Windermere - Humble Roots, Big Vision
When John Jacobi founded Windermere Real Estate in 1972, he had a vision for the way real estate should be handled; "Anticipate and respond to the real estate needs of buyers and sellers, and support the communities you serve". What he didn't know is that he would also significantly change the way real estate is practiced. This began with the purchase of an eight-agent office in the Seattle neighborhood of Windermere. The company has grown exponentially each year since, setting the benchmark for the practice of real estate nationwide. Windermere pioneered an agressive commission structure, offers unique agent benefits and was the first to have a searchable database of homes on its web site. Because of these innovations and paradigm shifts, Windermere has grown to be the leading real estate company in the West, building on its commitments to professionalism, integrity, and service to the communities they serve. The Windermere network now has more than 250 offices and 7,000 real estate agents serving communities in Arizona, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah and Washington. The realty Alliance and REAL Trends, two leading industry organizations, have recognized Windermere Real Estate as the top regional real estate firm in the United States.
"Windermere has always emphasized professionalism. Our associates are the primary component to our success and growth. We've worked very hard over the years to build our reputation as a company whose representatives are fair, honest, knowledgeable and genuinely care about their communities." -- Geoff Wood, President, Windermere Real Estate
Hire the best people. Give them the best tools. Create a professional approach.
The Best People: Windermere's sales force is the company's greatest assett. Windermere's associates include experts in all areas of real estate. While residential real estate is the mainstay of its business, Windermere also has offices and associates who specialize in new construction, commercial real estate, relocation and property management. To further facilitate the home buying process, Windermere has affiliated resources in certain regions to provide mortgage, title and escrow services.
The Best Tools: Windermere's structure allows offices to operate independently while retaining the benefits of being associated with a respected brand - benefits such as advertising buying power, agent benefits and powerful technology tools. At the same time, agents are intimately familiar with their local communities, allowing them to provide knowledgeable and high-caliber real estate services tailored to the client's needs. As part of the Windermere network, agents may also take advantage of a variety of programs and innovative services including technology, marketing and education that they can put to work in their local market. These innovative tools allow them to service home buyers and home sellers in a way that is unique to Windermere.