When John Jacobi founded Windermere Real Estate in 1972, he had a vision for the way real estate should work: anticipate and respond to the needs of buyers and sellers, and support the communities you serve. While other real estate companies were focused on size and sales, his goal was to earn the respect of the communities where he and his agents worked and lived. Four decades later, John Jacobi’s humble beginnings have gone from a single office with eight agents to a network of 300+ offices and more than 7,000 agents throughout the Western United States.
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 over 40 years.
“Hire great people. Train them well. Pay them well. Get out of their way...”
In 1985, Mike Connolly joined the Windermere family and opened the eighteenth office known today as Windermere Real Estate / Central, Inc. located on Market street in beautiful Kirkland. With a vision to create an office for his agents that advocated collaboration, camaraderie, and the Golden Rule, Mike was diligent in hiring the best people and giving them the best tools and resources for the job. That vision continues today, and Windermere Kirkland has grown to more than 50 agents who are known in their communities as industry experts, providing unrivaled real estate experiences for their clients.