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Changing signs of the times

July 24, 2008|By Ruth Longoria

Shakeups in some of La Cañada’s real estate offices are beginning to look like a game of musical chairs as familiar faces show up in new locations and some business cards, agents and local offices prepare to take on new logos or titles.

Some of the reshuffling of Realtors and real estate companies is connected to the changing real estate market across the country, some local Realtors admit. However, others have their own reasons for making a move at this point in time.

“I was at a place in my life where I felt like I needed a kick-start,” said former Keilholtz agent Carey Haynes, who recently opted to join forces with Janice McGlashan, Sandy Saeger, and few other Coldwell Banker Realtors to form, what Haynes is calling “the office of the future,” a new Coldwell Banker office in the Vons shopping center complex that, she said, is a “streamlined combination of professionals who work together in an environment that produces sales.”

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The larger Coldwell Banker office one block to the west on Foothill Boulevard was closed last month as the company dealt with an economic downturn and reduced staffs at the La Cañada and Pasadena offices. Some of the La Cañada agents with that office were moved to the company’s Glendale office, Coldwell Banker representatives said in an earlier press release.

Haynes is quick to mention that she wasn’t unhappy with Keilholtz, a company she worked with for the past 16 years. “The invitation [to join Coldwell Banker] was just too hard to refuse,” she said, adding that “it was hard to leave [Keilholtz]; my family was there.”

Folks over at Keilholtz will be changing their business cards as well. That company recently announced it has merged with (and changed its name to) Dickson Podley Realtors, which now has five real estate offices in the San Gabriel Valley, including in La Cañada, Pasadena, Altadena, Monrovia and Glendora. Sign changes at Keilholtz are expected to occur Aug. 1, Wes Seastrom, a partner in Keilholtz last week told the Valley Sun.

Seastrom called the change at Keilholtz “bittersweet.”

“Economic times require changes to be made,” he said.

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