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Each year, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognizes 500 of the most influential people in the city; out of 10 million people, we’re proud to announce that Mauricio Umansky, The Agency’s Founder and CEO, and Santiago Arana, Managing Partner, were recognized among the publication’s exclusive LA500.

We’re also pleased to share that our Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Shane Farkas, was named a finalist in the Rising Star category of the publication’s esteemed CTO awards. As part of The Agency’s founding team, Shane has played an instrumental role in developing our operational systems and processes, spearheading the development of industry-leading proprietary software platforms for our residential and New Development divisions.


2 DE WITT DRIVE - Ever wondered what it would be like to live inside the Sistine Chapel? You can get pretty close with this Renaissance-style mansion in the desirable enclave of Ross, California, just outside San Francisco. Situated on two acres of romantic grounds, the opulent home is complete with 8,660 square feet of hand-painted murals, columns and carved marble figures that Robb Report boasts would impress Michelangelo himself. Represented by Rachel Swann and Kayla Grae, the sprawling estate also features multiple fine living areas, expansive verandas, a resort-like pool, tennis courts and old-world gardens.

ONE&ONLY MANDARINA PRIVATE HOMES - Talk about getting in the zone. As long-time admirers of the One&Only experience, San Francisco Giants

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Agents from all corners of the globe made their way north of the border to celebrate The Agency’s recent expansion into British Columbia, Canada. Among them was The Agency’s Co-Founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky, who joined the Canadian team to mark the official opening of its two Vancouver Island offices in Victoria and Nanaimo.

“It was such a thrill to welcome our fellow agents and members of The Agency family from around the globe to Vancouver Island and provide a glimpse of B.C.’s stunning natural beauty and incredible real estate,” says Brian Danyliw, who spearheads the two offices along with fellow B.C. native and industry veteran Jason Binab.    

“The excitement and support we feel from the global team is exactly what

Over the past few years, the dynamic desert enclave of Old Town Scottsdale has emerged as a global luxury destination in its own right. A host of innovative art galleries from Los Angeles and New York, paired with high-end, chef-driven restaurants and new hotel-branded luxury residences, are bringing a decidedly polished sheen to Scottsdale’s beloved historic district.

Among the neighborhood’s most anticipated new developments is a collection of two Modern Terrace homes conceived by CP Drewett, AIA (the esteemed architect behind the enclave of residences at the nearby Ritz-Carlton project) in collaboration with Rich Brock of BedRock Developers and MARA Interior Design. Represented by The Agency’s Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano, the two urban

The Agency, our agents and staff are committed to doing their part to make a difference in the communities we call home. Recently, four of our own spearheaded initiatives in the L.A. area for causes they hold dear—and The Agency was proud to play a part.

A proud supporter of Alliance of Moms (AOM), a program that supports pregnant and parenting teens in the L.A. County foster care system, Natasha Barrett hosted a pre-Mother’s Day event at the new Fred Segal boutique in Malibu. Shoppers enjoyed treats from Le Pain Quotidien, rosé from Summer Somewhere, custom embroidery by C. Bonz, and trunk shows by Morgan Lane and Stacy Nolan jewelry, with 10 percent of the proceeds from each purchase going directly toward vital funding for the organization and its


Rachel Swann, Kayla Grae and Mauricio Umansky brought the spirit of Italy to Marin, California in what was undoubtedly the festa to remember. Hosted at the magnificent Villa La Sosta, an ethereal, Italian-inspired estate in Ross, the home’s phenomenal grounds and old world gardens served as the perfect setting for the lively affair, as agents, family and friends gathered for an afternoon in the sunshine to experience the incredible offering.

The Agency was proud to partner with Merchants Exchange Club, Napa Valley’s Peju Winery and Peroni alongside British Motor Cars to create an interactive Lamborghini experience for the event. A harpist provided a whimsical soundtrack in the estate’s soaring entrance gallery, surrounded by romantic wall and ceiling


Every home has a story, but it takes vision and creativity to bring it to life. That sentiment certainly isn’t lost on our award-winning public relations division, which was just recognized by the prestigious Hermes Creative Awards for the third consecutive year.

Working in partnership with more than 550 agents across offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, our stellar team leverages relationships with the world’s premier print, broadcast and online media outlets, securing regular coverage in The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and more. The international competition, administered and judged by the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals, honors the accomplishments of the world’s leaders in marketing

Located on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula, Todos Santos is one of Mexico’s best kept secrets. A haven for artists, surfers and expats alike, the sleepy seaside town has been experiencing much buzz over the past couple years with the arrival of innovative farm-to-table restaurants, high-end hotels and a slew of fashionable press. Just a scenic, hour-long drive north of Los Cabos, down a smooth highway lined with majestic saguaro cacti, Todos Santos is one of only 36 Mexican towns to earn the designation of a Puebla Magico. One need only spend a day strolling the quaint cobblestone streets of old town, discovering a secret beach at the end of a sandy palm tree oasis, or watching a dazzling technicolor sunset—margarita in hand—to

When Jorge Dalinger, the mastermind behind internationally renowned design firm Dalinger Designs, relocated to Los Angeles from his native Sevilla in his early teens, he brought Spanish roots that run deep. Once settled in L.A., he began absorbing everything the city had to offer, experimenting with creative ways to fuse his Spanish culture with that of his adopted home in the U.S. After purchasing and renovating a cabin in L.A.’s storied Laurel Canyon, Dalinger found a built-in clientele in envious friends who loved his distinctive Spanish aesthetic—and offered him the budget to work his magic on their own properties.

Working alongside a team of skilled artisans, Dalinger’s signature aesthetics, including hand-hewn, wood-beamed ceilings and forged

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When it comes to innovation in real estate, our agents and marketing team are proud to lead the pack and embrace creativity in all they do. They understand that world-class properties require that extra special something and stop at nothing to ensure a home garners the spotlight it deserves. That sentiment certainly wasn’t lost on The Homestead, a magnificent one-acre parcel in Encino designed in homage to the lifestyle of a Napa Valley vinter—and complete with its very own vineyard. Agents Craig Knizek and Andrea Korchek knew this property had a special story to tell, and dreamt up a dynamic lifestyle video to capture the offering in all its glory.

“Every home has a story,” says Andrea. “This video allowed Craig and I to tell The