Tara Hotchkis

Tara Hotchkis

Senior Estates Director | DRE# 01377779

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About Tara
Laguna Beach native Tara Hotchkis has been a top-producing real estate agent in Southern California since 2003, with sales of more than half a billion dollars in residential real estate.

Tara Hotchkis is the Senior Estates Director at COMPASS in Beverly Hills and Founder of the Luxury Homes + Spaces Team. In 2017, Hotchkis represented Major League Baseball Player, Ichiro Suzuki in the sale of his Downtown Los Angeles Art's District Penthouse Loft, setting a new price per square foot. Tara represents celebrity and high-profile individual and corporate clients throughout Los Angeles.

In addition to real estate, Tara is passionate about contemporary art and design, supporting several Los Angeles-based non-profit organizations. Tara serves as an Ambassador for the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation's Young Literati and is a member of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's (MOCA) Director's Forum. Tara is a member of SAG-AFTRA, having appeared in numerous television shows and commercials. In 2013, Tara combined her passion for art and architecture and co-hosted "The Kuhnert Chronicles" for Ovation Television Network.

Tara is a contributing writer and member of Forbes Real Estate Council, has been featured in Angeleno Magazine's 2017 and 2018 Los Angeles Power Players Issue, has been a featured real estate expert on CurbedLA, is a former NCAA Division I tennis player, a Graduate of REALTOR® Institute, a graduate of Sotheby's Institute of Art, a member of the Urban Land Institute, holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine, and is an MBA candidate at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School in Malibu, CA.

13 Foolproof Ways To Attract Prospective Real Estate Buyers | December 30th, 2020

Featured in Forbes Magazine

The real estate market is constantly fluctuating, especially during these uncertain economic times. If industry professionals hope to sell new properties or spaces in up-and-coming neighborhoods, they need foolproof ways of attracting potential buyers.

Sharing Knowledge Of The Neighborhood

When promoting an up-and-coming neighborhood, you must be knowledgeable not only about the current state of the neighborhood but also of what the transformation holds. Share your knowledge! Include details about the businesses that have already committed to opening in the neighborhood and share information about proposed developments and their estimated timelines. - Tara Hotchkis


Applying For Your First Mortgage? Follow These 15 Expert Tips To Boost Your Approval Chances | November 10th, 2020

Featured in Forbes Magazine

Buying a home is one of the most expensive things the average person will do in their lifetime. A mortgage is viewed as the default way to finance this purchase, but getting one isn’t always easy, especially for a first-time homebuyer. There are a ton of factors and steps involved in the process, and someone who's new to the real estate market may not know all the best practices and industry tips.

Check Your Credit

As a first-time homebuyer, the best way to increase your odds of getting a mortgage loan is to check your credit and save up for a down payment. Many low down payment programs exist, including 3.5% FHA loans, but some of these come with higher interest rates and private mortgage insurance (PMI) payments. Having a larger down payment and good credit will increase your borrowing power and save you money. - Tara Hotchkis


13 Lessons Developers Should Learn From The Popularity Of Co-Living | March 30th, 2020

Featured in Forbes Magazine

Co-living started as a fad, but a lot of professionals realize how useful it is to be living in a shared space. As more workers start looking at remote working spaces as viable employment options, the demand for co-living areas will skyrocket.

Design Layouts Featuring Shared Spaces

With the explosive popularity and increasing demand for co-living environments, developers will need to start focusing on designing creative layouts that feature shared spaces. Streamlining and securing private spaces in homes will become essential. In addition to secured bedroom access, a more efficient use of bedroom spaces would leave room to expand the potential of a shared kitchen and gathering spaces. - Tara Hotchkis