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
www.claudebraunstein.com
[email protected]
Tel:  858 271-7770

By Nancy Canfield

Referrals
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.

Licensed
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.

Experience
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:

Appraisals
Current Laws
Disclosures
Documentation
Escrow 
Inspections 
Marketing of the home
Neighborhood Statistics
Negotiating
People skills
Something about Lending
Staging
Title
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.

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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.

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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.

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 [email protected], or Rich Johnson at [email protected]. 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 [email protected], or Rich Johnson at [email protected]. Both can be reached by phone at 760-585-8868.