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As another year draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead at what 2018 may hold in store. We checked in with our industry experts, from Sherman Oaks to Turks and Caicos, to get the scoop on their plans and predictions for the New Year.

Santiago Arana, Managing Partner

"My prediction is that the year ahead will be very much like 2017—demand will increase, prices and total sales will climb, and homes will spend less time on the market. As foreign buyers continue to set their sights on Los Angeles, the demand has never been greater for exceptional luxury properties across the Westside, and I look forward to helping meet this demand with increased marketing efforts and a top-notch team.”

Michael Grady, Managing Partner, Venice

“While I don’t

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Settle in, get cozy and warm up with our final hotlist of the year, a roundup of properties and personalities that made headlines in December.

Billy Rose → Self-driving cars won’t just change the automotive industry. They’ll change everything, including where people choose to live, if commuting becomes a little less stressful. Weighing in on how autonomous cars may change the real estate industry, The Agency Co-Founder and President Billy Rose told Realtor.com, “This change will be like the change from horse and buggy to cars.” Billy also lent his expertise this month to Robb Report on the subject of all cash buyers and why cash may still be king at the highest end of the Los Angeles market.

Justin Fichelson → ‘Tis the season when experts in

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The holidays are fast approaching—which means it’s time to get shopping! This year, we touched base with agents across our various office locations to get the inside scoop on the best shopping in each region. From Beverly Hills to Punta de Mita, you’re sure to find that perfect something for every special someone on your holiday list. And if you’re in the area, don’t forget to drop by The Agency and say hello!

BEVERLY HILLS

When it comes to holiday shopping in Beverly Hills, it doesn’t get more classic than Gearys on Rodeo Drive. From fine jewelry and designer watches to luxe dinnerware and posh home goods,  the neighborhood mainstay is a go-to for Beverly Hills locals in need of a little something with a major wow-factor. Got a jetsetter on

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Smart-home technology is no longer just providing security and convenience but also becoming a part of the lifestyle experience of a home. With a touch of a finger, you can do everything from set the mood, lock the doors, let in the babysitter, brew your coffee, vacuum the house, feed the dog, control the sound, and the list goes on. By 2020, the number of connected devices is expected to grow to a whopping 26 billion, according to recent numbers from Forbes. From Beverly Hills to Hollywood and San Francisco, we’ve got some of the “smartest” homes on the market right now that expertly weave technology into the living experience.

1251 SHADOW HILL WAY | BEVERLY HILLS

This newly constructed, contemporary masterpiece weaves cutting-edge

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Celebrating another year of innovation in real estate, The Agency recently took over Hyde Sunset for our annual holiday soirée. From celebrating our sixth birthday and opening ten new offices to being nominated for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and breaking records around the globe, there were plenty of accolades and accomplishments worth toasting. Amidst the mingling and merriment, our founders Billy Rose and Mauricio Umansky took a moment to recognize 2017’s standout players. Congratulations to all MVPs on a stellar year.

The Agency’s 2017 MVPs

 2017 All-Around MVP The Agency: James Harris, David Parnes, Santiago Arana

2017 MVP, The Agency Venice: Michael Grady

2017 MVP, The Agency Sherman Oaks: Adrienne Martz

2017 MVP, The

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Pictured above, 13262 Galewood St. in Sherman Oaks

In today’s ultra-competitive real estate market, pocket listings have become all the rage. Earlier this year, The Agency’s Christopher Dyson, in partnership with Mauricio Umansky, James Harris and David Parnes, launched The Pocket Listing Service (ThePLS.com), the first private, national off-market listing forum created exclusively by agents, for agents. ThePLS.com provides a place where agents across the U.S. can consolidate off-market listings in one easy-to-use space and collaborate with fellow members on behalf of their clients. As Curbed recently reported, ThePLS.com has reached close to 2 billion listings and 2,750 members—and counting—a testament to the growing allure of off-market listings.

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Bringing an unmatched expertise in new development sales and the Downtown Los Angeles condo market, The Agency Development Group sales team is now officially in place at Metropolis Los Angeles and already making headlines in The Real Deal. With a combined 75 years of experience on some of the world’s most impactful development projects, the team brings a wealth of knowledge and existing relationships with buyers and agents to what is currently the largest mixed-use development in the Western United States.

“We recruited the best talent in the industry to represent a project of this magnitude, which is changing the way people live and experience Downtown Los Angeles,” says Mike Leipart, Managing Partner of The Agency Development Group, which was

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Pictured above, Playa de La Paz in La Paz, Mexico

From tropical island getaways to snowy ski escapes, there’s nothing quite like booking that long-awaited winter getaway to get you in the holiday spirit. This week, we rounded up some of our favorite luxury vacation rentals around the world that will take your breath away.

PLAYA DE LA PAZ | LA PAZ

 

Surrounded by the calm, turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez, this three-bedroom residence in the newly unveiled Playa de La Paz development in La Paz, Mexico, offers the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Represented by John Herkenrath, the fully-furnished, turnkey residence features high-end interiors and all the amenities one would expect of a resort property, including a concierge,

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The official debut of the newest floor plan at Envy Residences in Downtown Scottsdale drew well-heeled agents and industry influencers from across Arizona and beyond. The perfect kick-off to the holiday season, the event unveiled the Temptation floor plan, one of several distinct offerings within the exclusive enclave of 89 opulent residences. 

Guests were greeted with champagne in the lobby before riding the elevator to the 5th floor, where agents Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano took them on an exclusive tour of the newest model home in the Envy collection. The 2,200-square-foot Temptation residences boast airy, open-concept living, three bedrooms with spa-style ensuite baths and walk-in closets.

Attendees mixed and mingled as they explored the

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As we approach the final month of 2018, we’re taking a look back at the properties and personalities that made headlines in November.

Craig Knizek → Having found his way to real estate after a storied career in film and TV, Craig tells Locale Magazine, “I learned that I had to work harder than anyone else, and to understand the creative temperament of artists, which is similar to understanding the sensitive mentality of a home buyer/seller.” Profiled in the November issue, Craig dishes on his background in Hollywood and the state of L.A. real estate.

Mike Leipart → “Any time you have a lot of something, it’s hard to create urgency… Each phase should have something to drive traffic, and be a small representation of the building itself.” The

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