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The Los Angeles Times reported this week that actor Brian Baumgartner, beloved for his role as accountant Kevin Malone on “The Office,” has listed his charming Midcentury home in Los Feliz for lease at $5,250 a month.

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The stunning mid century home in the Franklin Hills area offers privacy and fantastic views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Cork floors and high-end finishes give the home a luxurious modern feel.

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The step-down living room, dining room, updated kitchen with breakfast room, powder room, and large patio are all on the top level to make the most of the perfect Los Angeles vistas.On the lower level you will discover two bedrooms and a full hall bath. The master suite has a sitting area and fireplace....

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The Los Angeles real estate market comprises many spectacularly unique and high-end estates, idyllic Southern California retreats which offer the apex of LA luxury living.

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What a great night at Paramount Studios! On July 12, Partners Trust joined Concern Foundation for their annual Block Party fundraiser. Partners Trust was honored by Concern Foundation for their work in helping raise money for cancer research. Founders Nick Segal, F. Ron Smith, Richard Stearns, and Hugh Evans III were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the company.

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Santa Monica is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant and beautiful beach towns in the Los Angeles real estate market. With gorgeous homes in a spectacular location, Santa Monica offers small town SoCal charm with all the luxury amenities of big city living.

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You are in an elevator with a stranger, or maybe waiting in line at an event. You get to talking, and the other person asks that all important question: What do you do? Sometimes people phrase it as “What do you for work or for a living?” but mostly it’s simply: “What do you do?” speaking to the role of work and career in all our lives.

At Partners Trust we’ve been thinking a lot about this question lately and we recently challenged all our Associates to answer this question in order have them go beyond the simple response: “I’m a Realtor.” Once they had their answers, they were asked to present them to their peers and compete for a cash prize. We heard some great answers. We have real estate warriors and real estate sherpas, we have dream fulfillers and investment strategists. We have Associates who describe themselves as therapists, consultants, advisors, coaches or a combination of all of these. And oh yes, they also sell the most desirable real estate in Los Angeles.

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Why did we do this? You’ve probably heard the old story about a traveler who comes across three bricklayers. He asks the first bricklayer, “What are you doing?” The answer is: “I’m laying bricks.” He asks the second and is told: “I’m building a wall.” He asks the third, and is told, with great pride, that this bricklayer is building a cathedral. Don’t we all want to be building cathedrals? What you do is less about your daily tasks and more about your goals, your inspiration, and your passion for your work. There is nothing like waking up for work in the morning and being excited to begin your day.

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The true value of telling people what you do isn’t to convey information; it’s to make a connection. The words alone aren’t what create the spark between people. What you say is important but how you say it determines how your message is received. Do you lean in? Do you look the other person in the eye? Does your body language show that you are both open and confident? Do you believe what you are saying? If not, fixing that is a great place to start, people respond first and foremost to authenticity.

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What we learned this week is that an elevator pitch isn’t just about the person giving it. It’s about sharing the joy of what you do with another person and with the world. And that’s a pretty great way to start a conversation.

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Los Angeles is a city built on views. The abundant hillsides and valleys make for plenty of opportunities to view the surrounding landscape all the way to the Pacific Ocean. There are, however, views that stand out from the rest–views that are peerless in their expansiveness and beauty. These are the views that are talked about, whispered about, and shown off by proud property owners who proclaim that they have “the best view” around.What really makes a view extraordinary? Intrigued by claims of hearing about the “Best view in Los Angeles” for years without a true measuring rod for comparison, Nick Segal and Partners Trust decided to create a grading criteria to better define the ultimate bragging rights within the City of Angels.Based on six core criteria with a grading scale from 1-10, the average of those six scores reveals where the property fits on the overall scale. With a grade of one being a modestly desirable view and ten representing the small handful of top-tier properties in Los Angeles that offer a truly extraordinary vantage point, we can now start to better articulate who may actually claim that their view represents the “Best of Los Angeles”.

The Partners Trust View Standard Criteria:
Explosiveness—Explosiveness is defined as the ‘wow’ factor, the type of jaw-dropping view that offers both height and breadth with an expansive vista showcasing the city. A panoramic expanse along the lines of a 270-degree view would warrant a 9 or 10 on our scale. However, unsightly obstructions like power lines or poles would cause a reduction in points. Massive ocean views can also be considered as explosive provided that they are dramatic and wide-ranging however in our opinion, they won’t receive as high a rating as the staggering city lights view because these views go “dark” at night. The best views dazzle by day and by night.

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There are countless perks to living in Los Angeles and the various free summer concerts are certainly high on the list of Angelino favorites. Spending a summer eve out under the stars listening to great music, drinking with friends and dancing the night away… sounds pretty perfect, right? And for free!

There are so many music events going on throughout the city and the season, so which are the best free summer concerts in Los Angeles?

MADE IN L.A. MUSIC @ HAMMER MUSEUM

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This striking contemporary home in Mar Vista listed with Mark Kitching of Partners Trust has been chosen as an L.A. Times House of the Day.

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The elegantly designed and meticulously built new construction modern home in the prime ‘Wood Streets’ of Mar Vista has been completed with integrity at every stage. From the steel frames to the landscaping, the pride of craftsmanship is abundant. 3450 Redwood is designed for entertaining with large spaces yet purposely provides for separate, more intimate public areas. Walls of glass provide plenty of light. The home also features hardwood floors and recessed lighting.

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Built for today’s modern buyer, the four-bedroom home is outfitted with ultra high-end finishes and has a mod...

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Partners Trust Founding Partner Nick Segal was recently named as a finalist for an Inman Innovator Award in the category of Most Innovative Real Estate Agent. The Innovator Awards from Inman News, a top source for news and information on the real estate industry, celebrate the innovators in real estate who create new tools, provide thought leadership, and drive the industry forward.Nick was honored for his vision to create a company which “strives to raise the bar of professionalism at every touch point of a real estate transaction.” There are five categories and winners chosen from the list of finalists will be announced during the Real Estate Connect conference.

The Real Estate Connect conference takes place in San Francisco on July 16-18 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Two founding partners from Partners Trust will be at this event which brings together agents, brokers, and real estate service providers from around the world. Nick Segal will be participating in the Broker War Room panel on July 15 and also will be on the panel “Culture Club” on July 16 from 4:20-5:00 p.m. Partners Trust Founding Partner F. Ron Smith will be speaking on the panel, “What Today’s Seller Wants” on July 16 from 2:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m..

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We already know Partners Trust is a great place to work. After all, the Los Angeles Business Journal has voted Partners Trust as one of the Best Places To Work In Los Angeles for every single year we’ve been in business. Now our Pasadena office, which on Colorado Boulevard, has been selected as a “Winning Workplace” by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
What makes working at Partners Trust so special? We put company culture at the core of our value system. We want our Associates and staff to be excited to come to work every day and serve the community. Our commitment to excellence inspires everyone to do the best work they can without fail.When the work is done we celebrate with events that are both fun and meaningful. We are proud of our work with Concern Foundation, Team In Training, and other local and national nonprofits that make the world a better place.Congratulations to our Pasadena office for shining brightly in the community! We look forward to seeing you on this list for years to come.

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