Mara Raphael
Mara Raphael Partner
CalDRE 02073819
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Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2004, Mara’s singular hobby and obsession has been restoring historic Angeleno properties.  Renowned for her virtually encyclopedic knowledge of homes in her beloved neighborhood of Hancock Park, Mara has a unique knack for seeing the ‘home’ in any house, at any price point, whether turnkey or fixer. She can advise sellers on how to expertly prepare a house for market and share from experience everything from the perfect paint color to her favorite landscapers.

Mara joins dpp real estate following an Emmy-award winning career in the communications industry, serving as a senior producer and on-air talent in CNN’s Washington, New York and Los Angeles bureaus.

In her spare time, Mara has been active in the communities of each of her children’s schools, including the Marlborough School, Campbell Hall, St. James Episcopal School and 3rd Street School. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Phillips Academy (Andover) Southern California Alumni Association.

Mara and her husband John live in Hancock Park with their children Jack and Whitney, along with Gracie, their beloved (if misbehaved) Golden Retriever.

Mutual Connections

Client Testimonials

“Mara and Michele are incredible to work with and their partnership offers such a breadth of expertise. Attentive, creative, positive and super effective, they found the perfect buyer for our house and sold it off-market in less than a day. Going above and beyond to support us through the emotional process of selling our first home, they eased the inevitable stress that comes with moving with constant encouragement and excellent insight. Truly, you will not find a better team!” ~ Megan & Jason Thomas
“Mara and Michele were great partners throughout the selling of our house process. They were incredibly attentive, knowledgeable, and personable. Working with them is like a boutique experience. They are very hands on, ready to help and offer great resources to prepare your house to show. They are very detail oriented and bring a positive energy and consistent support during the emotional process of selling a house. Thank you Mara and Michele!” ~ Alex and Eric Weinberger
“I have worked with Mara and Michele on a number of transactions and they have made each one an extremely smooth process. Having worked with a number of realtors with different levels of professionalism and skill I can say that Mara and Michele are a cut above the rest. I have realized the importance of partnering with people that have the depth of knowledge they possess. Experience matters in this business and they have a lot of it. I highly recommend Mara and Michele to anyone considering buying or selling a property” ~ Jack Gladden
“In Michele and Mara we've found highly strategic and knowledgable partners who go above and beyond to guide you through every step in the home selling and buying process. We have been through three transactions - two sales and a purchase - and the business and personal side of every one of them was handled beautifully. We gladly tell anyone who is considering selling or buying that Michele and Mara will help you maximize your assets while also reaching a deal where all parties are happy, all while maintaining a comforting presence by your side that lets you sleep well at night. They have a wealth of experience and are great listeners, which gives them the ability to advise the right choices for you at every step along the way. We cannot thank them enough for doing a great job, and doing it so gracefully.” ~ Keith & Erika Quinn
“We could not have hoped for a better experience than we had working with Mara and Michele on the recent purchase of our home. They went above and beyond in terms of navigating the entire process and were incredible at finding ways to get everything done even though we both had particularly crazy work schedules at the time when the purchase process took place. They were on top of all the details, worked great together as a team, and were always quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had. Moreover, we absolutely trusted their judgment and taste. After the transaction they have even helped us find gardeners and other folks to help us manage the new property. Although we hope to live in this house for many years we would absolutely work with them again and wholeheartedly recommend them.” ~ Andrew Paquin and Dana Settle
“Mara, From talking hopes and dreams to all of the inspections negotiations and docusigns -- you have been so patient and kind and knowledgeable and responsive and trustworthy and creative. We appreciate your time, commitment and brains so very much. Thank you for enduring our myriad of questions, anxieties, and calls/texts for help, guidance, referrals and connections. Please accept our advanced thank you for continued design visions!” ~ Melissa and Michael
“Michele and Mara guided us through both selling and buying a home in a tricky market during the holidays with grace and aplomb. Always accommodating and willing to go the extra mile without hesitation, Michele and Mara consistently exceeded our expectations of the entire process and our relationship with our agents. With their combination of consummate professionalism and intuitive personal kindness and consideration they transformed a typically stressful experience into one that was actually pleasant. In addition, they were acutely attuned to our personal taste, needs and desires for our new home and aided us in finding a house in which we are very, very happy. We couldn’t be more pleased with Michele and Mara and are grateful for the gift of working with them for this important transition for our family.” ~ Amy & Neal Fraser
“Michele and Mara were a dream team during the entire process of my home sale. From start to finish, they both served as advisors, friends, general contractors, problem solvers, and most importantly, decent and trustworthy professionals. In the beginning, when they recommended that I consider a higher-end (but economical) renovation, everything I read online and everything other people said steered me away from this. But they had a very good sense of what buyers expected in my neighborhood. Michele and Mara also walked me through the process of finding a good and honest contractor, as well as a top-notch interior designer. Partnering two disparate contractors was a huge challenge, but Michele and Mara took it head on and bore the brunt of all of the materials discussions, trade-offs, and in-person meetings that have to happen in order to convert a makeover into a success. As we approached project completion, Michele and Mara helped me understand the selling strategy when we were just about to hit the holidays. They commissioned the photo sessions, worked with the designer on staging, managed the inspection visits, and helped me navigate through the highly stressful final buyer negotiations. In the very first week of the listing, I had 4 offers in hand, including a backup that was even higher than the primary bid. The price I got for my place was more than $50K over asking, and it was 25% higher than what I had ever thought I'd get before the renovation. I can't say enough about the extreme talent, professionalism, and positivity from these two - I know there is no way I would have ever sold my property at anywhere close to this price without their leadership. Thank you.” ~ Craig German
“It was our first time purchasing a property and Michele and Mara were very helpful with every step of the process, including accommodating our very busy schedules. As first time buyers, we were very patient with our search, spending two years looking for the right place. Michele and Mara were understanding and helped us when we finally found the right property for us. Thanks for everything!” ~ Brennen Liang & Sophie Cui

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