Luxe Agent: Drew de la Houssaye of The Brokerage Real Estate Group

    Posted by Cristin  |  June 10, 2013  |  4:16 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

    Luxe Agent: Drew de la Houssaye

    Southern California

    Drew de la Houssaye is a regular commentator on the LA Times Hot Properties webcast and can be found on Twitter @MadCribs where he tweets about celebrity homes, architecture and real estate economics. He is an agent with THE BROKERAGE Real Estate Group Beverly Hills, which specializes in renovating and marketing luxury homes. Their Palm Springs office specializes in mid-century modern architecture and offers vacation rentals through its affiliate, Concierge by THE BROKERAGE.

    Drew began his career in real estate over 20 years ago, and he has advised over 550 families and investors on real estate transactions.

    He regularly volunteers at homeless charities, enjoys skiing, sailing, travel, working-out, air hockey and hot wings.

    Let’s get to know Drew de la Houssaye better:

    How did you get your start in real estate?
    My first job out of USC’s Marshall School of Business was with a commercial real estate firm that specialized in tenant representation for Fortune 500 clients. Our broker had formed real estate investment partnerships with many the city’s top CEOs, CPAs and real estate attorneys. My job was to administer the day-to-day operations of these partnerships and oversee the office and industrial buildings that they controlled.

    What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?
    Once my clients got moved-in to their first home, they invited me over to watch the Superbowl. I noticed that they had framed their son’s drawing of “Our Dream House,” and put it in the foyer. Looking outside, I saw his kids playing in the yard — not in the alley behind some apartment building anymore, and I thought, “This is a great job.”

    What is your dream home location?

    I live in a home in Bel Air with canyon views, but I have a deep affinity for lake front homes. I find homes overlooking large, placid bodies of water to be relaxing and serene…even a little mystical. I love Ashton Kutcher’s contemporary modern home overlooking Lake Hollywood, and I have friends with a home at the north end of Lake Tahoe which has amazing sunrise views of the lake. I could very easily imagine myself in either of these homes.

    What kind of car do you drive?

    I drive a convertible Jaguar XK8. It’s my second Jag. I’m a big fan of English cars. I love my convertible, but it isn’t practical for taking buyers to showings. So, my next car will be a sedan. I’ve fallen in love with the Jaguar XJL Ultimate which has iPad monitors and a Champagne cooler in the backseat…perfect for chauffeuring clients to showings in Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Beverly Hills or Palm Springs.

    iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry?

    I got an iPhone for Christmas a few years ago and reluctantly gave up my TREO. Now, I LOVE IT! It has actually made me more productive.

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

    After I work-out and meditate, I check my Facebook account for inspirational and humorous posts. I like to have a good laugh before I start my day. In the afternoon, I usually go to my Twitter account @MadCribs and tweet about celebrity homes, architecture and major real estate market trends.

    What was the last book you read?

    Unreal Estate by Michael Gross. I love the history of Los Angeles, and this book chronicles the growth of the city by recounting the stories of a dozen great homes and the people who lived in them. It starts during the Spanish Colonial period and traces the growth of the city though the development of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Westwood and Bel Air; and it exposes the scandals behind the building of these world-class communities.

    Name your favorite guilty pleasure?

    I’ve seen every episode of The Kardashians. Please, don’t judge me.

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

    I’m a computer nerd. I write in HTML, ASP, JavaScript, VBScript and Visual Basic. I built and manage my own website, DrewDeLaHoussaye.com. I also wrote an application for pre-qualifying mortgage loan applicants. I have a vision of one day writing a single super-application that will help an investor locate, analyze, purchase, finance, remodel, manage and market properties.

    Check out these amazing for-sale 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!

       

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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: , , , , , , , ,

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        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!

            Luxe Agent Profile: Howard Margolis of Prudential Douglas Elliman NYC

            Posted by Cristin  |  October 26, 2012  |  10:59 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

            Howard Margolis

            New York, NY

            To become one of the top agents in the real estate business, it takes a ton of hard work and dedication. Success is equal parts hustle, sweat, creativity and relationship building. Whether you yourself are an agent, or just a real estate aficionado, we can all learn a thing or two from these top luxury agents.

            So, without further ado, we present the first of an ongoing series detailing the secrets to success and fun facts about the top luxury real estate agents in the country! First up: Howard Margolis of Douglas Elliman in New York City.

            How did you get your start in real estate?

            I was working in my family business, which was a 100 year old, fourth generation company in New York.  My father and his brothers decided to sell the company.  I woke-up one day after a life, up until then, of being a privileged son to find myself jobless, and it was shocking. After a few weeks of soul searching, I ran into the owner of a real estate relocation company.

            I had no information about the real estate business, but it sounded very interesting.

            Within two weeks, I put my first real estate transaction together.  That was over twenty years ago.  Last year I sold the highest priced apartment in New York City.  It’s been a great adventure and journey.

            What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?

            Over the years in real estate, I’ve done many things:  worked in corporate real estate relocation, managed the largest grossing real estate sales office in the country and sold some of the largest development projects in the country.  My biggest triumph is putting together an amazing team of people to work with. I enjoy every day with them.  They’re smart, dedicated and we keep each other focused on our job – which is giving the best service to all of our clients.

            What is your dream home location?

            I have to say that New York City is an amazing place to live.  Even after twenty years in the business, I still walk into some of the most spectacular apartments and get surprised at the scale and scope of renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  You just have no idea what people can create behind those brick walls.  My dream home is a penthouse on Central Park South.  The views looking North over the park with the buildings on Fifth avenue and Central Park West flanking each other is a total New York experience.

            What kind of car do you drive?

            I’ve been driving BMWs for the past fifteen years.  I’m currently driving the 740iL.  It’s great for long drives to the country and my clients are extremely comfortable.

            iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

            iPhone, iPad, Mac!

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

            I can’t pick just one! I look at the NY Times app, HuffingtonPost, The Real Deal, Curbed, Facebook and Streeteasy

            What was the last book you read?

            Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

            Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

            Eating at some the most amazing restaurants in the world around NYC!

            Take a peek at some of Howard’s listings!

            55 Central Park West Penthouse, New York, New YorkListed for $35,000,000

            101 West 67th Street, New York, New YorkListed for $27,500,000

            128 Central Park South Penthouse, New York, New YorkListed for $11,995,000

            112 West 56th Street, New York, New YorkListed for $1,624,800