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Our Hall of Fame Gala is one of the Southern California real estate industry’s most celebrated events. This year's event took place at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, where we had the honor of acknowledging our hardest working agents on their 2016 accomplishments. 

Now in its 38th year running, the Hall of Fame Gala—celebrating the drive, commitment and accomplishments of our top-performing real estate experts—was attended by more than 600 people, including agents, company executives, and prominent members of the community.

“Having joined First Team Real Estate last fall, this marks my first Hall of Fame Gala,” stated Michael Mahon, President of First Team Real Estate. “I’m thrilled to have taken part in one of the most memorable

Shane Lekas and Pearl Liang—known among Orange County’s savviest clientele as The Lekas Group—recently set a new bar for Irvine’s bustling Central Park West district. With the $1,265,000 sale of a luxury residence in The Lennox building at 402 Rockefeller, they surpassed the community’s previous record by $65,000.

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Passionate about delivering an unrivaled caliber of service and adept when it comes to successful negotiations, Shane and Pearl have proven time and time again the value they offer for clients with a wide variety of goals.

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“We’re proud to have broken a record, but are most thrilled that we’re playing an active role in bringing value to homeowners,” Shane Lekas remarked. “This new high sale means there’s now an even greater

With Over 9,000 Annual Sales to Local Residents, We Achieved a 98% Customer Satisfaction Rating*

As Orange County’s leading real estate brokerage, we are so excited to reveal our client satisfaction rating of 98%—based on data collected from over 2,000 homebuyers and sellers by an independent 3rd party. Given that we are the largest independent brokerage in Southern California and close more than 9,000 local transactions each year, this near-perfect rating is all the more important to us.

“We take great pride in sharing this statistic with our sales associates, employees and thousands of customers. Compared to the industry average, our 98% customer satisfaction rating is nothing short of outstanding,” remarked Cameron Merage, our founder and CEO.

Cameron Merage, First Team Ceo And Founder, Named One Of 2017’s Most Powerful People In Residential Real Estate 

Cameron Merage, our CEO and Founder, has received one of the real estate industry’s most coveted honors, having been named to the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) list for 2017.

Widely regarded as the definitive annual ranking of the top leaders in residential real estate, the SP200 is the result of an in-depth vetting process designed to recognize the individuals who are making an impact—not only on the industry as a whole, but within their respective communities and among valued clientele as well.

“It’s a significant honor to have been named one of Swanepoel’s 200 most powerful people in residential real estate, and I’m delighted to have

On Thursday, September 22, the OC Register held its annual Best of Orange County event, celebrating local services, shops, restaurants and hot spots, which were chosen as winners solely by the community. For the sixth year in a row, First Team Real Estate was recognized as a “Best Real Estate Company,” aptly demonstrating the privately held organization’s commitment to delivering outstanding personalized service as well as impressive results.

“At First Team Real Estate, our utmost goal is and always has been to provide the community with results-driven service, and we consider our clientele to be our top priority throughout each and every one of our endeavors,” said Cameron Merage, First Team’s founder and CEO. “We deliver on these promises, and

First Team Real Estate, Southern California’s leading independent real estate brokerage, is pleased to introduce Michael Mahon, who recently joined the organization as President.

With more than 26 years of comprehensive real estate experience—spanning the residential and commercial sectors to include real estate brokerage services, retail property management, auditing, financial management, mortgage, and escrow services—Michael is a seasoned expert in virtually every facet of the business. While the depth of his expertise places him in an elite tier of professionals worldwide, it’s his capability as a leader that renders him an invaluable asset to First Team.

“Michael brings an impressive list of accomplishments to his role as President of First

Seasoned finance executive brings a wealth of relevant experience and key accomplishments to Orange County’s leading privately held real estate brokerage

First Team Real Estate and Family of Companies—a privately held organization that’s grown to include more than 2,000 agents and employees since its launch in 1976—is pleased to name Gary Fabian as its Chief Financial Officer.

With 30 years of experience as a senior-level executive in the finance industry, having driven the success of a number of prominent organizations over the course of his career, Gary brings to First Team Real Estate a highly strategic skill set in addition to a proven track record for success. Most recently, he served for four years as Chief Financial Officer at Stearns

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Did you know you’re entered to win a $100 prize every time you vote in the Orange County Register’s BEST OF OC? Vote today and every day through June 3 you could be entered to win a $100 weekly prize. 

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Rock the vote, enter to win some cold hard cash and help us make it 6 years straight! It’s been our honor to be recognized as the Best Real Estate Company of the Year for the past five years, all thanks to you spreading the word about your great experiences with First Team Real Estate. 

What matters to us most is the feedback we get from our clients, friends, supporters and colleagues and the honor of your endorsement as the best in town. Our #1 priority is helping the people of Orange County, that’s why we take so much

The Hall of Fame Gala, the most anticipated night of the year for First Team Real Estate agents, took place on Friday, March 18, at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point.

An annual affair now in its 30th year running, the event—which celebrates the drive, commitment and accomplishments of our company’s top real estate experts—was attended by more than 600 people, including agents, staff and prominent members of the community.

“This awards program makes for one of the most memorable nights of the year for everyone at First Team,” said Lori Namazi, First Team’s Broker of Record and Vice President of Administrative Services. “All attendees—from agents who have been in the business for 30 years, to those just beginning to make a name for themselves in Southern