May 2012

There are 9 blog entries for May 2012.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="341"]First Team agent Carrie Bachmayer First Team agent Carrie Bachmayer[/caption]

With 14 years at First Team and various awards to her name, Carrie Bachmayer is a veteran agent with the experience and know-how to make any real estate transaction a success. Focusing on her niche of coastal properties, estates and “diamonds in the rough” investment properties, Carrie has been named a top producer at First Team many times throughout her career.

            Carrie studied both interior design and business, and her experience as a licensed general contractor as well as a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) gives her a very unique edge in the market.  Outgoing, energetic and tenacious, Carrie’s philosophy is all about giving her

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="204"]First Team agent Lisa Adams First Team agent Lisa Adams[/caption] “The next best thing to being a San Clemente native is to be married to one,” said First Team agent Lisa Adams, an award-winning agent who garners plenty of sales in the city by the sea. Lisa loves what she does and admits she rarely takes a day off, preferring to ‘work’ seven days a week. But don’t label her a work-a-holic – helping her clients buy their dream home or sell their property isn’t work for her, it’s simply something she loves to do. According to Tina King, manager of the First Team San Clemente office, “Clients love Lisa’s high energy and ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ work ethic. If she says she’s going to do something, she gets it done.” Lisa’s engaging…

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="292"]First Team manager Greg Carrescia Greg Carrescia, manager of the First Team Fullerton office.[/caption]

Greg Carrescia, branch manager for the First Team Fullerton office, has nearly 20 years industry experience that began while as a teenager learning from his father, a veteran real estate broker. Today, he’s happy to be cast in a leadership role coaching and mentoring agents. 

            All First Team managers employ a non-competing management approach and that along with Greg’s hands-on and approachable management style means agents have access to a powerful, focused support system. Greg believes that his personal commitment to ongoing professional education puts him in the best position to be a knowledgeable resource for agents. In

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="292"]First Team agents Markus and Heidi Brown First Team agents Markus and Heidi Brown on the cover of May's "Executive Agent Magazine."[/caption]

Thanks to their strong negotiation skills, superb customer service and unique marketing plans, top-producing First Team agents Markus and Heidi Brown have been featured in the May issue of Executive Agent Magazine. The award-winning husband and wife team use their skills and experience to create a rewarding experience for each of their clients.

            “Between the two of us, there is an extensive and broad scope of real estate-related knowledge,” Markus said. “Heidi and I have assumed specific roles that allow us to maximize our individual strengths and abilities, providing our clients with full-service

“Live Beautifully,” a postcard campaign targeted to the luxury market by First Team Estates®, received a first-place marketing award in the category of Luxury Portfolio Marketing from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® at its annual conference held in Orlando, Fla., March 24 to 26. The win enhances the Orange County, Calif., -based company's international prominence among luxury real estate firms in the U.S. and worldwide. Cameron Merage, First Team CEO and founder, noted, “The international reach of our marketing and advertising both online and in print helps us to find the most qualified buyers and exposes our luxury listings to a global audience.” According to Merage, First Team Estates, the exclusive luxury property division of First Team,…

Siblings Ken and Terri knew it was time to sell their family home, but with 40 years of memories, they found parting with the house of their childhood difficult. Their First Team agent was sympathetic to their attachment, helping them move while selling the home quickly for a great price. This emotional sell is the subject of the newest video of the award-winning First Team “My Story” campaign, which can be viewed at [caption id="attachment_1060" align="alignright" width="300"]Visit Seller Ken (left) and Terri (center) meet with First Team agent Erin Kociela of Team Kociela.[/caption] Ken and Terri’s father was a rocket scientist who had worked on Apollo 11 and their mother ran the family business. But after both parents passed,…

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="204"]First Team agent Grace Olson-Bonilla Agent Grace Olson-Bonilla is the newest addition to First Team Rossmoor.[/caption]

When Grace Olson-Bonilla says she is “dedicated to your success,” she has the statistics to back it up.  80-percent of her listings sell for more than the list price. Sellers love her uncompromising marketing and expert negotiation skills. The timely and high-quality marketing materials and commitment to print advertising of First Team are just two of many reasons why she joined the First Team Rossmoor office.  Buyers also love working with Grace because of her ability to really listen and tune in to their needs while honoring their wishes. Looking to buy or sell in Long Beach and the surrounding beach communities? Contact Grace

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="199"]First Team agent Sally Picciuto First Team welcomes agent Sally Picciuto![/caption]

Tenacious, dedicated, reliable, available and passionate about real estate is how Sally Picciuto’s clients and colleagues describe her. First Team is pleased to welcome this award-winning and hard working agent to the company’s Irvine office.  Licensed since 2006, Sally has her broker’s license and is a graduate of the Realtor Institute. She handles primarily residential sales throughout Orange County with special emphasis on the North Tustin and Irvine area. What do her clients like most about working with Sally? It’s her 24-7 availability and her dedication to make the home buying or selling process as easy and as stress free as possible. Contact Sally at

[caption id="attachment_1042" align="alignleft" width="199"]Kyle Estrada Manager of First Team Long Beach area offices, Kyle Estrada[/caption] “The key to increasing an agent’s productivity and enhancing their bottom line are our support and systems,” said Kyle Estrada, manager of the First Team Long Beach area offices. Kyle believes agents are wowed by the proprietary systems developed by First Team. “Our lead generation systems are not available anywhere else,” he explains. “Other companies purchase a system by a third party and co-brand it. Our systems are developed specifically for our agents and the markets they serve, and they work exceptionally well.” According to Kyle, agents hungry for growth and looking for an edge they can’t find elsewhere join First