Friday, August 31, 2012

(Photo L-R, Windermere Gen. Counsel, Paul Drayna; S.V.P. Michael Fanning; CEO Geoff Wood; & the guy from Mexico)

For Immediate Release

Windermere Real Estate Expands To 
Los Cabos, Mexico

August 28, 2012 – Seattle – Geoff Wood, CEO of Windermere Real Estate, announced today that the company is expanding internationally with the opening of its first franchise office in Mexico. Located in Cabo San Lucas, the Windermere Los Cabos office represents the merger of CaboRealty Partners and Nieman + Posch Boutique Realtors, two well-respected real estate brands that have operated independently in the Cabo area.

Martin Posch and Jay West, the principal owners of Windermere Los Cabos, have a broad range of international experience in the sale and marketing of all types of vacation resorts, second-home residential properties, and new developments. They also consult with investors in the sourcing, acquisition, and marketing of development properties.

Originally from Switzerland, Posch moved to Mexico in 1998 and was a top-producer and sales manager with Prudential California Realty in Cabo San Lucas. In 2011, he opened his own real estate company and earlier this year, formed a partnership with West in order to open the Windermere Los Cabos office. West has lived in Mexico since 1994 and is a Bi-National REALTOR® in the U.S. and Mexico. After more than 40 years in business, West has extensive experience serving international clientele seeking residential and resort real estate opportunities in both countries.

According to Wood, more than 79 million Baby Boomers will reach retirement age over the next 18 years, and studies show that many of them will purchase a second home in resort areas, such as Mexico. “Given that Windermere operates in nine Western U.S. states, we have a steady stream of clients interested in buying homes in Mexico, so we think this is a great time to tap into that market,” said Wood, adding “Los Cabos is the safest and most desirable resort area in Western Mexico making it an ideal location for a Windermere office.”

West says that he and Posch have been in discussions with Windermere for several years about opening a franchise in Los Cabos, but that the right opportunity only recently presented itself, “Windermere has offices in all of the key markets in the Western U.S. where many of our buyers come from,” said West. Also an important part of West and Posch’s decision was “Windermere’s reputation for integrity, leading-edge technology, and their strong commitment to the community,” West added.

Posch emphasized that “Jay and I are excited to have merged our brokerage firms to create a dynamic three way synergy with Windermere as its first international office south of the border.   Los Cabos is the perfect location and our goal is to create a springboard for future expansion into mainland Mexico.”

Windermere’s Los Cabos office is located in Plaza Paseo Los Arcos, Suite B-6, in front of Home Depot on the corridor highway entering Cabo San Lucas.  It will open its doors in September followed by a grand opening celebration in early December.

To speak to Geoff Wood, please email Shelley Rossi: or call 425-269-7132. To speak to Jay West, please email or call 503-887-8769.

About Windermere Real Estate
Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than 23 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Washington is a big state with 7 Million people!

So, I thought it would be a great idea to open a real estate office in Southwest Washington near Portland along the Columbia River and sell people on the idea of buying real estate in Mexico!
After all, I have lived in Los Cabos for most of the past 18 years and I know the country and the market.
OK, so then I get this information on my computer about the competition up here..... and again I say, WOW!  DOUBLE WOW!!  Seriously, check this out......

As part of the Puget Sound Business Journal's Book of Lists, this highly-respected business publication has periodically published a Residential Real Estate Firms' list that ranks the region's top real estate firms. The Residential Real Estate Firms' rankings are based on residential sales volume in the Puget Sound area, with Windermere reporting more than double the sales volume of its closest competitor.

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the April 20.26, 2012 issue of The Puget Sound Business Journal.

Puget Sound Real Estate Rankings of Residential Real Estate Firms:

The largest in the Puget Sound area.  Ranked by residential sales volume for 2011:

1.  Windermere Real Estate | Seattle, WA | 
      -  2011 Residential Sales Volume  =  $9,652,900,000
      -  Licensed Agents  =  2,886
      -  Offices in Washington 142
2   John L. Scott Real Estate | Issaquah, WA |
       -  2011 Residential Sales Volume  = $4,091,400,000
       -  Licensed Agents  = 1,598
       -  Offices in Washington  = 74
3   Coldwell Banker Bain | Parsippany, NJ |
       -  2011 Residential Sales Volume  = (Would not disclose)
       -  Licensed Agents  = (Would not disclose)
       -  Offices in Washington  = 37
4   RE/MAX LLC | Denver, CO |
       -  2011 Residential Sales Volume  = $2,395,000,000
       -   Licensed Agents  = 893
       -   Offices in Washington  = 47
5   Keller Williams | Seattle, WA |
       -   2011 Residential Sales Volume  = $1,646,600,000
       -   Licensed Agents  = 799
       -   Offices in Washington  = 17

Those of us who have lived in Los Cabos know how many people own real estate from the West Coast of the U.S.A.  We are so accessible and it is so safe here that the sunshine makes it the perfect place to be on vacation, or for owning a second or retirement home.  By the way, those numbers are in US DOLLARS and in BILLIONS with a "B".  Viva!!