Tarbell, Realtors’ Desert Agents are the Super Heroes of Real Estate

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Tarbell Super Heroes Join in the Fun!

Agents from Tarbell, Realtors‘ Desert area offices recently participated in the 54th Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade.  Dozens of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands marched down Palm Desert’s El Paseo Shopping District, launching the 2018 season with spectacular color, pageantry, and fun.

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This year’s theme, “Celebrating our Super Heroes,” gave the whole community the opportunity to showcase and celebrate different types of superheroes. From police officers, firefighters, and veterans to teachers, parents, and children, there are superheroes all around us.   Tarbell, Realtors agents donned red capes for the event.  Thank you to Kana Tamblyn who stayed up until 1:00 am the night before making the capes!  Kana and Araceli Vasquez, both from the La Quinta office, put in countless hours and lots of legwork getting everything ready for the parade.

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Committed to the Community

Tarbell was the only real estate brokerage taking part in the parade, putting our commitment to community front and center. Thousands of spectators cheered for our team members from the La Quinta, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs offices, recognized as the “Super Heroes of Real Estate.”

Gina Tegland, La Quinta’s Managing Broker and Regional Vice President said, “Congratulations to all the Tarbell professionals who participated, and thank you for representing the Tarbell Family of Realtors!”

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Barbara Wallen Completes Luxury Home Sale for Tarbell’s Preferred Properties Division

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SOLD! Gorgeous Home in Ironwood Country Club

Tarbell, Realtors congratulates Barbara Wallen of the Palm Desert office on completing a successful transaction with the Preferred Properties Division. Barbara represented the homeowners in the sale of an exceptional home in Ironwood Country Club.

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Set on over one-quarter acre in the Ironwood Heights neighborhood, the warm and elegant home features gorgeous spaces for entertaining, with impeccable built-ins and tasteful fixtures and finishes creating an irresistible, timeless appeal. Versatile areas for outdoor entertaining include impeccably manicured desert-style landscaping and a private pool and spa.

By enrolling the home with Tarbell’s luxury division, Barbara was able to offer her clients an enhanced package of services featuring the specialized advertising, high quality marketing materials, and professional photography Tarbell reserves for homes of this quality. The combination of Barbara’s expertise and the Preferred Properties marketing advantage added up to a smooth transaction.

Wallen, Barbara-Preferred Properties“It’s a pleasure to offer a home of this quality,” said Barbara. “I appreciate the homeowners’ trust in me, and I’m so glad to complete this sale on their behalf.”

Contact Barbara Wallen  Tarbell’s luxury home specialists can assist you in the sale of your estate as well! Whether you are just starting to think about moving or have already made the decision to sell, reach out to REALTOR® Barbara Wallen.  Call (760) 408-2392 or email BarbW760@aol.com.  License #00922923.

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Giving Back: Tarbell’s Steve Almond Making Dreams a Reality

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Helping People in Need

With Thanksgiving upon us and the holiday season on the way, Tarbell, Realtors is proud to recognize the philanthropic spirit of agent Steve Almond. Steve is a respected member of the Santa Ana/Tustin team and a Diamond Circle member of the prestigious Circle of Excellence Sales Club.  He exemplifies the Tarbell culture of thankfulness and giving back.

For Steve, the notion of “giving back” is more than a platitude; it’s an integral part of being thankful for the blessings he enjoys. His recent efforts on behalf of the St. Innocent Orphanage in Mexico paid off in a very tangible way.

St. Innocent provides a safe haven for boys who have been abandoned, orphaned, or abused. Steve met representatives of St. Innocent at a fundraising event, and the ensuing conversation sparked a journey that culminated in a coordinated effort encompassing multiple benefactors, a trip south of the border, and a brand new SUV.

“The people from the orphanage were talking about the difficulties of navigating dirt roads in wet weather,” he recalled. “In their area, roads become virtually impassable and it’s hard to drive the boys around because of the mud.  Their vehicles just didn’t cut it.”  At an Orange Rotary Club event not long after, Steve met Vikki Murphy, vice president of Wilson Automotive.   He remembered his conversation about St. Innocent, and the wheels started turning.

Getting Things Done

charity donation“Once I got to know Vikki,” Steve said, “I set up a meeting with Father Steve Tsichlis, the priest at my church, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox in Irvine. We explained the situation at the orphanage, and Vikki didn’t hesitate to help.  She quickly located a Toyota 4Runner that we could get at a great price.  We did a little fundraising and, within a few weeks, we bought the vehicle from Weir Canyon Honda.”

Steve personally delivered the 4Runner to St. Innocent earlier this year and spent some time with Father Nicholas, who runs the orphanage, and the boys who live there. “They are so grateful, because this car makes it possible for the kids to go on field trips, go camping, and participate in sporting events that they couldn’t get to before.  I’m really glad to have been able to help, and I especially appreciate everyone who had a hand in making this happen.”

“Tarbell’s culture is about service and gratitude,” said Clara Eisenman, branch manager of the Santa Ana office. “Steve Almond gets things done.  He’s just an exceptionally kind and conscientious person and I’m proud to have him on my team.”

Contact Steve Almond    For all your real estate needs, call REALTOR® Steve Almond at (714) 334-3336 or email stevealmondrealtor@gmail.com.  License #01919378.

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How About a New Home for the Holidays? Visit a Tarbell Open House!

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Tarbell, Realtors Offers Free Real Estate School Program

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Tuition Reimbursement from Tarbell

Tarbell, Realtors offers an incredible opportunity for everyone interested in starting an exciting career in real estate sales. Those who attend Tarbell’s Real Estate Licensing School are eligible for the Real Estate School Tuition Reimbursement Program.  Once Tarbell students are licensed, their tuition will be reimbursed in full at the close of their first escrow as a Tarbell agent.Career Classroom

“It’s a great time to start a career in real estate,” says Ron Tarbell. “Tarbell, Realtors offers many systems to ensure an agent’s success right from the start.  From our University of Real Estate to our eMarketing System, our Homeshopper App, and free lead management system, no other broker offers its agents more of what they need to run their business.”

Licensing School

Tarbell’s Real Estate Licensing School is compliant with all California Bureau of Real Estate requirements. Original salesperson examination applicants are required to submit evidence of completion of college-level courses in Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and one additional course.  Tarbell’s licensing program offers all three, including a Summary Review Workshop for the Real Estate Principles course.  Students can finish all three courses in less than two months.  For more information about  Licensing School or the reimbursement program, visit TarbellCareers.com/licensing-school.

Crash Course

Tarbell, Realtors offers weekly installments of their free exam prep class, Crash Course, designed to help students pass the state test the very first time. Crash Course is ideal for candidates who have scheduled an exam date.  Click on TarbellCareers.com/crash-course to register.

December Crash Course Locations:

  • Santa Ana- Saturday, December 1
  • Lake Elsinore- Saturday, December 8
  • Laguna Hills- Saturday, December 15
  • La Quinta- Saturday, December 15

The Tarbell Advantage

Tarbell agents are known as having received the most comprehensive training in the industry. Agents benefit from the company’s Quick Start Program, its University of Real Estate, Advanced Training Series, Computer Training School, Top Agent Networking Group Meetings, and its Mentor and Coaching Programs.  Tarbell provides critical training for every level of a real estate professional’s career. To learn more about careers with Tarbell, call 1-800-TARBELL, go to Tarbellcareers.com, or visit a local Tarbell office.

Repeatedly voted the Best Real Estate Company in Orange County and the Inland Empire, Tarbell, Realtors provides professional real estate services from an extensive network of local offices and agents across Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the Desert, all with global reach and exposure.

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Tarbell’s Jeff Overman Producing Superior Results Year After Year

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2018 Circle of Excellence Honors

Tarbell, Realtors congratulates Jeff Overman of the Oasis Country Club office for his outstanding 2018 sales record. A recipient of Tarbell’s exclusive Chairman’s Circle of Excellence, Jeff has been a valued member of the Tarbell Family of Realtors since 2005. He has been a success from the very beginning, earning Circle of Excellence recognition every year.

After a lengthy career in sales and management for a large, Seattle-based company, Jeff brought his considerable skills and energy to the real estate industry. He chose to start his real estate career with Tarbell, Realtors because of the quality of the professional training and the consistent support from management.  He says, “I love that Tarbell is not a franchise, but a family-owned business with more than 90 years of service.”

Jeff is a Desert specialist, serving clients throughout the Coachella Valley, with particular emphasis on the resort-like Oasis Country Club—Jeff is superbly positioned to assist clients with the sale or purchase of properties in the gated community. His hard work, commitment to customer service, and unparalleled market knowledge give customers a tremendous advantage.  He partners with Rae Crogan, Mike D. Kays, and Karen Muth, providing services under the team name “Overman, Crogan & Kays @ Desert Homes.”  Together, they rank as Tarbell’s top team in the Desert region.  Their slogan, “Others Promise… We Deliver!” is a reflection of the persistence, hard work, and dedication to client satisfaction that drives their success.

Exceeding Expectations

Clients are “Sold on Jeff” because he makes real estate transactions painless. Always determined to exceed expectations, Jeff says he focuses on listening to what the client wants.  “It’s important for my clients to know I’m paying attention,” he says.  “I want them to feel as though they are my only client.  I’m available when they need me, I don’t let phone calls interrupt their time, and I negotiate aggressively on their behalf.”  His friendly, helpful demeanor and professional expertise contribute to a thriving referral business, evidence of his clients’ total confidence and satisfaction.

A native of Antioch, California, Jeff was raised in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from Central Washington University in 1978 with a BA in finance.  He reports that he has “three grown children and a wonderful wife.”  Jeff lives in the Oasis Country Club and enjoys golf and hiking, reading and volunteering, and studying and investing in the stock market.

Contact Jeff Overman   For all your real estate needs, call REALTOR® Jeff Overman AT (760) 641-8294 or email jeff@soldonjeff.com.  Visit Desert-Homes.com.

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Successful Tarbell French Valley 2018 Blood Drive to Save Lives

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Partnering with the American Red Cross

Tarbell, Realtors is proud to join with the American Red Cross in saving lives! The Red Cross Bloodmobile set up at the French Valley/Murrieta office on Monday, October 29 and the community responded.  Branch Manager Joe McGowan reported that the 2018 blood drive was a big success.

“Our annual blood drive is one of the most important events on our calendar,” Joe said. “The blood drive gives everyone the opportunity to do something that benefits the entire community.  We are honored to assist the American Red Cross in their lifesaving mission.”

Crucial Time for Blood Donations

After the event wrapped up, American Red Cross Account Manager Ashley Brown-Mills sent a letter of appreciation to Joe and his team. She wrote, “Thank you for coordinating the Monday, October 29, 2018 blood drive. We are very pleased with the drive overall, and the willingness of the donors to share this life saving gift.  The effort of Tarbell, Realtors is greatly appreciated and their support of the community blood program will go a long ways towards replenishing blood supplies and ultimately saving lives.  We very much appreciate your efforts during this crucial time. We were able to collect 29 units! That could help us save up to 87 lives.  Again, thank you for your contribution and ongoing support of this important community program. I look forward to working with you again on an upcoming blood drive.”

For Tarbell’s French Valley team members, giving back to the community is one way to say thank you for the community’s constant support. For all your real estate needs, contact Joe McGowan or any member of his team of real estate professionals.  Call (951) 677-3565.  The French Valley office is located at 39028 Winchester Road in Murrieta.

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Voted #1 Again and Again!   Tarbell, Realtors’ professional agents provide outstanding real estate services from an extensive network of local offices in the Inland Empire, Orange County, and the Desert, all with global reach and exposure.  To join Tarbell’s winning team, visit TarbellCareers.com.

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The Hunt is On! Find Your Dream Home at Tarbell’s Open House Weekend

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Tarbell, Realtors Brings a New Member on Board in San Clemente

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Mirah El-radi Joins the Tarbell Family of Realtors

Tarbell, Realtors recently introduced Mirah El-radi, a new team member serving the South Orange County area. Branch Manager Brent Jorgensen recruited Mirah to join his team at the San Clemente office.  “Mirah is most energetic and like a breath of fresh air,” he said.  “She already very savvy technically, and she remains very teachable and willing to learn.  She brings that quality to our office every day.”

“First and foremost, Brent Jorgensen’s attitude in the greatest!” Mirah said. “Once I got my license and was deciding on a brokerage, he explained the process of joining the Tarbell team thoroughly, and he was so easy to communicate with!  Tarbell is very family-oriented, which is important to me, and I really appreciate the level of community involvement.  Right now, the ‘Scare Away Hunger’ food drive is in full swing.  I love being part of it.”

A Positive and Personalized Experience

Mirah has a BA in sociology. She commented that she is excited that real estate offers her the opportunity to meet people and learn their stories.  “Customers deserve a positive and personalized experience,” she said.  “It’s important to put yourself in their shoes to understand their wants and needs.”

She added, “Another exciting thing about real estate is the chance to learn something new and useful every day. This is not a career for someone who wants to do the same old thing all the time.  Real estate challenges me to keep developing new skills.”  Prior to launching her real estate career, Mirah served the community as assistant director of an elementary after-school program through the YMCA, where she honed her listening skills and her patient demeanor.

Contact Mirah El-radi   Count on the services of a Tarbell professional for all your real estate needs.  Call REALTOR® Mirah El-radi at (949) 426-8645 or email MELRadi@tarbell.com. License #02019004.

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Tarbell Santa Ana Adds New Team Member Priscilla Melgar

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Priscilla Melgar Joins Tarbell, Realtors

Tarbell, Realtors has announced that Priscilla Melgar has joined the Tarbell Family of Realtors at the Santa Ana/Tustin office. Branch Manager Clara Eisenman says that she is very happy with her new agent.  “Priscilla is professional, personable, and detail oriented,” Clara said.  “She is a 40-year Orange County resident, and her local knowledge will be a tremendous benefit to her clients.  I’d like to thank our own team member Frida Chamoun for referring her to us.”

Priscilla is a CPA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Before embarking on a career in real estate, she worked in accounting for more than 35 years, holding positions as a staff accountant, accounting manager, and controller for the retail, manufacturing, and service industries.  She has experience with private corporations and in the public sector.  With her background and meticulous nature, she is well-equipped to handle the complexities of a real estate transaction.

“I retired in 2014,” Priscilla said, “and I just got bored. Frida encouraged me to attend Tarbell’s Real Estate Licensing School.  I took the classes and passed the state exam‒ so here I am, pursuing a new passion.”  Priscilla is excited about the opportunities real estate offers.  “I love learning new things, and I’m looking forward to being able to help friends and families buy their dream homes.”

Honesty and Respect

Priscilla makes customers her top priority, and treats everyone with respect. She says that honesty is the key to developing long-term relationships.  “I want my customers to know their concerns are important to me, and I will always do what is best for them.”  Her slogan, “Grateful Heart, Sees Many Blessings,” reflects her positive attitude.

Starting with her extensive network of family and friends, Priscilla’s customer base comes primarily out of her lifetime of activities within the La Purisima Parish Community, Orange Rosary Group, and the Federation of Filipino Rosary Group of Orange County. She has volunteered for a variety of charities and church events.  “I have been married for over 40 years,” she said, “and I have a daughter, Melrose, who is a registered nurse.”  Priscilla likes to cook, exercise, read inspirational books, and play with her mini-dachshund, Margaret.

Contact Priscilla Melgar  For all your real estate needs, count on the services of a Tarbell professional.  Call REALTOR® Priscilla Melgar at (714) 552-9638 or email PriscillaM@tarbell.com.  License #02064359.

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