Strength in Numbers

The powerful women of Accardo Real Estate Associates exceed their clients’ expectations—and have fun doing it!

  • Category
    Advertorials, Homes
  • Written by
    Laura L. Watts
  • Photographed by
    Meredith Gradishar, Zoom Theory Photography

  • Above L to R
    Jacqueline Enriquez, Samantha Littrell, Penny Wales, Marina Accardo, Carly Potter, Karina Castillo

Tony & Marina Accardo

What does a true team look like? According to Aristotle, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” When you work with the Accardo Real Estate Associates (AREA) team, you get great “parts”—each Realtor® is chosen carefully by the firm’s founder, Tony Accardo, and his wife and marketing expert, Marina. 

“Team culture is very important to us, and we celebrate our diversity because we believe it makes us stronger,” says Tony, who was recognized as Realtor of the Year for 2022 by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors. “We take the stress out of buying or selling a home, and we encourage our team to lean on one another’s experiences to get the deals done.”

“Who you work with matters,” Marina points out. “Our team is committed to being local experts.”

The National Association of Realtors reports that currently 65% of all Realtors are female, and the women of the AREA team are proud to represent the high standards of this industry. They each bring an entrepreneurial spirit, professionalism and expertise to their clients.

As president of AREA, Marina Accardo (@accardo_realestate) collaborates with Tony to deliver a truly comprehensive real estate experience to clients. She supports the team with personalized digital marketing strategies to maximize each seller’s home value. Marina has a keen eye for design, staging and remodeling and keeps clients informed with weekly real estate blogs. This mom of three is an advocate for supporting local community businesses.  

A South Bay resident since 2000, Penny Wales ( is a former retail and wholesale executive who honed her skills for negotiation over her 30-year career. Her strength as an agent is in her ability to draw out clients’ needs and goals. 

Carly Potter (@carlypotter_realestate) is a South Bay native who worked as a leasing consultant and real estate assistant before becoming a Realtor. She holds the distinction of making the highest neighborhood sale in San Pedro’s The Gardens. Carly volunteers with the children’s ministry at her church. 

For two decades, Jackie Enriquez (@1southbayladyinrealestate) has worked in both real estate and mortgage. She is a strong resource for her clients through the buying and selling process, including residential and investment properties, second homes and new construction. Jackie has three children and volunteers with the Peninsula Education Foundation and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors.

Before becoming a Realtor five years ago, Karina Castillo (@itskarinacastillo) worked in corporate America with a high-profile mutual fund company. She is familiar with neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County and the South Bay and speaks fluent Spanish.

Samantha Littrell ( was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, giving her keen insight into the Beach Cities as well as a network of connections throughout the area. She specializes in residential real estate and was named Rookie of the Year for representing a buyer on a $9 million oceanfront property purchase only a year after entering the business.

Two other women support the team in an administrative capacity: operations manager Amy Raabe and marketing and digital media manager Alexa Evans. Collaborating with these eight strong women are three men who bring their A-game to the AREA team—Tony, his brother John Accardo and Realtor Mike Naylor. 

“Our dynamic team has been hand-selected for their individual strengths to help complete the big picture,” says Marina.

The power of teamwork can immensely elevate the real estate experience. And that’s exactly what clients discover when they work with Accardo Real Estate Associates, which was included in RealTrend’s 2022 list of the top 1.49% real estate professionals nationally. Clients benefit from the team’s deep knowledge of the real estate industry; a powerful marketing strategy; an in-house design firm; exclusive fix-to-sell services; all-cash offers; and the technology of Compass. These advantages help clients sell their homes faster and at higher prices.

AREA’s team members are active in their community, passionate about helping others and invested in continuing their education to bring the very best to their clients. “Our goal is to impress clients every time,” shares Tony. “We aim high because we want to be our clients’ Realtors for life.”

Accardo Real Estate Associates

1820 S. Elena Ave., Suite H, Redondo Beach
310-855-3557  |  |  @accardo_realestate  |  DRE #01863340
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