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Top 20 Under 40 Los Angeles - Josh Flagg

‘Million Dollar Listing’s’ Josh Flagg began practicing real estate in high school

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: August 20th, 2012 in Culture » Society » Interviews

Top 20 Under 40 Los Angeles - Josh Flagg

In celebration of Shalom Life’s new Los Angeles office, we have decided to take our popular “Top 20 Under 40” series on the road.

Over the next 20 days, Shalom Life will showcase 20 individuals of diverse talents and backgrounds that have made a significant contribution to their field both locally and globally. From entrepreneurs to philanthropists, entertainers to chefs, this list places a spotlight on a small sampling of the spectacular, innovative, and passionate Jews that call Los Angeles home.

Top 20 Under 40 - Josh Flagg

Age: 27

Luxury real estate broker, star of Bravo’s ‘Million Dollar Listing’, and author, Josh Flagg has accomplished an incredible amount in his 27 years.

Born on the West-side, Flagg decided to enter the highly competitive Los Angeles real estate market while still attending Brentwood High School.

“I don’t remember the exact moment, however it became very clear to me that I loved real estate when I was young, so I took a chance and got my license while I was in High School. I closed one of my first deals when I was in class.”

Within the first four years of his career, Flagg participated in four record sales, three of which are in Beverly Hills. He recently participated in the highest sale in the history of Brentwood Park, and is the current listing agent on Dorothy Buffum Chandler’s $11,250,000 estate.

Flagg’s incredible success, unique selling style, and charisma landed him a spot on Bravo’s popular reality series ‘Million Dollar Listing’.

“I always try to help my clients visualize the space. Buyers of real estate always dwell on little things when they are walking through a house. I try to explain to them that there is no perfect house, and little changes are what make a space work for you,” Flagg shared

“He pampers his clients… In a way I have never seen before. I’ve been in the business for 25 years. I’ve seen Josh send chauffeured cars to his clients’ homes and send his clients up in helicopters to view properties. The best thing I have seen Josh do, though, was wrap an entire house in a big red bow before delivering the keys to the new owners. He is very creative, and that is why he is so successful. In Josh’s mind, there are no limitations,” said a local realtor of Flagg’s success.

Currently in its 5th season, Flagg somehow manages to balance the show, his real estate career, his personal life, his writing endeavors, his love for world travel, and his humanitarian efforts.

Flagg aspires to carry on his grandparents’ and parents’ legacy of giving back to his community. He is on the board of the Friends of Greystone, a non-profit organization that donates time and money to the restoration of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.

Citing his grandmother, Edith, as his greatest influence, Flagg penned a book entitled “A Simple Girl: Stories my Grandmother Told Me”.

“The book is about my grandmother’s survival during the German-regime during World War II, and her successes here in the United States,” Flagg explains.

Flagg is an avid world traveler, having visited over 50 countries. He is currently working on his third book, pulling from his travel experiences, to share an exclusive guide to the best luxury hotels the world has to offer.

Finally, Flagg credits many of the important connections he has made throughout his career to his Jewish heritage.

“Many of the connections that I have made have been through the Jewish community. We seem to be very connected to one another, and like to do business with one another.”

Click over to Page 2 to learn some fun facts about Josh Flagg!

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