Bennion Deville Homes proudly welcomes Realtors Carinna Gaudry and TJ Walthers to the Laguna Niguel office, located at 27941 La Paz Road, Suite A. Carinna and TJ are joining forces to create Gaudry-Walthers, a real estate team working with home buyers and sellers throughout Orange County, Long Beach, where TJ was born and still lives, and South Bay.
Prior to entering real estate, Carinna and TJ were embedded in the fashion industry. Both hold Bachelor degrees from Long Beach State in Fashion Merchandising, and served in a variety of capacities for fashion retailers and designers. This previous experience in a creative and demanding field sets the duo up perfectly for success as real estate professionals. “From elite client service to employing a creative touch, our respective backgrounds help us stand apart from other real estate agents because we have the passion, drive, and knowledge to positively impact our clients’ lives in ways many of our peers cannot,” says TJ. Adds Carinna, “We understand color theory, staging, and how to bring out the lifestyle in a home to make it desirable to homebuyers. We have been doing this for a long time, and our clients can instantly see the difference.”
In addition to the creative eye required to succeed in an artistic field, both TJ and Carinna sharpened their client service skills while in the fashion industry. TJ worked in product development, as well was sales and marketing, for a lifestyle fashion firm, consulting with clients on style, fit, and color choices. “I really learned how to give that personal touch to clients when working with them throughout the sales process, listening to their needs, putting together custom-tailored options, and always ending with a hand-written thank you note. Those little details add up in a big way and are the calling card of the service you can expect from Gaudry-Walthers,” he says. Carinna’s experience working with nationally known models and talent in fashion styling and merchandising propels this ethos forward. “You really learn how to work with all types of personalities. TJ and I are both people-oriented and deliver a style of service that resonates with clients.”
Getting into real estate was an inevitable family legacy for Carinna, whose father works with Bennion Deville Home’s sister brokerage, Avenue Properties, in Seattle. “I am a third-generation real estate professional. Growing up around the business gave me an accelerated path as an agent, and helps our business due to my insight into all facets of real estate. Having a lifelong understanding is a big leg up for us,” she continues. In addition, both Carinna and TJ were drawn to real estate because of the constant change within the industry. “We enjoy the fact that no two days are alike, and there is a new challenge to tackle on a daily basis. New clients, new trends, and new information to keep us on our toes,” TJ adds.
Carinna and TJ were drawn to Bennion Deville Homes because of the company’s robust agent support programs and their blooming relationships within the brokerage. “We met Sandi [Richardson, Managing Broker], Kirk [Gregor, Managing Broker], and Bob [Bennion] and Bob [Deville] and it just felt right. It was less like a job interview and more like a conversation among friends. They encourage us to be our own unique individuals and promote a healthy, team-oriented dynamic within the office. In addition, Bennion Deville Homes has a high standard of ethics and stays on top of the latest industry trends to complement the in-house marketing and technology support,” Carinna and TJ conclude.
Adds Sandi, “I am excited to welcome Carinna and TJ to our Laguna Niguel office family. Their unique, diverse backgrounds and complementary strengths form a dynamite team. We look forward to working with them.”
About Bennion Deville Homes
Bob Bennion and Bob Deville brought their highly acclaimed and successful Bennion Deville Homes blueprint to the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010. Bennion Deville Homes offices proudly serving Orange County in Laguna Niguel. San Diego County offices are located in Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, La Mesa Village, and Little Italy. The powerhouse regional brokerage also proudly serves the Coachella Valley from 16 offices, including locations in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Bermuda Dunes, and Indio.
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