Posted September 19 2011, 10:16 AM PDT by Windermere Guest Author

Reflections on a proud legacy

Posted in Community and Windermere by Windermere Guest Author

JacobiJohn_01By John Jacobi, Founder, Windermere Real Estate

Next year marks Windermere Real Estate’s 40th anniversary. Who could’ve imagined that what was once an eight-agent office in northeast Seattle would eventually expand into 10 states and become the company that it is today.

During these 40 years, there have been many reasons for me to be proud of Windermere and our network of owners, agents, and staff, but one of my proudest moments occurred just a few weeks ago when the Puget Sound Business Journal published the results of an independent survey ranking the most respected company brands in Washington State. Contenders included the likes of Microsoft, the University of Washington, Nordstrom, and Starbucks. To our delight, Windermere was selected by 58.8 percent of the respondents as the most respected brand in the real estate category; our closest competitor received 16 percent of the vote.

Part of why this recognition means so much to me is that in the early years of Windermere, we knew we wanted to be different from other real estate companies. While others were focused on being number one in size or sales, we aspired to be the most respected. Our goal was to turn the traditional real estate model on its head by focusing first on community; because only then can you truly understand and anticipate the needs of those who live within the communities. Over the years, our owners and agents have embraced this approach with zeal through the Windermere Foundation, our annual Community Service Day, and their own local involvement and projects.

Windermere has always focused on three basic principles: hire the best people; give them the best tools; create thriving communities. It’s not rocket science, but it has worked pretty well for us for nearly four decades. Now, as the leadership of this company passes onto the next generation of my family, I am filled with pride at what we have been able to accomplish together. During the past 40 years, I have been grateful for many things, but earning the respect of our community is a badge of honor I’m incredibly proud to wear.



  • Hi everyone, OB shared your comments with me. Thanks for taking the time to post.
    Sylvia: I haven’t been called “sir” in a long time, but now that I’m close to being an octogenarian, I suppose it’s fitting. Thanks! - John Jacobi

    Posted September 22 2011, 8:26 AM by John Jacobi

  • Starting a small business takes a lot of time to evolve into a large business. Just out of curiosity do you consider yourself a Realtor or more of a business owner that has to manage a business and not sell Real Estate?

    It seems like it would be tough to grow Windermere so fast while still closing deals.

    Posted September 21 2011, 4:05 PM by Brandon Patton

  • In 1996 I made the decision to enter the real estate market as an agent. I walked into the West Seattle (Wall St.,Inc), set up an interview, was hired by Janet Haberbush (our current owner) and have never left. Working in a the community in which I was raised has been an advantage but the Windermere brand was really what made my career successful. I worked for Terry Haberbush until his death and his daughter, Janet, and son-in-law, Rich Gangnes, have continued to make me proud to be part of the Windermere family. West Seattle is a great and close-knit community - Peggy Haberbush, Janet's mother, babysat me when I was an infant - small world!!!

    Posted September 21 2011, 2:55 AM by Joe Nye

  • [...] Reflections on a proud legacy [...]

    Posted September 20 2011, 8:47 AM by Who is Windermere? | Windermere West Seattle

  • Sylvia welcome. We are so glad that you are a part of the Windermere family. You have some great ownership there in Utah and thank you for your kind comments.

    Posted September 20 2011, 8:43 AM by Michael Fanning

  • Congratulations! I'm proud to be a new member of the Windermere Real Estate - Utah team in Salt Lake City, UT. Several of my fellow Realtors have "jumped ship" from Prudential Utah Real Estate to join Windermere. Wow! What a difference a solid management team makes in making successful real estate transactions. After 12 years in the business, I LOVE my brokerage!

    Much success to you sir!


    Sylvia Metos, Realtor
    Windermere Real Estate - Utah

    Posted September 20 2011, 8:35 AM by Sylvia Metos