Windermere Homes & Estates Names Jim Berns Broker of Record

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Fastest Growing Windermere Franchise Adds Scripps Ranch Location

Rich Johnson, Jim Berns, Brian Gooding

We are excited to welcome 30 new agents and our new Scripps Ranch location to Windermere Homes & Estates. We will continue to be the fastest growing Windermere franchise.

Windermere Homes & Estates (WHE) co-owners, Rich Johnson and Brian Gooding are pleased to announce Jim Berns will be joining the management team as Broker of Record. Jim is three time “Broker of The Year” and well known along the I-15 corridor for his real estate knowledge, integrity and dedication to helping agents. “Jim is a perfect complement to our team. He has the same commitment to agent success we embody here at WHE and he brings an incredible wealth of real estate knowledge to our agents,” said Johnson.

In addition, the Realty Executive Advantage franchise in Scripps Ranch will merge with Windermere Homes & Estates, growing the WHE franchise to 8 offices in Southern California. The Scripps Ranch office has been owned and operated by Jim Berns since 1997 and currently has over 30 agents. Already the #1 Scripps Ranch office based on total dollar volume, the merger of Realty Executives Advantage with Windermere Homes & Estates will serve to improve service to the agents, as well as, to their Scripps Ranch clients.

“I am excited to join Rich, Brian and the entire WHE family," says Berns. "I believe that this merger is best for my agents and most importantly, our two companies share the same values and beliefs.”

Berns previously served on the Broker Advisory Council for Realty Executives International as the Broker Representative for all of California. Berns is a former top producer who stopped taking on clients in 2011 so that he could concentrate his full energies on supporting his agents. Berns holds a master’s degree in communication and has earned both the CRB and CRS designations from the National Association of Realtors. He holds a lifetime teaching credential from the California Community of Colleges. Berns has also been recognized as an “expert witness” by the Superior Court of California.

Windermere Homes & Estates has expanded to eight offices in San Diego County and are the fourth largest residential real estate brokerage in San Diego based on sales volume. The company currently has a rolling 12-month sales volume of $875 million and this year, they expect to hit $1 billion.

For more information, please contact Rich Johnson at richjohnson(at)windermere(dot)com or call (858) 487-5110.

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 Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, 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 28 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit

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