December 2011

There are 5 blog entries for December 2011.

[caption id="attachment_912" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Corona agents collected toys for kids this holiday season."][/caption] Record numbers of Southland families continued to struggle for basic necessities this holiday season, prompting First Team® Real Estate’s home and branch offices to organize initiatives throughout the region to assist those in need.  With local aid groups strained to meet rising demand for food aid, our offices collected dozens of tons of food and personal care products for regional food banks.  In some neighborhoods, agents mobilized residents, dropping off thousands of grocery bags donated by area supermarkets* which were filled and returned to offices.  Highlights included:
  • A family fun day and food drive to

As many families in Southern California continue to face financial hardship,  First Team, its family of companies and branch offices throughout the region are working to fight local hunger this holiday season. This month, the home office and family of companies were delighted to participate in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program for the third year in a row. Coordinated by local Salvation Army chapters throughout the U.S., Adopt-a-Family matches impoverished families to individual or group sponsors to provide gifts and basic needs for Christmas.  In Orange County, the program assisted 150 families representing almost 750 people this year. First Team employees fulfilled the wish lists of each member of its four families, purchasing clothing, toys,…

First Team is delighted to welcome Kathleen Almendarez to its Anaheim Hills office.  A top performing agent with a diverse background in residential and investment sales and loss mitigation, Kathleen specializes in working with a broad range of clients, from first time buyers to luxury home buyers and sellers to investors.  She is a sought after negotiator and Certified Short Sale Specialist with HAFA Certification.  Her heartfelt commitment to serving others is reflected, not only in the high level of professionalism and integrity she offers her clients, but also in her volunteer work in her community on behalf of at-risk youth, families in crisis and the homeless.  Contact Kathleen at 909-772-9767 or kalmendarez@me.com.

Bidding was fierce but hearts were generous at the First Team® Real Estate Irvine branch office’s holiday auction that raised nearly $2,000 to support Families Forward.  More than 80 area real estate agents, their friends, families and clients gathered for the annual event which helps fund critical programs for southern Orange County families in financial crisis. A Kindle e-reader, a Blue Ray player and a host of gift certificates donated by local merchants earned some of the day's highest bids.  Participants also brought canned goods for Families Forward’s food bank which services more than 400 families each month. Auction coordinator Charleen Nagata Newhouse, a Families Forward volunteer, was pleased with the turnout. “We have seen demand for food…

What are YOU doing to help your neighbors in need this holiday season?  Why not join First Team agents at the Irvine branch office for their annual holiday auction and lend a hand in the fight against local hunger.  Agents and their friends, families and clients will be out and ready to bid on a host of fabulous gift certificates, baskets, products and services donated by area companies, including Knott’s Berry Farm, the Los Angeles Angels, Lazy Dog Café and Ben and Jerry’s, just to name a few.   First Team agents, take note: there's a special basket just waiting for your bid filled with great First Team products and samples courtesy of the home office.  Agent Tim Morissette will don his famous auctioneer's tuxedo again this year and get the bidding…