A name that is synonymous with Santa Monica real estate, Pence Hathorn Silver (PHS) is accredited as the #1 team in Santa Monica. With more than three decades of unparalleled experience, service, and market knowledge, the team is consistently ranked both nationally and in California among the top real estate professionals. PHS is led by Charles Pence, John Hathorn, Loraine Silver, and Brett Silver, all of whom are founding partners of Partners Trust's flagship office on Montana Avenue.
Pence Hathorn Silver offers a 'Gold Standard' approach to serving clientele and unmatched intimate knowledge of Westside neighborhoods, an ethos mirrored by Partners Trust's industry-leading brokerage model, ultimately bringing the two powerhouses together in 2010. Since then, PHS has grown to a team of 13 associates and, beyond their Santa Monica presence, has been instrumental in Partners Trust's expansion to 240 associates and seven offices across Los Angeles—as well as one in Shanghai. In addition to being a market leader, Pence Hathorn Silver is constantly at the forefront of real estate trends and new technology. From representing Santa Monica’s first LEED homes—which subsequently lead the charge of replacing the wasteful ‘flyer box’ in favor of adopting greener marketing practices—to employing demographically-targeted digital advertising— to producing their own quarterly magazine, “Santa Monica DIRT,” their hyper-local approach and innovative global reach continue to make them the trusted voice and authority for home sales North of Montana.
Pence Hathorn Silver is deeply rooted in the Westside, having served the community for nearly forty years. Their presence on Montana Avenue has enabled them to remain extremely accessible for clients and serve as a neighborhood resource. As current or former residents of Santa Monica, all four founders are acutely aware of the community’s day-to-day nuances and are personally invested in them—their home and business are one in the same. Furthermore, Pence Hathorn Silver shows their active involvement in the community by participating in a host of charitable events and initiatives. They are long-time supporters of the Santa Monica Schools, in addition to the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, Boys and Girls Club and the Education Foundation.
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Well it only took us six years to buy our first house. Thanks for your patience. The second one went a little faster, even though we had to contend with multiple buyers. Thanks again for your quick reaction to the counteroffer. We were not only the successful bidder, but at a much lower price than the other offer being written.
- Bonnie Hunt
Charles is the best. He has all the insider information on Santa Monica Real estate. He knows what is available and also knows what is going to be available. He is great and finding deals and assessing property values.
Your knowledge of the marketplace, your follow-through and your professionalism are the very reasons we've used you several times now. We wouldn't think of buying or selling with anyone else.
- Steve & Marcy Morris
John and his team laid out a pricing and marketing plan that we understood and proved to be effective. Everything came together according to the plan and schedule he created and we were sold and closed in less than 30 days.
- Charles and Angie Farrell
I was really nervous because I had already found my dream home, but I could only get it by selling my current home FAST. Our closest comp had been on the market with no movement for 45 days, so the prospects looked grim. John worked his magic (which was a combination of knowing the neighborhood like the back of his hand, a great marketing plan, and knowing what we needed to get the place ready to get top dollar) and we had it sold in three weeks. I'm writing this from my new dream home.
- Jeannie Roshar
We were fortunate to have John represent us in the purchase of our home in Malibu. He was there for us every step of the way and patiently guided us through the tangled real estate world. We couldn't be happier with our home, the price we negotiated & ease of the whole process. We are very grateful to John & appreciate all his hard work.
- Marcia and Merlin Clarke
Moving can be very stressful but I appreciate the support from John Hathorn and his team during the entire process of selling my home. He gave me great advice to prepare my home for the market and referred various trades people that helped me stage the property for success. John truly went above and beyond the call of duty. I will refer him to all my friends, family and acquaintances without hesitation.
- Georgette Sussman
John Hathorn just sold our house in Santa Monica. He made the process easy. I would highly recommend him and his entire team!
- Amanda Daniels Lebowitz
After working with John Hathorn it is no surprise that he is one of the top agents in Santa Monica. My home was on the market for only 3 DAYS before I got a full priced offer. From listing to closing, I received great service making the escrow period seem effortless. The staff is well equipped and can handle any last minute changes, needs or questions. John’s familiarity of the neighborhood and expertise with high end clientele provided both me and the buyer with outstanding results!
- Tracey Andrews
Thanks to John I was able to get my house sold while being on the other side of the country for most of the transaction. He is a great negotiator, strategic marketer, and savvy business professional. I am very pleased with the service and results that John Hathorn and his company was able to deliver.
- Jeff Sussman
I appreciate your personal availability to answer my questions, and your personal involvement in resolving a number of issues as they came up. You could always be reached easily, you handled all the details and you were responsive and detail-oriented. I was very impressed with you. Dealing with you has been a pleasure and I would strongly recommend any one selling a home or property in this area to list it with you.
- Tom Hicks
Brett is like no other. He sold my home in Hancock Park with the utmost attention to detail and was incredibly professional. I could not have asked for a better experience. If you are looking to get business done in an honest manner, look no further. He set a goal and achieved it. A+++
- Mid Wilshire, Los Angeles
From the moment I met Brett, I knew I was in good hands. He made selling my condo a very positive experience. The office staff is caring and extremely responsive.
- Carol Patton
Brett was all I could ask for in an agent. Listed and sold our condo in Santa Monica while providing us the most ease. He handled everything from start to finish and prevented and reduced any problems we might have had. He is very honest, straight forward, and does as promised and follows through. He is there when you need him, very reliable, and this is why I will pick Brett again.
I recently used Brett to sell my luxury condo. He far exceeded all of my expectations. Not only did he get me well above asking, but I found his honesty, professionalism and kind attitude to be very refreshing. He had expansive relationships and was able to bring my home to market with all of the right tools. The photos, open houses and advertising were nothing short of excellent. In a town riddled with mediocre agents, Brett is cream of the crop. I could not suggest him more strongly. Thanks Brett!
Brett was so very professional in his dealings with us. He had several buyers for us to consider within a week of the start of the listing. We followed his recommendation as to which buyer was the best one to consider was flawless. Our deal closed in 30 days and all went according to plan. We feel very confident in recommending Brett.
All I can say is WOW. Brett really made my first home buying experience a breeze. I had been relocated for work from the East Coast and was dreading the process of dealing with a Realtor who only wanted their commission and to move on. Brett really took the time to understand my needs and wants and worked hard at finding me the perfect property that checked all of the boxes. After a short three weeks we had found my dream home in Santa Monica. The closing process was extremely well organized and expedient thanks to Brett. I am now settled in my new home and could not be happier. Thank you, Brett!
- Lauren Dito
Brett looked after me like family, really. He pointed me to top inspectors for every concern I had and helped me get the price I had negotiated on the house reduced by 8.5%, which is unheard of. My banker actually called to say he had never seen such a reduction before. Brett told me which inspectors I should not let the seller use and why. He taught me so much about the process. Brett's a good guy and his involvement helped me get the perfect house for my family. It was a great experience after years of my working with other brokers and never finding the right house. I tell all my friends about Brett and they all come back to thank me.
After dealing with several different realtors in the region , only Brett Silver provided us the personalized service balance with a high level of professionalism that allowed us to find our dream home. He was available after work hours and on weekends. He showed us several options and we really felt that he learned our needs. We never felt rushed to make a decision and he guided us through then entire process from making an offer to closing the deal.
- J.S. MD
Coming from out of State, we knew we wanted to be near the beach but, we knew so little about the areas. Brett Silver, having grown up in the area, knew the right places to show us and made the process smooth and informative. Whenever we had a question or concern, Brett was available to answer and make suggestions. His knowledge of the LA market was invaluable to our search and we couldn't be happier with the end result. We even spent less $$ than we intended. We would recommend Brett Silver to anyone who asks, and already have.
- J. Scopp
Brett is a real professional. He has a strong background in finance, perfect knowledge of the area and of the process. In addition, his easy going attitude and smart negotiation skills make him amazing to work with. He sold my place in 2 weeks, all cash, over asking, while I was out of the country on vacation!!
- R. Camera
Loraine is extremely knowledgable and is very pleasant. She sold my sister's house in Santa Monica and helped me purchase a lot in Santa Monica. I recommend her highly!
Loraine is the best -- super experienced, deeply knowledgeable about Santa Monica & its environs, and great at getting you from offer (or listing) through close, despite the inevitable unexpected. I wouldn't use anybody else if I were buying or selling in Santa Monic.
- Ocean Park, Santa Monica
Lorraine has assisted my wife and me in the purchase of every property we have bought in Santa Monica. Her knowledge of the marketplace is unmatched. She is thoughtful and thorough-her attention to detail unmatched. I wouldn't think of buying a property here without her.
- North of Montana, Santa Monica
Loraine is an exceptional real estate professional. Her focus on detail, hard work and integrity resulted in 2 successful transactions for me. Loraine also has a team that support her with the many stages of a real estate transaction from start to finish. No matter the challenges along the way, Loraine is a problem solver and with Loraine's guidance and advice my concurrent home sale and purchase closed in a timely way. I highly recommend Loraine Silver and Pence Hathorn Silver.
I've know Loraine Silver for over 30 years, utilized her services several times. Most recently we just closed escrow two months ago. She has always been most professional in her demeanor and exceptionally knowledgeable of the real estate in her area, as well as the general goings on in the neighborhood and nearby businesses. She responds to calls or emails very quickly with easily understandable answers and great information. She and her team have helped me immensely through the offer and counter offer phases as well as the escrow with ease and efficiency as well as helpful suggestions. I think she is just a great realtor and a wonderful human being in every aspect.
Loraine and her team both sold my former home and negotiated the purchase of my new home. She is a delight to work with and I have the utmost confidence in recommending her to anyone looking for expertise and integrity in the purchase or sale of their home.
Shann is a fantastic real estate agent who knows the market very well. I listed my condo with Shann because she's honest, hardworking, and always available to answer my questions or concerns. Shann pays attention to every detail and she follows up on everything in a timely manner. I highly recommend Shann Silver!
- Michael J. West
Shann Silver is an absolute professional. Her knowledge of the market is superb. She believes in a marketing strategy that is second to none. She is also on top of every phone call, question, appointment and anything else that needs to be handled. She has a relationship with all parties involved such as escrow and title that makes things flow very easily. And that's just the professional side. Shann is also very personable, with a very likable and easy going attitude. Shann had our home sold in less than one week for over list price. I would highly recommend her for any real estate transaction. She is the absolute best. Thanks Shann!!
It was a real pleasure working with Shann. She made the whole process simple, transparent and smooth with her professionalism and integrity. Thank You Shann!
- Sunset Park, Santa Monica
Shann was very patient with my wife and I who were very specific with our needs and requirements for our house. She was quick to get back to us and respond to our request. I will be using her for my next sell and purchase.
- Garrett Nassi
Shann Silver is a very service-oriented professional. She provides a higher level of service than what I have received from other agents in the four other transactions I have done over the years. She found us a buyer before we even listed the home for a price in excess of what we intended to list it for. She was very helpful with the numerous details of the contract, escrow, and inspection. She did everything we asked with a smile. She returns all calls and emails promptly and cheerfully. She grew up in a respected West Side real estate family and is very knowledgeable on residential real estate transactions. She earned our complete trust. She is warm, friendly, and a pleasure to do business with.
- North of Montana, Santa Monica
Shann's professionalism and marketplace knowledge is extensive. She has been instrumental in readying the condo to put on the market with suggestions that will be tangible and others that have saved money. The proposal was thorough and impressive as well as her attention to area comps.
- Mid-City, Santa Monica
As a first time buyer, Shann was patient and extremely knowledgable. She was responsive and always returned my calls promptly. She was in constant contact with me on any new leads.
Shann is highly dedicated, extremely knowledgable and passionate about her job which are the most important qualities as a realtor. She listens to what the client wants and gives 200% to making sure they're satisfied. She prides herself on Paying close attention to the changes in real estate and presenting her clients with all opportunities that may be of interest. I commend her for always going the extra mile. I would refer her to anyone looking to buy a home.
With Shann and her team's support, we got our Ocean Beach bungalow listed, online and open for two Open Houses before entertaining six offers. She helped us select the best offer and close on time with a lease back within seven weeks of initial market listing. Thanks with Shann's support, we met our objectives and could focus on the next step of our lives.
- Pico District, Santa Monica
Shann helped us move to Santa Monica, CA from New York, NY and found us a perfect home. Initially we worked together remotely and Shann thoughtfully used our feedback and budget to craft home tours on our quick visits west. She expertly sifted through all the inventory to tour us on the best properties to fit our needs. We quickly found the perfect fit thanks to her hours of research. She was extremely responsive and an absolute pleasure to work with!
- Kelsey D. Johnson