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There are many ways for each of us to reduce our impact on the environment—and the majority are remarkably easy. Here, we highlight six ways to go green. Your planet (and wallet) will thank you. 

INSTALL SOLAR PANELS - It’s not just good housekeeping, it’s the law. Starting in 2020, solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California. The new standard includes an exemption for houses that are often shaded from the sun, and also includes incentives for people to add a high-capacity battery to their home's electrical system, to store the sun's energy. And, fun fact—if your panels produce enough clean electricity, you can sell some back to the grid. 

SWITCH TO NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS - Make a shift away from more toxic chemical cleaners and


The Agency’s very own Arvin Haddad is taking on challenging sales, remodels and the most discerning clientele as one of the stars of CNBC’s “Listing Impossible.” The first show of the season premiered this past week (January 15) and featured Arvin front and center, working with potential clients in Hancock Park. 

Arvin, who joined The Agency last fall, is a well regarded, record-breaking local broker known for his passion and integrity. Haddad has achieved record-setting sales in Sunset Plaza, Bel-Air, Hancock Park, Brookside, Windsor Village, Oxford Square and Mt. Olympus. His deep knowledge of the local market and luxury real estate trends have made him a sought-after agent to his wealth of luxury clients.  

"This first season of ‘Listing

From errant insects and malfunctioning elevators to surprising open house snafus, there are countless ways selling and showing a home can go awry. Luckily our team of polished professionals are always ready to take on a new challenge. Here’s a quick look at some of the most surprising and memorable moments our agents shared with The Wall Street Journal this past year. 

 

Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano
Partners at The Agency in Scottsdale, AZ

The showing of a large home outside Phoenix got off to a rocky start for Raul and Jack. “We got into the house and walked into the foyer, which had soaring floor-to-ceiling windows, and the first thing that happened is that a bird crashed into the window and died right there,” Raul recalled to WSJ.


Not even Pasadena is immune to winter. While the sun may still shine, it’s that time of year when the temperatures dip and post-holiday hangovers (physical and mental) can lead to colds, flus and fatigue. Here, we highlight tips for staying in top form —and keeping your home a healthful sanctuary—all season long.

Soak in the Sun - Take advantage of Pasadena’s sunny winter days—open the blinds and curtains on the south-facing windows and welcome the sun’s vitamin D into your home. This essential nutrient helps with bone and hair health, and lower levels of vitamin D can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. Try to get some sun for at least 20 minutes each day. 

Stock the Kitchen with Fruits and Veggies - In the wintertime, fill your kitchen with

 

Two stunning Orange County properties served as the stage for a pair of unforgettable musical performances by local artists in collaboration with Sofar Sounds, which specializes in organizing secret, invite-only music gigs in unexpected locations. 

On a recent Saturday evening, 2512 Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach hosted English singer-songwriter Karima Francis, harpist Gracie Sprout and folksy, alt-rock band The Ateliers. The event also benefitted the Laguna Food Pantry.   

“In addition to being in an incredible location—above Laguna’s most beloved beaches—this home is perfect for beautiful, intimate parties like this,” says Phillip Caruso, who represents the property alongside Michael Caruso. “We held the performances in the newly remodeled

2020 is already off to a stellar start for The Agency. This month’s issue of Los Angeles Magazine highlighted the city’s “real estate all-stars”—a list of the region’s top-performing agents over the last 12 months—and named 17 of The Agency’s own. 

Los Angeles Magazine’s 2020 Real Estate All-Stars

Santiago Arana

Blair Chang

Aileen Comora

Jacob Dadon

Ninkey Dalton

Sandro Dazzan

Chris Dyson

Jon Grauman

James Harris

Emil Hartoonian

Craig Knizek

Paul Lester

David Parnes

Billy Rose

David Solomon

 Mauricio Umansky

Keri White


Since its inception in 2011, The Agency has closed more than $18 billion in real estate transactions and grown to encompass more than 600 agents in offices across the U.S.,


While Pasadena may not get the wintery temps other regions experience—you win, Park City—the season still brings cooler days with fewer hours of sunshine. So why not make home the coziest, happiest place to be? Here, we spotlight decor tips to keep your Pasadena home welcoming and stylish all “winter” long. 

Bask in Candlelight. Or Go Flame-Free
A small grouping of candles on a coffee table, side table or countertop adds ambiance to a room and provides many of the same multisensory calming benefits as a full-on fire. Choose candles scented with vanilla, bergamot, eucalyptus, frankincense or vetiver to further enhance the soothing vibe. Not a fan of open flames? A fragrant bowl of potpourri on a side table made with cinnamon, pine needles or evergreen can do

Outlook 2020—from emerging markets to increasing demand, low interest rates to competitive pricing—our team of agents from Turks & Caicos to the California coast weigh in on the real estate trends to watch in the new year.   

Michelle Schwartz | The Agency Sherman Oaks


We have continued to see an increased demand for single-family residences under the $1.3 million price point in the Valley. As such, I anticipate more northern areas such as Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Lake Balboa continue to grow, develop and thrive as developers continue to buy, fix and flip, as first-time homeowners relocate into turnkey properties. With interest rates super low, turnkey properties are ideal – across all price points, I’m noticing buyers valuing the amortization

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a lot easier in these five homes, all of which feature elements designed to help you keep up your healthy habits all year round. 

 

7651 WILLOW GLEN ROAD


Represented by Billy Rose and Natasha Barrett, this newly remodeled estate boasts extreme privacy and resort-style living, just moments away from the heart of Hollywood. In addition to its spacious master suite with fireplace, dual custom walk-in closets and an oversized, spa-like bathroom with steam-room and jetted tub (perfect for post-workout recovery), the lushly landscaped 25,000-square-foot plus estate boasts a championship tennis court with lights, a spacious pavilion designed as a professional outdoor gym, plus a large salt-water pool and spa. 

 


Whether you’re drawn to glitzy parties with big dance floors or relaxing spa treatments, Pasadena has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

Host Your Own Soiree - Keep the party at home this year and host your own New Year’s Eve fete. Cook up some boozy desserts (champagne cupcakes!), craft a cute photo wall, stock up on sparklers and (of course) encourage guests to use rideshare services or crash at your place. 

NOOR’s NYE 2020 Party - A cover band that plays 80's and 90’s hits, cool visuals and videos, an open bar, appetizers, party favors, a Champagne toast, dessert and a hot beverage station—this NYE party at Old Town Pasadena’s Noor venue is sure to check all the boxes for an epic party. Grab tickets