August 2012

There are 7 blog entries for August 2012.

Jennifer Berman tells the agents of the Anaheim Hills First Team office not to call her a manager; she prefers her role to be defined as ‘business partner’.  As such, she believes she can be truly invested in the success of an agent’s business. A noted technology trainer since 1997 and a real estate licensee for the past 16 years, Jennifer shares a wealth of well rounded experience with her agents. Known for her ‘Mastermind’ group – Jennifer personally selects no more than 10 agents at a time to participate in a six-week training and coaching series that includes a one-on-one follow up. She prides herself on being ‘in tune’ with her agents and she always wants what is best for them, from comfortable surroundings to top technology products and…

Many North County-area agents joined First Team CEO and Founder Cameron Merage and Yorba Linda Branch Manager Bob MacCulloch at the official unveiling of the company’s newly renovated office in Packing House Square on Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, at a by-invitation-only event held July 18. Invitations to join the celebration were sent to cooperative business associates as well as First Team agents who call the Yorba Linda office “home.” “This office is in a great location to serve our clients, but the office was long overdue for an update and renovation,” Bob said. “Now the office more truly reflects the type of clientele that is served by the agents who work here.” Agents praised the contemporary re-design that showcases upscale elements such as…

The Newport Beach office of First Team Estates may be the most beautiful real estate office in the U.S., says Manager Debbie Lewandowski, who also serves as the director of the company’s Luxury Division. Specializing in serving the luxury market, agents at this location cater to an international client base and collectively speak 12 different languages. They are highly trained to deliver uncompromising results to clients of privilege who expect no less. Cameron Merage, CEO and Founder of First Team, is also a founding member the company’s international marketing arm, Luxury Portfolio International™.  First Team is one of only 100 top brokerages worldwide invited to be a part of this exclusive network and is one of only two Orange County companies so…

There are signs of a housing recovery in Orange County and other Southland markets. Sales are inching up, MLS inventory is down and while overall distressed sales are dropping, there is a rising share of short sales in the market place. According to figures recently published in The Orange County Register, distressed homes currently sell 3.6-times faster than non-distressed homes and 62-percent of distressed listings are short sales. [caption id="attachment_1273" align="alignleft" width="498"]The First Team short sale commercial begins airing Aug. 8 In the First Team commercial that begins airing Aug. 8, two homeowners discuss the difference between a short sale and foreclosure as well as additional options for their homes.[/caption] Handling a short sale expeditiously has until recently been a challenge and…

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="173"]Jackie Stashik Jackie Stashik[/caption]

Fifteen years ago, Jackie Stashik was drawn towards a career in real estate.  It was a decision she has never regretted because, as Jackie says, “I love this job!” It is evident from the testimonials from “raving fans” on her website that in return, her clients love the job that Jackie does for them. Anxious first-time buyers, seniors dealing with the emotions of downsizing – no matter what the need, clients know they can count on Jackie’s great negotiation skills and tenacious dedication to find a solution to every problem. Jackie primarily helps clients throughout South Orange County and she has recently joined the First Team Irvine office. If you are looking for an agent who is

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="292"]Laura Basadre Laura Basadre[/caption]

With more than a decade of experience, Laura Basadre has a proven track record of not just listing properties for sale but getting them sold. By staging, pricing listings right and using a focused marketing campaign, Laura soon replaces the “for sale” sign with a “sold” sign.  Both buyers and sellers working with Laura appreciate her excellent negotiation skills and her passion for getting her clients “the best deal.”  Excellent marketing materials and advertising opportunities are just two of the reasons Laura joined the First Team Long Beach office. As an area resident and a member of the Belmont Heights Homeowners Association, Laura loves to introduce clients to Long Beach and the

Mike Hampton, manager of the First Team East Orange County Regional Office in Tustin, has a long and illustrious history with the office. He was the person who opened the office 21 years ago and has hired and coached every one of the agents for what has become one of the most successful offices in the First Team system. According to records held by the Pacific West Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service and independent source Trend Graphics company, the office is consistently honored as the top-selling office within the associations’ 6,000-strong membership. First Team agents from this office also lead the association in the total number of listings sold, most number of buyers represented and total number of transactions. [caption id=""…