Posted November 21 2012, 10:33 AM PST by Tara Sharp

Thanksgiving: a Year in Reflection

Posted in Living by Tara Sharp


The past year has been an exciting one for all of us at Windermere. We have so much to be thankful for, not the least of which is the opportunity to help our clients with all of their buying and selling needs. We would love to hear about your greatest accomplishments in 2012 and how you express your gratitude. In the meantime, here are some Windermere events from the past year for which we are very proud – and thankful.

Celebrating 40 Years

This year, Windermere celebrated our 40th anniversary – forty years of working together with top-notch franchise owners, agents, and clients. In celebration of this milestone, we kicked off 2012 with an anniversary party and educational Symposium for our team. These events provided us with the opportunity to catch up with old friends, roll out some new initiatives, and have a little fun kicking off what was to become a great year!

The 2012 Real Estate Market

The real estate market finally started showing signs of life this year. The most recent Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index reports that markets throughout the U.S. have shown sustained gains which are evidence of steady housing recovery. We’ve been cautiously optimistic at Windermere, but our best gauge on the market is our agents, and they are reporting a significant increase in activity. So much so, that many markets are experiencing stiff competition for homes and double digit increases in home prices. Despite the fluctuations in the real estate market, buying a home always has been – and always will be – about much more than stats and percentages. It’s about finding a house you can call “home”, and we are thankful to our clients for entrusting us with this dream.

Building Better Communities

Many Windermere offices went above and beyond in 2012 to support their local communities by hosting clothing drives, food drives, fundraisers, charity dinners, and so much more. You can see a list of the projects our offices worked on over the past year at We’re incredibly thankful for the generosity of our agents, owners, staff, and other friends of the Windermere Foundation – because of your contributions and support this year, we will donate more than one million dollars back to the communities in which we live and work.

Community Service Day

Every year, Windermere closes its offices for one day to help make a positive difference in our local communities. Projects include cleaning, landscaping, and painting senior citizens centers, facilities for physically and mentally challenged children and adults, public parks and schools, low income housing and emergency shelters, and more. We are so grateful for the opportunity to spend a day alongside our colleagues, community partners, and neighbors helping those who need it most.  

Expanding the Windermere Family

This year, Windermere welcomed 10 new franchises to our network of offices. This included our first offices ever in Alaska and Los Cabos, Mexico. The recovering real estate economy also enabled some of our existing franchise owners to expand their businesses by opening additional offices. It brings us great pride to see this type of growth within the Windermere family and we hope to see more of it in the coming year.

We are so thankful to be a part of a team that is incredibly passionate about the work they do and the communities they support. We would love to hear from you. What are you most thankful for this year?