Dennis Chernov 

  • CEO/Owner

    Chernov Team 

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    4061 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City

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    Men of the Valley

Dennis Chernov began his real estate journey when he owned a property loan business in the early 2000s—building a foundation in the transactional processes necessary to buy and sell property and developing a keen aptitude for qualifying potential buyers quickly. In 2009 he transitioned to working as a full-time real estate agent and since then has consistently ranked as a top-producing agent in Los Angeles County year after year. Now with nearly two decades of experience in the field, he has joined The Agency.

Why did you choose to go into this career field? 

I was working as a lender in the early 2000s. One of my clients wanted to purchase a property, and I helped him do so. After closing three deals with him, I quickly realized that I enjoyed this part of the real estate process and could see myself doing it full time.

What makes your team different from other teams?

The Chernov Team embodies integrity and vitality across all of our business operations. We hold ourselves personally accountable to the highest standard of performance, vigorously working together to achieve dynamic results and remaining equitable and ethical—even in the most difficult situations. We share a resolute passion for what we do and an unwavering drive to excel in every move we make. We spare no effort, make no excuses and leave no stone unturned in realizing optimal success for all our clients.

Describe your leadership style and how you lead others. 

I lead my team by example. I see every-thing from a salesperson’s perspective. I provide support and mentorship to all our agents and internal staff on a daily basis. In addition, our team holds weekly Motivational Monday Meetings in which we discuss the current market, new marketing strategies and business growth opportunities.

How do you encourage honest, open employee dialogue?

I aim to create a collaborative environment; I have an open-door policy and continuously encourage all employees to bring new ideas to the table. There must be open communication in the team for trust to develop. If our employees can’t speak openly, the integrity of the team will be lost. We all are working together toward a common goal; brainstorming and collaboration are essential for success.

What is the #1 thing you do to ensure your business is successful? 

Deliver consistent, transparent and timely communication to our clients. I pride myself on my attention to my clients. Our team does a large volume of business, but I provide a boutique level of service. I aim to make sure every single one of my clients knows that they are my priority. With this core value, I have earned the loyalty and trust of both home-sellers and home-buyers, many of whom have become lifelong clients and, most importantly, valued friends.

What is the best advice you’ve heard?

The best advice I’ve heard is the same advice I give my kids: Stay humble, work hard and don’t lose sight of what’s truly important. 

What role does your family play in your career? 

My family is my biggest motivation. My wife, Yana Chernov, is my business partner and the head of operations and marketing in our company. Yana has been deeply involved in the business since its inception, and the Chernov Team wouldn’t be where it is today without her. We both work hard to instill the same ethics in our two boys and set a great example for them.

How do you balance work and play?

I make it a priority to spend quality time with my wife, kids, family and friends. Whether it’s going on a date night with my wife, watching my boys play basketball or going on a family vacation, I believe a good work-life balance is important if you want to live a happy and fulfilling life. 

Tell us about a few of your passions. 

My main passion is being a good father to my two boys by being present in their lives. We share a passion for basketball and living an active lifestyle, so I spend most days supporting them through their basketball activities. I also enjoy exercising by going to the gym and exploring the Valley’s plethora of hikes.

How do you find time to fit it all in?

Thankfully I have a great team and support system—both at work and home—to help keep me organized. All my appointments, showings and personal events are input into my calendar, which helps keep my days in order. It also helps to create a strict daily routine and stick to it. Although every day looks different in this business, I know what my day will look like each morning. 

Tell us your favorite quote. 

“You can’t conquer your goals if you can’t conquer your mind.”

How do you make the Valley a better place? 

I’m a volunteer coach on my boys’ youth basketball team. I support local businesses and charities, and I encourage homeownership in the Valley.