Windermere Homes & Estates Recognized as Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage in California.
Residential real estate brokerage continues to expand in Southern California communities of Coachella Valley, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino

San Diego – May 11, 2016 – Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) tops the First Tuesday Journal ranking of Fastest Growing Real Estate Brokerage in California. The recognition places the firm first in growth among 60 of the state’s largest brokerages, with an increase of 89 percent from December 2014 to December 2015.

“We are proud to achieve the status as the fastest growing real estate brokerage in California,” said Windermere Homes & Estates Co-owner Rich Johnson. “We owe our success to our agents, staff, and affiliates, as well as our clients that come back to Windermere time after time to buy or sell a home in Southern California.”

The First Tuesday Journal reports that, unlike WHE, most of the state’s major brokers saw only marginal changes in their employment of additional sales agents. In 2015, WHE experienced a surge in hiring, adding 149 agents to its team for a total of 317 at the end of 2015. Today, the brokerage has surpassed the 350 agent count mark, and continues to grow.

This accomplishment is particularly notable because of the recession set-backs felt in real estate. “Licensees who remain full-time real estate service providers today are the ones who have successfully adjusted with a bit of talent and perseverance,” the article states.

The recession hit the real estate-related industries hard, with employment numbers catching up to pre-recession numbers in California at the end of 2014, according to First Tuesday.  Founded by Brian Gooding and Rich Johnson, Windermere Homes and Estates has opened nine offices in San Diego County in just two years. Within the past seven months the company expanded into the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties with new offices in Coachella Valley, Big Bear, and Temecula.

The company is the fourth largest residential real estate brokerage in San Diego.  “Our agents are among the very best in California. Their commitment to clients and the communities we serve is reflected in significant growth and a reputation for quality customer service. It is rewarding to see how our company is having a positive impact on the communities where we do business,” said Gooding.

Windermere Homes & Estates has continued plans to grow in all of its locations. For more information, please contact Brian Gooding at [email protected] or 760-585-8868, or Rich Johnson at [email protected] or 760-585-8868.

About Windermere Real Estate
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. Last year, Windermere closed over 86,000 home sales for more than $31.7 billion in dollar volume. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than 30 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit

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Headshot_Kelly LucasWindermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Kelly Lucas to their South Carlsbad/Aviara office. Kelly Lucas has over 16 years of sales and business development experience with a sharp focus on Total Quality Management & Customer Service. Licensed since 2005, Kelly focuses on residential real estate investments. Growing up in Colorado and traveling throughout California on a regular basis has contributed to her abilities as a connoisseur of residential real estate.

Kelly’s dedication, attention to detail, and light-hearted attitude, combined with her ultimate drive and enthusiasm to surpass her clients’ expectations has ensured her excellent reputation in the real estate industry. Her goal is to lead the industry in customer service and celebrate the simple joy of helping others.

“It’s always exciting to have such great talent join your company, especially with someone who is a constant professional and understands hard work. Kelly Lucas will be successful, I am more than confident in that and the reason for that success is going to be because she is innovative in her approaches and understands the importance of what our clients need,” says Brian Gooding, co-owner.

When not working with her clients or in the office, she enjoys participating in local animal rescue organizations and Oil painting. Kelly’s connection within the community is exemplified by her passion for her family, friends and clients.

Kelly KimWHE is proud to have Kelly Kim join their Del Mar office. Kelly is an experienced buyer and seller representative who leverages an extensive background in mortgage lending and business banking to help her clients navigate the most complex transactions. Kelly considers professional integrity and candor the keys to her success.

  • Member San Diego Association of Realtors®
  • Member California and National Association of Realtors®
  • Former Loan Officer, Bank of America
  • Former Certified Business and Personal Banker, Wells Fargo
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, St. Louis University
  • Member, Korean Association of Human Rights, San Diego Chapter
  • Volunteer, Hand-in-Hand school for challenged children
  • Carmel Valley resident
  • Fluent bilingual (English & Korean

“It’s always exciting to have new talent in your company, especially with someone who is a constant professional and understands hard work. Kim Kelly will be successful with her knowledge of the mortgage lending business, her innovative approaches and her deep understanding of the importance of what her clients need,” says Brian Gooding, co-owner.

Song HasellWindermere is proud to welcome Song Hasell to their Del Mar office. Song’s main goal as a real estate agent is to provide you with the fastest and most reliable service; finding you the right home at the right terms and prices. Having 9 years experience, She is very knowledgeable about the housing market in San Diego, including the districts of Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Poway, Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, and La Jolla.

Song will also help to provide you with school information for your children. She has two children and knows how important it is for kids to get a proper education. Let her help you! She really cares about the needs of her clients. Through hard work and motivation, whether you are selling or buying, she will provide the best quality service in order to make your new life one that you will love.

Windermere Del MarWindermere Homes & Estates has added twelve new agents in the first quarter of this year, announced Director of Agent Development Tasha Manzano. “We are thrilled to have such great growth to our Del Mar Village office.” “Now with 12 offices, we have established a great culture here, a group of very successful and hard working agents,” said Manzano.

Windermere Homes & Estates is one of the fastest growing real estate companies in San Diego. “We’re proud of that”, says Manzano. “However, we will continue to operate as a luxury boutique company, always taking care of agents and clientele first.

Welcome to Windermere: Nadia Merk, Shannon Herbert, Tina Do, Kim Van Der Linden, Kris Gelbart, Faith Wise, Kelly Kim, Song Hasell, Heather Michaud, Tracy Sheppard, Iris Avgil and Azar Khazian

Heather MichaudWindermere Homes & Estates Welcomes Heather Michaud to the Del Mar office. Heather Michaud has a reputation for delivering first class service to her clients and is recognized for her responsiveness, experience, and excellent negotiating skills.  Specializing in Residential Real Estate consulting in San Diego and licensed in California since 1997, Heather has a vast experience in both residential lending and real estate transactions.  Heather is one of the most personable individuals who communicates well with all age groups. She is extremely professional. Her desire and willingness to work hard for her clients ends with her clients receiving the best outcome to fit their needs. The fact that Heather receives a high level of referrals from past clients is a testimony to the service she provides.

With a deep knowledge and understanding of the rental and mortgage industry, Heather can be a great asset to making sure you or your buyers will be able to navigate the buying or selling process and potentially avoid costly mistakes.   A San Diego resident  for 30 years, Heather loves helping her clients buy or sell their homes and is quick to think outside the box and thrives at arriving at mutually beneficial solutions for her clients.   With an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for new and cutting edge web and software technology, Heather delivers exceptional service and support for her clients.  She is known for her engaging and enthusiastic personality, great energy,  honesty, and knowledge.

Heather is a North County coastal resident and lives in Carmel Valley which she loves since it lands her smack in the middle of her friends and family all over San Diego.  She has also lived in Solana Beach, and when not working, can usually be found hanging out at Cardiff’s Seaside Market or her gym or yoga studio or riding her bike on the 101.  As a long time resident of San Diego, Heather has enjoyed living in many areas in town and can be a great resource for helping clients find or sell their home.  Heather loves the beaches of North County San Diego and having resided in Maui and New York, knows that right here is one of the best spots in the world you could live.

Areas of Expertise:
In depth knowledge of market areas, neighborhoods and related real estate services.
Distinguished home listings with superior marketing.
First Time buyers.
Military/VA buyers.
Move Up/Move down buyers
Innovative use of Technology

National Association of Realtors – NAR
California Association of Realtors – CAR
North San Diego Association of Realtors – NSDAR

Windermere Homes and Estates in Palm Desert proudly welcomes Davin and Darci Hope to the team! Davin and Darci Hope both believe that while executing all aspects of business and real estate with great attention to detail, every activity should include an element of fun. Let them make your buying and selling experience fruitful and fun!

“It’s always exciting to have new talent in your company, especially with someone who is a constant professional and understands hard work. Davin & Darci will be successful, I am more than confident in that and the reason for that success is going to be because they are hard workers and understand the importance of what our clients need,” says Brian Gooding, co-owner.

Davin Hope represents great passion and unparalleled enthusiasm for the Luxury Real Estate market in the entire Coachella Valley! After retiring at age 50 from a 20 year career as a motivational speaker, training many of the top Real Estate agents best practices in all of North America, Davin was able to purchase investment properties in the Coachella Valley and through meticulous management was not only able to own them free and clear but make enough income to become 100% self-sustaining. Through his expertise and affiliations with the top people in the industry Davin would love to be of service to you and help as many people as possible realize their dreams of buying, selling, investing in, and owning winning properties.

As a native of the Desert, Darci Hope has a true understanding of each of the cities that make up the Coachella Valley. Having traveled for 15 years with her husband Davin and living in most of the major cities all over the US and Canada, she has a real appreciation for the high quality of life here. Having been a locations coordinator for a nationwide seminar company, finding the best residences for traveling executive trainers, Darci has the uncanny ability to find exactly what a buyer is looking for.

Doug HrdlickaWindermere Homes and Estates has a new addition to their Palm Desert team. Douglas Hrdlicka has recently joined and is ready to bring an exceptional service to buyers and sellers. With Doug, you are never alone in the real estate waters. He understands the unfamiliarity of the market and works hard to keep his clients informed through open communication and shared knowledge. Valuing honesty and integrity, the work he puts forward is always for his clients to reach their real estate dreams.

“We are extremely lucky to have an agent who sees the industry as a people business, not as a sales business. Doug understands that the key to having a successful business is having happy clients. He is in it to see people in the homes they want to be in, not in the transactions that make him money,” Rich Johnson, co-owner.

As a natural business man, he can anticipate unforeseen obstacles and will walk hand-in-hand with his clients to get through them. Communication is one of his core values and he is always available to work around and with clients’ schedules.

ShelleyEhrmanNot all agents come with years of real estate experience, but every now and then a new agent comes along with a special eye for entrepreneurship and client service. This is definitely the case with Windermere Homes & Estates newest team member, Shelley Ehrman.

Though, Shelley was recently licensed, that doesn’t mean she is a stranger to working with people and supporting communities. She has been involved in the financial services market and also in technology marketing making her a perfect combination for the real estate industry. She knows how to work with diverse groups of people and loves the exciting full cycle market of real estate.

While she loves technology, she’s a people person first. She uses technology and the most recent advances in the real estate world to keep her clients informed throughout the real estate process. She loves learning about and servicing the needs of each individual home buyer and seller to provide them with the pertinent information they need to walk with her through the process. That’s why her focus is on creating a trusting relationship with clients and being sure that she is there with them every step of the way. She is excited to approach home-buying in a way that educates clients to make good decisions in real estate.

“This is an exciting step for us. Not only do we have a new agent with a technology background and marketing skills, but also someone who is eager to be mentored in the real estate business. There are exciting things coming up for Shelley with Windermere and she’ll have the support of Brian and I along the way,” Rich Johnson, co-owner.

Shelley Ehrman is based out of WHE Del Mar and specializes in luxury condominium properties in the Carmel Valley and Del Mar areas. She can be reached at [email protected] and at 858.427.4876.

KimKershawWindermere is proud to welcome Kim Kershaw to their Palm Desert office. Kim has excelled in the real estate business for the past 16 years.  Prior to real estate Kim obtained a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Cal State – Fullerton. She worked as a Marketing Specialist at Beckman Instruments and American Hospital Supply.  A job transfer for her husband took her to Denver, Colorado and after five years and the birth of their daughter and another job transfer returned the family to Southern California.  Kim decided that real estate was a perfect fit for her educational background and personal goals.  Providing a personal, professional and positive experience for every client is Kim’s main focus.  Kim’s true passion is best realized working with Sellers and Buyers to fulfill their real estate goals.  Going to extremes to protect and satisfy her clients is her normal mode of operation.  Kim truly is the difference between For Sale and SOLD!

Lynda Wennerstrom_Headshot
Lynda Wennerstrom is eager to be embarking on a new career as a Realtor® with Windermere Home & Estates. Prior to the real estate business, Lynda spent twenty years in the fashion corporate world, most notably working as Director of Merchandising for the Disney catalog and She has focused the last decade on raising her three daughters with her husband David in North County, while serving the community through fundraising and event planning.

Lynda enjoys traveling the world, being creative, fitness, and sports. She is a self professed foodie and self taught chef who enjoys creating new recipes which she shares on her Facebook blog called “Kiss This Cook”.

Rick McCandlessWindermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Rick McCandless to their Rancho Bernardo office. Don’t let Rick’s engaging southern charm let you overlook the fact that Rick has extensive real estate knowledge and is consistently recognized as a top producer. Rick’s education includes a degree in marketing from the Univ. of Tennessee, he is a multi-year winner of the prestigious Five Star Agent award (only 7% of agents), he has put forth the time and effort to earn the Certified Residential Specialist designation (only 5% of agents) and also is a certified Karrass negotiator (a world renown distinction). In Rick’s spare time, he enjoys coaching his twin 12 yr. old’s sports teams and spending time with his wife Kristy.

Dionne Moore
After an extensive career in sales, marketing, and management, Dionne Moore has brought her talents and experience to Windermere real estate in Fallbrook. Not only does she provide exceptional communication and customer service to each and every one of her clients, but she now has joined a company known for its experience and integrity . . . Windermere Homes & Estates!

Dionne’s kind and easy-going attitude makes her not only someone her clients love working with but agents enjoy the experience of working with her as well. Having spent much of her life in San Diego, Dionne knows the southern California lifestyle well and areas like the back of her hand! She helps buyers and sellers not only sell and purchase homes she guides them with an even hand every step of the way.

The beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches, casual lifestyle, and thrilling attractions make San Diego a popular destination for both locals and transients. Because of this reputation, San Diego is also known for its in-demand housing market. Home inventory is at its lowest right now which means prices are going up. Recent data suggests that homes are staying on the market for 45 days or less. With San Diego being a seller’s market, a big challenge for real estate agents has been finding a place for sellers to go once their home has sold. If you are entertaining the idea of selling or buying a home in the San Diego area, having a partner to assist you in the process and provide you with valuable knowledge of the community is a must have.

Finding the right real estate agent is the first, and most important, step. Rich Johnson, owner of Windermere Homes & Estates, explains, “When it comes to choosing a broker, the agents you are interviewing need to explain their qualifications, including how good they are at negotiations, and their experience in the local market. They must know the neighborhood.” He also suggests that you talk about their level of detail when
it comes to marketing, and ask what systems are in place to market the home, such as
social media, open houses, and advertising.

Once you have picked an agent you are comfortable with, walk through your house with them. The agent can make suggestions for improvements that you may have missed on your own. If the home is unfurnished, you should most definitely stage the home before you list it because staged homes tend to sell for higher prices.

With the San Diego area, and Rancho Bernardo in particular, being a rapidly growing locale, Rich states, “A healthy market has an average of 6 months of inventory. Rancho Bernardo has a little over 2 months. This means it is a strong seller’s market.” The 92127 zip code (west of I-15), has about 2.3 months of inventory in mostly new construction developments. East of I-15 in zip code 92128, there is a lack of supply for both
attached and detached housing, leaving the market with about 2.1 months of inventory.
“These are moving at an incredible rate, which is raising demand and prices.”

Windermere Homes & Estates not only provides the highest level of integrity to the housing industry, but also brings decades of knowledge and sharp attention to detail. Their well-trained agents are focused on integrity and understand the marketplace, and know that buying or selling a home is an experience, not a mere transaction.

Written By Jill Marber

larry malestic
Born and raised in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Lawrence migrated west in 1983 to escape the frigid winters. He was a professional tour caddie working on the European PGA Tour in the summer, and enjoying the resplendent Desert in the off season. The Senior PGA Tour was just getting rolling, so he hopped on-board, and spent the next 12 years working for, and around, the living legends of the game.
His life was spent globe-trotting and pining for a family. He left the profession in 1997, and became a full-time resident of the Coachella Valley.

Lawrence became a Realtor in 2005 and has enjoyed working in various facets of the real estate industry, including three-year tenure in the sales office at Andalusia at Coral Mountain, selling homes in the $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 price point. He also spent two years working for Investors Capital Network, a Trust Deed Investment Brokerage specializing in investor-funded land acquisition financing, mezzanine financing, and construction capital.

Larry is currently a resale expert with Windermere Homes & Estates in Palm Desert, California. He is passionate about properly marketing a client’s property and using all of the cutting edge technologies available in order to sell the home for the highest amount, in the shortest period of time. He also thoroughly enjoys pairing Buyers with the home they will make memories in for years to come.

Larry possesses an intimate knowledge of this area, and the current real estate market. If you’re looking for an expert to guide you through the complexities of the real estate transaction, give him a call.

Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Dennis Watkins to their Carlsbad office. Dennis has a Bachelor degree of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from San Diego State University. After completing his degree he worked for the Carlsbad Senior Center as the Director. He was able to double the growth the Center by bringing in several new programs through grants from the Area Agency on Aging. Although this was a great opportunity and very rewarding he knew his main desire was to go into business for himself. So he started a full service Insurance Agency and began selling commercial and property Insurance. He owned and operated this agency for 26 years before selling the agency for his true passion in Real Estate sales. He’s extensive background brings great knowledge to helping his clients whether they are selling their home or purchasing a new home.

Artur Nersisyan
Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Artur Nersisyan to their Scripps Ranch office. Artur brings a business approach to real estate developed from those years of entrepreneurship and banking experience. He sees himself not as a salesman, but as a consultant of property transactions. Artur is a people person and he loves to help others realize the American dream of home ownership. He’s a serious student of real estate who stays informed of every aspect of the market – from local legislation to changes in lending practices.
With clients he forms a close, professional bond that puts them squarely at the center of each transaction. He endeavors to understand what they want and how to get them as close to their ideal as possible within the limitations of the marketplace. This is why he doesn’t specialize in just one neighborhood, or price range, or property type. He goes where his clients’ needs take him; from affordable units to first time home buyers, to multi-million dollar buildings and single family homes.
Buying or selling real estate is one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make and Artur’s goal is to efficiently assist you through the entire process of selling or purchasing your home, while getting you the best value possible. There is no substitute for hard work. Artur will be happy to service your real estate needs.

• Masters in Science in Accounting, University of Central Florida
• Licensed Real Estate Agent, State of California.

Janiece Haney
Windermere Homes and Estates proudly welcomes Janiece Asa-Dorian to their Scripps Ranch office. Janiece has 27 years of experience as a San Diego Realtor servicing all areas in San Diego County. She works with both buyers and sellers meet their real estate objectives. As a San Diego native, she has extensive knowledge of each of the communities located in and around San Diego, and works tirelessly on her clients’ behalf to make the buying and selling experience a pleasant and successful one.

“Janiece has strong negotiation skills with honesty and integrity, which makes her a fantastic fit for our brand and our company,” says co-owner Rich Johnson. “Janiece owns the designation GRI, the Graduate REALTOR Institute designation and SFR, Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist. Those designations are the mark of a real estate professional who has made a commitment to providing a superior level of professional services.”
REALTORS with the GRI designation are highly trained individuals in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients. Janiece is also certified as a Relocation Specialist, as well as, a Referral Specialist and has been honored by San Diego Magazine in 2010, 2011, and 2012 with the Five Star award for Best in Client Satisfaction.

Kara Courtney
Windermere Homes & Estates is proud to welcome Kara Courtney to the Aviara/South Carlsbad office. Kara has a deep understanding of the needs of home sellers and home buyers. She is skilled at putting a plan in place that will get them what they want while putting the most money in their pocket. Kara has created a business that meets the needs of sellers and buyers by making sure that they have the valuable information they need, their plans and transaction details happen on time and that they end up with the most net in their pocket.

Selling or buying a home is a big decision. Call Kara today before selling or buying a home in North San Diego County so you can get the best advice and end up with the most net in your pocket. Kara Courtney – 760-583-2226 or [email protected]

don gisler Windermere SoCal
We are proud to announce Don Gisler as our newest family member in our Windermere Palm Desert office. With over 28 years of experience as a licensed real estate broker, Don has continually been a top-producing agent in the Coachella Valley and also the Orange County Coastal cities, Don focuses his vast experience on The Desert Resort Homes and Country Club properties and also the Orange County Coastal Homes and Estates.

“Don presents a professional demeanor with a warm, clever, and intelligent personality into today’s Desert area real estate industry. His vast knowledge of the area is a great asset to our amazing team,” says co-owner, Brian Gooding.

Don offers strong negotiating skills with fair and articulate real estate strategies for his client’s to consider. Don’s primary objective is to protect his client’s interests and stay true to his fiduciary responsibilities throughout the real estate process. Additionally, Don’s goal is to make sure his client’s real estate buying or selling experience is as enjoyable and rewarding as it is successful and fulfilling.