In the midst of the Roaring Twenties, a man named William Henry Hobin incorporated his real estate firm, The Hobin Company. For decades, his heirs—first his son, then grandson—ran the Stockton, California, agency. In 2010 his great-granddaughter Molly Hobin-Williams took the helm, relocating the firm to Manhattan Beach.
Made in Malibu—the coveted enclave’s top agent Chris Cortazzo on the joys of fatherhood, soy lattes and the power of a good laugh.
Adaptation, it is said, is the key to survival. In the real estate world, which, beset in recent years by a flurry of disruptions, the question is how to ride out a changing landscape while tending to the core of one’s business…
After moving to the Emerald Island in the mid-1980s in pursuit of good waves, he took note of the island’s superb growing conditions and set up an organic farm on a 50-acre tract of land minutes from his office at Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers.
Working together as a trio adds up to a sum greater than its parts. Each Altamura brings strengths that benefit the running of the Altamura Real Estate Group, which offers everything from traditional real estate duties to property development.
During Alex Abad’s time in real estate, the bulk of which has been focused in El Segundo, the place he’s called home for over 30 years, Abad’s been a bright light in welcoming new companies to the charmed coastal town (over 200 have come to El Segundo in last few years alone).
Cindy Ambuehl FOUNDER CINDY AMBUEHL GROUP The Westside real estate maven talks the power of a personal touch—plus…
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“I have a very casual way about me,” says Dan O’Connor. “I think it has a lot to do with growing up in a family where real estate was the lifestyle.”
Ask Ed Kaminsky what’s exciting these days, and it’s expansion. “We’re fine-tuning what we’re doing for our clients,” says Kaminsky from his firm’s new office, a sunny spot along Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach. The change in location is just one of several moves for the entrepreneur, who entered South Bay real estate in the 1980s after moving from Ohio and leaving behind a career as a jeweler. For success to be sustained, it must always evolve. At Kaminsky Real Estate Group, the agent’s longtime base camp, there’s been a beefing up of marketing staff. “It’s to better serve our seller clients,” Kaminsky says, “but it dovetails into taking care of our buyer clients. It will snowball into really great things for both sides.”
Charlie Raine and Bill Ruth have enjoyed a fruitful partnership as hometown agents. Real estate agent Carissa Wright and her husband were looking for a house in Palos Verdes and connected with Charlie and Bill. Impressed by her real estate savvy, they asked her to join Ruth & Raine.