THR Lists Hollywood's Top 25 Real Estate Agents
RAYNI ROMITO & BRANDEN WILLIAMS, Hilton & Hyland
Real estate team and romantic partners Romito and Williams' yin-yang energy (he's a former actor who worked at The Ivy as a teenager; she's a fashionista from an East Coast real estate family) has earned them clients like Jeremy Renner as well as a slew of deals in prime view areas that have sent their 2013 numbers soaring north of $300 million. "We live what we sell," says Williams, referring to their Trousdale home, which is being decorated by none other than Lenny Kravitz. "We're three doors down from Ellen [DeGeneres] and have sold six estates on our street alone."
JOYCE REY, Coldwell Banker Previews Int'l
In 30 years, Rey has sold more than $2 billion in luxury property to the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Sherry Lansing and Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford. In 2010 she sold what was then the nation's most expensive home, Bel Air's 48,000-square-foot Le Belvedere, listed at $72 million. So far this year, Rey has racked up additional sales worth $206 million.
BILLY ROSE, The Agency
As co-founder of one of the city's hottest brokerages, Rose found his background as an entertainment lawyer turned movie agent to be invaluable in moving mega properties. "Selling at this level is a science and an art, and we're reinventing how business is done," says Rose, citing the company's proprietary software that helps match global clients with L.A. estates. But it's not all psychographics: "My most satisfying sale of the year was a Bel Air house that had sat on the market for years," he says. "We came in and sold it right away to Heidi Klum."
NICK SEGAL, Partners Trust
When the owner of Partners Trust (and nephew of actor George Segal) set about opening a brokerage in 2009, the emphasis was on doing it right. This means all 120 of his agents have an ownership interest in the company, and all are vetted for "integrity and a fire in their belly," says Segal, whose agency stands out as one of the few without camera crews in its offices. Says Segal: "We don't do gaudy self-promotion."
STEPHEN SHAPIRO, Westside Estate Agency
Shapiro has represented Hollywood heavies such as Nicolas Cage and talent manager Shep Gordon -- a far cry from his first gig: "I managed the car wash of an auto rental company at the airport," he says. After moving to L.A. and starting an apartment rental company (where he once leased a former convent in the Hollywood Hills to a tenant who transformed it into a brothel), Shapiro transitioned to the luxury market more than 30 years ago. Today he represents Paramount chairman Brad Grey's $27.5 million Bel Air estate and producer Brian Grazer's $18.95 million Malibu Colony house. Like his clients, Shapiro enjoys the art of negotiation: "The rest of our field are order-takers. We're dealmakers."
MAURICIO UMANSKY, The Agency
Cornering all aspects of the tippy-top of the L.A. market, Umansky has a claim on King of the Hills bragging rights, from the Bird Streets to Bel Air. As co-owner of L.A.'s white-hot brokerage The Agency, the Mexico City-born agent has the looks, mega listings like The Carolwood Estate and even a TV presence as the husband of Real Housewife of Beverly Hills' Kyle Richards.
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