Ben Lee gives a competitive advantage to his clients. Ben is an accomplished real estate broker with an exceptional track record and unparalleled knowledge of Los Angeles’ Westside property market. He is also a licensed attorney, which offers his clients an upper hand when it comes time to negotiating deals. A second generation Los Angeles native, Ben is a well known and liked member of the community, with all the connections you need to make the process of buying and selling your home as pleasant and worry free as possible.
It’s no wonder that Ben is the #8 Coldwell Banker agent worldwide (out of 84,800 agents). He is also ranked in the top 1% of all agents worldwide and works for the top producing office in the country. Who else is better suited to help you buy or sell your home?
Lilli is a second generation Los Angeles native and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Art History. Lilli spent over a decade writing and producing for national television shows beginning with Hard Copy, culminating with Extra and freelancing for a variety of reality shows in between. Since marrying Ben Lee in 2001 and becoming a mother to their three young boys beginning in 2004, Lilli has segued her television writing skills to writing all things real estate! Lilli will come to your home and create all the marketing materials necessary for a quick and successful sale. She also oversees the monthly newsletter that gets delivered to over 6000 residences as well as the bimonthly eBlast.
As the CEO of Strategic Growth Real Estate, Inc., the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, Investment, and Property Management firm he founded in Los Angeles in 2012, Michael Hananel brings nearly thirty years of entrepreneurial experience in business operations and real estate management to the table. A third-generation real estate investor and second-generation real estate broker, Michael has a lifetime of experience in the real estate industry, including the founding, in 2006, of WNY Metro Horizon in Buffalo, NY, a company he grew to over 600 apartment units under management before he sold the company for $36.0 Million in early 2015.
As a devoted student of the economy, money and monetary policy, in 2005 Michael foresaw the housing crash and anticipated a massive downturn in the housing market in Los Angeles and nationwide. He began selling all of his apartment building investments in Los Angeles, and encouraged his clients (whom he managed apartments buildings for) to do the same. He then began researching markets all around the United States to see if there would be a safer market to roll those funds into (for tax deferral purposes) that would withstand a nationwide housing downturn. Buffalo, NY fit his investment criteria perfectly so he opened an office there and began making investments there and bringing many of his LA clients into the Buffalo market with him. In 2005, when he began investing in Buffalo, it was ranked by Moody’s as the 72nd best real estate market of the 100 largest cities in America. When he sold in 2015 Kiplinger’s Finance Magazine ranked Buffalo as the #1 real estate market in the country (of the 100 largest cities in America) during the Great Recession from 2007 to 2014. Michael’s clients who invested with him in Buffalo made an average overall return of 312% (34% average annual return) during the Great Recession.
An avid environmentalist, Michael completed the largest implementation of Energy Reduction measures in Western New York history with assistance from New York State’s Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) converted 347 apartments to Energy-efficient Green Apartments which made him the largest provider of Green housing in Western New York. Michael was honored by the Mayor of Buffalo for his contributions to the environment and the community.
Prior to founding Metro Horizon and Strategic Growth, Michael formed and served as CEO of MW Real Estate Group, acted as Chief Operating Officer for Los Angeles-based Horizon Realty, and was Chief Operating Officer for Gloss.com, an e-commerce internet company in the prestige beauty industry, which he co-founded. He also co-founded and oversaw the financial and operations pieces of Xel, Inc.—the company that launched Michael Jordan Cologne, the most successful men’s fragrance launch in U.S. history.
With his strong background in operations, Michael also serves as CEO of Strategic Growth Consulting Services in Los Angeles, where he provides consulting services to growth-oriented companies, including off- and online marketing development, sales and finance strategies, improvement of operational efficiencies, and advising on human resources and organizational structure.
When he’s not growing companies, Michael can be found contributing to the community as a speaker for Heal the Bay, an environmental organization focused on protecting the Santa Monica Bay, a member of YPO/WPO (Young Presidents Organization/World Presidents Organization), The Willows Community School Real Estate Committee, Champion member of GoBundance, the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors, the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors, the Buffalo/Niagara Association of Realtors, and the Apartment Owners Association.
Michael is a devoted husband and father of two boys, and lives in Marina Del Rey, CA.
Ranked #8 of 84,800 Coldwell Banker Agents Worldwide
#1 Producing Office in the United States 1997-2014
In the Top 1% of Realtors Worldwide
“My wife and I have lived in the same house for 42 years, and we made a decision after quite some thought that we wanted to move. Ben’s name came up and it was almost ‘love at first sight’. He was just an unbelievable gentleman. Beyond that, they went out of their way, they couldn’t have been more helpful! It was like a family relationship, they were great. I’ve never met anyone in my life, beyond real estate, that has impressed me as much as the professionalism of the Ben Lee Team.”
“When I started looking for homes, I found a realtor online, but all the offers we put in were getting rejected… then I called Ben. He and his team worked intensively with me, showing me many homes until we found the one that was perfect for me, and now we are closing escrow so soon! Thanks to Ben and Elizabeth’s tenacity, we got it!”
“I worked directly with Ben and his team and was very impressed with Ben’s ability to represent both sides with his keen sense of what’s fair. He’s straightforward and efficient. Both the Seller and us, the Buyers, were so pleased and would highly recommend him. I think he’s a great guy.”
“As first time home buyers, we really appreciated Ben’s knowledge of the process and willingness to explain (often multiple times) at each step of the way. Ben’s relationships in Cheviot Hills, and goodwill generated to date, proved invaluable to getting our deal done.”
“Ben is the best realtor that I have worked with. We all have choices in picking people that we work with. As my father said to me when I was 20, people do business with people they like and it is also good to work with the best professionals, as they know what they are doing. Ben and all of his team really know their business and I can give them no higher recommendation.”
“Ben is the best realtor that I have worked with. He not only sold my home at the right price but he was also critical in helping me purchase my next home as well. Ben and his group made a difficult job seem easy. They did a brilliant job in the marketing of my custom 2-year old home with great ads and fantastic pictures on the web, and in the View section of the paper. We all have choices in picking people that we work with. As my father said to me when I was 20, people do business with people they like and it is also good to work with the best professionals, as they know what they are doing. Ben and all of his team really know their business and I can give them no higher recommendation.”
“We had Ben over and struck up a friendship immediately. He’s so professional, friendly, and knowledgeable, plus Elizabeth and Kelly were so helpful– we knew we had the best team to help us sell our house. This was the best experience we’ve had with any professional service. I would recommend Ben to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Ben and his team are amazing and we owe everything to you guys.”
“Ben’s the whole package – he’s super smart, he knows the market inside and out, and he’s a heck of a negotiator.”
“Buying my home was with Ben was such a great experience that I also asked Ben to sell my condo. He made it so easy; we had multiple offers and were in escrow after only 2 days. I’m a commercial real estate lawyer, but I found Ben’s experience as a real estate lawyer so valuable, it’s amazing to have someone on your side with that knowledge. When buying or selling real estate, you cannot do better than to go with Ben Lee Properties.”
“Ben and his team are consummate professionals that will find you that needle in the haystack, perfect home. Buying my home was with Ben was such a great experience. I’m a commercial real estate lawyer, but I found Ben’s experience as a real estate lawyer so valuable, it’s amazing to have someone on your side with that knowledge.”
“We found Ben and his team to be gracious, generous, kind and accommodating for our very busy schedules. They are smart and savvy in the work that they do. Also Ben and his team priced our house in a way that allowed us to have multiple all cash offers, which in this market where homes fall in and out of escrow all the time, allowed us to go through the process very quickly and easily. They have been a true pleasure to work with.”
“Ben really helped us to think through what we could afford and where we had opportunity to stretch and where we could add value to buy a home that we wanted. We have actually found our dream home because of Ben and it is not something we ever thought we could have done in our wildest dreams. It was Ben and the team that really helped us to figure out that we could get this home and anticipate to live there for the rest of our lives.”
“It’s really nice to work with someone that you trust because that’s something you really need when you are looking for a home, especially if you are a first time homebuyer! The Ben Lee Team has been really informative, really responsive and direct. Working with the Ben Lee team has exceeded our expectations, mainly in the kindness and care that we have received and just the positivity.”
“Ben’s the whole package. Let me put it this way: lock him up so he’s on your side…..not theirs!”
“Our experience working with Ben was nothing but positive. As first-time homebuyers, we had a lot to learn. Ben listened closely to our criteria and consistently adapted his search based on our feedback. He was proactive yet patient, aggressive yet easy-going. And he knew the marketplace inside and out. As a result, Ben found us the perfect condo in Santa Monica. Ben is a great realtor, but he’s also a great guy!”
“Ben and his team were highly dedicated to selling our home and making the transaction smooth and painless. His marketing efforts were stellar, he is a true expert in Cheviot Hills and surrounding areas, and his legal background is a huge bonus navigating the intricacies of a real estate transaction that may be over the head of the average agent. We had multiple offers and back-up offers after the first open and we closed quickly, I am convinced Ben’s ability to deal with all parties involved, from the buyers to the bank were instrumental in the success of the transaction.”
“Ben Lee is one of the premier real estate brokers in Los Angeles. He handled the sale of my house in expert fashion. He is a former attorney and a very skilled and firm negotiator. More importantly, he is decent, honest, and has excellent people skills. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking to either purchase or sell their property. He’s the best of the best.”