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Hollywood’s top 35 luxury real estate agents, revealed

It takes a highly qualified real estate agent to perform at the level that some of the world’s wealthiest celebrities demand.

On top of the big personalities and high expectations to deliver, agents in Hollywood today have a lot to deal with. There’s the high interest rates that are dissuading sellers from moving; the Hollywood writers’ strike, which only recently ended after months and impacted a huge swath of potential buyers; and the ULA or “mansion” tax enacted this spring, which put a serious curb on transactions over $5 million.

“We had a 13-year run of a robust market and are experiencing a necessary cycle change,” Rayni Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates told The Hollywood Reporter regarding the 36 percent decline in luxury transactions in the second quarter of 2023.

Yet even with those obstacles, agents have continued to broker remarkable deals, like Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency’s deft handling of both sides of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s $200 million purchase of an estate in Malibu in May.

“At the end of the day,” Josh Altman of Douglas Elliman said, “a trophy is a trophy, and if people want it, they are going to buy it.”

What follows is The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the top 35 real estate agents serving Hollywood’s celebrities today.

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Cindy Ambuehl
AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate
Celeb clients: Record producer Mikkel Eriksen, Fullscreen founder George Strompolos

Hot stats: Ambuehl closed $157 million in deals between July 2022 and July 2023

In their words: “Christie’s specializes in serving luxury clientele, and their class, elegance and chic branding align perfectly with the values of the Cindy Ambuehl Group,” Ambuehl told The Hollywood Reporter. “This transition has enabled us to strengthen our existing foundation and build upon our accomplishments.”

Aaron Kirman
AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate
Celeb clients: Tinder co-founder Sean Rad, designer Tyler Ellis

Hot stats: In the last year, Kirman sold $1.7 billion in sales volume

In their own words: “There’s nothing we won’t do for our clients,” Kirman said. “We’re in a service-based business and cater to every need, from selling their homes to assisting with private jet charters. I’m connected to some of the world’s most influential people, and I leverage these connections to assist my clients in various ways, ensuring both their professional and personal lives thrive.”

Morgan Trent
AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate
Celeb clients: NBA player Russell Westbrook, MLB player Mookie Betts, designer Tyler Ellis

Hot stats: Trent recently co-represented the $25 million sale of the late American TV writer Steven Bochco’s Pacific Palisades property

In their own words: “I started selling homes in LA organically,” Trent said. “I met a few clients playing golf that asked me to sell their homes off market … and I did. After a couple of big sales, I was on my way.”

https://www.inman.com/2023/09/29/hollywoods-top-35-luxury-real-estate-agents-revealed/

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