Luxe Agent: HGTV ‘Selling LA’ Star Kofi Natei Nartey of The Agency

    Posted by Cristin  |  July 29, 2013  |  8:49 am  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

    Luxe Agent: Kofi Natei Nartey

    Los Angeles, CA

    If you’re like us at Trulia HQ, you watch every episode of Selling LA on HGTV. We had the chance to chat with one of the stars, Kofi Natei Nartey of The Agency. Not only is Kofi an amazing real estate agent, he’s a really nice guy with an incredible passion for his job.

    In his day job as an agent, Kofi is a luxury homes specialist and the Director of the Sports & Entertainment Division at The Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. He has over 10 years of luxury real estate experience and has had millions of dollars in luxury real estate sales. Kofi attended and played football at UC Berkeley (go Bears!), and completed his MBA at Pepperdine University.  He went on to play professional sports and has acted in numerous commercials, television shows, and films.  His experience in sports and entertainment makes him the go-to guy for professional athletes, entertainers, and other distinguished clientele in luxury real estate.  Because of his real estate success, Kofi is also a regularly featured agent on HGTV’s Selling LA. He has quickly become a trusted resource for the luxury real estate market, often called on for speaking engagements and as an industry expert.

    Let’s learn even more about Kofi!

    How did you get your start in real estate? 

    I have always liked architecture and working with people, so the real estate business seemed interesting.  But, it was the day one of my good friends showed me her first commission check that I finally made the leap.  That was 10 years ago, and I haven’t looked back since.

    What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?

    Several of the deals I have been able to close took serious negotiating ability and creativity to close.  When these tough deals close, I feel the proudest. Recently, I closed a deal for Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.  That was cool because he is so relevant in sports right now. My sports and celebrity clients usually come with interesting experiences and cool properties.  Unfortunately, I can’t always name names.

    What is your dream home location? 

    There are a few homes in the community of One Westbluff near Playa del Rey that have an amazing combination of city and ocean views.  You get the best of both worlds in these newer homes that are centrally located and have great floor plans. I actually know the exact house in that neighborhood that I want, and in a few years, I am going to knock on their door and make them an offer.  Let’s hope they accept.

    What kind of car do you drive?

    We have a couple of cars in our household, but my favorite to drive is my 1975 MG Convertible.  I get the most looks and fun comments from my clients when I show up in this vintage roadster.  It also has sentimental value, because it is the same age as me.  Hopefully, I can also become more valuable with age.

    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

    iPhone AND Blackberry.  Yes, I have two phones.  I have a Blackberry for work and an iPhone for my personal use.  I am excited to try out the Blackberry Z10.

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

    Pulse.  It’s an app on the iPhone.  It allows you to consolidate several categories of news feeds into one place, with snapshots of headline stories.  I have links to real estate publications, sports news, and a category I call “Mantime.” Mantime includes links on cars, fitness, and GQ (gotta look sharp in this biz).

    What was the last book you read?  

    I have a stack of business, sales, and motivational books next to my bed.  I usually read or reread a chapter from a different book each night.  The two books I am alternating between right now are Selling Luxury Homes by Jack Cotton and High Performance Coaching by Steven Griffith for motivation.

    Name your favorite guilty pleasure

    Watches.  I have about 40 watches in my collection.  I have special cases for them, and watch winders for my automatic watches.  My favorite watch is my Rado Jubile’.  It is classy, sleek, and indestructible.  My favorite everyday watch brand is Invicta.  They are relatively inexpensive, well made, and I have at least 5 of them.

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

    I have an addiction to food.  I love a great meal, and desserts are my favorite.  I try to work out regularly to make room for this addiction.  I also remind myself that reward meals lead to a trophy belly, and I have enough trophies from my days playing sports.

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

    More motivational speaking.  “Focus and Finish” is my mantra, and I have delivered dozens on sales trainings and motivational talks around this premise.  I like teaching and could see myself doing more speaking engagements.  It’s a great feeling when you see an idea resonate with someone and you know it is going to affect their life in a positive way.

    What’s your “claim to fame?” 

    Currently, I am a regularly featured agent on HGTV’s Selling LA.  The show follows me as I work with buyers and sellers in the luxury market.  Many of my clients enjoy getting to see themselves on TV, and my wife gets to tease me about being a reality TV personality.  The show continues to be great for my business. Prior to Selling LA, my “claim to fame” would have to be my acting career.  I have been in dozens of national commercials, TV shows and films, including my role as Rasul in the film Kick-Ass.

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

    Iron Man.  He’s cool, rich, has amazing “toys”, and he helps people.  Not to mention, he can fly.

    Check out Kofi’s amazing for-sale 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!