By Playa Vista MAGAZINE Staff
Michelle Martino is a superstar. In her first career in the creative arts, she amassed numerous awards for her work as a writer, radio and TV commercial producer and as a creative director.
As a testament to Martino’s status, Jay Chiat of the renown TBWA\Chiat\Day advertising agency personally held a seat for her as creative director whenever she wanted it.
When the financial crisis hit, she parlayed her creative talents, strategic thinking and super smarts into real estate.
Long inspired by her family’s legacy — where their custom homes were built from dirt lots and a commitment to extraordinary standards, to her two sisters who are stars themselves at The Agency in Beverly Hills and Sotheby’s in Montecito — Martino jumped in.
Martino was on fire from the time she landed her first client. Even though she switched careers just as the market crashed, she relied on her innate ability to outthink, outservice and outperform for every single client, regardless if they were looking to purchase, sell or lease.
The results have been remarkable.
She was quickly recognized as one of the California Association of Realtors’ top 15 agents — topping 275,000 others.
Her skills at negotiation are surpassed only by her notoriety at achieving near 100% buyer success, the first time out.
That’s including the ultracompetitive world of multiple offers.
Now, she works as the executive director of luxury homes at KW Advisors in the Marina. The key to Martino’s success is her genuine honesty, strategic thinking and sheer tenacity to make every deal a spectacular success.
As her sales grew, so did her reputation for knowing the markets, the neighborhoods and the most effective way to negotiate a deal.
Martino, who graduated with four majors from Loyola Marymount University and was invited to become a Mensa member, has elevated client care to an elite status by offering her clients staging, concierge estate services and chauffeured neighborhood tours.
Her success is an amalgamation of her family’s rich traditions and ingrained values. And yet, even growing up in Beverly Hills didn’t affect her down-to-earth style and graceful approach that captivates all who meet her.
It’s that easy approach that clients and peers find so refreshing and memorable.
Martino says, “Regardless of the size of your home or the price, I strive to consistently deliver beyond your dreams. Which means making everyone in the deal feel listened to, important and understood.
“In the end, my passion for real estate drives me to do my best for my clients, while also remembering to be gracious, tenacious and absolutely unforgettable.”
KW Advisors – Silicon Beach/Marina del Rey