Windermere Real Estate SoCal Welcomes Rob Myers

December 16th, 2014
Windermere SoCal welcomes Rob Myers to its family at the Carlsbad office

Windermere SoCal welcomes Rob Myers to its family at the Carlsbad office

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is pleased to welcome Realtor® Rob Myers to its family of real estate professionals in the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 217. Myers, who has lived in Carlsbad since 1988 and began his real estate career in 2007, has intimate knowledge of the North County San Diego housing market and exceptional client service skills.

Leveraging his experience from running multiple businesses, including owning and operating a high-end cigar distribution company, Myers understands that exceptional customer service is key. “Clients often tell me that I am a great listener,” says Myers. “I am dedicated to seeking the right solution to accomplish the largest transaction of their lives while offering my professional guidance throughout the process.”

Myers enjoys real estate because he gets to help his clients attain their “next level.” “Whether it’s a first-time buyer or a seller moving to a new location, they have a purpose and I’m here to guide them through the entire process. It is rewarding to know how crucial my role is in achieving that next stage for my clients.”

With aspirations to get his broker’s license, Myers has big goals and the drive to achieve them. The Carlsbad office of Windermere Real Estate SoCal gives him the best base of operations to work toward that goal and establish deeper roots in the local community, concluding, “My goal has always been to be a Realtor® in the heart of Carlsbad and I am grateful to be part of Windermere SoCal. The culture of the agents is friendly and I am fully supported by ‘hands-on’ Broker/Owners, company-wide managers, and staff.”

“I am excited to have someone with Rob’s background join our team,” adds Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker. “His experience as a successful entrepreneur and passion for helping others are huge assets to his business and will help him accomplish great things at Windermere. I look forward to working with Rob and welcome him to our Carlsbad office family.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

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

Windermere SoCal Welcomes Kevin Piechota

December 14th, 2014
Windermere Real Estate SoCal proudly welcomes Kevin Piechota to its Little Italy Office in Downtown San Diego

Windermere Real Estate SoCal proudly welcomes Kevin Piechota to its Little Italy Office in Downtown San Diego

Windermere Real Estate SoCal welcomes Realtor® Kevin Piechota to its roster of real estate professionals at the Little Italy office, located at 1742 ½ India Street in San Diego. Kevin is a downtown San Diego expert, helping guide his clients through the decision-making process by matching their desired lifestyle with the best neighborhood that fits their criteria. He will be working as an associate with Patrick Turner and Associates.

With an eye to the future, Kevin approaches each client focusing on building a lifetime relationship. “My goal is to complete the best deal and provide the best service possible at the end of every transaction,” he says. “I want to have repeat clients and referrals from those clients. That is the ultimate mark of a great agent and the best compliment I can receive.”

Kevin, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, has a strong background in online real estate marketing. “I was the top sales rep for the fourth largest real estate website in the United States. From that experience, I have built a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully market a property in today’s online-driven world,” he continues.

Real estate decisions involve many factors, but the most crucial to a homebuyer is the perceived lifestyle of the neighborhood. As a downtown San Diego resident for the last 5 years, Kevin has a pulse on the changing landscape, including new developments, retail, and restaurants. “When I sit down with a buyer, I listen to what they are looking for in regard to lifestyle – their interests, patterns of activity, and what they like to do for fun. With that information in mind, I can then recommend communities based on aligning how they want to live with the amenities and points of interest offered. I keep tabs on everything that’s going on so I can give the best advice possible to each client,” adds Kevin.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal was attractive to Kevin because of its reputation. “Windermere has great brand recognition and a strong, positive presence in the community. Plus, the new office in Little Italy is in a prime location to serve the markets where I specialize.” Kevin was also recruited by Patrick Turner to join his team, helping give the final push toward making the switch.

“Kevin has the intangibles it takes to succeed in this business,” states Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker. “His passion for real estate and knowledge of the downtown market make him a key asset and a welcome addition to our Little Italy office team. We look forward to working with him and welcome him to Windermere.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

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

Windermere SoCal Welcomes Aaron Brown

December 14th, 2014
Aaron Brown, a new agent with Windermere Real Estate SoCal, will be working out of the Carlsbad office.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal proudly welcomes Aaron Brown to its Carlsbad Office

Windermere Real Estate SoCal welcomes Realtor® Aaron Brown to its team of real estate professionals at the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, #217. Brown brings a strong background developing exceptional personal relationships to create a wonderful customer service experience for his clients.

“I love working with people and I have always been enamored with real estate,” says Brown. “Being a Realtor® is a natural fit for me – I get to work closely with people and help them achieve their real estate goals, while getting to see the beautiful homes our area has to offer.” Brown’s affable personality served him well before he began his real estate career when he held various leadership roles with non-profit organizations. He has found success by rolling interpersonal skills sharpened during his previous career into real estate, where he applies them to create excellent customer service.

On top of his outgoing, approachable demeanor, Brown strongly believes in developing an open line of communication with clients to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. “I want to take a process that can be arduous for some and make it fun,” he continues. “My clients turn into friends by the end of a transaction, which is how it should be. I want to create a great experience for everyone while finding creative solutions to fulfilling their wishes.”

An avid basketball fan, Brown has turned his passion for the game into a way of giving back to the community by coaching rec and AAU level youth basketball. Win or lose, he strives for his players to achieve success as individuals on and off the court. Understanding what makes up a great team, Brown made the switch to Windermere because “they show a willingness to make me successful and provide the tools necessary to achieve that success.”

Adds Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker, “Aaron’s exceptional attitude and good-natured personality make him a delight for colleagues and clients. As a strong communicator and negotiator, Aaron is able to satisfy clients at the end of each transaction both with the outcome and the process.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

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

Windermere Well-Represented At PSRAR Awards and Installation Celebration

December 12th, 2014
Windermere Real Estate Southern California REALTOR Roy Rigby (Left) Receives the Realtor of the Year Award from Becky Bowles and Dwayne Carrier

Windermere Real Estate Southern California REALTOR® Roy Rigsby (Left) Receives the REALTOR® of the Year Award from President Elect Becky Bowles and 2014 Board President Dwayne Carrier

Windermere Real Estate Southern California representatives are heavily entrenched in the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® (PSRAR), a professional real estate organization dedicated to fostering business relationships among its members and giving back to the local community. Recently, Windermere Southern California REALTORS® and Branch Managers were announced as recipients of year-end awards and officially inducted as 2015 Board Members at the PSRAR Awards and Installation Celebration.

Windermere’s Roy Rigsby was presented with the REALTOR® of the Year award, given by the PSRAR for outstanding achievements in the practice of real estate. Rigsby is a major contributor to PSRAR’s charity auction efforts and goes above and beyond to help raise funding for the four charities PSRAR chooses to support. For the Harvest Auction, he handmade a Christmas tree skirt and raffled it off at the event, pulling in an additional $1,300. “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the board,” states Rigsby. “Although my name is on the award, I feel it also goes to my partner Jim Webb, who contributes just as much to our association and profession. This is just as much his award as it is mine.”

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Branch Manager Randy Wiemer (Left) Receives the President's Award from President Elect Becky Bowles and 2014 Board President Dwayne Carrier

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Branch Manager Randy Wiemer (Left) Receives the President’s Award from President Elect Becky Bowles and 2014 Board President Dwayne Carrier

Also receiving an award was Branch Manager Randy Wiemer, who was honored with the President’s Award. The President’s Award is presented to a member who has gone above and beyond to help the Association Board achieve its goals of serving the community. “I am honored and humbled to receive this award from the association,” says Wiemer. “I was not expecting to receive the recognition, so it was truly special.”

In addition to the awards presentation, the 2015 Board of Directors was officially sworn into service. Windermere REALTOR® Jim Webb will serve as President Elect for 2015, Managing Broker David Cantwell returns as a Board Member, and REALTOR® Dwayne Carrier is Past President.

Windermere SoCal Embracing The Spirit of the Holidays

December 11th, 2014
Windermere SoCal Realtors® Torey Severino, Nicole Cinquini, and David Stoll pose with presents.

Windermere SoCal Realtors® Torey Severino, Nicole Cinquini, and David Stoll pose with presents.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is getting into the spirit of giving this holiday season with enough philanthropic activity to fill Santa’s Sleigh and then some. Up and down the coast from San Diego to Orange County, Windermere SoCal agents, brokers, and staff are celebrating the holidays while brightening the lives of others in their communities.

According to Sandi Richardson, Managing Broker, the Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach branches will hold a combined holiday potluck on December 16th, featuring a community twist. In addition to bringing a holiday dish to share, all agents will come with an unwrapped toy and canned goods in hand. The toys will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove, which serves Orange County, and the canned goods will be distributed to the Food Bank of Laguna Beach.

 

Windermere SoCal Realtors®, Brokers, and Staff from the Hillcrest/Mission Hills and Little Italy offices pose with the SDAR toy collection bin

Windermere SoCal Realtors®, Brokers, and Staff from the Hillcrest/Mission Hills and Little Italy offices pose with the SDAR toy collection bin

In San Diego, each branches in the county has a box collecting toys and non-perishable canned goods. The collected items are part of the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR) Ambassadors Foundation Holiday House Charity Drive, benefiting Wounded Warrior Homes, The Angel’s Depot, YWCA of San Diego County, Homefront San Diego, and Second Chance. Every office’s box has been filled, capping another successful holiday drive endeavoring to make everyone’s holiday season magical.

Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker, and Realtors® Rosemary Snow and Meghan Riva put the final touches on a wonderful 2014 for the Sunburst Youth Housing Project, supportive housing through The San Diego LGBT Community Center with a focus on LGBTQ+ youth 18 to 24 years of age. All three sit on the board for the project and help put together the three fundraisers held throughout the year, with the last one, Harvest Howl, occurring in late October. Through the events, over $71,000 was raised to support youth housing. It costs an average of $12,000 per person per year to live in the home. The success rate of the home in placing kids into society and getting them back on their feet is 96%. The next fundraiser is in February of 2015.

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

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

Windermere SoCal La Mesa Village Office Holding Holiday Open House December 18th

December 10th, 2014
Windermere Real Estate SoCal's La Mesa Village Office Will Be Hosting a Holiday Open House December 18th from 4PM to 7PM

Windermere Real Estate SoCal’s La Mesa Village Office Will Be Hosting a Holiday Open House December 18th from 4PM to 7PM

Windermere Real Estate SoCal’s La Mesa Village office, located at 8277 La Mesa Boulevard, will be holding a holiday open house December 18th from 4PM to 7PM for clients, agents, and staff members. This annual event is held in conjunction with the consolidation of the La Mesa and La Mesa Village branches and is a great way to welcome the agents and staff who are changing offices.

“We are excited to announce our holiday open house for 2014,” says Carey Guthrie, the La Mesa Village Branch Manager. “In addition to our usual festivities welcoming and thanking clients for their business, we are holding an open house meet and greet with our new agents who will be joining us from the La Mesa office on Allison Avenue. All Windermere SoCal clients, friends, and family are invited to celebrate the end of 2014 and welcome the agents who are making the transition. We have many fun activities planned to spread holiday cheer and get everyone into the spirit of the season.”

The holiday open house will include a festive seasonal potluck spread provided by the agents and staff. In addition to holiday treats, each agent will be decking their office in festive décor for a holiday decorating contest, with all in attendance determining the winner. New for this year’s party is the holiday photo contest, where childhood holiday photos of agents and staff have been converted into old-fashioned black and white cards. The cards will be strung along the office windows for clients to guess the agent or staff member based on the photo.

“I encourage everyone from our Windermere SoCal family to attend this holiday open house and warmly welcome all transitioning agents to the La Mesa Village office,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate SoCal. “By consolidating our offices in La Mesa, we are elevating our level of service and committing to a stronger position in the area. The La Mesa Village office offers us the best location to maintain a base in the community while providing easy access for our clients to interact with our agents, and our agents to best serve the surrounding neighborhoods.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

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

Windermere SoCal Welcomes Pablo and Adela Chocano

December 7th, 2014
Windermere SoCal is proud to welcome Pablo and Adela Chocano to the Carlsbad office.

Windermere SoCal is proud to welcome Pablo and Adela Chocano to the Carlsbad office.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is pleased to announce the addition of Realtors® Pablo and Adela Chocano to its roster of real estate professionals. The Chocanos will be working out of the Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, #217. Bringing 29 years of combined real estate experience and a knack for working as listing agents, helping investors, and assisting clients with relocation to the local area, the Chocanos are seasoned North County San Diego real estate experts.

According to Adela Chocano, clients like working with her and her husband because, “we are honest, we maintain frequent communication throughout the process, and we are skilled negotiators, always trying to put together the best deal possible for our clients.” Pablo adds, “our clients enjoy our professionalism and our ability to listen to their needs, ultimately resulting in us coming up with a solution that satisfies everyone involved in the process.”

The Chocanos have an expertise in working with investors, finding excellent investment opportunities throughout North County. “Most of the properties we find for our investor clients who flip houses start at under $400,000. We comb inventory to find hidden gems and make sure these homes have the potential to be something even greater with the right touches. It is very satisfying to see the final results,” states Adela.

In addition to the satisfaction gained from working out excellent deals on behalf of their clients, the Chocanos are involved in giving back to the community, something that is very fulfilling to them. “We donate a lot of our time to working with the Vista Unified School District’s DELAC program, which helps English-learning students,” continues Adela. “I work with the reps from each school in the district to ensure everything is running smoothly.” In addition to their service time working with students, the Chocanos donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Old Mission San Luis Rey. They are also involved with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP).

The Chocanos chose Windermere SoCal because of its strength and positioning within the San Diego real estate market. “Windermere SoCal is a strong real estate company with excellent marketing support and training opportunities,” concludes Pablo. “We are very excited to join a wonderful team at the Carlsbad office and have the backing and recognition of the Windermere brand.”

“Pablo and Adela are a dynamite team and an outstanding addition to our family at the Carlsbad office,” stated Joe Wogoman, Managing Broker. “Their combined experience and excellent reputation within the real estate community makes them a fantastic duo with limitless potential for servicing the real estate needs of their clients.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

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

Windermere’s Scott & Jim Desert Homes Team Grows To Meet Rising Demand

December 6th, 2014
Windermere Real Estate Southern California's Scott & Jim Desert Homes team has added two new team members.  From left:  Cari Price, Jim Sanak, Scott Palermo, and Brian Radeer.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Scott & Jim Desert Homes team has added two new team members. From left: Cari Price, Jim Sanak, Scott Palermo, and Brian Radeer.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Scott & Jim Desert Homes has expanded in order to keep up with the demand of their clientele and a burgeoning real estate climate, welcoming Buyer’s Associate Brian Radeer and Office Administrator Cari Price. Radeer and Price will work out of Scott & Jim’s Windermere Rancho Mirage office, located at 71691 Highway 111. Radeer, a recent transplant from Florida, brings 19 years of experience in the role while Price leverages her skills honed over 20 years. The additions to Scott & Jim Desert Homes come in anticipation of rising activity in the market and an increase in the team’s business.

“As we head into the thick of the desert season, we’re preparing to assist our clients with the outstanding level of service we’ve become known for,” says Scott Palermo, Associate Broker and Premier Director with Windermere. “On top of the usual surge in business starting in the fourth quarter, our listing volume for the year is up 53% and our business overall is up 20%. It makes sense to add two key experts to take on more of the load and free Jim and me up for what we do best – listing and selling premier homes.”

Brian Radeer’s enthusiasm for assisting clients, extensive knowledge of the buying process, passion for the business, and experience with one of Florida’s top real estate companies proved to Scott and Jim that he was the perfect match for the role. “Brian reminds me of me when I first started in this business over a decade ago,” states Scott. “He fits the mold of what truly represents Scott & Jim Desert Homes.” Radeer adds, “I love helping buyers find their home and complete the transaction successfully. I am excited to join Scott and Jim’s dynamic team at Windermere. Their business is blossoming, and I am motivated to further that growth.”

Cari Price comes to Scott & Jim Desert Homes as Office Administrator, with a career spanning 20 years in real estate sales and office management. As a licensed Realtor® for 14 years, she brings a level of experience and knowledge that adds tremendous value to their team. “Cari is going to be the glue that holds us together as our activity escalates,” says Jim Sanak, Realtor® and Windermere Premier Director. “She’ll ensure that all goes smoothly behind the scenes. We’re delighted to have her join our team.”

Through consistent, exceptional client service and holding themselves to uncompromisingly high standards, Scott & Jim Desert Homes has built a brand as one of the most successful teams in the Coachella Valley. “We do what we say we’re going to do. We create an individual strategy for each seller and have developed customized tools to give us an edge in listing homes,” continues Jim. This philosophy, coupled with their embracing technology and social media, has allowed their sterling reputation to evolve into a highly successful business, working with strategic partners to develop new business and expertly perform for clients. “We’re excited and gratified about what we’ve built together. It’s rewarding to enjoy the fruits of our labor,” concludes Scott.

“I am excited for Scott and Jim’s team to grow with two high-caliber additions,” states Chris Anderson, General Manager of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “They’ve done an excellent job of matching complementary strengths of members in key positions to create a balanced team. As a result of their strategic personnel decisions, incredible work ethic, and dedication to their clients, they’ve set up their business to thrive for the foreseeable future.”

About Windermere Southern California:

As the Palm Springs area market leader, Windermere Real Estate Southern California consistently lists and sells more than any other local real estate brokerage. Founded in 2001 by owners Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Windermere Real Estate Southern California provides superior, professional real estate services to their clients in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. Windermere’s Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the valley’s finest homes and estates for maximum impact and worldwide exposure.

An invited member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and exclusive local affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®, Windermere’s extensive network of agents, clients and partners is truly the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market. For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit us on the web at www.WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Agents Using Personal Passions To Inspire Community

December 5th, 2014

Windermere Real Estate Southern California agents, managers, and staff have always kept close ties to the local community, giving back to a diverse set of groups in a variety of ways. Windermere Realtors® Sally Logan and Flo Wolff both choose to share their passions for gardening and the arts, respectively, as a means of philanthropy.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California's Sally Logan is part of the Master Gardener program through the Palm Desert campus of the University of California

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Sally Logan is part of the Master Gardener program through the Palm Desert campus of the University of California

Sally Logan has been trained as a Master Gardener through the Palm Desert campus for the University of California and University of California Cooperative Extension Service (UCCE). In order to receive this designation, she completed 6 months of classes and must participate in 25 hours of volunteer work per year to maintain her status in the program. As a part of her annual volunteer work, Logan gives 2 lectures per month at senior facilities in La Quinta and Palm Springs and does additional speaking engagements for other community organizations. Her lectures will begin again in January and cover a wide range of gardening topics. She also writes articles for the Master Gardener online blog. The Master Gardener program promotes sustainable gardening, including water conservation, an increasingly important topic with the ongoing drought in California. As a means of escape and keeping her gardening skills in sharp practice, Logan maintains a 1.25-acre plot of land in the high desert.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California's Flo Wolff is a Visionaries for Tools for Tomorrow Board Member

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Flo Wolff is a Visionaries of Tools for Tomorrow Board Member 

Flo Wolff is a Board Member of Visionaries of Tools For Tomorrow, an organization that fosters support and awareness for Tools For Tomorrow, an after-school non-profit organization active in the Coachella Valley for elementary school children. The program’s mission is to reach, teach, and inspire children through the arts, with no cost to the students thanks to fundraising efforts by the Visionaries. As a former teacher, Flo was drawn to the program because of its role in integrating and encouraging creative arts in children’s lives. Recently, the Heather James Art Gallery hosted a Champagne Reception for Tools for Tomorrow’s 15th Anniversary and honored founder Rachel Druten. A custom-created piece of art was donated by Karen and Tony Barone and raffled off during the event. On December 8th, Andrea Marcovicci is performing at Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Tools For Tomorrow. The organization’s largest fundraising event, the 9th Annual Tools For Tomorrow Vision for the Future Award Luncheon at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa honoring Harold Matzner, is March 5, 2015.

Windermere Agents Celebrate The Holidays In Style

December 4th, 2014
Windermere Real Estate SoCal Agents enjoyed a delicious Halloween potluck spread.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal Agents enjoyed a delicious Halloween potluck spread.

With the Thanksgiving holiday kicking off the winter holiday season, Windermere agents, brokers, and staff are getting into the spirit.

On the coast, the Hillcrest/Mission Hills and Little Italy offices combined forces to hold a Halloween potluck in late October to practice for the big Thanksgiving event. The table and all bellies in the room were full of delightful fare provided by members of the two offices.

On December 18th, the La Mesa Village office will be holding a Client Appreciation Holiday Party from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. All Windermere agents and staff, along with clients, friends, and family, will get together to celebrate the holidays and toast to the end of a great 2014. Agents and Branch Manager Carey Guthrie will be supplying festive holiday food for the party. In addition, each agent will be decking out their cubicle for a decorating competition decided by all in attendance.

The Carlsbad office will be hosting their Holiday Potluck on December 18th.  All agents, managers, and staff will bring their favorite dishes of the season to share.

Managing Broker Kirk Gregor is bringing out the fun side of the season by hosting an “ugly sweater” themed holiday party, encouraging all partygoers to don their ugliest holiday apparel. The festivities, planned for December 19th, include unfashionably fashionable sweater statements by attendees and a white elephant gift exchange.

Windermere Southern California agents and staff at the Palm Desert San Pablo office enjoyed a Thanksgiving potluck feast

Windermere Southern California agents and staff at the Palm Desert San Pablo office enjoyed a Thanksgiving potluck feast

In the Coachella Valley, the Palm Desert San Pablo office held a well-attended and supplied Thanksgiving potluck. A bounty of treats and dishes were spread across a festive table that featured a beautiful display of seasonal décor. HoneyBaked Hams were provided to take the affair over the top and were a huge hit with all attendees.

The La Quinta office is holding a catered office party December 19th.  Agents and staff are going to bring in baked goods for a cookie exchange and will take part in “fun, games, and prizes.”

In addition to office potlucks, Windermere agents, managing brokers, and staff were heavily involved in the Harvest Auction, an annual fundraiser put on by the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR). Auctioned items included gift baskets and desserts, as well as a raffle for two Community Treasure Chests. Through the auctioned items and raffle tickets, the event raised $13,000 for four local charities, a wonderful way to give back to the community during the holidays and enjoy handcrafted holiday treats.

Windermere Pitches In With Childhelp Golf Tournament Sponsorship

December 3rd, 2014
The 2015 Childhelp Golf Tournament will be using the Windermere Southern California bus, which will be donated for the day

Windermere Real Estate Southern California will be donating the use of its bus for the Fourth Annual Childhelp Golf Tournament at Porcupine Creek Estate

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is honored to partner with many local charities and non-profit organizations. Windermere recently pledged to pitch in with the Fourth Annual Childhelp Golf Tournament, taking place February 7, 2015, at Larry Ellison’s exclusive Porcupine Creek Estate.

 

Windermere will be donating the use of its bus to transport 20 golfers to Porcupine Creek for the tournament. After the round is over, the bus will deliver the golfers to BIGHORN for a luncheon and auction, with a host of luxurious auction item goodies, including top shelf trips to Aspen, Colorado, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; a Corum Admirals Cup watch; and tickets to the BNP Paribas Open, just to name a few.

 

Green fees for the tournament are $2,500 per player or $10,000 for a foursome, with 44 total players playing in the tournament. The tournament has already sold all available slots. Between the money collected for the tournament and generous donations from members and the public, the local Indian Wells chapter has taken in roughly $100,000 for this great cause, not including the items being auctioned. The money raised goes toward California programs, with additional opportunities to donate to the local Coachella Valley Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program at the event. Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is a prevention and education program designed for grades 1 through 6.

 

Childhelp is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Founded by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson in 1959, Childhelp is one of the largest child abuse prevention and treatment organizations in the United States.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal Welcomes Nick Clarke

November 30th, 2014
Nick Clarke joins the Windermere SoCal Hillcrest/Mission Hills office

Windermere Real Estate SoCal Welcomes Nick Clarke to the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is proud to welcome Realtor® Nick Clarke to its family of real estate professionals in the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office, located at 265 W. Washington Street. Clarke is versatile, working with buyers, sellers, and investors to find the perfect real estate deal from Oceanside to Mission Hills.

 

“I love being able to serve my clients and build a business in something I enjoy doing,” Clarke says. He was drawn to the real estate industry because of a curiosity after personally buying and selling homes. “Real estate has always been part of the ‘American Dream’. I take pride in helping my clients achieve that dream.”

 

Nick Clarke is a retired Army veteran and specializes in working with active-duty military and veterans.

Nick Clarke is a retired Army veteran and specializes in working with active-duty military and veterans.

Clarke retired as a First Sergeant from the U.S. Army where he received a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and served with NATO as a member of a Multi-National Battle Group in Kosovo. He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Clarke enjoys working with military clients to help improve their lives through home ownership. “I understand the military life and want to see service members and my fellow veterans set themselves up for success after their military careers,” continues Clarke.

 

In addition to working with traditional buyers and sellers and military clients, Clarke has become an expert in working with investors on investment properties. As a member of multiple investment clubs, Clarke has made in-roads with the investment community. “Coming from an investment background, I know the process and what investors are seeking in the market,” Clarke adds.

 

Clarke chose to move to Windermere SoCal because “the owners are very involved in their own business. It feels like family, and it just feels right.” His comfort level with the managing brokers throughout the recruitment process, as well as the high level of support Windermere provides, made the choice even easier.

 

“Nick Clarke is a wonderful addition to our team,” stated Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker. “His diverse skillset and comfort level working with investors equips him with the tools he needs to be highly successful in the San Diego real estate market.”

About Windermere Real Estate SoCal:

Windermere SoCal offices are conveniently located throughout San Diego and Orange counties with additional office openings planned for 2014. Orange County offices include Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in Alpine, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy, with an Encinitas office opening soon. For the complete list of office locations, visit www.WindermereSoCal.com.

Windermere Welcomes Dwayne Carrier

November 29th, 2014

 

Windermere Real Estate Southern California welcomes Dwayne Carrier to the Palm Springs Main Office

Windermere Real Estate Southern California welcomes Dwayne Carrier to the Palm Springs Main Office

Windermere Real Estate Southern California has added Realtor® Dwayne Carrier to its family of real estate professionals to the Palm Springs Main Office, located at 850 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Carrier, who began his real estate career in 1997, brings a zest and enthusiasm for the industry that he uses to assist a diverse set of clients and serve the real estate community in the Coachella Valley.

 

“My family moved a great deal when I was a kid because my step-father was in the military,” stated Carrier. “We did the best we could with very little. When we bought our first house, it was a tremendous source of pride and it inspired me to enter the real estate industry. The best sale for me is when I help a family achieve the dream they thought was impossible. The human reward trumps any monetary incentive.”

 

Upon moving to the Coachella Valley in 2006, Carrier began working with Windermere agents on listings and noticed how proud they were to work for Windermere. “When managing brokers treat agents like their clients, you can tell. It makes for a wonderful culture and a happy, family atmosphere,” added Carrier. After experiencing this consistent attitude with all Windermere agents, Carrier decided it was time to make the switch.

 

Carrier is well established in the Coachella Valley, serving as the 2014 Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR) President and as a California Association of Realtors (CAR) Director since 2012. The communities he serves include Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and La Quinta. He attributes his success and growing client base to simple principles. “Trust and professionalism are the most important things you can have in this business,” concluded Carrier. “Your reputation is key. Say what you mean, mean you say, and always live by the ‘Golden Rule’ of treat others the way you want to be treated.”

 

“I am so excited to have Dwayne join our family,” stated Managing Broker David Cantwell. “He emanates an unmatched passion for real estate and client service that is infectious. Just like his work with the local professional associations, his bright spirit and professionalism will be a major addition to our office.”

 

About Windermere Southern California:

 

As the Palm Springs area market leader, Windermere Real Estate Southern California consistently lists and sells more than any other local real estate brokerage. Founded in 2001 by owners Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Windermere Real Estate Southern California provides superior, professional real estate services to their clients in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. Windermere’s Premier Properties program showcases and markets some of the valley’s finest homes and estates for maximum impact and worldwide exposure.

 

An invited member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and exclusive local affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®, Windermere’s extensive network of agents, clients and partners is truly the largest, top-producing network for real estate available in the Palm Springs market. For the location of the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit us on the web at www.WindermereSoCal.com or give us a call at (760) 341-4141. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @WindermereSoCal.

Windermere Agents and Managers Earn Green Designation

November 28th, 2014
Windermere Realtors® and Brokers recently received their Green Designation from NAR, including (from left to right):  Michael Deveau, Gail Perry, David Cantwell, Roy Rigby, and Jim Webb

Windermere Realtors® and Brokers recently received their Green Designation from NAR, including (from left to right): Michael Deveau, Gail Perry, David Cantwell, Roy Rigby, and Jim Webb

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Realtors® recently completed a course for a Green Designation with the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This relatively new program provides advanced training to the real estate community on green building and sustainable business practices related to environmentally conscious, green properties.

The three-day course covered a litany of subjects, including defining green home features, protocol for green designations, and how to assist clients with setting up and financing a green home, with information on available green mortgages, tax credits, rebates, and grants. “With this certification, we can appeal to a broader spectrum of home buyers and sellers,” said David Cantwell, Managing Broker. “We can help buyers find the right green property or assist them in making a home more environmentally friendly. For sellers, we know how to properly promote their home and maximize the sales price based on the energy-saving features.” According to a 2012 UCLA study by Nils Kok and Matthew E. Kahn, the value of a “green label” in the California housing market is 9% greater than that of an equal residence without green features.

“This course was incredibly informative and spawned the idea to form a new committee that focuses solely on green initiatives in the Coachella Valley,” stated Jim Webb, a Windermere Southern California Realtor® and President Elect for the 2015 Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR) Board. “This is such a critical topic that needs representation in the Coachella Valley. It encourages us to be greater stewards for the environment we live in and opens up so many doors for better serving our clients and differentiating our businesses.”

“I am proud of the Windermere representation at this three-day course,” stated Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “The green movement is definitely gaining momentum, and rightfully so. It is outstanding that our team is better equipped to assist our clientele with purchasing and setting up homes that are environmentally friendly. Hopefully this is just the beginning of something even greater in the way we choose to live and consciously reduce our carbon footprint.”

Windermere would like to recognize all of its agents and brokers who achieved a green designation, including: David Cantwell, Mike Deveau, Rob Driscoll, Jerry Foshee, Dean Keefer, Tom Lathrop, Tony Niemela, Rick Olson, Gail Perry, Roy Rigsby, Nancy Steinfeldt, and Jim Webb.

 

For the Windermere Real Estate Southern California office nearest you, visit www.WindermereSoCal.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WindermereSoCal.

PSRAR Harvest Auction Raises Over $13,000 For Local Charities

November 26th, 2014
Windermere Real Estate Southern California agents participated in the 2014 PSRAR Harvest Auction which raised over $13,000 for four local charities.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California agents participated in the 2014 PSRAR Harvest Auction which raised over $13,000 for four local charities.

 

Windermere Real Estate Southern California agents and their fellow industry professionals from around the Coachella Valley participated in the 2014 Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR) Harvest Auction at the Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs. Through a silent auction and a Desert Treasures raffle, the event raised over $13,000 for four local charities.

A wide variety of colorful baskets and desserts were on display for auction. The baskets were themed for Thanksgiving and fall, with oranges, browns, and yellows dominating the auction landscape. All of the proceeds from the event go to the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, Save-a-Pet, Well in the Desert, and Desert Escrow Scholarships Fund.

There were three awards handed out by the three judges, who included Windermere Real Estate Southern California General Manager Chris Anderson. Awards included most creative basket, best theme, and the basket earning the highest winning bid. In addition to the baskets, the winners of the Desert Treasures Raffle were announced. The raffle was for two treasure chests containing gift certificates for local dining, entertainment, and services, valued at $900.00 each.

“We are very happy with the participation and final tally of this great event,” stated Johnsie Walsh, Co-Chair of the PSRAR Events Committee and Windermere Realtor®. “The turnout was tremendous and everyone was in the giving spirit. Including this year’s amount, we have raised over $100,000 in the last 7 years. On behalf of our committee and the PSRAR, I would like to thank all who attended and donated to these great causes. We hope you enjoy your winnings!”