"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
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.
Because of these innovations and paradigm shifts, Windermere has grown to become the leading real estate company in the West, building on its commitments to professionalism, integrity and service to the communities of which it is a part. The Windermere network now has more than 200 offices serving communities in Arizona, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Hire the best people. Give them the best tools. Create a professional approach. This founding philosophy of Windermere has been implemented through the introduction of new programs that have set industry standards and have given agents the knowledge they need to meet the needs of buyers and sellers.
The Windermere structure allows offices to operate independently while retaining the many benefits of being associated with a respected brand 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 serve buyers and sellers in a way that is unique to Windermere.
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Windermere’s sales staff, the largest in the region, is our most valued asset. Windermere’s highly educated, experienced sales associates command the Northwest’s real estate market, annually participating in twice as many transactions as the industry standard. While residential real estate is the mainstay of our business, we also have offices and associates who specialize in new construction, commercial real estate, relocation, condominiums and property management.
The Windermere Bridge Loan is one example of industry innovation, which gives Windermere buyers an exclusive, quick, easy and affordable way to buy a home before selling their current property. In hot markets such as ours, it is essential to be able to submit a non-contingent offer on a home and the Windermere
Bridge Loan provides a convenient way to achieve this.
We have also dominated the upscale real estate market with our exclusive Premier Properties marketing program. This unique, high visibility program with its specific branding and advertising campaign differentiates us in the marketplace and enables our agents to successfully meet the expectations of our high end sellers.
Our commitment to community service is sincere. Since finding homes for people is Windermere’s primary business, fighting homelessness is a natural fit for the Windermere Foundation. Through the creation of the Windermere Foundation in 1989, Windermere provides housing and services for homeless and low-income families throughout the West by funding nonprofit organizations dedicated to the same cause. Every time an agent completes a transaction, a donation is made to the Foundation, and Windermere agents and employees also contribute to the fund individually.