The Winner of the most recent Windermere Palm Springs South Balloon Ride free drawing was announced on December 21st. Palm Springs resident, Misha Talley’s name was drawn from hundreds of entries at the Palm Springs South office in the Smoke Tree Commons shopping center. Misha, pictured in the photo (center), was extremely excited and has never been up in a Hot-Air Balloon. Check this blog regularly for the next Windermere free drawing.
In the photo from left to right is: Michael Larson, Carol Berger, Bryan Arnold, Misha Talley (winner), Joe Simeone, Michael Ricks.
Linda Novick, one of our Windermere Sun City, Palm Desert Realtors and residents, provides monthy video reports from Sun City. This month she spotlights the Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday celebrations in the community. Check back next month for her New Years video report, or contact her any time at www.LindaNovick.com . Happy Holidays from Linda and everyone at Windermere Coachella Valley!
The Winter Editon of Windermere HOMES & Lifestyles magazine, featuring hundreds of homes for sale in all price ranges throughout the Coachella Valley, is now online. Click here to view.
View the magazine online and flip through the pages to find the home of your dreams. The print version of the magazine will be on stands the second week in January.
You can find a copy at various shops, restaurants and car washes throughout the Coachella Valley.
Randy Wiemer was awarded the 2009 Realtor of the Year award from the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors on December 16, 2009. Randy was selected from over 1000 realtors for this prestigious award. His selection was based on his personal contributions and dedication to the members of the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAOR).
Randy has been a licensed California Realtor since 2005. He served as the 2009 Chairman, Local Governmental Relation Committee (LGR). Randy has also earned the e-PRO Certification, EcoBroker Certification and just completed the requirements for the new Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certification.
Before working in real estate, Randy was on active duty in the US Air Force. He was a Master Navigator with over 2,790 flight hours in numerous aircraft. In June 2004 Randy retired as a Major from the USAF.
Photo: Randy Wiemer (left), being presented with award from Windermere Palm Springs Main office broker David Cantwell.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Windermere clients a Healthy, Safe and Happy Holiday Season. We appreciate the trust our Windermere clients have graced us with and promise to continue placing our clients first and foremost in all their real estate needs.
Windermere Coachella Valley has enjoyed considerable growth over the last 8 years and this would not be possible without our loyal clients. As the leader in real estate in every city in the Coachella Valley we firmly believe our buyers and sellers and real estate–related clients can look forward to a prosperous 2010.
We THANK YOU for your continued loyalty and business. Bob & Bob
Besides working as a Palm Desert agent, Frank Montiforte is actively involved with HPHA Helping People Hear Again, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing hearing devices (donated and refurbished) to individuals of all ages in need in the Coachella Valley. Individuals who qualify for the program receive all hearing health-related services at no charge. For more information about HPHA visit www.helpingpeoplehearagain.com . You can reach Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Palm Desert agent Ini Asman has just been named 2009 CDAR Realtor of the Year for her outstanding service to the community. Ini believes that giving back to the community she serves as an agent should be a priority. Her passions are the Animal Samaritans Society the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and The Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City.
While being named CDAR Realtor of the Year is an honor, it’s only the latest chapter in a life full of well deserved awards. In 1980, Ini founded IMS (Ini’s Media Services) which, until 1999, produced celebrity interviews with award-winning photography. Hundreds of her articles and photos have been published all over the world.
What began as a hobby, interviewing and photographing family friends and colleagues in the European film industry like Elke Sommer, Maria and Maximilian Schell, Curd Juergens, Romy Schneider, et. al. grew globally into an ever expanding circle of celebrities in different fields …from actresses Janet Leigh, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, Barbara Eden and actors Telly Savalas, Sean Connery, Leslie Nielsen, George Clooney, Kevin Costner .. to entertainer Julio Iglesias, composer Henry Mancini, director Sydney Pollack, designer Geoffrey Beene, sports stars Michael Jordan, Steffi Graf, Pele & Franz Beckenbauer and authors Harold Robbins and Mario Puzo ..just to name a few.
The late Palm Springs resident Harold Robbins played an important role in Ini’s career more than once. In 1981, after contracting IMS to manage his publicity in Europe, Harold told his publisher in an interview that “Ini’s portraits and publicity photos were the best pictures ever taken of me” and requested that they use her pictures exclusively for his cover jacket portraits Harold’s glowing recommendations to other authors and publishers led to many referrals and in 1984 Ini opened a branch office of Munich based IMS in Beverly Hills.
In 1995, while visiting Harold and Jan Robbins at their home in Palm Springs, that Ini fell in love – at first sight – with the desert and had a great idea. “While selling stories and photos of celebrities in their homes, why not sell celebrity homes?” So later that year Ini moved here and has since become an established realtor… much sought after for her multilingualism and worldwide clientele. Along the way she has marketed the estates of Clark Gable, Elvis Presley, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
Photo of Ini Asmann (left), with Windermere Cook and Hovley office Broker, Emily DiSimone (right).
Windermere So Cal owners, Bob Deville (left) and Bob Bennion (right), hosted the Annual Holiday Party at The Living Desert In Palm Desert. The country-themed celebration of the season was held on Friday the 11th and attended by hundreds of Windermere Coachella Valley agents and guests. Below, partiers danced the night away to the Kelly Rae Country Music Band.
On Thursday, December 10th, the California Desert Association of REALTORS® installed it’s 2010 directors at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells. Names were Windermere agents:
Diane Busch, 2010 Director and Local Government Relations Chair
Wendy Formica, 2010 Director and Programs Chair
Peter Schmidt, 2010 Director
Charlie White, 2010 Director
David Banks, 2010 MLS Committee Chair
Leslie Munger, 2010 Commercial/Investment Committee Chair
Gary Anderson, 2010 Grievance Committee Chair
Don Rossignol, 2010 Scholarship Committee Co-Chair�
David Banks and Peter Schmidt, 2009 President’s Award recipients
Ini Asmann, 2009 CDAR REALTOR® of the Year
Congratulations to all!
Top photo David Banks (left) with Peter Schmidt (right). Bottom photo Diane Busch (left) with Heather Ozur (right).
Windermere’s annual Community Service Day was a huge success. Agents and staff from the La Quinta office donated school supplies to the Oasis School on Friday, November 13th.
Thank you to everyone who contributed. The La Quinta office is already collecting items to donate to Oasis School later this month.