We offer our clients a distinctive combination of time-tested experience, first-rate service and a discerning eye for style and possibility. With 30 years combined residence in Hancock Park / Windsor Square, we have the home advantage.
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Mara Raphael Partner
Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2004, Mara’s singular hobby and obsession has been restoring historic Angeleno properties. Renowned for her virtually encyclopedic knowledge of homes in her beloved neighborhood of Hancock Park, Mara has a unique knack for seeing the ‘home’ in any house, at any price point, whether turnkey or fixer. She can advise sellers on how to expertly prepare a house for market and share from experience everything from the perfect paint color to her favorite landscapers.
Mara joins deasy penner podley following an Emmy-award winning career in the communications industry, serving as a senior producer and on-air talent in CNN’s Washington, New York and Los Angeles bureaus.
In her spare time, Mara has been active in the communities of each of her children’s schools, including the Marlborough School, Campbell Hall, St. James Episcopal School and 3rd Street School. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Phillips Academy (Andover) Southern California Alumni Association.
Mara and her husband John live in Hancock Park with their children Jack and Whitney, along with Gracie, their beloved (if misbehaved) Golden Retriever.
Michele Sanchez Partner
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Since 1997, Michele Sanchez has served the Los Angeles Area as a residential real estate agent representing sellers, buyers, investors, banks and developers between Pasadena and Santa Monica. She is renowned for her extensive market knowledge, deft negotiating skills, strategic acumen and track record of quick sales with multiple offers. Clients choose to work with Michele for her full service approach, high ethical standards, and personal and professional integrity.
Before joining deasy penner podley as a Partner in 2013, Michele spent 16 years as a Los Angeles-based agent with Sotheby’s International Realty, for whom she executed dozens of real estate transactions across all asset sizes and degrees of complexity.
Befitting a woman of endless energy, Michele is also an active volunteer and leader in her community. Whether spearheading a book drive program for foster children, managing fundraisers on behalf of Project Angel Food or volunteering at St. James Episcopal School, Michele is appreciated for her can-do attitude and dependability.
Michele lives in Hancock Park with her husband Mike, their daughter Lily, and a gaggle of adorable rescue dogs.
“Michele Sanchez guided us through both selling and buying a home in a tricky market during the holidays with grace and aplomb. Always accommodating and willing to go the extra mile without hesitation, Michele consistently exceeded our expectations of the entire process and our relationship with our agent. With her combination of consummate professionalism and intuitive personal kindness and consideration she transformed a typically stressful experience into one that was actually pleasant. In addition, Michele, was acutely attuned to our personal taste, needs and desires for our new home and aided us in finding a house in which we are very, very happy. We couldn’t be more pleased with Michele and are grateful for the gift of working with her for this important transition for our family.” ~ Amy & Neal Fraser
“Michele’s understanding of the market helped us to set a strategy that led to many offers within six days of listing our home. She then shepherded everyone through escrow to a smooth close, navigating the inevitable unexpected hurdles along the way. When we bought our new house (which had several bidders), she gave invaluable counsel on everything from offer strategy, to inspections, to finding vendors to beautify the home. Michele was focused on the entire scope of the buying and selling process. She does all of this with an upbeat, friendly approach, and genuine tact and thoughtfulness. She maximized our time and money and made us look good to the people with whom we did business. We would work with her again and recommend her to friends with confidence.” ~ Keith & Erika Quinn
“We are so grateful we had Michele Sanchez by our side while we were buying our first home! Michele helped us work through every decision, providing thoughtful advice and making sure we weren't rushed. She not only negotiated a great deal for us, but also helped us stay calm through the inspections process. Buying our first home was an intimidating prospect, but Michele’s extensive market knowledge, deal-making experience, and great sense of humor, gave us confidence and made the process enjoyable to boot!” ~ Kathryn & Michael Converse
“Michele, thank you again for all of your help. Words cannot express how much we appreciate your 200%+ on doing literally everything for us AND getting us a great price. You made our crazy last minute decision work smoothly, quickly, and perfectly!!! Thank god for you, you swooped in, quietly, and put all the pieces perfectly in place, and for that, we are forever thankful.” ~ Aimee & Mike Mitchell
“I can’t imagine anyone more capable and wonderful to guide us through the process of selling and buying a home than Michele Sanchez. She was patient, and helpful as we spent about a year on the hunt, and once we found the house of our dreams, guided us through the process of making an offer that would be accepted. As for selling our first home, she offered great advice on what to fix, and how to appeal to buyers. The day after our first (and only) open house, we had multiple over-asking offers, and Michele helped us choose the best buyer. She was always available for every inspection, appointment, and walk-through, and helped manage all of the details flawlessly. We felt like we were her top priority, and completely comfortable sharing our personal information. She was also brilliant working with our buyer’s and seller’s realtors, so I’m sure that was an asset, and partly responsible for our offer being the chosen one for our new home. We can’t thank you enough Michele!” ~ Claire Pettibone & Guy Toley
“Michele was so professional and conscientious about every detail in helping us sell our home. She was on top of every detail and absolutely a pleasure to work with.” ~ Anna & Gavin Milner
“We want to thank Michele Sanchez for helping us buy and sell our homes. She made a stressful and high stakes process as smooth as it could be and having her in our corner was essential! We could not have done it without her.” ~ Christina Kim & Apurba Pathak
“We had been looking for our dream house for a while, due to the fact that my opinion kept changing. I will admit I probably was not the easiest buyer. Then one day Michele called and said, "I think I found it. You have to get over to 639 N. June Street". We headed over to the open house and boom! She was right on. We fell head over heels in love and put in an offer that day. Michele really listened to me through the process and knew exactly what would make my mind explode! Her intuition is great. Then came the actual buying process- the inspections, the appointments, all that crazy busy work that quite frankly, with our insane work schedules, my partner and I would have easily been overwhelmed. Michele stepped in like a superhero and took care of so many details. She basically held our hands through the entire process and explained every step. Buying a house can be super stressful and confusing! But with Michele by our side, we were guided the whole way. It's kind of like getting a realtor and a friend and a substitute mom all in one. I honestly don't think I would've stayed sane through the process without her.” ~ Allison Dunbar
“Michele was amazing. She was patient, knowledgable about the market and never pushed us to do something we weren't comfortable doing. We bought and sold a house in two months and it was as smooth a process that one could ever expect.” ~ Kyle Erickson
“Michele and I have known each other for over 11 years now. While I consider her one of my closest friends, we would not have asked her to help us if she'd not been the most dependable, professional person for the most important tasks: selling our home of over 11 years! We are beyond grateful that Michele’s years of experience and her quick wit has not only guided us through the most important, difficult and stressful time in our lives, but it was funny and joyful. This could have been a very different scenario as we are moving to a different state where we know almost no one! Needless to say, its been stressful! From the start, she was completely positive of the price (more than we ever imagined!) and she pretty much secured that sale price AND in less than a week! ONE WEEK from offer to acceptance...pretty awesome! After which, she kept this process moving forward with the stealth calmness that only someone with her expertise is capable. Clearly, The Jones family is 110% team Michele Sanchez.” ~ Karen and Kory Jones
“Michele is the consummate real estate professional. She was more than patient with us for our long house search, helped us navigate the nuances of a bidding strategy in this very hot market, and coached us in the final, extremely non-standard negotiations for the house we ended up buying (there were three months between signing contract and taking possession). Beyond that, she advised us on the upgrades and repairs that have the most impact in maximizing the sale value of the homes we were selling to buy the new home. And post-purchase, she expended her own energy and resources to bring the new home up to par, even ensuring that service technicians had access to our new property. Frankly, I think we’d still be looking for a home if we didn’t have Michele in our court. She approached us as a real member of our team- the captain, in fact! In addition to her delivering results of impeccable quality, she conducted every interaction with grace, a sense of humor, and a smile - not to be underestimated in these transactions. We can’t say enough about her skill, tenacity, and warmth. We are so grateful for Michele and her excellent service.” ~ Tara Roth & Craig German
“Michele was instrumental in getting our home sold. Her personal attention, professionalism and communication of what buyers will be looking for helped make the entire process seamless. After 10 days on the market we had several offers and sold over asking! I would recommend Michele to anyone in the Los Angeles area looking to sell their home!” ~ Trey and Kirsten Beffa