WHE Happenings Blog

Preparing Your Home For Sale

Making the decision to sell your home can oftentimes be a stressful situation. Depending on your reasons to sell, you may need to move in a hurry, or, are using the timing as a perfect opportunity to make your move. Regardless of why you are choosing to sell, there is one proven way to make the process smoother and easier, for both you and your real estate agent. 


Home staging has been proven time and time again as the most effective way to sell your home quickly, and for top dollar. Homes that undergo “staging” typically sell in half the time. Amongst many of the beneficial reasons to stage your home, you may also experience; better / higher offers, buyers visualizing themselves living in your home, higher home

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Is Now a Good Time to Sell?


As many of us gear up for a new year in the real estate market, many questions come to mind. One of which that most owners consider is, “Is now a good time to sell?” While the answer may not be as simple as saying yes or no, there are some things to consider that may sway your decision on listing in the near future. 


According to Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist for Windermere, millennial buyers were expected to hit the market in a big way. While Matthew predicted that millennial would make up a large piece of the buying market in 2017, they only ended up contributing to 34% of buyers in the active market, actively seeking out lower priced locations and home. While they may not have boomed in 2017, Matthew

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Each year, the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR®) hosts its annual ceremony known as the “Award of Excellence” for San Diego Realtors. According to CircleofExcellenceSD.com, the Real Estate Circle of Excellence is awarded to “REALTORS® who have exemplified excellence amongst their peers are eligible for the one of SDAR’s long standing Awards of Excellence. These include REALTOR® of the Year, Broker of the Year, Office Manager of the Year, Affiliate of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Debuting this year we also have two new categories: Commercial Transaction of the Year and Commercial Broker of the Year.


The Recognition of Excellence in partnership with the Union Tribune® will honor the top producing REALTORS® in San Diego. These awards

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When you make the decision to sell your home, there are so many different things to consider. From timing the market to choosing the best listing price, selling your home requires a certain level of finesse and strategy. One crucial question to ask yourself before listing your home for sale should be - “What will buyers think when my home goes live?"

While some agents and owners opt for a pre-home inspection prior to going into escrow, another great way to get your home “showing” ready is to take care of the most obvious items in need of your attention. This is where home staging comes into play.

In the age of online presence, social media is booming, and has become a huge resource for agents to spread the word about their upcoming listings. One of

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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

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) New Closing Regulations May Create Delays in Closing Your Escrows

Beginning October 3, 2015, the Good Faith Estimate (GFE), the HUD-1 and the Truth-in- Lending Act (TILA) disclosures will be replaced in most transactions by two new forms – the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure.  It is widely expected that the new forms and rules may create delays in closing. In light of this possibility, we offer some general advice.

The new forms are designed to aid the consumer in comparison shopping, improve consumer understanding and prevent surprises at the closing table.

The main problem with the new forms and rules is the potential for delays in closing. Although it is not for certain, it is widely

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 Fastest Growing Franchise Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down


Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) in Southern California is a brokerage catching fire.  In the past month they have named a new Broker of Record, added over 40 new agents, were nominated as “Most Innovative” by Inman News, seen agent production soar and broken ground on a new office. WHE is currently the fourth largest residential real estate brokerage in San Diego based on sales volume. The company currently has a rolling 12-month sales volume of $990 million and this year, they expect to hit $1 billion.   In two short years, they have grown the company to 8 offices and over 300 agents with future expansion on the horizon.  This record growth has earned them the title of “Fastest Growing

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Rick Sauer believes in staging and will cover the costs!When potential buyers first enter your home, it is the first impression that will stay with them when considering purchase. When buyers are typically looking at multiple homes in the same day, making your home memorable can be done with strategic staging. You are helping the buyer to see the potential without leaving it up to their imagination. If a home is empty without furniture it can be difficult for some buyers to imagine themselves living in it.

What is a home stager? A home stager is similar to an interior decorator. They have expertise on choosing colors, fabrics and furniture and arranging them to have the best, most functional appeal.

Why should I stage my home? According to the Real Estate Staging Association®, professionally listed

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Windermere Homes & Estates Names
Jim Berns Broker of Record

Fastest Growing Windermere Franchise Adds Scripps Ranch Location

(l-r) Rich Johnson, Jim Berns, Brian Goodin

Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) co-owners, Rich Johnson and Brian Gooding are pleased to announce Jim Berns will be joining the management team as Broker of Record.  Jim is three time “Broker of The Year” and well known along the I-15 corridor for his real estate knowledge, integrity and dedication to helping agents. “Jim is a perfect complement to our team.  He has the same commitment to agent success we embody here at WHE and he brings an incredible wealth of real estate knowledge to our agents,” said Johnson.

In addition, the Realty Executive

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In two years company has grown to over 300 agents in seven offices

(PRWEB) July 06, 2015

OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate, announced today that San Diego-based Windermere Homes & Estates is expected to reach $1 billion in sales in its second year in business, making it the fastest growing franchise group within Windermere’s 300 office network.

In July 2013, Windermere Homes & Estates co-owners, Rich Johnson and Brian Gooding, opened their first office in Santaluz with 0 agents. Twenty-four months later, they’ve opened six additional offices and recruited more than 300 agents with plans for future expansion.

“When Brian and I opened our first Windermere office two years ago, we agreed that our main focus

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