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Blog_Michelle The Agency is pleased to announce that Michelle Ficarra, a top producing Westside agent with a tenacious passion for luxury real estate, is joining our growing team. Michelle brings 26 years of experience working with the most well-known leaders in the industry and representing buyers and sellers from Malibu to the Sunset Strip. Michelle says she’s thrilled to be joining The Agency because of the level of service it offers its agents as well as its collaborative energy, vibe and creative spirit. “The digital world has changed everything in real estate,” Michelle explains. “Our clients expect so much more now on a local, national and especially on an international level. The Agency reaches people around the world 24-7, and I’m always fascinated to see…

Blog_The-Agency’s-Kofi-Nartey-A-Featured-Speaker-At-Leaders-in-LuxuryKofi Nartey, Director of the The Agency’s Sports & Entertainment Division, recently spoke at the Leaders in Luxury invitation-only annual event held at the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This exclusive conference is limited to top-tier real estate professionals from across the United States and Canada; with only 100 chosen to attend. As one of the pioneers of sports and entertainment based real estate, Kofi’s specific niche piqued the interest of all attendees. He spoke to a standing room only audience regarding “Working with Athletes & Celebrities: Great tips you can use with any upper-tier client.” Kofi’s best practices and luxury real estate insight were extremely well received. “It was both exciting and exhilarating to present to a room of my…

Blog_Nathan The Agency is pleased to announce that Nathan Saadat, a Beverly Hills native and graduate of UCLA Law, is joining our growing team. With a focus on the niche markets of Beverly Hills, Westwood and Brentwood, Nathan brings a wealth of knowledge in real estate litigation and tax law but says he is most excited about guiding his clients through their search for the perfect home.   “Having grown up in a family of real estate developers, it was a natural progression for me to step out of the legal profession and focus primarily on real estate, my true passion,” Nathan says. “I get to meet amazing people, hear their stories and help guide them through the next step of their lives. At the same time, I get to be immersed in L.A.’s fantastic, modern…

Blog_MarketWatch The Agency's Edward Fitz has been selected to join MarketWatch's national team of real estate Location Scouts. Ed joins a handful of the country's top real estate professionals recently chosen to contribute to MarketWatch Property, a joint venture with The new national housing site provides updates on conditions in 21 of the top U.S. markets.

The Location Scouts will be contributing three pieces each month. Ed's first piece, As home prices soar in Los Angeles, once-fringe neighborhoods flourish, dives into some of the hottest neighborhoods in L.A., the high-rise trend, and current market conditions.

It's an incredibly fascinating time to be selling in Los Angeles, and as real estate professionals, we're looking forward to exciting

Blog_StIves Glimpse inside The Agency’s stunning contemporary architectural perched above the Sunset Strip, 8931 St. Ives Drive, featuring panoramic views stretching from the city to the ocean. Nestled on a promontory in the prestigious enclave of Hollywood Hills, the spectacular residence showcases the ultimate California living experience, with a modern open floor plan and an effortless flow between living, dining, and outdoor entertaining areas. “The attention to detail within this house is unparalleled. It really is a masterpiece,” states The Agency’s David Parnes. Oversized doors open to connect interiors with the show stopping infinity-edged pool and spa, capturing sweeping views of Downtown, Santa Monica and…

Blog_JamesDavid Childhood friends, fellow Brits, and now one of the most successful real estate teams in the business, James Harris and David Parnes are like two peas in a pod—usually. They can get competitive with each other, but they know it’s all part of the game. See what they think of each other when it comes to life’s everyday things. Who has a better American accent? David: “You can have that so I don’t have to do an impression.” BuzzFeed: “Are you guys good at it?” James: “I’m really bad at it, my American accent is horrendous.” Who is the better cook? James: “Me. Well actually it’s debatable. What about both?’ David: “It’s specific things.’ James: “He’s a mean chicken wing cooker on the barbecue.’ David: “I do an amazing barbecue!’ James: “But I cook a rack…


The Agency is honored to be recognized once again by The Hollywood Reporter with five of our agents among this year’s list of “Hollywood’s Top 25 Real Estate Agents”. The annual ranking is made up of top-producing agents selected based on “their client rosters and killer deals”.

Making the list for the third year in a row are The Agency’s co-founders, CEO Mauricio Umansky and President Billy Rose, as well as Principal and Managing Partner of The Agency's Brentwood office, Santiago Arana. Also gracing the Top 25 is the powerhouse team of James Harris and David Parnes of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” fame.

Below is what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about our agents in the top 25:

Santiago Arana - The Bolivia native, who moved to


The Agency is pleased to announce that Mireya Rodriguez, a Westside luxury market expert and lifestyle enthusiast, is joining our growing team. Headquartered in The Agency’s Brentwood office, Mireya specializes in high-end real estate in the Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Venice and Malibu markets, with a particular love for Santa Monica, which she calls home.

“When you’re selling real estate, you’re selling a lifestyle and want to sell something you truly believe in,” Mireya says. “I live and breathe Santa Monica. It’s a place to de-stress, relax and enjoy the health conscious lifestyle and the outdoors. I can help my clients understand why there is so much value in a property here from both a real estate and a lifestyle perspective.”


To anyone who owns a pair of running shoes, a city as large as Los Angeles translates into miles upon miles of terrain to explore. So where should you lace up next? To help us compile a list, we asked our agents and staff—many of whom are L.A. natives themselves—to share their favorite running routes and what makes them worth checking out. Whether you prefer mornings to evenings or scenic over strenuous, these top picks will point you in the right direction.

To feel a million miles away, Director of Marketing Cailan Robinson recommends the trail at Tree People, also known as Coldwater Canyon Park, a stop along Mulholland Drive. Offers a great mix of hills and valleys for a true taste of L.A.’s sometimes forgotten wilderness areas.

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The Agency is excited to announce that Mexico City-born Monique Navarro will be joining the team in Brentwood. Touting years of experience in public relations, including event planning for a variety of celebrity affairs and even serving as a translator for a government branch of Mexico, Monique is an incredibly dynamic asset to the firm and will serve mostly the Westside communities of Los Angeles.

Although growing up in Brentwood put her face to face with some of the real estate industry’s biggest movers and shakers, it wasn’t until Monique met Santiago Arana, who spearheads the company’s office in Brentwood, that she realized this business was for her and The Agency was a match made in heaven.

“It’s refreshing to see people getting into the real