About Eugene Ridenour


Listing Expert

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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I had the pleasure of working with the team at The Local on two real estate transactions in relatively rapid succession – the purchase of my home and then the subsequent sale. Mark, Eugene, Kurt, and the rest of the team at The Local were friendly, approachable, and extremely knowledgable of both the market and the whole process at large. As a first time home buyer (and then first time seller!) they always took the time to walk me through the various steps of the process, answer all of my questions no matter how basic, and make sure I was comfortable and satisfied with every move we made. They worked diligently and advocated tirelessly on my behalf, and I was very pleased with where we landed on both transactions. Highly recommend the team at The Local! James V
Eugene’s extensive knowledge of the market area and connections allowed him to time the listing and sale of our house expertly–with multiple offers well over asking and exceeding our expectations. He’s a skillful negotiator that you want on your side! We first met the Local team while looking for our house in northeast LA two years ago. We loved a number of their properties but, because they get so many offers, we lost out. We eventually found a home we’ve loved for the past few years. When we realized COVID-19 meant we weren’t going to be going back to the office anytime soon and we had the freedom to go wherever we pleased, we contacted The Local. We knew we wanted them on our side this time! Kurt and Eugene hopped on a call with me to talk about the market, then came to our house to give us an honest assessment of our options and expectations. As soon as we decided we were ready to sell, Eugene and their designer, Jane, determined what we needed to do and sent an awesome handyman to do to the few repairs. Jane, Eugene, and the photographer created stellar marketing materials and all we had to do was not mess it up for the showings. Eugene scheduled showings, with very little interruption to us, garning numerous offers. Eugene had met and spent time with almost everyone who looked at our house and guided us through picking the best offer, well above listing price and exceeding our expectations. With Eugene and Steve handling the closing, it was a breeze. What could have been a major derailment was handled quickly and competently. We’ll be calling The Local when we return to LA! Shay R
We feel lucky that we found such a great real estate team! The Local are professional and just simply a good group of people. We bought our first home in Glassell Park with The Local almost five years ago. Blake got us such a good deal that we knew we wanted Kurt’s team to help us sell and buy a new home again. Kurt instantly responded to our request and got on a zoom call with Eugene and Kevin. Our biggest concern was timing as we were wanting to buy and sell at the same time. They talked through their strategy to help us prepare for multiple scenarios. We knew that we were in good hands. Kevin was amazing and immediately hit the ground running. He really understood what we were looking for and had such a positive attitude. He is pro-active, responsive, provided realistic guidance throughout the process, and was always patient with us! Eugene was fantastic and brings a depth of knowledge in real estate. He has an extensive network in the area, and found us a buyer who put in an offer within 2 weeks since our first meeting! Concurrently, we found a home we loved in South Pasadena with Kevin, put in an offer, got accepted, and went into escrow just a day apart from our selling home! Everything worked out perfectly and there was clear communication between everyone throughout the process. We felt very fortunate that all things aligned in a timely manner, but knew that this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the entire The Local team. Steve helped us through our escrow documents, answering all our questions promptly and clearly. Melissa was thorough and professional when evaluating our house. They really take care of you beyond the big transactions, and they are so organized! They help prep the house, provide great resources and vendor recommendations, and would literally help with anything else you need! They are also not gone after closing, and both Kevin and Eugene made sure we were well settled in the new home. We love the Local team and would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy or sell a property! Suejin P.
As soon as I reached out to Eugene he immediately made himself available and helped us every step of the way, knowing full well he and his team was managing other properties as well. I had reached out to another agent prior to Eugene and I just wasn’t feeling it. I knew Eugene as he sold us our house back in 2019. I remembered his calm, but friendly and professional manner and knew he would be what we needed to sell our home. Their team was amazing and treated us like long time friends. They even provided to us free partial staging items since we were still living in our house and didn’t want a full stage. During the sale we were also purchasing another home. Eugene went out of his way to assist us and protect our interests on the new property even when it was not required or expected of him as he was not representing the second property. Eugene is experienced, professional, makes you feel at ease (which is big for me and difficult to do), and is a pro multi-tasker. We would recommend him to anyone looking to sell their home. Crista R
My husband & I had been in our home for 26 years & thinking of moving to a condo. Eugene helped us from day one; going over every detail of the process from timing, marketing, what we needed to do to present our home in the best light, realistic pricing, & advising us on updated housing codes we needed to follow. After about 6 weeks on the market, we had 13 valid offers for well over asking price. We could not have been happier with Eugene and his handling of the whole experience. He worked with us to make sure we felt comfortable each step of the way & was always available to answer our endless questions. He also helped us find a fantastic condo to purchase. The Furlongs
I have great things to say about Eugene, Kevin, Kurt, Compass, and The Local. The team was with us every step of the way as we prepared to buy a new home as well as sell our current home. Everyone was extremely communicative and responsive via text and email. We always felt that the team had our best interests in mind. They helped walk us through every step and detail along the way. All my questions and concerns were met with positive reinforcement and clear explanations. I highly recommend Eugene and his group to anyone hoping to buy or sell a home. Although the market seemed to be shifting, Eugene and his team were confident that we could achieve our goals. That positivity sincerely helped with the stresses of moving and buying a new home. I’m so happy we chose The Local! Barry D
Eugene was exactly who I needed to get a complicated sale accomplished. His kindness and patience and local knowledge were impeccable. Thank you to everyone at The Local, and especially to Eugene Ridenour who made an impossible situation so much less stressful. Jen B
The team at the Local Real Estate Group was just awesome to work with. We definitely wanted a special group helping us with the sale of our family home of over 45 years. Eugene and Kurt were there every step of the way to guide us and answer all of our questions. They’re not just real estate agents, they are partners in the process and genuinely looking out for your best interests. The guidance provided by both was invaluable in helping us get the most from the sale. Eugene even worked while vacationing outside of the country to make sure things moved along smoothly. I don’t know what more you can ask for. We also got a lot of help from others at the Local Real Estate Group. Carla managed the house prep and helped transform the house into something so special we reconsidered keeping it! Steve helped guide us through the documents and disclosures. Truly a team effort. We have no regrets in choosing to go with the Local Real Estate Group and would definitely look to them in the future for any other real estate needs. Jose B
Eugene @ The Local was my listing agent when I recently listed (and sold!) my home here on the east side of Los Angeles. As a first time seller, Eugene was a great partner and a strong advocate for my interests in the transaction. Everything was spot on at every step of the way - listing and pricing strategy, marketing, negotiating terms, and navigating escrow all the way to closing. Eugene is kind, super friendly, laid back, and approachable, and I can't imagine having listed with anyone else. Highly recommend Eugene and the whole team at The Local! JV
Feeling cared about and cared for is so important during times of high stress and when a situation is complicated. Eugene and all the folks he works with have been amazing. This selling situation was fraught with so many difficult variables and trying to sell my father's house while trying to relocate him to me in Washington, was emotionally and physically exhausting. Eugene and his team performed, what felt to me, several miracles to get the sale completed quickly. Eugene's kindness, patience, and hard work are to be commended. Thank you so much! Jennifer L B
Eugene is a pro. He’s knowledgable and experienced - and backed by a great team. He was calm and patient throughout the process despite a few challenges. Ultimately he got the job done when we had all but given up hope. Thank you Eugene!
Eugene did a great job representing us in the sale of my late aunt’s home. He communicated thoroughly throughout the process and marketed the property very well. Due to this, the offer we accepted came in well over asking and we were able to close very quickly. Eugene answered any and all questions that we had, was knowledgeable about the market and very kind throughout. We’re so glad to have worked with him and recommend him wholeheartedly.
Eugene Ridenour is a joy to work with . He is so professional,helpful and knowledgeable about real estate . It was a pleasure working with him . I would use Eugene again to sell my property. The Local Group is the company to hire for all your real needs ! Paulette V
I recently closed escrow on a home that has been in my family for over 60 years. It was an emotional experience. I knew though, from the moment I met Eugene, that I would be in good hands and my intuition proved to be correct. Working with the entire team was a really pleasant and rewarding experience. I always felt that I was kept well informed of the progress of the sale and could reach out to Eugene any time I had questions. The whole process, from start to finish, was seamless. I would highly recommend Eugene and his entire team to represent you as a buyer or seller. Kim D
Sold Unique "as is"/cash property before it even listed. Saved me hours of stress and headaches! Kept the process simple and I could reach Eugene day or night Great job!!!
Eugene is so skillful! He handled a complicated, multi unit sale for us with ease and patience. He guided us every step of the way, was an excellent negotiator and easy to work with throughout the process. We would highly recommend him for any sale.
Eugene and his team at The Local Group were awesome. They connected me with contractors and designers when needed to help complete my vision. We did a complete remodel and addition. We sold the property for 250k over asking. Eugene is very hands on and has great idea. He was always on time and enthusiastic about what I was working on. I couldn't be happier with him and his team. Eric G
Eugene and the design team at The Local Real Estate Group were great to work with in the selling of our property. From the beginning, Carla, our main designer was involved in helping us pick the right colors, designs and layouts for the bathrooms and kitchen as well as the outside deck, landscaping and the staging. Eugene and Jenn were able to negotiate a great price for the property and made the closing of the sale smooth and easy. We highly recommend this team and will be using them again for the next property. Harout V
I've had the pleasure of working with The Local Real Estate Group 3 times now and cannot recommend them enough. If you're considering buying or selling a home in Northeast Los Angeles, this is the team that you're looking for. --- HOME BUYING: It was difficult to decide where to even start as a first-time homebuyer. Reaching out to several other agents in the area only led to stock messages or no reply at all. When I called The Local, owner Kurt Wisner immediately invited me to their office patio for a beer and a chat. It was clear that he and his team were knowledgeable, not-at-all pushy, and excited to get to know their clients and what they're looking for. I still pop by their office just to say "hi" when in the area. Our chat led to pairing me with buying agent, Mark Grimes, who was simply incredible. Mark is experienced, active, and extremely personable; he made himself available for questions any time and he wasn't afraid to speak up if he noticed potential issues with a property. The condo that ended up being my first home was one that Mark recognized as a great fit - he saw the listing go live on the same morning that we were touring another unit nearby and was able to get us a showing that same day. He and The Local team were on-the-ball through the whole escrow process and kept things moving quickly and painlessly through closing. Fast forward a few years and a marriage: Mark was the first person we reached out to when thinking about upgrading to a single family home. Once again, he was fully engaged and always actively listening to what was important to us. He helped us navigate the crazy, much more competitive landscape of the current market and hone in on exactly the home to fit our needs. His strategic experience helped us win out over multiple other offers (some all cash) and he kept the process moving all the way to the finish line. We would not be in our house today without Mark and the rest of the team and we can't thank them enough! --- HOME SELLING: It was a no-brainer to handle the sale of the condo through The Local after our great experiences buying with them. We were paired with selling agent, Eugene Ridenour, who was equally wonderful. Eugene oversaw the entire process with vision and patience; always making sure that every decision was a conversation about what we wanted and what would bring the best results. Nothing was oversold or felt pressured. Included in the commission were The Local's in-house contractor and design expert who helped organize repairs, painting, and staging to make the unit shine. Even when our listing date fell during his planned family vacation, Eugene was checking in (from Europe!) during all of the milestone showings, offers, and closing. Another of The Local's selling agents, Edith Reyna, seamlessly took over during Eugene's family vacation. Edith handled everything for us in preparing and hosting the open houses. She was extremely communicative and kept us in the loop after each showing. We receievd multiple, great offers and Edith sat down with us and talked through all of the pros, cons, and potential negotiation points of each. Her constant communication kept up through escrow which helped bring us to the finish line without any issues. To say that we were blown away by the end result is an understatement. The listing, the photos, and the final sale price were all well above even our highest expectations. The entire process was shockingly stress-free and professionally handled from start to finish. We would not hesitate to rely on Eugene, Edith, Mike, Carla, and everyone else at The Local to sell a home in the future. --- Seriously, give The Local a call if you're looking into realtors in the area. Their expertise and client-first approach to everything just may change your life too. Robert F