Coldwell’s Jamie Duran jumps to Christie’s to lead expansion

Jamie Duran, Coldwell Banker’s former Southern California lead, has joined Christie’s International Real Estate and will help open seven offices for the brokerage across Southern California over the next six months, Christie’s International announced on Tuesday.

Duran will primarily focus on expanding Christie’s, run by Aaron Kirman, beyond the Westside.

The brokerage is planning to open outposts in Newport Beach, Del Mar, Calabasas, Sherman Oaks, Montecito, Pasadena and Palm Springs.

Duran had run Southern California for Coldwell Banker from 2019 until last year, when the brokerage’s CEO Kamini Lane eliminated the role and tapped Northern California lead Jennifer Lind to be the brokerage’s Western regional president.

Before that, Duran had spent more than 30 years at Coldwell Banker.

Duran said she was focused on attracting “the best agents” and would “leverage the exposure to Christie’s auction house.”

“We are not a ‘reality TV brokerage’ or a publicly traded real estate company that puts shareholders ahead of agents and clients,” Kirman said in a statement.

Christie’s International co-CEO Thad Wong said the firm was aiming to be “No. 1 in Southern California luxury.”

“We have the brand, we have the platform, and now we have the people,” Wong said in a statement.

In 2022, Kirman made headlines for striking out from Compass and starting his own brokerage in partnership with Christie’s International. His firm is called AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. Kirman did $1.1 billion in on-market sales in 2023, topping TRD’s Los Angeles residential broker rankings last year.


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