September 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am

August has been a busy month at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. We’re proud to announce the addition of five new agents to our team. Please join us in welcoming Doni Corcoran, Dennis Bermeo, John Mommertz, Kathleen Feighan and  Jim Wallace.

Doni was raised by a family of real estate investors and spent her childhood evaluating the physical condition and market value of potential properties. “Real estate was the main topic of our dinner conversations growing up and it has always been my passion,” notes Corcoran, a native San Diegan. “I am eager about the chance to share my understanding of property valuation and the local housing market for the benefit of my clients.”

Since his entry into real estate six years ago, Dennis Bermeo has excelled as a result of his diligence in working to secure optimal results for his clients, focus on ethical business practices and proficiency with negotiating. He also credits the enthusiasm and analytical skills he applies to help his clients identify their wants and needs.

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August 27th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Ice Bucket Challenge


If you’ve been on social media the last few weeks you’ve probably seen the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, but did you know our President & CEO David Cabot, Orange County managers and The Charitable Foundation board members accepted the challenge?

That’s right, head to our YouTube Channel see some of our team get completely drenched!

A special thank you goes out to Burnz Eye View for donating their time and resources to shoot the video for us.

Visit our Facebook page to check out photos from the event at Photography services were provided by Obeo.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS can also affect motor neurons that reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. ALS is a devastating disease that results in loss of control and movement throughout the body.

How can you help?

Raise awareness and join our staff by taking the challenge today! If you’d rather not dump ice water over your head you can donate online or participate on November 8th in the 3rd Annual Walk to Defeat ALS.

Learn more about ALS and the challenge by visiting


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August 15th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Nicki Headshot

Nicki Marcellino

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices reported that the La Jolla office was #1 for sales production through the first half of the year, out of the company’s vast network of offices in North America. The results point to another year of dominance for the La Jolla office, which has ranked #1 nationwide for nine of the last 11 years.

“We always expect a strong performance from our team in the La Jolla office, yet they always find a way to surpass our expectations,” said David M. Cabot, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. “I would like to thank our agents and staff for the teamwork and perseverance they display on behalf of our clients.”

The La Jolla office has topped the residential marketplace in San Diego and La Jolla for 14 years running, for all real estate brokerages serving the areas.

“I am very proud of the agents who tirelessly strive to be the best they can be and have earned the recognition for this office,” commented Nicki Marcellino, manager and vice president of the San Diego County region. “Consistency like this is the result of a team effort, with everyone taking personal responsibility for the experience our clients have with their transactions.”

“The La Jolla market has traditionally been stable and it will continue to remain an extremely desirable area,” adds Cabot, “but that could never be the sole explanation for such a remarkable track record. Our agents and staff deserve a tremendous amount of credit for this achievement.”

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August 5th, 2014 at 9:45 am

Our offices are growing and we are proud to welcome three new team members to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties family! Michelle Sargent, Del Mar; Max Hechtman, Beverly Hills; and Stacy Alvarado, Encino each joined us during the month of July.

“Michelle brings an extensive knowledge of sales and marketing to her new career,” says Delorine Jackson, manager. “With her passion for real estate and determination to succeed, she will quickly rise to the forefront of our industry.” As a pharmaceutical sales manager and territory manager in the biotechnology industry for 12 years, Sargent learned that building relationships is the key to establishing a successful business. “To understand your customers’ needs you have to be a great listener,” explains Sargent. “This is also critical to figuring out the type of service a person prefers, and which method of getting and receiving information is their favorite.”

Nick Cacarnakis, manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Beverly Hills office, welcomes broker associate and international marketing guru Max Hechtman.  “It’s professionals like Max that elevate this company as a leader in the real estate industry,” comments Cacarnakis.Having received personal training and mentorship from world-renowned marketers, Hechtman is skilled at implementing comprehensive marketing campaigns for a wide variety of high net-worth clients. Previously receiving his bachelor’s degree in Media Management, and raised in the high-expectation world of the entertainment industry, Hechtman is proficient with delivering outstanding results and maintaining the strictest standards of confidentiality.

Kathy King, manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Encino office and regional vice president, is pleased to welcome Stacy Alvarado. “Stacy is a determined and passionate Realtor,” says King. “Her communication skills, personal experience managing real estate and in-depth knowledge of the area will benefit our office and her clientele.” Prior to real estate, Alvarado spent 25 years as an account executive and operations manager in commercial collections. Leveraging her astute understanding of negotiating strategy, she has personally bought, managed and sold a dozen properties. A result-driven Realtor, Alvarado combines her passion for real estate and her talent for negotiating to benefit her clientele.

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August 4th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is pleased to recognize Erica Huang Derby for ranking number six for individual agents in the La Jolla office, which includes approximately 150 agents, for her sales performance through the first half of 2014. A Realtor for more than 15 years, Derby also recently celebrated the closing of a property valued at $4.5 million.

Derby, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, explained that her sales over the past six months have already made 2014 her best year ever in real estate. Working with people from widely differing countries and backgrounds, she has built a thriving business by focusing on helping her clients successfully acclimate into their new surroundings.


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