Claude Braunstein PhotoWindermere Homes & Estates Proudly Welcomes Claude Braunstein and Rochelle Braunstein to their Scripps Ranch office. Claude Braunstein obtained his California Real Estate Broker license in 1977 and has been representing buyers and sellers within the greater San Diego area ever since.  He has been recognized in San Diego Magazine as one of the Best Residential Real Estate Agents in San Diego five years in a row.  A Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), he has been certified as a Relocation Professional (CRP) and a Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) by the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (WERC).

An expert in Corporate & Military Relocation, Claude Braunstein is equally knowledgeable in Short Sales, Foreclosed Properties and IRS Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges. Claude earned his Real Estate Collaborative Specialist-Divorce designation in 2010. This specialty enables him to counsel divorcing couples regarding real estate issues often overlooked during the divorce process that can result in costly consequences if not properly addressed during the divorce proceedings.

Claude grew up in New York City before marrying Rochelle and moving to Washington D.C., where he worked as a Psychologist with the US Navy.  He has a Master’s degree in Psychology from George Washington University. Claude operated his own real estate company from 1977 to 1998, when he affiliated with McMillin Realty. He was affiliated with Coldwell Banker from 2005 to 2015 and joined Windermere Real Estate in 2015.

RochelleRochelle Braunstein brings over 20 years of real estate experience to the team. She is certified as a Relocation Home Finding Specialist and a Marketing and Inventory Specialist. A Certified Negotiator (CNS), Rochelle earned her Real Estate Collaborative Specialist-Divorce (RCS-D) designation in 2010.  This specialty enables her to counsel divorcing couples regarding real estate issues often overlooked during the divorce process that can result in costly consequences if not properly addressed during the divorce proceedings.

Rochelle grew up in Queens N.Y. and attended Hunter College High School in N.Y. City.  She earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Maryland. She has worked as a Librarian and a Credentialed Teacher in both public and private San Diego schools.

Claude and Rochelle live in Scripps Ranch with their dog Charlie.  Claude serves the community as a District Representative to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA).  Rochelle is a member of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club and has served on the Neighborhood Watch program. This team makes an unstoppable addition to the Windermere Real Estate family.

9988 Hibert St.  Suite #150
San Diego CA 92131
CalBRE Broker # 00590130
Tel:  858 271-7770

By Nancy Canfield

As Realtors, it is part of our Ethics requirements to do our best for our clients.  But how can you predict who the best person for your needs will be.  You may get all kinds of postcards in the mail that look great.  You see ads in the paper, or on a sign at the house For Sale down the street.  But stop and think about it, whenever you are going to make a major purchase, change doctors or dentists, choose your children’s school, don’t you ask someone whom you know and trust.  This is probably a better approach than a glance in a phone directory, or Ad in the paper.

Expect candidates to be licensed by the CalBRE, (California Bureau of Real Estate), and the SDAR, (San Diego Association of Realtors).  These are the agencies that license Agents in California and San Diego.  They perform fingerprinting, training, and ongoing testing to ensure Agents are safe and have the basic competence to do the job.  Sandicor® is San Diego County’s Regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS), and Licensed Realtors must be members in order to access the database.  85% of homes are sold through the MLS.  That is, a Sandicor member can list a home for sale in the MLS, and browse the MLS for homes to show clients, and to assess value of properties.  Agents should have Errors and Omissions Insurance because mistakes can happen, and both you and the Agent should be protected.

As with all jobs that have serious consequences, both financial and otherwise, you want to ensure that you choose someone with Experience.  Experience comes from doing the job.  Doctors usually take 12 years before they can practice medicine as a full doctor.  They have 4 years of college, followed by 4 years of medical school, followed by 2 years under a qualified doctor, not just filling out prescriptions and taking pulses, but increasing their experience.  The consequences of their making a mistake could be considerably higher than buying or selling a house, but your house could be the biggest financial transaction of your life, and there can be legal ramifications for mistakes.  So what should you expect Agents to know at least something about, or have an expert in their extended team:

Current Laws
Marketing of the home
Neighborhood Statistics
People skills
Something about Lending
Wood Destroying Pests (Termites, Wood Rot, Fungus)

Speaking of Teams, you may feel that with a team, you don’t get the services of the person you chose, but rather someone less qualified, who frees up your Agent to go get more business.   A contractor has a whole team of people working with her, electrical, plumbing, finishing, roofing, but she is responsible for the workmanship, safety, and your satisfaction.

An Agent who works alone has a less visible team of reputable Title, Escrow, Lending, Termite Inspection, Home Inspection, Appraisal companies, to work or consult with.  As with the contractor, these individuals have expertise that are often licensed and regulated, and have years of experience.

What about the Company the Agent works for?  Depends.  A small company with a sterling reputation is at least as valuable as a large company that gets a lot of criticism for being too lax.  Why I chose Windermere Homes & Estates is because their standards are strict about ethics and legalities, but also because they provide extensive training almost daily, to help ensure agents don’t make errors, or provide slipshod work.  The SD Business Journal publishes an annual Directory of Real Estate Agencies, and is a great resource for your selection.

Lastly, you should also ask for a list of references of people whom the agent you are considering has helped buy or sell a home recently, say, in the last year.   You want to know that the Agent did a good job.  Ask the reference to give an example of how the agent handled an unordinary circumstance in one of the categories above.  Satisfy yourself that you have made the right choice.

Naturally, there are many more aspects to buying or selling a home, but I believe the above will certainly get you headed in the right direction, and on sound footing.

If I can answer any questions for you please email me at
Call or txt 619-871-9333, or visit my web site at  You will find there a mortgage calculator, and you can browse 20,000 homes in the MLS system.  Also, visit my blog there for interesting articles that may be of help to you.  #CaBRE628323

Tom Angone (2)Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Tom Angone to their management team as the new Assistant Managing Broker. Tom is a Broker with more than 30 years of experience in luxury home sales in the Coachella Valley. He has been involved in more than $600,000,000 in sales in his real estate career and is very thankful for the all the working relationships he has developed over the years.

Before joining Windermere Homes & Estates Tom was Broker/Owner of Luxury Resort Properties, a boutique real estate company specializing in Luxury Homes throughout the valley.

Prior to running his own real estate firm he was a Sales Associate, Broker and VP of Sales and Marketing for TD Desert Development, developer of Luxury Communities Andalusia at Coral Mountain and Rancho La Quinta from 2006 thru June of 2012.

Before joining TD, Tom was Broker and VP of Sales and Marketing for Ministrelli Homes, developer of Luxury Communities such as Painted Cove in La Quinta, Painted Cove and Villaggio in Indian Wells, Artisan in Rancho Mirage and a number of homes at Bighorn Golf Club and The Reserve.

“Tom has had the opportunity to work for some successful developers here in the desert giving him a great amount of experience and knowledge related to marketing and the negotiating skills one needs to be successful in in any real estate market. He’s knowledge, skills and expertise of the local market will be a wonderful addition to the Windermere family,” says co-owner Brian Gooding.

Tom and his wife Leslie are both Southern California natives. They moved to the desert in 1981. They have 3 wonderful children now pursuing their own careers. In their leisure time they enjoy being together gardening, traveling, hiking, catching an occasional movie and playing a little golf.

Tom’s mission is to deliver the highest level of service to all those he works with including family, friends, clients and fellow real estate agents. He believes this is accomplished by gaining one’s Trust with unmatched Integrity and Experience to obtain the Results we all desire.

Shiana-Shusterman-smWindermere Homes & Estates proudly welcome Shaina Shusterman to their Aviara/Carlsbad office. Shiana is a Realtor® with passion.  She grew up in Massachusetts where she went to college at UMASS Amherst then furthered her education at Lesley University. Before becoming a real estate agent in San Diego, she spent fourteen years in Boston teaching elementary school. She is energetic and ambitious by nature and driven by her passion for education, dog rescue and real estate. She recently relocated to Vista and is looking forward to helping fellow San Diegans pursue their passion for home ownership.

Realtors® Mary Wagner and Nancy Lane rounded up over 20 vendors for a fabulous community shopping event at Windermere Homes & Estates Rancho Bernardo office.  Over 85 attendees enjoyed shopping, prizes, appetizers, and refreshments on December 10th. There was also a collection of “Coats, Sweaters, and Jackets” for Father Joe’s Village to help make the Holidays a little warmer for those in need.

Vendors included; Fragments by Hayley, beautiful hand crafted jewelry; Holly’s lovely $5.00 earrings and lovely beaded necklaces; Jewel Scents Candles (a prize in every candle) with Michele; Greci Girls Creations hand crafted totes by Linda; Miche Purses (wonderful interchangeable purses) with Adele; Elaine has 31 Bags (a must for all your carry needs); Tricia is bringing a large line of the beautiful Silpada Jewelry;  Melanie has a full line of Advocare nutrition products; Designs by Jacqueline a full line of jewelry; Tammy’s Kitchen, an introduction of cooking with Tammy; Catherine is bringing a taste of Interiors by Catherine, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and more….

“It’s great that Windermere allows us to open up our offices to hold these great events to support our local community and add a little more Holiday cheer”, says Realtor® Mary Wagner.


ami headshotAmi Markowitz joins the Lisa Herndon & Associates team out of Windermere Homes & Estates Rancho Bernardo office. Ami brings drive, tenacity and efficiency to every real estate transaction.  Previously licensed in the state of New Jersey, Ami is excited to be working as a Realtor® in California.  With 7 years in advertising and media, he has the skills necessary to effectively market a home and get the highest return.  Ami was also a business owner for 8 years operating an international retail business.  Buyers can be confident Ami has an eye for a deal and the skills to negotiate any contract.

New to Lisa Herndon & Associates, Ami specializes in working with first time home buyers and families.  “I am thrilled to add Ami to the team!  He is a true professional who will offer the best service to our clients and be a great representative of our team.” said Lisa Herndon.  He will focus his efforts in the Poway Unified School District but works throughout San Diego County.  He also works with investors focused on improving the quality of neighborhoods with home remodels

“We are so excited to have Ami at Windermere Homes & Estates”, said Rich Johnson, co-owner of WHE. “His positive attitude and natural talent are such an asset to the company.”

Ami is a licensed scuba diver and Krav Maga instructor.  He and his family live in Sabre Springs.

Patti & SantaThe Rancho Bernardo Community Council  hosted the first annual FREE Hot Cocoa holiday event this past Sunday, December 6, 1-3 pm at Windermere Homes and Estates Rancho Bernardo office. Thanks to the efforts of Rancho Bernardo Community Council and our agent Patti Hall who serves as the RB Community Council and co-chair of the PR Committee for bringing holiday cheer to some children who need it.  Attendees enjoyed a free, fun-filled family time sipping hot cocoa, eating holiday cookies and coloring holiday artwork.  Those in attendance also had an opportunity to take a free photo with Santa (Supervisor Dave Roberts stepped in as the ‘real’ Santa is very busy this time of year) or by Chanukah decorations. The also had an opportunity to have a photo taken of them as either a dreidel or an elf.

The Rancho Bernardo Community Council  asked attendees to bring one new unwrapped toy, game or book which will be donated to the Polinsky Children’s Center for the holidays. The Polinsky Children’s Center is San Diego County’s emergency shelter for children who cannot remain at home as a result of abuse or neglect. Through the generosity of the attendees, three large 36 gallon bags of toys were collected for this great cause. Windermere Homes and Estates is happy to help our agents give back and serve our communities where we live, work and play.


150702TracyandKevin-004Windermere Homes & Estates agents Kevin and Tracy Sharrar were recently presented with the 2015 Go-Giver Award from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at their annual Volunteer Recognition Event.This award is based on the philosophy of the book “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and David Mann, which teaches that when you focus on giving instead of receiving, the rewards are greater at the end. It’s a philosophy the Chamber has adopted.The Chamber created this award to recognize the people who have demonstrated the five laws of stratospheric success, which are described in the book.

They are:
1. THE LAW OF VALUE- Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
2. THE LAW OF COMPENSATION – Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
3. THE LAW OF INFLUENCE – Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
4. THE LAW OF AUTHENTICITY – The most valuable gift you have to offer is you.
5. THE LAW OF RECEPTIVITY – The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

Kevin and Tracy Sharrar, realtors® at Windermere Homes & Estates and Sharrar Build Community both embody the five laws. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce was pleased to present The Go-Giver Award to Kevin and Tracy.

_MG_1495 (1)Chad Voisen is a previous investment and income property manager, managing over 300 Million dollars worth of personal assets, Chad Voisen decided to pursue residential real estate sales full time in July of 2014 and joined Windermere Homes and Estates Carlsbad Office. Being born and raised in San Diego, Chad is the epitome of a local and is familiar with all areas of America’s Finest City. After a successful first year in Real Estate, Chad is excited to announce him recently joining forces with Steve Lincoln and the Lincoln Realty Group, a division of Windermere Homes and Estates. Chad’s goal is to be able to better serve his high-end and luxury clientele as a result of this new opportunity. Chad looks forward to what the future will bring as part of the Lincoln realty Group.

The Lincoln Realty Group of professionals include a long list of high quality service professionals. From landscaping, painting, repair and home staging, to Escrow, finance, inspections, Title and beyond. Chad, Steve, and The Lincoln Realty Group are here to make your real estate pursuit a seamless and effortless transaction.

Bev PaineBev Paine has decided to return to Windermere and continue her career with Windermere Homes and Estates. Bev was the number one agent for Windermere in the mid 2000’s, and has always served her clients with the utmost integrity and trust. Like our company, Bev puts service and relationships before sales quotas. Bev joins the fastest growing Windermere franchise. Windermere Homes and Estates now has 9 offices in San Diego and is the 4th largest single owned brokerage in the County, with a rolling 12 months of 1 Billion in home sales. “I look for more great things from Bev in the coming months and years, and highly recommend her services to anyone thinking of buying or selling here in San Diego,” says owner Brian Gooding.

Bev is originally from New York and has called San Diego home for many years, residing in Encinitas and now San Elijo Hills.  What she loves most about being a Realtor is having the opportunity to help people realize their dreams.

Before focusing on real estate, Bev was a recovery room nurse at Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  She also owned and operated her own Personal Fitness Training business in Encinitas.

She has always been an active member of the community, volunteering my time to Make-A-Wish Foundation and the La Costa Canyon School System, where her son, Justin was a student. Justin went on to receive his MBA from Northwestern University and now works for Microsoft in Seattle as Product Marketing Manager for XBOX.

When she is not busy selling Real Estate, she enjoys gourmet cooking and going on adventures with her Beagle, Bailey. His sweet and loving nature has made him an integral part of her Real Estate team! Bev Paine is excited to be back on board with Windermere and looks forward to continuing to help people find their dream homes!