THR Lists Hollywood's Top 25 Real Estate Agents
DREW FENTON, Hilton & Hyland
Fenton has amassed more than $1.25 billion in sales since 2007, but his stats aren't his only impressive number: At 30, he's the hands-down wunderkind of L.A. luxury real estate. Sure, there are clients like the Beckhams, but more important to his monster deals, he's tapped in to the international market, where clients snap up his listings.
VALERIE FITZGERALD, Coldwell Banker Previews Int'l
During the past 20 years, Fitzgerald has parlayed what's regarded as one of the Westside's best Rolodexes into more than $1 billion in sales from a Beverly Hills office staffed seven days a week. Even so, Fitzgerald -- who stars on the HGTV reality show Selling LA -- says it's "not about the money, though that's nice to have. At the end of the day, it's really about matching the right buyer to the right seller. We're matchmakers -- real estate matchmakers."
SALLY FORSTER JONES, Coldwell Banker Previews Int'l
Although the New York native can boast $202 million in sales in 2013, Forster Jones prides herself on client interaction, the reason she switched exclusively to the residential market in 1998. "It is a much more emotional part of real estate," she says. "For the seller, they're giving up their home, where they have all these attachments. And for the buyer, it's about painting a picture of their new lives and then carrying them through the whole process to a positive result."
DAVID PARNES and JAMES HARRIS
Bond Street Partners
The British childhood friends learned the real estate ropes in Europe, where they amassed a global network of high-net-worth home buyers. With Bond Street Partners of Partners Trust established in 2011, Parnes and Harris have skyrocketed to the top, closing deals in some of L.A.'s most prime patches. In 2013, their $120 million in sales includes sprawling spec-home properties and a cluster of shops on Melrose Place, where the Olsen twins will open their flagship clothing store.
MADISON HILDEBRAND, JOSH FLAGG & JOSH ALTMAN
Coldwell Banker Previews Int'l, Rodeo Reality and Hilton & Hyland, respectively
Competing brokerages make nice as their top talent stars in Bravo's Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Hildebrand topped $120 million in real estate before age 30. Flagg, 28, has sold more than $1 billion throughout his career, with plans to hit $200 million this year alone. Altman, 34, and his brother/partner, Matt (who comprise the Altman Brothers), have sold $183 million for the year to date and more than a half-billion dollars during their careers. Not that they're interested in one and done: "It's not so much chasing a commission on a one-time deal as keeping a happy client for a lifetime," says Hildebrand.
RICK HILTON & JEFF HYLAND, Hilton & Hyland
Hilton and Hyland have been at the top end of the luxury market before reality TV and Beverly Park ever existed. But the duo -- Rick is the son of Conrad Hilton and dad of Paris; Jeff is the author of three architectural books -- constantly is reinventing the concept of selling prime properties. Up next? They're developing what Hyland calls "the last great parcel of land in Beverly Hills," a 157-acre parcel behind the Beverly Hills Hotel for six 40,000-square-foot estates.
AARON KIRMAN, John Aaroe Group
Three lunches a day are normal for Kirman, as he crisscrosses the city to wine and dine clients. Kirman, who is on track to sell $200 million of inventory this year, specializes in pedigreed architecture. "It's one of my passions," says Kirman, who stumbled into his specialty when he took a call from a client looking for a Neutra: "I found him one."
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