Not Your Average Agents

Over the years, The Local has assembled an incredible team of specialists who put their all in everything they do. In partnering with Compass, The Local is able to offer clients unparalleled support along with the latest in cutting-edge technology. Their strong business ethics and strategic thinking – coupled with the group’s nearly 200 years of combined real estate experience – create a unique sales team. Their clients appreciate their enthusiasm, integrity, community involvement and personal approach.

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Kurt Wisner

The Mayor

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Born and raised in California, Kurt graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Communications.

He started his real estate career in West Seattle, where he was the number one realtor for the better part of a decade. After taking a two-year sabbatical, during which he traveled the world with his brother, Kurt landed in Los Angeles and has been practicing real estate in California ever since. He brings the life lessons he learned around the globe to his career, and is always certain to keep his priorities straight.

Kurt is a sucker for a killer bottle of wine and an afternoon game of golf (not in that order!).

 

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Alyssa Valentine

The Listing Expert

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Born in Pennsylvania, Alyssa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University.

Alyssa's knowledge of the building and design process, having personally renovated numerous properties throughout Northeast Los Angeles, allow her to counsel her clients beyond the typical. She takes a hands-on approach to preparing and styling her listings, ensuring every property's potential is fully maximized and often dipping into her personal collection of decor. Alyssa is known as a skilled negotiator, a straightforward communicator and detailed professional.
When not hanging with her kids, Alyssa can often be found scouring the flea markets + consignment shops of LA, much to the chagrin of her husband, Anselm.

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Eugene Ridenour

The Listing Expert

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Eugene was raised in Los Feliz and graduated from USC with a degree in Communication Arts & Sciences.

Growing up surrounded by architectural works of Neutra, Schindler and Lloyd Wright, he fostered a love of architecture and design, which drew him to a career in real estate. A top producing agent for 20+ years, Eugene has owned and operated his own real estate brokerage and worked in management at Berkshire Hathaway.

Eugene loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, with whom he enjoys exploring the outdoors, always looking for the next adventure, be it bouldering and rock climbing in Joshua Tree, skiing in Lake Tahoe, or hitting the local beaches. If not there, you will find him on a tennis court where he lives by the adage: You only live once, but you get to serve twice.

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Jennifer Cahill

The Listing Expert

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Born and raised in Orange County, CA  Jennifer graduated with degrees in English & Political Science from California State Fullerton. She dove right into a decade-long career in law and property management building a portfolio of 100+ properties along the West Coast. A passion for design and desire for a good challenge created a fulfilling foray into rehabbing homes and obtaining her real estate license. Clients appreciate the dedication and calm demeanor she brings to every deal.   

Jennifer takes pleasure in French food, Italian wine, hot yoga, dry wit, and the Sunday paper. She's a mom, wife and shares the same birthday with her rescue pup Ezra.

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Anselm Clinard

The Buyer Specialist

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Anselm hails from Lynchburg, VA and graduated with a degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and later worked as a producer & director.  His interest in LA real estate began to grow after meeting his wife, Alyssa, also a real estate agent, in 2005, and he later obtained his license in 2009.  Following the birth of their second child, it seemed natural for Anselm to focus exclusively on real estate alongside Alyssa (also a listing team member). He loves solving the unique challenges of each deal and working with a creative and diverse client base.

Anselm’s off-duty love is soccer (plays goalie). He plays in two men’s leagues and coaches AYSO for kids.

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Geoff Martin

The Buyer Specialist

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A born-and-raised Angeleno, Geoff began investing in and managing industrial warehouses in 2000. Though he comes from commercial real estate, the opportunity to help a friend find a home in 2013 drew Geoff to Northeast LA, where he's been a top-producing residential buyer's agent ever since. He deeply believes the greatest service he can provide is the perspective every buyer needs to make the decisions that are right for them, no matter how long it takes. "Every relationship counts. Helping people find their way home adds value to their lives...and mine."

Geoff is an avid heli-skier, dog lover, sartorialist and bonsai artist.

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Susie Park

The Buyer Specialist

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Susie graduated from Cal State L.A. with a BA in Broadcast Journalism.

Having grown up in Silverlake and now living in Highland Park, Susie prides herself in knowing the Eastside of LA like the back of her hand. She spent her college years as a freelance writer while also working in hospitality as a bartender. Behind the bar she learned invaluable people skills and the art of remaining calm under pressure. These strengths and her love of architecture make real estate a natural fit.

She loves road trips, warm weather, everything coconut and beach days with her husband and their two kids, Mia and Max.

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Mark Grimes

The Buyer Specialist

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Born + raised in the SF Bay Area, Mark holds a business degree from UC Riverside and has lived in three LA neighborhoods over the last 20 years: Atwater Village, WeHo and Mid City. Previously, Mark was a retail buyer and wholesale product development executive of home textiles + women's accessories for multiple large retailers. After working with The Local on his personal real estate transactions, he entered the field professionally. Working with national retailers on large scale product deals has given him invaluable negotiation experience, and reimagining six of his own properties has given him the vision to advise our clients on their purchases.

On his down time, you can find Mark at the flea market or hunting online for the next great interior design purchase, traveling + spending time with friends and family.

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Karina Del Toro Groves

The Buyer Specialist

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Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Karina has been a SoCal native her entire life.

After college , Karina pursued her passion in the non-profit arena as a director of operations. After taking some time off for the birth of her second child, Karina was motivated to return to real estate. Where her enthusiasm for helping others, and love for the community has helped her connect with clients and provide them with the best service.

Being bilingual has also helped her serve the Latino community.

As a mom and wife she enjoys family time. Loves exploring new restaurants, anything sweet, and going to the movies.

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Kevin Brennan

The Buyer Specialist

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Born in Chicago, Kevin found himself living all over the country in his youth, finally settling in Southern California during his teenage years.
He graduated with a Communications degree from Cal State Fullerton, moving up to the Los Angeles area shortly thereafter. 

He embarked on a 16-year corporate career in fashion, holding senior level executive and VP positions. Possessing the rare ability to tap into both the highly analytical and creative mind has enabled Kevin to find the balance of art and commerce throughout his career. This, coupled with his affection of design/architecture, has made the transition into real estate seamless. He is passionate about the neighborhoods he sells in and the inspiring spaces that ultimately improve his Client’s wellbeing.

Kevin and his family proudly call Northeast Los Angeles home. He enjoys spicy Mexican food, iced tea, collecting art and design books + a cold lager.  Above all, he enjoys spending time with his Wife and two children.

 

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Melissa Shahin

The Buyer Specialist

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Lifelong Angeleno, Melissa has been fortunate to have the opportunity to call many of LA’s fabulous neighborhoods home. This geographic expertise combined with her relentless work ethic really sets her clients up for success. Her love of architecture, design, and the arts has helped foster and find that perfect neighborhood/client match.

Melissa’s background in management and years of both performing and teaching dance have taught her the importance of customer service, working well under pressure, problem-solving, and execution.

An ideal day off for Melissa consists of a hike in Griffith Park, visiting a local art museum, afternoon skateboarding, some magic hour photography followed by a healthy home-cooked dinner at home.

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Rachel Pass

Marketing Coordinator

Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, Rachel graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance.

After realizing dance wasn’t the career for her, Rachel found her way to the fitness industry where she managed numerous boutique cycling studios. In 2018 Rachel made the move to the real estate industry where she found that marketing was a great way to combine her creativity and results oriented mindset.

On the weekends you can find Rachel at a drag show, shopping, or reading the newest thriller novel to hit the best seller list.

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Steve Feighner

Listing Escrow Manager

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Born and raised in Michigan, Steve graduated with a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Since his move to California, Steve has amassed over 14 years of experience in real estate - from residential resale to lending and the wild world of short sales - which has given him a unique and broad view of the real estate industry

Most weekends, you can find him hanging out with his family in Burbank. Steve relishes a day spent with his wife and young daughters, cooking, working out on the Peloton, and traveling SoCal and beyond.

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Rynol Hylton

Assistant Transaction Coordinator

Born in Belize, Rynol's family moved to Los Angeles when he was five years old and he has been calling L.A. home ever since. Always interested in learning something new, Rynol graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Criminal Justice.

For the past ten years Rynol has held different jobs within the real estate industry. From working as a sales agent to working on commercial and residential acquisitions and relocations for the LAX expansion project; the Landside Access Modernization Program. Rynol knowledge and love for real estate has led him to the role of Transaction Coordinator.

During his free time, Rynol enjoys spending time with his family, trying new restaurants, or discovering new hiking trails.

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Carla Toutz

Listing Prep Coordinator

Carla specializes in creating unique spaces with form and function. She believes that no two projects are the same because no two clients are the same. Her ability to listen to her clients needs coupled with a keen eye for blending Beauty  and livability make her an expert in creating houses that feel like home.