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The Agency's Mauricio Umansky was a featured speaker this morning at Inman News' Real Estate Connect New York, a must-attend conference that brings together leaders in the real estate and tech industries. The topic: "Selling Luxury Real Estate," a subject Mauricio knows a little something about. The Agency CEO was recently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #7 top-producing real estate agent in the U.S. and #1 in Southern California.

Those of us at The Agency who were not lucky enough to be there live were busy following along on Twitter via the very active #ICNY hashtag. And based on the response we saw, conference attendees walked away with some excellent insight from Mauricio.

We compiled a few of the Tweets from those in the audience

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Location: 12 Bay Island, Newport Beach, CA

Size: 5 Bedrooms / 7 baths; over 5,400 square feet

For Sale: $21,900,000

Agent: Mauricio Umansky

There is a magical island that sits out into the middle of what is called the turning basin in the harbor of Newport Beach, CA. It is where the five channels of beautifully home lined waterways come together and all the main activity is centered. Bay Island is not well known because it privately owned by 23 families, and the homes have typically passed down from generation to generation with little access to the public.

Out on the north point of this magical Bay Island sits a Balinese inspired, understated yet elegant and exquisite home that has graced architectural magazines. 12 Bay Island has been called

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Mauricio Umansky

Mauricio Umansky is getting a good dose of the Big Apple in the new year. The Agency's CEO just returned from a trip to New York in support of his wife, Kyle Richards, who was making the talk show rounds to promote her new book, Life Is Not A Reality Show. Next week, Mauricio heads back to New York to appear as one of the featured speakers at Real Estate Connect New York, a must-attend conference that brings together leaders in the real estate and tech industries.

The conference, held at the Marriott Marquis Time Square, starts January 11 and runs through January 13. The session Mauricio will participate in is titled "Lessons from the High End: Selling Luxury Real Estate" and will take place on Thursday, January 12, from 10:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

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Joshua Myler The Agency

The Agency's Josh Myler (above) wrote the below after our first weekly meeting of 2012. The meetings, held every Tuesday, allow agents to explore opportunities together and share information about listings and market trends. This type of collaboration is key to the mission of partnership at The Agency.

I was biking at the gym this morning, reading an interview with William Taylor, Cofounder and Editor of Fast Company, a magazine focused on examining what working professionals seek most, in the work place and in life.

Taylor and his business partner founded the company after several months of analyzing people's responses to one very simple question:  Are we satisfied with what we're getting out of our personal and professional lives? The consensus -

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As 2011 draws to a close, the newspapers and websites that cover the real estate industry have been busy compiling their year-end "Most" and "Top" lists. The topics run the gamut, covering everything from top celebrity homes to the most massive estates to the craziest happenings in residential real estate. Check out some of the ones that caught our attention below.

» The Most Expensive House of 2011 - [Wall Street Journal] » Most Viewed Home Galleries of 2011 - [L.A. Times] » Most Popular Posts of 2011 - [Zillow Blog] » Top 10 Most Popular Curbed Posts of 2011 - [Curbed.com] » The 10 Most Expensive U.S. Homes Sold This Year - [Business Insider] » LA's Top Celebrity Real Estate Of 2011: Big, Bigger And Biggest - [Huffington Post] » All the…
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The L.A. Times today took note of The Agency and other independent real estate agencies who are opening offices now despite the overall downturn in the housing market and decreasing number of agents nationwide.

"The high-end market is less sensitive to a downturn in the economy," industry expert Stefan Swanepoel told the L.A. Times.

In the article, The Agency's Billy Rose notes that they are in discussions to add offices around the world, with possible locations including Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe.

As Mauricio Umansky noted when The Agency launched, “The world is now one integrated marketplace, so we are creating a network of the most capable, respected and informed agents in each region of the globe. Our clients will be expertly represented on

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Location: 1154 Tower Road, Beverly Hills, CA

Size: 6 Bedrooms / 7.5 baths; over 11,000 square feet

For Sale: $13,650,000

Agent: Mauricio Umansky

This privately gated compound located on prestigious Tower Road in Beverly Hills boasts more than 10,000 sq. ft. in the main house with 11′ ceilings and extra large public rooms. The home includes a stunning two-story foyer complimented with a grand curving stairway that leads down to the black and white marble flooring.

The living room features floor to ceiling French doors, fireplace, coffered ceilings and mahogany floors. Adjacent to the living room is a paneled library with fireplace and balcony.

The brand new gourmet kitchen includes top quality appliances and statuary white marble covering the

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With its world-class dining, lively nightlife, azure blue waters and flawless year-round weather, Cabo San Lucas offers visitors endless reasons to indulge and explore its every inch. Yet staying still and simply soaking up the Baja sun is one of the best ways to enjoy the famed vacation destination, and there's no better way to do absolutely nothing than lounging idly in your own private infinity pool. One of the finest luxury private villas in Cabo San Lucas, Casa Tiffeni (seen above) is an ocean front property that extends right to the shoreline – offering fabulous views of the “El Arco” natural rock formation and access to a private secluded cove. Perched 50 feet above the Sea of Cortez, Casa Tiffeni's infinity pool and jacuzzi features a private

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World champion freediver Guillaume Nery and his girlfriend Julie Gautier shot this stunning film, titled "Free Fall," when they were at Dean's Blue Hole during a freediving competition. Officially designated one of the Top 77 Natural Wonders of the World, the underwater sink hole located on Long Island in the Bahamas is the deepest blue hole in the world, plunging 663 feet down into a seemingly bottomless blue depth.

Shot over four days, Nery describes the film as "fiction" and "an artistic project."

"I don't claim to have reached the bottom of the hole (202m) without rope and fins, as the world record in no-fins discipline is 95m. We made this movie to show another approach in free diving videos. We wanted to express the

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This Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m The Agency's Jeeb O'Reilly and Tori Barnao will be hosting an open house at 1641 Viewmont Dr. Located minutes away from the famed Sunset Strip and currently owned by a very talented photographer/producer, this spacious, loft features a huge studio space and living room with two-story heigh ceiling art walls. The offering price is $2,300,000. Highlights include:

  • 3,188 apx square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • City and beach views from master suite
  • Located minutes from Sunset Strip

An excerpt from our listing:

"Master suite sits on top level with deck looking out at dramatic city to beach views. Center level features an eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room, living room and den and deck.

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