Veteransl-dayAs we set aside Veterans Day on November 11 to honor those who served our country, San Diego-based Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) and its agents show support for the military community year-round by hosting events and raising awareness for veterans, active military members and their families.

WHE works with the Windermere Corp. Foundation to host fundraisers and charitable events for local nonprofits that support low-income military families and homeless families. This year, WHE chose to support STEP (Support the Enlisted Project), a San Diego-based charity dedicated to supporting active duty and veteran families with financial grants and counseling. The WHE team raised over $12,000 and collected 21 crates of essential items for STEP via donation drives at seven of its San Diego offices, and by hosting events. (more detail is available upon request)

WHE co-owner, Brian Gooding, says it’s extremely important for San Diego businesses to support military families. “Since we are such a heavily military ingrained community, we feel it is important to reach out and support local families who serve our country – giving up so much,” says Gooding. “We are honored to work with STEP as its team continues to support active duty and veteran families in San Diego who need it most.”

In addition to supporting STEP, several WHE employees go the extra distance to support military families through fundraising programs of their own. The WHE employees below have military ties and are available for interviews.

Anamaria Contis-Steer, a military wife and WHE real estate broker, is hosting a silent auction for a 3-year-old boy named Karsen Allen, a son of an active military member. Karsen was born prematurely at 32 weeks and spent the first 2 months of his life in NICU. At his one-year checkup appointment, his parents discovered that Karsen had a rare disease called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, which is a rare form of Epilepsy, severe Gastroparesis, Asthma, and severe heat intolerance. Shortly after the multiple diagnosis he went in to surgery to have a gastronomy (feeding) tube placed in his stomach. He is now completely reliant on the tube for all nutrition and medications. Despite his sickness and inability to do activities other boys his age are doing, he is a vibrant and happy little man with a huge personality. With his parents being on a limited income, Anamaria and her team are raising money to help this struggling military family.

Alison Peterson, military wife and WHE certified Military Relocation Professional (MRP), has actively supported the military community throughout her husband’s 30-years of service. In San Diego, Alison works with her local church to collect items for military families in need, then distributes them from Camp Pendleton. Year-round, Alison’s MRP certification allows her to help military families that need to sell or purchase homes quickly due to the demands and responsibilities that come along with being relocated to a new military base. Being a military wife and mom herself, Alison knows about the challenges and struggles of constantly having to move often, and she hopes to alleviate those challenges for military families coming to and from San Diego. “I know how stressful it is to sell your home quickly,” said Peterson. “I also know the uncertainty of relocating to a new city, state or country. It’s an overwhelming process and I help them buy or sell their home with confidence.”

Ramona Broekema, a military daughter, sister and wife, has been involved with supporting military families throughout her entire life. As a WHE real estate agent, she has gone through specific trainings to help her military clients with VA loans, offering her expertise based on these trainings as well as her personal experience, being a military family member. She was also an active participant in the military appreciation day for STEP, collecting essential items for military families and helping to organize the event. Additionally, Ramona and her husband donate their time and financial contributions to Wounded Warriors and other San Diego organizations that are working to support local military veterans and active duty members.

Barbara WengerWindermere Homes & Estates is proud to announce new agent Barbara Wenger has joined our Carlsbad office. As a former teacher and mother of two, Barbara has excelled at mastering the art of communication. She plans to use this tool to help others find their dream home and communicate clearly throughout the daunting task of home buying and selling. Most importantly, her desire is to build great relationships and help her clients find a home that makes them happy and suits their needs. Barbara’s secret desire is to one day own a Bed and Breakfast. She currently is doing Airbnb which has brought interesting people from all over the world to her home. Barbara’s passions are teaching, learning and travel. Her next big adventure will be to escape from the real estate jungle to go to the African jungle!

sanchez_marcos_profile_576Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Marcos Sanchez to their Fallbrook office. Before receiving his real estate license, Marcos was an Operating Manager for Local 3 for over 30 years. He retired from this trade and moved to Fallbrook 2 years ago with his wife and love the people and quaint hometown atmosphere. Marcos has a large family, who have gone on to make their families and is a very proud grandfather. Marcos was born and raised in Northern California.  He has an Associate’s Degree and after completing his second year of law school, he decided to switch gears and enter into the Real Estate profession. After years of buying and selling properties and managing rental units, Marcos is passionate about starting his next chapter as a Windermere Realtor® and we are happy to have him.

andrea_rosenblatt_400Windermere Homes & Estates is proud to announce Andrea Rosenblatt has joined our new Palm Desert Office in El Paseo. Andrea started her real estate career in 2008, and is extremely knowledgeable about the Palm Desert area. She is very involved in the community including the; Palm Springs Art Museum, Les Dames Escoffier International Palm Springs Chapter, McCallum Theatre, Girlfriend Factor, Palm Springs Women in Film & Television, and has volunteered at Rancho Mirage High School with their Culinary Program.

Andrea is also a published author, her book is titled “Entertaining Your Way”, and it is a guide on entertaining at home.

Welcome to the team Andrea!

headshot_01Windermere Homes & Estates is proud to announce that Lauri Lansdale has joined our Aviara office. Over the last decade plus, Lauri has built her reputation on experience, integrity, and dedication to service. As a second generation Native San Diegan, Lauri is very familiar with the different neighborhoods that make up San Diego County.

Lauri is also a certified REO specialist.

“I have found the most important decision you make when buying or selling a home is to find the right Realtor, it can be the difference between a happy stress-free experience and an unhappy stressful one. You need someone with experience who is looking out for your best interest.” ~ Lauri

katia_shelton_sWindermere Homes & Estates is pleased to announce Katia Shelton has joined our team in the Santaluz office. Born in Panama City, Katia began her career at the US Embassy after attending the University of Panama. Her career path took her to San Diego where she acquired her degree in Nursing from San Diego State University. Her passion to help others and her strong negotiating skills have led her to a career in real estate. “Katia has all the skills we look for in an agent. She is goal oriented and tackles new challenges with skill and tenacity.” said co-owner Rich Johnson.

Katia lives in San Diego with her husband David. Their two sons attend school in Sacramento and Northridge. In her free time Katia enjoys nature photography, music and dance.

Welcome Katia!

shirleyWindermere Homes & Estates is pleased to announce that Shirley Hays has joined our Windermere family. Shirley started her real estate career in 1982. She holds a BA in Business Administration and is a licensed tax preparer and notary, bringing added skills and assistance to each of her clients. Her designations include CNE, ABR and SFR.

Shirley has lived and worked in East County for over 30 years. She enjoys traveling such as India, Korea, Japan and others. Her favorite is Spending time with her grandchildren. Shirley belongs to Women’s Business Ministry and is a member of Journey Church. She attributes her business success to a commitment to the highest ethical standards, continuing education and uncompromising honesty and integrity.

She is passionate about helping buyers find the perfect fit for their family and sellers maximize on the sale of their investment. Shirley is excited to be affiliated with Windermere Homes and Estates. They are an amazing brokerage that offers the latest and best in marketing and technology for our clients.

Shirley will be working in our new Alpine office. Located conveniently off the 8 freeway in the heart of Alpine, this office will serve the needs of East County buyers and sellers. “We are excited to have Shirley as part of our team and thrilled she will be heading up our newest Windermere Homes & Estates office in Alpine”, said owner Brian Gooding, “We are committed to serving all of San Diego County with the best team and locations.”

brian__rich_400When Brian Gooding and Rich Johnson became partners and co-owners of Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) in 2013, even they might not have predicted the rapid growth they would experience in just two short years. Today, WHE is the fourth largest residential real estate brokerage in San Diego with over 320 agents and a rolling 12-month sales volume of $1 billion, according to data from Broker Metrics.

With the addition of three new WHE offices in San Diego County including Alpine, Fallbrook and Scripps Ranch, the real estate company now has nine offices in key locations throughout the County, an additional one in Palm Desert, and is planning a second location in Aviara and three more desert locations in La Quinta and Palm Springs.

Gooding and Johnson say the new offices are needed to serve the robust housing market in San Diego County. Although overall sales volume of single detached homes in San Diego declined slightly by about 2.697 percent in September 2015, the median sales price for area homes remains healthy at $682,667, up 4.455 percent from the same month in the prior year, according to the 2015 Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS ® summary statistics for San Diego County.

“In this type of market, where sales volumes are going down slightly and prices continue to go ramp up, highly skilled real estate agents are needed —and that’s what we have at the Windermere Homes & Estates offices,” said Gooding. “The agents at the new offices in Alpine, Fallbrook and Scripps Ranch have a deep knowledge of their neighborhoods and know how to move properties at these higher price points we are seeing.”

The WHE Alpine office is located at 2605 Alpine Boulevard, in Fallbrook at 746 S. Main Avenue, and Scripps Ranch at 9988 Hibert Street.

The company takes pride in its success and does whatever it can to support its staff by providing the state-of-art resources they need to succeed.

“It isn’t enough to just open offices and add agents, you have to set up the offices for success with the latest technology, superior agent support and unrelenting commitment to consumer satisfaction,” said Johnson. “That’s the type of approach that has gotten us to where we are today.”

Windermere Homes & Estates plans to add more motivated, skilled agents to its roster as the company grows throughout southern California. For more information, contact Brian Gooding at briangooding@windermere.com, or Rich Johnson at richjohnson@windermere.com. Both can be reached by phone at 760-585-8868. http://www.sandiegocountyhomes.com/

11_new_desert_agents_400_01Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) is adding The Bannister Group team to the Windermere brand and is opening a new office in the El Paseo district of Palm Desert at 73-725 Paseo Drive.

Since 1999, The Bannister Group has built a solid reputation as a boutique real estate company focused on superior customer service for those buying and selling luxury real estate in the greater Coachella Valley. Windermere Homes & Estates is welcoming 11 new real estate agents to their desert team before the paint has even dried in the new office.

“The Bannister Group is a perfect addition to our team because of their expertise in luxury real estate in the desert communities. This includes the prestigious Indian Ridge Country Club, where they currently have 15 listings,” said Windermere Homes & Estates Co-owner and Broker Brian Gooding.

Windermere Homes & Estates, founded by Brian Gooding and Rich Johnson, opened nine offices in San Diego County in just two years and is now expanding its reach into the Coachella Valley. Opening offices in the desert is a natural progression for the company since Brian Gooding lived and worked in real estate in Coachella Valley for 15 years and has strong connections in the community.

Gooding and Johnson have a long history in sales and management with Windermere, leading them to open their own franchise in July 2013. After just two years, they reached $1 billion in annual sales, per data from Broker Metrics. The company is the fourth largest residential real estate brokerage in San Diego based on sales volume, and has more than 324 agents. They plan to recruit additional agents to the Coachella Valley offices.

“We are recruiting some of the best agents with incredible luxury listings in the Coachella Valley area,” said WHE Co-owner and Broker Rich Johnson. “We are growing our operations in the desert at a decent clip, but even better, we are growing smartly. We are here for the long term and are adding the right real estate pros at the right time to ensure sustainability.”

President of Windermere Real Estate, OB Jacobi, says Gooding and Johnson have Windermere’s full support to carry its brand to the next level in Coachella Valley. Although Windermere has had offices in the desert since 2001, the previous franchisee is no longer with the company.

“Rich and Brian know how to run a real estate business with all the strength of a large operation, but with the feel of a small boutique office. Agents and home buyers alike benefit from this family-oriented culture that puts relationships first,” says Jacobi. “And they support agents with marketing and technology that ensures success.”

Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico. For more information, contact Brian Gooding at briangooding@windermere.com, or Rich Johnson at richjohnson@windermere.com. Both can be reached by phone at 760-585-8868.

headshot_400_01Windermere Homes & Estates is excited to announce that Yvonne Carreno has joined our Carlsbad office. Yvonne is a Southern CA native, and graduated from the University of CA Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She began her career in Real Estate in 2006. She took some time off to raise three beautiful daughters, but missed the satisfaction of helping clients find their dream home. She is excited to be working again and has joined Windermere Homes & Estaes.

“Windermere is an amazing brokerage that really knows the San Diego market. I love living and working in San Diego county and enjoy everything it has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy boating, paragliding, scuba-diving, hiking and spending time with my daughters. I would love to help you make all of your real estate dreams a reality.” – Yvonne