Rachel Ezra has assisted buyers and sellers with their real estate goals for more than 18 years. After starting her career in commercial real estate, she transitioned to residential real estate when she moved to Manhattan Beach. She joined Vista Sotheby’s International Realty four years ago.
How do you help your clients beat the competition?
“Real estate is a relationship business, especially here in the South Bay. It is such a small community. Agents all know each other and interact on daily/weekly basis. I pick up the phone and call the other agent or, if possible, meet face to face and explain my client’s goals and see if we can together help them achieve that.”
What are the challenges of buying or selling a home during a pandemic?
“The main challenge is scheduling in-person showings to see the homes. With most sellers now working from home and kids homeschooling, it has been challenging managing everyone’s schedules—even more so during the lockdown with nowhere for families to go during a showing other than a walk.”
How are 3-D home tours changing real estate?
“3-D home tours are a game changer. They have given the buyers the ability to virtually walk through every room of a property, including the exterior grounds, before they decide to preview in person.”
What do you love most about your job?
“A home, now more than ever, has meaning to all of us. It’s our shelter, our office and our kids’ school. The best part of my job is knowing that I helped dreams come true. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned buyer or seller, everyone has a dream of where they want to live and call home.”
What are your favorite ways to unplug?
“I love and cherish spending time with my twins. During 2020 we found solace in movie night. We make a fort of sheets, bring out fluffy sleeping bags, arrange pillows, decorate with string lights, make popcorn and put on a movie. It has been a wonderful time in our household.”
What is your #1 piece of advice during this time?
“Take this time to pause, reflect, appreciate, recharge, release burdens and surround yourself with happiness. Take care of yourself and your family’s health.”
What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?
“I was able to find the perfect places for my clients to call home during the time when the world was shut down.”