Windermere Offices Continue to Support Communities Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Windermere offices have continued to support their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, raising money for the Windermere Foundation, which has provided over $43 million in funding to support low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S. since 1989. Here are some highlights from the past holiday season.


Windermere Whatcom Donates 84 Thanksgiving Boxes


For over 20 years, Windermere Whatcom has donated Thanksgiving boxes to local school districts and organizations. These boxes contain all the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast, from sparkling cider and pumpkin pie to turkey roaster pans and a recipe book. The meals benefit families in need of a warm Thanksgiving meal. Agents at Whatcom’s five offices select the recipient organizations, then agents and staff are assigned items to fulfill depending on the number of meals needed. Keeping COVID-19 guidelines in mind, agents worked in small groups/shifts to pack the boxes of food and supplies on the day of delivery. In total, 84 Thanksgiving meals were donated on November 23 and 24, 2020.


Picture L to R: Alex Stredicke & Ken Gustafson



Windermere Abode Supports Tacoma Rescue Mission


Every Friday since March of 2020, Windermere Abode in Tacoma, WA has helped the Tacoma Rescue Mission serve sandwiches and snacks. After speaking with Windermere agent Melo Hogan, Broker/Co-Owner of Windermere Abode Anne Jones learned that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization had been losing volunteers and needed to provide to-go meals for the community members they support. “The coolest thing about this program is we’ve invited our community to participate,” said Jones. “That’s how we’ve kept it going and literally have delivered thousands of sandwiches. We’ve had a few Fridays with two fully-loaded SUVs.”


A woman unpacks food donations from the back of a vehicle.

Pictured: Melo Hogan



Windermere Greenwood Donates $4,418 to WA-BLOC


In the summer of 2020, the agents and staff at Windermere Greenwood were looking for ways to support grassroots, Black-led organizations in underserved communities and youth. When they came across WA-BLOC (Building Leaders of Change), they jumped at the chance to support the organization. WA-BLOC works with students in South Seattle, igniting transformation and building leaders of change through revolutionary education and social justice leadership development. Understanding that the pandemic would impact students’ learning ability, the Greenwood office wanted to contribute to help make distanced learning more equitable. Totaling $4,418, their donations went towards purchasing laptops, wi-fi hotspots, school supplies, tutors, school lunches, and more.


A flyer showing Windermere Greenwood's $4,418 total raised for WA-BLOC.

Windermere Greenwood’s total amount raised in support of local organization WA-BLOC



Windermere Eastlake Gifts $5,000 to St. Francis House


Agents and staff at Windermere Eastlake in Seattle came together this holiday season to support low income and homeless families in their community through St. Francis House, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population of King County. Eastlake donated $5,000 to the organization to distribute holiday gift packages to families including a new blanket, a new game, and a grocery gift card. Each child received a pair of socks, a new toy, and a book. So far, 375 families have received their gift.



A selection of toys distributed by St. Francis House through Windermere Eastlake’s donation

A selection of toys distributed by St. Francis House through Windermere Eastlake’s donation

To find out more about the Windermere Foundation or to make a donation, please visit the Foundation’s website here: Windermere Foundation

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Windermere Acquires Sacramento’s Largest Independent Real Estate Company

The heads of Windermere Real Estate Geoff Wood, Jill Jacobi Wood, and OB Jacobi have announced that Windermere has acquired the largest independent real estate company in Sacramento, CA, Lyon Real Estate. Founded in 1946 by William L. Lyon, Lyon Real Estate has over 800 agents in 17 offices throughout the greater Sacramento area and generated $2.86 billion in sales last year. It is ranked 111 out of the top 500 independent brokerages in the US according to Real Trends.

“Windermere has been looking for the right opportunity to grow our network in Northern California and approached Lyon because of their strong, reputable brand and the commonalities between our two companies,” said Windermere co-president, OB Jacobi. “They’re a second-generation, family-owned organization. They’re agent-centric and customer-focused. And they care deeply about giving back to their community. We couldn’t think of a better fit for Windermere,” he added.

Jacobi shared that under the terms of the acquisition, Lyon Real Estate will continue to operate under their name and brand, and will maintain the current leadership team, including president and chief operating officer Pat Shea.

“This is the blending of two accomplished companies which will each maintain its own identity for the time being, and when the time is right, the Lyon brand will further immerse itself into our organization,” said Jacobi, adding, “Because of the strength of the Lyon brand, we want to be very thoughtful about this process.”

Shea said that over the years Lyon has been contacted by a number of suitors seeking a strategic growth opportunity, but the right fit didn’t come along until they were approached by Windermere, whose company leadership Shea has gotten to know over the past 10 years as fellow members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. “We picked Windermere because it is well suited to maintain Lyon’s legacy and grow it in the future,” said Shea, adding, “This also fits in with the Lyon family’s succession plan whose first priority was to leave the company they built and had run over the past 75 years in the best possible hands for the long term.”

Jacobi said that while Lyon is still operating under its existing brand, it is now a part of the greater Windermere network and will benefit from Windermere’s enhanced marketing resources, professional development, relocation and referral services, and in-house chief economist, Matthew Gardner.

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#AskAnAgent Wrap-Up

On our “#AskAnAgent” Instagram Live series, radio personality and Windermere client Carla Marie goes live with our agents, answering viewer questions about how to buy and sell a home.


After our first three episodes with Jessica James, Ashley Abolafia, and Gervon Simon, Carla Marie sat down with the following agents to round out the #AskAnAgent conversations for 2020.


Episode 4: Jen BowmanWatch it here


The second half of our #AskAnAgent series began with an informative conversation between Carla Marie and Jen Bowman, a Windermere agent based in Lynnwood, Washington. Drawing on her experience working with mostly sellers in recent years, Bowman discussed what it’s like to work with sellers while inventory is low. On the topic of bidding wars, Jen stressed the importance of timing for sellers when they hit the market, so they know they have exposed their home to the greatest number of interested buyers. Wrapping up, Jen touched on the recent trend of buyers moving to rural areas from her perspective in Snohomish County.


Episode 5: Genevieve StollWatch it here


New Jersey natives Carla Marie and Windermere agent Genevieve Stoll continued the #AskAnAgent conversations with an instructive discussion, examining the real estate process from multiple angles. For Stoll, one of the first thing she tells her buyers looking to strengthen their offers is to speak with a reputable lender right away to get the pre-approval process started. The conversation shifted to how buyers’ needs are shifting during the pandemic and the resurgence of vacation home purchases.


Episode 6: Derrik ShockmanWatch it here


For the final #AskAnAgent episode of 2020, Carla Marie chatted with Derrik Shockman, a former business owner and agent with Windermere Abode in Tacoma, Washington. For Shockman, being an entrepreneur and real estate agent are similar in that both require staying calm through the ups and downs of the market. Derrik also shared his expert knowledge on the similarities and differences between single-family houses, townhouses, and condos, and the different needs they satisfy for buyers.


Follow our Instagram page (@windermere) for updates on future episodes and follow Carla Marie (@thecarlamarie) to watch all the #AskAnAgent episodes from this year.

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GivingTuesday 2020: Donate Through Your Local Windermere Office


After shopping for everyone on our holiday lists this year, let’s remember those in our communities who need our support. This GivingTuesday, you can help low-income and homeless families in your community by making a donation to the Windermere Foundation via your local Windermere office.


GivingTuesday – December 1, 2020


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement created in 2012 to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world—a day to encourage people to do good. It inspires generosity of all scales, whether it’s taking a stand for an issue you care about or simply making a neighbor smile. The organization now operates in over 70 countries and has touched hundreds of millions of lives.


The Windermere Foundation


Since 1989, Windermere Real Estate has been dedicated to helping our communities through the Windermere Foundation, whose mission is to provide support to low-income and homeless families. To date we have raised over $42.5 million, with more than $1.6 million coming in 2020 alone. This year for GivingTuesday, you can donate to your neighbors in need through the Windermere Foundation by designating your funds to your local Windermere office.



For more information on GivingTuesday and how you can participate, visit their website here: GivingTuesday FAQ. To find out more about the Windermere Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

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