DISCOVER P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R S & H O M E D E S I G N E R S
AU D REY J UDSON R E / M A X E S TAT E P R O P E R T I E S
C I N DY S H E A R I N P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
ST R A N D H I L L / C H R I ST I E S I N T E R N AT I O N A L 310.200.8318 | BRE# 00925580 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? I believe real estate is in my DNA. I grew up with family members (aunts and uncles) who were in real estate sales and development. As a little girl, I crawled around construction sites and pretended to build things. I watched houses being built and sold and was fascinated by the process. After graduating from college, I quickly discovered that real estate was the ideal combination of left brain and right brain activity to stimulate my senses!
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? I have spent the last 28 years in the South Bay marketplace and am familiar with all the nuances and history for each different neighborhood. While there are other knowledgeable realtors in the South Bay, there are very few of us who know how to build a home from the ground up. I have designed, built, and remodeled numerous properties. I stay current with design trends to be able to participate in every decision in order to finish a home to perfection. In addition, I have access and knowledge to assist in any financing requirement. WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFACTION? I never make a decision that is not dictated by my clientâ€™s best interest. Therefore, my very first objective is to truly
understand my client’s needs and goals to ensure they are sufficiently met. My success is driven by repeat business and referrals from satisfied clients. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL HOME BUYERS/SELLERS? Seek the best professional advice BEFORE you buy or sell. Zillow, Realtor.com, or Trulia are wonderful tools for providing an overview of one’s target location(s). However, there is no algorithm that can duplicate the in depth knowledge an experienced realtor brings to the purchase or sales process. The precise location, quality of build, design features, topography, etc, all affect the current and future value of a home. In addition, every transaction is unique and difficulties may arise; therefore, it is imperative to work with a seasoned professional.
WHAT AWARDS OR DESIGNATIONS DO YOU HAVE? In an ever-evolving real estate market, staying abreast of trends and acquiring the most current information is necessary to fully serve a client. Therefore, I am constantly attending seminars and classes to stay current as well as acquiring additional designations that best service my clients. ▪ ▪ GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute ▪ ▪ CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (top 4 % of realtors nationwide) ▪ ▪ CLHMS – Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist ▪ ▪ SRES – Senior Residential Specialist ▪ ▪ CDPE – Certified Distressed Property Expert ▪ ▪ SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification
K E R RY D AW S O N
TELL US A LIT TLE ABOUT YOURSELF Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Kerr y Dawson has been a Realtor in the South Bay for 25 years and is one of the top leading producers in the South Bay.
Her knowledge of the South Bay, its real estate market, the schools and its lifestyle help Kerr y and her clients in so many ways. Using her long standing relationships with many of the South Bay agents, Kerr y is often able to find homes not available on the Multiple Listing Services or websites. This gives Kerr y ’s clients the ability to view homes that are only available off market. As Kerr y says “Being an agent in this area is highly competitive, but there are a great number of agents here that network to provide superior service to their clients, anything less will not suffice.”
WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE? Kerry strives hard each day to be the best she can in Real Estate. She has made many great contacts over the years.
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? The South Bay is one of the most sought after real estate
N W R E A L E STAT E B R O K E R S
310.753.5537 | BRE# 01024016
KERRY DAWSON P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
markets by home owners and realtors. Agents need to be at the top of their game and separate themselves from the many agents striving to succeed here. Kerr y has been specializing in selling homes that have not gone to the open market for years by creating a networking group with many realtors in a number of different offices throughout the South Bay Area. WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK? Kerry finds that her clients come back to her for either adding an investment to their portfolios or selling and buying their 2nd and 3rd homes. Kerr y says this is the ultimate compliment a client can give her. Knowing she has gained their trust in representing them again and
again is her greatest reward. Her clients often refer their friends and family to her. WHAT DO YOUR CLIENTS LOVE ABOUT THE SOUTH BAY? Kerr y finds that her clients come to the South Bay for the award winning public schools, clean beaches, cutting edge restaurants, Mom & Pop businesses, the high end boutiques, access to LAX, and its healthy outdoor lifestyle. Offering a closing thought, Kerr y says, “Happy clients and their referrals are what make this business so enjoyable. The way you take care of your clients today dictates the level of your success in the years to come.”
CANDICE CARPENTER P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
CA ND ICE CARPENTER R E / M A X E STAT E P R O P E R T I E S
310.871.5100 | BRE# 0943966 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? I’ve always loved design and architecture and beautiful homes. I honestly love what I do! 6
IF A POTENTIAL CLIENT ASKED FOR GOOD REFERENCES, HOW MANY COULD YOU PROVIDE? After 30+ years, I am now representing multi-generations of families… in the beginning it was mom & dad, next their kids and now their kid’s kids! It ’s a tradition of trust that ’s been built. I am blessed with repeat client business and client referrals. The last three years I’ve been honored with the Five Star Real Estate Professional award, ranked Top 1% in Customer Satisfaction in Los Angeles County. WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFAC TION? Exceeding a client ’s expectations and delivering a per fect
result. It ’s all in the details, strategic planning and market knowledge. Ever y client is different but when you listen it ’s easy to figure out what matters to the client and then it ’s up to me and my team to deliver. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT HOUSING TRENDS? The South Bay market has been and will continue to be a great place to live, raise families and invest in housing especially in the Beach Communities where demand is strong, supply is low, and optimal return on investments are realized. Homes along the beach are
like Picasso paintings, unique and limited. Buy them! WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE MARKE T THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? Market knowledge is EVERY THING! It allows you to spot market trends and act on them to stay in front of the market when buying, selling and investing. The real estate market is volatile and can change quickly. I’ve learned over the years to pay par ticular attention to those variables that affect real estate and interest rates. 7
WO RDS FROM THE P UB LISHER Home owners have many Realtors, Designers, Architects and Builders to choose from. Making the choice of which one to use can be daunting. It is one of the most important financial decisions you may have to make. Home owners also make a very huge decision when deciding which Interior Designer, Builder, or other home improvement specialist to use.
They have invested years and years into their chosen business; they are true, experienced professionals.
In an effort to assist our readers in making these important & critical decisions, this special issue provides profiles of some of the best & most experienced Realtors, Interior Designers, Architects and Builders in the South Bay.
Our designers and builders are well known and some of the best in the business. With great skills and overwhelming amounts of creativity, they each have been beautifying finer homes all over the South Bay area.
The many realtors that are profiled here are some of the best in South Bay. With years of experience, they know the market, have the appropriate connections, and know how to get the job done efficiently to the complete satisfaction of their client.
Chris Scott PUBLISHER
S cott M edia Group (310) 697-6171
DISCOVER S O UT H BAY HOME S
T H E O N LY R E A L E S TAT E M A G A Z I N E M A I L E D T O E V E R Y S I N G L E FA M I LY H O M E , C O N D O & T O W N H O U S E I N M A N H AT TA N B E A C H , H E R M O S A B E A C H , S O U T H R E D O N D O B E A C H & 5 , 0 0 0 H O M E S O N T H E PA L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A
THE DOMO GROUP F O R M E R LY F R E E D M A N – G E I L M A N G R O U P BRE# 00711607 | BRE# 01788567
310.606.2603 HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? We are a team of vibrant, knowledgeable agents leveraging high-tech to our clients’ advantage. We are laser-focused on priority # 1- making happy customers. We provide world class service by walking people through the process of buying, selling, building, managing and investing in real estate. WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFACTION? Everyone has heard of the ‘Golden Rule’: treat others the way
you want to be treated. At The Domo Group we practice the ‘Platinum Rule’: treat others the way that THEY want to be treated. The experience is designed to be more about consulting our clients’ objectives than acting as a salesperson. We believe in, and operate under, The Domo Group’s 6 core values: • • • • • •
Be Extra Helpful Be Resourceful Be Accountable Be Communicative Be Teachable Be Appreciative
WHAT AWARDS OR DESIGNATIONS DO YOU HAVE? Though we don’t really quantify our success based on awards, we have achieved many benchmarks. The DOMO
Group, formerly The Freedman Geilman Group, was founded by Robert Freedman and Greg Geilman under the fundamental premise of practicing real estate that is truly in the best interest of our clients. Prior to the team partnership, Rob, as an individual has received every major award RE/MAX has to offer (RE/MAX Hall of Fame: 1986, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement: 1996, RE/MAX Circle of Legends: 2006). Rob has been in the top 10 RE/MAX agents for California and top 100 in the Country numerous times, and has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 30 real estate agents in the country among ALL Real Estate agents. No other Realtor at RE/MAX has sold more real estate in the three Beach Cities combined (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach).
Greg is a part of the top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, which is a true testament to Gregâ€™s experience and passion within the industry. He is also a Certified Negotiation Expert. The Domo Group was the top team at RE/MAX Estate Properties in 2016 and top 50 teams in the US in the RE/ MAX network. Now as the Domo Group, we have much greater aspirations: to advance a technology-driven team that is trained from top to bottom in delivering a world-class experience in the real estate process. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE MARKET THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? Thereâ€™s nobody smarter than the market. Our job is to help edify our clients as to what that means.
P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R S
& HOME DESIGNERS
AU D R E Y JUDSON
F E AT U R E D R E A LT O R
CINDY SHEARIN C H R I S T I E ’ S | S TA N D H I L L
M AT T WA X M A N O S S I A R E A L E S TAT E
ANTHONY LANEY LANEY L.A.
K E R RY DAW S O N N W R E A L E S TAT E B R O K E R S
JOSEPH SPIERER JOSEPH SPIERER ARCHITEC TS, INC.
GARY RICHARDSON CHRISTIE’S | STRAND HILL
CANDICE CARPENTER R E / M A X E S TAT E P R O P E R T I E S
R I C H A R D H AY N E S M A N H AT TA N PA C I F I C R E A LT Y
AUDREY JUDSON R E / M A X E S TAT E P R O P E R T I E S
THE DOMO GROUP R E / M A X E S TAT E P R O P E R T I E S
JUSTIN MILLER BEACH CIT Y BROKERS
N O E L L E PA R K S NOELLE INTERIOR DESIGNS
LY N N E L E A R
N O E L L E PA R K S
LY N N E L E A R CHRISTIE’S | STRAND HILL
M AU R E E N M E G OWA N R E / M A X PA LO S V E R D E S
TERRI DUNN R E / M A X E S TAT E P R O P E R T I E S
THE KAMINSKY GROUP CHRISTIE’S | STRAND HILL
TA N YA C O L L I N S C R E AT I V E D E S I G N S
A B BY WA D D E L L K E L L E R W I L L I A M S R E A LT Y
SHELLEY HUDSON HUDSON HOME INTERIOR DESIGNS
T E R I H AW K I N S R E / M A X E S TAT E P R O P E R T I E S
KRISTEN NOVOA V I S TA S OT H E B Y ’ S I N T ’ L R E A LT Y
KRISTI SETH 3 L E A F R E A LT Y
NINA MICHAELS V I S TA S OT H E B Y ’ S I N T ’ L R E A LT Y
DAV I D G E N T RY NEW AMERICAN FUNDING
M AT T W A X M A N P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
M ATT WAXMAN
O S S I A R E A L E STAT E G R O U P 310.529.9580 | BRE# 01290178 TELL US A LIT TLE ABOUT YOURSELF? I am a first generation Manhattan Beach native who has lived and worked in the South Bay for my entire life where Iâ€™ve raised my family and built a high-end real estate practice. I know the South Bay communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach as well as any local veteran Realtor. I attended the Manhattan Beach schools, managed Manhattan Beach properties, and own a Manhattan Beach residence and income prop-
erty. This complete knowledge of the area puts me in the unique position to understand the needs of both buyers and sellers interested in South Bay real estate. HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? With nearly 20 years of extensive real sales experience including the management of property portfolios and new construction projects, Iâ€™m your best choice for handling any real estate requirement whether buying or selling. Detail-oriented, strong work ethic, thorough follow-up, client objectives always come first. Prior to starting my real estate career, I spent my early years gaining professional sales experience for nationally known companies where I learned the importance of reaching quarterly sales goals using the most effective marketing tools available.
IF A POTENTIAL CLIENT ASKED TODAY FOR GOOD REFERENCES, HOW MANY COULD YOU PROVIDE? I have many references that are available for review on Zillow.com as well as other real estate websites. And I’m happy to have prospective clients directly contact any of my regular clients for discussion about my level of ser vice. WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFAC TION? Listening closely to a client’s requirements and then ongoing follow-up, with up-to-date data to keep them in the loop throughout their transaction. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE MARKET THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? Fortunately, the coastal markets have always been and will continue to be in high demand. With this in mind and stay-
ing in tune with the real estate cycles we experience, I advise my buyers and sellers in ways that will help them find value and profit in the long run. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL HOME BUYERS/SELLERS? For top-notch representation, find a knowledgeable, experienced Realtor that knows the community and local real estate market. For sellers, make sure your home is showcase ready by decluttering, staging your furnishings, painting, cleaning, making repairs, having the landscaping professionally maintained, and getting professional shot photos of your home. Proper pricing is of paramount importance along with a custom tailored listing with detailed narrative and accurate property specifications.
JOSEPH SPIERER ARCHITECTS, INC PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT
JO S E PH SPIERER, AIA
J O S E P H S P I E R E R A R C H I T E CTS , I N C . 310.876.8761
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A DESIGNER/ BUILDER/ARCHITEC T OF FINE HOMES? I was exposed to architecture and design at a young age. I grew up in Palos Verdes where my father worked as real estate attorney, so I was always seeing amazing homes throughout Los Angeles. 16
HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY DISTINGUISH ITSELF AMONG THE MANY DESIGNER/BUILDER/ARCHITEC T IN THE SOUTH BAY? We begin each project by discovering the personal style and desires of each client. Then we approach each project creatively and critically. Each one of our designs must make the best use of the space while being aesthetically pleasing. We really listen to what our clients want and deliver what they need. WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFAC TION? Making sure the process of building or renovating a home
is an enjoyable and even fun experience. A home project can come with a stigma of stress. Our goal is to remove that from the vocabular y. We create exciting situations for our clients. This allows our clients to have complete confidence in our team. By frequently communicating with our clients and listening to their hopes and desires, we remove any anxiety that comes with building a home. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CURRENT HOME DESIGN TRENDS? Technology has become so impor tant in our daily lives and it is also being integrated into our homes. Selecting
technologies that are compatible with smar t phones allows clients to operate their homes from the palm of their hand. It is all about using technology in ever y aspect of our lives for a high functioning lifestyle. TELL US ABOUT THE PROJEC T SHOWN ABOVE The Kitchen/Great Room in our recently completed Manhattan Beach project takes advantage of the breathtaking views. Surrounded by glass, so that kitchen and main living areas are bright and air y, a folding wall system opens to the balcony to harmoniously blend the indoor and outdoor spaces. 17
R I C H A R D H AY N E S P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
310.379.1724 | BRE# 01779425
in income property, and as I gained more experience jump into spec development in the Beach Cities. It was not until 2012 that I began representing clients other than myself or investors in the residential sales business as more and more individuals trusted me as an investor and wanted guidance on their home and investment purchases.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A REALTOR? I received my salesperson license in 2006 while still in college and then earned my brokers license in 2007. Originally, my license was for originating home loans but in 2008 I joined the South Bay Association of Realtors to start my real estate investment company, Elwood Capital Group. During this time I raised money to develop low income housing, purchase and flip homes at the trustee sale auctions, invest
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? Honesty and a passion for getting my clients a â€œdeal.â€? I work tirelessly to find my clients fantastic purchases or sell their real estate for top dollar. That comes from the investor side of me where the better the deal, the happier the investors. And happier investors and clients not only earn more business in the future, but it gives me great satisfaction to assist someone make sound, profitable real estate decisions.
RIC HARD HAYNES
M A N H AT TA N PA C I F I C R E A LT Y
I think honesty is the great distinguishing factor with my business. My clients know that I am honest and represent their interests fully. I am constantly telling my clients â€œnoâ€? to properties that they are willing to offer full price because I think it is a bad deal for them. Too many agents will write up the contract to earn an easy commission. WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFACTION? Being a resource at all times, being available, and representing clients with the highest fiduciary standards. HAVE YOU EVER DESIGNED A HOME AND LOVED IT SO MUCH YOU WANTED TO MOVE INTO IT? There is nothing more I love to do than design a beautiful home. But I have NEVER wanted to move in. I am an investor at heart so I enjoy owning income property or flipping
real estate as an investment. My preference is to live in a small apartment to fund more investment purchases. And I always recommend clients to consider income property over buying a home! TELL US A LIT TLE BIT ABOUT THE PROPERTY ABOVE This coastal contemporary with industrial flair was an awesome project in North Manhattan Beach. There are two attached town homes, one featuring 4-bedrooms with 2,450 sq. ft. and another featuring 3-bedrooms with 2,000 sq. ft. Both units have spectacular ocean views and an open floor plan that are perfect for entertaining. My favorite part of these homes is the sleek kitchens with bifold doors that open to the deck. These town homes have tons of class and taste while being one of the most affordable new construction offerings in the Sand Section.
P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
JUSTIN MILL ER B E AC H C I T Y B R O K E R S
310.619.9389 | BRE# 01425870 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? My motto is, “ To Live, Live By The Sea.” It comes from a place in my heart. My great uncle had a real estate office in South Redondo in the 1940’s. His slogan was on a big sign with a mermaid on it reading “ To Live, Live By The Sea...Redondo Beach.” I followed in my great uncle’s footsteps because I love working with and helping people, being deeply involved in the California beach lifestyle and all the different neighborhoods, activity and energy around the beach cities. 20
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? Experience is great, and we have a lot of that, par ticularly in the areas of local knowledge and networking - and we’re leading the way with things like Bitcoin transactions and investing in the best software and real estate platforms available. I’ve been in real estate for 14 years, licensed and selling for 12 years. I run a real estate team which gives our clients a ton of value and suppor t. In addition, I personally have completed 40+ transactions the last 12 months and have had exceptional year over year growth, as the top producer 5 years in a row for Beach City Brokers. Besides all the experience, I’m working to make the real estate experience itself as streamlined as possible. We’re highly focused on creating a better process, that provides more ser vice, less stress, a more refined experience.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFAC TION? I’ve found the key to client satisfaction is making the process as stress free, easy, and seamless as possible - along with getting the absolute best price and the right proper ty. Our approach is to spend time getting to know the client and their needs, so we can tailor the process to them. This goes a long way. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE MARKET THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? The market is always changing and you have to keep your finger on the pulse. Watching trends among neighborhoods, talking to people, and networking. There are so many changes in real estate with online and app-based technology,
marketing techniques, you need to know how to leverage them all because this is a special market. Ever y time we think the market can’t go any higher, we turn around and it ’s up another 10% or 20%, or more. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL HOME BUYERS/SELLERS? I can’t say enough about how impor tant it is to do the necessar y planning, preparation, and pricing research at the beginning - it pays off during showing and negotiation phases, and it produces the results the client wants. Doing the right preparation can be the game changer in your process, which is why that ’s our focus. Happy clients are the end result of a good process and proper up-front strategy. 21
A NT HONY LANEY, AIA LANEY LA @LaneyLAinc
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT? I believe it is a great privilege to impact families and improve neighborhoods through the design of a home. I’m driven by a belief in the power of design to help create healthy spaces that foster a sense of community and celebrate all that is beautiful. No matter the size of the project, I feel inspired to explore new ways of sculpting spaces to reflect the values and lifestyles of our clients. 22
HOW DOES YOUR STUDIO DISTINGUISH ITSELF? Our studio is committed to a visually rich design process. We leverage cutting edge technology to explore multiple design solutions, in an effort to discover the most delightful and intelligent strategy. Every home is crafted digitally as a highly detailed 3D model, allowing our clients to virtually explore the design, before construction even begins. This exciting, fast-paced process is often the highlight of our client’s experience. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CURRENT HOME DESIGN TRENDS? We are thrilled to see a trend towards a more nuanced approach to the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Our adventurous clients push us to not only prioritize the outdoor living experience, but also seamlessly
integrate this idea into design of the architecture. This trend celebrates the quintessential southern California lifestyle, embracing natural elements within the heart of the home.
captures the sweeping ocean views, while simultaneously providing all the amenities that make this room perfect for special family occasions.
TELL US ABOUT THE PROJECT SHOWN ABOVE It was an absolute privilege to contribute to the design of this very special home. First, I want to briefly recognize the amazing team that made this project a reality: Rini Kundu Interiors, RJ Smith Construction, Douglas Leach & Associates, and Jones Landscapes. This home has a distinct, bold personality, balanced by a natural material palette. We designed an iconic, gabled roofline and muscular wood facade, softened by traditional windows and Canadian stone. The highlight of the home is the spacious outdoor living room, protected by the soaring, cantilevered roof overhead. Elevated on the third level, this climactic space
TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOMES IN LA My favorite home in LA is the famous Gamble House in Pasadena, designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908. This masterpiece of the American Arts and Crafts tradition stands as a celebration of craftsmanship, detail, and the focused use of natural materials. The aesthetic merges the influences of multiple world cultures as well as the California lifestyle, which is especially apparent in the semi-enclosed sleeping porches. While studying at USC, I was among the select few stewards who lived in this historical home. I highly recommend visiting this national landmark. 23
GARY RICHARDSON P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
GA RY RICHARDSON ST R A N D
H I L L
310.480.7694 | BRE# 00466560 HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? More than 30 years of experience, plus over 1,000 successful real estate transactions, have helped me earn a widespread reputation for developing trusted relationships. Yet, perhaps the most significant point of distinction is my dual role as both a principal founder and active real estate agent. The numerous levels of networking that company 24
principals get involved in, provides me with unique market insights and opportunities that are very beneficial to my buyer and seller clients. WHAT AWARDS OR DESIGNATIONS DO YOU HAVE? Over the years, I have been blessed with several individual awards and acknowledgments. But one recent award stands out above all the rest, because I am also a principal in the company. Iâ€™m referring of course to the Affiliate of the Year award granted to Strand Hill by Christieâ€™s International Real Estate. This was our first year being affiliated with the Christies global network of more than 1,350 affiliate offices across more than 47 countries. So this acknowledgment was deeply rewarding for all of us. WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE? I personally live in Manhattan Beach, our main office is also
in MB, and most of my transactions have been homes in the South Bay. So I think it’s safe to say that my area of expertise is Beach Real Estate! And the recent affiliation with Christie’s has opened up many inroads into the art of Luxury Real Estate. This is why I recently began branding and promoting “the ART of beach real estate”, inspired by Christie’s commitment to the synergy between art and real estate. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL HOME BUYERS/SELLERS? For several decades, I have strived to treat my clients with the utmost respect and sincerity, and I have built a business based on lasting relationships. My advice to potential clients is to work with someone that you can genuinely trust. Buyers and sellers will face numerous complexities
when involved in a real estate transaction, including lots of important documents and disclosures. I always put forth my best effort to guide my clients through this process smoothly and help them complete a stress-free transaction. WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFACTION? Upholding your commitment to your clients, staying focused and maintaining good communication and personal integrity, are the most important traits an agent can bring to the business. It is also critical to be educated on the current market trends and conditions, and be outwardly active in the community. There is nothing more rewarding in this business, than to receive a postcard from a client after a successful transaction to personally thank me for “making their dream come true!” 25
F E AT U R E D R E A LTO R AUDREY JUDSON
A UDREY JUDSON
R E / M A X E STAT E P R O P E R T I E S 310.902.3234 | BRE# 00872303 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? I was working in the aerospace industry as an engineer, when my husband and I decided to buy a home. We found the process to be both fascinating and a bit confusing. To learn more about real estate, I took some classes in the evening and found that I enjoyed the topic. I got my real estate license and dabbled in real estate on a part-time basis. I quickly found that it is really hard to be a good Realtor and service your clients properly unless you are fully committed to a career as a
Realtor. I decided to take some time off from aerospace while I pursued an MBA and dove into real estate. I’ve never really looked back. I absolutely love what I do! HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? I’ve lived here for about 3 decades; I’ve seen many Realtors come and go. Many agents that are new to our market think that they can jump right in and sell multi-million dollar homes without really understanding this market. The South Bay is a very special place with its own unique culture and diverse economy. There are families who have lived here for generations. There are also families new to the area, who are drawn here by our great schools, beautiful beaches, and small town atmosphere. With strong new tech companies, long-standing aerospace companies, the movie and television
industry, solid financial institutions, and national sports teams all nearby, the South Bay is a magnet for homeowners from many backgrounds. Understanding the needs of each and every Buyer and Seller is crucial to delivering top-notch service. I take time to find out exactly what each of my client’s needs are so that I can do my very best to serve them. I never pressure people to make a decision. Instead, I prefer to offer as much information and guidance as possible, so that when they do make a decision, they make the right decision for themselves and for their families. I think my clients appreciate this which is why I have such a high repeat business and referral basis. WHAT AWARDS OR DESIGNATIONS DO YOU HAVE? I am a hardworking, full-time, experienced agent who has been ranked in the top 1% of Realtors nationwide. I have expertise
as a probate specialist, senior specialist, design consultant, and income property specialist. My most cherished award though, has been from my peers as “ The Most Respected Agent”. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT HOUSING TRENDS? I feel that the South Bay is and always will be a desirable area to live. Because of the diverse economy, moderate climate, clean beaches, and award winning schools, the Beach Cities will continue to attract people to the area. For the past 40 years - even with ups and downs and market corrections - we have seen a “straight-line” 5-6% average real estate appreciation rate. Since the year 2000, home values have almost tripled. So even if there are market corrections, I’m confident that investing in South Bay real estate is the best long term investment you can make!
NOELLE INTERIORS PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNER
N O E L L E PA R K S NOELLE INTERIORS 310.937.7777 HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY DISTINGUISH ITSELF AMONG THE MANY DESIGNERS IN THE SOUTH BAY? Noelle Interiors is a full-service residential design firm renowned for its distinctive designs and “refined but relaxed” 28
approach to each project. We specialize in architectural details for new construction homes, and furnish with an avant-garde signature collection of stylish furniture. We are proud to work with a roster of architects and builders who share the same creative philosophy and maintain the highest standards of quality. Our clients become our friends and family. IS YOUR WORK EASILY RECOGNIZABLE? WHY OR WHY NOT? Definitely! While I have a deep appreciation for timeless designs, my signature style often fuses organic, sophisticated materials with fun color palettes and shapes to make the aesthetics warm and inviting. Many of our design elements capture the essence of coastal living, which is what we all love about Southern California - the sunsets and the ocean
breeze. You will find in our designs that we play with natural light and clean aesthetics to invite the outdoors in. We take a fresh approach to the home’s architecture and each client’s particular style. WHAT IS ONE THING YOUR CLIENTS WOULD BE SHOCKED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? Most people don’t know that I grew up in a solar-powered home in the mountains. I learned at a young age to appreciate nature and the fundamentals of preservation. It’s nice to have this appreciation as a foundation for a good design. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Everyday I get to wake up and meet with incredible clients to help create their dream home. I watch them fall in love
with their living space and they inspire me to explore new ideas and continue to create tailor-made homes. I feel very fortunate to be able to live and work in the South Bay. HOW DO YOU STAY CURRENT ON NEW TRENDS AND STYLES? I’ve learned to collect ideas that resonate with me on a creative level. Inspiration comes through conversations with colleagues, magazines, travel or even from my morning runs in the sand. My design world expands as I explore different parts of the world, from beach villas in Italy to rustic lodges in the mountains. I must admit, each time I return home from my visits in Australia, I come back with new design inspiration. My husband and his family are from Australia, so it has a special place in my heart. 29
LY N N E L E A R P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
LY NNE L EAR
C H R I ST I E ’ S / S t ra n d H i l l
310.779.1723 | BRE# 01350148 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? Lynne Lear started her career in real estate in 2004 after a lengthy career in marketing/advertising. After graduating from Dartmouth College, this East coast native worked at a News Corporation where she was an annual Top Producer 3 0 on the sales team. A decade later she managed West Coast
sales division for Disney’s Internet portal, before she took the advice of her own real estate agent to obtain her own license. She is forever grateful! WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE? Her specialty in Real Estate revealed itself with her first sale, which was an “Off Market” sale, meaning that it was not featured on the MLS. Lynne networks and tailors the approach to buy or sell based on client’s needs, which can sometimes be off of the grid for privacy or personal reasons. Each year roughly 50% of her business is conducted Off Market, thus earning her tag line: Off Market Specialist. There is value to learn about properties before they hit the public eye. The goal is to secure them without a bidding war if it works for both parties.
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? Lynne Lear represented the Buyer in the highest sale in Hermosa Beach last year in 2016, which was on the Strand (and off the market) purchased for $8,350,000.00. Lynne brought in her work crew after to assist in the upgrades made to this property, which is a skill that sets her apart. WHAT WOULD HER CLIENTS SAY ABOUT HER? You can read her 5 Star reviews at Zillow.com, but the thrust of them state that she is “more than an agent”. She stages her listings when needed, brings in her painters, floor refinishers, landscapers etc – to help her SELLERS maximize their value. She is there AFTER the sale as well.
She remodels with her crew after the purchase. She is well connected to the local lenders and other agents, who help the process go smoothly. She will figure things out and will get the job done well. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE ABOVE PROPERTY 233 South Meadows Manhattan Beach is listed for $6,900,000.00 and is a work of art. It is a show-stopper property, which was featured on the recent American Martyrs Sophisticated Snoops Home Tour and the Modern Tour of Los Angeles. The craftsmanship, design and features of this one are truly special. Who has a sand volleyball court? It is more impressive in person. Call your agent or Lynne Lear for a private showing.
E D KAMINSKY FOUNDER & CEO
310.798.1277 | BRE# 00958114 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? Before I could even afford to buy a home, I knew that real estate was a draw to me, partially because I couldn’t afford to buy a home especially in Southern California. Back then, I dreamt of being able to do so and then develop that drive into a passion to become the best trusted real estate advisor that I could be. I wanted to learn about every aspect of real estate from learning how to finance, select, build/design and how to invest for long term financial health for my family and clients. 32
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? My commitment to excellence and my clients is second to none. Many realtors’ main goal is to make a living; others are excellently committed to their craft. I set myself apart by relentlessly looking for ways to improve service to our clients, identifying unique ways to market homes, expanding reach, and strategically finding homes not on the market for our waiting buyers. In today’s low inventory market, you must know how to find homes not yet for sale or find ways to help clients win in negotiations without over paying. Understanding those tools and techniques is critical. Additionally, we have a highly talented team to ensure every detail of each transaction is handled expertly and immediately. There is no better way of assuring a home sale goes smoothly than having multiple experts over seeing every aspect of the process.
DISCOVER E XP E R IE N CE 30 Years DE SIG N ATIO N S Luxury Homes Specialist Sports Specialist A F F I L I AT I O N S South Bay Board of Realtors A R E A S O F P R AC T I C E Luxury Home Specialist New Construction Relocation Services Investment Property Sales and Acquisitions Global Marketing
T HE K AMINSK Y T E AM WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT HOUSING TRENDS? There is clearly a trend in rapid appreciation and decreasing affordability. Revitalizing smaller homes as opposed to tearing them down and building large expensive homes has clearly become a new trend. There certainly still are many new homes being built and these new homes have been following two distinct design trends, contemporary or the east coast styles of Cape Cod with contemporary elements. We are no longer seeing the Mediterranean styles being built in the area, however, like all trends, they are ever-changing and reemerging. WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE? I have strong roots in South Bay Coastal communities but
beyond that my expertise is in strategic marketing for luxury homes and helping buyers find their dream homes locally. Some clients have started out in more affordable communities and are looking to upgrade within the same area. My team and I are well versed on every aspect of the real estate market whether you are buying your first home or marketing your 50,000 square foot abode. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR POTENTIAL HOME BUYERS/SELLERS? Whether you are buying or selling, real estate advisors are not all the same. It is important to interview agents prior to selecting one to represent. I suggest preparing a list of questions that will identify their skills and experience. When preparing this list think about what qualities are important to you! 33
HUDSON HOME INTERIOR DESIGN INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL
S H ELL EY HUDSON
HUDSON HOME INTERIOR DESIGN 562.714.0818
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN INTERIOR DESIGNER? I think this profession found me more than I pursued it, really. I’ve always been a creative type with a knack for color and spatial relationships and an eye for detail. What star ted out as advice to friends and neighbors grew into a business before I realized it was happening. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else! 34
WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFAC TION? Ever y client ’s expectations are different, of course, but we do our best to leave nothing to chance. We hyper-plan on the front end of projects to anticipate delays or other issues and keep open lines of communication with clients at all stages, especially about money. We take time to get to know each client personally so we can offer choices that work with both budgets and lifestyles. Above all else, client satisfaction results from listening to our clients’ needs and delivering ever ything we’ve promised. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CURRENT HOME DESIGN TRENDS? I love what ’s happened in the design world in the last several years. So many people have become interested in interior design and have discovered the value in coming
home to environments they find inspiring. Lots of people come to us with ideas they ’ve pulled from magazines or have seen on HGT V—the more design savvy the client, the better for us! Since most of our projects are in and around the South Bay, we lean toward a coastal aesthetic that we refine to var ying degrees, depending on how casual or sophisticated the client ’s style. We love mixing in mid-centur y pieces with beachy-casual and soft palettes with modern pieces. Our inspiration is always primarily driven by the client, however. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT DESIGNING THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? Oh boy! I’ve learned so many professional and personal lessons—and still do ever y day. I like to stick to the basics: having the right tools is life -saving, there is no
such thing as “overplanning,” talented and reliable tradespeople are wor th ever y penny, simple is always better, and kindness counts. Wine helps, too. DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR HOMEOWNERS WISHING TO REDESIGN/IMPROVE THEIR HOMES? Research, research, research, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! The more information you can bring to your architect, contractor, or designer, the greater chance you’ll get the results you seek. Understanding timing and budgets is also crucial. Lastly, hire exper ts you can trust and with whom you have great personal relationships, even if they don’t submit the lowest bids. You’ll never regret working with people who understand your vision and are capable of delivering it to you. 35
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bring it together with the goals of my clients. This is where a house becomes a home. For the past 25 years I have been enjoying the South Bay lifestyle. I am a Loyola Marymount University graduate, Manhattan Beach resident, wife, mother, American Martyrs parishioner and have put my two daughters through the exceptional Manhattan Beach school system. My comprehensive knowledge of the South bay puts me in a unique position of understanding and fulfilling my clientâ€™s requirements.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF. I know how to bring a deal together to close! Prior to real estate I worked in Southern California brokering business to business sales. I worked with both the company to establish its needs, and the vendors to bring them together. These skills and attributes I bring to real estate, where I take my understanding of the market and its moving components and
WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFACTION? Availability. Knowledge & Resourcefulness. It is through meticulous research of the values, innovative marketing, and strong city and community connections that I am able to enjoy this process with my clients. I want my clients to feel comfortable and confident while purchasing or selling a home. I canâ€™t wait to get up in the morning and bring that
K RISTI SETH 3 L E A F R E A LT Y
Krist iSe t h . c om | BRE # 01932950
energy and enthusiasm to my clients through my concierge service. I specialize in networking and prospecting to find you off market listings. I am involved in every aspect of the process, and available 24/7 to provide that level of service. IF A POTENTIAL CLIENT ASKED TODAY FOR GOOD REFERENCES, HOW MANY COULD YOU PROVIDE? Here are a few things my clients have said about me. I can provide more upon request. “It was an absolute pleasure working with Kristi. Her work ethic is exceptional, her energy boundless, and her desire to understand and meet the needs of her client was evident from the first meeting. She was consistently creative, well informed about the market, responsive and thorough. She uses her networked resources wisely and worked to uncover solutions that others may have missed. I was thrilled with
the process and the results.” - Pam Fleisher “I had the pleasure of working with Kristi Seth of Keller Williams Real Estate last April when she sold my childhood home in Redondo Beach; CA. Kristi priced the home to sell and staged it meticulously. The house sold in two weeks at full asking price. Kristi went the extra mile and planted flowers and purchased little extras to make the home look like a quaint beach cottage. I enjoyed Kristi’s enthusiasm for her job as she really loves what she does. Should you want any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.” -Marlene McNeill TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE ABOVE PROPERTY The house featured above is 1804 Palm, Manhattan Beach. I represented the seller who sold the house at $3,000,000.
MAUREEN MEGOWAN P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
M A U R EEN MEGOWAN R E / M A X E STAT E P R O P E R T I E S
310.259.7124 | BRE# 01368971 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? Since growing up in West Los Angeles and later living in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes, I have been inspired by the beauty and lifestyle of these communities and our gorgeous coastline. My college education and previous experience was in Fashion Design & Merchandising. My husbandâ€™s career has been in Commercial real estate finance and development. That
exposure gave me the desire to also enter the field of real estate. With my strong design, sales and negotiation skills, it seemed a perfect fit. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM OTHER REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? We are passionate about our local history and have also developed a website with extensive information and old photos about our history as well as information about the area and buying and selling real estate. My husband and I have even written a book about our South Bay history and have given many lectures on the subject. Our website has many times the content of most websites making it a valuable resource for marketing your home to people moving to our community. See www.maureenmegowan.com
WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFACTION? I and my team provide unsurpassed service to our clients by listening to the client about their needs and working tirelessly to satisfy them. We have made many lifelong clients and friends. For sellers, my business is based on maximizing a clientâ€™s pricing when selling their home and selling the home in the least amount of time possible. That means that if they want top dollar, they will need to present the home in its best light. Some homes are ready to go, but other homeowners need guidance in preparing their property for market. This includes the possible renovation of the home and the use of staging. I put in the extra time and skills to do that for them. For buyers, listening to their needs, guiding them, and finding a perfect fit whether on or off the market are key to achieving a successful transaction with satisfied buyers. That means thinking
outside the box in sourcing a property and negotiating the best deal. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE MARKET? The market can change very quickly, so staying on top of recent trends is paramount in importance. Despite market changes, Southern California coastal real estate is an excellent long term investment. Our South Bay life style continues to attract buyers from throughout the world and will continue to do so. TELL US ABOUT THE ABOVE HOME It was a 70 year old home that had never been updated. Working with the clientâ€™s budget we were able to develop a uniform, contemporary look for this stunning mid-century modern home. The incremental price achieved was also significantly over the property value in its original condition and the cost of renovation. 39
TA N YA C O L L I N S C R E AT I V E D E S I G N S
TA NYA COLL INS C R E AT I V E D E S I G N S 310.373.6800
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A DESIGNER? I’ve always been interested in design. Even my dorm room was decorated in college! I’ve always felt that if you create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home it welcomes friends and family to want to come in and make themselves at home. To me it’s not about how much you spend… it’s about using your creativity and turning a house into a “home.”
HOW DOES CREATIVE DESIGNS DISTINGUISH ITSELF AMONG THE MANY DESIGNERS IN THE SOUTH BAY? One of the things that really sets Creative Designs apart is our attention to every last detail. I love seeing a project through from the blue print stage to the last candlestick. We also specialize in accessorizing homes that are already basically furnished, but just need the finishing touches. I love putting that “personality ” into a home! WHAT IS THE KEY TO CLIENT SATISFACTION? It’s very satisfying to be able to see the look on my clients faces when I have finished furnishing and accessorizing their homes. When I can take items that they already have, re-purpose some of them, and add in the new elements to
really update their interiors I feel like I have succeeded in creating a home environment that is a true reflection of my clients personalities. I believe a home should be a reflection of my clients, not me. I’m here to guide and facilitate, not take over. I love working in collaboration with my clients to help make their design dreams come true. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT DESIGN TRENDS? I feel like the trend towards open concept floorplans and having bright and lighter interiors is a welcome change. I have helped a number of clients take their dated interiors and “lighten things up” without taking away the charm
and beauty of some of the elements in their home that still worked. We’ve been able to give their homes a total “facelift” without completely starting over. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT DESIGNING THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? I’ve been a designer for 22 years, and during that time the biggest thing I’ve learned is to listen to my clients! So often my clients know what they like when they see it, but they are not quite sure how to express it, so it’s my job to get inside their heads so I can make their dreams a reality. I’m able to take their wishes, and using my years of experience in design, create a design plan that feels like “home” to them. That’s my favorite thing about my job!
TERI HAWKINS P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
T ERI HAWKINS
R E / M A X E STAT E P R O P E R T I E S
310.251.3850 | BRE# 01195117 TELL US A LIT TLE ABOUT YOURSELF I understand the nuances of the different South Bay neighborhoods. I grew up in Palos Verdes, graduated from UCLA, spent 17 years living in Manhattan Beach, and have over 18 yearsâ€™ experience in Residential and Investment Real Estate. I have numerous awards recognizing my success as a top agent, providing my dedication to top quality service for my clients. 42
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE MARKET THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? The market continues to be strong locally. I have sold several investment properties this past year. There is a high demand for income property particularly multifamily in the beach cities. Real Estate in the South Bay remains strong due to lack of inventory and high demand. Seemingly this trend will continue due to tech companies relocating into the area, the award winning schools, and close proximity to the beach, airport and freeways. HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? I love working with people and helping them with buying and selling their homes, I feel my strongest assets are my
communication and negotiation skills. I love the South Bay. My clients love the South Bay. It is a lifestyle.
directly related to the fact we have exceptional schools in the South Bay.
DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOT TO OR PHILOSOPHY FOR DOING BUSINESS? I want to make your next transaction as flawless as possible.
TELL US A LIT TLE ABOUT THE ABOVE PROPERTY Stunning Hollywood Riviera property SOLD! Represented both buyers and sellers. Sold at $1,950,000. 121 Paseo De Las Delicias, is a stunning custom built home (2001). The master suite is large with a beautiful master bath with steam shower and a large walk in closet. Formal living and dining rooms and 3 fireplaces! The great room includes a fireplace and Chefs kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Backyard has lush landscaping, sparkling pool, above ground spa and built in bar and barbecue. There is room for storage with a 3 car garage.
HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? I believe that giving back to the Community where you live and work is important, I have been involved over the years with Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, the Peninsula Education Foundation devoting both my time and money. I am a lifetime member of Sandpipers as well as an alumnus in Vistas for our Children charities. Our wonderful neighborhoods and the value of our homes are
NINA MICHAELS P R O F E S S I O N A L R E A LT O R
8 S A N MI GUEL COURT, M ANH ATTAN VI LLAGE, SOLD with 5 offers over asking.
N INA MICHAEL S
V I STA S OT H E BY ’ S I N T E R N AT I O N A L R E A LT Y 310.809.0245 | DRE# 00727210
LEA H A B R A HA M
R E A LT Y O N E G R O U P 310.529.2021 | BRE# 01036588
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF I have a wide variety of work experience, including nursing, teaching and family therapy, as well as the real estate industry. As a married mother of three, I enjoy playing tennis, decorating homes, art and playing bridge.
HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? I donate to charity and work on committees for the homeowners association in Manhattan Village. I also support the American Heart Association, Little Company of Mary Hospital and the Veterans Association.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL CLIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I am tenacious and diligent about achieving goals.
WHAT DO YOUR CLIENTS LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN THE SOUTH BAY? Close to the ocean, good schools, wonderful neighbors and recreation activities, private country clubs and golf course.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS? Have your clients’ best interest at heart. Love what you do. Good communicating skills and Negotiating a win, win.
WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL CLIENT? I help people from different walks of life and all ages. There is no one type of person.
IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU PROVIDE TOP-NOTCH SERVICE TO YOUR CLIENTS? Exceeding expectations and putting their interests as #1, being honest and working hard until we reach their goals. Being a REALTOR® means more than selling homes. It’s about people, families, and their hopes and dreams. It’s about a relationship based on trust, knowledge and expertise. My clients can be assured that I’ll always go that extra mile to make their experience the best they’ve ever had when buying or selling a home. WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK? Happy and satisfied clients. WHAT KEEPS YOU INTERESTED IN REAL ESTATE? Meeting new and interesting people. I love a new challenge. WHAT AWARDS OR DESIGNATIONS DO YOU HAVE? My achievements have been: Million-Dollar Club, 10 consecutive years Platinum Club, 5 years Top 100 Agents - Los Angeles County, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, Most referred REALTOR® Award 1998-2002 and Consistent Multi-Million Dollar Producer. My
designations include: CRS: Certified Residential Specialist. Less than 3% of all REALTORS® have this designation for expertise in the residential field, Licensed Broker, 1990 and Incorporated, 2003. TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. My daughter works with me. She has a degree in Business, was a past owner of a decorating Business and now can assist clients with preparing their home for sale. We have an excellent escrow and title team and several experienced lenders we work with. IN WHICH AREA OF REAL ESTATE DO YOU SPECIALIZE? I specialize in the Beach Cities and Manhattan Village. I also specialize in marketing, negotiating and writing a successful contract, remodeling advice, decorating/staging the home to sell at top dollar. DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MOT TO OR PHILOSOPHY FOR DOING BUSINESS? Keeping my clients informed and servicing them to the best of my ability. 45
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business itself and your community, but also more about people, more about life, and more about the impact of government policy than any profession that I knew of. What a great decision it was for me to make the “business and art of real estate” my chosen profession!
R E / M A X E STAT E P R O P E R T I E S 310.710.9770 | BRE #01097063 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A REALTOR? Coming from a family owned construction business I was afforded the opportunity to obser ve others already in the business. What became apparent to me is that in real estate you learn not only about the real estate
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE MARKET THROUGH YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE? Entering the business of real estate in 1991, I’ve experienced sales markets and cycles go up and down and all places in-between. These dynamic market changes create opportunities, and I’ve found that my ability to remain focused & on point in maximizing relationships, technology, market metrics, best practices, along with streamlining the entire process, has made any challenges in these market conditions create a more engaging process
and superior experience for the client. The one condition that does not change is the level of ser vice delivered. WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE? With a history of competence in helping clients throughout the entire South Bay, it’s been the Beach Cities of Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beach along with the Palos Verdes area that I’ve found the greatest level of residential, luxur y and income property success. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS? When working with clients, what I have found to be highly gratifying, and what I enjoy the most, is seeing the satisfaction on a client’s face after we have successfully accomplished their real estate goals. I firmly believe in
maintaining longevity. We all have a regular Doctor, Dentist, Accountant, etc. for those professional needs...I strive to be that go-to professional when my clients, their family or friends require a real estate professional. HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF AMONG THE MANY REALTORS IN THE SOUTH BAY? I work to ensure that ever yone who works with me or for me feels the need to tell others about the outstanding experience they enjoyed during our real estate transaction. Nobody raves about average! TELL US A LIT TLE ABOUT THE ABOVE PROPERTY It is a gorgeous spanish style single family home with Sweeping Roof Top Deck Views! There are 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and over 2,600 sq. ft. of living space.
DISCOVER EXPERIENCE 31+ Years E D U C AT I O N Psychology, University of CA at Santa Cruz MBA - Rice University D E S I G N AT I O N S SRES, CPS, SFR A F F I L I AT I O N S Keller Williams Luxury International, Certified Transition and Location Specialist AREAS OF PRACTICE Luxury Sales, Working with Older Adults, First Time Home Buyers TOTA L S A L E S $185 million
bby Waddell is a consistent Top Producer for Keller Williams Realty, currently the largest real estate franchise in the world. As an 18-year resident of Manhattan Beach, born and raised in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Abby Waddell serves her clients’ real estate needs from the “Beach to the Hill”. She is also a member of the KW Luxury International Division. Abby is a strategic, conscientious real estate partner. Whether buying, leasing or selling, she is at your side as a trusted advisor, involved and supportive in every step of the process. Abby’s strong relationship with her network of real estate professionals (including contractors, CPA’s, attorneys and handy-
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men) provides a wealth of resources and referrals readily available to clients. Regularly surpassing her clients’ expectations is a direct result of Abby’s dedication to client satisfaction. Abby is in high demand as a Senior Real Estate Specialist. Her professional integrity and years of expertise working with older adults sets her apart from other agents. While the current real-estate market can seem complex and confusing, Abby navigates older clients through challenging situations, such as trusts, tax, financial, and estate planning issues. Abby doesn’t “sweat the small stuff ” and readily assists with downsizing, de-cluttering, repairs and staging. Her extensive
resources within the Senior Care community ensure her older clients are well informed, which facilitates the decision-making process. The desire to form life-long relationships with her clients is what makes Abby a favorite with families, first-time buyers and of course, seniors. In addition to her work with Keller Williams, Abby is actively engaged in the South Bay community. Her charitable endeavors include Caring House (hospice home in Torrance), Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council Board Member, MAPS Chair, and Give Back Homes, in which she makes contributions from her sales toward building homes for families in need.
DISCOVER EXPERIENCE 17+ Years E D U C AT I O N Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge Master’s degree from Pepperdine University
D E S I G N AT I O N S Realtor® | M.A. | Notary | Certified Negotiations Specialist | Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Certified International Property Specialist | Transnational Referral Certification A F F I L I AT I O N S South Bay Association of Realtors California Association of Realtors California Los Angeles Westside Association of Realtors
risten Novoa is a knowledgeable and skilled negotiator with more than $370 million in closed transactions since 2000 and results that consistently rank her in the “Top 1%” in sales amongst Realtors in the South Bay, and in 2016 was the #1 ranked Female Realtor at Vista Sotheby’s. Kristen has set record-breaking sales in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach five times over the past several years. While colleagues respect her integrity and achievements, it is her clients who consistently recommend Novoa for her work ethic, approachability, honesty, and her ability to listen to their needs and goals. Kristen’s background in psychology helps put emotions at ease and provide clients with a high level of comfort throughout
their transaction. Her background in law and negotiations training is extremely useful for both buyers and sellers to gain a competitive edge. For Kristen, it is sincerely more than just a ‘real estate transaction.’ She is a chief strategist, trusted advisor and loyal friend to her clients. Novoa offers more than a decade of experience in Southern California’s most desirable communities and is a former board director for the South Bay Association of Realtors. A native of California’s Central Coast, Novoa earned a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge, and a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University. She stayed in Southern California when she discovered the lifestyle and amenities of Manhattan Beach, and
AREAS OF PRACTICE Luxury Home Specialist | The Strand Single Family Homes | Townhome & Condos | 1031 Exchange | Beachfront Vacation Rentals | Expert Witness TOTA L S A L E S More than $370 million
she and her family have made it their home for more than two decades. Novoa gives back to the community with time and contributions that support local school education & athletic foundations, parent teacher organizations, local artists & businesses, National Charity League, and as an active donor to the “Give Back Homes” program which builds homes for people in need.
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DISCOVER PROFESSIONAL MORTGAGE LENDER EXPERIENCE 17 years A F F I L I AT I O N S Gentry Mortgage Group - President New American Funding – Branch Manager, Manhattan Beach 2016 #1 volume branch nationwide S P E C I A L I Z AT I O N S Creative Financing for Self-Employed Luxury Home Financing PERSONSAL Hometown - Manhattan Beach Family – Father of 2 boys Interests – Youth Sports, Golf & Travel
n industry standout, David Gentry has built a business based on exceptional service and an unwavering commitment to his clients’ financial goals. It is this simple philosophy, coupled with an endless appetite to master the nuanced landscape of today’s lending environment, that has propelled David to the top of the crowded South Bay lending market.
the in-house lender for several of the top real estate brokerages throughout Los Angeles, building an exceptional reputation within the realtor community. This diverse background gives David the ability to smoothly navigate even the most complex scenarios, anticipate and resolve issues before they arise and tailor financing to the most sophisticated of clients.
income documentation. Preferring to work in partnership with each client’s broader team of trusted advisors, this approach ensures long term financial goals are considered as part of the financing package. This team philosophy has helped strengthen David’s position as lender of choice for many of the area’s top real estate professionals and wealth managers.
David has spent time as an independent mortgage broker, a retail bank loan officer and financed new homes for a large development company. He was
David specializes in provided lending solutions to the more complicated real estate transaction, often for selfemployed clients with challenging
A Manhattan Beach native, David is deeply rooted in the community and continues to live in his hometown town with his wife and two boys, who are his greatest joy.
DAV I D G E N T RY
GENTRY MORTGAGE GROUP
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