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

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    “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

    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

    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!


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Chris Schmidt is calm, easy-going, attentive, empathetic, knowledgeable, committed, trustworthy, resourceful, diligent and NOT PUSHY. He respects clients' boundaries and limits and is hyper aware and respectful of individual comfort zones. That said, when it comes to business, he examines all the angles to every deal, is creative and hard working and will stop at nothing to help you realize all your real estate ambitions. And, if you're like me and appreciate consummate professionals who are talented but also punctual, articulate, polite, well groomed and genuinely KIND, then Chris will appeal to you even more. Because of Chris, my house sold less than a week later at full asking price without ever even hitting the MLS (or me having to keep it clean and disappear during open houses ¾ or even paint or do ANYthing).That scenario is typical of Chris and the Caskey team in general. Since that sale, Chris has been instrumental in getting my kids and me into our two subsequent dream homes. He is so well connected, respected and liked in the South Bay realty community that he can quite literally pull off the impossible. Chris Schmidt has become my go-to guy for any and everything realty related in the South Bay. Over the years I've recommended him to many close friends and they've always walked away equally impressed. And, so will you.

    Audrey F

    Susan and Alli have more than earned the description above. Both our recent buying and selling experiences with their knowledge and guidance could not have been better! This is the third time that we have utilized Susan’s outstanding services, and we think that this time, records were set, expectations were exceeded and “simply the best” does not even begin to describe our extreme satisfaction! From staging our property so that it would sell quickly (3 days!), to finalizing all contingencies and documents (in 9 days!), to recommending a fantastic agent in the Seattle area, we could not have wished for anything more. Nobody can take all the stress out of selling a house, but their experience and expertise helped us get through it with the least amount of worry or anxiety. Their proactive approach anticipated potential issues before they arose and prevented any unexpected problems. If you are not using this team, you are truly missing out, and we enthusiastically recommend their 5-star service to everyone!

    Candace W

    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

    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

    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

    Nicole Peters is one of the best real estate agents we’ve ever met and we feel so privileged to have worked with her to find a perfect rental apartment! If you ever need to find a rental or real estate to buy, we 100% recommend Nicole to help you find the perfect home!!! Our journey actually started in January 2020. My sister received a job offer in LA (which starts in August), so we decided to fly to LA to check out the Manhattan Beach / Redondo Beach neighborhoods and understand how rental apartments work in that area. After arriving in LA (after lots of delays due to a snow storm going through the northeast), we met Nicole at her office on a Saturday and discussed the kind of apartments my sister was interested in. Being new to the area (without a car), Nicole generously drove us around the Manhattan Beach / Redondo Beach area and showed us various apartments to give us an idea of what they were like. Because our rental wouldn’t start in August, we would actually start the rental process around June/July. Fast forward to June, Covid-19 was impacting everything and we couldn’t make a second trip to LA to browse apartments in person. Nicole set up a virtual search with her system and we received regular updates on when rental listings became available. We stumbled upon a wonderful newly renovated apartment complex and because we couldn’t visit LA, Nicole took the extra mile and checked out the apartment for us. She recorded a quick walk through video and sent it to us. We knew we wanted to move into this apartment right after we saw the video! The paperwork for rentals in California is very new for us since we came from New York and lived with family all our lives. Nicole patiently walked us through all the paperwork and worked with the management company to ensure that all the paperwork is squared away. She even set up Docusign documents with additional California rental paperwork that the management company didn’t even provide. Nicole truly was looking out for our best interests! August quickly approached and we were about to fly over to LA to move in. Because our move-in date was on a Saturday and that we were arriving late on Friday night, the management company would not be able to provide us with the keys. In fact, we didn’t know about this and Nicole, once again, proactively went above and beyond to help us out. She picked up the keys and dropped them off at the hotel we were staying at so that we can begin moving in on Saturday, rather than waiting until Monday. As first time renters, my sister and I were quite new to the process and we are so thankful that Nicole walked us through the other process to find the perfect home. Thank you so much!!

    Christopher H

    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

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


    Cindy is the consummate professional and the hardest working woman/realtor/person we know! She managed our house as a rental while we lived abroad for a couple of years and showed us her competence and professionalism in working with challenging situations in that effort. She also helped us purchase our home, giving us her full attention and addressing every detail, big or small, allowing us to feel that we were in very capable hands. What a pleasure it is to work with her!


    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

    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

    “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

    Chris was amazing! We looked at many, MANY homes before we finally found the one we loved, and in this super competitive market, he was able to close the deal on our dream home. Chris was with us every step of the way. Super responsive and helpful when we had questions… And even came over with his toolbox to help us move in! He has become more than our realtor, he’s become a friend!

    Mark B

    From start to finish working with Piper was an amazing and wonderful experience! She listened carefully to my criteria and then kicked off a search that eventually yielded me my new home. There was not one situation where she showed me a home that didn't fit what we had discussed. When I  presented listings she provided me her immediate feedback or she would research and get back to me. Going above and beyond she even drove by some of the listings to check out the neighborhood when she was unfamiliar (very rare). She was so responsive to emails, texts and phone calls. She always made me feel like I was her #1 priority, even though I knew she must have other clients I never felt lack of attention. For matters that were outside her expertise (e.g. inspection items) she did the legwork to find me good contacts who could either answer my questions or provide estimates for the work that was needed. Truly made my home buying experience a special one. Her being at my house warming was the best present I could have had, because she was so much a part of my buying that house.

    Karen C

    Caskey and Caskey and Associates are great. I have purchased 2 houses with their wonderful agent, Christopher Schmidt. I also have Chris help me with vetting tenants for my rental, and always get a good one. He is super responsive with referrals for Loan brokers, contractors and home repair services providers. They are 5 star all the way!

    Jeff S

    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.


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

    Nathan P

    Dan O'Connor is an outstanding broker. He is very knowledgeable about the South Bay real estate market, and very skilled in marketing properties. He has a great eye for value and knows how much to offer in a purchase situation, and how much to demand in a sale. My wife and I have used Dan to buy and sell several properties, residential and investment properties in the South Bay and he has always done a great job for us. He keeps his word, keeps his appointments, handles himself with the utmost of professionalism and, most importantly, knows how to close a deal. We consider ourselves lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him.


    Beach A big Thank You Yvonne Amarillas for helping us sell our home in Manhattan Beach. I look back over the past few months and marvel how well things turned out, in large part due to your efforts! We really appreciated your professional and personal guidance through this process from the day we signed with you as our realtor to moving day. We trusted your experience in negotiations, responding to offers and counter offers and feel you maximized our proceeds. You helped us through all the walk-through and inspections, keeping us informed at every juncture. Even the move itself was facilitated by your efforts. Having you as our realtor, made us feel that we were your only clients. Should a potential client desire a reference, please do not hesitate to refer them to me, I will tell them that you are absolutely the best!

    Kathleen B

    Serene and Barry, We never could have gotten our first home without you! Thank you so much for your guidance, patience and words of wisdom. I think Joe is finally out of questions to ask! Thank you so much for your gracious gift. We'll see you at the engagement party and wedding. We will have a summer BBQ in our new home and you will be our guest of honor. Thank you so much for helping to make our dreams reality!!


    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

    I recently moved into a little place in South Redondo and Karina not only helped me with all the tedious elements of the application process but has gone out of her way to make sure I am comfortable and taken care of in my new home. For example, I had a minor termite problem when I first moved in and she had the place treated for me almost immediately. More so, she is incredibly quick, responsive and considerate. I couldn't be more thankful for all of her time and efforts. I 10/10 recommend Karina to anyone looking for a real- estate agent. It's been nothing short of a pleasure in working with her.

    Ellie C

    Chris Corr was our agent for our purchase in Manhattan Beach. Without question, I would work with him again in an instant for future real estate transactions. I've completed numerous real estate transactions with different agents in LA; Torrance, Redondo, Palos Verdes, Beverly Grove, and my experience with Chris exceeded them all. Highly knowledgeable and extremely accommodating, I will be working with Chris again in the future.

    Alex L

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

    Chris S

    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

    He has taking me from a sale, to a purchase, and to a rental. He’s really really really been conscientious about the most incredible detail. … The thing I really liked a lot was that he really went to town on the marketing level. It brought great joy to me when we were on the cover of Digs. He brought in best lighting people and the best camera people. To this day I keep that Digs cover as a souvenir. Frankly speaking, and I’m not even kidding you, I can’t find any better than Shawn. It’s the truth. He’s just super quality. I know Shawn has lived here and grown up here. I know he has a heart for this place. And he’ll absolutely get you whatever you want. He always does for me; I’ve never been disappointed. I’ll never work with anybody else but him. I’ve done a sale. Huge. I’ve done a buy. Huge. And he’s been renting my house here since 2012. He cares about his clients, that’s all there is to it. I can only say, you’re lucky if you get him. You’re lucky to have him.

    Kimberly T

    Juliet was incredible from start to finish. She worked tirelessly for our family to find the perfect house that fitted with all our needs and held our hand throughout the entire process. Thank you for all your help making our transition to LA go so smoothly. We are very happy with our new home. Ed

    Edward J

    Karynne has amazing negotiation skills. The property I purchased was complicated and she handled everything with expertise skills. Her knowledge of the area is excellent. I had a great experience and have been buying property for many years. She has a special character that is not easily found.

    Lauren G

    We had a challenging search for our first home here in Manhattan Beach. Much of our process was contingent on the closing sale of an apartment in New York. As we know, the market waits for no-one in this town! Through personal relationships with Selling Agents, and constant communication Amy was able to keep our deal alive and ultimately have a successful close on our dream home. -She was also very patience with us! As new buyers we had an abundance of questions and Amy did a wonderful job educating us through the process. Lastly, Amy is simply a kind, gracious person and a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend her services!

    Hanley H

    I worked with the Klapper Group on the purchase of a property they had listed in Hermosa Beach. In particular, I worked alongside Aaron Klapper, Linda and Abby. They are absolute professionals and a pleasure to work with. Super nice, genuine people. Highly recommended if you need to buy or sell real estate in the South Bay.

    Shawn D

    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

    Christa was phenomenal. We had an incredibly narrow time window and criteria, she delivered in full force. She was EXTREMLY knowledgeable about the area, not pushy in anyway and most importantly got us an incredible deal on our home. In fact, there were several homes that we actually were considering and might have closed on, but Christa encouraged us to wait and be patient. Sure enough, she found us the perfect home. We were so lucky to have had her working with us and would recommend her to anyone.


    Chris found us our perfect home in South Bay! We searched high and low for over 5 months and Chris stuck it out and went above and beyond to ultimately land us our home. He was instrumental during the final offer stage and closing process and has continued to be a resource for us for anything we might need; handyman’s, landscapers, flooring - you name it and he has helped! We would recommend him to any families looking for someone to work hard to get you in to a place you’ll love. Thanks, Chris!


    Kurt is amazing! He helped us purchase two homes and sell one in the South Bay. With Kurt as our agent, each transaction went smoothly and we were very happy with the results. His knowledge, guidance, responsiveness and personality are unmatched in this market and we have no hesitation recommending him to our friends.

    Kelley B

    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!


    Juliet was excellent and thoroughly professional from start to finish in our search for a rental property. Juliet found my family the perfect home. I will definitely be using Juliet again if i need to search for any other rental or purchase.

    Simon B

    As someone who has worked in the fields of academia, publishing and show business, I have dealt (in my over half-century of life!) with an array of professionals. Without question I would rank Barret at the very top of those whom I respect. Further, the personal attention and sincere care he showed me throughout the process of selling my home has lead me to admire him as a fine human being as well. I can't thank him enough for his fantastic service. His advice, actions, professionalism and business marketing plan were spot-on and attained top dollar for my condo. I’ve held an HOA Board seat for fifteen of my twenty year living at Beachport Village and know in that time he has sold numerous condos in my complex. It was, indeed, hearing his outstanding reputation “through the grapevine” that led me to contact him to represent me. And I am so happy I did! Please know I would be happy to ardently recommend him to all those planning to sell or buy in the area, and wish him continued success.

    Ph.D. R

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

    Kristi B

    I had to sell my late mom's home in a relatively short timeframe. I was referred to the Klapper Group from my estate attorney. I found Aaron Klapper and his staff to be extremely helpful, knowledgeable and responsive. He was quick to come out, assess the estate situation and the local market. He answered many questions for me throughout the process. The actual sale occurred even faster than I thought - about 2 months. And I was quite pleased with the price. Afterward, the Klapper Group was very thorough when finalizing post-sale details. I would definitely recommend Klapper Group!

    Roxanne W

    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.


    Thanks to Judy D' Angelo for helping us out yet again last month. She is always there for us even though she sold us this home almost 21 years ago. I remember when we moved into our home. It was a real find matching our "wish list" perfectly. Judy provided us with the house plans and a list of the responsible contractors. However, last month we needed service on our fire sprinkler system and the original company was no longer available.Judy provided us with a referral to Fire Safe systems for the repair. They were great as are all of her referrals. We vacationed with friends recently in Lake Tahoe. We compared notes. Judy also helped them through four transactions! We have them beat with six total buy and sells with Judy! Michelle and I continue to recommend Judy to our friends and co-workers. We have no plans to move from our current home. We still consider it a 'real find'!


    Between my ex husband and I, thanks to Chris, we have bought 3 homes, sold 1, and and have gotten 3 awesome renters for the duplex. We couldn't be happier! Chris is absolutely the guy that you want to have representing your home buying dreams and budget. He takes the time to find out what you like walking around the homes with you. He knows about the neighborhoods in regards to safety and appreciating value. He has a good understanding of construction of homes- pointing out things like the roof, termites, piping, and other things that a buyer needs to be aware of to avoid costly repairs after purchase. He is the one you want to have interacting with the other professionals of the buying process: he's professional, friendly, well known in the realty and local community, and KNOWLEDGABLE. He puts everyone at ease with his confidence and smile. He was always upfront with the negotiation process and let us in on the options, what he'd suggest we ask for (which always made sense), and how he expected the other party to respond.... He was always spot on- no buyer regret when you work with Chris! He's a part of the power house Caskey & Caskey team, so you'll have access to the best options in lenders, escrow, home inspectors, etc. I look forward to working with Chris again in a few years when I'm ready for an upgrade!

    Josie S

    My first real estate interaction with Shawn was in 2018. My brother and I were seeking a realtor who was very experienced in the area to sell a property that had been in the family for over 60 years. We wanted to find the right mix of personality to handle that type of transaction. We decided to look at the 5 top agents in Manhattan Beach. Had interviews with 5 of these realtors. Immediately we zeroed in on what we felt were our top two, and Shawn just had a more unique approach. He really thought out how he was going to be marketing. He wasn’t just selling himself on his past sales. He really looked forward as to how he was going to be marketing our property - way more, I thought, than some of the other realtors in the area. The only way to show the view was to get a scissor lift, and he coordinated the whole process of getting a scissor lift, so we could go 25-30 feet in the air, and he could take prospective realtors and buyers to view the property with the real potential of its view, and that was a great call by Shawn. From that collaboration of he being a good listener and us asking engaging questions with him, we felt very confident that he was the right pick. We really felt that Shawn was strongly representing us. He created an exceptional video of our property that really showed its uniqueness. He generated a lot of excitement for it. His brochures were absolutely gorgeous. His delivery and his understanding of the local marketplace. His relationships with some of the builders that eventually was our buyer just brought that collective strength to the transaction that made it go pretty smooth. He just made us feel very relaxed and good about working with him. And we could see that he would be a person that other realtors would want to work with, as well as clients. We are so thankful that we chose him, and he came across our lives and made such an impact with handling a very unique property here in Manhattan Beach for us. Do your homework; interview some other agents. That way you have a more informed opinion. And I think when you sit down with Shawn and give him the opportunity to really present his way of thinking, his way of handling the transaction, I think you’ll hopefully do what we did and go with Shawn.

    Leslie D

    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!


    Our daughters first time home buying experience was a success due to Chris's patient, attentive and professional attitude. He showed her tons of places in her price range and told her the pros and cons of all of them and then walked her through the process every step of the way when she had found her place. Thanks Chris for making this a great experience.

    Laurel U

    I would really like to recommend Shawn Dugan as a real estate agent. He sold my house on The Strand. We waited for the best price; we got the best price. There was no giving up on what our needs were, and the transition was wonderful. I spent a year after that looking for something that would really suit me, and Shawn was wonderful in helping me find this fabulous 1927 vintage cottage - something I had been looking for for a very long time - on a very large lot. And again, we were able to get the price that I needed from the sellers. All I can say about Shawn is that he's easy to work with. He is so completely honest, and I think he really takes care of the seller, as I was, and the buyer, as I became - especially when there's so much emotion involved in real estate. It can be a really hard thing to get through. But Shawn did it so well for me, and I would recommend him to anybody, anywhere. He knows the market. He has lived here his whole life. He does every cost comparison you can possibly imagine. He supplies you with as much information as you need to know, and he follows through. I would not have used him not one, or two times but now I'm using him again for rental purposes with my properties. He is just an overall perfect package, in a field with people that are a little hard to take some times, and also hard to trust. I cannot say enough about Shawn Dugan and his company. Thanks!


    Dan represented me on purchasing a home in Hermosa Beach. He had an incredible pulse on the market and once I was under contract to purchase the house, he was very adept at solving any issues that arose during the transaction process. He was very responsive at all times. I was very impressed and plan on working again with Dan.

    Joe M

    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

    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

    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

    We originally met Colin at an open house we attended while just casually looking for a new home. We were in no particular rush to buy, but met with Colin to lay out our wish list for our next house. He was very patient and helpful, sending us listings he thought we might be interested in without  being pushy. After several months, we ultimately we found a house we really liked that ended up being a fairly tough negotiation to say the least. I am entirely convinced that Colin's persistence on our behalf during the whole process is why we got the house, for what we feel is a good and fair price. Colin is extremely responsive (be it day, night, or on the weekend), enthusiastic, and a pleasure to work with! Can't wait to move into our new home!


    Thank you for finding us our beautiful home. There aren't enough words to fully express how much we appreciate what you did for us. You went above and beyond to get this house. Every step of the way you helped educate us on the process of buying a home and made it a great learning experience. We are so excited to start our journey as home owners and can not thank you enough for your expertise and efficiency in getting everything done. Forever Grateful,  

    Matt T

    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.


    I interviewed several realtors to be my listing agent when selling my condo in Santa Monica. Many claimed to be "experts" in the area, and promised "world-class marketing" but when I asked them about their listing strategy, they lost me. Then I had the chance to sit down with Colin, and he approached things a bit differently. Rather than come in and tell me how great he was, he took the majority of time to ask me questions. Why was I selling, what do I need from a realtor, what are the priorities for the sale - top dollar, timing, getting the right buyer etc. He wanted to know what the best part about living there was, what I liked and disliked about the home if there were any downsides or challenges to the home. He took all of this information in, and then addressed each one specifically. Each item was given much thought and attention, and when we were done, I felt like someone really understood what I was looking for in a realtor, what was important to me during the sales process, and ultimately how it could all be achieved successfully. Not only did we get above asking on the home, but we were able to navigate through some disclosures to the buyers that had made me nervous. We closed within 30 days, and his negotiations through the inspection process were impeccable. Colin was attentive and communicated thoroughly each step of the way helping me to feel secure during each phase of the sale from listing to closing. If you're looking for a realtor that is interested in you and your motivation(s) to sell, rather than just getting the listing, I highly recommend Colin Aita.


    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

    I am more than thoroughly happy and satisfied with how I was treated at the KlapperGroup. Linda Hernandez was the most organized, responsive, caring, and outgoing realtor I've dealt with over the past year after chatting with quite a few. She made me feel extremely cared for and looked after during the hectic home buying process. The team at KlapperGroup, including Abby and Aaron, helped out immensely and made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Without their help, I would have been extremely stressed and overwhelmed. I can't thank them enough! Definitely a must use for property selling/buying in the South Bay area.

    Aaron S

    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

    Mr. Allen always has answers for us...excellent referrals and recommendations. He is a hard worker and we appreciate all he does for us. He goes above and beyond and we are grateful!

    Nikki H

    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!


    Shawn thinks out-of-the-box at every level to create a deal opportunity and to get it closed. He's a rock star agent, and you get to deal directly with him rather than some hand-me-down associate. Top shelf.


    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

    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

    Dan and I will always be a fan of Kurt Allen. He is a terrific real estate agent who will go the extra mile for his clients. He found us the perfect property on Largavista which is amazing because Largavista and Gavilan were the ONLY two streets we were interested in! Kurt is an extremely honest and trustworthy professional.

    Lisa M

    After living in Palos Verdes for 30+ years, due to life changing events in my life, including my boys heading to college I decided to move to Torrance. I’ve known Nahal for quite some time, and I’m familiar with her great personality: it was a no brainer to choose her as my agent. Nahal made the buying process so smooth and pleasant for us. She referred me to an excellent lender. She accommodated all the showings to my schedule. She was very patient with me, guided me with my options, negotiated for me and explained everything thoroughly. She went above and beyond for us. I couldn’t be happier with my new home in Torrance and being so close to my work after 30 years of commuting. I’m so looking forward to work with Nahal in the near future. I would definitely refer her to my friends and family. She is my agent for life!

    Mike S

    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

    Chris was our real estate agent in our first home purchase in August 2004. Chris was amazing; working with both our budget and a tight market he found us the greatest first home. After looking at several homes, bidding on a few and being out bid, we started to get frustrated. Chris encouraged us to wait patiently and that he would find us what we wanted. Sure enough, we waited patiently and we got the home we wanted. Chris’ organizational skills and follow through made working with the listing agent very easy. She commented to us that we were very lucky to have someone like Chris representing us, and that it was a real pleasure to work with a professional. To this day, we still maintain contact with Chris, as he has been an amazing resource to us. We cannot say enough about him and his work ethic. We were extremely pleased with our house and would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking to buy in South Bay and surrounding areas.

    Julie M

    We found at Caskey and Caskey you get not just your agent, but a team of people who are smart, resourceful and very experienced. Every person we encountered seemed to bend over backwards to help us make a success of our home sale. We were treated like VIPs selling our tall and skinny in Redondo Beach even though they also represent multimillion dollar homes on The Strand as well. They were always supportive and patient with any concerns we had and were always so fast to respond. The team assessed our house made suggestions to improve it for sale to get the best possible price and designed a customized marketing plan. We followed their advice. Deanna Whipp the director of operations there, is a force. She went above and beyond to make our house ready for market. Following the teams advice was so worth it! The price we received was so far beyond our expectations we were in disbelief! I would definitely recommend Dave and his team to first timer buyers/sellers as well as seasoned vets of real estate transactions. You will be delighted how you are treated as well as your results!

    Jennifer W

    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

    As an East Coaster taking the plunge and moving to the West Coast, it was a true blessing that I found Piper Moretti on a Google search. The time Piper had spent with me to locate the perfect home that fits my needs as well as my family was so valuable in the search. She was responsive, professional and extremely accommodating to how we wanted to proceed with the closing of our home. She made every effort and stepped out of her comfort zone to make the imperative connections to get the job done. Piper Moretti is invaluable in the Real Estate market. If you're lucky enough to find her on a Google Search, she's the realtor who will take the "For Sale" sign and turn it into your "Home Sweet Home" sign.


    Bryn was fantastic! she is very knowledgeable, responsive and professional. She was very patient with us as first time buyers and guided us through the process step by step. I will definitely use her again and I would recommended her to anyone looking for an agent!


    I recently sold my house in Torrance, CA. Nahal had done a great job of advertising, having discussions with agents, making the house look nice looking, dealing with the buyer's agent, helping out with escrow, and so many other things that is part of selling a home that I wasn’t aware of. With Nahal’s help I was able to sell my house very, very quickly at a great price. I am very satisfied with her work, so I highly recommend her!

    Yasufumi M

    I worked with the Klapper Group on the purchase of a property they had listed in Hermosa Beach. In particular, I worked alongside Aaron Klapper, Linda and Abby. They are absolute professionals and a pleasure to work with. Super nice, genuine people. Highly recommended if you need to buy or sell real estate in the South Bay.

    Shawn D

    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

    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

    Dan is the consummate professional, and as a second-generation South Bay agent, is extremely knowledgeable and well-connected. Dan adroitly guided the negotations of the purchase of my wife's dream home, while selling our existing house, at our price, without even listing the house.

    Mix R

    We just wanted to take a moment and thank you and your whole team for more than representing us in selling our house. We really did not know what to expect as first-time sellers, and the Caskey Team made us feel not only comfortable, well-represented and taken care of throughout the process, but that we were their only clients (which we know is far from the case). Their expertise, acumen, professionalism, positivity and attention to detail was and is appreciated, and was felt from meeting The Caskeys to closing, and in every aspect of the sale. We know this team has a lot of fans, but count us among their biggest. We will, of course, work with them again, and will look for opportunities to recommend this team to friends and strangers alike. We know this team takes pride in working as a team and as a family, and it really showed...thanks again to Jen & Dave and everyone at Caskey & Caskey.

    Danielle S

    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

    Dave Caskey and his team are professionals through and through. I had already moved across town and the took care of EVERYTHING that needed doing so I rarely even had to take a trip to the house. They made many upgrades that pleased both me and the buyers and I was able to get an outstanding price for my townhome thanks to this wonderful team! Five stars in every aspect!

    Charles L

    "I can’t speak highly enough of my experience with Barry and Serene. I was raised in the same Manhattan Beach home all my life so it was an emotional experience to consider a move. Although many other top agents had reached out to list my home, I selected Barry and Serene after our first meeting. They were extremely kind and understanding throughout the sales process. They have a deep network of buyers looking for homes in the South Bay and, in just a few weeks, brought me multiple offers to consider. With their guidance and negotiating skills, I accepted one of the offers at an excellent price and with the exact terms needed to purchase my next home. I feel blessed to have found them. If you need a trusted real estate team in the beach cities do yourself a favor and give them a call. I could not recommend a better real estate team to anyone selling or buying a home. Robbin M. 1/19/20

    Robbin M

    Colin was amazing! We were looking to find a buildable lot in Manhattan Beach, but also considering other options. Colin knows the local market well and was able to bring us lots of options, including off market properties. I was really impressed by his knowledge of the area, properties coming onto the market, and most of all his integrity. He went above and beyond what normal agents would do to make sure we found our perfect property. Colin is also super friendly and awesome to work with, thanks Colin!

    Steve S

    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.


    We worked with Christian and the Caskey and Caskey team when we rented a home and they represented the owner. Christian and his team went above and beyond to make sure our move in was seamless. They were friendly, professional, organized and everything you would ask for in a real estate agent (and they represented the other side!) They worked well with my agent and have an outstanding reputation in the community. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an agent in the area.

    John N

    We had the pleasure of working with Amy on the purchase of our dream home and the listing of our old house. She is very knowledgeable of the market, invaluable with the negotiating of the purchase price, guiding us through the endless paperwork, coordinating the home inspection and ensuring that everything went smoothly through the close. We have been in the real estate industry for over 30 years and she is hands down the very best Realtor we have ever worked with. We highly recommend Amy for your real estate transaction.

    Frank S

    Christa Lyons represented me when I sold my home in 2014. There was no doubt that my home would sell quickly as it was in a very desirable area, however as with many homes mine was due for some updating. Christa knew just what to do to that would realize the greatest return and she was spot on!

    Lynn S

    Working with Dan O'Connor was a pleasure. His knowledge of the market was a great asset when marketing our property. Dan's suggestions helped me to negotiate a great price. He was experienced, professional, and discrete throughout the closing process. I would recommend his services if you are considering selling or buying real estate.

    Don G

    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.


    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

    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

    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

    The Klapper Group did a great job helping us sell our house! They went above and beyond helping us with a complicated transaction and issues with our inspection. Aaron, Linda and Abby are genuinely nice people to work with and a pleasure to get to know. I recommend them highly.

    Michelle T

    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

    Barry and Serene worked with us, and the sellers, to make it a win-win situation for everyone and get our offer accepted. As first-time home buyers, they were great in guiding us through the process, from making an offer to the close of escrow. We would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell, especially in today's multiple bid environment. They are an awesome real estate team! They were so patient with all my questions and concerns and literally were on call 7 days a week. I couldn't recommend a better team than Barry and Serene.

    Chris W

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