Jennifer Caras

  • Realtor®

    Jennifer Caras Real Estate |
    Vista Sotheby’s International Realty 

  • Address

    1144 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach

  • Phone

    310-367-9129

  • Website | Social

    jennifercaras.com
    @jennifercarasrealestate

  • Special Section

    Real Estate

A Los Angeles native, Jennifer Caras attended Marymount High School and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with a degree in psychology. She began her real estate career with South Bay Brokers in 2004, and in 2015 the firm became Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Jennifer specializes in the Beach Cities— primarily Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Palos Verdes Estates—and she has been a top-producing agent for the last decade. She and her husband develop custom homes in the South Bay.  


What do you love most about your job?  

“I absolutely cherish my relationships with my clients before, during and after an escrow. When you go through an escrow, it’s so incredibly layered. It hits on so many levels from financial to emotional and everything in between. I am grateful my clients have chosen to work with me, and they often express great gratitude to me for guiding them through every step of the way. By the time I turn over the keys, I love that my clients know I have their back and am always here for them. I am a fierce client advocate and a proven performer during stressful situations. As a result, 90% of my business is from referrals and repeat clients.”


Give us some tips for improving curb appeal. 

“I’m a sucker for a house with incredible curb appeal! Paint goes along way. Whether it’s adding a fresh coat or lighting up a house up with a new color, paint is everything! Also changing out exterior light fixtures, refreshing address numbers, and adding new greenery and landscaping can be big game changers for achieving that beautiful curb appeal.”


Speak about the flexibility required to be successful in this industry.  

“Flexibility is so key—not only with physical schedules and showing times and changes but even in your clients’ thoughts, price ranges, emotions. There is a lot of pivoting, but it’s one of the aspects I enjoy the most about my career.”


What are key factors for finding a good fit when choosing an agent to work with? 

“It’s critical to know that your agent has your back and you can trust that they truly have your best interest at heart. When I’m showing properties, I always tell clients I’ll give them the positives and the negatives—because every property has both, no matter what the price range is. My goal is to be real with my clients, as I’m on their side, guiding and protecting them throughout the process. I treat every escrow as if it were my own.”


In what ways has your professional performance exceeded expectations? 

“I never dreamed I’d sell more than $100 million in a single year, but this past year I sold close to $120 million—an all-time career high!”


How does your business provide clients a competitive advantage?  

“The dynamic level of my involvement in real estate. I don’t just sell new construction homes. I am also intricately involved in the development of new homes. So by being hands-on and truly part of the development team (versus just being the listing agent), I have an extra layer of understanding of the new building codes, city requirements, the latest in design choices. It ultimately helps clients that I have that extensive knowledge.”


What does it take to become a top earner in your field?  

“You have to be a team player, having solid relationships not only with your clients but with real estate colleagues at different brokerages as well. Being trustworthy and standing behind your word goes far in this business.”


What is new and exciting for your business in 2022?  

“I was selected from among dozens of top Los Angeles real estate agents to be on a new television show called Listing L.A. The network is bringing this Emmy-nominated national television show centered around real estate, lifestyle and culture to Los Angeles. (No, it’s not a reality show!) I just filmed my first episode, and it airs in March. I’m so excited to feature my new listings, and my clients are so thrilled to have their homes showcased on such an incredible national platform. I’ve also joined a premiere real estate community called Realm. It’s an exclusive membership that connects me with the best-of-the-best agents in the country and delivers unmatched data and insights not available elsewhere. It’s a major upper hand to serve my clients even better!”


Do you involve your family in your work?  

“Oh yes! I tease my husband that I couldn’t do this job without him, but it’s true. He is a developer and commercial broker, so I riddle him with questions and he is always there to review an inspection report or give advice with his extensive experience in real estate. I’ve also looped our twin girls in the mix! I started calling them ‘the interns’ when they were young, and now clients know them as that! Now that they are 14, they are truly on their way to being legit interns. It’s important to me to instill in my girls that they can do it all—motherhood and run a successful business.”


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