By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Global real estate brokerage The Agency recently opened a new office in Pacific Palisades that will be led by industry professionals Santiago Arana and Marco Rufo.
“The Pacific Palisades is a robust and dynamic market, and we are delighted to further serve the community with the addition of a new office in this very special destination,” Mauricio Umansky, CEO and founder of The Agency, said in a statement. “Santiago Arana and Marco Rufo will provide expert leadership to our growing agent community as we further build our team in the Palisades and continue to represent preeminent real estate offerings, including One Coast Pacific Palisades.”
The office, located at 1017 Swarthmore Ave., officially opened Saturday, July 18, and is the second for the firm in the Palisades. Its first Palisades office, located at 860 Via De La Paz, opened in 2017.
The space features a new concept office design to welcome more members of the community.
“Having a deep understanding of the area and this very special location, we wanted to create a new design concept for our office that embraces the community and is welcoming to all,” Rufo said. “We envision our new office as a central hub for real estate within the Palisades, and a place where families and children can stop in and enjoy some sweet treats at our complimentary candy wall.”
Arana, a Palisadian, said he and Rufo have long served the Palisades for their real estate needs and are excited to broaden the team.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of the growth of the Palisades,” Arana said.
Arana currently serves as principal of The Agency. Specializing in high-end residential real estate, Arana has been celebrated as this year’s number one real estate agent in Brentwood by The Thousand, fourth in California by America’s Best and 16th in the United States by The Thousand. He has closed over $3.5 billion in real estate.
Rufo, another leading real estate professional in California, has achieved $1.5 billion in sales over the course of his 25-year career in luxury real estate.
He holds prestigious designations and certifications from both the National Association of Realtors and the California Association of Realtors, according to a press release.
The Agency has increasingly expanded in 2021 with the launch of new franchise and corporate office locations, including Connecticut, New York, Canada and Studio City in Los Angeles. The Agency also has offices in Mexico and the Caribbean.
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