About First Team Real Estate

First Team | Christie’s International Real Estate is a destination brokerage that prides itself on a 42-year tradition and the distinction of being #1 in total unit sales and #1 in luxury unit sales.

Since 1976, First Team Real Estate has helped hundreds of thousands of homebuyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals. Beginning with just one office in Huntington Beach, we have grown to 38 office locations across Southern California with 2200+ associates.

Choosing a real estate company is difficult – but we make it easy by attracting the most buyers with a local neighborhood expertise to sell your home at the right price. First Team Real Estate is the #1 independent real estate company in Southern California because we capture the highest sales volume and provide the best tools for selling your home.

How we maximize exposure of your home to buyers

  • Multi–million dollar online and offline advertising budget
  • #1 local real estate website, FirstTeam.com, with over 10,000,000 webpage views annually
  • Ability to showcase your home on all of the top real estate websites such as Realtor.com®, Yahoo!®, Google™, Zillow and hundreds more
  • YouTube® – A custom video of your home posted and exposed to thousands of users monthly
  • Search Engine Marketing optimized for Google™ and other top search sites
  • Hundreds of marketing relationships for listing syndication and enhancement

Meet the First Team Real Estate Executive Leadership Team

Cameron Merage

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Michael Mahon

President

Michele Harrington

Broker of Record & Regional Vice President

Tom Wagner

General Counsel

Joe Burke

Chief Marketing Officer

Stephen Skinner

Chief Information Officer

Jo-Anne Oliveri

Vice President of Property Management

Scott Gruszczynski

Controller

Lynn Tacinelli

Director of Education

Merry Pisors

Human Resources Director

Gayle Glew

Director of Global Relocation & Corporate Services

Peggy Salazar

General Operations Manager

Christine Sanchez

Manager of Licensing and New Agent Development

Making A Difference In The
Communities We Call Home

Each year, Team Kids hosts a five-week Team Kids Challenge at 30 local schools, harnessing the collaborative efforts of nearly 25,000 students, who are invited to participate in weekly challenges geared toward community issues, including homelessness, hunger, literacy and the environment. Through the partnership with First Team Real Estate—called the Team Kids Superhero Program—real estate agents will serve as mentors to children in their communities, guiding them through various challenges that allow them to make a difference and earn recognition for it.

“Through the Superhero program, kids will be presented with challenges to complete, such as bringing blankets to an animal shelter or writing a thank you note to someone in the military,” Hudash explained. “Once they complete these challenges, the real estate agents will present them with certificates thanking them for their contributions and for helping to make their own community a better place.”

Says Michael Mahon, President of First Team Real Estate, the Superhero Program is part of our organization’s overarching mission to support the communities we so proudly serve.

“As a real estate organization, the communities that inhabit the real estate markets we serve are our lifeblood, and we are passionate about the notion that it is not only our responsibility, but our distinct privilege to support them in every way possible,” Mahon stated. “The Superhero Program we’re participating in through Team Kids gives all 2,000 of our sales associates the opportunity to give back in a way that’s truly meaningful.”

First Team Real Estate History

1976

5 agents in 1 office come together to build First Team Real Estate

1990

Rise to the #1 independent real estate company in all of Orange County, CA in home sales

1995

Hot Buys® developed to identify the best deals on the market

2003

SNEAKPREVIEW® developed to give buyers a competitive edge

2005

First Team joins Luxury Portfolio®, an ultra–luxury properties division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™

2005

Market Trends™ developed to provide comprehensive analysis of our local markets

2006

First In Our Hearts charity foundation is born

2008

The NEW Rules of Real Estate® developed to help our agents adapt to the changing market

2011

Seller Online Listing Detail (SOLD) report developed

2012

1,694 Agents & #10 in USA

2013

Awarded HGTV Doory Award for outstanding work

2014

First Team partners with Christie’s International Real Estate

2014

Launched SoCaLiving Magazine, premiere property publication

2015

First Team integrates with Testimonial Tree, providing agents a seamless review platform they control

2015

First Team integrates with RealScout tech to provide industry-best home search to buyers

2017

Military on the Move Program launched, a rebate program for active duty, retired military & wounded warriors

2017

First Team partners with LuxuryRealEstate.com, the #1 online portal for luxury properties

2018

First Team partners with Team Kids, an OC-based nonprofit organization, to introduce Superhero Program

2019

First Team adds 400+ New Agents in San Diego County

2019

First Team launches RoadMap-Ai, a digital marketing platform that delivers 12,000+ leads to agents in its first three months; at no cost to agents

2019

First Team launches Master Series Training Program for experienced agents