Cari Corbalis & Britt Austin
Cari Corbalis and Britt Austin are a mother-daughter real estate team specializing in residential sellers and buyers throughout the South Bay. Together they have 43 years of experience in the industry and started their own firm, Cari & Britt Properties, in 2011.
“A huge chunk of our business comes from past clients and referrals. That only happens from extremely happy clients.”
What makes you the best in real estate?
“We both bring a different skill set to the team. Cari is a veteran in the industry and has seen her fair share of market fluctuations. Britt is a marketing major and brings a tech-savvy element that is crucial in today’s market. We also have a marketing director, Shannon Hoye, and a buyer’s agent, Laura Aranda. As a group, we bring highly specialized expertise that affords our clients an optimal experience. We keep our team streamlined and make sure our clients are always a priority.”
What do you consider your most important two skills?
“The ability to properly target the sales price of a home and our ability to negotiate. We are very protective of our clients and will always do what is best for them. A huge chunk of our business comes from past clients and referrals. That only happens from extremely happy clients.”
What specialty services do you offer clients?
“We have a professional stager on our team that we bring into every single one of our listings at our cost for a consultation. Making sure each home is seen in its best light is crucial in selling for top dollar. For our sellers we pay for a custom, professional video along with photos. Market data shows listings that incorporate video into their marketing capture a wider range of buyers. We are one of the few teams in our market doing this today.”
How does where you live come into play with your job?
“Not only has Cari lived in the South Bay for 37 years, but Britt was born and raised here as well. We know this area better than anyone because we experience the school systems personally, have lived in many of the different South Bay cities and watch neighborhoods change shape over the years. There are neighborhood pockets, streets and cul-de-sacs each with their own
personalities. We know those personalities and quirks, which allows us to fast-track our clients into a place they can call home.”
What has been the highlight of your career and why?
“We still get choked up when we think about watching our client who was a U.S. veteran walk into his new home with his kids for the first time. The seller was an elderly veteran who raised his family in that home, and they got to meet for the first time. It was a passing of the baton, if you will. It was a very emotional moment and one that we will not forget. It is moments like this that remind us why we love doing what we do.”
Share a bit about your firm—what makes it noteworthy?
“We are proud of our team and what it represents. We feel that it is noteworthy because of the care that comes from carefully selecting the members of our team who will be in contact with our clients. Selling or buying a house can be such a personal and sometimes emotional time for families; we want to protect our clients to make sure they are taken care of in the best way possible.”
How do you challenge yourselves?
“Professionally we challenge ourselves every single day in the office. That is the nature of real estate. Each escrow is completely unique, like a puzzle to solve with parts that are constantly moving. We know that when we make the phone call to tell our clients that their home recorded, that last piece of the puzzle snapped into place. To stay ahead of the curve, we regularly add new things to improve our business. Complacent would not be a word to describe anyone on our team.”
What nonprofits do you support?
“We currently offer four scholarships at Redondo Union High School. We think these kids work so hard, and if they want to continue their education, we want to be a part of making that happen for them.”
How do you like to spend your free time?
“We have a very large family, and we really love spending time together. Luckily most of us live in the South Bay. Card games are a favorite for all of us, but they can get a bit heated because we are all so competitive!”