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Jackie Stashik: your trusted real estate advisor

August 7, 2012
Jackie Stashik

Jackie Stashik

Fifteen years ago, Jackie Stashik was drawn towards a career in real estate.  It was a decision she has never regretted because, as Jackie says, “I love this job!” It is evident from the testimonials from “raving fans” on her website that in return, her clients love the job that Jackie does for them. Anxious first-time buyers, seniors dealing with the emotions of downsizing – no matter what the need, clients know they can count on Jackie’s great negotiation skills and tenacious dedication to find a solution to every problem. Jackie primarily helps clients throughout South Orange County and she has recently joined the First Team Irvine office. If you are looking for an agent who is known for her accessibility – she is a stickler about returning calls – and who will be your trusted advisor, contact Jackie at (949) 813-9950 or visit her website at


Laura Basadre doesn’t list homes — she sells them

August 7, 2012
Laura Basadre

Laura Basadre

With more than a decade of experience, Laura Basadre has a proven track record of not just listing properties for sale but getting them sold. By staging, pricing listings right and using a focused marketing campaign, Laura soon replaces the “for sale” sign with a “sold” sign.  Both buyers and sellers working with Laura appreciate her excellent negotiation skills and her passion for getting her clients “the best deal.”  Excellent marketing materials and advertising opportunities are just two of the reasons Laura joined the First Team Long Beach office. As an area resident and a member of the Belmont Heights Homeowners Association, Laura loves to introduce clients to Long Beach and the surrounding areas – it’s her favorite place to work and live, and she knows you’ll love it too.  Contact Laura at (714) 350-3025, or visit

Mike Hampton helps agents build a powerful business

August 6, 2012

Mike Hampton, manager of the First Team East Orange County Regional Office in Tustin, has a long and illustrious history with the office. He was the person who opened the office 21 years ago and has hired and coached every one of the agents for what has become one of the most successful offices in the First Team system.

According to records held by the Pacific West Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service and independent source Trend Graphics company, the office is consistently honored as the top-selling office within the associations’ 6,000-strong membership. First Team agents from this office also lead the association in the total number of listings sold, most number of buyers represented and total number of transactions.

Mike Hampton

Mike Hampton, manager of the First Team Tustin office.

Mike credits the ongoing training, strong business coaching and matchless marketing and advertising tools as key factors that give First Team agents an advantage over other companies when it comes to providing unsurpassed customer service. Unique programs such as the Buyers Pipeline℠, Sneak Preview  and the Estates Division’s award-winning marketing programs are popular agent-centric tools and services.

A strong case can also be made for the cohesive and sharing environment of the office as integral factor for agent achievement.

“We focus on opportunities and abundance,” Mike said, noting that the weekly team meeting is agent driven and is primarily a marketing session and problem solving opportunity. The wants and needs of clients are paramount, and the focus is on creating results for our clients and customers. The office serves a broad cross-section of clients from homebuyers looking to buy their first entry-level property, to buyers and sellers of multi-million-dollar estates.

Mike characterizes the office as being a warm, friendly and cohesive place that is focused on agents’ success.  “If you pay attention to the basics, and keep focused you can build up a pretty wonderful career in the real estate industry,” Mike said.  As you might imagine, many agents are anxious to join this highly successful office and only the very best agents are invited to join. To find out if you have what it takes to join this top office, contact Mike at or call (714) 544-5456.

A new day dawns at First Team Yorba Linda office

August 2, 2012

Many North County-area agents joined First Team CEO and Founder Cameron Merage and Yorba Linda Branch Manager Bob MacCulloch at the official unveiling of the company’s newly renovated office in Packing House Square on Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, at a by-invitation-only event held July 18.

            Invitations to join the celebration were sent to cooperative business associates as well as First Team agents who call the Yorba Linda office “home.” 

            “This office is in a great location to serve our clients, but the office was long overdue for an update and renovation,” Bob said. “Now the office more truly reflects the type of clientele that is served by the agents who work here.”

            Agents praised the contemporary re-design that showcases upscale elements such as walls of glass and shimmering waterfalls. Open lounge-type seating encourages comfortable conferences while intimate, enclosed conference areas are perfect for reviewing and signing documents. As you might expect from a company that is known for its innovation and technology smarts, the office is designed to take full advantage of all technology services and products.

            More than 88 agents work out of the Yorba Linda office, primarily covering the North County area and also areas reaching into the Inland Empire. They list and sell properties as diverse as condominiums and single family homes to large multi-million-dollar estates. According to Bob, because of the company’s founding membership in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and affiliation to its Luxury Portfolio InternationalTM division, agents enjoy an international reach for both estates and relocation clients.

            For a confidential career interview, please call Bob MacCulloch at (714) 996-6070 or stop by 18180 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, to see for yourself how beautifully you could work at First Team. For more information, visit or call (866) 748-4982.

Farewell, Jack Ryan: agent, friend, mentor

July 24, 2012

On July 19, 2012, First Team lost one of their greatest agents and friends, Jack Ryan.  A week before his passing, Jack officially retired and we we sat down for a chat with April Palaferri, his daughter and assistant of 12 years, about Jack’s accomplishments and the legacy of his farm:

After 21 years, First Team agent Jack Ryan is ready for retirement. With numerous Hall of Fame awards and other accolades to his name, Jack concludes his career as a successful agent having helped many people find their dream home.

Throughout the years, Jack’s focus has always been to build a solid reputation throughout Orange County as an indispensible resource certified in Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), helping distressed homeowners.

Agents Jack Ryan and April Palaferri

After years of assisting her father, Jack Ryan (left), April Palaferri will be working as an essential part of The Ryan Team in order to maintain Jack’s high level of quality and expertise in his farm.

Jack’s success is a testament to his knowledge, and The Ryan Team will continue his high level of professionalism. The Ryan Team, composed of April Palaferri and Albert Soto, will pick up where Jack leaves off, taking over his farm with the expertise that Jack has always provided.

After working alongside Jack, her father, April is ready to put her attentive and honest personality to work helping families achieve their real estate goals. Her knowledge of marketing and advertising as well as her insight into home construction give her a competitive edge.

“April and I have worked together for the last 12 years,” Jack said. “She has a vast knowledge of home marketing and advertising and all of the great tools that First Team has to offer its clients.”

Working alongside April is Albert Soto, a certified SFR agent with experience in bank-owned homes, investment properties and property management. With six years in real estate and more than 15 years in sales and marketing, Albert has an annual sales volume of more than four million.

Agent Albert Soto

Albert Soto joins April, bringing his Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) experience to The Ryan Team.

“Albert’s negotiation skills and attention to sellers’ and buyers’ needs are of the highest caliber,” Jack said.

The Ryan Team will be working in Jack’s farm and in surrounding areas. Jack has complete confidence in April and Albert and he looks forward to following their successful record of sales.

“I trust that April and Albert will continue to carry my attention to detail and also my tenacity of getting the best price for a home,” he said.

If you want your next real estate venture to be a success, contact April Palaferri at (888) 528-5800 or and Albert Soto at (714) 922-0093 or

Man of many hats helps buyers and sellers

July 24, 2012

Tim Morissette is a man who wears many hats, both literally and figuratively. Students at Foothill Ranch Elementary School love the comical hats he wears when he reads to them, and then there’s the Santa hat he wears as “Santa Tim” during the holidays. But it’s the myriad of real estate “hats” that this award-winning top producer wears that his clients appreciate the most.

            Whether it’s negotiating a deal for his clients, putting on his marketing hat and getting a property sold quickly and for the best price, or listening to his clients to be sure he really understands what is truly important to them in the purchase of their next home, Tim delivers – and then some.

            As a self-proclaimed “eternal optimist,” it’s hard not to like this personable, sincere, honest and hard-working agent who believes that if you do what you fear most, you’ll fear nothing; and that if you perceive, you will achieve.

Agent Tim Morissette

Agent Tim Morissette of the Irvine office–a man of many hats.

            “I believe in what I’m doing, and because of that, I can accomplish anything,” Tim said, acknowledging that being with the No. 1-ranked company in Orange County is a big plus. “I’ve been with First Team for 15 years. I love their proprietary programs, marketing and support. I’m there for my clients, and they are there for me.”

            Tim says it’s important to strategically market properties online. This includes syndication and enhancement of listings as well as pay-per-click. Key positioning due the strong online presence of First Team also plays an important role in helping him get properties sold.

Tim believes today’s market is both a seller and a buyer’s market.

            “Low inventory and exceptional property values often result in a bidding war with the sale price escalating above the list price – which is great for sellers. However, property values are still lower than they’ve been in years – similar to 2003 prices and with the lowest interest rates in history since 1930,” Tim said. “It’s a great time to buy, so it’s good for buyers and sellers.”

            To inject some optimism and success into your next real estate transaction, contact Tim at (949) 412-2233 or send an email to

Agents ‘live and work beautifully’ at the Newport Beach office

July 24, 2012
Manager Debbie Lewandowski

Debbie Lewandowski, manager of the First Team Newport Beach office.

The Newport Beach office of First Team Estates may be the most beautiful real estate office in the U.S., says Manager Debbie Lewandowski, who also serves as the director of the company’s Luxury Division. Specializing in serving the luxury market, agents at this location cater to an international client base and collectively speak 12 different languages. They are highly trained to deliver uncompromising results to clients of privilege who expect no less.

            Cameron Merage, CEO and Founder of First Team, is also a founding member the company’s international marketing arm, Luxury Portfolio International™.  First Team is one of only 100 top brokerages worldwide invited to be a part of this exclusive network and is one of only two Orange County companies so honored.

            Acknowledged worldwide as the “voice of luxury marketing,” Debbie provides extensive training including one-on-one coaching for agents. She considers herself to be a “student of the market,” and it’s with that unique perspective that her agents are led and coached.

            “California’s luxury market is unique,” Debbie said. “As a locally owned, independent company, we are especially agile and responsive to the needs of our clients. That enables us to be truly representative of the international boutique experience.”   

Debbie believes that both clients and agents appreciate the all-inclusive environment at the Newport office. Services include residential real estate, commercial real estate, property management, a sophisticated short sale department and specialized mortgage services. Authentic, level-headed and blessed with a charming sense of humor are a few of the attributes the agents love about Debbie and why they know they can always count on her.

            “The Newport Beach office has caché, a stunning office in one of the most beautiful places on earth – it’s a great place to live and work,” Debbie said. Live and work beautifully – contact Debbie Lewandowski for a confidential interview at (949) 338-8304 or at

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