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1972 John W. Jacobi founds Windermere Real Estate with the purchase of an eight-agent office in the Seattle neighborhood of Windermere. This area still serves as the company's headquarters today.
1975 Jacobi purchases the first Windermere satellite office in Seattle.
1983 With nine offices in the Seattle area, Windermere Services is created to provide marketing, legal, financial and technology development services for the Windermere network.
1984 Windermere pioneers a sliding commission scale, giving sales associates as much as 80 percent. Windermere establishes its first affiliate relationship with a one-office company on Bainbridge Island, WA. Windermere conducts its first-ever Community Service Day.
1987 Windermere begins its sponsorship of the annual Windermere Cup crew races.
1989 The Windermere Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to fight homelessness, is created.
1990 The Premier PropertiesTM program is created to give agents special tools to market luxury homes and estates.
1992 Windermere adds its first affiliate office in Eastern Washington to the group of 77 offices. Windermere is the first real estate company to offer a system-wide agent retirement plan.
1993 Windermere grows to 100 offices.
1994 Windermere expands to Idaho and Western Canada.
1995 Windermere expands to Oregon, adding offices in the Portland metro area and Oregon coast, and later moves into southern Oregon.
1997 Windermere develops an Intranet site called Windermere Online Resource Center (WORC). Agents can access business forms and retirement plan updates, create marketing materials and more with this online tool. Windermere expands its presence in Oregon and Idaho.
1998 Windermere redesigns its Web site, www.windermere.com, and adds a new e-mail notification feature that automatically sends new home listings to prospective homebuyers.
1999 Geoff P. Wood is named president, ensuring the future of the family-owned Windermere. More Web site innovations include Photo Gallery and daily mortgage rates. The Sea, Sun & Snow program is developed for marketing vacation and second-home properties. The Family Enterprise Institute presents Windermere with the "Best in the Northwest Family Business Award."
2000 Windermere launches its Contact Management System, a Windermere-developed customer management tool enabling agents to manage client contact information using various marketing and communication tools at the click of a button.
2001 Windermere opens its first affiliates in Arizona, Montana and Nevada. The Windermere network expands into Southern California, Silicon Valley, and the Monterey Peninsula. Windermere Technology continues work on a "One-Application" technology framework: including total transaction management for the agent, and fully customizable tools such as saved property searches for the Windermere client.
2002 The inaugural Windermere Index, a leading indicator of local residential real estate activity is published for the Puget Sound region. Washington CEO Magazine names Windermere founder John Jacobi to its Power 100 list of people who have shaped the region.
2003 Geoff Wood is elevated from President to Chief Executive Officer of Windermere Services Company. Windermere retains title as largest regional brand in the Western U.S., and the nation's third largest regional brand as reported by REAL Trends. The first East Bay Area and Wine Country (California) Windermere affiliates open. Windermere, in partnership with Stanford University, begins sponsorship of the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic featuring more than 130 races between the nation's top universities, local rowing clubs and high schools. Windermere unveils the Home for the Holidays community program, an annual commitment to pay one year's rent for families in critical need.
2004 Windermere opens its first affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Windermere network expands into Wyoming. Windermere Technology unveils a cutting-edge, web-based application for home buyers, unveiling PropertyPoint, an interactive mapping tool for Windermere.com users. Premier Living Magazine, Windermere's luxury home and lifestyle magazine debuts in Puget Sound. The Windermere Foundation is honored as the 2004 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Matt Carroll is promoted from Executive Vice-President to President of Windermere Services Company.
2005 The Windermere Foundation receives the Arthur S. Langlie Award for Visionary Leadership from the Salvation Army. The first Windermere affiliate in Los Angeles, California opens. The Windermere network expands into Utah, bringing the entire network to more than 275 affiliates.
2006 Windermere introduces new retail concept with Mill Creek"s Living Room offering sales-free atmosphere, home improvement resources and wireless internet for guests. Windermere launches new home search software featuring super-size listing photos and two new websites; Destinations and Premier for vacation and luxury homes respectively. Hundreds of disadvantaged children receive free, quality child care through new Windermere Foundation and YMCA partnership.
2007 Windermere enhances open house experience with unparalleled in-home details and Windermere.com open house search tool and grows to over 300 offices.
2008 Windermere enters ground-breaking online marketing partnerships. Windermere Real Estate is ranked top private company by Washington CEO Magazine. Windermere.com homepage redesigned with simple, user-centered design.
2009 Windermere Real Estate gives back to hundreds of communities across the West on 25th Annual Community Service Day. Windermere offers interest-free home loans to help existing homeowners purchase a new home. Windermere.com displays all open houses from all companies.