Haute Agents: Linda May

Consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of Coldwell Banker’s realtors internationally, Linda May is one of Los Angeles’ most dedicated and successful real estate brokers. With an outstanding reputation representing the top echelon of the city’s business leaders and a special interest and expertise in marketing properties of architectural significance, she has been the deal-maker for hundreds of satisfied buyers and sellers in hundreds of successful real estate transactions during her 28 years in business.Linda first established her name in West Los Angeles’ highly competitive real estate market with her own thriving “boutique” firm, Caverhill and May (1982-1990), where in 1990 she recorded a previously unheard of double-digit dollar home sale-the landmark estate , Quest End, which sold to rock star Bruce Springsteen for a record-breaking $13.7 million. In 1991, while at Fred Sands Realtors (1990-1995), she was the first real estate broker to brake the corporate mold and began the personal “branding ” trend among real estate professionals, with Linda May Properties. Now with Coldwell Banker International Previews, Linda May Properties is an independent marketing division backed by Coldwell Banker’s managerial and legal expertise. To serve her clients’ needs, Linda is also assisted by her own professional support [team] (link to Linda May & Team).

Buyers and sellers who have worked with Linda recognize that she is extremely knowledgeable in the “art of the deal”. Years of experience have developed her finely honed ability to focus on the desired outcome of a deal, which allows her clients to set strategic goals and maximize results. In addition, Linda May’s ability as a skilled negotiator is extremely helpful to buyers and sellers, not only for accomplishing a sale but for maintaining the delicate balance necessary to keep transactions in escrow and moving them on to close. For Linda, the art of deal-making also includes excellent client service and follow-through. The satisfaction buyers and sellers experience during the process of buying or selling a home with Linda May Properties brings many clients back for Linda’s expertise time and again. A large part of her clientele is repeat clients or referrals from previous clients who appreciate her professionalism and market savvy and the high level of confidence they have working with her. One repeat client calls Linda, simply, “a superstar”. Widely acknowledged as a trend-spotter, Linda possesses an in-depth understanding of the complex real estate world, which is invaluable to her clients. She shares her insights with them and others in her incisive quarterly newsletter, Linda May’s Real Talk (several recent editions follow). She also has commented on real estate trends for publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, and Beverly Hills 213 Magazine to name a few.

As passionate about art and music as she is about the world of real estate and design, Linda is a Charter Founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), a patron of the L.A. Opera, and a member of the L.A. County Museum of Art’s Modern and Contemporary Art Council. Within the local community she has served as a board member and recently Board Chair of Aviva Family and Child Services, a school and residential treatment center for at-risk teenage girls and serves 350 families each year with their Community Mental Health Services.

An ardent fan of Los Angeles ever since arriving from her native San Francisco 28 years ago, she is inspired as she witnesses the city’s invigorated pace of growth and expansion. In Los Angeles, new neighborhoods are being created and others are expanding and resonating with growth-the result, explains Linda, of elements more significant than simple population increase.

“First, there’s a significant upswing in the number of people migrating from the East Coast and Florida like we’ve not seen since the Seventies. Secondly, there’s a huge increase in the number of younger professionals coming here. Both are drawn by our tremendous economic expansion, which is being fueled by economic growth in China and Southeast Asia, with L.A. serving as the gateway.

“What I see now is a city that is so vibrant and exciting,” Linda adds. “Los Angeles has become a cultural destination that offers a casual lifestyle and a thriving business climate. People are coming here from everywhere because it’s stimulating, interesting and there’s tremendous opportunity. The entire city is alive! There’s an excitement and enthusiasm that envelops all that one does, and I’m loving being a part of it.”