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Windermere Offices Gather Together & Spread Holiday Cheer

December 31, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 3:50 pm

Windermere Real Estate Southern California and SoCal Coastal offices and agents celebrated the holiday season with individual office lunches where they helped spread the cheer by supporting local toy and food drives for organizations and families throughout the Coachella Valley, Orange County and San Diego County.

“We are so grateful to be closing another record-breaking year in real estate sales at Windermere,” said Bob Deville, co-owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “As always, it is a priority at Windermere to give back to the communities that we serve through our Foundation grants and other company-sponsored events. We are fortunate to have the caliber of agents and staff at Windermere who continue to exceed our expectations by giving additionally of their money, time and resources.”

Coachella Valley

Palm Springs

Agents from Windermere’s Palm Springs offices jump-started the holiday early by submitting 9 huge baskets for the Palm Springs Association of Realtors’ Autumn Auction. The proceeds from benefitted the local charities supported by PSAR. Realtor® Ronnie Starr spearheaded the gift basket committee and Windermere agents’ entries raised over $2,600. Windermere’s Palm Springs South office also celebrated a little holiday cheer by giving their office staff a little extra holiday love! 

Windermere Agents Gift Basket Contributions

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Windermere Agents in Palm Spring South sharing some holiday cheer with their support staff.

Cathedral City

Managing Broker Danail Jekhov and Windermere agents from the Cathedral City office gathered together for some off-time fun with an old-fashioned potluck and White Elephant gift exchange. A fun time was had by all – even if Danail got his crock pot snatched away!

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Agents and staff from Windermere’s Cathedral City office sharing in the holiday spirit.

 Windermere's Cathedral City agents holiday party 2012

More images available to view at http://goo.gl/8w6Eq

Rancho Mirage

Meanwhile at Rancho Mirage, Office Manager Laurie Huizar and her Santa Committee members – Toni Garmisa, Donna Malouf and Pat Richter – put together a tree, collected children’s gifts, whipped together a holiday dinner and purchased gift cards for their adopted family from a nearby school with donations and contributions from agents and staff. Santa’s Committee members met with the mother of the family and get everything transported to the family home before the kids got home from school. What a great way to start the holiday weekend!

Rancho Mirage Secret Santa Committee
(pictured from left to right) Donna Malouf, Pat Richter, Laurie Huizar and Toni Garmissa
Rancho Mirage Office Santa Family
Ready for on-time holiday delivery!

Palm Desert Portola

Windermere’s Palm Desert Portola office exchanged holiday wishes over a potluck while gathering children’s toys for the Toys for Tots campaign and canned goods for Martha’s Village. Managing Broker Sandi Richardson played hostess to all her wonderful agents and staff, directing the gift and donation deliveries while Debbie Sander and Sharon Vincent gathered up the toys.

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Happy holidays from the agents and staff at Windermere’s Palm Desert Portola Office.
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Sharon Vincent and Debbie Sander from Windermere’s Portola Office

Palm Desert San Pablo

Alongside Windermere’s Palm Desert San Pablo office potluck, Windermere agents and staff participated in their 1st Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange with the national non-profit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Managing Broker Bryan Arnold carved his way into the holiday meal while Donna wrangled the participating cookie exchange entries. The cookie exchange raised over $600 for the charity. 

Windermere's Bryan Arnold carves up the holiday feast.
Windermere’s Bryan Arnold carves up the holiday feast.
Donna oversees the 1st Annual Cookie Exchange at Windermere's San Pablo office.
Donna oversees the 1st Annual Cookie Exchange at Windermere’s San Pablo office.

More images of Windermere’s Palm Desert Portola and San Pablo office parties available here – http://goo.gl/dqIxq

 

Indian Wells Main & Indian Wells Luxury Homes and Estates

Managing Broker Charlie White hosted a holiday breakfast during their office meeting before the holiday weekend, catered by Windermere Realtor® Kerry Anderson and her It’s A Grind coffee house. Agents gathered to share in the spirit of the season and began working on their goals for the New Year. An always-entertaining crew from Windermere’s Creative Department joined in the fun!

Windermere's Indian Wells Main & Luxury Homes and Estates offices
Happy Holidays from the agents and staff at Windermere’s Indian Wells & Luxury Homes and Estates offices!
Windermere's Creative Team Holiday 2012
Emily joins in the holiday fun with Kristina, Crystal and Emmanuel from Windermere’s Creative Team. Craig Bernardi ready for the holidays to begin!Director of Creative Services Craig Bernardi is ready for the holidays to begin!

La Quinta & Old Town La Quinta

Windermere’s La Quinta and Old Town La Quinta offices made their second journey of the year to the Oasis Elementary School in Thermal, visiting their adopted fourth grade classes. Thursday’s delivery of 91 giant gift bags included toys, household items and books for all students. The bags lined every possible hallway in Windermere’s La Quinta office, and Roger Sullivan wrangled the  7-vehicle, 16-agent caravan together to get the goodies delivered!

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Gift bags for the students lined every hallway in Windermere’s La Quinta main office.

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The final destination for this set of Santa’s helpers’ gifts.

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Sorted, divided and ready to deliver!

Many more pictures of Windermere’s La Quinta offices holiday visit to Oasis Elementary available here: http://goo.gl/tcdOA

Indio

Windermere’s Indio office, spearheaded by Managing Broker George Baca, distributed 22 gift boxes throughout Indio and Coachella and collected over 500 gifts for the Toys for Tots campaign. Marines from the base in Twentynine Palms arrived on Thursday to collect the toys with a near empty van but left full to the top! After the Marines departed, more toys were delivered to the office, and agents shuttled them to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.

 

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Windermere’s Indio office’s collection for Toys for Tots.

 

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See more of the pictures from Indio’s toy drive here: http://goo.gl/VUgqv

Orange County

Laguna Niguel

Agents and staff from Windermere’s Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel offices gathered together on December 13th to share in the spirit of the season with a holiday potluck. They invited their partners from Mortgage Capital and affiliated services to join them and were surprised by an early visit from Santa!

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Dave Black, Pam Spadafore and Torey Severino

 

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Santa drops by Windermere’s Laguna Niguel office for an early visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

Carlsbad

Community-minded Windermere agents in Carlsbad and Solana Beach had an amazing Thanksgiving Food Drive for North County Community Services and Feeding America San Diego. They collected over a ton of food. Kudos to the Chris Gorno Team, Judy Goldberg, Elizabeth Kaser and Amanda Schlegel for spearheading the task!

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Chris Gorno packing in all of her collected donations.

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Elizabeth Kaser putting it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solana Beach

Windermere Carlsbad and Solana Beach agents and staff, in cooperation with North County Association of Realtors® and the California Association of Realtors’® Holiday CanTree Food Drive, collected an additional 5 carloads of food! Managing Broker Brent Consedine and Realtors® Judee Adams, Liz Nederlander Cohen, Lori Sykes, Valerie Macleay, Niko Esposito and Helen Angell coaxed the crowd of shoppers at the Vons in Solana Beach to give big for the cause.

 

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Judee, Liz, Loir and Brent hand out bags for customers to fill and return with donated grocery items.
Valerie Macleay- Niko Esposito- Helen Angel FB
Valerie, Niko and Helen keep the momentum going!

La Mesa & La Mesa Village

Windermere Agent Phil Hessling organized the troops in our La Mesa and La Mesa Village office for a blitz of holiday spirit. Agents donated time, money and much effort to adopt a needy family in cooperation with the local Our Lady of Grace Church’s Angel Program. Family #98 with children aged 8, 10 & 12 received both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner as well as gifts for Christmas and gift cards for future household purchases. Agents gathered donations as well, while participating in La Mesa Village’s Christmas in the Village, where they held a drawing for a Nook® to raise money for the family.

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Windermere’s Phil Hessling and Don Bauza kindly greet the folks at Christmas in La Mesa Village.

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Christmas in the Village – La Mesa Village

Hillcrest Mission Hills 

Windermere Agents and staff from our newest and fast-growing Hillcrest office gathered together at Managing Broker Kirk Gregor’s home for their first holiday celebration. Newly opened in mid-October, this dedicated team of real estate professionals is clearly forming tight bonds within the community and ready to ring in the New Year!

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Jarrod and Kathleen enjoying a little eggnog.

 

Windermere Hillcrest Holiday 2012
Wishing you a safe and festive holiday season from Windermere’s Mission Hills Hillcrest office!

TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Carlsbad, Cathedral City, Clubs and Organizations, Coachella Valley, Community Support, Hillcrest, Indian Wells, Indio, La Mesa, La Quinta, Laguna Niguel, Mission Hills, Neighborhood Involvement, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palm Springs Central, Palm Springs South, Rancho Mirage, Real Estate, San Diego, Solana Beach,

Windermere Southern California Closes Out 2012 On Top

December 29, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 1:00 pm

Windermere CV Jan thru Nov 2012

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is wrapping up the 2012 year with year-end sale projections that far exceed last year’s groundbreaking sales record.

“We continue to be extremely proud and thankful that our fantastic family of Windermere real estate professionals propels us to the top of the market,” said Bob Deville, co-owner of Windermere Real Estate Southern California. “At Windermere, we understand the cycles of the real estate market and plan accordingly. Throughout 2012, we continued to expand our offices, develop new tools and associate with the very best real estate agents in the desert.”

Windermere closed out its third quarter in 2012 again as the real estate market leader throughout the Coachella Valley for the 16th consecutive quarter. Currently with a year-to-date closed sales volume exceeding $1,345,111,452 in residential home resales according to Desert Area MLS data, Windermere continues to dominate both the residential resale and luxury home markets.

Annual luxury homes sales numbers through the end of November show Windermere Real Estate Southern California with a total sales volume of $297,469,000, more than twice the number of its nearest competitor. Windermere’s current cumulative total in luxury sales even exceeds their next four competitors’ totals combined, according to third party data.

“A combination of factors, including the decrease in distressed property sales, historically low mortgage rates and lower inventory, have helped boost sales prices and home values in all price points,” said Bob Deville. “The result of this equates to encouraging news for both buyers and sellers who are looking to garner the maximum value for their properties.”


TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palm Springs Central, Palm Springs South, Rancho Mirage, Real Estate,

Palm Springs & Desert Resort Cities – Open House Guide for December 29th & 30th

December 28, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 3:33 pm
Open House Shot December 2012
This is our winter – 1,000 words’ worth of reason to live in the Coachella Valley!

Open House Guide for Palm Springs and the Desert Resort Cities courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Southern California.

Beautiful homes to view available in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Indio.

Click on the graphic above or visit us at www.DesertOpen.com to see a list of this weekend’s properties available for an open house!

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the leader in home resales in the Coachella Valley.

Our highly qualified, professionally trained real estate agents, associate brokers, and property management personnel would love to assist you whether you are interested in selling, purchasing, or leasing a professionally managed desert property. Known throughout the region for their sales and rentals of premium homes, townhouses and condominiums, Windermere Real Estate represents properties in all price ranges throughout Southern California. Whether you’re interested in buying, selling, or renting a home or condominium, or desire to rent/lease your vacation property, please contact us.

Our team’s commitment to personal service is unmatched. Our real estate professionals are not “one transaction” agents. We look forward to the opportunity to build your trust today and handle all of your real estate needs in the future!

Please join us in viewing one of the gorgeous homes available to tour this weekend!

To see a complete list of homes for sale, please visit us at www.WindermereSoCal.com.


TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Open Houses, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palm Springs Central, Palm Springs South, Rancho Mirage, Real Estate, Real Estate Agent,

Windermere SoCal’s Hillcrest Office Sees Strong Growth

December 27, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 10:22 am
Hillcrest Group
Windermere’s Adrian Alcantara and friend talk shop with Windermere’s Jarrod Gerardot and Stephen Porter.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal’s Hillcrest / Mission Hills office continues to see strong growth with over 15 agents and staff added since its recent opening. In response to the strong demand by buyers and sellers, Windermere opened the doors to its latest San Diego office in mid-October.

Situated at the entrance to the Mission Hills Business District, Windermere’s newest office is strategically located and complements the existing Windermere Real Estate offices located in San Diego County. The office location allows Windermere agents selling in Mid-City neighborhoods, such as Kenningston, Mission Valley, Normal Heights and North Park, a more centrally located office in which to meet buyers and sellers.

“We have had agent and client demand for our new mid-city location ever since we grew into the San Diego market,” said Bob Deville, co-owner of Windermere Real Estate SoCal. “It is exciting to see the caliber of highly trained and experienced agents that we are attracting. Assisting our Windermere Real Estate agents in servicing our clients in the San Diego market is our priority and conducive to our continued growth.”

Windermere Real Estate SoCal consists of highly qualified, professionally trained real estate agents, associate brokers, and property management personnel. Whether you are interested in selling, purchasing, or leasing a professionally managed property, Windermere SoCal can be of assistance to you.


TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Real Estate Agent, San Diego,

Palm Springs & Desert Resort Cities – Open House Guide for December 22nd & 23rd

December 21, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 3:15 pm

Open House Guide

Open House Guide for Palm Springs and the Desert Resort Cities courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Southern California.

Beautiful homes to view available in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Indio.

Click on the graphic above or visit us at www.DesertOpen.com to see a list of this weekend’s properties available for an open house!

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the leader in home resales in the Coachella Valley.

Our highly qualified, professionally trained real estate agents, associate brokers, and property management personnel would love to assist you whether you are interested in selling, purchasing, or leasing a professionally managed desert property. Known throughout the region for their sales and rentals of premium homes, townhouses and condominiums, Windermere Real Estate represents properties in all price ranges throughout Southern California. Whether you’re interested in buying, selling, or renting a home or condominium, or desire to rent/lease your vacation property, please contact us.

Our team’s commitment to personal service is unmatched. Our real estate professionals are not “one transaction” agents. We look forward to the opportunity to build your trust today and handle all of your real estate needs in the future!

Please join us in viewing one of the gorgeous homes available to tour this weekend!

To see a complete list of homes for sale, please visit us at www.WindermereSoCal.com.


TAGS:Coachella Valley, Open Houses, Real Estate,

Windermere SoCal’s Hillcrest Office Welcomes Colin McLarty

December 18, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 9:37 am

Colin McLarty Hillcrest Agent

Colin McLarty has been welcomed to Windermere Real Estate SoCal’s Hillcrest / Mission Hills office located at 265 W. Washington, where he joins the growing number of real estate professionals in Windermere SoCal’s latest San Diego office. Experienced in the real estate markets of Houston and Chicago, Colin is excited to be working in the San Diego market and focusing on the neighborhoods surrounding the office. Colin works with buyers and sellers in mid-city neighborhoods like Hillcrest, North Park and University Heights.

An active member of the communities he serves, Colin donates his time and resources to supporting the ASPCA. Colin is also a member of the Cadillac/La Salle Club, dedicated to automobile restoration.“Colin brings a fresh perspective to our active real estate market,” said Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker for Windermere SoCal. “We look forward to assisting him in taking his business to the next level and providing the support he needs to offer his clients the level of service that they expect when they list, lease or buy with a Windermere agent.”

Windermere Real Estate SoCal consists of highly qualified, professionally trained real estate agents, associate brokers, and property management personnel. Whether you are interested in selling, purchasing, or leasing a professionally managed property, Windermere SoCal can be of assistance to you.


TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Real Estate Agent, San Diego,

Windermere Agents Save Big with California Insurance Specialists

December 17, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 12:56 pm

Windermere Real Estate Southern California has partnered with California Insurance Specialists to offer their employees and agents competitive pricing for their personal auto and home insurance policies.

California Insurance Specialists (CIS) represent over 35 insurance carriers and their competitive rates can offer considerable savings for agents and staff.

To kick off their partnership, agents and employees who queried CIS for rate quotes were entered into a drawing for two Apple iPads.

The two winners were drawn on Friday, December 14th and the winners were …

Anne Alexander from our Indian Wells office, pictured here with Charlie White, Managing Broker, and …

Anne Alexander, Windermere Real Estate Agent in the Indian Wells Office

 

Maria Jones from our La Quinta office, pictured here with Sandy Beakey, Managing Broker.

Maria Jones, Windermere Real Estate Agent in La Quinta Office

 


TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Office Fun, Promotions and Giveaways,

Palm Springs & Desert Resort Cities – Open House Guide for December 15th & 16th

December 14, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 3:16 pm
Open House Guide December 15 and 16
Windermere invites you to join us at an Open House this weekend and fall in love with the best of desert living.

 

Open House Guide for Palm Springs and the Desert Resort Cities courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Southern California.

Beautiful homes to view available in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Indio.

Click on the graphic above or visit us at www.DesertOpen.com to see a list of this weekend’s properties available for an open house!

Windermere Real Estate Southern California is the leader in home resales in the Coachella Valley.

Our highly qualified, professionally trained real estate agents, associate brokers, and property management personnel would love to assist you whether you are interested in selling, purchasing, or leasing a professionally managed desert property. Known throughout the region for their sales and rentals of premium homes, townhouses and condominiums, Windermere Real Estate represents properties in all price ranges throughout Southern California. Whether you’re interested in buying, selling, or renting a home or condominium, or desire to rent/lease your vacation property, please contact us.

Our team’s commitment to personal service is unmatched. Our real estate professionals are not “one transaction” agents. We look forward to the opportunity to build your trust today and handle all of your real estate needs in the future!

Please join us in viewing one of the gorgeous homes available to tour this weekend!

To see a complete list of homes for sale, please visit us at www.WindermereSoCal.com.


TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Open Houses, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage,

Windermere SoCal’s Hillcrest Office Welcomes Kathleen Hare

December 14, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 10:11 am

Windermere SoCal Agent, Kathleen Hare

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is pleased to welcome Kathleen Hare to their Hillcrest Mission Hills office located at 265 W. Washington. “Kathleen brings an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the local market,” shared Kirk Gregor, Managing Broker for Windermere SoCal. Kirk continued, “Kathleen is a dynamic agent with the highest ethical and professional standards.”

After retiring as a Director for a large national non-profit, Kathleen Hare pursued her interest in real estate. “I’ve always been interested in the market, following the growth in values of my local Point Loma neighborhood even before entering into the arena as a practicing professional,” said Kathleen. With her background in non-profit work, it is no surprise that Kathleen continues to give back to community groups and organizations like the San Diego Humane Society and the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Now a local Realtor® for 10 years, Kathleen has worked with both buyers and sellers in traditional real estate transactions as well as short sales and, most recently, Fannie Mae REOs. “My clients know that I’ll work tirelessly for them from beginning to end. I keep in touch with my clients throughout the transaction,” said Kathleen.

Kathleen joins the quickly growing team of real estate professionals at Windermere Real Estate SoCal’s Hillcrest Mission Hills office that opened in mid-October of this year.

Windermere Real Estate SoCal consists of highly qualified, professionally trained real estate agents, associate brokers, and property management personnel. Whether you are interested in selling, purchasing, or leasing a professionally managed property, Windermere SoCal can be of assistance to you.


TAGS:Bennion and Deville, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Real Estate, Real Estate Agent, San Diego,

Ericka Teta Joins Windermere Carlsbad Office

December 13, 2012
Posted by: Bennion Deville News at 2:49 pm

Ericka Teta, Windermere Agent in Carlsbad

Windermere Real Estate SoCal is pleased to announce the addition of Ericka Teta to their Carlsbad office, located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, #217. An experienced Realtor® herself, Ericka is the daughter of a successful real estate agent and custom homebuilder as well as the wife of an architect.

“Real estate has always been a huge part of my life,” said Ericka. She continued, “I love that being a Realtor® allows me the opportunity to combine my research and negotiating skills along with my love of people, community and fine homes.”

Ericka has a tremendous knowledge of the North County coastal real estate market including Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and the Santaluz community. Well connected and active in the communities in which she serves, Ericka has been recognized by the local Kiwanis for her community service with the Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, among others.

“Ericka is a savvy, detail-oriented agent who is really tapped into local business development and the community at-large,” said Managing Broker Brent Consedine. “We are excited to have her in the office and look forward to assisting her in further growing her business.”

“At Windermere, I am surrounded by the best of the best – the best agents, the best partners to assist with my clients’ needs, and the most updated and innovative tools that allow me to provide my clients with the most comprehensive service possible in today’s market,” said Ericka.


TAGS:Carlsbad, Neighborhood Involvement, Real Estate Agent, San Diego,
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