Palm Realty Boutique & Palos Verdes Realty
After selling real estate in the Beach Cities and Palos Verdes for 10 years, Tony Puma purchased Palos Verdes Realty with the goal of maintaining and growing its long history of prosperous transactions. Soon after, fellow top-producing agents Bill Davis and Keith Kelley joined the team, bringing their complementary strengths and areas of expertise.
In what ways is the business model of your firm unique?
We are a casual and unpretentious team with solid work ethics and a no-nonsense approach to helping our clients achieve their real estate goals.
Tell us about your firm.
Palos Verdes Realty is a boutique real estate office—the oldest real estate firm in Palos Verdes—built on a solid foundation of the professional knowledge and hands-on experience of our team. Collectively, we have more than 50 years of experience facilitating successful real estate transactions. We work with Palm Realty Boutique’s nine offices and together have a combined total of more than 100 top-producing Realtors focusing on the South Bay and other high-end markets.
Tony, tell us about your background.
Tony Puma: I have been involved in real estate for more than 30 years. I owned a manufacturing and distribution business in the automotive industry in Texas, where I was raised. I sold it and moved to California in the late 1990s to pursue real estate full time. I had been investing in and flipping commercial, industrial and residential real estate for years during my automotive career and had a real passion for it. I initially got my California real estate license to handle my own investment transactions, but I quickly realized how rewarding it was to help my friends buy and sell property. It wasn’t long before I was closing many more transactions for others than for myself.
Since then my business has focused primarily on my clients’ real estate goals, while mixing in my own flips and investments. Most of my clients appreciate my knowledge of architecture, remodeling and construction while I help them buy or sell a home—whether to help them visualize what’s possible with a prospective new home purchase or simply to help them prepare their home for sale. Many of my buyers tap into my experience and my contractor relationships during the updating process of turning a home purchase into their dream home.
I live in Palos Verdes Estates with my wonderful wife, Victoria, and our daughter Layla. My older daughter, Erica, and granddaughters Roxie and Sloane live in Texas, along with most of my extended family.
Keith, you’re a Southern California native. Tell us more about yourself.
Keith Kelley: After attending the University of California, Santa Barbara on a baseball scholarship, I moved to Seattle, where I began my career in the mortgage industry as a loan officer. After living in Washington for three years while my wife attended law school, we moved back to California and I became the in-house lender for Keller Williams Realty in Rancho Palos Verdes.
After eight months of being the premier loan officer for both Keller Williams Realty offices in Palos Verdes, I joined Gordon Inman as a Realtor to establish The Inman Team. I helped build that team to our highest producing year, selling more than $65 million in homes. That year we were awarded the Platinum Medal for production and continued to receive that award year after year. The Inman Team also reached a level where we were recognized as the highest producing team in the Southern California Region for all Keller Williams offices. We were #1 for numerous years.
My focus for the future is to expand my area of expertise in my partnership with Bill and Tony. The three of us specialize in every area from Manhattan Beach to Long Beach. We have also completed transactions from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
Bill, tell us about your work.
Bill Davis: I have completed transactions in several areas including Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. I have been in the real estate business for 15 years, and HomeLight has ranked me as one of the top listing agents in Palos Verdes Estates and as one of the top 16% of agents who sell homes fast.
What important lesson have you learned in your work?
Trust your instincts. Whether it’s a stressful rushed decision of how much to pay for a property at auction or a relaxed but engaging decision of where to place a kitchen island and how big it should be, your first instinct is usually right!
Tell us about some of your favorite local hot spots.
Willingham’s World Champion BBQ in South Redondo. You have to order Phil’s incredible smoked brisket!