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    Luxe Agent: Ben Moss of The Campins Company

    Posted by Cristin  |  September 3, 2013  |  9:46 am  |  Tags: , , , ,

    Luxe Agent Ben Moss

    Miami, FL

    Ben Moss currently beams into our living rooms as the star of the Style Network’s “Hot Listings Miami,” but before he was a TV star, he was a very successful and accomplished real estate agent. With years of experience under his belt, Ben has been selling incredible estates in South Florida and beyond. Let’s go behind the scenes and learn a but more about Ben.

    How did you get your start in real estate?  

    I got into residential real estate brokerage by mistake.  I was a fairly successful office leasing broker by my mid-20’s.  My senior partner and I oversaw a portfolio of institutional office buildings in excess of 2.5 MM square feet in South Florida.  My girlfriend at the time/first wife/ex-wife (and current business partner) had been on the first season of The Apprentice.  I suggested to her that she should start her own real estate brokerage and brand it herself.  I would help her on nights and weekends.  This was 2004 and the residential market was really ramping up.  She got completely swamped and I felt responsible for it, so I had to make a very tough decision and decided to leave commercial real estate and try to help run the new company.  At first I was like a fish out of water.  I didn’t even know how to properly write up a sales contract, but I figured it out and then started to really enjoy the residential brokerage business.

    What sale or career milestone are you most proud of? 

    Before I even thought about a career in real estate, I flipped a house my sophomore year in college.  I had attended a 3-day real estate investment seminar and I went out looking for a deal.  I found it, made it happen and realized that real estate investing was  a very cool thing!  At closing though, the guy I flipped it to had flipped it to the end buyer and made about 15 times as much as I did.  I learned a lot on that first transaction, but still managed to make some money on it.  To seal the deal with the seller I took her to a fancy bar in Miami so we could sit down and sign the contract.  The whole time I  was hoping that the waiter would not ask me for an ID since I was only 18.  That will always be my favorite deal because it was one of the wildest and it was my first.

    What is your dream home location?

    I love Miami and where I live in Miami (which is the city of South Miami) because I can walk to all the amenities like Whole Foods, shops and restaurants. I’m also about 5 minutes away from a great dog park that I try to take my dogs to every day.  However, I’d love to own a house in Boulder, Colorado in the near future.  I love the idea of being able to walk out of my house in Boulder and go for a hike up the Flat Irons.  My goal is to buy a house there by the age of 40.

    What kind of car do you drive? 

    I drive a silver 2012 Audi A7.  I love the car and I’ve had it now for just over 2 years. It’s a great real estate car because I can drive clients around in it, yet it’s sleek and sporty and I think it has a great body.  Having said that I’m really not much of a car enthusiast, so I’m sure I’ll be driving this car for as long as I can.

    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry? 


    What site/app do you check first when you wake up? 

    I’m getting into currency trading, so that’s usually the first thing I do when I turn on my computer.  However, when I first wake up the first thing I do most mornings is meditate, then eat breakfast while tuning in to CNBC’s Squawk Box.

    What was the last book you read? 

    Raw Power! by Stephen Arlin.   I’m a health enthusiast and so I’m trying to adopt more of a raw foods lifestyle, but I have a long ways to go.  I’m usually reading 2-3 books at one time though.

    Name your favorite guilty pleasure

    Craft beer and brownies (not together).  I am lucky enough to live close to my parents, and so we get together every Sunday for dinner.  I usually eat 2-3 of my mom’s brownies every Sunday.  It’ s not a Sunday night dinner without mom’s brownies.

    What’s one thing someone would never guess just by looking at you? 

    Probably that Spanish was my first language.  I grew up in Panama (my dad was US Ambassador) so I didn’t learn English until I was 5.

    If you weren’t selling real estate, what else could you see yourself  doing? 

    I’d definitely be working for myself in some capacity, probably as an entrepreneur.  I have to think it would be something in the fitness or health industry.   Either that, or I would have gone back into commercial office leasing, which is a great career.

    What’s your “claim to fame?” 

    I’m on a reality  show right now on Style network called Hot Listings Miami.

    If you could switch places with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? 

    I’m a huge music buff, and I think being Dave Matthews for a day, a week or a lifetime would be a sweet deal.  He’s a creative genius and has managed to have a pretty successful band for over 20 years now.

    Check out some of Ben Moss’ incredible listings:

      Luxe Agent: Sally Forster Jones

      Posted by Cristin  |  March 19, 2013  |  5:24 pm  |  Tags: , , , , ,

      Remember the super-sized sale of the iconic Spelling Manor in Beverly Hills in 2011? It took a super star agent to get that deal done, and we have the woman responsible for brokering the deal on Trulia Luxe Living today! Coldwell Banker Previews International agent Sally Forster Jones specializes in  luxury real estate across the greater Los Angeles area, and has achieved more than $1.5 billion in real estate sales over the past decade. When it comes to the big deals and even bigger homes, Sally seems to be the go-to agent.

      Over the past thirty years, Sally has become one of the top real estate agents in Southern California with Coldwell Banker Previews International agent. Her reputation for professionalism, expertise, and successful execution has enabled Sally to develop a vast network of valuable industry contacts that has proven to be indispensable.

      Let’s spend a little time getting to know Sally a little better!

      How did you get your start in real estate?

      When I first became interested in real estate, the market was on an upswing and I began purchasing income and rental properties as investments.  I quickly realized that I had a passion for the real estate business and I have been doing it ever since.

      What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?

      My career milestone is the listing and sale of the Spelling Manor in Holmby Hills, which is the highest brokered residential sale to-date in Los Angeles history and one of the highest in the country.

      What is your dream home location?

      I would love a beach house on the coast of Malibu.  The sandy beaches and ocean views are incredibly peaceful, and yet it’s just a quick drive to the hustle and bustle of the city.

      What kind of car do you drive?

      Right now I am driving a Porsche Panamera which I love!

      iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

      I am currently transitioning from BlackBerry to iPhone.  So much of my business is done on-the-go and both phones have great advantages, so right now I am still using both.

      What site/app do you check first when you wake up?

      The first thing I check when I wake up is my e-mails.  I receive hundreds and hundreds of emails daily so staying on top of them and checking in with clients is the first priority! It is so important to stay constantly connected and in communication.
      What was the last book you read? 

      I just finished Silver Linings Playbook.  I saw the movie and loved it and heard that the book was a great read as well.
      Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

      My favorite guilty pleasure is rocky road ice cream.  There is nothing better on a hot Southern California day!
      What’s one thing someone would never guess just by looking at you? 

      I am really a thrill seeker and am always looking for the next adventure.  I have been white water rafting, zip lining, I love skiing black diamond trails and I hope to try sky diving someday soon!

      Take a peek at some of Sally Forster Jones’ listings!


        Luxury Agent: Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker

        Posted by Cristin  |  December 20, 2012  |  11:42 am  |  Tags: , , , ,

        Luxury Agent Jade Mills

        Beverly Hills, CA

        In the luxury real estate market, Beverly Hills agent Jade Mills is renowned among colleagues and clients alike for her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism.  In 2011, Jade was ranked the #2 real estate agent in the world and is consistently ranked in the Wall Street Journal‘s Top Ten. An expert in luxury properties, Jade is often the go-to agent for buyers and sellers throughout Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and the Hollywood Hills. She knows luxury! Now, let’s get to know Jade a little bit better!

        How did you get your start in real estate?When I sold my own home many years ago in Sherman Oaks, the broker I worked with told me I would be a great real estate agent.  At the time I thought that looking at houses would be really fun, not realizing that selling real estate is not really about just “looking at houses.”  There is a lot more to real estate.  But I have loved it from the very first moment!

        What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?

        I am proud of every sale when both buyer and seller are happy.  It’s always my goal to do the most amazing job I can for my clients.  The most memorable sale was my very first one.  A delivery person for the Los Angeles Times saw the “For Sale” sign on a home I was selling and wanted to write an offer immediately.  I was so new I didn’t know many of the subtle nuances of selling a home so the escrow was a bit rough but very gratifying when we closed.

        What is your dream home location?

        I live in Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, California, and it’s my dream location.  I wake up in the morning and look out at the city every day and feel so grateful.

        What kind of car do you drive?

        I drive a black AMG 63 Mercedes because I love the power!

        iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry?

        I didn’t want to give up my BlackBerry, but my children talked me into the iPhone, and I am adjusting.

        What site/app do you check first when you wake up?

        I check my emails at 6:00 a.m. every morning before I go to the gym.

        What was the last book you read?

        The last book I read was “Drop Dead Healthy,” by A.J. Jacobs.

        Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

        Sprinkles’ triple chocolate ice cream!

        Take a peek at some of Jade Mills’ Listings!

        $15,995,000 – 625 Mountain Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

        $12,895,000 – 1041 Laurel Way, Beverly Hills, CA 

        $9,875,00 – 1479 Carla Ridge, Beverly Hills, CA

        $7,695,000 – 706 N Oakhurst Road, Beverly Hills, CA

        $4,595,000 – 10800 Wilshire #1103, Los Angeles, CA


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          Luxe Agent: Josh Altman of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles”

          Posted by Cristin  |  December 3, 2012  |  3:24 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

          Bravo TV

          Josh Altman of Million Dollar Listing

          Los Angeles, CA

          In Los Angeles, the residential real estate is one-of-a-kind, so it’s no surprise that Josh Altman, one of the best real estate agents in the area, is exactly that: a shining star in a land of glamorous Hollywood celebrities and big time business moguls.

          You likely recognize Josh Altman as one of the stars of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles.” On TV, he wheels and deals and closes big time real estate transactions. Off camera, he’s passionate about giving back to his community, and in his free time, you’ll find him spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, Diego and Lucky.

          Fascinated by the man you see on TV? Let’s learn a little more about Josh Altman:

          How did you get your start in real estate?
          My brother and I bought our first condo together in 2002. We had bought it to live in and got such a good deal that once we moved in and fixed it up a little (just cosmetic things–small touch-ups, nicer furniture), as kind of a joke, we put it on the market. We bought for $400k and sold it for $600k. After that I quit my job and never looked back.

          What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?
          There have been a lot of milestones and every year is different. The one I’m most proud of is the one I just did. I closed a sale for $20,100,000 in South Beverly Park, a gated community in Beverly Hills. It was the biggest sale of my career (so far) and the biggest sale ever in South Beverly Park.

          What is your dream home location?
          A beautiful home in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado.

          What kind of car do you drive?
          I’m currently driving a Fisker Karma. I collect cars, so I also love my 1964 Shelby Cobra and my 1967 Chevelle.

          iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry?
          iPhone and Blackberry.

          What site/app do you check first when you wake up?
          The first thing I check every morning is the MLS. Then I love the Real Estalker and Curbed.

          What was the last book you read?
          “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort. It’s basically the true story of the movie “Boiler Room.”

          Name your favorite guilty pleasure?
          Skiing and hanging out with my dogs.

          What’s one thing someone would never guess just by looking at you?
          I’m a lot nicer than people think.

          We had a blast talking with Josh, so we can vouch for that!

          Take a peek at some of Josh Altman’s Listings!



            Luxe Agent Profile: Joel Goodrich of Coldwell Banker Estate Previews International

            Posted by Cristin  |  November 9, 2012  |  3:00 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

            Joel Goodrich

            San Francisco, CA

            Today we’re pleased to feature Joel Goodrich, an incredibly accomplished and connected San Francisco real estate agent that has sold some of the most incredible and iconic luxury real estate in the City by the Bay.

            Up and down San Francisco’s famed “Billionaire’s Row” and beyond, Joel has listed and sold homes to and for the who’s who of San Francisco society. When he’s not busy selling luxury real estate, Joel fills his time with a myriad interests that include movie production, fashion, interior design and technology. In addition to being stellar agent, Joel is a man about town and has been on 2 best-dressed lists, is a regular at Paris Fashion Week, has been on the Red Carpet at the Grammys and was an executive producer on two indie movies.

            Let’s learn more about Joel and the secrets to his success!

            How did you get your start in real estate?

            My real estate career really took off when I started staging my own properties – I had an orchid collection and would put my orchids and other accessories in my listings, which caught people’s attention, and soon I was getting a lot of calls; I also was very involved in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Golden Gate Business Association. I also got involved in various charities and soon was mixing in the City’s social circles, which led to a lot of very high end business in listing and selling some of San Francisco’s most iconic properties.

            What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?

            My first $10 million+ sale, representing the buyer of Sharon Stone’s Sea Cliff estate.

            What is your dream home location?

            My dream home location is where I’m at – A Nob Hill Penthouse with incredible views, fireplace and high ceilings- I never planning on leaving! It is in a classic 1920’s Art Deco building and has been featured in 2 publications- one headlined it “Versace Meets Versailles- in the Sky” and the other “The Gilded Life!”

            What kind of car do you drive?

            Mercedes C240. I used to have a sports coupe, but it’s not practical for real estate!

            iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

            Blackberry. It’s still the quickest and most accurate for email, and I live on my email.

            What site/app do you check first when you wake up?

            I start checking email about 6:30 or 7 (though my phone stays on at night in case of overseas calls), then as soon as I’m caught up, I check the stock market, particularly the companies my clients are invested in.

            What was the last book you read?

            The great architect Andy Skurman’s new book Contemporary Classical- Andy is a good friend and does the most fabulous houses and apartments in the City!

            Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

            Going to the Chanel Show during Paris Fashion Week!

            What’s another fun fact about you?

            I grew up being a competitive figure skater. I started in the Bay Area, then when I was 10 moved to Paris where I trained with the French National Skating Team. I competed for 10 years, then skated professionally in an ice show, then coached for 5 years -my first of 3 careers!

            Take a peek at some of Joel’s listings!