Stevens' extensive sales, marketing and management experience is evident in the results he achieves for his clients. His friendly, yet professional demeanor has served him well in his dealings with some of the most influential people throughout his life, from U.S. Presidents, owners of Fortune 500 companies, top executives, celebrities and ordinary people from all over the world. He understands and offers the highest level of skill in negotiating, marketing and finance, he possesses a strong understanding of current economic conditions that will maximize your goals.
Originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Steven graduated from the University of St Thomas with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing Management. He moved to Los Angeles after spending twelve years in New York, where he ran the very popular and award winning restaurant Bondst. Through this, he has developed a very large network and customer base. Confidentiality is very important to him and discretion is assured. Most importantly, he has developed a keen sense of customer service and satisfaction, and by using the latest technology everyday in his pursuit of your needs; his goal is to exceed your expectations.
Steven believes education is the single most important thing he can do for himself and for his customers. Constantly educating himself on the latest market conditions, rules, and legislation, he stays ahead of the curve. He attends seminars and webinars on a continuous basis to make sure he provides his clientele with the most updated and thorough information so they can make the most informed decisions.
He specializes in (but not limited to) the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Beverly Glen.
He is a certified Green Specialist in the area of home design and architecture. These use reclaimed and sustainable materials in construction and eco-friendly systems in housing operations, to reduce carbon footprints and fossil fuel consumption.
Recently, Steven has become one of an elite group of architectural agents within Compass and now specializes in architecturally significant properties and brings a wealth of information and expertise to the table to support you.
He always says, "Life is about the journey, there is no destination, so keep moving and keep dreaming. The only destination should be the pathway of your life." He is ready to help you along that path. He considers it very fortunate that many of his past customers are now some of his closest friends and even more importantly, that they are repeat customers and they refer him to their friends and family. He finds helping people through one of the most stressful and exciting processes in their lives, very rewarding.
Steven's Client Testimonials
"I used Steven when buying my house. The transaction came with several challenging hurdles and Steven was able to skillfully address and resolve them. He was also able to negotiate a great price in a competitive market!"
"Steven was an absolute pleasure to work with! We were totally new to the LA area and he truly listened to our needs and was incredibly resourceful. Steven took so much time helping us map out the different areas and was excellent at maximizing the time we had to find a home in the right part of LA based on our criteria. There were a few areas that he was not as familiar with and partnered with seasoned knowledgeable agents in those areas. Our experience was super positive and enjoyable. He relieved us of so much stress and anxiety that a move can cause. I would highly recommend anyone to work with Steven for finding your perfect home. "
- Bret C.
"Steven was fantastic. We recently relocated to LA and we were not at all familiar with the area. He kindly dedicated a lot of his time to familiarize us with the areas we were interested in, which covered a large territory in and around LA. He was extremely patient, diligent and sensitive to understanding our wants and needs. He was an expert in the areas he specialized in and for any areas outside of his region of expertise he partnered with highly knowledgeable people. For each property we saw with Steven, he was quick to point out the pros and cons of the property including many not so obvious points. He also has a keen sense of market value which truly helped us with our negotiations. We would highly recommend Steven to anyone considering purchasing/renting properties in and around LA."
- Cher Carroll
"Steven Durbahn was extremely on top of my search for a two bedroom rental house in Santa Monica. He not only asked pertinent questions regarding our needs and parameters, but was instinctively knowledgeable of our taste level. He selected only properties that he felt were right for my wife and I and did not waste our time on sub standard properties. He is also very communicative and knows the business inside and out. I highly recommend Steven to anyone wanting to buy or lease a home or condo in the Los Angeles area. Hands down one of the best!"
- Rob S.
"I am a busy doctor, and had very little time to look at places. I was impressed that Stephen weeded through all the listings and only showed me houses that met all my requirements. He really took time to find out EXACTLY what needs I had!!!"
"It is a pleasure working with Steven. We really asked a lot of his time and energy throughout our search and he was on top of every detail. We were such rookies going into this process and Steven really put us at ease. He was thorough in his explanations and had great advice. We highly recommend him and will use him again very soon."
"I've used Steven for both purchasing and selling my homes and have been impressed each time. In the past six months he sold my existing home and represented me on the purchase of a new home. He sold my house in three days for an amount far beyond my expectations. Then found me a new house and negotiated a fantastic price. He consistently get's deals done in a smooth, professional manner. I will continue to use him for all my real estate needs."
- Keith P
"Steven was recommended to me through neighbors of mine who had a great experience with him selling their condo. After interviewing several real estate agents including Steven, I had no doubt he was who I wanted to work with. Steven is so professional, knowledgeable and very responsive- and also great with negotiations! He got my condo sold at the highest price in the building to date- and quickly too! Also, his whole team are top notch including his photographer, marketers and the escrow company he works with. I can’t say enough good things about Steven and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell their property!"
- Kelly S.
"Steven is the best and only real estate agent you will ever need! Prompt, accurate, knowledgeable, organized, detail oriented and a real pleasure to work with. He goes well beyond what most agents offer by taking the time to know his clients requirements and working tirelessly to deliver the perfect solution. Steven is a go getter! He gets the job done in a professional manner and puts his clients needs above everything. He kept us in the loop throughout the whole process and was always quick to answer my phone calls, texts, and e-mails. He got us multiple offers at asking and above asking the day after our first open house. He sold our condo at a record breaking price for the building. I highly recommend him to anyone whether you are buying or selling. By far, the best experience we've ever had with a broker."
- Marco Fekrat
"Thank you Steven for your kind help, knowledge and patience! I highly recommend using Steven to buy a house - he's great!"
- Louise V. Roe
"I recently listed my house for sale and had flip flopped from realtor to realtor. Once I found Steven Durbahn at John Aaroe Group I was convinced he would sell my house immediately. He is a true professional who specializes in houses that don't sell. I would recommend him to anyone looking to sell their house quickly, at the highest possible price. This man is a rockstar, I can't tell you enough wonderful things about him. List with him and your home or condo will sell in a heartbeat -- I promise!!!"
- Marisa R.
"Dear Fran, I wanted to tell you of the wonderful service I received from Steven Durbahn. He listed my condo for sale/lease. I told him I was leaning toward leasing. He did bring me a buyer (over asking price) in 3 days of listing. I just did not feel it was time to sell. Steven was proactive in finding a renter and went over and above his responsibilities as a Realtor to assist in getting the condo ready to rent. He was a pleasure to work with. I will recommend him to anyone I know needing a Realtor. I just wanted to let you know what a hard working, wonderful man you have working for you."
- Lois P.
"Steven is definitely the agent you want to rep you on a real estate transaction. He was very on top of it and extremely thorough especially dealing with a difficult seller. My home buying situation couldn't have been more complicated, but Steven helped walk me through the uncharted waters. In the end, I got the house and thanks to Steven, a beautiful home."
- Mark C.
"Steven was our agent and found us an amazing property! He was always was up front, honest and quick to respond. He made the entire process seamless and it was a pleasure to work with Steven and his team. I would 100% recommend him to anyone looking for a home."
- Stacey B.
"Steven offers excellent professional service that we highly recommend. He immediately understood our needs and expectations, has always been attentive and available and answered our questions quickly. We are completely satisfied with his positive, efficient, and solutions-oriented approach."
- Marc Pistorio (Review Rating: 5), Los Angeles
"On behalf of my wife and I, we would like to formally thank Steven for all his time, support, and flexibility in the selling of our home. The various sales activities were exceptionally well orchestrated and executed. Many thanks to him and his team for making what could I have been a stressful chapter of our lives such a smooth and resounding success which yielded us more than we had hoped for. His flexibility in organizing all the activities around our schedules to suit our needs was very much appreciated and a true testament to his professionalism. We would have no hesitation in recommending his services to any individual who is looking to buy or sell a home in LA. Thank you once again for all your efforts Steven. I look forward to the pleasure of using your services again soon, perhaps for our next purchase... PS: It should be noted that I have used his company to previously sell a home in Temecula and was equally pleased with the outcome. Thanks JP"
- Pierre B ((Review Rating: 5), West Hollywood