Strand Hill | Christie's International Real Estate
1131 Morningside Drive
Manhattan Beach,
CA 90266

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    Working with Ralph was awesome! I've dealt with realtors in the past and have generally ranked them along side of car salesmen, folks out to basically get a commission and pressure you into a purchase or sale that may not benefit you like you hoped for. Ralph changed all that... he's honest, direct, empathetic, compassionate, intelligent, patient, and just a great person to do business with. If you ever need a realtor and you've been burned in the past, you need to talk with Ralph Ferdinand. We moved to Chicago from LA, but if we were still in the area Ralph would definitely be our guy in the future! Thanks so much for everything Ralph!


    “Fred Zuelich is a wonderful realtor!I hadn’t bought or sold propertyfor over 30 years, but he gentlyguided me through a successful1031 exchange. He even respectedmy dislike of phone conversationsand cheerfully agreed to textmessaging. He has many yearsof experience in this area and isvery knowledgeable in all areasof real estate transactions. Add afriendly and kind personality andyou have the perfect agent. I highlyrecommend Fred for all your realestate needs.Bryn Stroyke, Stroyke PropertiesDan O’Connor, Strand HillAnita Saitta

    Anita S

    Ralph is the consummate professional who will go the extra mile to get an answer, fix a problem, or make a deal happen. His sense of humor is a huge plus in the sometimes stressful process of real estate--he keeps you laughing, no matter what! I highly recommend Ralph to anyone who wants an agent who is like a friend.

    Sara P

    I am writing this letter as a personal and professional testimonial to Fred Zuelich.Way back in 1993 my wife and I met Fred when we went to an open house inWestchester, CA.Fred was friendly and relaxed and went out of his way to answer our questionsabout purchasing a home. This was our first time to buy and we wereunderstandably very nervous.Fred talked to us about everything from listings to financing, insurance to escrowand really made us feel more confident in our purchasing decision.Long story short, we bought that very home and still live in it 25 years later.But beyond putting us in our first home, Fred opened our eyes to the possibilitiesthat real estate provides in terms of financial security.Because of his guidance, his contacts and his desire to see us improve our lives, wewent on to make many real estate investments that literally secured our financialfuture.Fred has a heart as big as the Pacific and a pleasant, easy going manner that justmakes all of one’s interactions with him very comfortable.We value Fred’s advice and his friendship and truly appreciate that knowing himhas made a big difference in our lives.Sincerely,Dave and Ronnie Hill.

    Dave H

    Two words. Total Pro. Ralph is the go-to guy if you need a realtor in the Los Angeles area or could use a meaningful, no b.s. referral for a different part of the country. Committed and connected, Ralph has been a great resource. I can't thank him enough.

    Danny G

    Smooth transaction, was always ready to help anytime. Very good knowledge of the market. Would use again for any future purchase. Can highly recommend for any real estate needs.

    Mike W

    Tina and the folks at Kaminsky Real Estate Group are great and extremely hard working. I was a picky buyer and Tina worked with me for several years (yes years) until i could find the right investment property. When i finally found a property that fit my needs, Tina went full force to get my offer accepted despite not being the highest bidder. I have since recommended Tina to many of my colleagues who have also purchased houses from her. The bottom line is that she is a very hard worker and very knowledgeable about real estate in the south bay. Highly recommend.

    Jonathan H

    Christa is an exceptional Realtor and stands out amongst her competitors. She understands the local and broader market. She is honest and sincere which is hard to find in a fast and dynamic market. She was able to stage our home and get the most value for our home. Thank You Christa for an incredible positive experience.

    Jen L

    Rachel and Will were critical in securing our home in El Segundo. Since the inventory doesn't come up often there, we were coached how to respond quickly and secure our investment before the rest of the local market had a chance to respond. They were always available to help us during the process.

    Lauren W

    Karynne is knowledgeable about real estate and specifically impressive regarding the South Bay. She has assisted my whole family in finding their dream South Bay homes. She is honest, forthright and one of the best negotiators I have worked with. In addition, her follow-up and follow-through are what I think sets her apart. She thinks ahead, so you don’t have to worry about pitfalls or unforeseen issues. We have bought a few houses through Karynne and we think the world of her.

    Jocelyn M

    We had a great experience with Dan. He is personable and professional at the same time. Best of all, the sale of our house went smoothly and got a great price!

    Dana P

    Dave and Jen are the best realtors in the South Bay, hands down. The buying and selling process with the firm is incredibly easy and the communication is great.

    Darin L

    Cindy is the best. Smart, personable, and most knowledgeable about this area. Can't do any better than Cindy. She met us, and within three weeks we were owners and won a bidding war against another client. She is a local resident, and soon became a family friend.


    I have had the great pleasure working with Karynne Thim over the past 15 years…and three homes later. Karynne exceeds all expectations when purchasing, selling or renting a home. Her knowledge of the South Bay market, her keen experience with vendors for all housing needs, her respect from her peers and her unflappable and professional demeanor makes Karynne the top agent for the South Bay. Karynne is ten stars out of five!

    C. M

    Will and Rachel make a great team with their personal and professional skills. Will initially communicated the issues and complexity of selling a home in Manhattan Beach very clearly, which resulted in our confidence in the entire process. Together, they were amazingly responsive and thoughtful about our needs and constraints. They demonstrated thoroughness, good analyses and good judgement in guiding us. Their sustained effort yielded a very good price for the property while avoiding complications that can arise with buyers and other parties. Our experience with Will and Rachel was excellent, and I would recommend that a prospective seller take the time to talk to them before selecting an agent.


    We have been lucky enough to work with Judy as a seller and a a buyer. In total she has worked with us on three transactions. She has gone above and beyond each and every time. Judy Has a deep understanding of the local area and is meticulous in her preparation. I have never questioned that Judy always has my family at the top of her priority list. Her relationships with other realtors, vendors and craftsmen is always a huge asset. Not only did she sell us our current home but she introduced us to our builder that did our remodel.I can without hesitation refer Judy D'Angelo as a true professional and an expert at her craft."


    We met with Ed on a recommendation from a friend to purchase a new house for the first time. We were so glad that we did. From the first day, Ed and his team have been great! We've closed escrow on the new house on time. Everyone has been very professional and communicative and also so patient and quick to answer any questions we've had. We've been primarily working with Maria Hattori who has helped guide us and gave us so much attention. Each member of his team is a pleasure to work with and we will absolutely develop their services the next time in the future. I will highly recommend Ed and his team to my family and friends

    Palwi S

    We were looking to move for over a year before we met Barry and Serene. They were awesome in turning things around and quickly finding us our El Segundo home. Just as important, they kept the transaction moving forward throughout escrow. We are thrilled in our new home and recommend them to anyone selling or buying a home.


    There is no better feeling in the world when you meet a team of agents who get you.

    Linda R

    Tina was great to work with as a buyers agent. I can't say I worked with her for long--within one week of beginning the search we were in escrow. She was super responsive and tenacious--from early morning texts, to late night calls, and weekend negotiations. In a very competitive sellers market, she helped me stand out as a buyer. She has a great and friendly team that helps keep the transaction moving along.


    I had a wonderful experience with Dan. He knows these cities and the market like the back of his hand and was able to find us the perfect house. A strong point of note, he is very well-respected by other local agents and they love working with him. That says a lot in my book, and it was very helpful in closing the deal seamlessly. Dan is attentive, prompt with communication, and eager to provide as much help as we needed. And I genuinely believe he is honest and caring, traits one is always concerned about when choosing an agent. I couldn't recommend him more highly!

    Christopher O

    After consulting several friends and interviewing many agents, we were thrilled with our choice of Dave Caskey to handle the sale of our beloved Manhattan Beach home. Dave and his team made the process easier than I imagined. He made excellent contractor recommendations for work we wanted to have completed, was available and extremely patient for the many questions we had and was a true professional. Additionally, he made sure potential buyers knew exactly what we loved about our house and made it shine. Finally, we were extremely pleased that he was able to get a good offer in the amount that we were hoping to receive, despite what other agents had predicted our sale price would be, and he made the completion of a long distance sale a snap. Besides all of this-he really is a good guy. I highly recommend Caskey & Caskey for all of your real estate needs!

    Kim N

    We cannot thank Colin enough for helping us find our new home in Sherman Oaks. We are undeniably grateful for his enthusiasm, knowledge, and professionalism. He was always available to answer any questions we had and kept us fully informed during the entire process. It was invaluable having him as our realtor. Thank you, Colin!

    Mia H

    Chris is a rockstar agent! We are first time home-buyers and he helped us every step of the way. We had a seamless experience home-shopping...even during Covid! He helped to recommend properties that fit our interests, and was always a text away for any questions we had. He fought for our best interests throughout the offer process and through escrow. Buying a home for the first time seemed like a scary thing - but Chris made it easy. We highly recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for an agent that will have your back every step of the way. Thank you Chris!

    Victoria D

    Dave has helped us sell a house in a down-market and buy a house in an up-market. And in between, he has notified us of many houses which he thought might be of interest to us. He has been with us when deals fell through and we have learned to listen carefully to his expert advice. So we have a lot of experience with Dave. He is the best – knowledgeable, patient and pleasant through what can sometimes be an aggravating process. He is obviously well respected by his fellow brokers, and for good reason. Always in the know, Team Caskey is highly recommended.

    Jim H

    Thinking of Judy as a Realtor would be like calling the Sistine Chapel just another church. Judy serves her clients in so many ways, whether you are buying, selling, building, exploring, or just want to discuss the current market. Judy listens and truly understands her client's specific needs, hopes, concerns and even quirks. We have been fortunate to have Judy assist our family in buying and selling our first home to buying and building our current M.B. home. She as provided us with amazing advice every step of the way. Judy truly embodies the real estate advisor role.She exhibits patience when her clients but is a relentless advocate to get a deal done when her clients are ready. Judy represents the best of her profession. She is smart, insightful, kind, thoughtful, patient, and has a sense of humor in times of stress. We could not recommend her any higher or with less adjectives!


    Chris Plank has been our broker on our last two houses in Manhattan Beach working both to sell our house and find us a new home. In my opinion, Chris is without peer as a real estate broker in the South Bay. Chris is a tireless worker, completely trustworthy, has an engaging personality with a mantra to always put his client’s need first and foremost. In our case, Chris’ energy and efforts resulted in us securing the home we desired in the area we most coveted. Also, once the transaction process began, Chris made things as easy and simple as possible on us; therefore causing minimal stress and burden during the escrow and closing period. We have referred Chris to both family and friends and each one has experienced the same outstanding results as we have.

    Taylor B

    I worked with Chris to sell my house in Torrance after meeting with a different realty company. Talk about night and day. Chris and his team descended upon my house within 1 day of our meeting. They took notes, looked closely at every detail in my home and let me know exactly what the process was and what it would take to sell my home for the price point I demanded. It really was amazing. Yes, people say a house in LA can sell itself in this market but what they don't tell you is that you may be leaving a lot of money on the table. With Caskey&Caskey I got offers above asking before the open house! I rarely write reviews about anything other than food but man, these people are fantastic at what they do. Honest and just all around great to work with! The start to finish process of selling a home was seamless, there were no hiccups that I had to deal with - Chris was behind the scenes getting it all handled!

    Tuni C

    My husband and I worked with Kris Terrill from June 2010 through May 2011 when we purchased our first home. We met her while she was working an open house back in May of 2010, and we both left the open house feeling that she was the realtor we would want to work with when we decide to start looking for a home. She was professional, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the housing market. What we also really noticed, and what is very important to us, is that she was not pushy and didn’t give off the phony vibe you tend to get from some realtors. Since we were first time home-buyers, we told her up front that we will probably be a bit difficult to work with, as we will be very picky and working within a specific budget. She assured us that she completely understands and would still love to work with us. She kept her promise. Kris always showed the utmost patience with us, and she made sure to show us everything that came on the market within our parameters. I often had to bring my two small children with me to view homes, and Kris was amazing with them. She would watch and entertain them so that I could take time to look at the home. I think a lot of realtors would be a bit irritated, but she never was. I feel it is also important to note that whenever we asked Kris a question, if she did not know the answer, she would always research it and get back to us, even if it was not necessary or a random question. Kris always went above and beyond for us. Once we found the home we wanted to buy, Kris was there with us holding our hand through the whole process, which can be nerve-wracking. She made the process crystal clear and always walked us through each step thoroughly. Even after we closed escrow, Kris still made herself available to us for whatever we needed. She truly worked beyond her job description. It has been a joy to work with Kris both professionally and personally. She made the purchase of our first home an exciting and pleasurable experience, and we highly recommend her to anyone thinking about buying a home.

    Gino N

    Karynne went above and beyond in helping my wife and I purchase our first home. She showed us houses from Manhattan Beach to the PV Peninsula, and clearly has a remarkable knowledge of the South Bay - with deep connections to the realtors in each of the beach cities.

    Luis A

    Christian's client service went above and beyond our expectations. Anytime we wanted to see a house or had any questions or concerns, Christian always made himself available and had a great attitude. We highly recommend using Christian and The Caskey and Caskey team. They did an exceptional job finding us our home off market in the exact location we wanted to be.

    Amber R

    We have worked with Dan and his office on three separate buy/sell transactions and one rental. When we were relocating from Colorado to California, I called countless agents for help. Dan was the only person to take our inquiry seriously and did what he said he would do. His commitment and loyalty created ours back to him and he is the only realtor we'll use going forward. Dan has too many strengths for me to list here, but some of his key attributes I value most are his knowledge and expertise, professionalism and candor and his ability to stay calm under high pressure situations. I am a very detailed person, who read every word of the California real estate paperwork, and Dan took time to answer each and every question (sorry about that again Dan!). He was concerned with making sure we felt comfortable during each step of the transaction and was available to us at any time. He also has a well defined point of view which he shared respectfully even when it differed from mine. Despite my type-A personality and being very sure of what I want, I really appreciated having Dan's perspective to help broaden mine. That's a big part of what I look for in a trusted advisor. Dan's office and other key players in his network were also extremely professional and helpful. Karen went out of her way to make our life easier by driving paperwork over to us, dropping off keys, etc. Terry foud us an interest rate/program that no one else could and Kim shot beautiful pictures of the property. It was great to see that Dan's high standards carried over to others he brought into the deals. Dan is very well connected and everyone who knows Dan likes him. I really can't say enough good things about him and trust me....I'm a very tough, but fair, critic. If you're looking for someone who knows his stuff, is well respected, takes his work and clients extremely seriously and has a fantastic network, there is no one better than Dan.


    Will and Rachel will not only help you find a house, they are truly committed to find you a Home for your family! Honesty, professionalism and determination are a few of their traits, by following their advise we avoided making a wrong decision.

    Gennaro M

    Karynne is amazing in every way. So plugged into the South Bay beach community. I could not have asked for a better realtor, especially for us since we were relocating to the area! Karynne was with us every step of the way, helping us figure out the best fit for our family in the South Bay. She is very detail oriented and had loads of information like school test scores and contractor contacts. She also showed us multiple places before they even went on the market, which was really helpful since things are pretty competitive right now. When we had questions on things like "cost to put in AC", she not only gave an estimate, but called a professional to get a real number for us. She always got back to us immediately with any question we had, small or large. I was also really impressed with her intuition - she has a pulse on the market and was a star negotiator. She never pushed us to offer higher numbers, rather encouraged us to be smart and get into a place for a fair price instead of overpaying. She has her clients best interest at heart. I would recommend her to anyone. We were very lucky to find her!

    Lindsay W

    I can't imagine anyone I could more confidently rely upon than Kurt Allen. He has been a close friend for over 15 years and has always been trustworthy and reliable. His knowledge of the area and it's trends puts him in highest regard, both in the community and among his peers. Aside from his knowledge and expertise, he would make any business venture a pleasant experience. Kurt's the best!

    Beth G

    Bryn and the team at Caskey and Caskey have and continue to simply take care of my family and help us to live out our dreams. They have sold and purchased for us with reasonable expectations that were only blown away by amazing results. Everything is taken care of, as we are guided hand in hand and step by step with personalized and customized treatment that completely fits not only our family, but the growing and revolving needs of our family living out dreams and thinking big together. Professional, efficient and hands on with care and bottom line results, means exciting and rewarding results for an overall experience second to none. Thank you, Bryn and the whole Caskey and Caskey team!

    Chris J

    I enjoyed my Caskey & Caskey experience and can't imagine working with anyone else. As I keep saying, "It was practically painless!". The team was unbelieveably helpful and professional. The service is amazing and totally unexpected.

    Arlen O

    Working with Kurt Allen and his team was an incredible experience from start to finish. I have never known a more hardworking broker in my life. The house was sold as part of an estate, so there were additional challenges to the sale. Kurt handled every challenge with total professionalism and kept the family updated all along with way! I have shared our experiences with Kurt and his team with friends and family and people are seriously in shock when they hear all of the "extra mile" responsibilities Kurt took on to assure the sale of our family home went seamlessly. I will never be able to thank him enough!

    Kathy B

    Peggy is AWSOME! We met her after working with her son Peter who found us our amazing house. We are not savvy buyers but Peggy guided us through all the red tape with a great deal of patience. I trusted her opinion and felt total confidence in her suggestions as we went through selling our old house and buying our new house in 3 weeks! It was a very complicated transaction and she guided us at every step with a great deal of caring and compassion. Even though we only worked with her for a few weeks she felt like family. She was always available for my calls and questions and very professional without ever being pushy.

    Azin, S

    Dependable, supportive, caring - that's Christian Taylor. Buying or selling a house can be extremely stressful, Christian definitely took the stress out of selling our home. Anything we needed, no matter how small or big, he was there to take care of it or figure out a way to deal with it. Christian gives his clients the kind of attention and support that is quite rare in real estate. Where others care only about the sale, Christian cares about the client. AND our house sold after only ONE showing!

    Lisa T

    Brook was able to sell our incredibly rare side-by-side condo complexes off market - for asking price. He was instrumental in working with us on renovations and landscaping to get the condos up to market value. Everyone involved could not be more thrilled with the experience of working with Brook.


    Shawn Dugan was my Realtor and has represented me extraordinarily well over the past weeks. … He serves his clients well; with integrity, and with knowledge, and with a great depth of experience, notwithstanding what appears to be his youthfulness. He knows what he is doing, and he is trustworthy with your real estate needs.

    Tom A

    Dear Susan and Alli, Thanks for making my dream of owning my own home come true. Your passion, dedication, and tenacity made this happen! Wishing you all the best!


    Susan Jensen was wonderful. I would recommend her to anyone buyer or selling in the Manhattan Beach / Hermosa Beach area.

    Linda G

    Barry and Serene Sulpor provided the highest quality of professional service in selling our home, going the extra mile at every turn. Barry's marketing skills and Serene's negotiating acumen are a winning combination. Most importantly, they care about their clients and minimize the stress of going through a real estate transaction. We highly recommend them to anyone looking to sell or buy a home.


    Brook is the most present and engaged realtor you can find in the South Bay (and beyond). It’s rare to find someone who - among many other things - will show up early to showings and help sweep the floors to make sure everything is immaculate. He helped to sell our house after ONE day on the market for full price - and a record number for the silver triangle.

    Beau R

    Karynne Thim was my realtor for my home purchase this past February. There were quite a few issues with the sellers, but, Karynne was always very patient and beyond helpful in getting everything done. When I was ready to back out because of the issues, she was the one that kept me patient and going, which, of course, I’m more than happy that I did. In addition, I don’t work in the South Bay and Karynne went out of her way on many occasions to meet with people when I could not. She was also very helpful post purchase with recommendations for various things. I would definitely recommend Karynne if you are looking for a realtor!

    Janet C

    I’ll be honest, I wasn’t initially sure if we’d get the same level of care from this amazing team as many of their higher profile clients. After all, we were not purchasing a multi-million dollar home in Manhattan Beach, we were looking for a “starter” home in Redondo Beach. It seemed most agents we met were mostly interested in the “big sale”. We started our search looking for single family homes all over the South Bay. Not being from LA, we really did not know much about the market here. Brigette and Kevin were knowledgeable, kind, quick to respond, patient and honest from start to finish. I never felt like they were after a sale. If we walked through a house they needed work, they pointed it out. No secrets and no pressure. We couldn’t of had a better experience. We highly recommend them.

    Sheri T

    Chris Plank is a great partner to have when looking to buy or sell a home in the South Bay. I truly felt like he was always looking out for my best interests rather than just trying to sell a property. Chris is strategic and will do the extra work to find the right property because he thinks long-term. It took me a year to find the right property, but Chris made it happen and now I live on the street that I always dreamed to live on. Chris knows the South Bay real estate market, is timely with follow-up, and is a pleasure to work with – I would recommend him to any of my friends.

    Chrissy C

    He is very honest and hardworking. His care and support are superb. I truly feel I am in good hands when he represents me for any real estate deal. Thanks Mo! You are my go man!

    Masih H

    I’ve bought AND sold properties through Karynne and she’s the best agent I’ve ever worked with in my 20 years of buying & selling real estate. I recently sold a Manhattan Beach Sand Section home through Karynne and being that I currently live in New York, it was an overwhelming task until she took control of this process. She managed the complete process from start to finish and orchestrated the most seamless and professional transaction I’ve ever experienced within the real estate world. She came up with a plan, created a spreadsheet of the entire process; to-do items for me, her, buyer and then she proceeded to execute her plan until the deal was done. Karynne is the best there is.

    Tom R

    Lily was absolutely terrific! We interviewed several of the top realtors in Palos Verdes and we felt based on her presentation that she would be the best choice for us. Lily is very knowledgeable, great with other agents, terrific on follow-up and follow-through (two of the most important attributes for agents but yet today is hard to find) and was able to secure a buyer for us in less than one week at greater than asking price. Oh, did I tell you that we set the asking price? Lily asked us what we would like to receive for the house as it had been on the market for over 6 months with other Palos Verdes (long-time) agents who were unable to perform. Lily was very positive, even though the house had been on the market and she truly felt from the beginning that we had a great house and that it needed better exposure. Lily took pictures the second day of the listing and everything was very professionally done and the pictures looked great. You can compare the before (other agents) to Lily's pictures and there is no comparison on the difference. Professionalism sells. Lily was able to generate, through her network of outside broker contacts and her knowledge of the market, 4 above asking price offers in less than one week and she was able to achieve what is the highest price per SF set for this area of Palos Verdes. Hire Lily. You will be pleasantly surprised. She is in a class by herself!


    Karynne represented me on a home purchase in hermosa beach and I couldn't be happier. She knows the South Bay market extremely well and is very attentive to the details, both big and small, needed for a successful transaction between buyer and seller. Karynne is also extremely skilled at ensuring that both parties leave the closing transaction with a view that they got a fair deal. Great agent and recommended to all.

    Eric S

    I have known Bryn for many years and she is nothing but professional! She helped my husband and I learn the process of buying our first home. She knew every step, and was very willing to hold our hands along the way.


    Our family had the very good fortune of working with Lily in the recent sale of our home. She is a true professional and we would recommend her without a moment's hesitation.


    We approached Will in the fall of 2017 with our budget and some ideas of what we were looking for, we weren't exactly ready to pounce on a home, but wanted to explore what we could afford and see what the South Bay market had to offer. Long story short, Will found us our dream home three months later. As first time home buyers we were new to the entire process, and buying your first home in California can be overwhelming. Will held our hand through this entire process. He also knows South Bay in and out, I'm talking every street, when homes were sold, prices of homes in each pocket, etc. It was incredibly impressive!! Will was on it from day one, he never skipped a beat, and I could tell her truly cared about us getting the right home. In fact the home we ended getting was an off-market, 5% of off-market's actually come to fruition, and Will was able to make it happen for us. He was such an absolute joy to work with, even post closing he is giving us names of gardeners, and handymen for our house, he's there from start to finish. He was also very present in everything, which I think is so important when going through this process. I would highly recommend Will to anyone looking for a home, he's the kind of guy that will exhaust every solution to make sure his clients are happy. I think our world needs more Will's :) And I know any future buyer will be in phenomenal hands.


    I referred a very close friend of mine from outside the USA to Brook for help finding the perfect location in the South Bay. I just heard from my friend that “Brook is amazing, and was able to find us a great location right on The Strand.” Brook is organized, a terrific communicator and provided top-notch customer service through some major time zones. I will continue to recommend Brook VERY HIGHLY!

    Lori O

    Brook was extremely helpful in finding my dream home. I told him what I wanted and the search was on. He made the process easy and painless. We closed within 30 days. He helped me through the process with his knowledge and expertise. If you are looking to purchase or sell your home, I highly recommend Brook Billings.

    Kenny L

    We worked with Brigette and Kevin to sell our Sands section home as well as buying our current Hill section place. Everything about our experience was very positive. As this is the 7th home for us over a period of 30 years, we have a good bit of experience with various realtors. Hands down, the quality of service from Kevin and Brigette was significantly better than any we have experienced to date. Both know the MB market extremely well as they have lived in MB, raised their kids and been part of the community for 30 years. As important as knowing the local market, both have another critical realtor attribute —the ability/willingness to listen closely to their client. They only showed us properties that met our very picky criteria, never wasting our time. Similarly they didn’t waste our time with unnecessary open houses, ensuring the events we did have were well attended. To conclude, we really felt that Kevin and Brigette placed our interests and needs first (and frankly second, third...).

    Richard W

    We highly recommend Amy Hackman as a real estate agent for any individual or family searching for the ideal home for their unique situation. We were comfortable in our home but realized that we wanted a larger home to accommodate our growing family. Additionally, we wanted to work with someone who was enthusiastic, hard working and super friendly. Amy Hackman was exactly what we were looking for. When we initially met with Amy, we provided her with our budget limitations and the specifications of what we wanted in our new home. One of the qualifications was a house with an elevator. She is well connected in the community where we wanted to live and found us several houses that were possibilities. She didn’t waste our time in showing us homes that did not meet the specifications that were discussed at our initial meeting. Since inventory was limited, Amy jumped on a house that fit exactly what we were looking for. She was very patient and showed us the house several times, to make sure we were very comfortable in making an offer. During the negotiation process, Amy was very savvy and diligent. The sellers were a little difficult, but Amy with her professional prowess was able to execute a deal where both sides were happy. Amy is a highly attentive real estate agent. She treats you as if you are her only client, which of course is not the case. Amy returns all phone calls and emails the same day. We never felt neglected or unimportant. We highly recommend Amy Hackman to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. She is hands down the best in the business and if we ever need to move again, she will be our first choice in real estate agents.


    Peggy and her son Peter (in business together) were terrific in buying our new house and selling our old house. We got to know Peggy and Peter while looking for a house to meet our (very specific) desires. Peter saw a new house for sale near the area we were looking and said, “this would be perfect for them”. He was right. Peggy arranged for us to see the house, and we fell in love with it. Buying a house these days is not simple. The number of legal documents to be reviewed (especially for a new house in a Home Owners’ Association) is daunting as is the entire process: the negotiations with the seller, disclosures, the escrow process, and multiple types of inspections, moving, maintenance, etc. Peggy is incredibly knowledgeable; she guided (hand-held is more accurate) us through the process right through the final settlement. Peggy had great recommendations for movers, housekeepers, inspectors, etc. which were all very valuable. Peter was there whenever we needed help in meeting people (inspectors and installers) at the house and also knows the business well; he also has great taste in houses. They are both terrific and work very well together as a team. When it came time to sell our old house immediately after moving into our new house, Peggy and Peter were there for us. They managed the entire process, from timing and price determination, to cleaning and painting the house, “staging” the house for sale to get a better price, conducting open houses (of which there were only two since the house sold very quickly – Peter and Peggy priced the house very accurately), to receiving the offers (primary and backup), negotiating the sale price and conditions, going through and closing escrow, and, again, reviewing and signing all the legal documents. They are both very knowledgeable, about the process as well as the real estate market in our buying and selling locations. Again, they were terrific. The bottom line is that we could not have done the whole thing without Peggy and Peter. We highly recommend them, individually and as a team, for selling and buying a home. We love our new home. Thank you, Peggy and Peter!

    Don B

    I cannot say enough great things about Chris Plank. I got the best deal on a fantastic property in Manhattan Beach because of Chris. When I first started thinking about buying a condominium or a town home in the South Bay, I had a friend who was a part-time real estate agent showing me some properties. He was not that responsive or sensitive to my needs, and not very clear on what I was looking for. My landlord at the time told me that he always used Chris as his real estate agent and suggested I give Chris a call. Fortunately I listened to my landlord, and learned what a really great real estate agent was when I met Chris. Chris was so down to earth, and made sure I was comfortable and felt no pressure to purchase a property. He would send me emails with prospective properties that met my criteria, and I would notify him of any properties that I was interested in and we would schedule a time to view the properties together. During the course of our weekly excursions, Chris learned what I liked about various properties, and what I didn´t like, and became keenly aware of the qualities in a property that I looked for. I had never purchased a property before, and I was so reassured that Chris was looking out for me when he would point out drawbacks, or potential problems, with any property we looked at. His sincere desire to find me the perfect property and no pressure style really makes him stand out above other realtors. One day he told me about a property that was just placed on the market that he thought I might be interested in. It was so new to the market, it had not been advertised on the MLS yet. We went to see it and I immediately knew it was a property I had to make an offer on. It was perfect! There was another purchaser very interested in the property, and we both made offers. I also knew that there would be a number of additional offers if the property stayed on the market; however, I was determined not to get into a bidding war and pay too much for the property! Chris understood my concerns, made an attractive offer to the seller and took an aggressive negotiating position. To my delight, my offer was accepted and I got the property. During my search for the perfect property, it was evident that Chris made it a point to know all the properties on the market in the South Bay, and I truly believe I would never seen this property had I been with a realtor who was any less committed than Chris. After finding the property, Chris´ expertise and attention to detail made the transaction painless for me and escrow closed without a hitch. I would use Chris Plank as my agent in a heartbeat. He truly is a cut above the typical realtor and I give his name out to friends, clients, and colleagues on a regular basis.

    Sheri H

    To whom it may concern We had a great experience with Ms. Nahal Sharifi who represented us in a commercial real estate analysis and due diligence. She was always available and provided the necessary information whenever needed.

    Zohreh K

    I sold and bought a house in the South Bay in December 2015 with Caskey and Caskey. What a fantastic agency! Great agents and teamwork- their expertise as one of the top agencies clearly shows - I got my home sold within one week on the market and it allowed me to purchase my dream house. The whole Caskey team was always accessible and responsive to me at any time . I highly recommend Caskey and Caskey. I will absolutely use them again!

    Erin S

    Amazing realtor, wouldn't deal with anyone else. I refer all of my friends and family to her!


    Dear Susan and Alli, Thanks for making my dream of owning my own home come true. Your passion, dedication, and tenacity made this happen! Wishing you all the best!


    I had the pleasure of working with Nahal Sharifi on a real estate transaction recently, she is by far one of the most knowledgeable realtors I have worked with, I really appreciate her hard work and I hope I can work with her again. I highly recommend her.

    Nancy S

    I worked with Shawn on the sale of my home. … He was amazing in terms of negotiating the offer we ended up accepting. … We actually ended up going back to both parties and were able to get a higher offer from both parties. We sold for close to $50,000 more than asking price, in addition to negotiating that I could stay mo to mo as long as I wanted for $1,500/mo less than my mortgage. It was just an outstanding deal he was able to negotiate. He made it so easy. I’ve referred my business partner whose house Shawn sold. This was a house that was on the market with a different Realtor and was not able to get sold for 8 weeks, that Shawn took over and sold in two weeks… He was very happy and are very impressed with his approach to the sale process and the prep - to getting the home ready. That was the most amazing thing, how well he was ready for that open house. It was almost like a team getting ready for the Super Bowl. They knew all the game plan. He knew everything. He had all his ducks in a row, and we killed it. … And I couldn’t have imagined it being any easier.

    Ahmed M

    After a futile search for a home over several years, we began working with Amy Olivares - a neighbor and friend who is well respected and connected in the Manhattan Beach community. Amy was quickly able to get a sense of what we were looking for in a home and showed us several great properties until we finally found THE ONE. Amy got the deal done, was there every step of the way, making it an easy and pleasant experience. We are nearing completion of our build and couldn't have done It without her. And she also then helped us sell our current home.

    Peir S

    Lisa is the consummate professional who is a creative and determined deal maker. Lisa makes her career a priority. Her background in both commercial and residential real estate play well together. She is savvy, but oh so very easy to work with. This was the smoothest real estate transaction because of her ability not only to put the deal together, but to follow up. She has an incredible group of vendors who are able to accommodate her needs in an immediate fashion. She'll also brighten your day with her upbeat personality and constant smile.

    Lisa J

    Darrin was great to work with. I strongly recommend him.

    Nathan P

    We were thoroughly impressed with Kurt Allen’s knowledge of the real estate market, as well as the pros and cons of all neighborhoods where we were looking to buy a house. Kurt helped us buy our new home, but he also sold our previous home within 48 hours. He made the entire process easy and even fun. Before we moved in to our new home, Kurt brought to us a vast network of service professionals who responded quickly and completed requests promptly with an excellent quality of work. Kurt is a man of high integrity and likable personality. He is attentive and intuitive, discrete and knowledgeable, and a true professional. We recommend him to anyone without any reservations whatsoever.

    Max N

    When I contacted Shawn, he was immediately very personable and was willing to meet us and get right to work. We met him and he was just so low key and so friendly. You have the immediate sense that he knows what he’s talking about, and he’s been around for a long time. We bought with him, and then 13 months later we sold the same property with him. … I do send everyone to him. We are in constant contact because our projects together are just never ending. Whether they are rental properties or investment properties or buying or selling homes. We always pull him in and make him part of the story - if he’s not already. I mean, he’s so well known locally. You drive through Manhattan Beach, and a lot of the properties are his.

    Eleanor C

    We have been lucky enough to be on both ends of the real estate spectrum with Peggy guiding the way. She was our realtor when we were buying our home in Manhattan Beach. That experience was so positive that when we were ready to sell many years later, we simply wouldn't consider any other realtor other than Peggy. During the years in between buying & selling, Peggy was readily available as our "go-to" any time we had real estate questions, queries, or needed advice about our home in general. And I don't know where we would've been without her contact list of handymen, painters, plumbers, floor experts, etc, etc.! She is simply THE BEST.

    Vicki G

    Unbelievable service from the start. All of my questions were answered and I was comfortable through the whole process. Buying and selling a home can be really stressful, but Ed and his team made it seamless and really put our mind to rest. We were able to sell our house in Manhattan Beach and buy another house with their help. I'd use them, again for sure and if you have any Real Estate needs Kaminsky Real Estate Group is the company to use. There are a LOT of good agents in the South Bay, but Eds experience and expertise doesn't compare to most. Thanks for such a great experience!

    Pete G

    Karynne has in-depth knowledge of the South Bay real estate market. She expertly guided us through the entire home buying process from searching for the perfect home to closing. She promptly answered all questions and was always available, often at short notice. Her advice was spot-on and her professionalism exemplary. She worked closely with our mortgage rep to ensure the loan process was as smooth as possible. Karynne even got us in to see some properties before they were listed on the MLS! Working with Karynne was a pleasure from start to finish. Highly recommended.

    Robert B

    We can't say enough about all the attention, care and hand-holding that Bryn Britton gave us in helping to sell our home of almost 34 years, guiding us in finding our new home and then synchronizing the sale and the purchase for a seamless move. Quick to learn what we were looking for in our new home and always available and patient for all our questions and concerns. And about eight months prior to all this Bryn got us thru the stress of having to sell our sister's condo to transition to a senior facility. We needed and got a quick, smooth sale and were pleased with the sales price.

    Elaine M

    Peggy and her son Peter (in business together) were terrific in buying our new house and selling our old house. We got to know Peggy and Peter while looking for a house to meet our (very specific) desires. Peter saw a new house for sale near the area we were looking and said, “this would be perfect for them”. He was right. Peggy arranged for us to see the house, and we fell in love with it. Buying a house these days is not simple. The number of legal documents to be reviewed (especially for a new house in a Home Owners’ Association) is daunting as is the entire process: the negotiations with the seller, disclosures, the escrow process, and multiple types of inspections, moving, maintenance, etc. Peggy is incredibly knowledgeable; she guided (hand-held is more accurate) us through the process right through the final settlement. Peggy had great recommendations for movers, housekeepers, inspectors, etc. which were all very valuable. Peter was there whenever we needed help in meeting people (inspectors and installers) at the house and also knows the business well; he also has great taste in houses. They are both terrific and work very well together as a team. When it came time to sell our old house immediately after moving into our new house, Peggy and Peter were there for us. They managed the entire process, from timing and price determination, to cleaning and painting the house, “staging” the house for sale to get a better price, conducting open houses (of which there were only two since the house sold very quickly – Peter and Peggy priced the house very accurately), to receiving the offers (primary and backup), negotiating the sale price and conditions, going through and closing escrow, and, again, reviewing and signing all the legal documents. They are both very knowledgeable, about the process as well as the real estate market in our buying and selling locations. Again, they were terrific. The bottom line is that we could not have done the whole thing without Peggy and Peter. We highly recommend them, individually and as a team, for selling and buying a home. We love our new home. Thank you, Peggy and Peter!

    Don B

    What we wanted most in a realtor was someone with integrity that we could trust, and someone that would represent us with respect and class. My husband and I were first-time buyers, and we could not have done better that Klapper Group. At first, we thought Klapper Group handled only high end homes in the South Bay, but turns out they run the gamut and they helped us find our humble single family house in Lakewood. Linda Hernandez and Aaron Klapper were very patient and professional, and so efficient. They were pleasurable to work with and easy to communicate with. We were shown multiple homes every time we went out together, each pre-screened before we walked through. We got suggestions on how to submit our bids so they would get noticed. They use top-notch technology so the escrow process was as painless as possible. Best of all, they are straight up, and stand behind their service. You can tell they their team is carefully selected for the benefit of their customers. We would use them again, to buy or sell, and we recommend them to our friends.

    Daphne M

    Bought a Single Family home in 2010 in Hermosa Beach, California. As a first time buyer, Fred was able to smoothly guide us through the home buying process. Local knowledge, process expertise, responsiveness, and negotiation skills! His professionalism and his knowledge of the area put us at ease and we have been happy home buyers since!

    Dr. L

    Chris worked hard to help us sell our home during a time when it was very competitive to sell in our area. He also helped us buy a home at a fair price in an area that was more desirable where limited homes where available. We found Chris to be very professional and knowledgeable throughout the whole process and he was very pleasant to work with. He was constantly up to date with the current market values of homes in both areas and he always kept our best interests in mind. We highly recommend Chris to anyone wishing to buy or sell a home.

    Robert P

    Kevin and Brigitte are very knowledgable about real estate. We used them to help us rent out an apartment. They guided us through the process and almost immediately we had multiple offers. From there they vetted the various offers and let us know which ones were a good fit and which ones were not. We settled on a renter who has turned out to be the perfect renter for our situation. They brought us the contract and everything was taken care of. The only thing we had to do was decide on which renter to accept. Whether renting or buying, I would highly recommend Kevin and Brigitte Pratt!

    Dana M

    We can’t thank you enough for all you did for us in helping us find our home. You never gave up on us and you really went the extra mile. We are extremely happy in our new home and really love the location too! Not only do we feel we’ve got a great realtor but also found a good friend! Thanks again!

    Nancy A

    There is no better feeling in the world when you meet a team of agents who get you.

    Linda R

    Christa assisted us with the purchase of our first home in Hermosa Beach. She is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and professional. She goes above and beyond what we could have ever expected from our real estate agent. Christa works very hard, does her research, communicates with all parties and has been a tremendous resource for us throughout the buying process. We recommend her without hesitation and will use her for any of our future real estate needs.

    Jenn S

    Colin worked tirelessly showing us listings that matched our requirements including a few off-market homes we would otherwise have never known about. He helped us submit offers, referred us to a top notch lender and ultimately guided us successfully through the purchase of our new home. When negotiations became a challenge, Colin skillfully represented our interests assuring we received the best deal possible. After the close, Colin remains in frequent contact to assist with references for repairs and preparations for moving. This is quite a bit different than prior agents we've worked with which were quick to disappear after closing. With so many agents around it can be difficult to find one that truly differentiates themself. What sets Colin apart is that he cares. Part agent, part businessman, part therapist, a friend for life ... If you've been unhappy with prior agents interactions, let Colin broker your next real estate transaction.

    Darin O

    We want to let you know we appreciate your hard work, knowledge and expertise Eight years ago when we bought our first home we really enjoyed working with you. Being a true professional even after we moved in, you stayed in touch, answering our real estate questions and keeping us current on the value of our home. When it was time to move up you were there for us. Again. You made sure the sale of our home and the purchase of your new home went smoothly. We love our new home. So thanks again, Serene!

    Susan G

    My husband and I met Christine at an open house we found on Zillow. We quickly knew that she would be the right match for us as we sold our Hermosa Beach sand section home and sought to purchase a Manhattan Beach home. Within one day of meeting her, she connected us with an off-market home that was exactly what we wanted. A few weeks later we had sold one home and closed on a new one. If I were to describe Christine in two words, I’d say she is full of enthusiasm and hustle. She was as excited for us as we were for ourselves and enthusiastically helped us navigate the buy-side and sell-side. Additionally she had the hustle we needed to get two deals done on time and within the financial parameters we had put forward. It was a pleasure to get to know, and work with, Christine.

    Kollen P

    After being transferred from Australia to Los Angeles, I was absolutely delighted to have had Lisa help my wife and I friend a place to lice. Lisa is professional with a deep understanding of the market and an ability to listen and understand our needs. It made the whole process easy. It's clear that Lisa really ares about providing the best outcome for her clients and she was not satisfied until she delivered on a home that met our needs.

    Brian D

    Does a testimonial from a father count? Well anyway, here it is, my son (Kevin) and I were in business together in the commercial RE business for years. He is a problem solver and can analyze and solve complicated RE transactions. I missed him and his talent when he decided to continue his RE career in the city he loves. I am not surprised he has been successful in Manhattan Beach. DAD

    Ed P

    Kurt Allen is a man of principal and truly cares about his clients needs. I would highly recommend Kurt knowing his good intentions, knowledge and efficient business results. He will make you and your family the priority when buying or selling your home.

    Steph W

    I could not be happier with Caskey and Caskey as my realtors representing me as a buyer and seller in multiple transactions over the past decade. They are experienced, and incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate market and the South Bay. Their marketing and negotiating skills are top notch. I highly recommend Caskey and Caskey to anyone looking to buy or sell.

    Crista L

    We used Susan and Alli to help sell our home during the unpredictable housing market of 2020 and they were phenomenal to work with from start to finish! Their knowledge of the South Bay is unparalleled and they made us feel they were available to us 24/7 as a trusted advisor for however long it might take to sell our home. Their advice during every stage of the process was invaluable and we accepted an offer well over asking within a few days of listing, thanks to Susan and Alli. Beyond their real estate expertise, they are just fun people and always made it feel like we were working with friends. We definitely made the right choice by picking Susan and Alli and I’d highly recommend them without hesitation to anyone buying or selling in the South Bay.

    Jolette A

    Karynne Thim is such an incredible agent (and person) that after she helped us buy our first house, we used her to sell that house and then help us buy our second house as well! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Karynne, who is by far the most knowledgeable, detail oriented, helpful, and not to mention KIND real estate agent I have ever met. She went to bat for us when selling and got us the price we wanted. When searching for our second home (for a full 6 months!) we met 100s of agents and realized that there is no agent in the Los Angeles area that compares to Karynne — with her knowledge and level of service. If you want the very best agent, I HIGHLY recommend Karynne Thim.

    Anne J

    Very knowledgeable, punctual and professional. Christa closed our escrow on time and without any issues. She took care of everything from start to finish. A stress-free transaction!!! Thank you!


    Lily helped our family find our "Dream Home". She is "The Expert" in the area. She is very knowledgeable about the entire area and seems to know the history of about every house. Lily saved us a lot of time as she always knew what was worth looking at. Lily was extremely patient with us. She was always pleasant and made herself available to suit our difficult schedules. We were looking in this area for over 2+ years with Lily. Lily is always honest and has proved accurate in forecasting the market. This was true even when it was not in her best interest to tell us. The house we fell in love with required an agent with the experience, skills and tenacity that Lily possesses to negotiate it. This was true as both sides of the deal had very different ideas as to the value of the house. Lily pulled out all the stops and made a very difficult situation and win for everyone involved. We could not be more pleased. I highly recommend Lily to anyone looking in the Palos Verdes area. She is also very caring and has made every effort to assist us in any way before, during and after the move.


    Allison Snider made our move as seamless as possible. Being from the UK there were parts to buying a house that were new to us. Allison explained everything clearly, was patient & made it a pleasurable experience. We would highly recommend Allison to anyone buying or selling a house.


    Thank you does not seem enough to cover all Judy has done for me and my family over the past 10+ years. She has been my guide and confidant while representing me in the purchase and sale of four South Bay homes in Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches. I have relied on Judy's knowledge and trusted her advice and counsel. In doing so I have always been delighted with the results. It was so nice to see Judy at my recent wedding. Looking out at my guests I realized that she has helped so many of our friends buy and sell their homes too .... even two of my Bridesmaids! Judy D' Angelo is a referral that I am proud to give out. All of her clients including me are lucky to have her: 'In Judy We Trust'.

    Alesia B

    Kurt is a top-flight representative when you are buying or selling your house. Thorough, committed to me, the client, communicates well and often. Makes the process work. I recommend him without reservation.

    Kevin C

    Working with Nicole and Strand Hill was the single best real estate transaction I’ve been involved with. Her constant communication and steady support were present throughout the entire process. Nicole listened to our goals and quickly found a home that fit every one of our needs. On top of that, we had a clean, easy, and painless close for the first time ever. I would not hesitate to engage Nicole again in the future.

    James K

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