Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Mary Ackermann & Eric Gaer to their new onsite sales office in Trilogy at La Quinta. Mary has been selling real estate in Southern California since 1992. She is a licensed broker and licensed general contractor. She started as a Budget Analyst for one of the largest developers in California and was quickly promoted to Project Manager, which led to her becoming a Licensed General Contractor in 1985. Those skills led to a perfect match for a Real Estate career that began in 1992 and continues today.
A Southern California native, Mary and her husband, Eric Gaer, purchased a home at Trilogy La Quinta in early 2004. They enjoy the golf and activities available within the development. Having moved from Aviara/Carlsbad, Ca. permanently, Mary has worked with new home developers for the last three years and will be a full time broker associate on site for Trilogy.

With a double degree in Marketing and Business Management, Mary offers advanced technology driven marketing techniques, market analysis and excellent negotiation skills for her buyers, sellers and investors. You will find her commitment to her clients always comes first, a true professional with integrity, knowledge and your interest in mind.

Ca. Broker/Realtor BRE Ca01147420
BSBA-Business Management
Licensed General Contractor B484530
Certified New Home Specialist – BIA

Eric Gaer is a California-licensed real estate broker specializing in residential and investment properties. Together with Mary Ackermann-Gaer, they have over 30 years’ experience serving seller and buyers.

Prior to real estate sales, Eric served as CEO of San Diego-based financial services and technology companies. He relocated to the Coachella Valley with Mary. Eric is an avid golfer and can be seen hacking the ball around with the rest of the Trilogy Men’s Club. He also spent 22 seasons as an NCAA basketball official.

Mary and Eric’s boys were raised in Del Mar, Ca. and graduated from Torrey Pines High School. Chris went to Univ. of Phoenix and Brian attended San Diego State Univ. Chris, who is a Captain in the Army and now resides in Kansas with his wife and five daughters.
Brian, resides with his wife, two small sons and a daughter due in November, 2016 in Point Loma.

Windermere Homes & Estates is proud to welcome Vicki Forswall to their new onsite sales office at Palm Valley Country Club. Born and raised in Texas she has always enjoyed the rugged beauty, sunshine and resort lifestyle of the desert. In 2005 she made the decision to relocate to the Coachella Valley bringing with her a 25 year history in the real estate/mortgage banking industry. Once settled she enjoyed a premature retirement and traveled the world extensively for a several years before settling back in to her new home. As a licensed California Real Estate Broker she has helped hundreds of people buy and sell homes. As a top producer and Broker Associate with Windermere Homes & Estates she specializes in resort area properties throughout the valley. She spends professional and personal time at Palm Valley Country Club representing the Onsite Sales Office and enjoying “The Fun Club” with all its amenities. Some of her favorites: golf, spinning, pickle ball, fitness center and, of course, socializing with all the wonderful friends she has met during her tenure here in the desert.

As a full time real estate professional Vicki can help you find your dream home, vacation home or the investment property that suits your needs.

“It’s always exciting to have new talent in your company, especially with someone who is a constant professional and understands hard work like Vicki does. We are happy to have her join with Windermere,” says co-owner Brian Gooding.

Windermere Homes & Estates has continued plans to grow in all of its locations. For more information, please contact Brian Gooding at or 760-585-8868, or Rich Johnson at or 760-585-8868.

About Windermere Real Estate

Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico. Last year, Windermere closed over 86,000 home sales for more than $31.7 billion in dollar volume. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than 30 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit

Windermere Homes and Estates in Palm Desert proudly welcomes Davin and Darci Hope to the team! Davin and Darci Hope both believe that while executing all aspects of business and real estate with great attention to detail, every activity should include an element of fun. Let them make your buying and selling experience fruitful and fun!

“It’s always exciting to have new talent in your company, especially with someone who is a constant professional and understands hard work. Davin & Darci will be successful, I am more than confident in that and the reason for that success is going to be because they are hard workers and understand the importance of what our clients need,” says Brian Gooding, co-owner.

Davin Hope represents great passion and unparalleled enthusiasm for the Luxury Real Estate market in the entire Coachella Valley! After retiring at age 50 from a 20 year career as a motivational speaker, training many of the top Real Estate agents best practices in all of North America, Davin was able to purchase investment properties in the Coachella Valley and through meticulous management was not only able to own them free and clear but make enough income to become 100% self-sustaining. Through his expertise and affiliations with the top people in the industry Davin would love to be of service to you and help as many people as possible realize their dreams of buying, selling, investing in, and owning winning properties.

As a native of the Desert, Darci Hope has a true understanding of each of the cities that make up the Coachella Valley. Having traveled for 15 years with her husband Davin and living in most of the major cities all over the US and Canada, she has a real appreciation for the high quality of life here. Having been a locations coordinator for a nationwide seminar company, finding the best residences for traveling executive trainers, Darci has the uncanny ability to find exactly what a buyer is looking for.

Windermere Homes and Estates is reaching new heights with new agents, Chip Gremillion is an exciting addition to the company’s growth. At Windermere Homes & Estates, we foster a learning environment that promotes technology savvy realtors who are ready to take on the market by storm. Chip encompasses all that and more. As twenty-six year desert resident he provides buyers and sellers with a broad knowledge of the markets in the greater Palm Springs Desert Resorts area.

Chip embraces technology and understands what video and media can do for his sellers. Coupled with exceptional marketing skills, he brings to his clients award winning video production and presentation.  Prior to licensing as a realtor, Chip formed Orgininamics, Inc. a video production and marketing company and launched the award winning nightly television program, Real Estate Showcase.

In 2005 he was selected as “Small Businessman of the Year” for the California Senate District 37 for his pioneering work in utilizing Video on Demand to enhance the real estate market on cable television and the Internet.  Chip is recognized as the first to develop a dedicated 24/7 Video on Demand channel showcasing most of Southern California real estate. Ready for the next chapter in his life, always having an interest in real estate becoming a licensed Realtor was the next logical step for Chip. And we’re excited he is here!

“It’s always exciting to have new talent in your company, especially with someone who is a constant professional and understands hard work. Chip Gremillion will be successful, I am more than confident in that and the reason for that success is going to be because he is innovative in his approaches and understands the importance of what our clients need,” says Brian Gooding, co-owner.

Chip is based out of our Palm Desert office located at 73-725 El Paseo Drive, Suite 23A in Palm Desert, CA and is appreciative of any inquiries/questions about the real estate market in the greater Palm Springs Resorts area. He can be contacted at 760-219-3225 or by email at

Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Mark Weissmann to their Palm Desert Office. Mark has a background as a CEO of a nationally known marketing firm whose clients have included several Fortune 100 and 500 companies including; the National Basketball Association, the Olympics, Sony Corporation and major projects and national events.  Mark’s marketing background has blended well with his Real Estate career in the Coachella Valley and representation of a solid base of clients. He enjoys introducing them to the Coachella Valley, the area country clubs, trendy projects being built and overall the great areas that the region offers.  Mark currently represents a highly experienced new home builder that he has helped to introduce to the area. Based on a current global marketing knowledge and employing contemporary digital technology, Mark reaches Buyers from throughout the nation, Canada and other countries.  Sellers have benefited from Mark’s knowledge of the market and creation of successful marketing strategies that Mark employs. As the Board President of an HOA, Mark has a full awareness of a vast number of HOA communities and what they can offer.

 “We are honored to welcome Mark Weissmann to our Windermere Palm Desert office.” Says co-owner, Brian Gooding, “He is a true pillar of the community and comes with a wealth of real estate and area knowledge.”

 Mark is the Co-Founder and Tournament Director for the nation’s pre-eminent major collegiate golf tournament, The Prestige at PGA WEST. The Prestige at PGA WEST hosts many of the highest rated major collegiate teams in the world and many of the most talented collegiate players.  Several of the world’s greatest players have played in The Prestige at PGA WEST and have identified it as their favorite major collegiate tournament. Many corporate leaders attend The Prestige at PGA WEST.

Having major experience in marketing, Real Estate and an understanding of country clubs and HOA communities provides Mark with knowledge and experience to offer concepts and ideas to attract solid buyers and solidify relationships that can end in the culmination of a new homeowner and new club member.

Mark has been active as Past Area Chairperson of the Board for the American Diabetes Association and Past Chairman of the American Diabetes Association Golf Classic in addition to serving on other non-profit Boards.

Windermere Homes & Estates opens a new office in Big Bear and proudly welcomes Patrick Lane and Sherry McDaniel. Combined the two have been selling real estate for the past twelve years. Annually they have been selling over 30 properties in both Big Bear and Palm Springs. 

Patrick and Sherry are an unstoppable team! They have been recipients of the Quality Service Award for the past 5 years. Sherry is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and has a Luxury Home sales designation and Patrick has earned his Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist Certification (RSPS). Patrick also was the managing broker for their previous company and serves on the local board of directors for their Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s awesome to have such a motivated team with us, especially those who are so successful in their markets,” Brian Gooding, co-founder. 

Before working in real estate, Sherry pursued the skies with American Airlines, while Patrick ruled the roads with the Ford Motor Company. They are based out of two locations: Palm Desert office located at 73-725 El Paseo Drive, Suite 23A in Palm Desert, CA and in Big Bear Lake at 42692 Moonridge Road. Whether you are looking to buy or sell or just have questions about the real estate market in the greater Palm Springs Resorts and Big Bear areas, contact Patrick Lane and Sherry McDaniel. 


Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Melody Richards to their Palm Desert office on El Paseo. Melody has been a top producer and has had great success in real estate for over 25 years. She contributes her success to her enjoyment of being of service to her clients and her passion for real estate. Whether you are buying or selling, Melody takes the time to truly understand what you are looking for and makes it her focus to stay on course and reach those goals. She takes pride in making her clients and her client’s referrals happy and satisfied. This along with her vast knowledge of real estate is how she built her reputation.

Having previously come from the service industry has really helped her to form a strong connection with her clients. From the fashion industry in the UK, then the travel industry in Australia and Canada, she’s always put customer satisfaction first. However, nothing has satisfied her more than the exciting world of helping you buy and sell real estate.

Whether buying or selling your real estate, Melody Richards “loves to sell real estate”, she is a professional realtor® and is ready to attain your goals in your next exciting move. It is our pleasure to welcome Melody to the Windermere legacy.

Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Tom Angone to their management team as the new Assistant Managing Broker. Tom is a Broker with more than 30 years of experience in luxury home sales in the Coachella Valley. He has been involved in more than $600,000,000 in sales in his real estate career and is very thankful for the all the working relationships he has developed over the years.

Before joining Windermere Homes & Estates Tom was Broker/Owner of Luxury Resort Properties, a boutique real estate company specializing in Luxury Homes throughout the valley.

Prior to running his own real estate firm he was a Sales Associate, Broker and VP of Sales and Marketing for TD Desert Development, developer of Luxury Communities Andalusia at Coral Mountain and Rancho La Quinta from 2006 thru June of 2012.

Before joining TD, Tom was Broker and VP of Sales and Marketing for Ministrelli Homes, developer of Luxury Communities such as Painted Cove in La Quinta, Painted Cove and Villaggio in Indian Wells, Artisan in Rancho Mirage and a number of homes at Bighorn Golf Club and The Reserve.

“Tom has had the opportunity to work for some successful developers here in the desert giving him a great amount of experience and knowledge related to marketing and the negotiating skills one needs to be successful in in any real estate market. He’s knowledge, skills and expertise of the local market will be a wonderful addition to the Windermere family,” says co-owner Brian Gooding.

Tom and his wife Leslie are both Southern California natives. They moved to the desert in 1981. They have 3 wonderful children now pursuing their own careers. In their leisure time they enjoy being together gardening, traveling, hiking, catching an occasional movie and playing a little golf.

Tom’s mission is to deliver the highest level of service to all those he works with including family, friends, clients and fellow real estate agents. He believes this is accomplished by gaining one’s Trust with unmatched Integrity and Experience to obtain the Results we all desire.

Windermere Homes & Estates proudly welcomes Mark Turner to their Palm Desert office. Mark Turner has successfully been selling Real Estate in the Desert for many years. He has been one of the TOP 10 Producers at his previous company for the past 5 years. His knowledge of the area is vast and varied. Having been club Champion at Indian Ridge Country Club and being a scratch golfer, he knows the clubs and the courses Valley wide. Considering a home is often the greatest investment made by any individual. Great care, thought and knowledge of the area is vital. Mark loves selling real estate and does his best to make the process contain as little stress and frustration as is possible. His goal is to help his clients find the perfect home to meet their needs and that represents whatever situation or time of life they find themselves in. Whether you need a large home to fill with family, friends, children and grandchildren or you want a cozy home to build your family in or maybe a place to escape the weeks work and relax on a part time basis. Whatever your needs are, Mark will search and work hard to see that you find the perfect place. Mark has also been extremely successful at Listing homes and selling them quickly. Careful consideration of current market values, making sure he knows all the details of the home he lists, ensures a seller he or she will get the best possible price. We look forward to having Mark Turner on our Windermere Palm Desert team!