First Team Real Estate Expands Its Presence In Los Angeles County With A New Location In Cerritos

IRVINE, California, January 31, 2018

As part of its ongoing effort to offer a greater level of opportunity to savvy real estate clientele beyond Orange County and throughout all of Southern California, First Team Real Estate has created a joint venture in Cerritos with Better Choice Real Estate, a renowned family-owned boutique brokerage.

Founded in 2001 by Jana Goncalves and Mauricio Montealegre—a husband-and-wife duo who not only launched their real estate careers at First Team Real Estate, but who met one another while working for the organization in the late 1990s—Better Choice Real Estate is a full-service firm servicing clients throughout Southern California.

Since Better Choice Real Estate became an official part of the First Team Real Estate brand in January 2018, the office has added four sales associates to its roster of agents, which now includes a total of 20 seasoned real estate experts.

“Having spent the early days of our real estate careers at First Team Real Estate, we are very familiar with the organization’s mission and core philosophies, which are very much in line with the way we do business,” Goncalves remarked. “When we ventured off on our own to found Better Choice Real Estate, our goal was to bring the caliber of service for which First Team is so well known to clientele in the Cerritos area. Now that Better Choice is officially a part of the First Team family, that mission has come full circle—and we couldn’t be any happier. We now bring to our beloved clientele an even greater level of opportunity and service thanks to the many exclusive resources available only at First Team.”

Added Cameron Merage, First Team Real Estate’s Founder and CEO, this joint venture marks an important step in an exciting journey for the organization as a whole.

“A core component in our mission at First Team Real Estate is to bring our signature brand of client-focused service to clientele and communities throughout Southern California—not just within Orange County,” Merage stated. “Having worked with Jana and Mauricio years ago, I have the utmost respect for their abilities as leaders in the industry, and am delighted to welcome them back to the First Team Family as leaders of First Team’s Cerritos location.”

About First Team Real Estate

Beginning with a single office in Huntington Beach in 1976, First Team Real Estate is now Southern California’s largest, full-service and trusted family-owned real estate agency with 27 offices across Southern California and over 2,000 real estate agents, service professionals, and employees. First Team is consistently recognized as Best Real Estate Company by Orange County Register, and mentioned among the nation’s top 20 firms in RISMedia’s Power Broker Report and the REAL Trends 500, which identify the largest volume brokerages in the United States.

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