The Kondo Group | Compass
L to R Above: Victoria Brown Paullin, Poul Erik Norgaard, Michelle Nishide, Lisa Martini, Meg Puccinelli, Tadashi Kondo, Mora Sepehrnia, Lorena Andrade, Shima Razipour, Aly Bassanelli Hill, Hanna Raine Carlson, Amanda Krampert
The Kondo Group is a team of real estate agents working under the umbrella of Compass. Started by Tadashi Kondo in 2014, The Kondo Group is comprised of 13 agents and staff members with more than 60 years of combined experience and a wide range of backgrounds and degrees. For the last few years, they have been included in the top California 100 teams with RealTrends, and they are part of the 2023 Real Estate All-Stars by Los Angeles Magazine.
What do you see as the biggest opportunities in the market this year?
After going through a hot market these past few years, we are now seeing a stabilization in the housing market. Though inventory is still tight—causing home prices to remain historically high—we are seeing a golden opportunity for buyers. There is now a greater chance for buyers to purchase homes in the neighborhoods they’ve been eyeing, negotiate the purchase price and ask for repairs.
What are your top tips for ensuring a successful deal?
Communication, communication, communication. Every transaction is different, and managing each escrow diligently is of utmost importance. Whether we are representing a seller or a buyer, we must set expectations from the get-go with our clients and the agent we are working with. We make sure our clients are aware of the market, risks and what to expect so they aren’t blindsided. At the end of the day, we are all working on the same goal: to get the home sold.
What gives you the edge?
Our headquarters are in Rancho Palos Verdes, where we are the biggest team in the area. With 13 agents and staff, we have better connections, better efficiency, in-depth guidance and more effective marketing campaigns than your average Realtor®. When a client works with one of our agents, they get the support of our whole team and administrative staff. We believe that more resources combined with unparalleled service equals a better real estate experience.
Is staging a home worth the cost?
Staging a home is 100% worth it in certain scenarios. But keep in mind, it doesn’t work for every home. Staged homes are easier for buyers to visualize the space and layout of a particular room. According to the National Association of Realtors, 95% of staged homes sell at or above list price. They stand out from the crowd, which is key if a seller needs to sell quickly. Getting a home ready to sell is stressful, but we’re here to guide you through the entire home-preparation process!