About Mark Grimes


Buyer Specialist

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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I recently purchased a new home and had the pleasure of working with Mark. From start to finish, Mark went above and beyond to ensure our home buying experience was smooth and successful. He kept us informed at every step, ensuring we were fully aware of the progress and any necessary actions. His ability to navigate the complexities of our escrow process world was truly invaluable. Elle M
This is THE team to have on your side for all your real estate needs. If you are looking to buy, call Kevin Brennan and he will expertly guide you through the process. He has the relationships and know how to get deals done, even in this crazy competitive market. And he is patient, level-headed, and provides sound advice from offer to counter to close. Most importantly, he keeps you optimistic in what can be a rollercoaster of ups and downs. And when he said we were close and not to give up, he was right. I wake up every day in my beautiful new home and still can’t believe it’s mine. We truly could not have done it without him!! Another shout out to Mark Grimes from The Local RE team who helped us get our duplex rented at lightening fast speed, and for over asking. He brought so many quality applicants to the table it was almost impossible to pick. So happy with the results and confident we found the perfect tenants. I highly recommend these guys! Good people + great results. Heather D
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
For anyone in the market to buy a home, I would highly recommend choosing Mark Grimes as your agent. Mark is very knowledgeable, professional, responsible and is always readily available. He would arrange showings with short notice ; and would reply to and address all our questions/concerns in a timely manner. Mark's friendly and kind demeanor puts you at ease in making the best decision in your home purchase. Thank you, thank you Mark for all your help. ER Wong
I was lucky enough to walk into the office on Glendale. The staff was very nice and professional and they put us in touch with Mark. Mark was super thorough and professional and all around a great guy. Not pushy at all and also is super knowledgeable about the local real estate market. Eugene is also amazing and I was so happy to be able to work with both of them. They always made us feel like they were on our side and wanted us to get the best deal possible. I ended up buying a house and both Mark and Eugene were involved. They made everything super easy and non stressful. I would highly recommend using Mark and Eugene for any of your real estate needs....buying a home, selling a home, renting a home or maybe even renting out your home.... Lars 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