#1 in Southern California for 16 years in a row, our proven expertise and the power of teamwork feed our drive for an ever greater agent and client experience.
First Team Real Estate was the fastest growing independent brokerage in 2018 and nothing can stop us in 2019. Starting out in 1976 as a young, scrappy, and hungry office in Huntington Beach with just 5 agents, our founder Cameron Merage has been disrupting the real estate industry since day one. His achievements in the fast-moving, competitive local market translated into a roadmap for success that he’s shared with each and every one of his agents.
Built on Merage’s principles or hard work, commitment, and innovation, First Team has pioneered a repertoire of proprietary, smart tools and strategies that give our company, our agents, and the clients we serve a clear edge over the competition time and time again.
Crushing the competition
Unlike the many new players in the real estate landscape that are publicly owned or backed by venture capitalists looking to earn a quick return on their investment, First Team has remained family owned – and most importantly – family operated. Not beholden to shareholders, instead we are beholden to our agents and their success, which is reflected in every business decision we make.
We understand that when our agents succeed, we all succeed. It’s why we’ve spent the last 43 years putting clients and the agents that serve them “First,” and Cameron Merage is intent on continuing that aim in every decision we make.
Off the charts growth
As a leader in the industry for over 40 years, it is our experience and continued positive growth that allows us to successfully welcome rising brokerage entities to our family. Creating job opportunities in local communities, but most importantly, providing our friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones with the support they need when buying and selling their home.
In 2018 alone we have brought on over 500 new associates and nearly a dozen new offices. And of course the most exciting part of bringing on a new office or team of professionals is training. Exploring and sharing the wealth of opportunities, resources, and strategies for new and veteran agents to leverage keeps our passion for the industry alive. That’s why we launched our Empower Network, free to agents in their first 3 years with the company, designed to immerse agents in the First Team culture, understand the Value Proposition, and embrace our team’s Core Values.
From the accredited First Team University, to RoadMap Coaching, CRM training, Luxury Trainings and a Legacy Network, we are committed to building a career of a lifetime for each and every one of our agents through the power of teamwork. Every year brings new partnerships, training programs, marketing strategies, and opportunities that we use to better position our agents in their careers.
In the lap of luxury
While our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate has given us the distinction of being #1 in total unit sales and #1 in unit sales in Orange County, it is our latest luxury tie with LuxuryRealEstate.com that is the our most exciting. Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, also known as LuxuryRealEstate.com, is the most visited luxury real estate website in the world, ranking number one in searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo. With an exclusive Board of Regents designation in Orange County, and brand affiliation throughout every area we cover from San Diego to Los Angeles, our global marketing exposure is boundless.
Since its debut in 1995, LuxuryRealEstate.com has remained the top portal for luxury properties on the internet and has more million-dollar homes for sale than any near-peer. The gains from this partnership were clear for our agents and the wealth of million-dollar clients that they serve, so we secured the very best.
The company we keep also includes Luxury Portfolio International, an invite-only network of top luxe brokers across the world. Representing more $1million+ listings than any other luxury network, our affiliation with Luxury Portfolio provides even more marketing opportunities and reach to the world’s most affluent homebuyers.
New Year, new opportunities
Just like everyone else, we are setting goals for 2019. On the agenda for First Team Real Estate is more growth across Southern California, expansion of digital marketing offerings providing lead generation, and a continued focus on making a difference in the communities we call home. What will 2019 have in store for you?