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The Agency is proud to announce that Co-Founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky has been recognized among the most powerful and influential leaders in residential real estate by Swanepoel Power 200 for the second consecutive year.

Launched in 2014, the SP200 is regarded as the definitive ranking of the most influential leaders and executives in the residential real estate brokerage industry. Each year, the SP200 team invests more than 400 hours analyzing hundreds of bios, annual reports and transaction data to determine its final 200. This year, Mauricio climbed the ranks to #102 (he was previously ranked #118). Together with The Agency’s Co-Founder and President Billy Rose and the founding partners, Mauricio has helped facilitate the company’s growth to

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New headlines for a New Year. With 2019 in full swing, our properties, places and faces continue to make waves and garner their fair share of media attention. From celebrity homes to new resort destinations, enjoy The Agency’s January Hotlist—hot off the press.

BILLY ROSE → The Wall Street Journal called on The Agency Founder and President Billy Rose for his insights in their recent piece, “The Top 10 Upgrades to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar.” Among the most coveted home features in luxury listings are retractable glass walls. “When clients talk about ‘bright,’ they are talking about big windows and sliding glass walls that open to the inside,” Billy explained. Read more about luxury home must-haves here.

ONE&ONLY MANDARINA PRIVATE HOMES →

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California has long been at the forefront of eco-friendly innovation, but the Golden State may have made one of its biggest leaps yet, becoming the first in the U.S. to require all new homes to have solar panels—effectively bringing the green technology mainstream.

Starting in 2020, every newly built home, including multi-family residences up to three stories high, will be required to include solar panels, or connect to a shared solar system. According to a recent article published on Robb Report, under the new code, the average home is expected to use 53% less energy than before. The law, which has developers, agents and prospective homebuyers alike talking, is only the first phase in California’s bigger goal of garnering 100% of its electricity

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From a sweeping, two-story penthouse in the heart of Downtown L.A.’s thriving South Park District to a newly reimagined gem overlooking S.F.’s Presidio National Park, these seven luxe penthouse residences are primed for an incredible living experience—California style.

3193 PACIFIC AVENUE | PACIFIC HEIGHTS

Nestled between tidy mansions on a quiet, tree-lined street in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights neighborhood, this two-story penthouse offers the perfect blend of style and substance in one of the city’s most beloved neighborhoods. Represented by Rachel Swann and complete with a private garage, lobby and elevator, the elegant residence recently underwent a more than $1 million renovation, replete with impeccable finishes from Jade Jacobs

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As summer draws to its inevitable end, Noe Valley celebrated the high season in true San Franciscan style—with its 9th annual SummerFEST. The five-hour celebration, sponsored in part by The Agency, is a collaboration between the Community for the Noe Valley Town Square, the Noe Valley Association, and the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association, and drew children and adults of all ages for an afternoon of fun, family-friendly activities in Noe Valley Town Square.

The festive event offered an opportunity for the community to come together and for local merchants to share their appreciation. Free activities included a petting zoo, face painting, Pop-a-Shot basketball, Connect-4, a bounce house, balloon artist, and live music by local

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Whether you’re a fan of the psychedelic sounds of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, the melodic canyon jams of Laurel Canyon or the eighties glam rock scene that ruled the Sunset Strip, California has long been synonymous with rock and roll, serving as home base for scores of rock legends over the years. From an architectural estate in the Hollywood Hills once home to the Demon of Screamin’ to a Beverly Hills estate that belonged to the King of Rock and Roll himself, these four homes listed by The Agency are fit for rock royalty.

1174 N. HILLCREST ROAD | BEVERLY HILLS

Perched on a coveted promontory in Beverly Hills, this 1.18-acre French Regency manse in the exclusive Trousdale Estates was once the home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, who

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We’re back this week with the second preview of The Agency Report 2017: Passport Edition. Pack your bags and join us for a jaunt up the California coast, because we’re taking you to San Francisco’s Noe Valley.

One of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city, not only does Noe Valley boast some of SF’s sunniest weather, charming restaurants and a host of family-friendly attractions, it’s also home to our San Francisco office and its Managing Director, Rachel Swann. (Yes, she walks to work. And yes, you should be jealous).

Get the scoop on the neighborhood's market performance, along with some insider tips from Rachel on what makes Noe Valley a place like no other—read: tater tot waffles with caviar.

View the Noe Valley spotlight here,

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From our six-year anniversary party at a historic estate in Encino to a glitzy masquerade ball at Mr. C Residences in Beverly Hills, The Agency had plenty to celebrate in 2017. With the New Year upon us, we thought we’d take a look back over our favorite events of the year and toast to all the good times had.

THE AGENCY’S 6TH BIRTHDAY PARTY → Our six-year anniversary and annual Labor Day party was one for the books. Agents, family and friends joined founders Mauricio Umansky and Billy Rose on the grounds of a historic estate in Encino for a classic Southern-style picnic, complete with barbeque, mint juleps and old fashioned lawn games—the perfect send off to summer and celebration of another year of growth and innovation in real estate.

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The holidays are fast approaching—which means it’s time to get shopping! This year, we touched base with agents across our various office locations to get the inside scoop on the best shopping in each region. From Beverly Hills to Punta de Mita, you’re sure to find that perfect something for every special someone on your holiday list. And if you’re in the area, don’t forget to drop by The Agency and say hello!

BEVERLY HILLS

When it comes to holiday shopping in Beverly Hills, it doesn’t get more classic than Gearys on Rodeo Drive. From fine jewelry and designer watches to luxe dinnerware and posh home goods,  the neighborhood mainstay is a go-to for Beverly Hills locals in need of a little something with a major wow-factor. Got a jetsetter on

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The holidays are a time for generosity, reflection and giving back. From celebrity guest bartending gigs to benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles to Hurricane relief efforts spearheaded by our Los Cabos and Turks and Caicos offices, our agents and staff have been at the ready to offer their resources to those in need. In the spirit of the season, we caught up with our team to learn more about the causes they hold dear and the ways they are making a difference.

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES

With the support of philanthropic funders, known as Partners in Play, Children's Hospital Los Angeles works in partnership with doctors, nurses, social workers and others to help fund vital resources such as counseling, playrooms, teen lounges and other

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