Willis Allen Real Estate Opens New Metro San Diego Office in Banker’s Hill

Willis Allen Real Estate Metro San Diego OfficeLa Jolla, Calif. (December 2018) – Willis Allen Real Estate, San Diego’s largest and most respected independent real estate firm, has officially opened a Metro San Diego office location at The Park in Bankers Hill. Located at 2875 5th Avenue, the office is the firm’s sixth in San Diego County. Other locations include La Jolla (the headquarters), Coronado, Del Mar, Point Loma and Rancho Santa Fe.Willis Allen Real Estate Metro San Diego Office

“Since I took over the company in 1995, we have had a strategic growth plan that enables us to best serve our clients throughout San Diego County, and we are thrilled to expand the Willis Allen brand into the Bankers Hill neighborhood,” says Andrew E. Nelson, Willis Allen’s President & CEO. “Ideally located in the heart of Uptown, our new location affords maximum exposure and accessibility that is within proximity to Balboa Park and our center city market, fine restaurants, museums, shopping and more. This contemporary, sleek office will allow us to market to growing San Diego neighborhoods and attract agents looking for an innovative, tech-savvy brokerage.”

Steve Kilgore, who also manages the company’s Coronado branch, will lead the new Metro San Diego office.

Established in 1914, Willis Allen Real Estate is a locally owned company offering the highest level of service through attractive and modern marketing programs, industry-leading technology, exclusive partnerships with Christie’s International Real Estate, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International and the most experienced team of brokers in San Diego County.

To learn more about Willis Allen Real Estate, visit www.willisallen.com.

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Willis Allen Real Estate is Expanding to Banker’s Hill!

The Park, Willis Allen's newest office locationWe have some exciting news to share with you! Willis Allen Real Estate is expanding. We’re opening our sixth office location this summer at The Park in Bankers Hill, located at 2855 5th Avenue.

Now, Willis Allen has six offices strategically located throughout San Diego County to serve you. Our headquarters is in La Jolla, and we have additional offices in Coronado, Point Loma, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe.

Here’s what our President & CEO Andrew E. Nelson had to say about our big news. “We are thrilled to expand the Willis Allen brand into the Bankers Hill neighborhood. Ideally located in the heart of Uptown, our new location affords maximum exposure and accessibility that is within proximity to Balboa Park, fine restaurants, museums, shopping and more. This contemporary, sleek office will allow us to market to growing San Diego neighborhoods and attract agents looking for an innovative, tech-savvy brokerage.”

Leslie Kilpatrick, who also manages our Coronado branch, will lead the new Bankers Hill office. She spent 25 years as a full-time broker before transitioning into a management role at Willis Allen. We know she’ll do a great job with our new team!

Stay tuned for more details as our new office takes shape. In the meantime you can contact us at any time for help with your real estate needs.

Willis Allen’s Ashley McEvers Attends Global Luxury Real Estate Event

Ashley_McEversAshley McEvers, Willis Allen’s Business Development Manager, recently returned from the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT and the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Conference at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The annual conference was part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® (LeadingRE) Conference Week, a series of events that drew an impressive audience of 2,000 real estate professionals from 25 countries. The SUMMIT is an invitation-only event that was hosted by Luxury Portfolio International ® , the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® .

The prestigious event was open only to brokers, managers and relocation professionals affiliated with LeadingRE, a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate companies. Attendees examined the dynamic factors impacting today’s real estate market and explored ways to best meet the needs of home buyers and sellers.

Keynote speakers included John Foley, former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, who shared insights on teamwork, performance and excellence. Also featured was Josh Linkner, New York Times bestselling author, successful five-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist and national columnist, who focused on innovation and growth. Marci Rossell, LeadingRE chief economist, also shared information on the global economy and its impact on the real estate market. Additional speakers included industry thought leaders who addressed a wide range of timely topics.

The 2017 Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT kicked off by exploring the changing expectations of luxury consumers and what sales associates can do to better serve their clients and provide them with the “wow” for which they are looking. Participants engaged in a collaborative program focused on best practices for serving high-net- worth clientele.

“At these events, I have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with the best-of- the-best in luxury real estate,” says McEvers. “Willis Allen’s exclusive affiliations with companies like Luxury Portfolio International ® are just one of the ways Willis Allen distinguishes itself from other local brokerages. By sharing ideas, exploring trends and discussing ways to elevate our client’s experience through these global affiliations, we can add even more value, whether we are working with someone who is buying or selling property locally or internationally.”

Willis Allen’s JR Sullivan Earns Certified California Residential Manager Designation

willis allen realtor jr sullivanJR Sullivan, a real estate broker at Willis Allen Real Estate, has earned the Certified California Residential Manager (CCRM) certification from the California Apartment Association (CAA). The course, which requires applicants to demonstrate practical, relevant experience in property management, included seven weeks of classroom instruction, as well as a final exam.

About Realtor JR Sullivan

Sullivan, a fourth-generation Realtor, says this designation complements his 12 years of property management experience and helps him better serve his clients, many of whom are property investors. “Landlord-tenant regulations are very demanding,” explains Sullivan. “Becoming a CCRM helps me stay current with the requirements. Understanding property management in addition to real estate sales helps me better advise my clients, many of whom want me to help them purchase investment property and then manage it for them.”

Sullivan, who has 13 years of real estate experience, says melding sales and property management comes naturally to him. “Growing up, my father focused on home sales while my mother focused on property management, and they found that offering both skill sets was very helpful to their clients,” Sullivan remembers. “When I entered the business, I learned from both of them so I could continue offering a fusion of services.”

La Jolla branch manager Jane Dreher says that Sullivan’s commitment to excellence is a signature trait. “JR is the poster child for the hard work and dedication that Willis Allen agents exemplify,” says Dreher. “It’s not surprising that he would take on this intense certification coursework in order to better serve his clients.”

Sullivan has also dedicated considerable time to his community, serving as a Trustee for the La Jolla Town Council and as President of the La Jolla Real Estate Broker’s Association (REBA). In 2013 REBA awarded JR the R.K. Smith Broker of the Year Award.

Learn more about Sullivan at www.sullivan-realtor.com, or contact him at 858-735-5462/ jr@sullivan-realtor.com.

About Willis Allen Real Estate (www.willisallen.com)

Willis Allen Real Estate is one of San Diego County’s oldest and most prestigious real estate firms and has been serving San Diego County since 1914. The brokerage is headquartered in La Jolla with additional branch offices in Coronado, Del Mar, Downtown San Diego, Point Loma and Rancho Santa Fe. Willis Allen Real Estate is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network that was founded in 1766, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio. Find out more about Willis Allen at www.willisallen.com.

WARE’s Worldwide Affiliates

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Summer travel season is upon us, and many of us will be taking vacations to points far and near. Some of us will even use our vacation to search for a second home, an investment property or a retirement residence. Willis Allen Real Estate is a locally-rooted company with global reach. We’re available to help with your home search, no matter which city’s Main Street interests you most!

Unlike other companies, Willis Allen Real Estate was founded right here in San Diego County 100+ years ago, and we’ve remained a proudly independent brokerage ever since. But that is not to say that we are a micro-organization. Quite the contrary!

Willis Allen Real Estate has international presence thanks to our membership in exclusive networks like Christie’s International Real Estate, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio. We are the only San Diego real estate company that can offer you these prestigious affiliation benefits.

When you’re looking for a home outside of San Diego we can refer you to a qualified brokerage with the same values and commitment to excellence that you’ve come to expect from Willis Allen Real Estate. And when it comes to listing your home with Willis Allen Real Estate, you will enjoy the benefit of our exclusive one-two-punch – local marketing expertise combined with the reach of our global partnerships.

So no matter where your vacation or dreams of home ownership take you this summer or throughout the year, rest assured that if you want to make your getaway a permanent one, Willis Allen Real Estate is able to help!

Give us a call today at 877.515.7443 or get in touch by using our contact page.




What to Expect from WARE’s Blog

Since you’re here, it may seem silly for us to do a blog post about our blog! But we wanted to make sure that any of you who have stopped by today know what to expect from our blog.

Willis Allen Real Estate Blog

It’s not just about real estate properties – though we have plenty of amazing listings that we share here! Check out this. And this. And even this.

We also offer on-trend real estate tips and ideas. Like what to look for in a starter home and ways to boost your curb appeal with landscaping.

Willis Allen’s blog is also your source for San Diego events and activities, education resources, and more.

Finally, you can come here to learn more about our amazing agents and their achievements. We’ll also cover the latest news from Willis Allen Real Estate.

If there’s something specific you want us to write about on our blog, share your idea in the comments section, and we’ll see what we can do!


Check out Willis Allen’s new mobile app

Willis Allen's new mobile appAs you know, smartphones are used for much more than just making phone calls, texting or basic web browsing. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 44% of smartphone users utilized their mobile device to find a place to live or search properties to rent or buy.

Willis Allen Mobile App

Willis Allen is committed to meeting our clients where they shop for real estate – whether that’s in person or online. So as part of our new website roll-out, we’ve launched the Willis Allen Real Estate mobile app. Download the app and you’ll find a variety of search options for finding properties at your fingertips.

Our app is available in the App store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices. Visit this page on your iOS or Android device to download our app today!

If you want the app, but don’t have your mobile device on you, you can go to this webpage to enter your phone number. We’ll send you a text message with a link to the Willis Allen mobile app’s download page.

You could say searching for homes has never been easier. But what else would you expect from Willis Allen?

WillisAllen.Com Is Going Live Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

willis allen website homeage WillisAllen.com has been under construction and the big reveal will happen on Monday, February 15! We think you’ll really like what our new website has in store for you. When you do a home renovation, you can’t wait to show it off to friends and family. We’re equally excited about our website facelift!

Willis Allen may be more than 100 years old, but our new website has some of the newest real estate technologies available on the market today. The new site is sleek, modern and easy to use – just like Willis Allen itself. It has simple navigation that perfectly reflects the luxury vibe of Willis Allen’s premier properties.

Let’s take a tour!

Sophisticated Homepage

Beautiful properties are what you want from Willis Allen, and our homepage doesn’t disappoint with a beautiful slideshow of our current listings.

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Willis Allen’s international relationships with other brokerages are showcased with the floating globe on the homepage. Click on it to search properties near and far.

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Be in the Know

Click Market Stats to get the latest information on the San Diego real estate market so you can make the most informed decision, whether you’re buying or selling.

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Specialty Searches

As you scroll down the homepage and you’ll see that a property search tab follows you as you go. You can instantly look for homes using our quick search. Or use our robust advanced search feature to narrow down your results based on specific needs.

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Neighborhood Know-How

San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and each community has its own personality and vibe. Click our Neighborhood Tab to search by map location. We also revamped our neighborhood descriptions to give you insiders’ insight on communities where you might want to live.

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Creative Thinkers

Customizing your new home is when the real fun begins. We’ve added a section called Creative Thinkers that showcases some of the best decorating ideas and most impressive home improvement projects to get your creative juices flowing.

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Tools You Can Use

At the bottom of the homepage you’ll see a list of tools you can use to get the latest real estate info from Willis Allen. Sign up for our email alerts to get the latest on real estate news and property listings. Download our mobile app so you can find a home, even on the go! Click on Map Search to find homes using the latest mapping technology integrated with Google Maps. Find out what your home is worth and how your neighborhood compares to others in San Diego with the Market Snapshot feature.

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Happening History

History can be kind of boring, but not at WillisAllen.com! Under About Us you’ll see our 100+ year history unfold in a visually appealing timeline.

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Better Blog

Our new blog design mimics the website’s sleek look and feel, while at the same time offering the real estate expertise and insight you’ve come to expect from Willis Allen.

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Thanks for checking out the new and improved WillisAllen.com!

Eileen M. Anderson & Team Rejoin Willis Allen Real Estate

The_Anderson_EstatesRealtor Eileen M. Anderson and her team, comprised of sons and fellow Realtors Michael and Neil, have rejoined Willis Allen Real Estate’s Rancho Santa Fe office.

The trio markets itself as “The Anderson Estates” and left Willis Allen for only a year before returning to the luxury, family-owned brokerage.

The Anderson Estates Back with Willis Allen Real Estate

“Willis Allen offers our clients the luxury representation that they deserve, and it feels like family,” says Eileen. “Because of Willis Allen’s smaller size, it has a more substantial connection with its agents and clients. It’s an intimate feeling – you’re not just another Realtor or listing.”

Eileen adds that she is most excited about the marketing know-how that Willis Allen has behind its brand. “Willis Allen has a luxury marketing department that is second to none!” Eileen praises. “I am super excited to be back in the Willis Allen family with Gary at the helm of the Rancho Santa Fe Office.”

The “Gary” she refers to is Willis Allen’s Rancho Santa Fe Branch Manager, Gary Wheeler. Wheeler says he is equally pleased to have the Andersons back on the Willis Allen team.

“It’s clear that Eileen really loves what she does!” says Wheeler who admires Anderson for her professionalism in particular. He adds, “The Anderson Estates are a multi generational group that can serve and connect with all ages. They really care about their clients, and it shows.”

Michael Anderson said he benefitted from having both parents heavily entrenched in the real estate industry his whole life. “I grew up in the real estate business and have been in San Diego County for over 20 years,” says Michael. He completed a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from the University of San Diego. “My upper education, coupled with my knowledge and experience in the area truly sets me apart from other Realtors my age,” Michael adds.

To learn more about The Anderson Estates, visit www.TheAndersonEstates.com. For more about Willis Allen Real Estate, the 100-year old luxury brokerage, visit www.willisallen.com.

WARE’s Christine Baker Featured in The Wall Street Journal

Have you noticed the development buzz in downtown San Diego? The Wall Street Journal has, and it recently published an article about the latest wave of revitalization sweeping through San Diego’s downtown corridor.

The Development of Downtown San Diego

Construction is booming with hotels, restaurants, bars and 9,000 apartment and condo units. According to the WSJ article, downtown San Diego has seen a 76% increase in residents since 2000.

Interest in downtown living, according to the story, has spiked as people’s priorities have shifted from suburban living to a more walk-able, lower maintenance lifestyle.

Willis Allen’s own Christine Baker was quoted in the piece, saying she witnessed first-hand the shifting skyline of downtown San Diego since she migrated to the city’s central core three decades ago. Here’s what she said to the reporter.

“‘When I moved here in 1983, the only reason to go downtown was the Old Spaghetti Factory,” says Christine Baker, an agent with Willis Allen, a Christie’s affiliate, referring to the chain restaurant. She moved to the Marina district after raising her children in the suburbs.”

Are you interested in learning more owning property in burgeoning downtown San Diego? Contact Willis Allen’s downtown branch to get started.