L.A. REAL ESTATE ADVISORY

LAUREN & ALLEN BLANKENSHIP | REALTORS®

  Proudly representing the #1 Coldwell Banker office in North America

Proudly representing the #1 Coldwell Banker office in North America

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We help our wonderful clients find their dream home, get top dollar when they need to sell, and manage portfolios of investment properties. Lauren's ties to this amazing city date back to grade school at Warner Elementary in Westwood, and we still live within walking distance.

We bring energy, expertise, and discretion to every assignment. Our passion is paired with professionalism to deliver outstanding results and the ultimate client experience. We view our role as that of a trusted advisor and fiduciary, counseling our clients as we would family or friends while building enduring relationships. Our recent experience spans sales, leasing, and advisory for luxury homes & condos, SFR rentals, fix & flip projects, new developments, and small multifamily properties.

Partners in business and life for 20 years, we share a love of entrepreneurship, service, real estate, and architecture. Trained by top graduate schools and global investment firms, we have served as agents, advisors, investors, or principals to property and securities transactions exceeding $300 million in aggregate value.

We'd love to meet or talk by phone to learn more about how we can help with any real estate needs. Call or text us - evenings and weekends included - for a free consultation. 

LAUREN & ALLEN BLANKENSHIP | (323) 682-0371

TESTIMONIALS

INVESTMENT SERVICES

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MULTIFAMILY & SFR ADVISORY

We specialize in luxury rental homes and 2 to 15-unit apartment properties for income and long-term appreciation. We provide extensive sourcing and due diligence support, starting with institutional-quality projections of income, cash flow, and ROI.

We combine these projections with comparable sales analysis, careful physical inspections, and complete transactional support to help our clients make informed decisions, win competitive deals, and enjoy the process. 

For Single Family Rentals (SFRs), please visit our dedicated portal at sfrinvest.com.

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VALUE-ADDED STRATEGIES

Given the average age of L.A.'s rental stock, we frequently see opportunities for the acquisition of apartment properties that require updating and renovation of interiors, exteriors, and amenities to elevate the property and attain full market rents.  

While L.A. rent control presents certain challenges, acquiring properties with vacant units presents new owners with the ability to enhance their upside through actions within their control, improving property conditions and management to drive outsized increases in revenue and value. 

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DEVELOPMENT

We work closely with emerging and experienced developers to catalyze opportunities for the ground-up construction or redevelopment of luxury homes and condominiums. 

From the on- and off-market sourcing of properties to the analysis of each opportunity, we approach every project through the eyes of a developer. Our consistent activities provide our clients with highly-vetted deal flow that offers realistic budgets, timelines, and resale projections. 

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BUYERS & SELLERS

With the scarcity of inventory in today's L.A. market and the always changing dynamics of the different submarkets, you need a great agent and partner now more than ever. 

SERVING BUYERS

With a deep respect for your time and busy schedule, we work hard on your home search so you don't have to. We search on and off-market, personally preview properties before suggesting tours, and provide complete negotiation and transactional support. 

SERVING SELLERS

We help our clients get top dollar when it comes time to sell their home. Leveraging decades of marketing and sales expertise, deep market knowledge, and the resources of the #1 Coldwell Banker office nationwide, we work tirelessly to set the stage, produce the best marketing materials, engage in the broadest outreach, and manage an efficient and successful process.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  1240 N. Doheny Dr. | Sunset Strip | $147,000 Annually | August 2018

1240 N. Doheny Dr. | Sunset Strip | $147,000 Annually | August 2018

  6308 Quebec Drive | Hollywood Hills East | $1,400,000 | April 2018

6308 Quebec Drive | Hollywood Hills East | $1,400,000 | April 2018

  10334 Ilona Avenue | Century Glen | $1,650,000 | April 2018

10334 Ilona Avenue | Century Glen | $1,650,000 | April 2018

  4180 Morro Drive | Woodland Hills | Vacant Lot | $115,000 | March 2018

4180 Morro Drive | Woodland Hills | Vacant Lot | $115,000 | March 2018

  2160 Century Park East, #407 | Century City | $665,000 | Jan. 2018

2160 Century Park East, #407 | Century City | $665,000 | Jan. 2018

  4180 Duquesne Ave | 4-Unit Condo Development | Culver City | $1,850,000 | Feburary 2018

4180 Duquesne Ave | 4-Unit Condo Development | Culver City | $1,850,000 | Feburary 2018

  1064 S. Hayworth Ave. | Carthay Square Duplex | $1,631,000 | Oct. 2017

1064 S. Hayworth Ave. | Carthay Square Duplex | $1,631,000 | Oct. 2017

  8180 Manitoba St. #150 | Playa del Rey | $686,800 | Dec. 2017

8180 Manitoba St. #150 | Playa del Rey | $686,800 | Dec. 2017

  2945 Midvale Ave. | Mar Vista | Sold for $1,010,000 | June 2017

2945 Midvale Ave. | Mar Vista | Sold for $1,010,000 | June 2017

  4854 Brewster Dr. | Tarzana | Leased for $72,000 Annually | July 2017

4854 Brewster Dr. | Tarzana | Leased for $72,000 Annually | July 2017

  1066 S. Hayworth Ave. | Carthay Square |  Leased for $54,000 Annually | Dec. 2017

1066 S. Hayworth Ave. | Carthay Square |  Leased for $54,000 Annually | Dec. 2017

TEAM

 

Allen BlANKENSHIP, JR. - cALRE# 02011050

Allen has over 20 years of advisory, brokerage and investment banking experience spanning the real estate and corporate securities markets. He has helped property developers, commercial sponsors, emerging growth companies, and private funds raise hundreds of millions in critical capital from institutional and high net worth investors.     

A design and architecture wonk of the highest order, Allen left the stability of institutional real estate for the creativity and freedom offered by private practice with Coldwell Banker. His notable prior commercial real estate experience includes sourcing $16 million in joint venture equity for the development of a $56 million mixed-use project in Silicon Valley, and $20 million in LP fund equity for the acquisition of value-add multifamily and office properties.

Prior to real estate brokerage, Allen held senior capital markets advisory, institutional trading, and investment banking positions with Realty Mogul, Ascendiant Capital Markets, Merriman Capital, and Bank of America Securities. He began his career with the Private Client Group of Solomon Smith Barney in New York and has completed advanced coursework in real estate investment analysis at UCLA.

mobile: (323) 682-0371 | ab@blankenshipco.com

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lauren spertus blankenship, MBA - CALRE# 02011052

Excellence at the highest level has been the hallmark of Lauren's diverse experiences. From becoming Pacific Coast Champion and a nationally-ranked equestrian as a young adult, through graduate school where she was top-of-class in Negotiations, and onto notable success as an executive and entrepreneur, Lauren has built and managed teams, projects, and entire companies that have raised the bar on innovation while driving millions in revenue and profit.  

Following graduate school, Lauren was selected by Kathleen Brown (former California State Treasurer) to lead Bank of America's "Women's Banking Initiative", a multifacted program that measurably increased the bank's appeal and function to its female clients.     

Following Bank of America, Lauren held senior-level operations and marketing positions with Bebe, Stella & Dot, and United Business Media. Her passion and ties to Los Angeles date back to grade school in Westwood and her undergraduate studies Downtown. She holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Economics from USC (Fight On Trojans!). 

mobile: (310) 775-5854 | lauren@blankenshipco.com

Partners in business and life

Married for 18 years, Lauren and Allen have been almost inseparable since meeting in 1997. They have partnered on several prior ventures and are thrilled to be working together again in the exciting world of Los Angeles real estate.

In 1999, they left their respective corporate jobs to co-found Rouze Media, an early online publisher of lifestyle content. In under a year, they led the firm from concept to acquisition by Playboy Enterprises in a well-publicized transaction.

In 2001, the pair launched Bodyhints, a multi-channel retailer of designer bodywear, swimwear, and loungewear with a 3,500 SF flagship store on West Broadway in SoHo (NYC) and an e-commerce website. Featured in Interior Design Magazine and twice named as “Best of New York” by New York Magazine, the store was frequented by celebrities, stylists, and the fashion press. Despite opening just one month after and one mile from the 9/11 tragedy, the store achieved annual revenue exceeding $1.5 million and was acquired by a multi-store operator in 2005.

Besides their entrepreneurial ventures, the couple has successfully invested in two adaptive reuse projects, in both cases the conversion of former industrial warehouses into loft condominiums.

Away from work, they are avid hikers, brunch aficionados, recreational golfers, and tournament poker players. They live in the Century Glen area and absolutely love introducing people to that wonderful corner of West L.A.