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Rachel Ezra has been helping clients achieve their real estate goals for more than 20 years. She has served buyers and sellers in the South Bay since 2010, specializing in luxury coastal properties.
How did you get into real estate?
Growing up in Tel Aviv, Israel, real estate always fascinated me. When I moved to Los Angeles, I worked in commercial real estate on the Westside. After relocating to Manhattan Beach, I commuted for two years. One day I asked myself, “Why am I driving out of the South Bay when I can live and work here?” So in 2010 I moved my business to the South Bay and never looked back. Best decision of my life.
What are your favorite activities in the South Bay?
Taking walks on The Strand with my family. I bask in the beauty of our majestic beaches. I breathe in the fresh ocean air and thank my lucky stars I get to call this place home. We love boogie boarding, taking bike rides, enjoying the great parks, playing pickleball and tennis at MCC, and dining at the world-class restaurants of the Beach Cities.
What sets you apart from other agents?
I put the client’s best interests before my own. My clients and I discuss their short-term and long-term objectives—my job doesn’t end after escrow closes. I make myself available to listen and help them achieve whatever they need, and I appreciate those relationships I have built and continue to build with my clients.
What advice do you have for buyers in this market?
Although interest rates are higher than we’ve seen in the past few years, if you find the home that you fall in love with—buy it! Date the rate; marry the house! You can always refinance once the interest rates go down, but can you find the same house?
What makes a house a home?
I always say, “Bless the Mess!” When you make dinner and your kids are playing and making a mess, enjoy it! It’s part of living. Let them be kids and enjoy all the spaces you’ve created in the house. Living in the house is what makes it a home.
Is staging really worth it?
Absolutely! There’s a way you live in a house and a way to sell a house. You must let the buyers envision themselves in your space, and the best way to achieve that is by staging your home. But not any staging will do. Hire a phenomenal stager who will make your home shine.