Westside Estate Agency is defined by the values and the vision of its two founders, Stephen Shapiro and Kurt Rappaport. In 1998, Stephen Shapiro and Kurt Rappaport were two of the most well-known, highly compensated realtors in Los Angeles. Still, they felt there had to be a better way to meet the very high expectations and individual needs of their high-net worth clientele.
It wasn’t long before the two began making plans for a different kind of brokerage. An agency committed to putting client service first, and doing the best for each client. In the words of Stephen Shapiro, “Negotiations conducted with intelligence and integrity result in what we call the ’triple win.’ Great results for the buyer, the seller, and WEA.”
Working hand-in-hand with their commitment to tailored service was the agency’s ground-breaking application of communications technology. WEA was the first to employ Blackberries, PCs linked by high-speed networks and the Internet to provide better service and immediate communication with our clients, and our clients’ financial advisors, attorneys, designers, architects, and contractors.
That year they opened Westside Estate Agency with a focus on the most expensive and prestigious homes and estates in the prime Westside areas of Los Angeles. Today, WEA has built a clientele without parallel, at the pinnacle of the business, financial and entertainment industries.
Stephen and Kurt have assembled a team of full-time real estate pros, known for expertise, experience, integrity and discretion. Each agent possesses an in-depth knowledge of the inventory and current market conditions; our clients turn to us for candid insights into current market value, the sales potential of properties and marketing strategies for our current and prospective clients.
Of course, WEA has retained its independence, in the face of widespread acquisition by a handful of impersonal agencies. Remaining independent means we answer to our clients, instead of a corporate headquarters thousands of miles away. It means we don’t need to worry about a conglomerate’s bottom-line; rather, we’re free to focus on getting the best and doing the best for each client.
In practical terms, this translates into efficiency and responsiveness. Making the most of every minute by showing just the homes, in just the neighborhoods, that meet our clients’ criteria. Quite frequently, we’re even able to offer new properties not yet on the market.
Finally, it means WEA’s agents have a direct conduit to the top. Unlike the non-owner operated, robo brokerages, our principals play a role in, and keep an eye on every WEA transaction. In sense, every WEA client is also a client of Stephen’s and Kurt’s. Which only make sense, as it’s with these two that the WEA story began.