Agents Corner

Found 131 blog entries about Agents Corner.

While we daydream of future travel adventures from the comfort of our homes, a recent sale along the white-sand, crystal clear waters of Grace Bay Beach marks the second-highest recorded condo sale in eight years and the fifth on record in Turks & Caicos. The Agency Turks & Caicos Managing Partner Ian Hurdle represented the buyer of Penthouse 701 at the Tuscan-inspired Bianca Sands Resort, which is situated on three acres and more than 300 feet of pristine beachfront. 

Sold for $4.63 million, the four-bedroom, seventh-floor penthouse encompasses 5,930 square feet of indoor/outdoor living and captures unparalleled ocean views. Features include an expansive private lounging and dining terrace with a wet bar, two grand master suites, a modern chef’s

Los Angeles Business Journal is out with its annual ranking of top agents who drive the Los Angeles residential real estate market. Seven of The Agency’s own are featured on the list, following a year that LABJ says was “defined by escalating growth, the rising presence of international buyers and record-breaking prices for luxe estates.”

 Here are the highlights from the Top Residential Real Estate Agents List, ranked by 2019 L.A. County sales volume. 

Mauricio Umansky ranked No. 3 with $554 million in sales.

Santiago Arana ranked No. 17 with $249 million in sales.

Jon Grauman made the biggest jump on the list this year, surging 33 spots to No. 20 with $228 million in sales. 

James Harris and David Parnes ranked No. 27 with $196

Touring the finest properties on the California coast would inspire just about anyone to get behind the lens. But The Agency’s David Solomon isn’t just anyone. He’s one of the top-producing real estate agents in the nation (#170 to be exact, according to the 2019 REAL Trends Inc. “The Thousand” ranking) and an extremely talented photographer, whose two passions have converged in the best possible way. 

David recently held his first solo photography exhibit, displaying some of his personal works at one of his exceptional listings in Santa Monica. David and his guests gathered at 1705 Ocean Avenue #501, which he co-lists with Anna Solomon, to enjoy a private showing of his gallery-sized images (featured below). Guests were treated to light bites,

The Agency Commercial Advisory, led by Managing Partner Alexander Koustas, has been named among the city’s “most dynamic brokerage teams” by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) in its second, annual installment of “Who’s Brokering L.A.” According to LABJ, the feature is designed to “shine a light on those hard-working teams and team leaders” and thank them for their contributions to the thriving L.A. commercial real estate community and local economy. 

“On behalf of the entire Commercial Advisory team, we are thrilled to be recognized for our hard work and dedication to our clients,” says Alexander, who was recognized with fellow Commercial Advisory agents Jon Swire, Martin Fish, Kim Shore and Gideon Lang-Laddie. “We are looking forward to a

View event photos below.

Friends, family, clients and the broker community gathered to toast the launch of The Agency’s sleek, new office in the seaside enclave of Corona del Mar. Situated moments from the world-class beaches of Orange County, the office showcases The Agency’s signature red and white, with a mounted surfboard paying homage to the beachy, laid-back spirit of the Newport Beach community.    

Guests of the event were treated to a first look inside the new office, led by Andrew McDonald and Michael Caruso. The lively, California-inspired party featured a food truck by Wahoo’s Tacos, signature cocktails by Cocktail Minglers and live music by the acclaimed devvLOV. The Agency’s Founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky and his wife Kyle

Mauricio Umansky and The Agency took to the desert to sponsor the 60th Anniversary Desert Classic, a charitable event that raises millions of dollars for the youth of the Coachella Valley. The lively event in La Quinta, California is part of the PGA Tour’s west coast swing and features four days of pro and amateur play and a star-studded concert series.

The Agency hosted the executive suite at Casamigos Club 17, the open-air venue located on one of the most iconic holes played during the PGA Tour season. Situated on the PGA West Stadium course, the island green of the par-3 17th hole, known as Alcatraz, is among the
most recognized holes in golf. Mauricio was among the amateur players, qualifying all four days of the event. He finished strong in

In his latest column for MarketWatch, The Agency’s Edward Fitz offers his take on the current state of the Los Angeles real estate market. With housing inventories close to historic lows and prices at historic highs, he looks to the city’s new wave of transplants—the young, the aspiring, the driven and the rich of the world—who are transforming L.A. into a global megalopolis.

Silicon Beach is stealing talent and funding from Northern California tech firms, Venice is a hub for new investment, housing and commercial development, and the return of the L.A. Rams is bringing tremendous investment to Inglewood. In addition, visionary businessmen are bringing new life and vitality to the city. Eli Broad opened his fantastic self-named museum downtown, and

Blog_The Role Of Timing In The Luxury Market

When purchasing luxury real estate or investment properties, timing is truly of the essence. Market trends and peak seasons play a significant role in purchasing habits and pricing. Also likely coming into play are the buyer's personal needs and desires to seek substantial savings wherever possible. Agents navigate the market by keeping an eye on trends, prices, and purchasing behaviors in order to give their clients a competitive edge, leading to major purchasing advantages and incentives.

The Agency's director of estates division, Eric Lavey, knows the value of perfect timing all too well. His recent July Fourth weekend sale of a $7 million-plus Hollywood Hills estate was featured in a Mansion Global report on the art of timing in the luxury market.…

Blog_4444 Libbit Ave Encino Historic Architecure and Design The San Fernando Valley is filled with an abundance of rich history and architecture, and Encino is one of its most vibrant, character-rich neighborhoods. Famed architect Martin Stern Jr. was a major influence in designing  one of the neighborhood’s most popular communities, Encino Village, during the mid-1950s, with many other acclaimed designers making their mark since then.  Many of the buildings and homes were originally designed with traditional architecture in mind and have maintained their charm over the years. In fact, just strolling along many streets, including Ventura Boulevard, you can still see some of the original eye-catching architecture today. The Agency's own Craig Knizek is well-versed on the area's most historic homes, including the…

Blog_WSJ_2 The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. have unveiled the 2016 ranking of the nation’s Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals, and The Agency is thrilled once again to lead all L.A. County brokerages with 12 agents represented on the Top 250 Individuals by Sales Volume. In total, 13 of our agents ranked among the best of the best in the U.S. with CEO and Co-Founder Mauricio Umansky named the Number 5 agent in the country. Celebrating a career-defining year, The Agency Principal and Partner Santiago Arana doubled his business over the year before to rank as the Number 1 agent West of the 405 Freeway, Number 4 in California and Number 11 in the Country with $305,272,059 in sales volume. “The personal accomplishments we as agents are able to achieve is a