Meet The Team
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Merit Real Estate recently celebrated their 25th year of business with exciting plans for their largest development projects yet. Amir Amiri founded the business in 1989 and has since been continuously thriving through the volatile cycles of the industry, which is why many of the agents who started with Amir many years ago choose to stay with Merit Real Estate. Today, Amir has the largest inventory of new construction projects than any other agent in the South Bay.
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Rodman Amiri became interested in real estate not through watching his father’s business grow, but as a student at USC when he majored in Public Policy, Planning, and Development, with a specialty in Real Estate Development. “It was this that sparked my interest and enticed me to ask more questions and learn more from my father about his business,” he explains.
Though he found his interest in real estate independently, Rodman is grateful to be able to work with family. “I am lucky to have a great mentor constantly around to help me learn the business and get past new challenges. With every transaction comes a new, unpredictable challenge, and the best way to deal with that is with the guidance of someone with experience. The challenging part is reminding myself that my father is a colleague with much more experience than me, and someone to be learned from. At times, I find myself thinking like a son, that his methods may be outdated, but I find that his experience usually proves me wrong in my doubts.”
Rodman’s specialty is Redondo Beach, Torrance, and the rest of the South Bay. He grew up in Redondo Beach and Merit Real Estate has always been based there, seen as a neighborhood expert. “Each area in the South Bay has its own unique identity, but what we all have in common is the lifestyle. We are the best kept secret of LA…we have the LA scenery and weather, without the LA lifestyle. We move at our own pace, and embrace more of the laid-back, beach lifestyle, contrary to what most would think of the LA area.”
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Rick decided to join the team at Merit Real Estate because the company’s culture and integrity of always putting the client first reflected his own values.
He has negotiated transactions in the real estate industry since 1980. Licensed as a Realtor in 1979, General Contractor in 1987, Real Estate Broker in 2015 and MLS loan agent in 2016. He brings all elements of the industry full circle and provides his clients a multifaceted approach to purchasing real estate investments. Whether it be residential, multifamily, apartment buildings or lots for developers his experience and knowledge always satisfies his clients. His geographical areas of expertise include the Beach Cities, South Bay and extends to greater Los Angeles & Orange County.
He loves to engage with the public. Most weekends you will find him at an open house on a brand new home in the beach cities informing investors of all ages. He especially loves sharing his knowledge with younger investors as they are the future. He states there is nothing better then seeing young investors’ eyes light up when they’ve made their first purchase. Drop by his open house and say hi while previewing the latest in architecture and interior design. Call or text Rick to find out where he’s holding open house this weekend.
Rick has been a resident of Redondo Beach since 1969. He attended local beach city schools, married at Saint Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach and has raised two wonderful daughters in our coastal family community.
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Arash is a local agent with nearly a decade of experience serving the South Bay and surrounding Los Angeles communities. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management Degree from UCLA, he brings a unique perspective on quality of construction, building codes, and other issues relevant to intelligent buyers and sellers. Arash works amongst a team that has been operating out of the same Redondo Beach office. Arash is positioned to guide clients through the process of choosing homes, financing, and ensuring that the final contract is at their best interest.
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Fred Sarhangian is a seasoned professional real estate consultant with over 30 years of progressive experience in global business development, capital acquisition, operations, project management, and contract negotiations. Prior to joining Merit Real Estate in 2002, he held several roles with Schlumberger Ltd. including global asset manager, and new product introduction. Prior to that he was a key member in the acquisition and development of TRW automotive airbag division in California.
Previous to that, he served in the purchasing organization at Harman/ JBL International. He attended Rio Hondo College, University of California, Los Angeles, and Cal. State Northridge. He enjoys all sports including running and has successfully completed five full marathons.
Francisco B. Omana
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Wide Construction Management experience in residential, commercial, industrial projects and Real Estate opportunities. Speaks fluent French, Spanish, and Italian.
- Construction Management, University of California Los Angeles, UCLA
- Building Energy Research, Economics and Social Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
- Civil Engineering, Javeriana University, Colombia, and Central University of Venezuela.
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Patricia Pedraza Omana
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More than 18 years of experience in Architectural and Interior Design Projects of High-end residences in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and Institutional projects abroad. Speaks fluent Spanish
- Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture, UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona, Los Angeles.
- Architecture, Jose Maria Vargas University and Central University of Venezuela.
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Oscar Salazar gained a tremendous skill set from being a team member of the reservations, sales team, and customer service department at Delta Airlines. Oscar is a former semi-pro soccer player and to date enjoys watching professional soccer. After retiring from Delta, he decided to pursue a career in real estate and he obtained his license in 2005.
Maria “Joyce” Ricafort
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John Michael Gutierrez
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Lori De Moville
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