FRAN FLANAGAN PROPERTIES AND PREVIEWS ESTATE DIRECTOR,
COLDWELL BANKER PREVIEWS INTERNATIONAL
Q: How did you get started in real estate?
A: I have been in real estate for 35+ years. I got my start when I moved from New York to Los Angeles in the 70s with my husband and we were looking to buy our first home. I realized I knew nothing about buying real estate so I decided to study it and got my license. I just loved it from day one. I remember houses, prices and when they last sold. I also happen to love people and their stories—I have never been bored in my job for one minute. For me, real estate is a great career to have been able to raise a family, set my own schedule and make a professional-level income.
Q: Why did you choose Pacific Palisades as your “farm?”
A: Because I call Pacific Palisades my home. I “opened” Pacific Palisades for the Jon Douglas Company and was determined to change the way that estates in Pacific Palisades were represented. So many of the high-end properties were represented by “out of area” agents who didn’t understand the Palisades. It’s a very specialized marketplace. I love that it’s taking its place among the most coveted communities of the Westside. One of my favorite things about the Palisades is its natural beauty. I also love how deliciously informal and small town it is and how connected it is as a community.
Q: Didn’t you retire?
A: I had been fortunate to spend ten years traveling with my husband; we had lived in Florence, studied Italian, and made amazing friends all over the world. Then, as the recession started to “lift” in 2010, Coldwell Banker Previews recruited me to expand its estate's presence in Pacific Palisades and I’ve never looked back.
Q: What has changed since you returned to real estate?
A: I think it’s a more strategic business. Client care has gotten so much better. Technology has made document preparation and transmission so much easier. Information is everywhere. I hate to say it, but Million Dollar Listing and Selling LA have turned the real estate deal into entertainment. It’s still a business of listening, remembering, and connecting the right person with the right property, with the highest level of competency and trust. More than ever—it’s who you know.
Q: Do you have any particular client transactions that you are the most proud of?
A: Discretion is everything and trust is paramount, so I can’t really call out one client transaction. My favorite ones are repeat clients who have bought or sold multiple residences with me. I love it when my clients refer me to their family members, their children, their neighbors, and colleagues. But everybody needs special care. I’ve represented some of the top people in Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Brentwood too.
Q: Besides real estate, are you involved in anything philanthropic?
A: I am a Trustee of the Foundation Board at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. I love their dedication to compassionate care and their commitment to community health. My husband and I share a love for theater so we serve on the Center Theatre Group Board for the Ahmanson, Mark Taper, and Kirk Douglas Theatres. I also serve on the Riviera HOA Board. We support the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade, the Women’s Club, and the Home & Garden Tour. It’s a pretty darned good life here!
CONTACT FRAN FLANAGAN PROPERTIES COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 15101 SUNSET BLVD, PACIFIC PALISADES, CA 90272 | 301 N CANON DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210 | 310.801.9805 | FAX 310.454.2248 FRANFLANAGAN.COM | [email protected] | BRE #: 00413825
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