_8006848-edit_400_01Windermere Homes & Estates is growing and is excited to have Shannon Herbert as the newest addition their family. Hailing from the Del Mar Office, she is an experienced real estate professional who has bought and sold real estate in Texas and California. As a representation of her work ethic, she strives for 100% client satisfaction before, during, and after the sale.

“Shannon is always looking for ways to better serve her clients in anyway she can,” Brian Gooding, co-owner.

Shannon has a passion for working with people, and helping them find their dream home. In the early 90’s she decided to get my real estate license in Austin, Texas and specialized in residential sales and leasing, while also pursuing sales and leasing in the commercial venue. As her referrals grew and she found that she was able to engage in my other passion which is design. Soon she began working with home builders and clients on new and established construction, staging their homes, and making textile selections for them.

“My clients found that it was extremely helpful to have a full service Realtor® that could stage the home they wanted to sell, and assist with interior design selections in their new home!” says Shannon. Making another dream come true was moving to California! The architecture as well as the serene mountain and ocean views, make for a great day at the office. Today, she lives gratefully with my husband and their three dogs in San Diego, and loves every minute of it! Her my ultimate goal is to help people sell their home or find a new one! It is no secret finding a home is not the challenge, the internet has provided us with some good information. The toughest part is finding a stellar Realtor whom you trust and that will do everything in their power to negotiate for you, with your highest and best interests in mind – which is exactly what Shannon does for her clients.

chip_gremillion_400Windermere Homes and Estates is reaching new heights with new agents, Chip Gremillion is an exciting addition to the company’s growth. At Windermere Homes & Estates, we foster a learning environment that promotes technology savvy realtors who are ready to take on the market by storm. Chip encompasses all that and more. As twenty-six year desert resident he provides buyers and sellers with a broad knowledge of the markets in the greater Palm Springs Desert Resorts area.

Chip embraces technology and understands what video and media can do for his sellers. Coupled with exceptional marketing skills, he brings to his clients award winning video production and presentation. Prior to licensing as a realtor, Chip formed Orgininamics, Inc. a video production and marketing company and launched the award winning nightly television program, Real Estate Showcase.

In 2005 he was selected as “Small Businessman of the Year” for the California Senate District 37 for his pioneering work in utilizing Video on Demand to enhance the real estate market on cable television and the Internet. Chip is recognized as the first to develop a dedicated 24/7 Video on Demand channel showcasing most of Southern California real estate. Ready for the next chapter in his life, always having an interest in real estate becoming a licensed Realtor was the next logical step for Chip. And we’re excited he is here!

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

Chip is based out of our Palm Desert office located at 73-725 El Paseo Drive, Suite 23A in Palm Desert, CA and is appreciative of any inquiries/questions about the real estate market in the greater Palm Springs Resorts area. He can be contacted at 760-219-3225 or by email at [email protected]

mark_weissmannWindermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Mark Weissmann to their Palm Desert Office. Mark has a background as a CEO of a nationally known marketing firm whose clients have included several Fortune 100 and 500 companies including; the National Basketball Association, the Olympics, Sony Corporation and major projects and national events.  Mark’s marketing background has blended well with his Real Estate career in the Coachella Valley and representation of a solid base of clients. He enjoys introducing them to the Coachella Valley, the area country clubs, trendy projects being built and overall the great areas that the region offers.  Mark currently represents a highly experienced new home builder that he has helped to introduce to the area. Based on a current global marketing knowledge and employing contemporary digital technology, Mark reaches Buyers from throughout the nation, Canada and other countries.  Sellers have benefited from Mark’s knowledge of the market and creation of successful marketing strategies that Mark employs. As the Board President of an HOA, Mark has a full awareness of a vast number of HOA communities and what they can offer.

“We are honored to welcome Mark Weissmann to our Windermere Palm Desert office.” Says co-owner, Brian Gooding, “He is a true pillar of the community and comes with a wealth of real estate and area knowledge.”

Mark is the Co-Founder and Tournament Director for the nation’s pre-eminent major collegiate golf tournament, The Prestige at PGA WEST. The Prestige at PGA WEST hosts many of the highest rated major collegiate teams in the world and many of the most talented collegiate players.  Several of the world’s greatest players have played in The Prestige at PGA WEST and have identified it as their favorite major collegiate tournament. Many corporate leaders attend The Prestige at PGA WEST.

Having major experience in marketing, Real Estate and an understanding of country clubs and HOA communities provides Mark with knowledge and experience to offer concepts and ideas to attract solid buyers and solidify relationships that can end in the culmination of a new homeowner and new club member.

Mark has been active as Past Area Chairperson of the Board for the American Diabetes Association and Past Chairman of the American Diabetes Association Golf Classic in addition to serving on other non-profit Boards.

pam_piskulickWindermere Welcomes Pam Piskulick and Alison Fenn to the Scripps Ranch office. Pam has been serving clients in the San Diego area for the past 15 years. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, Pam is a professional in every manner and ensures that her clients have the most successful experience possible.

She has lived in San Diego since 1978, has three grown children, two of which live in town, one is in Dallas. She has been married for 35 years and her husband, Rick, a real estate appraiser for 32 years, which is always a great source of knowledge in the Real Estate market. Pam also enjoys exercising and motivating those around her to obtain an optimal healthy life. Alison Fenn is a licensee Realtor® and Pam’s assistant. She is a mother of an active two year old, and has lived in San Diego all her life. Alison has a real passion for Real Estate. Windermere is excited to welcome both Pam and Alison. Both are professional Realtors committed to delivering our clients the results they need, want and deserve.

Pam Piskulick
[email protected]

alison_picture_400Alison Fenn (Pam’s Assistant)
[email protected]

patrick_lane_and_sherry_mcdanielWindermere Homes & Estates opens a new office in Big Bear and proudly welcomes Patrick Lane and Sherry McDaniel. Combined the two have been selling real estate for the past twelve years. Annually they have been selling over 30 properties in both Big Bear and Palm Springs.

Patrick and Sherry are an unstoppable team! They have been recipients of the Quality Service Award for the past 5 years. Sherry is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and has a Luxury Home sales designation and Patrick has earned his Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist Certification (RSPS). Patrick also was the managing broker for their previous company and serves on the local board of directors for their Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s awesome to have such a motivated team with us, especially those who are so successful in their markets,” Brian Gooding, co-founder.

Before working in real estate, Sherry pursued the skies with American Airlines, while Patrick ruled the roads with the Ford Motor Company. They are based out of two locations: Palm Desert office located at 73-725 El Paseo Drive, Suite 23A in Palm Desert, CA and in Big Bear Lake at 42692 Moonridge Road. Whether you are looking to buy or sell or just have questions about the real estate market in the greater Palm Springs Resorts and Big Bear areas, contact Patrick Lane and Sherry McDaniel.

bob_schaller_2759Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Bob Schaller to their Rancho Bernardo office. Whether you are buying or selling Bob will expertly navigate you through the process from start to finish. Prior to becoming a realtor, Schaller worked in advertising, eCommerce, smart home technology, food and beverage and Dot-com startups. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in advertising from San Jose State University.

Originally from the Bay Area, Schaller moved to San Diego in 2001, and has lived in Carmel Mountain, Rancho Peñesquitos, Scripps Ranch, and currently resides in Poway with his wife Margy. Schaller volunteers with the Poway Rodeo, where he and his wife co-chaired the ushers department for the past two years. Schaller was recognized twice for his volunteer efforts in the Neighborhood Watch Program he started when he lived in Scripps Ranch.

“I find the best way to navigate a torrent is to take it slowly, one step at a time,” said Schaller. “In a business fraught with a lot of tension, timelines and foreign jargon, my calm demeanor and personal commitment to integrity bring a reassuring experience for buyers and sellers.”

menoula_and_lenore_740Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) is excited to welcome Lenore Knutzen and Menoula Stanitsas to the WHE family.  With over 37 years of combined real estate experience and knowledge, they bring a professional approach and high level of expertise to their clients.

Lenore holds a degree in Marketing and has been serving clients in Scripps Ranch and the San Diego community for the past 25 years.  It is her attention to detail and commitment to education that makes her a top professional in the field.  She holds designations as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified Negotiator and is a Graduate of Real Estate Institute (GRI).  She has received the Five Star Award designation for 9 consecutive years from San Diego Magazine.  This is an accomplishment few other agents have achieved.  She prides herself in her professionalism, integrity and commitment to each of her client’s needs.  “Lenore is a professional and exceptional agent.  We are honored and thrilled she is joining our Scripps Ranch office.  We look forward to a long and successful relationship.” said co-owner/Broker Rich Johnson.

Menoula holds a degree in Communication from UCSD and has enjoyed meeting and exceeding her client’s real estate expectations for over 11 years.  When working with buyers, she devotes her time to helping families find homes that meet all their needs and criteria. Whether it takes a day or six months, finding the right home is her only concern.  An avid gardener, Menoula loves remodeling projects and has a passion for home decor. When viewing properties with her clients, she uses her past remodeling and decorating experience to suggest changes to help create a vision of what can be, making her a top agent in San Diego County. “Menoula’s expertise in real estate and experience with public relations make her a wonderful Realtor.  We are excited to have her as part of our WHE family.” said Johnson.

Both Lenore and Menoula will be working in the Scripps Ranch Windermere Homes & Estates office.

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
[email protected]
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 [email protected]
Call or txt 619-871-9333, or visit my web site at www.NancyCanfield.com.  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!

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.