December 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Another month has flown by and the holiday season is upon us. Although this is a busy time of year for everyone, we’d like to take a moment to welcome our newest agents. We’re pleased to have each one as part of our team.

Kevin Williamson – Kevin is a 13-year real estate professional and joins us as the manager of the Rancho Bernardo office. He has relocated to Rancho Bernardo from Riverside, his hometown, after managing a large real estate office in Rancho Cucamonga the past three years. He previously was manager and a top-producing agent at another large real estate firm in Riverside County.

Edward Darcel – Edward joins our San Diego Downtown Gaslamp office as a REALTOR®. His background in contracting construction gives him a unique perspective on the subtle details that go into quality home construction. “I’ve always had a real interest in homes, both the building and aesthetic qualities,” he said. “I also genuinely enjoy working with people and I look forward to helping families find their new homes.”

William Starling – We’re proud to welcome Bill Starling, REALTOR®-Broker Associate, to the La Mesa/El Cajon office. “Bill brings a level of true professionalism to our office,” said Branch Manager Chuck Sackett. “His commitment to helping his clients reach their goals is an inspiration and exemplifies the very best qualities of the people who work in our industry.”

Catherine Maranca – North San Diego County business professional Catherine Maranca has joined the Rancho Santa Fe Village office as REALTOR®-Sales Associate. “Catherine has a true love for architecture, interior design and homebuilding, and decided to marry all these areas in her career by transitioning to real estate from corporate technology,” said Rancho Santa Fe Village Office Manager Herb Josepher.

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November 10th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Keeping a 13,000-square-foot real estate office with about 100 desks, offices and meeting rooms filled with successful agents can be quite a challenge.

Unless you’re Chuck Sackett, manager of the La Mesa/El Cajon office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. With a real estate career launched in 1972, Chuck is chief recruiter for the sprawling agency overlooking Interstate 8. He came out of retirement a few years ago to bring strong leadership to the brokerage, and hasn’t left since.

“Recruiting is a major part of my responsibilities,” he said. ““I really enjoy that part of it. It’s a different day every day. Having so many people in the office, they’ve all got something they might need assistance with. So it’s fun to be able to help them out. It’s not necessarily that they need the answer, it’s that they need somebody to ratify that they’re doing the right thing. And giving new people the opportunity to make a pretty good living is very gratifying. You can do it out here if you apply yourself.”

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October 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Join real estate and financial services professional for the fourth annual Women in Real Estate Conference on Nov. 5. The conference is hosted by the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and featured keynote speaker Jean Kane, CEO of Welsh & Colliers International and the 2014 executive chairman of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Bess Wakeman and Jones Lang LaSalle will moderate a panel focused on the milliennial generation and how they will impact real estate markets and opportunities. Panelists include Kimberly Chanelle Clark, associate at Voit Real Estate Services; Daniele Horton, founder and principal of Verdani Partners; Melissa Scofield, associate of CBRE; and Kelly Souza, senior vice president and manager of the Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate office in San Diego.

November 5
7:30 a.m. – breakfast and networking
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. – conference

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October 21st, 2014 at 12:00 pm


If you’re in the market to sell your home, you may have heard some talk of seller financing. Although this is a less common selling method, if you meet the criteria it could be a great opportunity. Seller financing takes place when an owner-financed deal is offered to the buyer. Terms of the loan can vary because it is an agreement between the buyer and the seller. Both the buyer and the seller should consult with legal representation before the sale is finalized to ensure both parties’ interests are protected. If you think seller financing may be for you, read our brief overview of pros and cons below.


  • The home must be owned by the seller or the seller must have cash to pay off the existing mortgage


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October 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am


It’s no secret that home prices and school ratings have a correlation. Homebuyers with children or plans to have them want to buy a home in an area with good schools. This trend drives up home prices in those areas, meaning buyers pay a bit more for homes in highly rated school districts.

A recent study by® showed that the most popular cities and schools were viewed using the site’s “search by school” feature. The study found that millennials were less likely than any other age group to compromise on school districts during their home search. This trend indicates that many current buyers in the real estate market are looking to start a family in their next home or that they already have young children.

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