The 35 Go-To L.A. Real Estate Brokers for Beyoncé, J. Lo and Other Hollywood Heavyweights

“We had a 13-year run of a robust market and are experiencing a necessary cycle change,” says Rayni Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates, reflecting on the 36 percent drop in luxury home sales that hit L.A. in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the median price of a home in Los Angeles hovered at $963,000, down 1 percent from the previous year. The decline can be attributed to a combination of high interest rates, the dual strikes that hit Hollywood and the new ULA mansion tax, in which home sellers in the city of Los Angeles must pay at least a 4 percent transfer on any sales above $5 million. “Sellers are hesitant to sell given these barriers,” says AKG’s Aaron Kirman.

Despite the challenges, L.A.’s agents (chosen based on total sales volume, Hollywood clients and media visibility) continued to smash records, led by the most expensive sale in California history — Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s $200 million purchase of an estate in Malibu in which Westside Estate Agency’s Kurt Rappaport repped both sides of the deal.

“At the end of the day,” says Douglas Elliman’s Josh Altman, “a trophy is a trophy, and if people want it, they are going to buy it.” (Client names are found via public records.)

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Cindy Ambuehl

Cindy Ambuehl, who joined the brokerage in June, banked more than $157 million in deals from July 2022 to July 2023, including ones for record producer Mikkel Eriksen (half of Grammy-winning production duo Stargate) and Fullscreen founder George Strompolos. “Christie’s specializes in serving luxury clientele, and their class, elegance, and chic branding align perfectly with the values of the Cindy Ambuehl Group,” she says. “This transition has enabled us to strengthen our existing foundation and build upon our accomplishments.”

Aaron Kirman

Not only did he open a new brokerage, AKG/Christie’s, but Aaron Kirman also accomplished $1.7 billion in sales, including selling such historic homes as John Lautner’s Garcia House and Mary Tyler Moore’s former 1920s manse in Bel Air and co-repping the sale of the late Steven Bochco’s home in Pacific Palisades, built in 1937 by architect Paul R. Williams. “There’s nothing we won’t do for our clients,” says Kirman. “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.” Major listings include Honey co-founder George Ruan’s $150 million megamansion, Tinder co-founder Sean Rad’s $32 million Hollywood Hills Home, designer Tyler Ellis’ $42 million Brentwood estate, and the $45 million Sugar Ray Leonard estate.

Morgan Trent

AKG | Christie’s International’s Morgan Trent makes his debut on the THR list after a winning season. A former cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals, Trent earned his brokerage license while still playing in the NFL. The SoCal native’s notable clients include Russell Westbrook (who purchased a property in Brentwood last October for $33.5 million), Mookie Betts and designer Tyler Ellis. He recently was also a co-listing agent on the $25 million sale of the late Steven Bochco’s Pacific Palisades home. He lives by the simple motto, “Love God, Love People.” As for how he got his start in real estate, Trent says, “I started selling homes in L.A. organically. 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.”


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