Laguna Beach native, Tara Hotchkis has been a top producing real estate agent in Southern California since 2003, with recent sales of more than half a billion dollars in residential real estate.
Tara Hotchkis is the CEO and Founding Partner of the Compass Beverly Hills-based real estate team, Luxury Homes + Spaces. In 2017, Hotchkis represented Major League Baseball Player, Ichiro Suzuki in the sale of his Downtown Los Angeles Art’s District Penthouse Loft, setting a new price per square foot record.
Tara is passionate about contemporary art and design. She supports several non-profit arts organizations including PS Arts & MOCA.
Brent is the Senior Partner and Team Leader for Luxury Homes + Spaces / COMPASS. With over a decade of real estate experience, Brent has had the opportunity to collaborate with high-end building companies not only in sales but also as a designer. Brent’s experience of running a successful team of five has established him as a hands-on agent who is caring, persistent, and knowledgeable about luxury real estate.
When it comes to Los Angeles, Brent is passionate about the city’s endless opportunities. “I love the history and endless possibilities in real estate here,” he says.
Sham Nooristani is a Senior Partner and the Vice President of Operations for Luxury Homes + Spaces / COMPASS. Sham is the former Chief of Staff to the top real estate agent in the country, Ken DeLeon, completing hundreds of million dollars in transactions at every price point. She enjoys working with all types of clients, from first-time buyers to overseas clients and all-cash offers. Sham prides herself on referring more business than she accepts and treating clients with the highest level of respect. “People never forget how you treat them,” Sham says. “Be loving and gentle in all of your ways.” Outside of her real estate career, Sham loves meeting friends for juice or coffee, preferably in the outdoors.
Brian Griffin is a Senior Associate Partner with Luxury Homes + Spaces / COMPASS. With more than a decade of experience in real estate, Brian has completed more than 150 transactions, representing over $100 million in business. Above everything, Brian prioritizes relationship building with his clients. “Open and honest communication is paramount,” Brian says. “If we do one deal, we will do more. I’m in it for the long haul. Being a part of most people’s largest life decisions and handling them with integrity keeps me coming back for more.”
Outside of real estate, Brian is very dedicated to giving back to the Los Angeles community. Six years ago, he founded Align LA, a network that connects volunteers with non-profits and community service opportunities. He serves on the board for Immerman’s Angels, a counseling organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer. An avid surfer, he also volunteers with Life Rolls On, which exposes wheelchair athletes to surfing. He is also a swimmer, runner, and triathlete. Brian is a Bay Area native and he attended college at St. Mary’s in Los Angeles. He now lives in Venice.
Rachel Pretorius is an Associate Partner with Luxury Homes + Spaces / COMPASS. With a successful career in the fashion industry spanning over 25 years, Rachel brings a wealth of design knowledge and expertise to the Luxury Homes + Spaces Team.
When it comes to architecture, Rachel has always admired light and airy spaces that allow for a modern lifestyle. “One of my favorite parts of the real estate process is making the most out of every space through multi-use furniture and clever storage solutions,” she says. “Even something as simple as adding a Kelly Wearstler accent piece can completely transform a space.”
With her clients, Rachel deeply values honesty and transparency above all else. She is especially passionate about helping first-time owners wade through the home buying process. “I know what it’s like to buy a house for the first time and not know what to expect. I never want my clients to feel like they’re in the dark at any point in the buying or selling process.”
During her spare time, Rachel can be found volunteering with local ocean conservation programs, exercising at Equinox, or hiking through the scenery of Runyon Canyon with her family.
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I can not say enough great things about Brent. He is diligent, driven, thorough and does exactly what he says he going to do. His knowledge in the real estate world ...
Brent is the best realtor around. My husband and I recently sold our house with him. He made everything so easy, we closed for over asking in 10 days.
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He found homes in my price range in the neighborhoods I was interested in. He never asked me to settle and was extraordinarily patient.
Brent made the whole process as smooth as can be. When moments in our buying process got tense, he calmly navigated us through with the best possible outcome.