Top Real Estate Agents at Inaugural Power Broker Awards : Although Los Angeles’ upscale real estate scene is known for its hyper-competitiveness and even some long-running disputes, good sentiment and camaraderie reigned. Newzpanda Inaugural Power Broker Awards, presented by The Society Group. Held as a private event at Soho House in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, the honors were held in conjunction with magazine’s 2021 list of the 30 Best Hollywood Realtors, which honors the best sellers in the metropolitan area. Los Angeles based on overall deal volume, MLS. -Sales to Hollywood clients and visibility in the media.
Many of the officers on this year’s roster attended the boisterous cocktail party and dinner, where Selling Sunset’s Jason Oppenheim and Million dollar listing Douglas Elliman’s Matt Altman joined in some friendly back-and-forth banter.
“We love Newzpanda. We love the way they treat agents and their lists are valid and important, ”said Altman.
“But we don’t like how they are listed alphabetically,” Oppenheim chimed in. “Because Matt Altman comes first at all times!”
Throughout the night, however, there was also the feeling that the elite agents of Los Angeles are all together. “We are the best,” said Sally Forster Jones of Compass as she accepted the award for The Agent of Historic Architecture. “You are all the best, and knowing you and being with you, learning from you and respecting you all has been incredible.”
Even Fredrik Eklund, star of Million dollar listing and one of the best known national agents in the US real estate industry due to his television presence, he was a bit dazzled by the sight of so many of Los Angeles’ power brokers all in one room . He moved to Los Angeles just two years ago.
“There are so many important personalities that I’ve been reading about my entire life as an outsider coming to Los Angeles, so it really felt like a family affair,” he says. “It seemed like there was a friendly competition in that room and despite all the billions of dollars we sell competitively, it seemed like everyone was really happy to see us.”
Assistants included THR Juliette Hohnen from Douglas Elliman, Eric Lavey from Sotheby’s International Realty, Rochelle Atlas Maize from Nourmand & Associates, Cindy Ambuehl and Carl Gambino from Compass, Josh Myler from The Agency and Ikem Chukumerije from The Ikem Company.
After dinner and cocktails in a private dining room, runners filled seats in Soho House’s private screening room, where awards were presented for exceptional work in an unprecedented year. (Many officers recently said Newzpanda which are making record sales in 2021, as many Los Angeles homeowners have sought to switch to larger venues amid the pandemic.)
Kurt Rappaport, co-founder of the Westside Estate Agency, won the Celebrity Property Portfolio award, which honors the agent whose transactions for the Hollywood elite have garnered consistent headlines in the real estate media in the past 12 months. Among its big sales of 2020 and 2021, according to public records, were transactions for clients such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum. “This is unexpected,” he said. “We get to work in a business where we pick and choose who we work with, and sometimes we take it for granted, we talk about how difficult it is, and it’s a different pleasure, and thank you very much.”
Santiago Arana from La Agencia was recognized with the Philanthropic Impact award and, with his children present, delivered a moving speech on the nature of giving back. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping organizations or individuals who want to make the world a better world,” said Arana, who supports organizations such as Union Rescue Mission, Synergy International School and Give Back Homes, who works with established charitable partners to organize home construction projects around the world.
Forster Jones, Tomer Fridman and Tyrone McKillen of Compass and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland received The Agent of Historic Architecture award for the sale of the historic Owlwood Estate for $ 88 million (a large Holmby Hills mansion from the 1930s whose former owners include Cher, Tony Curtis, and late 20th Century Fox president Joseph Schenck). During his acceptance speech, Forster Jones recounted everything they did to sell the house, showing his Hollywood history and making many television appearances. “We were on Japanese TV and they nicknamed us!” she said.
In recognition of the way television and social media are changing the real estate world and amplifying its players, THR presented Oppenheim, co-founder of the Oppenheim Group, with The Media Maverick award. “I guess I was lucky with the Netflix show, and it certainly helped me,” Oppenheim said of Selling Sunset, which was renewed earlier this year for the fourth and fifth seasons. “I have to say that I have had some jobs in my life, a lawyer, everything really, but I have to say that this is the job that I liked the most. I think it’s because of you. Even as a lawyer, I was able to work with great people, but it wasn’t as fun as the people I can work with now. ”Oppenheim’s girlfriend and her partner also attended. Sunset sale star, Chrishell Stause.
To Stratospheric Sale award winners Angel Salvador and Branden and Rayni Williams, all of The Beverly Hills Estates, who were honored for the sale of $ 70 million of a nine-bedroom property in Bel Air last August to superstar singer The Weeknd , the THR The award felt like sweet recognition. “I’ve been saying this forever, we real estate agents break our balls seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there are no prizes. We finally got it here in Hollywood! “Branden was excited on the podium.
Ángel Salvador agreed. “We don’t get any recognition,” he said. “I remember going to change the batteries in a smoke detector for a customer at midnight. And you don’t congratulate yourself on that. Obviously, you get the referrals, but getting recognition from your peers is special. “
The evening’s awards portion also took time to recognize agents who were named in their real estate coverage as rising stars in the Los Angeles industry, including attendees Heather T. Roy and Douglas Elliman’s Learka Bosnak. , Lily Harfouche of Compass and Cooper Mount of The Agency. Compass’ Dalton Gomez, who was unable to attend the event, was honored with the Rising Star award.
Rayni Williams hopes this is just the first of many THR awards celebrating real estate in Los Angeles. “I think it’s just the beginning,” he said. “I think we’ll look back and be like, ‘Do you remember the first Power Brokers awards?'”
But more important than the awards was the opportunity for the agents to reconnect after more than a year and a half of blocking and virtual selling. “We really love how you bring us all together, it’s a great event. We are all very close and we never get a chance to see each other, ”Oppenheim said.
Later, the guests continued the festivities at an after party held at a home in Outpost Estates, the ASH Staging Concept House, hosted by ASH Staging, where Branden Williams added a touch of reality: “Well, this is just for one night, you know, “he said. “So we have to wake up tomorrow and come back to haunt us in the property wars.”
This event was organized by Newzpanda in conjunction with a paid brand partnership with The Society Group.