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Guarantee Real Estate Announces New President

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Guarantee Real Estate Announces New President

Fresno, CA (November 4, 2019) – Guarantee Real Estate, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced that Desrie van Putten, Sales Manager at the Guarantee Real Estate Fig Garden Office, has been promoted to the role of president of Guarantee Real Estate.

A longtime resident of the Fresno/Clovis area, van Putten began her real estate career in 2010 when she joined the Guarantee Real Estate Fig Garden office and in 2015, was promoted to Sales Manager. In 2017 Desrie, together with Sandy Darling, Sales Manager, successfully merged the Fig Garden and Flex offices into what is currently the Guarantee Real Estate Fig Garden office, providing support and leadership for almost 100 agents.

“Desrie has proven herself to be an exceptional leader with Guarantee Real Estate. I look forward to seeing her lead the company with the character and passion she has demonstrated during her years of managing a great team of professionals at the Fig Garden Office of Guarantee,” said Scott Leonard, former CEO of Guarantee Real Estate.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to further serve a company that was born in the Central Valley/Fresno area and has led the way in providing real estate services to a community I hold dear. I am looking forward to working with our skilled and committed management team here, our outstanding agents, and talented employees. Now I have the joy of collaborating with all of our offices and I’m deeply grateful,” said van Putten.

“Desrie has been an effective leader and has done a terrific job gaining the trust of both her agents and consumers,” said Gino Blefari, CEO of HomeServices of America, the parent company of Guarantee Real Estate. “And I am confident that under her leadership, Guarantee is well-poised for continued growth and success.”

About Guarantee Real Estate

Guarantee Real Estate is Central California’s leading Real Estate Brokerage. Guarantee Real Estate’s well-trained real estate agents specialize in selling single family homes, condos, PUDs, vacation homes, cabins, lots, land, commercial, agriculture, and income producing investment properties in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties. The name Guarantee has been a trusted name in Central California for over 100 years. Information about Guarantee Real Estate is available at

Media Inquiries:
Joshua Banker, Marketing Director
Guarantee Real Estate
(559) 650-6018 |

Guarantee Home Loans Reopens!

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Guarantee Real Estate is proud to announce the reopening of its home loans division-Guarantee Home Loans!

When Guarantee originally opened for business as a home savings bank, the goal was to offer high quality services through its skilled and trustworthy advisors. We plan to offer that same service today, but with added benefits.

The Guarantee office at Palm & Herndon will serve as the location for our new Loan Officer Scott Reba. Scott is a professional who maintains an exemplary level of trust and respect in the real estate community. Through his past history with Guarantee, Scott has gained knowledge of the Guarantee brand and he plans to provide a valuable service that’s exceptional and incomparable.

“I am a Fresno native and my family has worked in the valley housing industry my entire life. My father managed the Guarantee office at Marks and Bullard for 10 years and now I get to carry on that tradition through mortgage services. I’ve served for the past 21 years in the mortgage industry, and I am a member of the local Mortgage Association. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and expertise to Guarantee Home Loans.”
Scott Reba, Mortgage Loan Officer, Guarantee Home Loans

If you are in need of a home loan and would like to discuss your options for financing, don’t hesitate to CONNECT with Scott today.

Toys For Tots

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We are happy to announce that Guarantee Real Estate sales offices will serve as drop off locations for Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to local children whose parents can’t afford to buy them for Christmas. Guarantee Real Estate is pleased to join the mission of the program which is to “DELIVER” smiles through giving new and unwrapped toys.

Teamwork and community involvement will make this project a huge success. Therefore, every Valley resident is encouraged to share this announcement throughout the surrounding communities. Please encourage everyone that you know to join our efforts in providing joy, goodwill, and cheer to children less fortunate. It doesn’t cost much to put a smile on a child’s face, but a smile that YOU create by giving is priceless!

The sales offices listed below will accept new and unwrapped toys between now and December 13. The offices are open during regular business hours, Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.


7050 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno, CA 93650

5210 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704

180 W. Bullard Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612

3 River Park Place East, Fresno, CA 93720

1049 G. Street, Reedley, CA 936524

29369 Auberry Road, Prather, CA 93651

Guarantee Home Safety Tips for Halloween

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Many children look forward to Halloween-The one day they can dress up and collect as many candy & treats their hands will allow. At Guarantee, we want all of our neighborhoods to enjoy the festivities of Halloween, but we want to encourage safety as well. Below are three important safety tips to keep top of mind when handing out treats this year.

Use Lots of Lights and Avoid Using Candles
A dark home can tell people you’re not expecting visitors. It could also be an accident waiting to happen. Be sure to keep the pathway from the street to your door well-lit. A glowing jack-o’-lantern makes your home warm and welcoming to children, but using a candle to illuminate a pumpkin can be dangerous. Costumes and paper decoration are easily flammable, so instead of using a candle, use fun light-up decorations that are battery operated.

Keep Your Walkway Clear
The fall season produces lots of leaves. Remember to sweep away dirt, leaves, and branches from your driveway or sidewalk. Trick-or-treaters are usually too preoccupied by counting their candy to pay close attention to where they’re walking, so it’s important to inspect your yard for hazards. Be sure your yard and walkways are free of water hoses, sprinklers, and loose gravel. If your home has an irrigation system, turn the system off so your lawn and walkways have a chance to dry.

Use Your Garage
The night before Halloween can be full of mischief, and the night of Halloween can lead to a yard full of kids. If your car is left outside of the garage, it can be a target for pranks, accidental dents and scratches. Be sure to park your car inside of your garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park your car in a place with low traffic.

Have a safe and fun Halloween from your friends at Guarantee Real Estate!

Guarantee Features Alice Brown-Harris!

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Written by: Leverne Brown

An Olympian From the Start
Alice Brown-Harris – A three time US Olympian, was raised in Southern California. After graduating from John Muir High School, she earned a B.A. from California State University Northridge.

At the age of 11, Alice began to dream big through her love for sports. In 1972, she watched her first Olympic games on TV and with amazement she thought, “I’m going there!” Alice excelled at various different activities like softball, but found herself most comfortable with running. Alice lived for running, and she set her sight on achieving the opportunity to compete internationally. In 1980, Alice’s dream became a reality when she earned a spot on the US Olympic Team. Unfortunately, this would be bittersweet. Since the US declined to participate in the Moscow Olympic Games, Alice’s hope to earn a medal temporarily diminished.

In Alice’s opinion, a setback is only a setup for a better opportunity to do something greater. In the 1984 Olympics, she was the first leg of the United States women’s 4x100m relay team, which won gold in Los Angeles. She won silver in the 100m dash in the same Olympic games. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, history was made when the US women’s 4x100m relay team won gold for the second consecutive Summer Olympic games — this time with the quartet of Alice Brown, Sheila Echols, Florence Griffith-Joyner, and Evelyn Ashford.

After retiring from athletics, Alice worked for the California Department of Corrections. In 2015, she retired from her position with the State, and in 2017 she began a new career in Real Estate.

Why Choose a Career in Real Estate?
“My career choices were influenced by those who helped me through all of my rough patches…I may not have been as successful had I not received the support of family and friends who loved me through it all,” explained Alice. Selling real estate gives Alice an opportunity to help others.

Alice takes pride in her new profession as a Realtor®. The same hard work, tenacity, and dedication that she embraced over the years as an Olympian is what she brings to her clients at Guarantee Real Estate.

“I assure my clients that I’ll do my best to bring them the GOLD, because I leave no rock unturned!”

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The Valley’s Market Enters Neutral Territory!

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In this Week’s Real Estate Minute (REM) Andy Nazaroff, CEO of Guarantee Real Estate explains that for the first time in three years the Valley’s housing market has entered neutral territory! This means the market is currently demonstrating a balance between buyers and sellers.

Take a brief look at the graph down below. It shows a 20% increase in inventory from one year ago.

This is great news for buyers and sellers. More inventory indicates more choices for buyers, and more inventory increases the chance for homeowners to sell at a normal price range.

CONNECT with a Guarantee Realtor® today!

Fall is a Great Season to List Your Home!

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The Process Will Be Fast and Efficient!
Before our buyers shop for a home, we connect them with the most knowledgeable loan officers to secure financing. This saves the buyer time, and it makes the process much easier for YOU as the seller.

Since today’s market has compelled home buyers to step up, you can rest and be sure that many of them have gone beyond the average requirements to obtain mortgage financing.

When you list your home with Guarantee this Fall, your home’s “days on market” won’t be very long. The tenacity of a buyer matched with the commitment of a Guarantee Realtor®, makes the selling process much faster.

CONNECT with a Guarantee Realtor® today and let’s discuss more opportunities for your investment!

Fall is a Great Time to Sell and Upgrade!

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Home inventory still falls below the 6-month supply that is needed for a typical housing market. This means there aren’t enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers. However, this is great news for those who’ve gained equity as their home values have increased.

Equity Gained is a Shift Towards Opportunity!
If you’ve been thinking of moving to a premium style home, this is the perfect time to sell and upgrade. List your home with Guarantee this Fall, and take advantage of the current buyer demand.

CONNECT with us NOW, and find out what your home is worth.

Guarantee Partners With From Your Friends

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Guarantee Real Estate shares a partnership with From Your Friends, the latest and best marketing program for direct mail.

80% of customers say they would refer their real estate agent or use them again. The unfortunate truth is that only 20% of them do! From Your Friends is a great cost effective way for Realtors® to stay in constant contact with their client database.

What Our Partnership Means Regionally
From Your Friends is exclusive to Guarantee Real Estate. That means no other real estate company in the Valley is allowed to use this service.

“When we created From Your Friends, we set out to consider what agents wanted from a direct mail program. They desired something easy, affordable and effective. We listened and took everything people found undesirable about direct mail and tossed it out the window! Our program is truly the simplest and most efficient way for agents to stay top of mind with their sphere. -Julie Antuzzi-Rueffert, Co-Creator and Owner of From Your Friends.

How it Works
Each month your client list will receive a personalized postcard with a free offer or discount at a local restaurant, entertainment venue, or merchant as a gift from you. There are no contracts, sign-up fees, and no cancellation fees. You can make changes to your database every month, and a variety of templates are available for you to choose from.

Your Success is Our Main Goal!
Our main goal is to be the Premier Provider of the real estate experience around the home sale transaction, and our commitment to search for innovative marketing solutions will never end. Connect with us today for more information on how to START your career at Guarantee Real Estate.

The Great Real Estate Recession

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In this week’s Real Estate Minute (REM) with CEO, Andy Nazaroff, we get to take a look back at the Great Real Estate Recession that hit 10 years ago. If we survey the past course of events, we will discover that the Federal Government and the Banking Industry were heroic for their stand during the crisis.

Let’s fast forward and take a look at where we are now.

Since the economy is headed in a positive direction, now is the time to buy and sell.

CONNECT with us today to learn more!

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