Spitz | Cameron Group
L to R above:
Realtors® Andrew Spitz, Harriet Cameron, Fran Chavez
For more than 25 years the award- winning team of Andrew Spitz, Harriet Cameron and Fran Chavez, known as the Spitz | Cameron Group, has represented luxury residential properties along the Ventura Boulevard corridor and beyond. They are certified Luxury Collection Specialists and repeatedly earn Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Chairman’s Circle Diamond award and Legend award—placing them in the firm’s Top 100 (out of 55,000+ BHHS agents worldwide). In 2019 the Spitz | Cameron Group was again named one of America’s Best Real Estate Teams by Real Trends, ranking in the top ½ of 1% of more than 1.4 million licensed real estate agents in the United States.
How do you help your clients save money?
“By caring more about our relationship with them than making a sale. We always talk to buyers about the exit on every purchase, ensuring the property is an investment that will always grow. We help sellers determine if money needs to be spent getting their homes ready to market—and if so, what the best return on their investment will be. With Harriet’s eye for design, she is able to create a masterful room for very little expense.”
Is the California real estate boom over?
“The long and short answer is ‘no.’ Statistics reveal that the luxury market remains solid, prices remain stable and the median length of time—as well as the selling price to the list price ratios—remain consistent. The most lucrative real estate niches largely depend on market trends and shifting buying interests, but there are always long-term moneymakers.”
How do you earn your clients’ trust?
“Selling or buying one home is not the intent of this group. We cultivate relationships with our clients, which is why we have such a strong referral base. We offer integrity and strong customer service skills that go beyond helping clients buy and sell homes. Keeping in touch with past clients and nurturing possible clients for one, two, five years and beyond is not unheard of for this group.
Our vast experience and knowledge of the inventory are unmatched assets for our clients. Exemplary service and direct communication are part of every step of the sale process. We offer a critical, analytical approach to help buyers and sellers understand the realities of the current market and set expectations to ensure their goals are achieved.”
Share a bit about your job. What does it entail?
“We create innovative and aggressive marketing campaigns for our clients while tailoring strategies to each listing to maximize exposure for every property. Backed by a dedicated team of five licensed real estate agents who do no selling allows us to do what we do best including: pricing, negotiating and networking with business managers, attorneys, builders, vendors and other Realtors—providing connections for our clients they normally would not have.”
What makes you a Valley expert?
“Loving where we work and living in the neighborhood. Andrew was born, raised and schooled in Encino; this gives him the ability to remember the history of homes, owners and remodels on any given block. Previewing properties every Tuesday and Friday along the Ventura Boulevard corridor while checking the city and Valley MLS numerous times daily for new and reduced properties allows us to search for our buyers while checking competition for our sellers.”
What have been the biggest changes you’ve seen in the Valley market over the years?
“There has been increased emphasis on building real estate that is eco-sensitive, providing environments that offer well-being natural elements and healthy amenities with calm spaces for meditation and yoga. We’ve seen a shift to living holistically with a less-is-more attitude and more multifunctional spaces.”
What’s your favorite way to find zen when you need it?
“In addition to meditation, Andrew works out six days a week, trying to include yoga classes, while his once-a-year vacation always includes scuba diving. Harriet is an avid hiker and enjoys snow skiing. Fran is an incredible golfer and tennis player.”
How do you assist those less fortunate?
“We are active supporters of several charities near and dear to our hearts including the American Cancer Society and the ASPCA. We have been sponsors of Lanai Road Elementary School’s booster club for more than 15 years. Additionally, a portion of every single transaction that closes includes a donation from each of us to our company’s charitable foundation, which provides support to 100+ Los Angeles nonprofits creating a positive change within our community.”
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