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The Agency's Mauricio Umansky has been saying that "global is the new local" in luxury real estate, and he certainly practices what he preaches as he travels around the world on business like most of us do around our hometowns. Just this April, Mauricio flew to China to further The Agency's relationships there, spending time in both Sanya and Shanghai, before flying off to Venice, Italy to appear at the 3rd Prestige MLS Luxury Real Estate Congress. We recently caught up with Mauricio here in Beverly Hills to get his expert travel tips on topics such as jet lag and staying fit while traveling. And we even take a look inside his carry-on bag.

First off, window seat or aisle seat?

Aisle seat for sure. On such long flights I need the ability to get up

Mauricio-Umansky-Downtown-LA

The below is an article written by Mauricio Umansky that appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine. 

Not long ago, for most Angelenos, Downtown was somewhere you worked or went to Lakers games – period; end of story. What may come as a surprise to some, however, is that Downtown L.A. is enjoying a renaissance much like that of SoHo, New York in the 1980s, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in the early 1990s, and Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in the late 1990s.

In 1900, the population of Los Angeles swelled to 100,000, and by 1920, with the arrival of the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads, L.A. had become a major metropolis with Downtown as the city center. The Downtown area served as the hub until the end of World War

Our Agents’ Corner features posts written by our agents and management team about a broad range of topics, from thoughts on the real estate industry to commentary on everything but real estate, including entertainment, art, charity, food, sports and more. All views shared are those of the writer, unfiltered. 

By Brendan Fitzpatrick

Since 1999, the Coachella Music and Arts Festival has taken place every April (except in 2000) at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. The festival annually draws 90,000 people to the multi-day event (now occurring over two weekends), and despite the fact that it sells out almost immediately every year, the crowd is hardly dominated by Angelenos; friends from all over the country reunite at Coachella for a weekend in

The following is an article by Billy Rose that appears in the March 2012 issue of L.A. Confidential.

I am often asked how to achieve the highest sales price in today’s market. My answer: It’s all about Presentation, Pricing and Strategy.

Presentation:  Your home is seen for the first time only once. Make it count. Bring in a painter and/or handyman and make the home look well tended. Eliminate knickknacks and other clutter that can make a home feel cramped and can create dissonance in a buyer’s brain. Remember, most buyers don’t have vision, so if the house is vacant, or the furnishings are a terrible mishmash, consider good staging.

Pricing:  In addition to making your home look good, pricing needs to be consistent with reality in order to keep

The below is an article written by Mauricio Umansky that appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Beverly Hills Magazine. 

Over the past few years, I visited multiple countries overseas but I had not yet visited China. Due to the overwhelming increase in Los Angeles real estate sales to foreign buyers, I decided that it would be important to visit a country that now accounts for 9% of foreign purchases in the luxury real estate market. 1.3 billion people live in China, with approximately 300 million people unaccounted for. That means that China’s unaccounted for population is equal to the population of the United States (shocking).

My first stop was Beijing, the capital of China, a beautiful region full of amazing history and culture. Peking duck is

Joshua Myler The Agency

Our Agents’ Corner features posts written by our agents and management team about a broad range of topics, from thoughts on the real estate industry to commentary on everything but real estate, including entertainment, art, charity, food, sports and more. All views shared are those of the writer, unfiltered.

By Josh Myler

Good real estate agents pride themselves on their knowledge and experience. One attributing factor for this is their openness to learn and their desire to stay ahead of the curve. They understand the importance of continuing their education to help bolster confidence and, in turn, encourage self-reliance.

Working as a team is crucial. It is useful to bounce ideas off of one another, and of course, we do so at The Agency. But let's

Our Agents’ Corner features posts written by our agents and management team about a broad range of topics, from thoughts on the real estate industry to commentary on everything but real estate, including entertainment, art, charity, food, sports and more. All views shared are those of the writer.

By Mike Leipart, CMO of The Agency

This is not a blog about how Twitter, or any other social media, is going to help your career skyrocket. I’ll leave that to the plethora of so-called gurus who haunt these channels like a bully looking for lunch money. What I do want to discuss today is why you should be using Twitter for your own personal enjoyment. No Temple of Gold, but just because you will like it; and if done right, you’ll be enriched with a steady

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 -

By Billy Rose

As glamorous it may seem to be a realtor, armed with keys and alarm codes to some of the swankiest pads in LA, it’s a job which can test even the most optimistic. Driving relentlessly across town and back through LA’s infamous traffic. Waiting time and time again for buyers or agents who operate on a time zone other than Pacific Time. Losing a deal because inspections, disclosures or title uncover a depressing surprise. Abandoning time with your friends or family to handle a showing, only to have the showing cancel last second (or later) or to have the buyer peek in the door and immediately turn on their heels because the house isn’t their vibe.

Yet, it’s a job I love. I’ve had lots of jobs. Paper boy. Disc jockey. Club promoter. Tennis