His roots in California real estate go deep. His grandmother and aunt were among the first women in the state to earn real estate licenses, and they headed a successful Los Angeles brokerage for many years.
Fortunately for his clients, Chris didn't move straight into the family business after college. Instead, he embarked on a high-powered corporate career where he served as National Director of Sales and Marketing for Westec Security, Inc., and Los Angeles General Manager for fiberoptic network giant MFS, Intellinet. In the process, he amassed the superb set of business skills he uses today on his clients' behalf.
In 1991, Chris reclaimed his real estate heritage, joining the John Aaroe Division of Prudential, where he achieved the coveted Chairman's Circle Legend award for top 1% production for over 6 years. Now at Keller Williams Realty, Los Feliz, the top producing real estate office on the east site of Los Angeles, Chris is a respected specialist in the Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and SilverLake communities.
An unusual combination of powerful business skills, aesthetic sensibility and congenial style make working with Chris as fun as it is rewarding. "Psychologist rank buying or selling a home near the top of the stress scale," he says. "I make sure my clients not only survive the process, but enjoy it."
Chris likens his work to conducting a symphony; in both cases, it's vital to give each player a lot of attention and oversee the entire performance with total confidence. His special zest for the complex escrow process traces back to college, where he studied contract law. "In some cases, escrow can be very challenging," Chris says. "I find it exhilarating to climb that hill and get to the other side."
Led by his love of historic architecture and helping people, Chris is an active member of the local community. He is immediate past president of the Los Feliz Improvement Association and serves on the board of directors of Friends of the Observatory, which supports the historic Griffith Park landmark. Chris is also on the Griffith Park Advisory Board.
When not working, skiing, golfing, or hiking in Griffith Park, Chris can be found cooking for friends in his historic 1930s Los Feliz home, once owned by the actress who voiced the dastardly Cruella de Vil in Disney's classic 101 Dalmatians. (He and his partner have kept the Dalmatian theme going; they own three of the dogs and are active in a dog rescue group.)
Chris sums up his approach to representing clients very simply. "It's been said you can tell you have a really good real estate agent when you don't know it," he says. "I like my service to be so smooth that it's virtually transparent. I consider that the true hallmark of success."
Bryce Hayes joined Chris Laib and Associates, a high powered, twenty million dollar per year real estate team located at Keller Williams Los Feliz. Keller Williams Los Feliz is the largest producing residential real estate office in central and east side Los Angeles.
Bryce studied communications at the College of Charleston, in his home state of South Carolina. His professional background includes extensive experience in social and digital marketing within the entertainment industry. Clients include 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures. Social media has become the primary communications platform for young Hollywood, which represent the fastest growing demographic of new home buyers in greater Los Angeles and, particularly in Los Feliz. "Generation X to Millennial professionals do not shop or buy as their predecessors did - they want instantly available information, accessible to them 24/7. Their social network greatly informs their decision making", says Bryce.
The Laib and Associates business model is a melding of traditional high touch marketing values, platformed so they are accessible by these new buyers, in the manner they require.
With over 25 years selling real estate, Jan Barnow has been a perennial top producer, ranking the top 3% nationwide.
Since she has been affiliated with Keller Williams, and as a core member of Chris Laib and Associates, she has been associated with a high producing, highly motivated and diverse collaboration of real estate professionals whose skill sets complement and support each other – and their clients.
Jan’s primary objective when working with clients is to make sure they’re comfortable and at ease throughout the process. Her goal is to navigate each transaction with patience and a sense of humor, keeping stress to a minimum. She is an expert at negotiating and guiding her clients through the complex intricacies of buying and selling property in the often confusing and ever-changing real estate market.
From first time home buyers and young families to seasoned real estate investors (studio heads, actors, producers, directors), Jan has represented a wide array of clients in the purchase of sale of Los Angeles real estate. She has a unique ability to tailor the information – and her dissemination of it – to meet the needs of her clients.
She specializes in sale of properties all across Los Angeles – from the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Malibu to Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, and Valley Village.
A native of Highland Park, Illinois, she has never lost her Midwestern values and straight-forward approach. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and also has a degree in interior design which enables her to help with staging, remodeling and design ideas.
Jan is a very proud mother and grandmother. She is active in her grandchildren’ schools and extracurricular activities. Warm, caring and good-natured, she is a book-lover, dog-lover, and avid community activist. She is a member of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles and active in many other political charitable organizations.
Los Feliz Escrow
Jennifer Winans, escrow officer, 20 year veteran. She employs two assistants and is conviently located at our offices on Hillhurst. A strong, high energy, escrow officer, Jenifer is also a notary.
Home Bridge Financial Services
Sandy Edelstein, currently in the top 1% of all Mortgage Loan Originators in the country, has been a Loan Officer for almost 23 years. His many longtime clients from one end of California to the other. Dedicated to the highest levels of customer service, Sandy and his team pride themselves on the utmost attention to detail and follow-through. Your loan closes with no muss, no fuss and no surprises.
Fidelity National Title
We are very pleased to introduce Emi Tsuji, our Title Representative with Fidelity National Title. Emi earned her way onto our team by providing consistent extraordinary service. "Above and Beyond" could be her motto. Emi's signature contribution is a positive, proactive approach to each transaction, frequently identifying and resolving even complex issues on her own initiative. With over 20 years of title experience and an amazing work ethic, Emi is the only Title Representative we recommend."
Keller Williams, Los Feliz Marketing Department
Our in house marketing team customizes everything we do. While very labor intensive, we insist that every home be marketed in a custom way, reflecting its particular strengths and personality. This essential on-site resource is unique to the residential real estate business and why we hang our shingle at Keller Williams, Los Feliz.