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The Los Angeles real estate boom is attracting not only global buyers but real estate brokerages eager to get in on the market as well. Douglas Elliman Real Estate has announced its entrance into the Southern California market with plans to open offices in Beverly Hills by mid-March of this year.
The company is the largest residential brokerage firm in New York, with offices throughout New York City, Long Island, the Hamptons and South Florida. In total, more than 4,000 real estate agents work for the firm.
Elliman will launch its L.A. operations from 2,500-square-foot offices at 9440 Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Plans also include the rollout of additional Westside offices by the end of 2014.
Real estate agents Tom Dunlap, who worked most recently as manager and executive vice president of John Aaroe Group, and Cory Weiss, who worked as a partner and director of Partner’s Trust, will head the office.
“This company knows their clients and knows what type of agents they want and aren’t rushing this,” said Weiss, who is known for selling some of L.A.’s most architecturally significant homes, including landmark properties designed by John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, Ray Kappe and Paul Williams.
And even though the offices have yet to open, the company already is trading in top-tier homes. “We have a major sale already under contract and an upcoming listing of one of L.A.’s most iconic architecturally significant houses,” Weiss said.
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