La Quinta Office Celebrates Freedom, Raises Money For Oasis School

July 2nd, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California's La Quinta office held a 4th of July themed fundraiser, with all proceeds helping to pay for the year-round gifts and activities the office provides to the Oasis School's 4th Grade classes.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s La Quinta office held a 4th of July themed fundraiser, with all proceeds helping to pay for the year-round gifts and activities the office provides to the Oasis School’s 4th Grade classes.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s La Quinta office, located at 47-250 Washington Street, recently celebrated The 4th of July and raised money to go toward supporting Thermal’s Oasis School 4th graders.

The office enjoyed a patriotic spread of hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chicken wings, and fruit skewers, topped off with frosty Klondike bar ice cream treats. Participating agents and staff paid a dollar per hot dog to help support the Oasis School 4th grade class. In total, the office raised over $100 to go toward providing the kids books, toys, and supplies, all of which will be distributed to the students over the course of the 2015-16 school year. After lunch, the team played 4th of July themed trivia for prizes.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California La Quinta agents enjoy a delicious spread of hot dogs, chicken wings, potato salad, beans, and fruit skewers.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California La Quinta agents enjoy a delicious spread of hot dogs, chicken wings, potato salad, beans, and fruit skewers.

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“We enjoy putting on this event every year,” says Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker. “The office has a great time eating all-American food and donating to a worthy cause. Our relationship with the school is special because we get to bond with the kids, but our fundraisers also allow us to bond strongly as a team and office family.”

When In Drought, Think It Out

July 1st, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California wants to help you do your part to conserve water during the drought.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California wants to help you do your part to conserve water during the drought.

California is in the midst of a serious drought, one that has seen our reservoirs, aqueducts, and natural bodies of water evaporate to seriously low levels. With many local water authorities issuing mandatory water restrictions (click here for Coachella Valley restrictions, click here for San Diego, and click here for Orange County), some requiring a reduction in water usage by as much as 38%, we wanted to pass along some water saving tips to help you get started on conserving water and avoiding any fines or public shaming by your neighbors.

With the drought a hot topic in the region, there are plenty of articles out there about how to reduce water usage. Below are our favorite conservation tips for each location within your home or property where you use water, along with a link to the full article for each.

General Household

  1. Check For Leaks – Make sure your plumbing is free from leaks, especially from faucets, showerheads, and the toilet. A simple way to start is by reading your water meter before a period of non-use. Check the meter again after a couple of hours. If the reading is the same, there are no leaks.
  2. Install Water Saving Devices – Install aerators on all faucets, install new efficient toilets, and put in low-flow shower heads.
  3. Use Less Glassware – Put a pitcher filled with water in the fridge and use it for drinking water. Limit your household to using one drinking glass per person per day or re-use water bottles to conserve dishes.

Kitchen

  1. Avoid Running Taps – Use a small amount of water in the sink in lieu of a running tap when washing large quantities of fruit and vegetables.
  2. Use the Right Amount of Water When Cooking – Avoid using too much water when boiling, and make sure you are using the right sized piece of cookware. Remember, the larger the pot, the more water and energy needed to bring it to a boil.
  3. Recycle “Grey Water” – Collect waste water when heating up the tap, re-use boiled water, and collect dropped ice cubes to water indoor plants and garden plants.
  4. Do Full Dishwasher Loads – Only run the dishwasher when it is completely full to maximize water efficiency.

Bathroom

  1. Conserve While You Brush – Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, a savings of hundreds of gallons each month.
  2. Throw Garbage In Waste Can – Instead of using the toilet to dispose of tissues and q-tips, throw these items in the garbage can.
  3. Save While You Wash Hands and Hair – Turn off the tap while you lather you hands with soap or wash your hair.
  4. Reduce Shower Time – Reduce the length of your shower and stick to 5 minutes (if you can). This can save hundreds of gallons of water per month.
  5. Take Showers Instead of Baths – Baths can require up to 70 gallons of water! If you must take a bath, insert the drain plug before you fill with water and adjust the temperature accordingly as the tub fills.
  6. Recycle “Grey Water” In Tub – Rather than waste the water used while waiting to heat up your shower, recycle it in a tub for use on outside plants.

Laundry Room

  1. Use Load Selector Effectively – Make sure to match the size of the load with the water level required. More than 10% of all water used in a home is from the washing machine – even a small adjustment in water levels can lead to a huge savings benefit.
  2. Only Wash Full Loads – When doing laundry, wait until you have full loads to run.

Landscaping and Gardening

  1. Go Xeriscape – Xeriscape landscaping uses minimal to no water. Plant drought resistant perennials and native flora surrounded by DG (decomposed granite), lava rock, or other no-water materials.
  2. Water At Designated Times – Most water authorities have started enforcing mandatory watering windows, most of which are early morning and late at night to avoid evaporation losses. Make sure you are following the approved watering timelines to avoid fines.
  3. Use A Compost System For Gardens – Start composting food waste and using it in the garden. This will recycle unused food, save on water usage in the garbage disposal, and help your garden grow while maintaining more moisture in the soil.

Pool/Outdoors

  1. Use A Pool Cover – Use a pool cover to help stave off evaporation of pool water.
  2. Use A Broom To Clean Outdoor Spaces – Instead of hosing off outdoor spaces such as patios, walkways, and driveways, use a push broom.
  3. Put A Spray Nozzle On Hose – Put a spray nozzle on hoses used to water outdoor plants and wash cars. When washing cars, make sure to use a bucket with soapy water and nozzled hose to reduce water usage by up to 75%.

Additionally, general tips can be found at this handy site, WaterUseItWisely.com.  For more information on the water regulations in your community, please contact your local Windermere Real Estate Southern California real estate professional.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Steven Sopha

June 28th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Broker Associate Stephen Sopha to the Hillcrest/MIssion Hills office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Broker Associate Stephen Sopha to the Hillcrest/MIssion Hills office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Broker Associate Steven Sopha to the Hillcrest/Mission Hills office, located at 265 West Washington Street in San Diego. Steven earned his real estate license in 2000 and his broker’s license earlier in 2015. He brings his years of experience as well as a sincere interest in each client to help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate dreams throughout San Diego, including the communities of Hillcrest, North Park, Escondido, and Paradise Hills.

Using his natural talent for sales and ability to connect with people, Steven creates a brand of service that focuses on the core of real estate – the people. “I can walk up to someone I have never met and have a 30-minute conversation – I know no stranger,” jokes Steven. “The most gratifying aspect of real estate is handing over keys to a new home, especially for new home buyers because in that moment they are realizing that their dreams came true.” His success with clients and his strong client service record helped Steven earn numerous accolades with his previous brokerages.

Over the years, Steven has sharpened his client service skills and finds there is one underlying trait that leads to success in the real estate industry. “It all comes down to communication. From the beginning, you and your client need to know, like, and trust each other. All of those key components rely on your ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and to be truly honest with each other. We are all human and we do make mistakes from time-to-time. The best thing you can do as an agent is own a problem, fix it, and move on with the process,” Steven adds.

Adding on to the importance of communication, Steven emphasizes his ability to follow through for clients, take a sincere interest in them, and maintain contact as factors that have led to his success. “This business is all about relationships and how you build and maintain them,” continues Steven. “I make sure to do everything I say I am going to do for my clients. That all comes back to trust and communication.”

Earning his broker’s license was a “huge hurdle to jump” for Steven. “I keep meticulous care of my files and make sure everything is organized. The fundamentals of staying organized and working hard have allowed me to keep a clean record and put me in a position to take that next step in this profession by obtaining a broker’s license.”

Steven joined Bennion and Deville’s Windermere Real Estate SoCal because “their support of their agents was appealing. Being able to work so closely with the Managing Broker [Kirk Gregor] is huge, and the leadership qualities he brings are a big draw.” Steven was also impressed by the outreach of his fellow agents upon joining the brokerage. “I received so many warm, welcoming emails. There is a true team spirit and camaraderie here, and I really appreciate that.” In addition, two of Steven’s former colleagues, Keith Nelson and Bob Tepedino, had joined previously and spoke highly of the office and company.

Says Managing Broker Kirk Gregor, “Steven’s history of success, penchant for client service, and compassionate attitude make him an excellent addition to our Hillcrest/Mission Hills office family. On behalf of everyone here, I would like to welcome him to the team and look forward to working with him.”

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.

Windermere’s Stephanie Taylor Completes NAR Mediation Training

June 27th, 2015
Stephanie Taylor, Realtor® with Windermere Real Estate Southern California, completed the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) mediation training program at NAR headquarters in Chicago

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Realtor® Stephanie Taylor recently completed mediation training with the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) at their headquarters in Chicago.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Realtor® Stephanie Taylor, who is based out of the Palm Springs Main office located at 850 North Palm Canyon Drive, recently completed mediation training hosted by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) at the organization’s headquarters in Chicago. Last year, Stephanie completed the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) mediation training in Los Angeles.

Rather than going through the process of arbitration, where there is a win-lose scenario, the Realtor® Code of Ethics calls for mediation, which helps restore respect and cooperation between the disputing parties and ultimately benefits consumers. The multi-day training program Stephanie completed in Chicago prepared her to mediate disputes between Realtors® arising out of cooperative real estate transactions and disputes between Realtors® and their clients. The training was taught by esteemed law professors from Northwestern University and Duke University.

After completing the C.A.R. training last year, Stephanie began serving as an ombudsman for the state association, taking hotline phone calls to offer dispute resolution over the phone. “I love real estate, and this is just taking that passion to a new place,” says Stephanie. “I enjoy providing options in an effort to help both sides come to a resolution during a difficult situation.”

Stephanie cites her newfound experience in mediation as a parallel path to her flourishing real estate career, serving for the last two years on the Grievance Committee of the California Desert Association of Realtors (CDAR). This year, she joined the Professional Standards Committee and is working with her colleagues and CDAR to bring mediation and dispute resolution to a local level. “This is something that the national and state level associations are trying to establish with local affiliates by offering these types of resources and services,” Stephanie concludes.

Stephanie Taylor earned her California real estate license in 2007 and her broker’s license in 2010, and works with buyers, sellers, and investors in Palm Springs and throughout the Coachella Valley.

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.

Where To Watch Fireworks In Southern California This 4th of July

June 23rd, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California has put together a list highlighting some of the best places to celebrate Independence Day (The Fourth of July) in Southern California, including San Diego County, Orange County, and the Coachella Valley.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California has put together a list highlighting some of the best places to celebrate Independence Day (The Fourth of July) in Southern California, including San Diego County, Orange County, and the Coachella Valley.

The 4th of July encompasses the perfect medley of “All-American” activities, kicking off the summer in style with grilling, baseball, and a good old-fashioned fireworks display. Regardless of your planned activities or menu, your 4th of July is complete when you take in the excitement and wonder of a well-produced fireworks display. This year, there are several places throughout Southern California to watch fireworks. Check out the list below, with links to additional information, to find the closest venue hosting fireworks, festivities, and more.

 

COACHELLA VALLEY

Palm Desert – 4th of July Celebration: Civic Center Park, 7-9:30pm

Palm Springs – All American Fourth of July: Palm Springs Stadium, 8-9:45pm

 

ORANGE COUNTY

Anaheim – OC Block Party: Angel’s Stadium of Anaheim, 3-11pm

Anaheim Hills – Canyon Hills Community Council’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration: Canyon Hills High School & Peralta Park, 7am-9pm

Balboa – Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay July 4th Fireworks & Parade Cruises: Newport Bay, 1-9:30pm

Brea – Annual Brea Country Fair: City Hall Park, 7am-4pm

Cypress – Fireworks Celebration: Joint Forces Training Base, 4-9:30pm

Dana Point – Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza: Dana Point Harbor, 10am-11:30pm

Fullerton – Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival: Fullerton High School Stadium, 5-9:30pm

Huntington Beach – 4th of July Parade & Pier Festival – July 3-5: Fireworks July 4 at 9pm

Irvine – Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival – Irvine High School Stadium, 3-9:30pm

Laguna Hills – City of Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration: Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports Complex, 4-9:30pm

Laguna Niguel – 4th of July All Day Celebration: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 7:30am-9:30pm

La Habra – Annual 4th of July Spectacular: La Habra High School, 5-9:45pm

Lake Forest – Fourth of July Parade: Intersection of Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive, 10am

Los Alamitos – Fireworks Celebration: Joint Forces Training Base, 4-9:30pm

Mission Viejo – The Mission Viejo Annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular: Olympiad & Marquerite, 12-9:30pm

Newport Beach – Old Glory Boat Parade and Fireworks & Parade Cruises: Newport Harbor, 1-9:30pm

San Clemente – San Clemente Fireworks Show: San Clemente Pier, 9-10pm

San Juan Capistrano – San Juan Capistrano 4th of July Celebration: The Sports Park, 3-9:30pm

Santa Ana – Fourth of July at Centennial Park: Centennial Park, 2-9:30pm

Tustin – Annual Fourth of July Celebration: Tustin High School, 6:30-9:30pm

Yorba Linda – Annual Fourth of July Spectacular: Veterans Park & Yorba Linda Middle School, 5-9:30pm

 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Carlsbad – Red, White, and Boom: Legoland California, 8:30pm

Coronado – Independence Day Celebration: Glorietta Bay, 7am – 9:30pm

Del Mar – San Diego County Fair: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 9:30am – 11:45pm

El Cajon – 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks: Kennedy Park, 12-10pm

Escondido – Independence Day Festival & Fireworks: Grape Day Park & Great Green – Center for the Arts, 4-9:30pm

Fallbrook – 4th of July Celebration: Grand Tradition, 2-9:30pm

Julian – 4th of July Parade: Downtown Julian, 10am-5pm

La Jolla – Fourth of July Fireworks: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 8-10pm

Mira Mesa – 4th of July Parade & Family Fun Day: Mira Mesa Community Park, 8am-9:30pm

National City – 4th of July Carnival – July 1-5: Kimball Park, Fireworks 9pm on July 4

Ocean Beach – 4th of July Celebration: Ocean Beach Pier, 7am-10pm

Oceanside – Independence Day Parade – June 27: South Coast Highway, 10am-12pm

Fireworks Show – July 3: El Corazon Site, 6-10pm

Camp Pendleton 4th of July Bash: Del Mar Beach Resort, 10am-10pm

Poway – Old Fashioned Fourth of July & Fireworks: Old Poway Park & Poway High School, 10am-10pm

Ramona – Rotary Community Fireworks & Family Picnic: Olive Peirce Middle School, 5:30-10pm

Rancho Bernardo – The Spirit of the Fourth: Webb Park, 7am-9:30pm

Rancho Santa Fe – 4th of July Parade & Picnic: 16948 Avenida de Acacias, 1-3pm

San Diego – Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show: San Diego Bay, 9pm

Old Town 4th of July: Old Town Historic State Park, 10am-4pm

Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks: SeaWorld, 10:30pm

San Marcos – This is my Country 4th of July Fireworks Celebration: Bradley Park, 6-9:30pm

San Ysidro – Independence Day at the Border – July 3: Larsen Field, Cesar Chavez Park, 3-10pm

Santee – Santee Salutes – 4th of July Celebration: Town Center Community Park East, 3:30-10pm

Scripps Ranch – 4th of July Parade & Festivities: Hoyt Park, 10am-1pm

Vista – Independence Day Celebration: Brengle Terrace Park, 7-10pm

 

Windermere Sponsors HRC Bowling Event, Takes 2nd Place

June 22nd, 2015
Members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California's bowling team recently pitched in to strike up support for HRC Palm Springs and took second place in the Rock 'N' Bowl event.

Members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s bowling team recently pitched in to strike up support for HRC Palm Springs and took second place in the Rock ‘N’ Bowl event.

Members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Palm Springs offices recently teamed up to participate in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Palm Springs’ Rock ‘N’ Bowl event, held at Palm Springs Lanes. Windermere was a lane sponsor and sent representatives to strike up support and have some fun with HRC Palm Springs and its constituents.

Windermere Southern California's bowling team enjoys their time at the HRC Palm Springs' Rock 'N' Bowl event at Palm Springs Lanes.

Windermere Southern California’s bowling team enjoys their time at the HRC Palm Springs’ Rock ‘N’ Bowl event at Palm Springs Lanes.

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Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s team took home second place in the HRC Palm Springs Rock ‘N’ Bowl event.

Michelle Barfuss, John Burge, Jim Hladysh, Andy Linsky, Terry Murphy, Roy Rigsby, and Stephanie Taylor represented Windermere and bowled their way to finish first runner-up in the event. “Our team had a ball,” says Denise Anderson, Managing Broker. “I came by to cheer them on and enjoy the event. There was an excellent turnout to support this worthy and important cause and I am glad that we participated with a lane sponsorship. I am proud of our group for taking second place in a highly competitive contest, and thank everyone for their individual contributions and support of HRC Palm Springs.”

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Nancy Schwarz

June 21st, 2015
Realtor Nancy Schwarz has joined the Encinitas office of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, Owners Bob Bennion and Bob Deville announce.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor Nancy Schwarz to the Encinitas office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Nancy Schwarz to the Encinitas office, located at 258 North El Camino Real. Nancy earned her real estate license in 2006 and enjoys helping home buyers and sellers throughout North County San Diego, including Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos, Solana Beach, and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, experience real estate success.

Prior to entering Real Estate, Nancy, who holds a B.A. in Visual Communications, was a graphic designer specializing in corporate communications. She applies her crisp ability to listen and effectively communicate to offer exceptional client service and satisfaction. “As a graphic designer, I had to work cohesively with an assortment of people and personalities and maintain a sharp attention to detail,” says Nancy. “The same concepts relate to real estate. I am great at applying my clients’ needs and creating a productive, successful end result.” She also parlays her creative eye to help sellers de-clutter a space to maximize their homes’ appeal and buyers see the potential in a home.

Clients easily put their trust in Nancy due to her intimate knowledge of the local real estate market, calm approach to service, and dedication to doing the right thing. “I am patient, honest, and always strive to meet my client’s needs first. Buying a house is a big commitment and people want someone who is dependable to help them through the process,” she adds. Drawing from her background as a collegiate tennis player and competitive triathlete, Nancy works hard and stays focused in order to perform at an elite level. “I make sure to follow through, always do what I say I’m going to do, and go above and beyond for my clients.”

Nancy took a natural path to real estate. She loves old homes, antiques, and architecture, and has a hard time resisting an invitation to tour an open house. “I have always been drawn to real estate, so it was an easy transition for me to share that passion with others,” she says. Nancy harnesses her passion for giving back to the community and for antiques by volunteering at the Hospice of the North Coast thrift shop. “It feels good to give back and meet great people in the process.”

Nancy joined Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal because of the way the brokerage treats its agents. “It feels like they are working for me to help me be successful, rather than the other way around. I also enjoy the boutique feel to our operation, but with the benefit of having a major corporate identity,” Nancy concludes.

“Nancy is a valuable addition to our Encinitas office family,” says Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker. “Her years of experience in the business and strong client service instincts allow her clients to successfully cross the finish line. We are proud to welcome Nancy 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 office serving San Diego County are located in AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa 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 Hosts Panel on CFPB/TRID Changes

June 19th, 2015
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, recently held an all-agent meeting to educate their team of real estate professionals about the October 1 implementation of TRID.  Bob Deville (left) addresses the audience at the meeting.  William Burding (top right) and Robert Sunderland (bottom right) make presentation about TRID and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, recently held an all-agent meeting to educate their team of real estate professionals about the October 1 implementation of TRID. Bob Deville (left) addresses the audience at the meeting. William Burding (top right) and Robert Sunderland (bottom right) make presentation about TRID and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California, recently held an all-agent office meeting at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage to inform and educate their team of real estate experts on the upcoming Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) changes to the real estate industry. This critical meeting included a panel discussion about the implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID), groundbreaking industry regulations taking effect October 1, 2015. Keynote speaker William D. Burding, Vice President and General Council with Orange Coast Title and a member of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Board of Governors, along with Windermere Real Estate Southern California General Counsel Robert Sunderland of Sunderland | McCutchan, LLP; Scott Akerley, President of CV Escrow; and Walter Neil, President and CEO, and Julie Ortega, Compliance Officer, of Franklin Loan Center, addressed the audience to answer questions and provide details on the looming changes.

The TRID will replace, in most residential real estate transactions, the HUD-1, TIL, and GFE forms with two new forms while providing consumers with more transparency in regard to financial terms of the deal, available loan options, and add additional time to review and evaluate the details of the transaction. The new documents include a three-page Loan Estimate, to be provided by the lender or mortgage broker, and a five-page Closing Disclosure, to be provided by the lender or a combination of the lender and settlement agent. The presentation by William Burding covered these changes and reviewed modifications to terminology, procedures, and the timing of each step within the process.

“This is the largest change to the real estate industry since 1974 when RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) was put in place,” says William Burding. “We need to adapt to this new paradigm and look at it as an opportunity for growth. Your group, by putting on this event, shows the commitment, dedication, and proactive approach to educating yourselves so you can aggressively adapt and become proficient with the new rules, regulations, and procedures. I am confident that you will not only find success, but you will lead the way.”

Bennion and Deville are staunch believers in staying ahead of the curve on all facets of the real estate business, and are proud to put on educational events to bring agents, managers, and staff up to speed on changes to industry standards and regulations. “It is critical to your success as a real estate professional to stay educated and informed,” says Bob Deville. “We want to see each of you flourish. By providing the best tools, support staff, and educational advancement opportunities available, we are putting you in a position to maximize your abilities and continue to climb to new heights in the real estate industry.”

Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors Holding Canned Food Drive

June 17th, 2015
Please bring non-perishable food items to any Windermere Real Estate Southern California Palm Springs office for the 2015 PSRAR Food Drive, taking place June 15 through July 15.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is participating in the PSRAR 2015 Food Drive, running June 15 through July 15.

The Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors® (PSRAR), of which many Windermere Real Estate Southern California agents and staff are members, is holding a canned food drive this month. The drive runs from June 15 through July 15, with all donations benefitting Well in the Desert, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing daily nutritious meals, emergency food distribution services, and advocacy for those affected by poverty.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Palm Springs offices, including Palm Springs Main, Midtown, and South, will be hosting donation bins for those who would like to donate to the cause, including envelopes for checks if a monetary donation is desired.

“We are proud to help with the PSRAR’s canned food drive, benefitting Well in the Desert,” says David Cantwell, Managing Broker and Director on the PSRAR Board. “The local supply of donations wans in the summer months, but it is imperative that we continue to keep the supplies at a moderate level to ensure everyone in our local community who is in need may be supplied, and in case of emergency.”

Please bring non-perishable goods, monetary donations, or gift cards from local grocery stores to any of the three Palm Springs offices between now and July 15th. “We would like to thank everyone for participating in years’ past and hope to see those generous donations again this year,” concludes Managing Broker Denise Anderson.

For more information on Well in the Desert, please click here.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville Welcome Rebecca Logan

June 14th, 2015
Realtor® Xiaoping (Rebecca) Logan was joined the Encinitas office of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, Owners Bob Bennion and Bob Deville announce.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, proudly welcome Realtor® Xiaoping (Rebecca) Logan to the Encinitas office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Xiaoping (Rebecca) Logan to the Encinitas office, located at 258 North El Camino Real, Suite C. Rebecca earned her license in 2013 and serves the communities of Encinitas, San Marcos, and Carlsbad, working with international investors from China and local buyers and sellers.

Rebecca, who holds a Master’s Degree in Education, was a teacher prior to entering real estate and uses her unique skillset and background as an educator to aid her clients. “Through active listening, I can understand a client’s needs and tailor my services around their goals,” says Rebecca. “My teaching experience also gives me the capability of fully explaining and educating my clients on the process so they understand what to expect and, hopefully, learn something along the way.”

Originally from China, Rebecca moved to the United States to pursue educational opportunities. Her genuine interest in helping others led her from the educational field into real estate. “My favorite part of real estate is helping clients find the perfect home or buyer for their home. It is fulfilling to play such an important role in someone’s life and feels good to know that I helped make their dreams come true.” Rebecca’s connections to China and ability to speak Mandarin coupled with her proficiencies in real estate make her the perfect agent for Chinese investors looking for property in Southern California.

With giving back to her community a priority, Rebecca is active in the Yantai Friendship Society, an organization that helps foster a positive relationship of mutual understanding and friendship between the City of San Diego and the municipality of Yantai, Shandong Province in the People’s Republic of China. She is also an active donor and participant in the Surfing Madonna Foundation, an organization that unites the community to save the ocean, offering youth education opportunities, ocean conservation grants, and marine mammal rescue and recovery initiatives.

Rebecca chose Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal because of the company’s reputation within Southern California and suite of services it offers its agents. “They offer training and support services other brokerages do not provide. Plus, the online tools and brand speak well to Chinese investors, who want to work with the biggest and best companies and have the ability to easily review properties online,” concludes Rebecca.

“Rebecca’s background in education, sincere approach to building and maintaining client relationships, and international connections make her a great addition to our team,” says Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker. “We look forward to working with Rebecca and welcome her to our Encinitas 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 AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa 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 Welcome Alex Wilson

June 14th, 2015
Realtor® Alex Wilson has joined the Encinitas office of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, Owners Bob Bennion and Bob Deville proudly announce.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Alex Wilson to the Encinitas office.

Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Owners of Windermere Real Estate SoCal, are proud to welcome Realtor® Alex Wilson to the Encinitas office, located at 258 North El Camino Real, Suite C. Alex, who specializes in coastal San Diego County neighborhoods from Encinitas to Downtown, uses his natural sales ability and affable personality to create a smooth, enjoyable transaction experience for his clients.

A San Diego native, Alex grew up in the real estate development world. “My dad is a prominent commercial developer with major projects in San Diego and across the United States,” says Alex. “I love the industry so I wanted to stay in real estate; however, I also want to carve out my own path by doing something a little different. Heading to the residential side allows me to stay within the industry and work closely with clients, sharing my extensive local knowledge of San Diego.”

As a standout citizen, Alex is deeply rooted in his local community. He was named Del Mar Lifeguards’ “Rookie of the Year” and continues to share his passion with the next generation of lifeguards, currently serving as a Junior Lifeguards instructor. He also applies his love and knowledge of soccer by coaching at-risk youth. “I enjoy coaching these young men on and off the field. Sports teach us to set goals and work hard to meet them. I work with my players to do just that – focus on something they want to accomplish and take the steps necessary to achieve it.” Alex’s approach to goal setting, natural leadership qualities, and thirst to help others translates perfectly to assisting his clients’ understanding of their real estate needs and goals and how he can help accomplish them, leading to his credo, “Let’s find your new home together!”

Bennion and Deville’s Windermere SoCal was recommended to Alex by an agent he knows and respects and who is also a member of the powerhouse brokerage. “We spoke at length about what my needs are and what works best for me as a younger agent, which is a company that has fresh and unique ideas. I determined it was the best fit for me because of the strengths of the marketing platform, agent support, and company philosophies,” Alex concludes.

“Alex’s sincere approach to building client relationships, experience in the industry, and hunger to achieve great things professionally and personally set him up for success as an agent and make him a great addition to our Encinitas family,” says Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker.

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 AlpineCarlsbadCarmel ValleyEncinitasHillcrest/Mission HillsLa 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 Opens New Indian Wells Main Office

June 13th, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California proudly announces the relocation of its Indian Wells Main office to 74910 Highway 111.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California proudly announces the relocation of its Indian Wells Main office to 74910 Highway 111.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to announce the relocation of its Indian Wells Main office to 74910 Highway 111. The freshly renovated space reflects the regional powerhouse brokerage’s signature luxury office design.

“We are excited to move into our new offices, which are now conveniently adjacent to our existing Indian Wells Luxury Homes and Estates division and within the same parking lot as our original Indian Wells Main office,” says Windermere Southern California Co-Owner Bob Deville. “This move gives us the opportunity to offer our high-end brand of services from a customized space that reflects the level of expertise our clients have come to expect from our company.”

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 SpringsCathedral CityRancho 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 Proudly Announces Bermuda Dunes C.C. Onsite Office

June 13th, 2015
Windermere Real Estate Southern California recently opened an onsite office at the historic Bermuda Dunes Country Club in Bermuda Dunes, CA.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California recently opened an onsite office at the historic Bermuda Dunes Country Club in Bermuda Dunes, CA.

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is proud to announce the recent opening of its exclusive onsite sales office at Bermuda Dunes Country Club, located inside the clubhouse at 42360 Adams Street. The office is open seven days a week from 10am to 2pm through Labor Day, and 10am to 4pm the rest of the year. Realtors® Tim Arnswald and Roger and Sophia Joles will serve the community from the freshly opened office.

“We are excited to announce the opening of our onsite office at Bermuda Dunes Country Club,” says Bob Deville, Co-Owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “This is an excellent opportunity for our brokerage to best-serve current and prospective homeowners by offering our elite suite of services directly from the clubhouse. Our team of real estate professionals is well versed in helping clients sort through the diverse range of home styles to find the perfect fit for their lifestyles and tastes.”

Adds Don Rossignol, Managing Broker, “We are proud to open the first onsite sales office in the history of the prestigious Bermuda Dunes Country Club. On behalf of Tim, Roger, and Sophia, we look forward to working closely with residents and club management and becoming a proud partner in serving the community.”

With 27 pristine holes of classic golf and a history rich in tradition that includes the legendary names of Hope, Palmer, Nicklaus, and Mickelson, Bermuda Dunes Country Club is the quintessential oasis for life, and golf, in the desert. This prominent country club is also home to a stunning clubhouse, hosting a variety of events and soirees throughout the year for members and their guests. Bermuda Dunes Country Club is also the site of The Dunes Club, an exclusive boutique-style residence club for golfers.

Homes at Bermuda Dunes Country Club range from single bed and bath condominiums to elaborate luxury homes. Regardless of your needs, please stop by our onsite office and let one of our experienced, highly qualified real estate professionals show you the unique lifestyle and exceptional experience awaiting you in picturesque Bermuda Dunes. For more information, please visit www.BermudaDunesCCOnsite.com.

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 SpringsCathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian Wells, Bermuda 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 Enjoys Fiesta Courtesy of CV Escrow

June 11th, 2015
Windermere Southern California and CV Escrow Fiesta

Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Palm Springs offices enjoyed a Fiesta at the Saguaro Hotel, courtesy of CV Escrow.

Members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s Palm Springs offices, including Managing Brokers David Cantwell and Denise Anderson, recently enjoyed a taco and margarita fiesta, courtesy of CV Escrow and Executive Vice President Jeff Russell.

Hosted on the chic patio of the swanky Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, the party was held as a “thank you” and networking event for the two regional businesses. In addition to the outdoor bar featuring refreshing margaritas, an artisan taco bar was set up and included gourmet meats and garnishes to create a deliciously satisfying meal. Perfectly cooked tortilla chips and fresh guacamole and salsas put the finishing touches on each plate.

Windermere agents enjoyed their time mingling and munching, and three lucky winners took home raffle prizes, including a bottle each of red and white wine and a $100 gift card to Palm Springs hot spot The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge.

“We would like to thank CV Escrow for hosting such a fabulous affair,” says Denise Anderson. “They have been an incredible affiliate partner for a long time and provide our agents and their clients with exceptional service.”

More information on CV Escrow can be found on their website, CoachellaValleyEscrow.com.

For more information on Windermere Real Estate Southern California, including the office nearest you, please visit WindermereSoCal.com. Stay up to date on the latest community and real state news by following @WindermereSoCal on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

Windermere’s La Quinta Office Sends Oasis School Students Into Summer

June 9th, 2015
Members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California's La Quinta office visited the 4th grade classes at Oasis School in Thermal.

Members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s La Quinta office visited the 4th grade classes at Oasis School in Thermal.

Members of Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s La Quinta office, located at 47-250 Washington Street, recently visited the classes they support at Oasis School in Thermal. This is the third and final trip of the school year for the office, which also visits the students for back-to-school to give out school supplies and the holidays to hand out presents.

“We had an excellent final trip for this school year,” says Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker. “The students were all very excited to see us and celebrate the end of the school year.” Windermere Realtors® and staff brought the children books for summer reading and toys, including hacky sacks and jump ropes. “We organized a book drive and ended up giving out 400 books to the kids. All of the kids took home a few books to read over the summer, and a few even went home with a dictionary and thesaurus. It feels great knowing that we are encouraging the kids to continue their education and to pick up a book in the midst of summer activities while they are out of school,” continues Sandy.

Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker of Windermere Real Estate Southern California La Quinta, helps students pick out books for summer reading.

Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker of Windermere Real Estate Southern California La Quinta, helps students pick out books for summer reading.

Realtor Roger Sullivan of Windermere Real Estate Southern California's La Quinta office works with students to design visors for their trip to the Missions and the the beach.

Realtor Roger Sullivan of Windermere Real Estate Southern California’s La Quinta office works with students to design visors for their trip to the Missions and the the beach.

 

Oasis School 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Powell enjoys the time with her students during the Windermere Real Estate Southern California La Quinta office's visit.

Oasis School 4th Grade Teacher Mrs. Powell enjoys the time with her students during the Windermere Real Estate Southern California La Quinta office’s visit.

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

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

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