March 2012

There are 7 blog entries for March 2012.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="390" caption="From left: Jim Helgeson, Kelli Haakenson, Doug West, Tracey Downey, Joanne Bunte, Ron Bunte, Erin Valovich, Rob Weiss, Sue Black, Neil Donovan and Lori Gee."]Team Talega[/caption]

First Team® is proud to announce the formation of Team Talega, a great new team working out of the Dana-Ocean Ranch office. Led by Hall of Fame award-winning agent Bob Gottuso, Team Talega is jumping head-first into this emerging real estate market.

            The team, 11 agents ranked in the First Team Top 100, is very familiar with the area. Last year, First Team agents sold one out of every four homes in the Talega San Clemente community. Recognizing the great opportunity in the area, First Team formed a community-specific team to

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="168" caption="First Team agent Sean Stanfield, himself a Hall of Fame honoree, and his team have won the Diamond Medallion Award for five years straight."]First Team agent Sean Stanfield[/caption] The Stanfield Group of the Huntington Beach-Garfield office was named the top-producing team for 2011 at the Hall of Fame Awards. Led by Sean Stanfield, the No. 1 agent at First Team since 1998, the group received their fifth consecutive Diamond Medallion Award. Stanfield and his team sold over $151 million worth of property last year and closed 161 transactions. Ranked fifth nationwide in sales volume in 2010 by the Wall Street Journal, The Stanfield Group specializes in residential and residential income property re-sales, including traditional…

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="204" caption="First Team agent Lily Campbell has been the top-producing agent at First Team for many consecutive years."]First Team agent Lily Campbell[/caption] For the fourth consecutive year, First Team® Real Estate has named Lily Campbell its top-producing agent. Lily, who works in the Huntington Beach-Brookhurst office, received a Diamond Medallion Award for recording the most listings, most overall units sold and most volume sold by an individual agent in 2011 at its annual Hall of Fame Gala. The coveted Diamond Medallion Award is the highest honor of the First Team Hall of Fame awards. Consistently ranked among Orange County’s highest producers since launching her real estate career with First Team in 1997, Lily sold more than $61…

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="151" caption="First Team agent Debbie DiMaggio is the No. 1 top-producing agent of all of the First Team desert area offices."]First Team agent Debbie DiMaggio[/caption] After winning four Hall of Fame awards throughout her nine years at First Team, agent Debbie DiMaggio of the Palm Springs office can add a Sapphire Medallion Award to her collection. In addition, she was also awarded second place trophies for most units sold overall and for most listings sold company-wide. Debbie fits well into her distressed property niche, focusing mainly on REO and short sales. Her diligence has consistently earned her monthly awards for performance at her office and has named her the No. 1 listing agent in all of the First Team desert area offices. “My…

[caption id="attachment_980" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="This award marks the eighth Sapphire Medallion Award for First Team agent Bob Gottuso, who has accrued even more awards as half of a top-producing team with First Team agent Steve Schenkenberger."]First Team agent Bob Gottuso[/caption] No stranger to the Hall of Fame awards, First Team agent Bob Gottuso was awarded the Sapphire Medallion Award for the second consecutive year. Throughout his eight years at First Team, Bob has accrued eight various Hall of Fame awards. Specializing in both multi-million dollar listings in the coastal areas of Orange County as well as standard equity and short sales, Bob believes that he is selling the American Dream of homeownership. “In one of the most important and stressful…

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="204" caption="First Team agent Dean Lueck has won the Sapphire Medallion Award for three years in a row."]First Team agent Dean Lueck[/caption] Agent Dean Lueck of the Newport Beach office has come away with the Sapphire Medallion Award for the third year in a row. Despite having been with First Team for only three and one-half years, Dean has already accrued four Hall of Fame awards. Working mainly with coastal estate homes, Dean focuses on income properties, relocation and those buyers wishing to find a second home. His strong emphasis on satisfying his clients has led to a very successful career at First Team. With his integrity, trust, professionalism, perseverance and an unyielding work ethic, Dean aims to form long-term relationships…

[caption id="attachment_955" align="alignleft" width="368" caption="The various Hall of Fame awards -- Diamond Medallion, Sapphire Medallion, Gold Medallion and Hall of Fame award -- are lined up before they are handed out to the winners."]2011 Hall of Fame Awards[/caption] The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., was bustling with good cheer as First Team® Real Estate, ranked the No. 1 real estate company in Southern California, celebrated the achievements of its 2011 top-performing agents at its Hall of Fame Awards Gala Friday, March 16. Awards were determined based on several criteria including the number of listings closed and volume sold. First Team Founder and CEO Cameron Merage praised all of the company’s approximately 1,800 agents across Southern California…