm for the task at hand, intangible assets he brings to every relationship. By combining his passion for helping others with his wife’s client service approach, Keith and Shaina are able to leverage their respective strengths and backgrounds to focus on serving clients and achieving their real estate goals.

Before venturing into real estate, Keith was an Operations Manager for several start-up companies, giving him insight into an investor’s perspective and how to evaluate risk. “After working with investors for several years, I have a good idea of their mindset and approach in regard to achieving certain financial goals. Because of my experience, I am able to help real estate investment clients seek out properties that meet those fiduciary checkmarks.” Keith is also a professional photographer, specializing in architectural and real estate photography. “Staging and photography are a huge part of getting a home ready for the market and maximizing its appeal to potential homebuyers. I advise clients on how to stage their home and then shoot the photos myself, finding the most unique lines to present the home in an interesting and captivating way,” Keith adds.

Keith chose to join Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal brokerage because of the company’s reputation and recommendations from others. “Beyond my wife already being associated with Windermere SoCal, I feel like I am at home with family. Everyone is friendly and professional, and the location in the heart of Carlsbad village is perfect. For me, joining was a no brainer.”

Says Managing Broker Joe Wogoman, “Keith’s experience in real estate coupled with his professional background and creative eye as a photographer make him an ideal agent for any discriminating client. Pair him with his wife Shaina, who is a true professional through and through, and you have the makings of an excellent team. I am happy to welcome Keith to our Carlsbad family and wish him and Shaina a prosperous 2015.”

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 in San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal office serving San Diego County are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. 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 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 Real Estate Southern California Welcomes Bev Schow

May 2nd, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to announce Realtor Bev Schow has joined the Palm Desert San Pablo office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to announce Realtor Bev Schow has joined the Palm Desert San Pablo office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to announce Realtor® Bev Schow has joined the Palm Desert San Pablo office, located at 44-530 San Pablo Avenue. Bev has been in real estate since 1980, working in different roles that include owning and operating a successful brokerage office. Utilizing her decades of experience and incredible real estate knowledge, Bev is able to adapt to and apply growing industry trends in order to successfully produce for her clients, whether they are buying, selling, or relocating.

Bev’s storied real estate career began in Minnesota where she worked her way up from Realtor® to owning and running a real estate office. From her experience both as an agent and as a business owner, Bev gained incredible knowledge into the industry and the key to success as a professional – never stop learning. “I am always trying to learn new things and improve,” she says. “My job is to bring the right information to my clients so they can make the best informed decision possible. In order to do that, you have to stay up to date on the latest trends and sources for pertinent information.”

In addition to maintaining a sharp practice Bev provides her clients with an elite level of service and attention, so much so that it spawned her business tagline, “Experience A Touch Of Excellence.” Bev’s clients appreciate her willingness to go beyond an ordinary level of service, her honesty, work ethic, and positive attitude. “I love working with people, negotiating on their behalf, and creating the right fit between their property and a potential homebuyer,” she adds.

Bev also helps clients with relocation services. As the wife of a retired Air Force Colonel, Bev and her family moved around often. “I have a lot of experience relocating, having lived the military life for 21 years. Coming from that background, you understand how to approach relocation clients and make the process as smooth as possible.”

Holding true to Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s founding principles, Bev is heavily involved in the local community, donating her time and resources to several clubs and organizations. Her active duties include Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Member, Education Committee Member for the McCallum Theater Muses, Board Member for The Springs Country Club Women’s Club, and Scholarship Committee Chair for the Palm Springs Women’s Press Club. “I like to give back to the community and donate my time for worthy causes.”

Bev decided to make the switch to Windermere Real Estate Southern California after working with Windermere agents over the years on a variety of deals. “I had wonderful transaction experiences. Plus, Windermere has taken over the desert area and is the place to be. The in-house support, forward thinking philosophies, and advertising programs really set Windermere apart, and the offices are well represented and comfortable,” she concludes.

“I am excited to have Bev Schow join our Palm Desert San Pablo family,” says Dean Foster, Managing Broker. “Having worked with Bev at a previous brokerage, I know what a stellar addition she is to our office, both professionally and personally. Her steadfast dedication to client service, strong negotiating skills, and can-do attitude make her very popular with her clients and colleagues. I look forward to working with Bev again and, on behalf of everyone, welcome her to Windermere.”

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, 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 Highly Represented At WCR Boutique And Fashion Show

May 1st, 2015
Members of Windermere Southern California will be strutting their stuff to raise money at an upcoming Women's Council of Realtors event.

Members of Windermere Southern California will be strutting their stuff to raise money at an upcoming Women’s Council of Realtors event.

At the upcoming Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) Palm Springs Desert Cities “Salute to Hollywood” 7th Annual Boutique & Fashion Show, members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California will be strutting their stuff on the catwalk to raise money for the organization. Rocio Flores, Dwayne Carrier, Robert Downing, and Tracy Boomer, along with fellow industry members, are slated to model a variety of fashions from El Paseo clothiers.

The Fashion Show takes place Friday, May 8, at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, starting with a champagne reception and boutique shopping at 10am, followed by the luncheon and fashion show at noon. Dan Ball of KMIR is the special guest MC.

To purchase tickets, please click here. For more information on the Women’s Council of Realtors, please visit their website.

Jenell Fontes Nominated For “Top Women In Business” Award

May 1st, 2015
Windermere Southern California Premier Director and Realtor® Jenell Fontes has been nominated for "Entrepreneur of the Year" as part of Palm Springs Life's "Top Women In Business" awards.

Windermere Southern California Premier Director and Realtor® Jenell Fontes has been nominated for “Entrepreneur of the Year” as part of Palm Springs Life’s “Top Women In Business” awards.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Premier Director and Realtor® Jenell Fontes has been nominated for the “Palm Springs Life Entrepreneur of the Year” award as a part of Palm Springs Life’s “Top Women In Business” awards, taking place Tuesday, May 5th at the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage.

“I am thrilled and honored to be mentioned with a group of such incredible women,” says Jenell of being nominated for this prestigious award. “I am especially proud that five of the nominees for the three awards are members of Women Leaders Forum. That is a true testament to the caliber of the individuals in WLF and our roots within the local business community.” Jenell has been a member of WLF for 16 years, serving on the Board of Directors for her 8th year this year, currently in the role of Vice President. “Being a part of WLF has helped my growth and development in all facets of my life. I want to make sure that I continue to give back to a group that has done, and continues to do, so much for me professionally and personally,” she adds.

Jenell and her team specialize in second home and investment properties, touting the power of seasonal rentals as a means of the property potentially paying for itself. She also works as a designated Premier Luxury Agent, Investment Property Specialist, REO Director, and Short Sale Specialist, offering a vast array of services for her clients throughout the Coachella Valley. Jenell earned the 2014 Trulia Top Agent Award, putting her in the top 1% of all agents on the site based on sales, listings, and reviews. “I couldn’t do it without my wonderful team of professionals, especially fellow Windermere agent and Administrative Assistant Gaby Valencia. Gaby has grown with me from REOs in Desert Hot Springs to multi-million dollar deals,” continues Jenell.

Jenell also credits Windermere Southern California as a contributing factor to the successful growth of her company and rise to becoming one of the top Realtors® in the Coachella Valley. “Being a part of the Windermere team has given me the resources and guidance to help build my business to the success it is today.  They have done so much by giving me the tools I need to successfully perform for my clients and encourage me to strive for greatness daily,” Jenell concludes. “Choosing real estate for a career gives me the ability to be flexible and balance my personal and professional lives. With harmony between the two, I can be better focused for my clients and still be a great mom to my kids.”

“We are proud of Jenell’s nomination,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “In a relatively short amount of time, she has made her mark on the Coachella Valley real estate market and continues to improve every day. I wish her luck on Tuesday – she deserves the recognition for her hard work and dedication to providing excellent service to her clients.”

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

Bob Hope Estate Selected By Louis Vuitton To Host Cruise Show

April 29th, 2015
The Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, currently listed by Windermere Southern California's Patrick-Stewart Properties, will host the Louis Vuitton Cruise Show on May 6th.

The Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, currently listed by Windermere Southern California’s Patrick-Stewart Properties, will host the Louis Vuitton Cruise Show on May 6th.

Iconic luxury brand Louis Vuitton has selected the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, currently listed by Patrick-Stewart Properties for $24.999 million, as the location for its Cruise Show on May 6th. The show will be streamed live starting at 6:15pm Pacific time on the Louis Vuitton website. Although the renowned property has played host to many dignitaries and events, it will be the first time it has hosted a fashion show.

An architectural icon, the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate is one of the most recognizable homes in the world. Designed in 1973 by John Lautner, the 6.18-acre estate sits atop the Southridge gated community in Palm Springs and is one of the largest private residences in the area. Spread over approximately 23,366 sq. ft. and featuring 10 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, the Hope estate exudes futuristic flair with prominent visor-like arches, a sleek exterior, and curving roofline with a hole in the middle over a sprawling courtyard, which is designed to mimic a volcano. For more information on the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, click here.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Proud To Welcome Debra Fares

April 26th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce Realtor Debra Fares has joined the La Mesa Village office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce Realtor® Debra Fares has joined the La Mesa Village office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Debra Fares to the La Mesa Village office, located at 8277 La Mesa Boulevard. Debra, a native San Diegan who has had her license since 2004, shares her passion for real estate, the negotiation process, interior design and staging, and client service with buyers and sellers throughout San Diego County.

After a highly successful career in pharmaceutical sales, Debra, who holds a B.A. in Psychology, Liberal Arts, and Sciences, decided to follow a lifelong dream and get into real estate. “I love helping people and negotiating on their behalf,” she says. “My clients put their trust in me to oversee the deal on their behalf from start to finish.” Debra strives to be an elite negotiator and has taken courses on the art of negotiating and deal making in order to best serve her clients.

In addition to her ability to negotiate excellent deals, she is also able to communicate openly and effectively with her clients, a skill she sharpened in her previous sales career. “Service is critical, and the biggest key to success and building an excellent reputation is maintaining an honest line of communication, with a prompt response,” she continues. Debra also taps into her creative marketing prowess to help sellers list their home, stressing the importance of designing a strategic marketing plan, which typically includes staging. “I love working with my clients on exciting ideas to help promote their home and find the right buyer. Staging a home for market is a huge aspect of that planning because it gives homebuyers an emotional connection with the space and an idea of how living there could feel.” For homebuyers, Debra employs her interior design experience to help visualize the potential in a property.

As a young woman, Debra was actively involved in giving back to her community, especially the elderly. She volunteered as a Candy Striper and has been involved with charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, and others. “I have always been passionate about giving back to senior citizens, even from an early age, including my time in pharmaceutical sales.” Debra adds. As a result of her experience interacting with and caring for the elderly, she can work with all generations of clients, and is adept at helping older clients with real estate, catering her services to fit their needs.

Debra was drawn to Bennion & Deville’s Windermere SoCal brokerage because of “the marketing programs and the upscale brand. They provide extensive marketing tools that attract buyers as well as exposing sellers’ homes on the top syndication real estate sites, maximizing exposure for sellers.”

Adds Carey Guthrie, Branch Manager, “Debra’s unique background in sales, experience in the industry, and passion for helping her clients get the best deal possible gives her all of the assets she needs to rise to the top. We look forward to working with Debra and welcome her to our La Mesa Village office 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 in San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal office serving San Diego County are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. 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 our website at WindermereSoCal.com. Stay up-to-date on the latest trends in Southern California real estate by following us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Southern California Welcomes Sarita Starr

April 25th, 2015
Associate Broker Sarita Starr has joined the Rancho Mirage office of Windermere Real Estate Southern California

Windermere Southern California is proud to welcome Broker Associate Sarita Starr to the Rancho Mirage office.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California proudly welcomes Broker Associate Sarita Starr to its family of real estate professionals at the Rancho Mirage office, located at 71691 Highway 111. Sarita began her real estate career in 1985 when she became a licensed Realtor® and soon after, she obtained her broker’s license in 1987. Drawing upon decades of personal and professional experience, Sarita helps buyers, sellers, and investors with all of their real estate needs, including probate and 1031 exchanges.

Over the course of her real estate career Sarita has sharpened her client service skills to an elite level. The one constant trait that her clients cite as the reason they come back is her attitude, affable nature, and her negotiating skills, which create a positive outcome for all parties in a transaction. “I am willing to do what it takes to make a deal work so everyone feels good about it,” says Sarita. “I like to make people happy but I am committed to what is ultimately best for my client and I will make sure that their fundamental needs are met.”

Sarita has a wealth of firsthand experience and knowledge of real estate transactions, having owned a real estate office with an extensive income property portfolio. She has also personally invested in real estate over her 28-year career, including the remodel and sale of her own homes. “I enjoy the challenge of multi-tasking to complete a remodeling project and working with contractors,” she adds. “I help my clients see the benefits and tangibility of real estate as an investment–it provides a long-term, lifetime benefit.”

Sarita’s years of experience have given her insight into staging and presenting homes for sale or lease. “I advise my clients on areas to fix up or accentuate through staging to show prospective buyers the full potential in the home. To get a home ready for market, you have to evaluate the living spaces and know what features are in demand to maximize its appeal.” Beyond her proficiency with completing traditional transactions and working with investors, Sarita also specializes in probate. “I work with attorneys and heirs of estates to help settle the real estate portion from start to finish, including prepping the home for market and overseeing the transaction process.”

Sarita joined Windermere because she “wanted to be with the best. Class means a lot to me, and Windermere is an upscale company with a widely respected brand. They dominate the Coachella Valley, and it’s easy to see why.” Sarita was also drawn to Windermere’s stance on individual branding. “The marketing and promotional departments are exceptional. Working with an in-house design professional is a valuable feature that most brokerages do not offer.”

“We are happy to welcome Sarita to our Rancho Mirage family,” says Don Rossignol, Managing Broker. “Her deep real estate experience, including owning her own business, puts her in a strong position to help clients and offer a unique set of services. I look forward to working with Sarita and wish her a prosperous 2015.”

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, 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 Sponsors City of La Quinta Birthday

April 22nd, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California is sponsoring The City of La Quinta's 33rd Birthday Celebration, taking place Saturday, April 25th.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is sponsoring The City of La Quinta’s 33rd Birthday Celebration, taking place Saturday, April 25th.

On April 25th, the City of La Quinta will be celebrating its birthday with an event of epic proportions at Civic Center Campus, located at 78495 Calle Tampico, from 9am to 1pm. For the fifth year in a row, Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s La Quinta office, located at 47-250 Washington Street, will have a booth at the event, with representatives handing out balloons and candy. In coordination with First Tee of the Coachella Valley, Windermere will also hold a putting contest for kids.

“This is a fun, free event the whole family can enjoy,” says Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker. “We are very proud to serve the community of La Quinta and hope to see all of our friends, family, and neighbors at the birthday celebration.”

The City of La Quinta’s 33rd Birthday Party will feature high-energy events, including Water Bubble Roller Racing, Strata Ball, trackless train rides, a Kid Zone, activities for children, hot dogs, cookies, cold drinks, and several giveaways. For more information on the event, please visit the City’s designated website page.

Windermere Southern California Announces Tournament Golf Team For Inaugural Gregg D. Spierling Memorial Golf Tournament

April 22nd, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California has announced its foursome for the inaugural Gregg D. Spierling Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by California Desert Association of Realtors.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California has announced its team for the inaugural Gregg D. Spierling Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by the California Desert Association of Realtors® (CDAR).

Windermere Real Estate Southern California has announced its team for the inaugural Gregg D. Spierling Memorial Golf Tournament, presented by the California Desert Association of Realtors® (CDAR). Diane Pennington, Robin Harmon, Justin Fields, and Dean Wartelle will represent Windermere in the tournament, taking place at Desert Falls Country Club on Monday, May 4th. The 3 teams with the lowest gross and lowest net scores will receive trophies, and prizes will be awarded for longest drive, straightest drive, and closest to the pin, with additional hole-in-one prizes offered. There is also a putting contest prior to the 12pm shotgun start. In addition to golf, a dinner including silent auction and raffle are planned to help raise money. All proceeds benefit the CDAR scholarship fund and First Tee of the Coachella Valley.

“We are proud to field a competitive team in this tournament and help support the two worthy causes benefitting from the proceeds,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “The CDAR Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships to high school seniors for close to two decades and we are happy to know that we are doing our part to keep that tradition alive. First Tee’s programs are instrumental in developing character and ethics in youth through the game of golf. What they do to shape our future leaders is tremendous, and we take pride knowing that First Tee’s programs will benefit from this event.”

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Jane Laufer to Windermere SoCal

April 19th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce Realtor Jane Laufer has joined the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce Realtor Jane Laufer has joined the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Jane Laufer to the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office, located at 265 West Washington Street in San Diego. Jane has been in the real estate industry since 2003 and has a background in loan processing to couple with her experience in executing real estate transactions for buyers and sellers.

Originally hailing from the financial side of the real estate industry, Jane earned her real estate license because of the intimate client interaction and satisfaction of helping others achieve personal success through a real estate transaction. “I am a people person and enjoy working closely with my clients,” she says. “I want to help homebuyers find the best home for them and negotiate a great deal. For sellers, I want to match up their home with the best buyer for the situation.”

Taking the client relationship one step further, Jane is fully committed to offering an old-school style of client service, carrying out many details most homebuyers are accustomed to doing themselves in today’s high-tech world, including the legwork of researching and finding the ideal home based on certain criteria. “I like to connect with my clients on a personal level, so I want to be as all-inclusive as possible to make life easy for them. In addition to researching the best neighborhoods that fit their needs, I will personally pick them up to drive them around to look at the homes. That personal connection of driving together from house to house and talking through their thoughts on each one lets us bond and connect on a deeper level, and allows me to demonstrate my knowledge of the community and why I picked the homes for them.”

Jane’s passion for real estate extends beyond client service and into the actual homes themselves. “I love getting into homes and remodeling them, something I share with my clients who may be looking to re-energize a space in a home they are interested in buying. Sharing that vision of potential is crucial since often times adding another unique perspective opens the door to new ideas that were not thought of before,” Jane adds. In addition to consulting on the possibilities a home offers to buyers, Jane consults with sellers on the cleaning and staging of their homes. “Staging is a huge step in the process of putting a home on the market. When a home is staged, it gives people an idea of what living there would feel like. The experience is immersive and fosters an emotional connection, making it one of the most important steps in the listing process.”

Jane decided to join “The Bobs’” Hillcrest/Mission Hills office because of a past experience with Managing Broker Kirk Gregor and the brokerage’s philosophy on personally investing in its Realtors®. “Kirk helped my family through a tough real estate transaction. That experience led me to trust in him and the company he represents. I feel like Kirk personally cares about my success, as well as the other agents in our office, and having the time, money, and resources invested in me makes me feel special and better off here than anywhere else,” Jane concludes.

Says Kirk, “Jane’s thorough approach to client service, knowledge of neighborhoods throughout San Diego, and work-ethic set her up for a high level of success with us. We are happy to welcome Jane to our family and look forward to working with her.

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 in San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices serving San Diego County are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. 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 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.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville’s Windermere SoCal Proud to Sponsor 2015 ArtWalk

April 16th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville are proud to announce Windermere Real Estate SoCal's sponsorship of the 2015 Mission Federal ArtWalk, taking place April 25 and 26 in Little Italy in Downtown San Diego.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville are proud to announce Windermere Real Estate SoCal’s sponsorship of the 2015 Mission Federal ArtWalk, taking place April 25 and 26 in Little Italy in Downtown San Diego.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce the company’s sponsorship of Mission Federal ArtWalk, taking place April 25 and 26 in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego.

ArtWalk, celebrating its 31st year, is a renowned annual event showcasing the works of over 300 talented artists from around the world. Spread over 15 blocks, ArtWalk shines light on one of Downtown’s most vibrant, charming neighborhoods, turning it into a giant celebration of art and culture. The fun-filled extravaganza includes delicious fare, live music, entertainment, and interactive art experiences. The proceeds from the event go to ArtReach San Diego, a non-profit organization helping bring high quality visual art programs into K-6 classrooms around San Diego County, offering free workshops to schools with no art education resources.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s ArtWalk,” says Bob Deville. “This two-day celebration of art and culture offers a unique experience for attendees, and is a great opportunity to discover new artists and culture. The best part is that it also draws well-deserved attention to the iconic Little Italy neighborhood, a community we are happy to serve and call home.”

For more information on ArtWalk Little Italy, please visit the event’s website.

Windermere SoCal Represented At Upcoming MARYAH Casino Royale & Poker Tournament

April 15th, 2015
Members of Windermere SoCal's Little Italy office are donating their time and resources to put on the MARYAH Casino Royale & Poker Tournament on April 23rd.  The event is open to the public.

Members of Windermere SoCal’s Little Italy office are donating their time and resources to put on the MARYAH Casino Royale & Poker Tournament on April 23rd. The event is open to the public.

Members of Windermere Real Estate SoCal’s Little Italy office, located at 1742 ½ India Street in Downtown San Diego, sit on the Board for the Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing (MARYAH) and are gearing up for their first event of 2015. On Thursday, April 23, MARYAH is holding a Casino Royale & Poker Tournament at Sunset Temple in North Park to raise funds for The Center’s Youth Housing Project. Realtors® Rosemary Snow, Meghan Riva, and Mike Paganelli, as well as Managing Broker Kirk Gregor, are MARYAH board members, helping put on these events, which includes duties from concept inception to planning and execution.

The April 23rd festivities include a 12 table “Vegas style” poker tournament, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and other classic casino games, as well as valuable prizes and giveaways. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served throughout the night. The poker tournament tickets, which are $50 each, are almost sold out. General admission tickets are $30, with all proceeds of the money raised going toward the cause. The event is open to the public, all interested in attending are welcome to purchase tickets to help support the cause.

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.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville’s Windermere SoCal Sponsors Kiwanis Pancake Breakfasts

April 14th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Co-Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce the company's sponsorship of the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast fundraisers, taking place in May and November.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Co-Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce the company’s sponsorship of the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast fundraisers, taking place in May and November.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Co-Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to announce a sponsorship of the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfasts, taking place during the Carlsbad Street Faire in May and November. Each event will serve between 600 and 1,000 breakfasts, with all of the proceeds going toward children’s causes.

The Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad was founded in 1976 and is a locally affiliated member of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis places an emphasis on children, with the majority of the club’s focus geared toward offering community service projects that improve the lives of children throughout the United States and around the world. The Carlsbad chapter supports the Key Club at Carlsbad High School and Boy Scout Troop #784, among other local organizations and causes.

“We are proud to announce our sponsorship and support of the Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad’s pancake breakfasts, their major fundraisers for the year,” says Bob Deville. “The programs and services Kiwanis supports and offers are a critical component to helping children in the local community. We are glad to do our part to help them reach their fundraising goals, and have some fun in the process.”

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Helen Vogel to Windermere SoCal

April 12th, 2015
Realtor® Helen Vogel has joined the Windermere SoCal office, owned by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville.

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

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are happy to announce Realtor® Helen Vogel has joined the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Helen has had her license since 1998 and specializes in working with both buyers and sellers to achieve their real estate goals throughout San Diego County. She also works with investors, helping them with the process from start to finish.

Helen got her first taste of the real estate industry when she took a position as an office administrator for a real estate company while working toward her law degree. “The environment was high energy and electric, and I was drawn to it immediately,” she recalls. The magnetism of real estate pulled Helen away from her aspirations in law and she quickly earned her real estate license. “I love helping my clients realize their real estate dreams. It is incredibly fulfilling to lead them down the path that accomplishes what they set out to achieve.”

As an industry veteran, Helen has what it takes to work on either side of a deal. Regardless of whether she is helping buyers find the ideal home or sellers match up with the best homebuyer, she has a steady focus on providing exceptional client service. “I am honest and completely up-front with my clients, which they appreciate. By setting expectations from the beginning and maintaining an open relationship, my clients are well informed and aware at all times,” she says. “I believe that integrity and consistency are the key to maintaining a positive client relationship for life.” In addition to her penchant for exceptional communication, clients are drawn to Helen’s exuberance and passion for real estate.

Helen also has a deep background in real estate investment, acting as a one-stop-shop for her investor clients. “I have worked with investors looking for properties from single family homes to multi-family properties with two to four units. I can jump in and help find the property, suggest enhancements that may increase its market desirability, and even have a list of contacts for tradesman,” she continues. “When the project has been completed, I can also help find tenants or market the property to attract a buyer.”

Helen decided it was time to make the switch to Bennion & Deville’s Windermere SoCal Carlsbad office because of the prime location in Carlsbad Village. “Once I saw the location, I knew right away that this was the place for me. The office has high foot traffic and high energy, and the brand is appealing.”

Says Managing Broker Joe Wogoman, “Helen is an excellent addition to our Carlsbad office family. Her storied background in the industry, exceptional knowledge of the local market, and passion for serving her clients give her the assets and skills to make any client a winner. On behalf of everyone, I would like to welcome Helen to the team.”

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 in San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Windermere SoCal offices serving San Diego County are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy, with an Encinitas office opening soon. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. 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 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.