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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.

Soft white sand, turquoise Caribbean waters—so begins every welcome home at the newly unveiled, custom oceanfront villa by Rosewood Residences at Mayakoba. The only oceanfront villa for sale in the collection encompasses 40 meters of beachfront along the pristine Riviera Maya shores within the gates of Mayakoba, a residential and resort destination featuring four world-class resorts by Rosewood, Fairmont, Andaz and Banyan Tree. Beachfront Villa Five is an entirely unique custom home showcasing extraordinary modern architecture and offering owners the incredible amenities of Rosewood Mayakoba and the master-planned Mayakoba community.

“Beachfront Villa Five is the premier residential property at Mayakoba and not just because of its coveted

 

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

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to start thinking about vacation plans for the year ahead. Just in time for an unforgettable 2020 summer getaway, the new One&Only Mandarina will open its doors on June 1, 2020 along the picturesque Pacific Coast of Mexico. Located less than an hour north of Puerto Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit, One&Only Mandarina is situated along a one-mile stretch of pristine, sandy beach, surrounded by leafy jungles and soaring mountain peaks within the gated, master-planned Mandarina community. 

One&Only Mandarina offers a combination of 104 free-standing villas that float above the treetops or perch along the ocean-view hillsides, each with their own plunge pool. The hotel was designed to respect and blend with the natural

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.,

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

Need of some fresh inspiration for home decor in the New Year? Look no further. The Pantone Color Institute—a consulting service within Pantone that forecasts global color trends—recently revealed its 2020 Color Of The Year as Classic Blue (19-4052), a rich indigo shade reminiscent of an evening sky. 

The hue is a striking contrast to 2019’s bright coral, which made its way into throw pillows, furniture, wall coverings and home appliances over the last 12 months. Classic Blue echoes the first-ever Pantone Color of the Year, Cerulean Blue, which was selected in 1999, during a time of great anticipation (the New Millennium was arriving) and concerned curiosity (Y2K). Experts at Pantone note that the start of a new decade, 2020, evokes many of these same


On a crisp December evening, Northern California agents, their clients, friends and family gathered in downtown Healdsburg to celebrate the latest addition to The Agency’s growing network of offices in the region. Located on North Street, the outpost joins the firm’s new locations in Noe Valley, Danville and Marin. Additional Northern California offices are set to be unveiled in the coming months. 

KR Catering provided snacks for a crowd that topped more than 250 by the end of the night. 

The Healdsburg office will be led by local real estate industry veterans Bob Besancon and Taso Tsakos, both of whom have extensive experience in the region. 

“Healdsburg was a natural part of our strategic expansion, and we are delighted to partner with industry

From our first Global Forum and 8th birthday party to new office openings and mega-mansion unveilings, this past year was filled with unforgettable celebrations. But more important than the glimmering glasses of bubbly, gourmet food and A-list crowds was The Agency’s contribution to GiveBack Homes. This year’s soirees helped raise funds to build homes for families in need in Los Angeles, Park City, Culver City, Denver and Orange County. 

As we enjoy this year’s holiday party season and raise a glass to 2020, we take a look back at 2019’s most fabulous fêtes. 
 

Global Forum & 8th Birthday

In September, we held our first-ever Global Forum, a two-day conference that brought together hundreds of agents from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the