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.

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.

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.

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

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

headshot_400Windermere Homes & Estates is proud to announce that Robert Anastasia has joined the Sean Zanganeh Team. Robert D. Anastasia possesses distinctive skills as a negotiator and interpersonal communicator, two essential elements needed for a successful real estate transaction. He brings dedication, tenacity, and diligence to the table making the home selling process effortless for his clients. Clients working alongside Robert always take notice of his passion to be the best and his devotion to helping them achieve their goals. He takes pride in offering the highest caliber of service and marketing available. His result driven approach, analytical acumen, and attention to detail backed by the Sean Zanganeh Team at Windermere Homes and Estates make him one of the most trusted real estate advisors in San Diego. This is Robert’s promise and the epitome of his work ethic.

radio_pic1_400Windermere Homes & Estates is proud to announce that Del Mar Agent Hedy Goldman was featured on Real Talk San Diego Radio!  Hedy shares with listeners; her passion for Real Estate, how she got into the business, how she helps her investor clients, and her very hands on approach.  Listen to Hedy’s full feature here –

Call Hedy…When You’re Ready!

Hedy Goldman #858-504-2334

Vickie Hoey HeadshotWindermere Homes & Estates is proud to announce that one of their agents has been chosen as one of San Diego’s 2015 Rising Star award winners!  Vickie Hoey, based out of our Rancho Bernardo office, is part of a select group of up-and-coming real estate agents in San Diego that embody professional excellence and excel in client satisfaction.  As the largest and most widely published real estate award program in North America, agents are selected based on the combination of production levels, complaint history, industry experience and client satisfaction.
Vickie will be featured in the November issue of San Diego Magazine.
Contact Vickie today for all of your Real Estate needs #858-204-8596 – [email protected]

Tasha-smWindermere Homes & Estates (WHE) is pleased to announce Tasha Manzano has joined our management team as Director of Agent Development. With over 28 years in the real estate business, Tasha brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. Tasha began her career in sales working with title companies providing excellence through training and education.
With nearly twenty-eight years of award-winning management, real estate and title insurance experience. In her 6 years of Brokerage management she led her offices to record-breaking production backed by an office-wide dedication to a positive and productive culture, quality of services and agent development.  Manzano brings proven business development, sales and sales training, customer service and market growth expertise to her new role. One of the area’s most accomplished industry professionals, Manzano began her successful career in sales, creating world class systems, which lead to leadership opportunities throughout Southern California.  Earning top sales awards throughout her career, Manzano was voted Affiliate of the Year for the North County Association of Realtors® and was the Director of Aviara/La Costa WIN for 8 years and nominated Woman of the Year three times by her peers.  She is a standing member of The National Association of Professional Women.  Tasha was a panel speaker at Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at USD and is a repeated guest speaker at Mesa College on business building essentials and multiple workshops around San Diego.  A local graduate of Torrey Pines High School, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies from University of California, San Diego.
“Tasha has the knowledge, experience and leadership style that fits our core values,” said Rich Johnson, owner of WHE. “We are thrilled to be able to provide our agents with this high level of training and coaching that will help them succeed.”
Tasha will bring her leadership, training, and expertise to all eight offices in San Diego County. She will provide coaching, workshops and dynamic educational programs for agents at every level incorporating her knowledge of transactional issues, sales, title, escrow and management.
Welcome to the WHE family Tasha!

donna_scott_400Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Donna Scott to our Aviara office.  As a San Diego native, Donna is intimately familiar with the city.  “I have lived and worked in San Diego my entire life.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else, the quality of life here is unmatched to other areas.” 

Donna completed her Master’s degree in San Diego, and brings three decades of experience in education to her Real Estate Career.  She obtained her Senior Real Estate Specialist designation to help her clients over 50+ make good real estate investments.  Her goal is to provide her clients with the resources and financial information they need to make sound decisions in their Golden Years.  Her commitment to all her clients is to stay informed, stay educated and provide the best possible service. 

Donna enjoys giving back to her community, and continuously devotes her time to help with beach clean-ups, Vista Community Clinic and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  In her free time, Donna loves being outside with her family, whether it be sailing, hiking, motorcycle riding, or kayaking.  “I just love spending time in our Fantastic Southern California Weather.”

Donna is looking forward to supporting you with all your real estate needs.  She joined the perfect team for Real Estate knowledge; Windermere Homes & Estate’s agents have over 3,000 years of combined real estate experience.

Welcome to the WHE team Donna!

Christine DouheretWindermere Homes & Estates is proud to welcome Christine Douheret to our Plaza at Rancho Bernardo office. Christine Douheret has been in Real Estate for the past 10 years, buying, selling and rehabbing properties. She brings a wealth of experience, an attitude of determination and commitment to meeting her client’s goals. Christine is a professional having served in an executive role for many years and will treat all interactions with the utmost of professionalism. Communication is her key to success and she will keep you informed all along the way.

Christine has a passion for making a difference in her clients lives. She enjoys working with elders planning on remaining in a home instead of moving to a retirement community and physically disabled individuals. She helps them find the right home for their situation, and makes sure the home can be modified to the client’s specific needs. Christine is excellent at helping her clients and their family members feel assured that the right choice is made from the start.   If you are buying your 1st home, upgrading to a larger home, adding investment property or downsizing, Christine Douheret is the one to call.