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The renowned Newport Beach, CA-based team of Marlene Hassel and Manny Stellino are the latest stars – along with their happy clients – in Villa Real Estate's buzz-worthy testimonial advertising campaign. The beautifully photographed print ad, placed as a high-impact spread in the area's most popular lifestyle magazines, features the successful duo and commemorates one of their most recent transactions in Newport Heights, one of the sought-after communities in which they are known for their expertise.

In fact, for nearly 30 years, Marlene Hassel and Manny Stellino have been one of Coastal Orange County's most accomplished luxury residential real estate teams. Working throughout Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, and Costa Mesa, Hassel and Stellino are especially renowned for their leadership in the Newport Heights and Cliff Haven communities, where they have sold nearly 200 homes and represented hundreds of buyers and sellers within these desirable enclaves.

Hassel and Stellino apply decades of in-market knowledge and expertise – and renowned negotiating skills – to ensure that their clients achieve the most positive financial outcomes. These distinct market advantages have earned the team an impressive roster of repeat, referral, and multi-generational clients.

In their own words, Stellino says “I truly care about my clients and helping them to achieve their objectives, whether to find the perfect home or to sell their existing home for the highest possible price.”

As for Marlene, “Being a Realtor® is more than just a profession to me, it’s a passion. If my clients aren’t happy, I’m not happy.”


International Buyers

While the majority of coastal Orange County homebuyers continue to come from within our region, a significant – and growing – percentage of sales can be attributed to international buyers, who are drawn to our area for its world-class lifestyle, exceptional residential properties, and year-round Mediterranean climate.

Recent statistics reinforce the importance of international buyers across the U.S.:

  • According to Forbes, international buyers spent approximately $83 billion on U.S. homes in 2012—that accounts for nearly nine percent of the entire domestic residential real estate market.
  • The California Association of Realtors attributed nearly six percent of the state’s residential real estate transactions in 2012 to foreign investors.
  • With approximately 63 percent of international buyers paying cash for homes, the real estate market is seeing a dramatic increase in international transactions year over year from March 2012 – March 2013. (RIS Media).
  • According to the recently released National Association of REALTORS® 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activitysurvey – of the five countries with the most foreign buyers, Canada, China (PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Mexico, Indian, and the UK – California is among the most desired locations for home purchases. In particular, Chinese buyers – who ranked the highest median purchase price – identified Los Angeles and Irvine as their preferred areas for home purchases.

Villa Real Estate is seeing this significant impact of international buyers in our market, with a high percentage of these buyers interested in purchasing premier homes in our area’s most exclusive enclaves, including the Pelicans in Newport Coast, Crystal Cove, Shady Canyon, and landmark waterfront and oceanfront properties.

To seize these international buyers for our clients, Villa Real Estate has developed the region’s most far-reaching and strategic international marketing campaigns for its clients’ homes. Beyond placing your home on a website or two and checking the international marketing “box” as many of our competitors do, Villa Real Estate has researched and identified the top 25 foreign markets who are transacting in our region and has partnered with the top luxury residential real estate websites serving those markets. Villa Real Estate also deploys comprehensive Search Engine Marketing (SEM) campaigns on China’s leading real estate search engines.

And, through our market-exclusive partnership with the highly selective Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate network and its website,, Villa Real Estate agents are part of an international affiliation of leading luxury real estate professionals spanning more than 85 countries. This partnership provides Villa Real Estate agents with access to a database of international real estate agents and foreign individuals of high net-worth.