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Meet the Team

Jesse Weinberg
CA DRE #01435805

For over 16 years, Jesse Weinberg has been widely recognized as one of Los Angeles’ top real estate agents, specializing in the coveted Westside neighborhoods now known as Silicon Beach. Consistently ranked as a top agent nationwide, Jesse was twice ranked as the #1 producing agent at North America’s largest brokerage prior to founding his own team and brokerage, Jesse Weinberg & Associates, which was recently ranked as a top-25 team in the Nation and the #1 team in Silicon Beach.

Having sold and leased over 2,000 properties in the last decade and participating in nearly $2 Billion in residential real estate transactions, Jesse has earned a position at the forefront of LA’s real estate scene. Jesse attributes his success to his relentless work ethic and prodigious understanding of the real estate market and the broader economic conditions which drive value in our local neighborhoods. His knowledge, passion, discretion and integrity have been the undercurrents of his real estate business since getting his start in 2004.

As a trusted advisor in all-things-real estate, from construction to home staging, color palettes and landscaping, Jesse has an innate sense of how to get a property ready for sale, maximizing a home’s ability to achieve the highest sales price possible.

Jesse’s enduring entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own indie brokerage in the heart of Silicon Beach which seeks to provide clients and agents with exceedingly high levels of service, tailored to their specific needs, without the restrictions of the traditional real estate process and cookie-cutter systems found at larger brokerages.

An avid cyclist, when Jesse is not in the office, he will most often be seen on his bike traversing the City while taking in all that L.A. has to offer and fueling his passion for design and architecture by visiting our city’s new developments and distinguished homes.

Blake Taylor
DRE # 01874577
  • Heavily immersed in the Westside residential real estate market since 2009
  • Has successfully completed over $200,000,000 in sales and over 500 leases

Energy, optimism, and the ability to get things done is how clients describe Blake. He offers an impressive combination of knowledge and proficiency, with a promise of honest representation that is both uplifting and highly effective in today's competitive real estate industry.

After attending UCLA on a volleyball scholarship and graduating with a major in Sociology and a minor in Geography, Blake obtained his real estate license to be a part of a family owned real estate investment team. He joined Jesse Weinberg & Associates five years ago. As the team's buyers' agent, he leads all property showings, scheduling, follow-up with sellers and marketing. He is diligent in his research and up to date on all of the latest industry technology so when showing buyers property, he goes the extra mile to give them as many options as he possibly can.

Stephanie Brooker
DRE# 02085389
Buying and selling properties in Southern California and Hawaii, Stephanie has been investing in real estate for a decade. Her passion for the process, and her desire to help clients learn from her personal experience, led her to make real estate her fulltime career. Stephanie takes pride in a client centered approach, valuing happy buyers and sellers above all else. Furthermore, she has a background in marketing and regulatory compliance which lends valuable perspective to her role as a listing agent. Stephanie considers herself a lifelong student and holds a juris doctorate from West Los Angeles School of Law, a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University, and has taken several masters level courses in clinical psychology. She’s always looking for new things to learn, and is constantly expanding her knowledge about home renovation, design, and real estate portfolio management. Stephanie proudly services all of Los Angeles, but is raising her family in beautiful Playa Del Rey.
Laurie Woolner
DRE# 01421544
Why use Laurie Woolner aka Tiny But Mighty? Laurie is known as "Tiny But Mighty" because she is small in stature but large in results. Not all agents are the same or do the same thing, that's why finding the right agent can make all the difference. That said, Laurie is an experienced full-time, top-producing, well-respected agent real estate professional. Laurie understands that for many clients this may be one of their biggest assets and will protect your interests at all times during the home buying or selling process, always putting her clients first. This means being accessible 24/7, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and always responding quickly to your needs. Whether you are selling or buying why not make it an extraordinary experience? Hard work pays off and you should expect nothing less! So, let’s get started today.
Gabriela Araujo
DRE# 01484334
In 2001 Gabriela began working as an escrow assistant in Marina Del Rey, which paved the way for her to become a Real Estate assistant to two top agents servicing the Luxury Real Estate markets of Brentwood, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. Being an assistant allowed her to learn every facet of the real estate transaction hands on which gave her the ability, confidence, and knowledge to start her own career mainly focused on buyers. With the relationships built throughout the years, her extensive knowledge, escrow background, and strong work ethic, Gabriela is great to have on your side advocating for you. She is devoted to giving her clients the best service, is responsive, a strong negotiator and most importantly walks her client through every step of the home buying and selling process. Being bilingual and a native Angeleno gives her the advantage of knowing Los Angeles very well and she can give you a good overview of each neighborhood, up and coming areas and "unknown" pockets the city has to offer. In addition to this, she is teamed up with Jesse Weinberg and Associates which is Silicon Beach's number one brokerage.
Maria Nikitina
CA DRE #01985330

Being born in Russia and moving to Los Angeles 8 years ago, Maria Nikitina knows how to adapt and thrive in an absolutely new environment. Maria’s hard work and dedication helped her graduate as the #1 student from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2014. She started her career in real estate right after graduating. Maria brings her extensive experience in real estate development as well as property management to the Jesse Weinberg team.

In addition, Maria’s core values are clear communication, punctuality, and attention to detail. These values together with the support from Jesse Weinberg’s team makes her an effective and qualified real estate professional.

Sandra Vazquez
CA DRE #01985425
With ten years’ experience in banking management and lending, and concurrent sales opportunities as well, Sandra is a disciplined people person who by nature and training gives her all for her clients. She has transferred her banker’s goal of working in the client’s best interest, to her real estate career doing the very same thing. For the past few years, she has been developing her own real estate projects as well and brings these experiences to her work. Being bilingual allows Sandra to expand her reach and makes it easier for her as a relationship builder. She is excited to be working in the upbeat and supportive culture at Jesse Weinberg and Associates, and looks forward to continuing to help clients buy and sell their properties, walking away with the knowledge that they were well-served.
Chris Jones
DRE# 01484334
Chris Jones is a Commercial Director with more than 15 years in the real estate industry. He has dedicated his career to both individuals and developers of Los Angeles County, assisting them in understanding market trends, developing areas, and awareness of neighborhood nuances. Chris is committed to the highest levels of customer transactions, leading his clients through initial contact, negotiations, planning, development, sales, contracts, and final closing with his recognized level of professional and personalized client service. As an LA County resident for more than 30 years, he has an extensive knowledge of the market including land deals and multi-family commercial values in the region. A great majority of Chris’ clients are repeat customers or referrals, demonstrating the legions of satisfied clients who continue to turn to Chris for their commercial and development undertakings. More recently, Chris has consistently topped commercial sales records and has closed over $100 million in transactional volume in the past 24 months. He is an experienced negotiator, development planning specialist, and regularly represents many local builders ranging from individuals to large developers in the real estate marketplace. With his extensive real estate sales experience and his affiliation with Weinberg Real Estate, Chris Jones continues a long residential and commercial career as a top performer where the benefits extend to the client’s he represents.
Janna Jones
DRE# 01747148
Janna Jones has specialized in real estate services throughout the Los Angeles county area for the past 17 years. Janna is proud to be a near lifelong resident of Los Angeles County, where she raises her family and is an active part in the community. Her experience and wide-ranging regional knowledge in residential real estate from the eastside to westside are great assets to her clients with diverse needs and interests. Janna prides herself with being able to provide her clients, whether buying or selling a home, with all of the advice, resources and personal care they need for a successful real estate experience and closing. As part of her successful track record in real estate, Janna offers an added educated perspective for clients looking to make faster moving transactional real estate deals (“flips”) - having personally bought and sold multiple properties over the past decade. This unique knowledge of the ebbs and flows of LA County real estate along with her personal commitment to first-time and long-term homebuyers make her a top agent.
Joni Hall
DRE# 01951066
Before becoming a licensed California Realtor, Joni enjoyed a successful 18+ year career in advertising. She was a National Account Executive, implementing advertising campaigns across the country, utilizing a variety of media- including billboards, wallscapes, buses and bus stop shelters for well-known companies, such as McDonalds, FOX Network, Toyota and Paramount Pictures, Anaheim Angeles among others. A native to Southern California, Joni attended Saddleback College in Orange County, where she majored in Communications and earned her membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Joni began her career in real estate in 2013. It was an exciting transition for her. She started with a small boutique in Los Angeles, perfecting her skills and knowledge. In 2014 she joined Keller Williams Marina/LA where she was awarded “Rookie of the Year” for her sales revenue, enthusiastic attitude, and dedication to buyers and sellers. She continued with Keller Williams Silicon Beach before joining Jesse Weinberg and Associates and is excited to be with a company where the core values of integrity and a higher level of service are the backbone. Joni values helping people and she is admired for the genuine care she shows her clients going above and beyond the close of escrow. Joni has an understanding of the often emotional and financial concerns involved in a real estate transaction and is passionate throughout the process making sure it’s a win-win for her client’s wellbeing.
Stephanie Stern
Cal DRE# 02016299

Stephanie Stern learned from an early age that life is about building beautiful foundations shaped by how we choose to respond to adversity, challenges and opportunities. This translated well to her career in Real Estate and Development where she began years ago as project manager for expanding and upgrading custom homes in California. This enables her to establish strong, diverse collaborative relationships, negotiate choice contracts for her clients and facilitate sustainable lifestyles.

Stephanie loves her career as it allows her to utilize her positive Can-Do Texas attitude, where she grew up working on a variety of countrified projects. Her degree in the Arts trained her to communicate with detailed precision in an entrepreneurial and challenging way while overcoming stresses such as city approvals, navigating home sales and acquisitions. Success, to her, is a three part process of visualization, hunger and inspiring herself and others. She humbly strives for balance with exercise, healthy eating, meditation, creative projects including an Amazon best selling real estate book and an award winning construction comedy. She lives by the Marina with her husband and two rescued cats. Stephanie is grateful to bring her experience and be a part of the Jesse Weinberg & Associates team.

Chris O’Brien
DRE# 02006999
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Chris has worked as a real estate professional in both New York and Los Angeles for more than eleven years. After graduating from James Madison University and before discovering his passion for real estate, he worked as a musician, actor, and writer in New York. Chris believes strongly that real estate is a profession that should be based on the principles of trust and honesty. He prides himself on putting people first and working to make sure his clients’ needs and goals are met. “My job is to listen to people and build lasting relationships. It’s always the best way to give my clients a positive experience.” His beyond satisfied customers have even been featured in The New York Times singing his praises. When he’s not busy with his clients, Chris still enjoys writing and creating music in the home studio. Or just hanging out with his wife and their French Bulldog, Frankie.
Pritha Gupta
DRE# 02116321
Pritha became interested in real estate after buying her first home 10 years ago. Since then, she and her husband have built an impressive real estate portfolio. She only recently decided to pursue her real estate license this Fall. She is very lucky to have the privilege of working with Jesse Weinberg and Associates. Under Jesse's mentorship, she has closed 3 escrows in her first two months and she hopes to do more and more business in the months to come. She is intimately familiar with the LA housing market and has been successful in getting her clients the home of their dreams in competitive, multiple offer situations. When she is not doing real estate, Pritha enjoys mending hearts (she is a full-time cardiologist) and spending time with her 8-month-old son and husband.
Leah Walczak
DRE# 01941570
Leah Walczak is a licensed real estate agent in California and Arizona. Leah has been helping clients buy and sell real estate for the last 8 years and specializes in the Westside. Leah is driven to help her clients receive the best and understands the competitiveness of the real estate industry. Leah’s winning mentality comes from her background of competing and coaching in track and field and carries that "personal best" attitude through her real estate career. “I win when my clients win. From the start to help them cross the finish line, I always want to help my clients succeed with their real estate goals and dreams. I can’t imagine doing it any other way
Antoine Bitar
DRE #: 01997840