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

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Matthew
Barry

Lic #: 01968286
REALTOR®

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    Well-known for his determination and proactive approach to Real Estate, Matthew’s work ethic and resourcefulness are unmatched. His background in Business Development has given him the experience and communication skills necessary to fiercely negotiate on behalf of his clients, thus quickly gaining and keeping their trust. Matthew credits his massive success to his inherent ability to always ask the right questions. Coupled with his endless market knowledge and local expertise, Matthew is the agent of choice for a diverse portfolio of clients, including: Professional Athletes, International Recording Artists, SpaceX/Aerospace/Boeing employees, Military Veterans, Nurses, and Film-Composers just to name a few. Whether you’re buying/selling a $300,000 condo or a $6+ million luxury home, Matthew's commitment to each one of his clients is for them to feel as if they are his one and only client. He has a rare and quite remarkable gift to go out and create new opportunities for his clients at any given time. In an ever-changing market, Matthew believes it is the proactive Agent who will always position his clients to WIN by staying ahead of the market! Through his dedication and hard work, Matthew's personal goal is to make the "Top 100 Real Estate Agents in America" rankings by the year 2025 (as recognized by the annual Wall Street Journal RealTrends report). On a personal note, Matthew is proud to call the South Bay home. He has resided in the luxurious gated community of ‘360 South Bay’ for the past 7 years. He draws inspiration from the hope of one day opening a German Shepherd rescue called “Rocky’s Rescue Ranch” as well as doing his part to help end animal cruelty around the World. At home, he enjoys spending time with his dog Maxine (rescued from Westside German Shepherd Rescue) and is constantly volunteering around his community, reading, exercising, or playing music. His adoration for the South Bay, coupled with a heartfelt love for his Family and Friends gives him all the energy he needs to serve his clients at the highest level.

    Testimonials

    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

    “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

    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!

    verblender3

    We were very impressed from the beginning through the end of the whole process. My wife and I decided to put our home on the market to sell. As soon as we made contact with Lily everything rolled in so professional and so smooth that we sold our home within 45 days.We were so impressed with her and staff that we couldn't believe how smooth everything was done with no hick ups or problems. She even sold our home above our asking price. Her staff and her did excellent. Thanks Lily.

    PVE

    We met Cindy as she represented the seller of the house we were interested in. Because we found her listing on our own, we knew that we would have more benefits if we used her as our representative as a buyer. However, we were concern that she would side with the seller because she knew the owner well. So here's how we worked with Cindy and how she represented us.. We saw her listing on Superbowl Sunday and chanced that she would show it. She couldn't because of the Superbowl - no problem. But she said tomorrow Monday. Monday comes and she's there before us ready to show us around. We liked that house and asked her to be our agent. We said we wanted to offer below the selling price because this house was more than our established max on previous houses. At the same time we don't want to offend the seller by going too low. We told Cindy our price of $1.6 Mil in which she said might be a good offer. She told us the house has been on the market for a while and owner wanted to sell this house soon and our offer was fair. We drafted our offer and sure enough that evening it was agreed. All the fine details of the condition of the house and repairs needed were sorted and logic out by her for both parties to see. Cindy is a great realtor! She was professional about her representation without siding with any client when she has dual representation. At no time did we feel she was favoring the seller nor was Cindy trying to push the seller to sell. She truly represented both sides fairly.

    MDN

    Words CANNOT describe how superb Lee is as a professional realtor that delivers top-notch first class service! I have worked with Lee on quite a few purchase and sale transactions and can attest to his ability as an agent. He is a very aggressive advocate for his clients and literally works day and night to make sure everything is happening on time.

    Michael S

    Barry's marketing background, and Serene's masters degree in Negotiation, proved incredibly helpful in getting me the best price and terms when I bought my Manhattan Beach home. They respected my time and really listened to my needs. I recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

    Shawn

    Kris was awesome. She made herself available throughout the process as well as after the sale. Her familiarity with the many different pockets in the South Bay was essential to getting the right property. She cares about you as more than a client. Make a good decision on one of the most important purchases of your life - call her! PS

    My husband and I were interested in moving our family to Manhattan Beach about 4 years ago but did not have an agent. We tried going to open houses on our own and calling off of "For Sale" signs. We happened upon a listing that was one of Dan O'Connor's and after meeting with him a few times, we decided to have him be our agent. BEST DECISION EVER! He showed us several homes but the one that stood out was a home in a GREAT location but needed an addition and remodel. Had it not been for Dan, we never would've considered this an option but after 8 months adding square footage and remodeling other areas, we ended up in a home that was PERFECT for our family in a location we are SO happy with. Dan certainly helped guide us along the process and helped us imagine what our house could be with a little work. We are so grateful for Dan's expertise, professionalism and hard work. We would recommend him a million times over!!

    CF

    Serene and Barry exceeded our expectations with their personalized approach to our needs, their knowledge of the real estate market, and their demonstrated professionalism. They're a superior real estate team and we recommend them to anyone looking to sell their home.

    Esther

    I have known Judy D'Angelo for some 25+ years both professionally and socially. Not only is she a good person, friend, and of great character ... she is a crack professional real estate broker. She enjoys an excellent and well deserved reputation among her clients and peers. I felt at ease and confident that she would take care of any problems that might arise and that she would keep my best interest in the forefront of any dealings. In such a competitive arena all agents should strive to be like Judy.

    Steve G

    I have known and worked with Fred Zuelich for years and had the pleasure of closing a number of escrows with him. Fred is a pro’s pro and a real asset to any client fortunate enough to have his representation.

    Bryn S

    We met Shawn because we were trying to sell our home [with a different agent], and while we were trying to sell our home, my business partner was also in the middle of selling his home [with Shawn]. He was able to not just sell his home but actually get multiple over-ask offers, and one that he even got to rent it back. It was an absolute dream offer... We had a personal attachment to the home and all the things that we had done to it, and Shawn did a great job at making that appealing for others, as well. I think Shawn knocked it out of the park. … He laid out a very clear plan - "This is how we're going to sell this home." Above and beyond in terms of marketing, video, boots on the ground. Going forward, we definitely will continue to use Shawn. When people ask use who we use, or who has sold our home, or who they should use to sell their home, we've always told them that they should use Shawn, because we tell them he's very trustworthy; he's very relaxed; he's very efficient and effective. He gets the job done... without any pressure.

    Geoffrey T

    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.

    JJ

    Hi Serene and Barry, How grateful I am! Thanks for all your help in finding qualified buyers for my home and making the process so easy. If it wasn't for your expertise I'm sure it would never have happened. Thanks again for the gardening goodies. I planted the flowers and right now everything's starting to bloom. I will continue gardening in my awesome backyard. Take care.

    Patrice

    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

    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.

    Mark

    We could have written a lot of praises about Cindy - and it would have been a ``BEST SELLER!`` Cindy is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST! Cindy cares about her clients tremendously and it shows every step of the way. She was outstanding in both the purchase of our new home and the sale of our old home (which sold in 1 weekend). The timing was impeccable and Cindy made it happen. Her knowledge, professionalism and attention to details are superb and she helps you through the process with ease. Cindy is always there for you no matter what questions or concerns you may have, even after the transactions are complete. Her engaging personality is an asset and made it a very enjoyable experience. We feel extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with Cindy and will recommend her to everyone we know. Thank you Cindy for everything!

    Mora B

    I recommend Dan O'Connor above any other Realtor I know; and that is a lot. Dan helped my wife and I purchase our first home, and was not overly pushy or aggressive, like a lot of different real estate professionals might be.

    SH

    Nicole offered us excellent advice and representation throughout the process. She offers the highest level of expertise and integrity. We sold our home at over asking price and couldn’t be happier!

    Marie A

    Cindy is a very seasoned real estate professional, extremely knowledgeable of the south bay area, specifically the beach communities of Los Angeles. We found our experience to be greater than our expectations. We would recommend Cindy to anyone looking for real estate in the South Bay beach areas.

    Fred T

    Karynne was my agent on 2 purchases and 1 sell. I’ve previously purchased & sold 4 other homes with other agents, so I have a very good baseline of expectations. Karynne was by far the most knowledgeable, honest, hardest working agent I’ve every worked with. Some examples of what makes her exceptional: she wouldn’t LET me buy bad houses – several times I wanted to put an offer on homes and she would point out all of the flaws in the home I had not noticed, discouraging me from buying; she wouldn’t let me overpay for a house – I desperately wanted a not-so-great house because I was panicked about finding one quickly. Repeatedly I asked her if we should pay what they were asking and over and over again she told me the house was over priced. It didn’t sell for YEARS at their ask price but she soon found a much, much better house for hundreds of thousands of dollars less; She really WORKs for you – by reconciling various documents affiliated with my purchase, she was able to see there was a problem with the termite inspection which resulted in a new inspection and a lot of $$ of repairs being identified prior to closing. There are numerous other examples to illustrate that Karynne is truly a GOOD person who puts her client’s ultimate satisfaction above earning commission for herself. She’s very pleasant to work with and she knows the South Bay housing market inside & out.

    Beth B

    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.

    PVE

    Let's face it, buying a home isn't something most of us do often. It's stressful, requires patience, and more. You want someone good representing you and your interests. Chris isn't just a good agent, he's the agent you *need* when looking for the home you want. He really listens to what you like and do not like on every showing, and refines his recommendations from there. Chris doesn't tell you what he thinks of the home; he tells you how it fits your asks. And he is quite considerate of your time - some agents just show you every listing from MLS - Chris vets the listings, visits them in advance, and maximizes your time searching. He knows the South Bay extremely well - he knows what properties should appraise at, how to bid in a price war, et cetera. A huge help to have in your corner in a competitive market. Chris is also part therapist - keeping you calm as you negotiate all phases of the buying process, from the search, to contracts, to inspections, and more. He knew when to push back, when to accept, who to contact for every facet of the process, and more. We are recommending Chris to anyone and everyone that will listen. If you are serious about buying a home, he really is the one you want for your search.

    Mike S

    Chad has been a sponsor of my kid's little league for many years and we got to know him through his efforts in the Hermosa Beach community. Chad has always supported Hermosa Schools and Little League. You will not find a more passionate Realtor in the South Bay and he treats everyone so well. We highly recommend SouthBayChad if you are looking for a Realtor.

    Stephanie

    With great pleasure we wish to share our experience in purchasing our house in Rolling Hills, one of the four cities in Palos Verdes Peninsula. Our real estate agent, Lily Liang, was aware of our plan to buy a single story house since last year. But it was not easy to find an affordable, spacious, single story house with ocean view in P.V. About five months ago Lily informed us that a single story house in Rolling Hills with an attractive asking price maybe worth our consideration. We immediately toured the house and decided to make an offer. Needless to say, quick action is the key to get a good property. Without losing anytime, Lily presented our offer to the seller during a raining night, and spent a long time to point out the merits of our offer. We were glad that the seller accepted our offer. During escrow Lily efficiently arranged the inspections so we did not have to spend time or be stressed. Escrow was closed smoothly pretty much on time. We know Lily is a top real estate professional in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, and in the U.S. as is proven by numerous awards she has received. Our recent purchase of the house in Rolling Hills has given us an opportunity to understand why she has garnered so many honors. We would like to share our thoughts in the following. 1. Lily puts her clients' interest above anything else. Whether the price of the property is low or high, Lily treats her client with the same kind of care, patience, and respect. 2. Her over 30 years of experience in real estate and her up-to-date knowledge of the market condition are most valuable in assessing the value of a property. 3. Her negotiation skill and her gentle manner are indispensable in successfully completing a purchase. 4. She works extremely hard, seven days a week is the norm. Sometimes to help a foreign or out of state buyer, she would sacrifice her sleep. 5. She is very efficient. We were surprised how fast she arranged various inspections during the escrow, and she sent us all the necessary documents to sign without any delay. 6. She is really responsible. She personally answers all the phone calls and emails as soon as possible. She would spend lots of time thinking how to help her client successfully completing the deal. We feel very fortunate that we had Lily's help in purchasing our house in Rolling Hills. Without any hesitation we would strongly recommend her to others in meeting their real estate needs.

    RH

    To whoever wants to work with Shawn-- he's the best. He helped us from A to Z to get this house, and we're very happy. Thank you, Shawn. Good luck!

    Tiffany V

    I own rental property and called upon Kurt for advice dealing with a long standing problem I was having. While I was not selling, he still got back to me right away and kept calling until we connected; even though it was raining and he was in the middle of a move himself! I benefited greatly from his advice and knowledge of the south bay real estate market. And will definitely recommend him to friends... that is how I knew to contact him in the first place--a neighbor in PVE gave me his number. Thanks Kurt - will definitely call you when ready to sell.

    Desi M

    Barry and Serene are very knowledgeable, they are sensitive to what the buyer is looking for and really deliver. They were able to work with us both long distance and once we had arrived to find the home that suited us, find local professionals to take care of repairs and get things done smoothly. If you can work with Barry and Serene you will be quite delighted. Our move from the midwest to Southern California was greatly facilitated by their efforts. Thank you!

    Daphna

    I had a wonderful experience working with Eric Kredatus. He assisted my family with the sale of our home in Manhattan Beach. He managed to get us multiple offers in less than a month of advertising and marketing the property. Eric used the resources and necessary information he had available to correspond with all the right parties (the bank, buyer agent, lawyer, home inspector, etc..) to enable a quick and efficient means of selling our home. All calls to and from his office were answered in a timely and professional manner. Eric is an amazing realtor and comes highly recommended.

    Daniella H

    Very up beat, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. She listed our townhouse in Hermosa Beach and did a lot of negotiation to help the buyer and selling agent. We bought another home on contingency of selling our existing home and her generosity, energy, and general helpfulness helped us accomplish our goal.

    Marlene J

    I was impressed with Don's professionalism and knowledge. He helped me look for my investment property and market my home. Don made sure the process went as smooth as possible. I was extremely happy with the expertise, knowledge and help that I received from Don and his stuff.

    Kathy I

    Dear Peggy, Thank you so much for your extraordinary client service in every regard selling our Manhattan Beach home. The process was unbelievably smooth from our end. Your guidance about what to do (and not) to help the home sell, dealing with our renter taking care of the myriad repairs, appointments, etc. was indispensable. And importantly, eliminating the need to stage the home and managing to close on the property within hours of the renter vacating were miracles borne of your expertise and professionalism. I have thoroughly enjoyed and certainly benefited from our long relationship and hope to remain friends despite the distance. Sincerely, Ruth

    Ruth H

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

    Linda R

    I cannot recommend Susan and Alli enough when looking to purchase or sell your home. We tried searching on our own for a bit; but once we started working with them, they put our minds at ease. Their extensive knowledge of the South Bay market and long-term relationships within the community gave us an upper hand to make informed and confident decisions. They were always in constant communication with us and the agents, keeping the transaction moving along quickly and seamlessly. From staging advice to lenders and inspections - Susan and Alli were always on top of it, going beyond what is expected for excellent customer service. We cannot thank them enough for holding our hand and advocating for us during such a monumental life event!

    Elizabeth L

    Serene and Barry made a perfect match for us. We relied on them to find us a perfect home two years ago, and when we wanted to move up, we relied on them once again. Serene sold our Redondo Beach townhome and found us another perfect home. Serene and Barry provide great services with a strong global reach through Strand Hill Christie's International Real Estate. Why use anyone else?

    Freedmans

    Having lived in the same beach home for many years, the real estate process was a brand new experience. Serene and Barry made selling my home a smooth transition, and also came through with flying colors in finding me another home I absolutely love. They're a superior real estate team, with excellent marketing and negotiation skills, plus the personalized attention that was incredibly helpful in my relocation. I would recommend them to anyone looking to sell or buy a home. Thank you so much!

    Wendy W

    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

    When I started my search for a home, I visited many open houses. Every realtor I met follows a similar script - they all give you their business card and then they all subscribe you to the same MLS mailing list system. I ended up working with Brook because from the very first day, he listened carefully to what I was looking for. He followed up with me, and continued to refine the searches to get me some awesome properties to look at. I found Brook to be trustworthy and easy to work with. He was able to leverage his vast network to help me navigate some unforeseen obstacles and land me in the perfect home. Thank you Brook!

    Anthony Y

    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

    Will and Rachel work together seamlessly, are very responsive to questions and comments, extremely pleasant and professional in their manner, and understand the process and strategies for effective marketing and sales of residential property.

    Steve W

    Let me start by saying Christa is AMAZING to work with! My husband and I needed to list our home in Hermosa Beach quickly as we were being relocated to San Francisco. We contacted Christa on a Monday morning and she met with us that evening. From the moment Christa arrived, I knew we were in the right hands. She came prepared with research on our home, recent sales and had recommendations ready for us to review. That was just the beginning. Within that same week Christa had other Brokers view the property to get feedback as well as Stagers come into the home. She also arranged painters, stucco repair, tile work and a photographer. By the end of the week, the house was transformed and ready to be listed - not to mention it looked better than it had the entire time we were there. I almost forgot to mention - she even went to the nursery and purchased plants and bark for the planter beds and spent her Sunday morning "in the dirt" because she wanted to ensure all the final touches were in place before the open house. The open house was the week after we initially contacted Christa and we had an offer accepted 2 days later at full asking price!!! I know this is a direct result of her advice, expertise of the neighborhood, pricing the home right and the improvements that were made. She is a great communicator and kept us up to date every step of the way. What I really appreciated about Christa is she always checked in to see how we were feeling with everything and made sure we were comfortable. She is incredibly personable, has a wealth of knowledge, and a true gem. You will not be disappointed if you work with her!! I 100% recommend Christa and if we are ever the market in Southern CA, she will be our first call!

    Amanda A

    I found Lynne Lear on Zillow. From our first phone conversation to closing on our investment home, Lynne provided excellent service. She has great insight on the area and each neighborhood. She was highly responsive and was always one step ahead in the process. I highly recommend Lynne Lear.

    Client

    First and foremost Karina leads the process with her tremendously positive attitude. We went through some very challenging times with our financing and she was always optimistic and supportive to help us deal with our anxieties and that was very helpful. We also demanded a lot related to needed work on the house and i know that our asks must have been frustrating for her but she always responded immediately and in the end pushed everything through for us. Karina has a very deep passion for real estate and more importantly, for the South Bay. Additionally she has a tremendous network of relationships and resources that are an added plus!

    Maltieri

    Kurt Allen is an amazing agent! He knows his stuff well. He is professional, committed and works hard to get you his best! You are never alone, even when the purchase is over. You can count on him well past the day you get your keys to your new house. You can trust Kurt. He is a friend for ever!!!

    Judy G

    Chris has made our first home buying purchase one of the best experiences. We were wary of some agents due to their shady practices but, Chris has been honest and trustworthy from the beginning. He was on top of everything when it came down to the purchase: communicating with escrow and our lender, negotiating with the seller, and even keeping track of what utilities we needed to get ourselves set-up with. I highly recommend choosing Chris as a real estate agent if you want someone who is thorough and conscientious. Very professional and knows the business well in the South Bay Area.

    Naliny T

    Having lived in the same beach home for many years, the real estate process was a brand new experience. Serene and Barry made selling my home a smooth transition, and also came through with flying colors in finding me another home I absolutely love. They're a superior real estate team, with excellent marketing and negotiation skills, plus the personalized attention that was incredibly helpful in my relocation. I would recommend them to anyone looking to sell or buy a home. Thank you so much!

    Wendy W

    Karynne has represented us in 3 transactions in Hermosa Beach over the years. Our experience with her has been exceptional. In the most recent transaction, she was able to successfully market and quickly sell, at full price, a multi-unit investment property. This building had a lot of deferred maintenance (work needed) but she was able to help us get full market value without having us spend a lot of cash before hand to fix the place up. We know a lot of great people in the real estate business and would give Karynne our absolute highest recommendation.

    Dan I

    I have used Susan on several properties. She is amazing, reliable, trustworthy and almost like family to us. We are very pleased with her service.

    Clark S

    Amy Olivares is a true professional! My husband and I could not have been happier working with Amy in buying our first home in the South Bay. We are so thankful that our friends recommended her to us. She was extremely knowledgable about the whole process and thought of everything, which was so unbelievably helpful. We now have 'Our Realtor' and a wonderful friend in our lives.

    Matt B

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Mark

    We have lived in Southern California for more than half a century and have bought and sold a number of properties. Among the many real estate agents we have encountered, Lily Liang is the most thoughtful, effective, and honest one we have ever met. We started to look for a house to purchase in Palos Verdes (PV) peninsula of Los Angeles in 2012. Our search criteria were quit strict: recent construction, tasteful architecture, good ocean view, high ceiling interior, private bath in every bedroom, no swimming pool, etc. After meeting with numerous agents and visiting many houses over six months, we were not successful in finding any property to make an offer. We met Lily through the Internet. She provided us an effective and comprehensive review of a very competitive PV real estate market based on her 30 plus years of experience in real estate. She is highly networked with other agents and prepared an in-depth analysis of the properties that nearly met our requirements. Her expertise immediately narrowed down our search to a manageable few. Lily also used her knowledge about PV neighborhoods and insights about each property under consideration to facilitate our selection. Even having received a great deal of useful information from her, we never felt any pressure to make an offer. She left the decision entirely to us. Lily is pleasant to talk to, easy to reach by phone, and responsive to our email. She worked with us tirelessly using photos, descriptions, and objective evaluation to identify and show us candidate houses even when the time or the weather was not the most desirable. In fact, she arrived to show us the house that we eventually purchased in a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon only twenty minutes after we contacted her. Lily reviewed with us the suitability of this house in order to make sure it is the right one for us. Once we expressed serious interest in this property, she skillfully negotiated a price acceptable to both the seller and to us in a couple of days. After we made our decision to buy, Lily wrote a fair and attractive offer for us. The purchase agreement was reached with the seller only in three days, and the escrow was closed in 45 days without any complication. Soon after the escrow was closed, Lily realized that we were not ready to move in. To avoid our house being unoccupied for a long time, she proactively recruited an ideal tenant for us, and even helped us furnish this house as our tenant wished. We are truly grateful to Lily for her extraordinary service before and after the sale was completed. We have since found out that our remarkable experience with Lily was not a unique case. Lily’s help to her clients often does not end after the escrow was closed. Sometimes she provided move-in assistance, or helped take care of the property if the owner could not live there full-time, or helped lease the property as in our case. All these extra services are beyond an agent’s normal duty and Lily offered them because of her kindness and a strong desire to make the purchase a lasting success. Based on her integrity, exceptional service, and dedication to her clients, it is no surprise that Lily is a recipient of the great honor in real estate profession -- one of the Top 250 Agents in the US. We highly recommend her to anyone seeking for a real estate professional’s service.

    RPV

    Chad has been working in the South Bay for 20 years and we have used him 5 times to sell our properties all over the South Bay. His emphasis on preparing our properties for sale was brilliant and his staging team did a great job which we think got us the best price. Michelle his Listing Coordinator made this entire process smooth and their team handled everything for us. SouthBayChad is a brand that sellers benefit from!

    Daniel

    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

    Beyond your friendship, kindness and generosity, you are also a consummate professional. We have brought and sold five homes, each time working with a different realtor, and you stand alone in terms of customer service, network, dedication and determination. You made clear to us that you would be there at every step of the way and you were, in a meaningful way.

    Sadie T

    Kris is extremely knowledgeable about the sales and negotiation process and helped provide transparency to the process. She was available 24-7, extremely responsive and I appreciated the multiple forms of communication and rapid turnaround times on questions and documents to keep the sales process moving. She is also very charismatic which is extremely important and often overlooked as a requirement for dealing with high dollar high stress transactions - she was able to keep the process pleasant in spite of challenges around permits, appraisals, funding, etc. that we ran into on my particular transaction. I HIGHLY recommend her to represent either a buyer or a seller.

    Mike C

    Kris is the best! We have been looking for a new home in the South Bay for about 9 months off and on, and within a couple days of meeting Kris, we found our perfect place. She has been very communicative with us and was a really patient listener during our initial call as we shared what we hoped to find. Kris has a great grasp on the benefits and charm of the various cities and neighborhoods, and was incredibly helpful in zeroing in on where we wanted to be. She is warm, generous and a total straight-shooter. We never hesitated in offering feedback about places that didn't match what we were looking for and she was completely receptive and just got it. Even after we found our home, Kris followed up to make sure we were all set and even offered referrals for movers. I recommend her to anyone!

    Christina H

    Nicole is an amazing realtor. I can’t recommend her highly enough for any of your real estate needs. She has extensive knowledge of the local neighborhoods, she is incredibly thoughtful about what would be best for you and your family, and she is unstoppable when it comes to getting you into a home that is perfect for you. I met Nicole when my family relocated to California from Texas. Even though Nicole’s primary focus is sales, she enthusiastically brought us on as clients - happy to get us familiar and settled in the South Bay. She is generous, warm, and welcoming. Nicole spent considerable time with me. She not only walked with me through a variety of homes at various price points, but also helped me understand the nuances of the neighborhoods - down to the everyday details that can impact your quality of life, such as schools, parks, shops & restaurants. She lives in the area, has raised a family here, and understands how details matter. We had long conversations about the differences between locations - always in the context of what would be best for my family. I never got the feeling that Nicole was trying to “force-fit” my family into a property just to get a deal done or that she was showing us properties that didn’t match with our needs. She has amazing talent and learns your preferences quickly, then refines her recommended list of potentials as she gets to know you better. We were on an incredibly tight timeline and needed someone highly responsive. Even though the entire process - first meeting to lease signing - lasted nearly three weeks, Nicole was incredibly helpful and communicative the entire time. We always felt that we were her top priority. She was instantly accessible via phone, email, and text. As with any real estate transaction, there were unexpected twists and turns along the way and like most clients, we had our anxious moments during this process. When it comes to getting through the difficult patches, Nicole is a steady hand. You can count on her to be a calming voice in even the tensest situations. She remains steadfastly focused on the end game - getting you into a wonderful new house. I can’t recommend Nicole enough. She is an incredible realtor and a wonderful person. You would be lucky to have her on your team.

    Troy F

    Brook was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and dedicated to our home search. He looked at houses with us in multiple areas to narrow down our search. He helped us find the perfect fit for our family. I would recommend Brook to anyone looking to buy or sell a home!

    JT G

    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

    Will and Rachel work together seamlessly, are very responsive to questions and comments, extremely pleasant and professional in their manner, and understand the process and strategies for effective marketing and sales of residential property.

    Steve W

    We felt very comfortable selecting Kurt Allen to sell our house. First and foremost Kurt is honest and knowledgeable. He always has his client's best interest at heart and has many years of Real Estates experience. He is also a long time South Bay resident and really understands the market. Kurt had our home in escrow within 2 days of listing it on the MLS at our asking price! Escrow went very smoothly. If something needed to be repaired Kurt was able to recommend people to do the repairs at reasonable prices. He was very hands on and made sure that everything got done on time. Kurt is very personable and really works to develop a relationship with his clients. It's not just another business deal to him - the relationship with his clients is very important to him. He really strives to make sure his clients are happy with selling or buying their property. We would highly recommend Kurt to represent you as a buyer or seller of real estate. He will find what you are looking for and really work hard to make it all happen!

    Amy M

    Darrin is a pure pleasure. He was our agent when we purchased our first home in Manhattan Beach about 8 years ago and the process was simple, straightforward and relatively stress free. Last year, we were searching for a new home. Darrin recommended that we look at a listing that was on the market for some time and had, up until that point, evaded our radar. That house ultimately became our home. Again, the process was smooth and seamless. We highly recommend Darrin!

    M B

    As a first time buyer, Chris was so awesome throughout the entire process and helped to walk me through each step. He showed us places week after week until I was able to find one that was perfect for me. He was always available to talk if I had any questions and taught me a lot about the real estate process. He has an extensive knowledge of the area and was able to offer insightful comments to each location we visited. Chris made what could have been a tedious experience very fun and enjoyable and I would highly recommend his help to anyone thinking about buying or selling a place. Thanks Chris!!!

    Juliette U

    What makes my experience in buying and selling homes is working with Shawn Dugan. … What I find Shawn to be excellent at is closing the deal, finding the best tenants, working through the issues and solving the problems. I admire Shawn's love for what he does, his work ethic, his tenacity, and most important - his honesty. So for those people who might be looking for an agent, I highly recommend Shawn Dugan. He's not only someone who I enjoy working with, but I consider him a friend.

    Michael G

    “Fred Z. is an amazing agent withyears of experience and a great reputation. When I work with Fred I am always excited because I know there’s a true pro on the other sideand we both are going to do the bestfor our clients.”Dan O’Connor, Strand Hill 

    Dan O

    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

    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!

    Childresses

    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

    other agents we have dealt with. We never felt rush or pressure and instead Audrey answered each and every question we had during the purchase process which made us very comfortable with such a major decision.   Even post-closing, Audrey continued to follow up and ensure all matters were handled properly. Audrey is on top of everything and really knows the market in Manhattan Beach. An amazing resource and a true delight to deal with.

    Client

    We can hardly find a way to thank you for all that you've done for us with regard to the purchase of our home. We truly couldn't have found an agent with more integrity, intelligence, sensitivity, knowledge, dedication, efficiency and professionalism. Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to source and schedule our contract work and even design our beautiful skylights! We appreciate all the extra time and work you put in for us. We tremendously enjoyed working with you and couldn't imagine working with anyone else. We feel so lucky to have found you! Now we just have to figure out how we are going to make any home decisions without you! You are simply wonderful. Many, many thanks. We will of course recommend you to anyone we know looking to buy in the area!

    Sauer

    I have known Audrey for about 15 years and she is an amazing real estate agent. She is well known and respected by all in the business. That's because she's been at it for over two decades and there is no one more knowledgeable about the South Bay market. Audrey has helped me sell my walk street  home and purchase a townhome . She has helped me find apartments along the way. She is tireless, professional in every way, diligent and detail oriented. She prefers to do things herself in order to make sure every aspect of sale or purchase goes smoothly and seamlessly. She is down to earth, friendly, and extremely responsive when you need something. She is reliable, honest and always ethical down to the smallest detail. There were 8 bids on my current townhome including cash offers. We got it, because Audrey knew just what it would take to get. That's Audrey. She's the best

    nataliepujo

    Great Agent in the South Bay! Very helpful and dedicated.

    Kaylee Y

    As an instructional designer who writes training programs on customer service, I am acutely aware of the decline in value offered by individuals in every profession. In Real Estate, one is frequently confronted with behaviors that display a lack of integrity, let alone the proper focus on providing what the customer wants. In a field that seems to encourage mediocrity, Chris Plank is a delightful change of pace. Beginning with our initial meeting regarding the sale of our home, he spent a great deal of time asking probing questions to be certain he truly understood what we were after. His advice regarding potential improvements was direct and highly useful. Throughout the process up until the very successful sale at a price higher than what we asked, he was constantly available, performing a variety of services that went beyond my expectations. He personally supervised every detail, even accompanying the professional videographers and photographers to make sure they caught just the right angles. Ours was not even close to the highest priced property in his portfolio at the time, yet he gave us Cadillac service and made us feel as though we were the only customer he had. I would never conduct a real estate transaction again without working with Chris, and would recommend him highly to anyone seeking help in any facet of real estate. It has been a distinct pleasure and a learning experience to observe the way he operates.

    Diana J

    Audrey is truly the best agent we've ever worked with! Excellent service and professionalism through the whole process. She was an extra set of eyes at every home we viewed. The process took almost 7 months and she never put any pressure on us at any time. She brought to my attention issues that  experienced home buyers would miss. She thoroughly reviewed all documentation on our behalf to make sure we were properly covered. She managed all the inspections and follow-up repairs, saving us many hours of our own time. She provided a list of her personal referrals for every situation you can imagine. Every one we used was excellent. She truly is a full service agent that will place you as her priority. She never let us down. We would highly recommend her to our friends!

    lchen310

    Thank you so much for helping us find a house we can truly call home! Your patience, knowledge of the area, and professionalism have proven to be invaluable during our home search. Your diligence during the negotiations was first rate. You’ve made what could have been a fairly painful experience a lot more tolerable. We wanted to be sure you knew your efforts did not go unnoticed. Thanks!

    Evaldo G

    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

    Serene and Barry sold my older home in Manhattan Beach as a private sale. The communication was wonderful.....they kept me in the loop; they are quite knowledgeable of market conditions; they are professional, and were a delight to work with. They stayed on top of all the details, making the selling process an easy one for me as Seller. Very pleasant couple and great to work with. I would definitely use them again.

    Theresa

    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 could have written a lot of praises about Cindy - and it would have been a ``BEST SELLER!`` Cindy is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST! Cindy cares about her clients tremendously and it shows every step of the way. She was outstanding in both the purchase of our new home and the sale of our old home (which sold in 1 weekend). The timing was impeccable and Cindy made it happen. Her knowledge, professionalism and attention to details are superb and she helps you through the process with ease. Cindy is always there for you no matter what questions or concerns you may have, even after the transactions are complete. Her engaging personality is an asset and made it a very enjoyable experience. We feel extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with Cindy and will recommend her to everyone we know. Thank you Cindy for everything!

    Morabito

    Dan was recommended to us by a neighbor and we couldn't be happier with his service from initial meeting to close of escrow. He and his associate Brooke were always quick to reply to any communication, however big or small. He was flexible in meeting with us. After a short conversation he knew exactly what we were looking for in a home and a neighborhood. As first time home buyers, he was super helpful in explaining every step of the process. He worked with the selling agent to get us a great price on our home. Everyone he has recommended working with from lenders to escrow agents has been equally excellent. If you're looking for the highest quality home-buying experience in the South Bay, you've found it in Dan O'Connor.

    Alex R

    I have used Darrin and Kim on a number of transactions both buying and selling. Their creativity on sourcing both off market opportunities and helping guide us on listed properties has been exceptional. I would not hesitate to use them again.

    Chris S

    Lily Liang is exactly the Real Estate professional my husband and I sought when we chose to put our home on the market. She enjoys an excellent reputation due to her extensive knowledge of the PV area, far-reaching international network, tireless work ethic, discretion, pleasant and always courteous demeanor - and her ability to simply sell homes. She was able to skillfully and artfully negotiate potential buyers, lenders, while helping me to maintain my sanity while selling our home during one of the most difficult and challenging real estate markets historically. Lily showed extraordinary patience with all involved parties and was able to close escrow within four months of putting our home on the market. We wish we could rate Lily with more than five stars because she certainly deserves more.

    PVE

    Karynne is a dream to work with. She has excellent market knowledge and access to important trends and activities going on in the South Bay, which are critical to concluding a successful transaction. Most importantly, she is detail-oriented, has excellent communication/follow-up skills, and is one of the most ethical and professional agents we have ever met. We’ve used her for three transactions (buying and selling) and would never think of using any other agent in the South Bay.

    Bryan R

    We have had the pleasure of working with Kurt for over 10 years, and have known him for over 15 years. Kurt has help us with several successful transactions, including a home sale, a home buy, and assisting with finding renters for two of our properties. Throughout each process, Kurt's professionalism and attention to detail has resulted in a smooth and successful outcome. Kurt's experience is invaluable--he understands the nuances of the market, and knows what needs to get done to satisfy both parties. Of course, when the situation is not right for the client, he will not hesitate to voice his view. We have had several instances of this, and have been grateful for his advice. We look forward to working with Kurt in the future.

    Kevin A

    Yvonne Amarillas put our home on the market with a flurry of activities, which resulted in multiple offers and in escrow in four days. Yvonne is the most competent agent we could have gotten for such a stressful endeavor. She guided us through a blizzard of paperwork. We will recommend her to anyone who wishes to sell their home.

    Skeeter K

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

    Linda G

    Hi Serene and Barry, How grateful I am! Thanks for all your help in finding qualified buyers for my home and making the process so easy. If it wasn't for your expertise I'm sure it would never have happened. Thanks again for the gardening goodies. I planted the flowers and right now everything's starting to bloom. I will continue gardening in my awesome backyard. Take care.

    Patrice

    Without Yvonne Amarillas quick responses to market listings, expert advice, and extra efforts we could not have found the right home for our family. She is diligent, professional and a pleasure to work with. Yvonne’s strong negotiation skills helped to minimize our cost. All throughout the transaction we were ensured that everything was in place. She gave my wife and me peace of mind that everything was taken care of with expert care.

    Tom K

    Darrin is an amazing real estate agent. He is hardworking, patient and loyal. He helped us find the perfect house for us over a period of two years and then in turn worked hard to find a buyer for our house. The whole process was time sensitive and he did a great job.

    Tracey H

    Chris is a really nice and trustworthy agent who is dedicated to finding the perfect home for you!

    Kristi B

    Brigitte Pratt and Amy Olivares are exceptional real estate agents. First, they are extremely knowledgeable about the market and the nuances of each neighborhood. Second, they always had our best interests in mind, and gave us tremendous advice in assessing properties, making offers, and negotiating. Third, they listened to our selection criteria and continually refined their search to find the properties that best matched it. Fourth, they rose above the call of duty on several occasions, accommodating changes, and helping us with unique requests. Last, they are both consummate professionals, and also really enjoyable to spend time with. We can't recommend them enough!

    Rob D

    I purchased and sold a condo with Chris, and in both transactions I was completely satisfied. Chris was highly professional, but also managed to be my friend through the process. In both transactions, I never felt pressured by Chris, which I really appreciated. He has a great way of diffusing stress. I highly recommend, and I do refer, Chris Plank as a real estate agent.

    Heidi B

    Colin went way beyond my expectations on selecting a realtor in an area that he used to live in. He was very thorough in his research and was so responsive and knowledgeable in answering all of the many questions I asked of him. I would not hesitate to recommend him to everyone who is interested in purchasing a home.

    J. V

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