Giving!

If you've bought or sold a home through Windermere Real Estate, you're a part of the Windermere Foundation, and you've helped make a positive difference in the lives of your neighbors in need. The following infographic shows the types of services funded by the Windermere Foundation, and illustrates how even a small amount can make a big difference for low-income and homeless children and their families.

The Windermere Foundation had a goal to reach $30 million in total donations by the end of 2015. Thanks to the generosity of Windermere owners, agents, staff, and our community partners, we reached that goal three months early! Because of this we were able to fulfill 636 grants and help 409 organizations that provide goods and services to those in need in our communities. 

 

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If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button. 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

Posted on March 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable

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Posted on March 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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Posted on February 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable

Newly licensed sales agent and broker population | first tuesday Journal

Newly licensed sales agent and broker populationCharts Latest Articles Licensing and EducationFebruary 23, 2016Roughly 4,900 new real estate agents and 1,000 new brokers received licenses from the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015. The number of new agents receiving licenses in Q4 2015 was higher than Q4 2014, when 4,600 agents were newly licensed. At the same time, the number of newly licensed brokers remained level with Q4 2014.Rapid home price increases have driven the recent spike in new agent licensing. Broker licensing is slower and steadier due to the difficulty in obtaining a license. Read More:

Source: Newly licensed sales agent and broker population | first tuesday Journal

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Finding the Right Home for the Right Time

 

When looking for a real estate agent, it’s important to work with someone who really understands where you are in life, and can help you find the right home for your circumstances. Julie Huff has worked with Doug and Alyson through three different moves. From Doug’s bachelor pad to their first family home, and most recently, a new spot for their expanding family. After sharing so much together through the years, Julie and her clients have built a relationship that goes well beyond a single transaction. It’s a relationship for life.  

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 8:57 am
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable

An Architectural Walking Tour of South LA’s Stately and Historic West Adams Boulevard – Curbed Maps – Curbed LA

West Adams Boulevard runs through what were the some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Doctors, successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, and well-off widows commissioned houses here in styles ranging from Italian Gothic to Alpine Craftsman, and though those neighborhoods have, like the rest of the city, seen highs and lows, there are still so many grand homes that have survived along the boulevard. Here we've selected 13 city-designated Historic-Cultural Monuments along or slightly off West Adams that show a range of architectural styles and reuses (private residence, Six Feet Under set, meditation space and labyrinth). Keep in mind that, unless noted otherwise, the mansions listed here are mostly closed to the public, so gawking from the sidewalk will have to do. The complete route amounts to a modest, roughly two-mile stretch-of-the-leg, so you can take it all in in one afternoon stroll.

via An Architectural Walking Tour of South LA's Stately and Historic West Adams Boulevard – Curbed Maps – Curbed LA.

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 7:51 am
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable

Housing Perspectives (from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies): The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Housing Decisions of Young Renters

The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Housing Decisions of Young Renters

by Irene Lew

In the last several presidential debates, both Democratic and Republican candidates have referenced the mounting costs associated with a college education, which have contributed to the dramatic growth in student loan debt over the past decade. Two weeks ago, the nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success released their tenth annual report which showed that students' average debt at graduation rose 56 percent, from $18,550 in 2004 to $28,950 in 2014. Aggregate outstanding student loan balances more than tripled in real value over the same timeframe, rising from an average of $380 billion in 2004 to $1.1 trillion in 2014, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Consumer Credit Panel. In fact, student loan debt was the only type of consumer debt to rise steadily during the Great Recession, even as households shed other types of non-housing-related debt such as credit card debt.

via Housing Perspectives (from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies): The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Housing Decisions of Young Renters.

Posted on November 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable, Selling

Supercool Laurel Canyon Built in 1939 Asks $1.4 Million

8661 Nash Dr, Laurel Canyon

Price: $1,400,000

Beds, Baths: 2 BR, 2 BA

Floor Area: 2,158 sq. ft.

Per the Listing: "The Jones House & Studio #1, 1938, A. Quincy Jones and Ruth Schneider Designer/Builders. Shortly after graduating from architecture school at the University of Washington, Jones brought fellow architecture student Ruth Schneider down to Los Angeles where they were married a year later. While still apprenticing with architect Burton A. Schutt, they designed and built their first house, a duplex set naturally within the native chaparral high on the western slope of Laurel Canyon. Reflecting the philosophy and many of the design ideas Jones would continue to develop throughout his career, the building is iconic. It is flexible as well: after the War Jones converted the buildings to a single family residence using half as his office and design studio. While converted back to two residences today, with soaring open plan living spaces above and bedrooms and baths below, the building lends itself to creative use. Built across two lots, the property is being sold with an extra parcel ideal for future development."

via Supercool Laurel Canyon Duplex Built by A Quincy Jones & His Wife in 1939 Asks $1.4 Million – Weekend Open House – Curbed LA.

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 11:26 am
Mark Hughes | Category: Buying, Notable

5 Ways to Jump-Start a Whole-House Decluttering Effort

It’s a common problem. You know you have way too much stuff for your available space, but you become paralyzed at the thought of decluttering. One solution is to start with something that takes minimal effort but makes a big impact in your home right away. From carving out a bit of breathing room in your closet to making a dent in the junk drawer, these five ways to begin the decluttering process are relatively painless. You can do this!

via 5 Ways to Jump-Start a Whole-House Decluttering Effort.

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable

Brokerages that are embracing social responsibility | Inman

Brokerages that are embracing social responsibility

A look at philanthropic programs and contributions in real estate

by Billy Ekofo Oct 28, 2015

Yesterday Inman published “3 reasons to embrace social responsibility.”

I argued that social responsibility is crucial at the brokerage level due to the rise in socially conscious consumers, the need for agents and brokers to connect on a deeper level with their clients and that doing good helps increase business.

Here are real estate brokerages that are embracing social responsibility in a way that is both innovative and impactful.

A tradition of giving: Windermere Real Estate

Since 1989, Windermere Real Estate has been servicing its communities through its non-profit arm, the Windermere Foundation. Portions of the proceeds earned through real estate transactions goes to support low-income and homeless families in the community serviced by the brokerage.

Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $26 million dollars to finance its philanthropic activities, with a goal to reach $30 million in giving by the year’s end. It’s worth noting that the foundation is well on its way to exceed its goal of $30 million.

Windermere’s culture of love and passion for the community is evident in they way the company’s agents and staff speak on its behalf. Phrases such as “It goes beyond houses, it’s about relationships” are central tenets to the brokerage and to its agents.

On one of Windermere’s advertising videos, you can hear Jill Jacobi Wood, daughter of John Jacobi, the founder of Windermere Real Estate, speak of her father’s motives to “start a (real estate) company that put relationships before sales quotas.”

It’s all or nothing: Unit Realty Group

For Joe Schutt, it’s a matter of being all-in with your giving back initiative — or not at all. Giving back 5 percent of the brokerage side of the commission to local charities was essentially a no-brainer for Unit Realty Group, mainly because social impact is in the fabric of Unit Realty Group’s DNA.

The brokerage has a history of giving back to the community — whether it’s through money, time volunteering or in-kind giving. This past year, Unit Realty Group teamed up with Cole Haan for an event called “Stepping out for second chance.”

The event was meant to highlight Second Chance, Inc., a local nonprofit in serving the poor and the homeless in the Boston area. The partnership with Cole Haan was an opportunity for Cole Haan shoppers to learn about Second Chance, but more importantly, it was an opportunity for Second Chance to educate the participants on the organization’s goal, its mission and its work.

via 4 brokerages that are embracing social responsibility | Inman.

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 9:10 am
Mark Hughes | Category: Notable