Laguna Beach native, Tara Hotchkis has been a top producing real estate agent in Southern California since 2003, with recent sales of more than half a billion dollars in residential real estate.
Tara Hotchkis is the CEO and Founding Partner of the Compass Beverly Hills-based real estate team, LHspaces. In 2017, Hotchkis represented Major League Baseball Player, Ichiro Suzuki in the sale of his Downtown Los Angeles Art’s District Penthouse Loft, setting a new price per square foot record.
Tara is passionate about contemporary art and design. She supports several non-profit arts organizations including PS Arts & MOCA. CA DRE# 01377779
Brent is the Senior Partner and Team Leader for LHspaces | Compass. With over a decade of real estate experience, Brent has had the opportunity to collaborate with high-end building companies not only in sales, but also as a designer. Brent’s experience of running a successful team of five has established him as a hands-on agent who is caring, persistent, and knowledgeable about luxury real estate.
When it comes to Los Angeles, Brent is passionate about the city’s endless opportunities. “I love the history and endless possibilities in real estate here,” he says. CA DRE# 01846975
Sham Nooristani is a Senior Partner and the Vice President of Operations for LHspaces | Compass. Sham is the former Chief of Staff to the top real estate agent in the country, Ken DeLeon, completing hundreds of million dollars in transactions at every price point. She enjoys working with all types of clients, from first-time buyers to overseas clients and all-cash offers. Sham prides herself on referring more business than she accepts and treating clients with the highest level of respect. “People never forget how you treat them,” Sham says. “Be loving and gentle in all of your ways.” Outside of her real estate career, Sham loves meeting friends for juice or coffee, preferably in the outdoors. CA DRE# 01890524
Brian Griffin is a Senior Associate Partner with LHspaces | Compass. With more than a decade of experience in real estate, Brian has completed more than 150 transactions, representing over $100 million in business. Above everything, Brian prioritizes relationship building with his clients. “Open and honest communication is paramount,” Brian says. “If we do one deal, we will do more. I’m in it for the long haul. Being a part of most people’s largest life decisions and handling them with integrity keeps me coming back for more.”
Outside of real estate, Brian is very dedicated to giving back to the Los Angeles community. Six years ago, he founded Align LA, a network that connects volunteers with non-profits and community service opportunities. He serves on the board for Immerman’s Angels, a counseling organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer. An avid surfer, he also volunteers with Life Rolls On, which exposes wheelchair athletes to surfing. He is also a swimmer, runner and triathlete. Brian is a Bay Area native and he attended college at St. Mary’s in Los Angeles. He now lives in Venice. CA DRE# 01736172
Rachel Pretorius is an Associate Partner with LHspaces | Compass. With a successful career in the fashion industry spanning over 25 years, Rachel brings a wealth of design knowledge and expertise to the LHspaces Team.
When it comes to architecture, Rachel has always admired light and airy spaces that allow for a modern lifestyle. “One of my favorite parts of the real estate process is making the most out of every space through multi-use furniture and clever storage solutions,” she says. “Even something as simple as adding a Kelly Wearstler accent piece can completely transform a space.”
With her clients, Rachel deeply values honesty and transparency above all else. She is especially passionate about helping first-time owners wade through the home buying process. “I know what it’s like to buy a house for the first time and not know what to expect. I never want my clients to feel like they’re in the dark at any point in the buying or selling process.”
During her spare time, Rachel can be found volunteering with local ocean conservation programs, exercising at Equinox, or hiking through the scenery of Runyon Canyon with her family.
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Kevin Mitchell is an Associate Partner with LHspaces | Compass. Hailing from a family involved in real estate – both Kevin’s mother and step-mother practice real estate and property management – Kevin’s exposure to the industry led him into the path of real estate as his own career, having spent time around those whom he respects and admires. He prides himself on having a discerning analytical side which he says he gets from his Father who is a Civil Engineer and very much a humanitarian. Kevin’s family and experience in life have shaped his love of the human connection. Kevin especially loves the negotiation process, he calls it the “heart and soul of the buying and selling process”. Kevin’s service mindset is an invaluable asset that sets him apart as he negotiates his clients the best deal in regards to their needs. CA DRE# 02032260
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