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Remarkable Women At The Forefront of Luxury Real Estate
Real estate was once a very male-dominated industry but things have taken quite a turn over the years. There has been a rise in the number of women doing remarkable work and closing huge sales in this industry.
In 2020 and 2021, there was a huge increase in the uptake of luxury real estate services in the US. The high demand caused the prices to shoot upwards. The shift to luxury real estate was driven by some people's need to have their homes as safe spaces, especially when the pandemic hit.
Here are some of the women who are at the forefront of luxury real estate.
Ila's real estate career started off after her family experienced foreclosure. Over time, her path in real estate has taken many forms but she began in apartment management and leasing. Real estate was a path that she chose to explore because also she wanted to secure housing and develop career capital that would propel her into the opportunities systematically unavailable to her community.
Ila found her passion working within the residential industry after spending time briefly in the commercial real estate space. She saw potential to help people create security through housing and homeownership. For 2 years, she worked closely with homeowners and real estate professionals in order to help them maximize their investments and avoid the threats of discount buyers and/or foreclosure. In 2021 alone, she led a team to close more than $80m in transaction volume across numerous states.
During her free time, she enjoys serving apartment communities across Los Angeles as well as non-profit housing spaces dedicated to those experiencing homelessness.
In 2022 she has re-opened her schedule to new clients who are interested in working on their real estate needs and or financial goals. She is of the belief system that financial/housing security is a right that all people are deserving of.
Taylor is a real estate agent who specializes in the Southern California housing market. She took an interest in real estate during grade school where she would spend weekends with her stepfather exploring the beautiful homes in the opulent neighborhoods of Long Beach, like Bixby Knolls.
She obtained her Real Estate License during her final year of undergrad at California State University of Long Beach, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice .
In order to expand her knowledge base, Taylor is constantly researching and looking up new markets. This is so that she can effectively serve clients throughout all of Southern California at a high level.
Before joining Bay Street Capital Holdings, Taylor was the Chief of Staff of a boutique real estate investment firm and the Community Manager of Vector90, a co-working space in the Crenshaw District of South Los Angeles.
During her spare time, she enjoys roller skating, spending time with family and keeping up with the latest binge worthy series.
Bronwyn Leigh Jones
Bronwyn Leigh Jones is the founder and CEO of Coral Sustainable Services, LLC. The company facilitates introductions to customers and source capital (grants, equity, and debt capital) in the USA, Australia, Asia, India and Europe. What drives her as a luxury real estate advisor is the need to help her clients find the luxury homes of their dreams.
She started her journey in real estate in 2014 when she became a key advisor to the International WELL Building Institute. Aside from serving in global advisory capacities, she has also bought and sold property in The Caribbean.
Over the years she has gained the loyalty and trust of her high-end clients as she continues to serve them and their portfolios by representing them and their Luxury real estate ventures. She credits herself on her reputation of confidentiality when working with her clients, some of who are public figures in the entertainment industry and professional athletes. This has allowed her to build a close network of strong lifelong relationships as she continues to serve and evolve in her real estate career.
With the loyalty that she's gained from her network, she's able to thrive as a luxury real estate advisor.
Cindy Ambuehl is a long-time resident of Los Angeles and is one of the most sought-after professionals within the luxury real estate industry. She started off as a prominent actress and model and then transitioned into real estate. She leverages her impressive negotiation skills, great work ethic and natural ability to connect with people to her advantage and helps her clients buy and sell some of the most luxurious properties that the greater Los Angeles area has to offer. Her exceptional knowledge of the luxury communities in the Los Angeles area has greatly helped in accelerating her career.
Early on in Cindy's career, she still managed to rank among the top 1% of real estate professionals nationwide despite the real estate industry being at one of the lowest points in recent memory.
In 2017, she ranked #20 in California and #40 in the nation as measured by sales volume, closing almost $160 million in sales that year alone.
Starting out as a Ball State University graduate, Mary lived in New York and London for a number of years where she was able to gain experience in the real estate industry. During this time, she worked for the Candy Brothers at their London headquarters and was involved in significant projects such as 1 Hyde Park. Currently, she serves as the Vice President/ Realtor Associate at The Oppenheim Group.
At the beginning of her career in the South Bay in 2008, she specialized in the elite homes of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, as well as the luxury beach homes in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.
As a permanent resident of Los Angeles, Mary works closely with Jason Oppenheim who is the President of the firm. She deals with the firm’s real estate transactions, property management, and business development. She acts as a representative for both buyers and sellers in LA who are looking for or working in the luxury real estate market.
What has managed to set her apart as a real estate agent in the luxury real estate industry is her impeccable work ethic, integrity and honesty.
As a luxury real estate agent based in Los Angeles, Mary represents buyers and sellers of residential properties, and she specializes in the following areas: Hollywood Hills/ Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and surrounding areas.
The Oppenheim Group is the leading real estate team in West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip, with more than $250 million in sales since 2015, and has recently expanded to practice real estate in New York.
Rochelle Atlas Maize is the Executive Director of the Luxury Estates Division at Nourmand & Associates. With over $2 billion in sales in her career, she remains to be highly esteemed among her colleagues, celebrity friends and the general community that she serves. She is well known for her vast knowledge of the luxury marketplace and her ability to navigate through and negotiate even the most complex transactions. She is also gifted with the ability to put clients at ease. She is devoted to providing her client roster with the best services and her brilliant track record has earned her recognition as one of The Wall Street Journal’s Real Trends Top Brokers, The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Real Estate Agents, Variety’s Real Estate Elite, LABJ’s Real Estate Elite and a spot on the Forbes Real Estate Council.
The clientele that she serves ranges from renowned artists, to foreign investors and even award-winning actors.
She has provided real estate expert commentary for a number of prominent national news outlets such as the LA Times, Wall Street Journal Mansion, Forbes, Business Insider among many others.
Sharelle Rosado is the CEO and founder of Allure Realty, a top-level, luxury real estate brokerage that serves clients in the Tampa Bay Area. The firm was founded in 2019 and it also serves as a broker and consultant to other real estate professionals. She equips them on how to leverage technology to improve their overall business operations.
As a former Paratrooper in the United States Army, her background as a senior leader in the US Army has equipped her with excellent leadership skills and professionalism. Mastering these skills shaped her to become the bold businesswoman that she is, in addition to being an entrepreneur who also has a mission of mentoring and empowering women in minority communities.
At Allure, Rosado and her well-trained professional team specialize in brokering high-value real estate transactions for their high-profile clients who include sportsmen and women as well as entertainers.
The success of the firm has led to its expansion into new markets, specifically in Miami and soon Charlotte. As a way to honor her military background, Rosado also specializes in military relocations and settling fellow veterans into comfortable new environments that suit their needs.
Tenisha Williams is a managing real estate broker and the owner of Elite Realty Partners Inc, a Black-owned firm. She works with families and real estate agents in order to help them prepare for the next chapter in their lives. She takes a lot of pride in providing elite services to every client that she works with. Together with her team, they provide services to her clients and real estate professionals from Miami to Florida.
Tenisha and her team have managed to build a multi-million dollar business by building a reputation on being referral-based and building and maintaining lifelong relationships with their clients. She continues to build and scale her business through her commitment, tenacity and willingness to always go the extra mile when it comes to serving her clients. She understands the journey of any real estate transaction can be trying and works hard to ensure the process is as seamless as possible.
In just three years, the firm has made sales worth 255 million. She is a Florida Top 100 Realtor and she's also a mentor to 150 real estate agents.
Vie Wilson is a veteran of the New York City residential real estate and has been in the game for over 30years. During this time, she has achieved great success that only few sales agents can achieve. She was a founding member of The Corcoran Group where she spent the majority of her career.
As a licensed associate real estate broker, Vie has been recognized for her contribution to overall company sales volumes of the finest luxury residential properties in Manhattan. With her unique work style, she has received several accolades such as Harlem’s Salesperson of the Year, Salesperson of the Month, Member of the President's Club as well as In the Top 1% in Sales Companywide.
Her client portfolio is made up of a diverse group of people and as a result, she is very well in tune with the needs of different buyers, sellers, investors and developers. She takes pride in the fact that a huge portion of her clients consists of repeat and referral clients. This is as a result of her candor, integrity, wealth of knowledge, and educational approach.
She is fluent in Spanish and she loves food, collecting art and taking photographs.
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Bay Street Capital Holdings is an independent investment advisory, wealth management, and financial planning firm headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. They manage portfolios with the goal of maintaining and increasing total assets and income with a high priority on managing total risk and volatility. Although many advisors may focus on maximizing returns, they place a higher priority on managing total risk and volatility.
Our founder, William Huston founded Bay Street after 13 years of supporting the United States' largest retirement plan ($650B) Thrift Savings Plan. He is recognized as Investopedia’s Top 100 Financial Advisors for 2021. In California, only two black-owned firms out of nineteen firms received this recognition. In Scottsdale Arizona, Ekenna Anya-Gafu CFP, AAMS is recognized among the Best Financial Advisors for his responsiveness, friendliness, helpfulness, and detail. Bay Street was founded to advocate for diverse and emerging fund managers and entrepreneurs. In 2021, Bay Street was selected as a finalist out of over 900 firms across the US in the category of Asset Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).